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


on tap

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RATINGS: 715   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Murky dark black/brown. Small off white head. Spicy, bretty, funky nose. Anise, licorice, cardamon, sour, warming, alcohol, raison, barnyard, very drinkable, finishing with yeast and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Vintage 1999. Cardamon, cherry and some chocolat aroma. Cloudy, red brown color, light brown head, good lace. Complex, very spicy, cinnamon, cardamon, fruity, cherry, light sour. Burning sensation and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Dutch Ratebeer meeting. Best before 2001. Brown colored, cloudy. Chocolate aroma with cinnamon, cranberry. Malty flavor with cherry, chocolate and cinnamon. Some fruity sourness. Well hidden alcohol. Complex and herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Nice tan rocky head. Strong nose of apricot or prunes. Alcohol masked very nicely. A bit sweet, but overall excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Poured a very good initial head... very tall and rocky. However, that quickly dissipated. Nose is of roasted brandy or sour brandy with a hint of brown sugar every so often. Starts sour, with a sweet grapefruit middle. Overall not too strong, but very flavorful and yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Bottled, best before 2001. Red-brown, yeast particles. Aroma of chocolat malts, cherry. Taste is chocolat malty with a bit sour cherry. Alcohol notes are present. Complex, but not very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Bottled, best before 2001. Red-brown, yeast particles. Fruity aroma(cherries), some alcohol, pretty good. Very fruity flavour, complex. Perhaps the only flaw is the palate. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4622) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
(dutch ratebeer meeting) Bottle aged. Bit soury and chocolate aroma. Cloudy, brown coloured with a thin, lasting off-white head. Winey, bit soury, malty/chocolate and very spicy. Decent brew.

   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.

   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.

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