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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
Draught @ Kerstbierfestival 2006 in Essen, BE. Hazy dark yellow brown color with a litle white head. Aroma off yeast, banana, medicine and pepper. Flavor is sweet and spicy (peppery) with some notes of the medicine aroma, witch i did not like.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2007
75 cL bottle, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours copper and hazy brown with a little lacing head. Aroma is brett and slight acidic. Flavour is acidic and with a light citric note. Finish holds a slight malty note and a distinct citric brett note. Lovely light spiced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
A hazy amber beer with a lazing orange head. The aroma is sweet and quite fruity. The flavor is sweet fruity with a strong note of dust.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Deep, dark brown with a warm, red Christmas glow. Gigantic, rocky head. For a 10% beer this is surprisingly dry with a pronounced bitterness. But once again it’s the unique spicyness that stands out. I sense pepper and...and...? Gets unclear, almost muddy if you pour the huge sediment. 210901

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2005
Bottled, thanks to René. Hazy brown colored with a beige head. Acidic aroma of fruits, spices, sherry and wood. Flavour of fruits, wood and sherry.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown/black colour with brown huge head. Aroma of cherry, fruits, barnyard and some raosted malt. Flavour is sweet raisins, plum, toffeee, fruit, spices, roast and some smooth "leathery" notes. Very complex, but pleasant. Alcohol gives a small kick in finish. Long aftertaste of malt, caramel, raisins and sourness. Totally lovely!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19214) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2004
Bottled. Cloudy copper colour. Interesting and complex aroma including cellary cherries. Sweet with light sparkling mouthfeel. Warming and spicy with notes of grapes and a grassy finish. A very interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16390) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and spices. Sweet malty and slightly earthy flavor with hints of spices. Also some tart hints. Malty finish with some warming spicy hints in the aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
5th June 2009
Cloudy chocolate coloured beer. Dry crisp palate. Mildly sour with a faint chocolate note. A sweetish fruity tone in the mid. Finishes dry and bitter spicy. Not that well joined up. A bit odd!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Corked bottle 2006-04-17, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Dark brown color. Aroma of malt and candi sugar. The taste is malt with some chocolate and caramel. Nothing special.

Corked bottle, 2003-05-01, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Brown-amber color. Aroma of wood, light malt and Porto wine, bread. Dry mouth, more than the alcohol content may suggest; black pepper, some sourness, typical for Fantôme, a touch of wood. Bitter sour final. I don’t go crazy for Fantôme…


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