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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Pours a dark red color with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet & very spicy. There is plenty of fruit character, pear & red apple particularly but also with some allspice and cardamom. The funkiness is on the mild side here.

The flavor is spicy, sweet up front with a dry finish. Some flavors of spruce, pear, & candied apple are fairly dominant at a cold temperature, however as this one warms it’s got a really nice bit of toasty malt and a lingering bitterness. The more I drink it the more the flavors seem to work together.

Really something to try a beer from this brewery that’s so low on brett and sourness. Very Christmasy, would drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (1989) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours a hazy amber from the bottle, not the dark color like they picture I was expecting, with fluffy cream colored head and very light lacing. Aroma is funky yeast, funky fruitiness, tartness, spicy anise and clover, and sour goodness. Taste is like a Christmas sour with no real hint of the booze. More please.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevencon (401) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Copper orange with off white head. Small bubbles. Malty fruity esters. Fruit cake? Candied fruit malt sweet with some tartness and funky earth. Effervescent and light.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Lots of crazy stuff going on in this one. Smoothly roasted malt with a hint of tartness like green coffee beans, pepper and alcohol, a bit of smoke, spicy bretty influence.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle from Greenville beer exchange. Pours brown with an inch of foam. It’s a rather turgid looking beer. Lots of holiday spices on the nose. It’s quite nice. There’s lots of different flavor sensations going on which leaves everything muddled. Finishes clean and hides the alcohol fairly well. Solid but not one I’d go back to.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - JUN 8, 2013
Smells a little funky, wild yeasty. A little smokey. Taste is nicely balanced smoke and a little tartness. Pretty dry. Overall pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berntholer (670) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2013
quite a lot of light beige head that disappears quite quickly. red-brown clear colour. aroma is cheesy, slightly rancid, brussels sprouts aftertaste is long and bitter with some caramel. bottle 75 cl @ kerstbierenfestival 2012 / notes from backlog

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ home
Pours brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, tart and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a funky, tart, fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head.Aroma of funk, caramel, some floral notes, berries and spices. Flavor is sweet and warming with some funk, berries, grains, alcohol and caramel.Medium body, average carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2128) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Purchased at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a fizzy off-white head. Organic aromas with some spices. The taste seems pretty organic as well, with some mild sourness, citrus notes, spices and malts. Some very light roasted malt shows up later, and in the aftertaste. Kind of unbalanced, all over the place with not enough spices to be called a "bière de Noël".


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