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


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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2016 75cl bottle served in a tulip. Pours a clear dark brown with hints of garnet and a frothy off white head with localized spots of carbonation. Not much in the aroma other than Belgian yeastiness and fruitcake notes. Taste is very complex with dried fruits, sweet candy and a quit harsh pine bitterness. A slight amount of acidity but only adds to the complexity and complements the medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Didn’t hold much hope for this as a winter saison but the piney notes (unsure whether these are from the spruce needles listed on the label or from some choice hops however,) balance the cake-like notes and the lack of estery, yeastiness is a welcome change. Hides the ABV remarkably well and really is quite a wintery taste. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4187) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2015
Shared 0,75l bottle @ One Pint Pub (Christmas tasting). Pours clear deep amber with a high off-white head. Aroma is slightly fruity roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol, spices and hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (1047) - MOns, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2015
Robe ambrée brillante, belle mousse. Nez tout en élégance sur la coriandre, les épices, la fourrure, le clou de girofle, une note levurée. Bouche à l’attaque ronde, un très beau fruit, de la tension et une longue finale amère mais équilibrée. Un très belle bière alliant puissance et complexité.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (743) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 2, 2015
Âmbar turva, espuma de boa formação e retenção. Aroma cítrico, tangerina, especiarias, picante. Paladar de médio dulçor, leve amargor, apimentada, gengibre. Aftertaste mantém adocicado, condimentado, complexa, de difícil descrição . Muito boa !

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
corkyrory66 (1429) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
Spéciale de Noël d’un niveau abv de 10 %. Bien. Couleur ambre foncé, à roux clair. Anodin. Clarté nette, bulles fines à moyennes, à montée lente. Moins bien. Mousse beige à gros flocons, instable. Encore moins bien. Arômes de malt grillé, fleurs des bois, poivre, piment rouge. Encore en-dessous. 1ère bouche douce, souple, sur du malt joli, mais dominé par du poivre en pagaille. Arrière-bouche très déséquilibrée, épicée en diable. Affreux. 2ème sur un ensemble un rien plus intégré, mais toujours la pique du poivre. Arrière-bouche à la fois fleurie et piquante !! Ridicule. 3ème où le déséquilibre revient en force. Arrière-bouche limite grimaçante. Désespérant. Longueur où cette bière n’est acceptable qu’en arrière-arrière-arrière-bouche, c’est-à-dire au moins 3 minutes après la gorgée !! Désastreux. Jambes lisses et collantes !! Impropre. Levure ok, mais à quoi sert-elle ici, sauf à une texture correcte… Alcool fort, mais inutile dans ce breuvage !! Finale sans aucun point positif !! CONCLUSION : ce brasseur oblige les clients à prendre des bouteilles de 75 cl … Dans ce cas, il ferait bien de savoir à quoi devrait ressembler une bière de Noël !!! S’il veut faire une bière poivrée, libre à lui, mais qu’il choisisse dans ce cas Halloween ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2015
Loved this puppy. Murky dark brown, light brown head. Looks more like a BSDA than a Saison. Nose has a lot going on. Honey, orange, caramel, ginger, cinnamon, slight amount of booze and funk. Touches of wheat to top it off. Taste reflects the nose really well. A little more spiced I thought. Just background Saison notes and I prefer that really. A little less carbonated and has a massive punch in the end. Great Christmas beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6497) - Zaandam, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1761) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17713) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crlnts (390) - 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.

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