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

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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Another seasonal, tart, rich, amber brew.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4492) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
Thnx to belgiuminabox Pours dark yet clear amber , no real head . Smell is sweet , ambermalts . Taste is sweet , thick ambermalts , bit bitter . Fruity . Slightly metal ( as is natural with amberbeers ) By far one of the best fantome ive had .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3072) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle: Believed 2008 vintage, no notching on the bottle, though. Turbid orange color, opaque, muddy, swampy, albeit radiant & glowing. Lightly eggshell tinted foam on top. Aroma explodes like an Orange Creamsicle inside of a cork factory. Tons of musty cork, lots of sopping wet horsey funk & a huge, juicy, creamy orange upbringing. Tangerine, grapefruit, melon, peach, with underscores of Belgian yeast spices, mild clove & a touch of white pepper. The flavor is like French kissing a piece of moldy driftwood with a Sunny D in one hand & a vanilla cone in the other. Seriously. Tons of creamy orange, mild vanilla, little hints of clove & coriander, faint tropical fruit, & a strong, VERY strong mid-palate to finish loaded with notes of dusty cellar doors, moldy corks, & funky ass barnyard stalls. Huge body for a saison, very creamy & surprisingly viscous. Not in line for the style, but it fits with the flavor profile so whatever. This is a great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3670) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Vintage 2014. Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! Muddy amber/brown with a small quickly vanishing white head and no lacing. Quite ugly! Aroma is very similar to the Dalmatienne we had an hour ago… floral, lemon/lime notes, light spiciness, caramel notes and yeast. Taste is quite floral too, lime/lemon notes, yeast, light spiciness, vanilla and light caramel. Medium body. Very soft carbonation. Mild lemony/herbal finish. It’s easier to drink than it looks like. Far from fantastic, but a decent offering that is quite refreshing and decently tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4020) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle shared with Tom at hotel tasting. Murky copper pour with disappearing white head. Aroma is herbal, rosemary, some citrus, a bit of lime. Taste is grainy, citrusy, lemon, some vanilla, herbal notes. Palate is not very carbonated, light-med bodied. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8283) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Small to medium yellowish-cream head, fast disappearing over well-carbonated amber beer, hazy. Caramel, spruce, gingerbread, spices. Sourish, an acidity not unlike that of very young, light-green pine- or spruceneedles (again). Faint lactic acid. Hints at caramel, but no sweetness. Looks flat, but the MF belies this. Light to maybe medium bodied ("rich" as on the blurb is definitely exaggerated.) Pleasing, refreshing acidic beer - as it is intended. Can quite live with this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14864) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. It pours a flat, unclear, dark amber color, just a thin rim of beige bubbles. The aroma has some farmhouse notes, with berries and caramel. It’s slightly sour in the flavor with caramel malts in the back, and some berries, cellar, hay and citrus hints. Medium body, dry, with a nice carbonation level. A bit boring this one, but sure drinkable and interesting. 140823

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8922) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Kristiansand Ølfestival 2014
Pours hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits and a hint of sourness. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with a sweet dried fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nilsas (2121) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
Dunkel brun farge. Lite skum. Syrlig duft av høy og noe sitron. Smak av syrlig høy dog noe mild.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2993) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The summer version of the four seasonal Fantômes, with loose, unstable, off-white head and orange to peach blonde colour, misty. Aroma of vanilla, banana, strawberry ice cream, liquorice, wet straw, mint, sweat, orange peel and peach. Very fruity, very citrussy and very refreshing start, sweet like vanilla sugar, then a clean lemony acidity, caramel, honey, soft with fascinating spicy accents of aniseed, cloves and vanilla, in the end a bit of whisky-like warming alcohol, not wry in any way, some lactic acidity also showing up, possibly as a result of mild infection, dry with little hops. Very unusual like most of Fantôme’s beers but refreshing summer ale indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Full disclosure on this rating: had a sample sent to me by a good friend and I was skeptical it would hold up, but after hearing the hiss of the bottle, I think we are good to go. 1996 vintage sent courteousy of Stakem. Thanks Adam! Pours a murky brown color with a fingers worth of off white head. Nose is orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, and some light oxidation. Flavor starts out with a big rush of acidity and finishes with smooth malt and caramel. Mouthfeel is surprisingly delicate. Moderate acidity with good carbonation, and a lingering finish. Very nice experience, thank you Adam!


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