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

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RATINGS: 739   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Enjoyed at a holiday celebration with armed, Pete Howe, and Bill small. This beer reminds me of a grand cru. Generally sour, with some spicy notes. I suppose it’s okay if that’s what you’re looking for, but this isn’t my favorite style of holiday beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
750ml bottle shared with the Tallahassee crew, sour, slightly grape like aroma, interesting. But quite nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
A: snifter. pours an extremely hazy mahogany color, mostly red. Light tan head, with some reddish hues. great retention and mild lacing. S: strong sweet sours. strong sour berry aromas. toms of spices. a lot of sweet malts as well, some roasted notes. T: not as much sour in the flavor as there was in the nose. I get lots of bourbon qualities. vanilla, coconut, ans some smoky flavors. Makes me feel that it is barrel aged? Some big spice flavors, as well as some fall fruits, apples, figs, pears, and plums. M: rich and creamy. mellow carbonation. wonderful mouthfeel. D: all I can say is Boo-Yah!! I will be searching for this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anstei (639) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle. An incredibly bitter Christmas Belgian. Quite spicy and strong, but not so balanced. Too much pepper, for example. I do not taste the saison at all.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Dark brown with a thin layer of tan bubbles. Aroma is alcoholic with some sour fruit. Flavor is sour all the way through like granny smith apples. Some sweetness mixed in and possibly some bakers chocolate with a helping of earth at the end. I don’t care much for this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a frothy off-white head. Piercing aroma, cherries, frosting, yeast, dark malts. Tastes like a combination of several styles, including dubbel, saison, and flemish sour. The result is an interesting beer, lots of fruit (black cherries and pomegranite), spices, vanilla, peppery, sweet throughout. Good all around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (622) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours dark brown with a fizzy cola like head that vanishes fairly fast. Belgianesque aroma with that farmy smell mixed in there. Very sour taste, spicey. Low hop falvor. Fruity, very sour finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Pours a burnt caramel brown color with a nice big creamy head with good lacing. Aroma is vinous, woody, dark fruit, and farmhouse spiciness. Flavor is wood, cherries, sour barnyard and soy sauce. Body is dry. An excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (620) - MOns, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2015
Robe ambrée brillante, belle mousse. Nez tout en élégance sur la coriandre, les épices, la fourrure, le clou de girofle, une note levurée. Bouche à l’attaque ronde, un très beau fruit, de la tension et une longue finale amère mais équilibrée. Un très belle bière alliant puissance et complexité.


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