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

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RATINGS: 700   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (296) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From a bomber. Happy New Year 2013! Hazy amber brown pour with ample off white foamy head. Aroma of whole grain toast with honey. Flavor infused with holiday spice, pepper, caramel ... Warm boozy finish. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13224) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, 75cl corked. It pours a sparkling, slightly unclear dark amber body and a dense, finger-thick, creamy light beige head. The aroma is lighlty malty and sourish, rather fruity, with some dried fruits as well. The flavor hides the alcohol very well, focusing on the fruityness and some malty, sourish notes. Medium body and a nice carbonation level. Fruity, lighlty bitter finish. Well, it’s a rather boring one, and except for how well it masks the alcohol level, I’m not impressed. 130508

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Dec Ale Alpharetta. LIkely a 2005 bottle. Held up pretty nice with some minor oxidation on the nose and taste. Dark clear pour with minimal head. Nose of spice, christmas tree, dark malt, a bit of wet cardboard, earth. Taste is a tobacoo, some leather, peppary spice, earth, dark toffee, herbal. Probably up ticked it a bit due to it holding up nicely with age. No idea how it was ever considered a saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4130) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a hazy medium amber with a big frothy slightly off white head. The aroma is yeast caramel. The flavour is medium to weak sour with a yeast acid grapefruit citrus palate. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Unknown lot (no notches) pours a good looking dark garnet with brown hues. A fine light latte foam sits atop. Fleeting sheets of lace fall. I’m smelling apple skins, nutty yeast, some nougat and a little metal. The flavor follows with a bit more of the yeasty character and a hint of a raisin layer. A relatively doughy character, the beer is really yeasty. Even the mouthfeel is heavy, but with excessive carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is interesting, but I’m likely not to purchase a second bottle. I’ve only had one other Fantome, and that was fantastic, but this one is not impressing me. Serving type: bottle 01-07-2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2991) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Clear, light brown. Dry woody aroma. Also with some spice too. Although warming from the alcohol it has a light tartness that makes it fresh and easy to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3151) - 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 (239) - 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 (2515) - 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 (1999) - 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.


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