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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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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2009 vintage enjoyed xmas eve (and xmas day). Nose is really, really inviting, nice lactic sourness with some cherries and other stone fruit, slightly funky - as it warms, there’s some woodiness and spices (coriander? ). Flavor is a little dissapointing as per the suggesiton of the nose. Starts off with a funky sour punch, then a warming milk chocolate and light vanilla and black pepper. Finish is, well, strange. Really ashy and some botter chocolate shows, too. The ash finish approaches being a turnoff as it warms. All in all, another really unique beer from Fantome. Save for the weird lava/ash finish, it was well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Dark with a smell slightly similar to an imperial stout like A. Le Coq. It has a very nutty, malty flavor that is highly drinkable. Yeasty, fruity flavors as well and a nice mouthfeel. When you get a good bottle of Fantome, almost nothing is better! This one didn't disappoint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Tasted at theisti’s Holiday Tasting. Poured a hazy brown almost black with a dark tan head. Plenty of carbonation. Fruity aroma with some burnt sugar maltiness. Lots of black pepper in the flavor. Dark malt in the finish with a nice bit of sourness. A little spicy for my taste, a very interesting beer, but I don’t think I could drink much.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
A dark belgian ale, very tasty. Complex flavors and a yummy nose. Some spice, lots of malt, and other flavors I’m not sure how to describe.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Big acid bomb in the nose, this may be a tart one! Clear pour with a red brown tint. Not sour in the mouth at all. There is a sweet flavor, and some of the classic flavours of christmas (nutmeg type spices). There is a sap like flavour, with everything well balanced. Quite enjoyable on its own, I don’t think I would enjoy eating anything with this. I am quite impressed by how many spices are involved with a very balanced taste.

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.


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