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


on tap

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RATINGS: 739   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (2781) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
November 17, 2014. Bottle at home. Pours red with a large and very frothy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small tiny ring. Aroma is caramel, orange, coriander, banana and clove. Taste is light sweet malty and candy sugar, light tart notes (resembling lingon berries), dry spicy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Pours dark, buff head. Sweet spicy aroma, tastes sweet christmas spices, touch of booze, some sharp wild acidity, dry finish, delicate balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3404) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark beer, with a spicey aroma. Dry taste, with a taste of grassy yeast, forest herbs and some malt. Has too much alcohol, that wouldn’t be a problem if it’s hidden in the taste, but this doesn’t manage to do so. Still, an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - NOV 1, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 This is too sweet, not as good as expected. Glucose aroma caramel yeasty taste

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (323) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Complex aroma of funk, peppar, honey. The taste is also complex with honey, peppar and caramel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3172) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber with a large ivory head. Aroma is fruity and peppery with some toasty notes as well as damp hay. Sweet with hay, autumnal fruit, sourish oranges. Warming but not overtly boozy - really wouldn’t guess 10%. Dry and fairly bitter finish with rosewater and woody cloves, pepper. And then right at the end, banana. Interesting, perhaps a little heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (8402) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Darker and spiced a little differently than most saisons. A touch of chocolate, light holiday spices, farmhouse yeast and hops. Nicely balanced and tasty. Slightly over carbonated but otherwise really nice."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1770) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016 Deep orangey gold body with slight haze, holds a dense white foam. Spicy aroma; pepper, coriander seed, nutmeg, cocoa, yellow raisins, banana, lychee(!?), bit of underlying funky sweat & barnyard, Body is somewhat rich at first, drying out with warming alcohol & acidity, lively carbonation. Plenty more spice on the body; woody herbs, peppercorns, biter orange peel, ripe fruits, dried fruits, firm woody bitterness with funky sweaty, horsey undertones. An unusual and complex beer. Not sure what to make of it exactly, but certainly begs another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Christmas saison, tasted in the 2005 and 2010 versions. The 2010 version had an off-white, sticky head and misty yellowish blonde colour; strong banana aroma, mandarine liqueur, straw, orange peel, spices and flowers; and a sweet fruity taste (apple, banana), flowery, soft, lots of citrus freshness and a refined Hallertau finish with mild spicy notes. The 2005 version, on the other hand, was a lot darker, coppery to almost bronze with a light beige head, more ’regular’ fruity esters in the nose, a sourish Brett hint and a more malty and more sourish taste - a totally different beer in all aspects, so I don’t understand why all vintages are grouped together under one single entry here. I’ll rate the 2010 version here because it is more recent but I would rather be able to rate every vintage separately!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2438) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle shared with Ben and Tom. Hazy brown colour, beige foam. Soft carbonation. Complex aroma of port, spices and dark fruit. Some roastiness with a sour touch. Well balanced and complex beer. Good drinkable. Very good.

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