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


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RATINGS: 705   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (198) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBaboon (1564) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3405) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3162) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark gold pour with frothy white head. Very clean looking for a Fantome. Aroma is fruity, peaches, light menthol, berries, light honey, booze. Taste is fruity, a bit boozy, sweet malty flavors, dark fruits, winey, very belgian strong like, but with a light saison twist. Palate is full bodied, good carbonation. A strangely "standard" fantome, I didn’t know there could be such a thing. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (319) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13617) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1764) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4475) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1503) - 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

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