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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
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RATINGS: 707   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Off-white head, large bubbles. VERY well carbonated, this beer couldn’t wait to fizz out of the bottle once opened. Dark murky color, rather unappetizing. Grainy-sweet aroma with a harsh citric acid overtone. Blackberry startwith a hop-bitter middle. Alcohol pepper / bitter aftertaste. Two things irk me about this beer:<ul><li>Color doesn’t match the flavor - I expected a dark winter brew to be a lot maltier</li><li>The color doesn’t match the flavor at all</li></ul> Bottle thanks to Blake. Hazy brown body, tan head. Fruity raspberry aroma with coriander and a light caramel malt underbody. The flavor is about the same as my prior rating - grapefruit rind with a coriander bite with an unclean alcohol thing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 1998 vintage tasted in 2003: Red & cloudy, small white head. Cheese and apricot in the nose. Flavor is medium sweet, yeasty--like brie. Good shot of apricots, slightly sour with a bit of horse blanket thrown in for good measure .
Tasting a fresher vintage in 2004: Deep burgundy color with a brown head. Sweet nose with hints of horseblanket, slightly sour, some chocolate. Flavor is rich and vinous, medium sweet, with prunes, cider, horsey funk, spicey yeast, and a bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4588) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(750ml bottle) Thin, white head and near opaque copper body. Grapes, iodine and malt nose. Trat, dry grape and damn sour. Grapfruit finish. Thanks Joe!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2003
2001 bottle. Murky brown color, spritzy head. Aroma of spice, fruit, and some barnyard. Flavor was spicy and fruity (pears and sour apples). Lively carbonation, slightly acidic. Very nice. Thank you joey_capps!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
2001. Cloudy brown. Good-sized beige head w/ lots of zippy carbonation. Spicy, fruity aroma w/ mild acidic quality. Smooth, slightly acidic, highly carbonated feel. Lightly sour & fruity flavour w/ some barnyard. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Caramel, butterscotch and alcohol greet the nose. Murky brown, medium toffee head. Tastes of sour fruit and bread. Tastes and feels like a lambic to me? Dry. Very nice. Thanks joey_capps!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Floral, hoppy and slight sour apple aroma. Medium brown color, small white head. Flavor is yeasty, slightly sour, with notes of pear and apple. Very good stuff. Alcohol is not noticed at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 2011-11-19. Hazy dark amber body with a small creamy foamy off-white head. 3+ Subtle aroma, light yeast, light alcohol, sweet malt and sugars. 7+ Similar flavour, sweet malt and sugars up front, tangy bitterness into the finish. 7+ Average plus palate. Nice. 7+/4/7+/3/16 Bottle shared at Rudolf’s Sourfest 2011

2003-12-XX. Dark brownish colour. Aroma and flavour are a slightly fruity, bit of cherry in the aroma and a hint something like acidic green apples in the finish after a predominantly sour flavour profile. Found this hard to drink, but I liked it in a weird sado-masochistic kind of way. 7/3/4/3/14 Oakes Ratebeer Christmas Party

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Brown color with red notes. Aroma of too old beer (plums in Madeira, raisins). Alcohol totally hidden. Likely to an ordinairy bruin. Lack of flavor and intensity. Flavor kind of disappears in the mouth. Quite disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2487) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Cherry, plum, raisons, cidre und pine tree nose. Red brown color, oh head, flat. Sour cidre, plum and balsamico taste but smooth and silky. Well balanced.


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