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


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RATINGS: 700   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2128) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Very murky reddish brown, sour, fruity and plenty of holiday spice - nutmeg and clove. Very strong but no alcohol in the flavor profile. Delicious with cornbread stuffing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Cider-red. Nose is tart and sugary, interesting spices, smells very much like Christmas. Flavor is tart and sour, green apple and plums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
(Vintage 2003) - Murky brown with hints of red. The head is tan and rocky. Fairly strong dark fruit (fruit cake?) aroma. Flavor is sour fruit with some sweetness. Body is medium-full and dry. Pretty nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
Reddish brown colour. Aroma of sherry, old figs and other christmas fruits. Malty and slightly sour flavour. Short finish. It dies very quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 750 corked bottle with 086/477044 on cork. Can't crack that code. Dark amber colored and showing ruby red when held up to light. Short lived head and minimal lacing. Great aroma of fruity malt with a slight sour earthiness. Nice smooth medium body with alcohol masked better than Gene Simmons. Nice flavored ale with a slight bitterness. Malty and yeasty with a sweet and sour fruitiness. I'm impressed with this one. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Sour fruity aroma, dark and murky. Notes of sweet malts and acidic, tartness, and noticable lack of spices compared to the other Fantomes. Sweet and sour all the way. Enjoyed this bottle with Jaymobrown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Caramel color with lively carbonation. Nice bubbles foaming up from the bottom and a moderately sized head. Nose is bitter with acidic notes. Taste isn't overly sour but is definitely bitter with a biting, spicy edge. Taste fades to a lingering sweetness and fruit. Alcohol unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is frothy and full which helps to back up the intense weedy-notes I'm picking up. Interesting saison.

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