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

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RATINGS: 701   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (739) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
750ml bottle pours a light browny red color without much head. Lots of caramel flavor, mild overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1760) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
75cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded dark blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: herbs, hoppy, caramel. TASTE: herbs, hoppy, decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (244) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pour comes static brown. White head. Aroma coriander, honey, peppar, and caramel. Sweet, medium body Christmas belgian. Honey, toffee, vanilla and malt.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1325) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from Tipples. Giving Fantome one last chance after nothing but infected bandaids. Bottle is corked and capped. Pours very dark red with a creamy one finger off white head that stays on for a good while. Aroma of hay, grassy and lemony hops, some other floral aromatics, more farmhouse funky yeast and some light spice. Flavor is sweet up front with some brown sugar and plums but balanced by some grassy hops and funky yeast. There is light spice to this as well. This is like a Belgian Strong Dark that somehow is light and funky like a Saison. A really really interesting and unique flavor profile. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and pretty easy drinking, but also sweet enough to be happy with a small bit. This redeems past failures for sure. What a beautifully crafted brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1393) - - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark reddish copper with a thick off white head. Aroma is smoked malt, pepper and dark fruit. Taste follows and adds honey, caramel, apple and pear. Medium mouthfeel, slightly syrupy with spritzy carbonation. Deep, complex and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours like cola. Aroma is spices, a bit funky, maybe some floral notes. Taste is mildy bitter, spice, sweet then a bit funky then rounds back out to bitter. Its a weird brew,, but pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy iced tea color with foamy white head that hangs around for a bit. Aroma of yeast spices and a bit of roast malt. Taste is gingery with some other spices I can’t pick out. Roasty malt notes along withfaint yeast funkiness.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours dark cola, three finger khaki head Smell coco and roast, ester and belgian yeast Taste sweet, roasty ash, bitter sweet ground coco, Mid body, astringent. Not a winner

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBaboon (1554) - FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Kaataa tumman oranssista ja sameaa vaalean beigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu on hapokas, mausteinen, suklainen ja hedelmäinen. Maku on hyvin hapan, keskikatkera, mausteinen ja jotenkin tomuinen maku. Hiilihappoja on keskiverto määrä. Melko runsasta tavaraa on. Fantome on mielenkiintoinen panimo ja oluet vaihtelevat joka erässä. Tämä oli ensimmäinen kerta, kun tätä olutta maistoin. Seuraava kerta voi tuoda mukanaan erilaisen kokemuksen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3217) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
Poured cloudy medium amber, with a frothy off white head. Aroma of spice and yeasty malt. Full body, flavour of dry dark fruit and the yeast.


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