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

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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours a hazy nut brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Head dissipates to just a trace later. Some fine light lacing. The nose is alcohol, no mistaking that. But also undercurrents of molasses and lively spices. Tastes is amazing. Spicy (clove, cayenne) followed by a alcohol burn followed by big notes of sherry. Molasses and English toffee just below the surface. Hints of vanilla, hints of oak. Underlying fruity and cidery flavors. A new taste with every sip. Did I mention the spiciness? The most impressive characteristic of this beer is that although is is rich and malty, the mouth is not sticky or overly sweet. It has just enough balance to remain drinkable as well as deeply flavorful. Pretty good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (722) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From a bomber. Happy New Year 2013! Hazy amber brown pour with ample off white foamy head. Aroma of whole grain toast with honey. Flavor infused with holiday spice, pepper, caramel ... Warm boozy finish. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours like cola. Aroma is spices, a bit funky, maybe some floral notes. Taste is mildy bitter, spice, sweet then a bit funky then rounds back out to bitter. Its a weird brew,, but pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Couleur noire très foncée, abondante mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de tabac, de terre, de fruits noirs et de poivres. En bouche, une amertume marquée semble provenir des levures, une aigreur fruitées est aussi de mise et est accompagnée d’une touche sauvage. Aucune trace d’alcool de détecter, ce qui est étonnant compte tenu du 10% indiqué. Texture laiteuse, corps semi mince à moyen, finale ramenant des notes de poivre noir. Délirium café, voyage Europe 2005.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours a nice burnt-sienna (in Crayola terms), medium head that settles to a thin halo. Good lacing Aroma is mildly citric, raisins, mild brett funk, fresh bread, and very mild allspice. Flavor is initially warm and malty, mild burlap and cobwebs, giving way to a bit of hop "pepper", sour cherries, woody notes, a medium alcohol note, and a dry finish with a hint of chocolate near the end. Goes down warm, great for a cold evening such as this. Good meshing of flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (702) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 2, 2015
Âmbar turva, espuma de boa formação e retenção. Aroma cítrico, tangerina, especiarias, picante. Paladar de médio dulçor, leve amargor, apimentada, gengibre. Aftertaste mantém adocicado, condimentado, complexa, de difícil descrição . Muito boa !

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
My first Fantome. I am not certain of the vintage of this bottle, but I know where to find a stash of these for cheap. Think I will pick up the rest soon. Pours a clearish brown with minimal head. Scent is all Xmas spice. Flavor is sweet, spicy, and earthy. I was very concerned that this brew might end up a drain pour, but, whatever its age, it has held up well. Bottle - GA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Smellsl like barrell aged-- is one of those secret ingrediants bourbon??? Dark roasted nose and taste, warming on the nose and tongue, very nice....a tease to drink in Sept while waiting for seasonal season/

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (693) - SPAIN - DEC 25, 2006
Almost black colour, with a very good head. Aroma is mainly tart, reminds of wooden cask where wine has been madurating. I feel mainly the same in the mouth, very tart and acid, like some champagnes or generous wines. When you get used to the massive acidity, you note some molasses, citrus and spices in the nose. In mouth, chocolate, spices, and the acidity you usually find in kriek beer. A diffcult beer, but a very pleasant one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabjork (690) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a brown head. It has a fruity aroma. The flavour is sweet and spicy, I can’t really describe it in a better way. The more I drank of this beer the better it became, strange indeed.


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