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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 694   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Dark brown with red hues, tan colored head with very good retention and lacing. In the aroma I got old grass clippings, green beans, some slight spice, and maybe a little fruitiness as it warmed. Same characteristics in the taste, except there was none of the fruitiness. Just wasn’t good, would not seek this out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 bottle, pours hazy dark amber, aroma of funk, barnyard hay, hint of sugary sweetness, raisens, dates, dark fruit, flavor is musty, drying in the back of the throat, some sugar, caramel. you can taste the pepper. de-light-ful

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Initial smokey,then fruity sour aroma.Dark chestnut appearance.Dry bitter herbal flavor that gets mildly sweet and sour with a slght taste of coffee.Very smooth for 10%.Lingering herbal, black pepper finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a very thin tan head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, grapes, cherries, sour apples and other various dark fruits. A slight musty spice comes thru as well. Taste of cherries, tabacco, oak, some chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste reminds me of apple peel. The fruitness is amazing in this beer and the more I drink it, the tabacco taste goes away. Mouthfeel creamy and this is a very filling beer. I enjoy the taste, but as I said, very filling.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Soury and flowery w/ fruit and sweet notes, slightly vinious. Dark reddish brown and poured w/ awesome head and lacing. This was a big beer! Caramel and soury fermented fruit, vinious and sweet, it was all over the place. Really good effervescence and body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Pours a dark red/brown color with a minimal tan head. Huge spicy nose with some sweet malt notes. Funky, earthy sweetish character dominates, with a backup of spice and maybe anise... ? A nice treat in the middle of summer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle consumed on ukranian christmas (I think) big shout out for all my ukranian friends out there... Appearance- deep stout like appearance with a huge offwhite head. Great lacing. Nose- licorce, some chocolate and twinge of funkiness. Taste- big licorce, dusty and dry as a popcorn fart. Lots of other spices I can’t pick out. Sourness is there, but more so just a dusty, dark fruit weird ass beer, but I’m not complaining. Some powdered chocolate taste as well. Mouthfeel- thing bodied for such an otherwise rich beer. Very drying in the mouth. Drinkability is medium. A bottle best shared, but I took this beast on by myself.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jethro6191 (402) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a dark cloudy tea color with an orange hue. The pillowy white head slowly disipates to a thin layer that rings the glass. Spicy fruit aroma with a hint of alcohol and barnyard characteristics. The flavor is complex with roasted malt, spruce, dried fruit, and pepper notes. There is a slight sourness towards the end. The finish is dry. Other than the slight alcohol aroma the 10% abv is well hidden. Very impressive offering. Happy New Year!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevencon (401) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Copper orange with off white head. Small bubbles. Malty fruity esters. Fruit cake? Candied fruit malt sweet with some tartness and funky earth. Effervescent and light.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
Very muddy brown body with a small soapy white head. Nose of chestnut, mocca, coffee. Again chestnutty taste, notes of roasted malt. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Alcohol is very well hidden. Thick, full mouthfeel, except for the finish. All in all very nice.


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