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Fantôme de Noël

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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on tap
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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. The alcohol content probably goes a long way toward explaining that very warm and satisfied feeling one finds on the very first sip. A rich, dark-flavored beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavor in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5244) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
75cl Bottle from De Molen Beershop. Clear copper-Amber colour, off white head. Looks nice. Aroma is spicy, yeast, warming, alcoholic, malts, honey, light vinous, wood, lots of stuff in there. Flavour of amber malts, spices, honey, yeast, plastic, alcohol, ligh fruity, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (838) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
75cl bottle. Pours somewhat clear, orange amber with a big, white head. Aroma is wheaty with both fruit and some pilsner malts, but still some funky saison yeast. Taste has a pleasant, wheaty sweetness, slight caramel, and ends off yeasty and dry, but is overall mostly grainy and pretty sweet. Alcohol very well hidden. Medium carbonation and medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (12180) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Spritziger, leicht säuerlicher Antrunk moderat hefig. Fruchtige Kompnenten, etwas trocken, erhöhte Karbonisierung mit leichter Karbonisierung. Rund, gut! 12/11/11/11/8/11

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crlnts (384) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Between orange and amber. Hazy. No head. Pepper, bitter orange, soapy. Don’t feet the 10%. Soft cargo. Quite sweet, lingering bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Cloudy honey orange brown amber pour. Honeys and fruit aroma. Nuts malts caramel spice. Quite good really. Fantome rocks.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
leghorn99 (83) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
Il colore è arancio carico con riflessi ramati, dall’aspetto torbido; la schiuma è abbondante e persistente. Al naso troviamo le prime note dolenti; l’aroma è pungente, molto vinoso (invecchiato), astringente all’estremo, che lascia ben poco spazio ad altre sensazioni. In bocca la situazione non migliora, è decisamente acida ed astringente, un mix di speziature non ben definite. Corpo oleoso, bassa carbonazione. Per quanto mi riguarda, una bevuta da non ripetere.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1944) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle..Pour is redish with white head...Nose is musty, salt, spice, dirty water..Taste is caramel, belgian, spice, musty..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6744) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle, had a bit of age on it, light caramel colored pour, medium body. caramel malts, touch of booziness, holiday spices. Not Bad

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4497) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2015
2013 bottle from belgiuminabox. Pours rather clear, dark blonde. Ok white head. Smell is fantome spicyness ( withoud the usual dyacethyl and infections) , saison-dryness, grainy and some spices ( earthy onea, kinda like speculoos) . Taste is bit bitter, very spicy / slightly soapy. Aromatic ( ginger?) aspects. Grainy, bit coca cola like spicyness as well. Intereatingly different, yet the fantome is easy recognizable in this one. Ok as it is, and one of the only ones i drank from him this old withoud any disturbing sidenotes.

3.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1536) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2015
Huge light brown head. Bottle from systembolaget sweden. The aroma resembels a fine oak aged Bordeau with a spicy tuch. Sweet caramell taste blended with a bit of honey and woody spices. Full body and very enoyable.


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