Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Batch 2/2013. The second in a limited series of specials from Brasserie Fantôme.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, creamed-amber colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a hazy, dark amber / dark plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma is smoky, weirdly fruity, with perhaps a touch of fruitiness. Aromas of tamarind, perhaps a hint of brown sugar, a deeply earthy spice character, which melds well with a toasted, brown malt, whole grain character.

Very lightly sour, but pleasingly so, the tartness melds with a light roasted character and a touch of smokiness that lingers on the palate. The smokiness here almost seems a bit more than yeast would contribute, but it might just be from a phenolic yeast strain. The tartness contributes a filtered tamarind flavor, perhaps a touch of apple like notes, and an interesting, not quite herbal, not quite vegetal, perhaps rhubarb like note towards the finish. The beer is quite light bodied, especially for a beer of this strength, exceedingly quaffable. There is a nutty, toasted brown bread, and wholesomely sweet, brown grain breadiness to this beer that helps to ground this beer quite well. As the beer warms up it gets a touch more malt focused, still lightly tart, but perhaps a bit more balanced.

Extra sour? I am not too sure about that, even for a Fantôme, but it certainly has a nice tartness to it. This beer drinks exceedingly light for its labeled alcohol, in fact I wonder if it is really this strong. Definitely an interesting beer, it grew on me more as I worked my way through the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1325) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Swing top Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a modest, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass - retention is modest, with light lacing presence. The nose is vibrant dark fruit, earthy oak and mild vanilla notes, moving to a sweet and sour vinous character here. Interesting. There is the obligatory spice note (of course) - Anyway - Love the bottle, love the nose on this one - but the appearance and the flavor profile leave a bit to be desired here. Initial sweet tart, spent grain, moving to belgian yeast presence, dark fruits (currant), smoked oak, with a lingering bittering - the center lacks heft here though - It’s interesting / different - but it doesnt... quite... mesh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle shared at Levi’s. Another awesome Fantome, I love this brewery. Smoke and osur aroma. Flavor has more smoke, some meat. Dry and earthy, with a light sourness. I might have classified this as a smoked beer rather than sour, as the smoke is much more prominent than the sour character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1420) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Hazy brown pour with a slight head. Thanks Ryan! Smoked peat nose. Really nice sour taste, lots of complex character with peat and smoke in the finish. Cool beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5995) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Murky amber brown pour with a light beige head. Smoke, meat, and must on the aroma and taste. Not overly sour but slightly so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (847) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Dark brown with small tan head. Smokey and tart aroma. Quite tart flavor. Strangely fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Experiment_Ale (918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2014
At this douche that spell his name Stephen’s house during GABF 2013. Aroma is musky, huge smoke, BBQ, wood. Taste is huge smoke, BBQ, slight tartness. This ish is too smoky and weird. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1054) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from hot city pizza. Pours black brown with off white head. Taste is lots of smoke with a slight tart lemon finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head and a sourish brown ale aroma. There is a smoky slightly sour brown malt flavor with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1999) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Dark Brown Hue; Passes Mild Light, White Head, Decent Lacing S: Mildly Bready, Mild Plum T: Bready, Mild Plum, Mild Band Aids M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bready Overall, medicore at best, the flavors are mediocre at best...blahhhh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2547) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown, almost black with a small cream-colored head and decent lacing. Big smoky, meat drippings, bacon, roasty, lightly tart and dark fruity aroma. Taste is big smoke, sour roasty, lightly tart, caramel, bready, and dark fruity witha lightly sour finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Pretty weird, but kind-of cool.

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