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

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (2971) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 15, 2013
bardzo bardzo dobre piwo ze swiatecznym akcentem w postaci przypraw, gozdzikow lekkiej pikantnosci, alkohol ukryty ale uderzajacy do glowy. Dzikie drozdze zrobily swoje bo piwo ma wyraznie octowy zapach, takze w smaku wyczuwa sie spora kwasowosc. Wytrawne bez grama cukru. Finisz takze wytrawny i octowy. Bardzo polecam jesli ktos lubi kwaskowate piwa np typu gueuze lub rodenbach nie bedzie tym piwem rozczarowany.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttroha (171) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Carmel/ light brown in color with white head. Aroma of spruce and pine nuts. Flair of spruce, pine, nutmeg and allspice. Bitter aftertaste with lots of carbonation. Medium bodied and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2132) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle from Belgium in a Box; cloudy dark amber pour with a foamy beige head, slight sour aroma, taste has roasted malts, some spice and sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1749) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
A: Murky Orangish/Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Off White Head, Minimal Lacing S: Bitter Cherry, Plum, Lemons, Grassy T: Sour Apples, Bitter Cherry, Grassy, Yeast, Corriander M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Dry, Spicy Overall, a decent saison but seemed very light compared to their other beers, a drinkable saison that doesnt fill you up.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (1183) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Bottle: Ruby & brown colored body with very mild translucency. Volatile, bubbly, gray-tinted head that takes its time settling down. Aroma is heavy, heavy yeast. Bubblegum, dry bread, very tame banana sweetness, tons of spicy coriander, clove, & pepper, even with a little mint. Taste includes mild grape & pear skins, followed by the huge yeast blanket. Funk clouds everything. Bubblegum, clove, cheesecloth, moldy cork, wet dog, and a back-end chalkiness that I’m not fond of. Very spiced, finish booms with clove, pepper, and even more funk. A little too out of kilter to be completely enjoyable. Decent at best.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
My first Fantome. I am not certain of the vintage of this bottle, but I know where to find a stash of these for cheap. Think I will pick up the rest soon. Pours a clearish brown with minimal head. Scent is all Xmas spice. Flavor is sweet, spicy, and earthy. I was very concerned that this brew might end up a drain pour, but, whatever its age, it has held up well. Bottle - GA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2643) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown to amber with a beige head of foam. Aroma has spices, figs, dry alcohol, grape jam. Tastes sweet and spice laden. Earthy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1509) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is fruit, low carbonation, medium body, and little lacing. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, honey, and spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1582) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Sample from bottle at tasting. Pours brown with a small fizzy head. Aroma is very spicy and fruity. Light roasted malt, toasted bread, chocolate, berries, red fruit, caramel, black pepper and other winter spices I can’t identify. Taste much like it smells, spicy and fruity. Like a spiced Belgian quad. Very smooth. Medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue keeps this light and easy to drink. A pretty unique beer that I enjoyed sampling.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (9945) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry, malt, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is dry, malt, caramel, berries, hop, alcohol, spices. full body. Nice beer.


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