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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Good color for this beer. It was too rich tasting for me. Nice color and head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Complex aroma - caramel, toffee, plum, pepper, honey. Flavor is malty, with all the elements of the aroma. Even balance, medium bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
fruity and spicey on the nose. Initial taste has some woodiness and some tangy sourness and a lot of spice. A nice addition to the fantome range but I prefer the Hiver as a winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Dark hazy brown color with a small head. My first impression upon sipping this is what a thin body it has for a 10% beer. Decent lacing. Saison like aroma with a clove like taste and mouthfeel. Different but not something I will go back to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2004
750 ml bottle uncorks so loudly I'm afraid it'll wake the neighbors. Huge yeasty nose, I'll have to let it settle for details. Bottle has no discernible dating, but purchased a year ago. Very murky dark dried-blood color with huge billowy maple-cream head. That head just doesn't die. I'm going to have to sleep and drink this for breakfast! Now I can get more from that nose. Very yeasty, alcohol fairly obvious, black currants, seawater (yeah, weird I know), bit of brown sugar. Very yeasty and strong flavor, sour with hints of cherries -- this reminds me both in appearance and flavor in a way of a super-strong Flemish sour. Very acidic, but with some nice finishing tart grapefruity sugar. I rather wish this was a smaller bottle, as it's definitely challenging my tastebuds and I wants something to follow it up with...but I'll make do I guess. Very good overall, but tough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2004
sweet raspberry aroma, cloudy apple cider appearance with an amazing creamy head, sweet raspberry tartness with some woody dryness on the finish and more ripe fruits as it warms

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5652) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Poured a cloudy copper color with a small tan head and some lacing. Taste was spicy citrus, with some caramel and a saison-like aroma. Taste of candy sugar, alcohol and some caramel. The carbonation was too much in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (935) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Malty sweet aroma. Flavor contains chocolate notes, dark caramel malts, a touch of spice, cinnamon and cherry, probably not as spicy as I like in this style though. Malt is quite sweet which overpowers a lot of its complexity, but is still very rich. Smooth, moderately hoppy finish, abv covered well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Dark with a smell slightly similar to an imperial stout like A. Le Coq. It has a very nutty, malty flavor that is highly drinkable. Yeasty, fruity flavors as well and a nice mouthfeel. When you get a good bottle of Fantome, almost nothing is better! This one didn't disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
Cloudy brown color. The nose is tart with sweet malt and a yeast that comes across as candyish and sweet. The body is quite sour with chocolate notes and some fruit. A good, yet from this brewery, quite average brew.

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