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

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RATINGS: 715   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.


3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Marachino cherries and spice. Reddish brown, small soapy head, solid lacing. Bitter orange and sweet syrup, cinnamon tartness, like a distant cousin of Campari. Big carbonation, full body, slow but solid burning finish. Might be a little hot, but a very interestingly fruity and spicy beer, unique.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Cold 25.4 oz corked bottle: Pours a hazy reddish brown amber with off-white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma is of rich malts, alcohol, light fruits, caramel and spice. Taste is of rich malts, cinnamon, light sour notes and apricots. Watery texture, mildly carbonated and smooth. Ending is malty with notes of grassy hops and light fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Definitly a darn good beer. I have always liked saisons. Herbal yeasty aroma. For 10%, this is insanely balanced. If you told me this is 7%, i would likely believe you.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2012
2011 Vintage. Let me preface this review with this: WHAT THE F FANTOME!?!? this beer was absolutely disappointing in every way. I love Fantome, having had and loved both Printemps and Hiver, my expectations for this were high. Poured a deep opaque caramel-butterscotch color with a thin but tight head. Aroma is...depressingly similar to Anchor Steam. Tons of oxidative butterscotchy medicianal notes assaulted my nose; little to no Saison character, mostly a wrong-tasting syrup from hell. Taste is cough medicine, oxidization, raisins, and malt vinegar. Body is silky with low carbonation and a medicinal finish. Overall, this was really shitty. For $18, a bottle of beer better provide an existential experience. All this bottle did was make me curse and yell.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (528) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 750 ml bottle. Knightly Spirits aims to please. Pours a ruby-tinged black and tight webs of tan lace. Tireless and always skunky with a touch of chalk and hay on the nose. Crisp with spicey-yet-subtle notes of Dewar’s scotch and granny smith apples. Head is a huge, tinted brown and the nose is caramel and malt. Perfectly sour with yeast. One of my all-time favorite beers due to its complexity, smoothness, and intrigue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours deep ruby-hued murky brown with a small dark tan head. Lightly sour fruity aroma with a hint of spiced honey, and red wine vinegar. Flavor is mainly sour and malty and not nearly as comlex as I expect from fantome. The palate is where this beer shines through. Spices finally make their appearance here, as well as some caramel, and nice warming alcohol in the back of the throat at the end of this long finish. Pepper becomes evident after the finish as the alcohol warms. Have to try another bottle just to make sure mine was okay. Even though it was a pretty decent brew, mine felt very flat and didn’t pop at all when uncorked.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle, shared by GodOfThunder. Dark brown with a fuzzy tan head. Tons of fig, chocolate, fruity, cherries, caramel, some spices and funk in the nose. Much the same with some pleasant tartness in flavor, caramel, fruity, spicy, chocolate, bretty yeast spice. Lush mouthfeel, pleasant carb, drying finish. Very nice, Christmas Fantome-style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
from a year old 750. dark brown nice tan head great lacing. aroma mineral roasted sour honey. very light pine. almost smells briny like the sea. sweet sour mineral like saltwater flavor with light roasted notes. soft spicy dry finish. very nice. complex.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2002
Chestnut brown with a lively head, dried fruits (cherries and apricot) in the nose. A malt pokes its head out of a pile of fruit, spearmint, cloves, and tart cherries leaving a picture on the palate that refuses to be forgoten.


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