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


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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
"Biere du Jumelage Bomal-Fleurie". A beer brewed to celebrate the twin towns of Bomal, Belgium and Fleurie, France. Spiced with oregano.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 23, 2010
Bright, semi-translucent, golden pour with a white head that quickly mellows to a nice ring of foam. Nose is doughy yeast, light citrus, and a good wallop of fantome funk. Flavor reveals subdued orange and lemon with a honey-basil sweetness. The oregano shines beautifully in the dry finish, which compliments the yeasty/doughy body perfectly. Carbonation is very soft and the mouthfeel is slick. Overall, this is a supremely refreshing and interesting brew that goes down quite easily. Not going to ’wow’ everybody; but as a Fantome Fanatic, this was an amazing treat for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle generously shared by MaxxDaddy. This was a fantastic saison, highlighting all the best of Fantome. Wonderfully complex aroma, showcasing a rich minty/menthol character, leafy tobacco, lemony pepper and yeasty notes. Tart, bark, bitter flavor, with a dry golden malt complexity. Punchy tartness from the Fantome yeast adds layers. Rich. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2012
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to sebletitje– hazy golden wheat colour with a white head, smell is weird to say the least, yeast, citrus air refreshers & spicy spices, taste is odd but even stranger it is odd in new and different but equally weird ways, there is so much oregano in this that it defies sanity, almost burning as it goes down your through, oregano can apparently be spicy, also hints of rosemary, cumin,… citrus, thick yeast, herbal, bitter as well, hay, barnyard, pretty much all around wtf, nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Apple, dandelion, unsweet fruits, medium CO2, bready, light funk, very very light barn, lots of flowers, lemon-lime like Sprite, apple skins. Nice. Very Unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2010
Very floral nose, notes of cotton candy, very herbal. Taste is fairly dry, fairly hoppy. Lavendar, cotton candy, lemon basil, light rosemary. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an almost opaque honey color that shows a hazed, orange tinged, straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal honey and wild flowers from a distance, but definitely smells of oregano when you take a sniff up close. It is still backed by a nice honey-like note that accentuates notes of ripe pears and juicy honey-dew melons. A deeper draft of the nose yields a huge, crystallized honey character that accentuates a huge sweetness at the end of the aroma; this contrasts nicely with the beginning of each smell that has that oregano almost savory character to it. As the beer warms up quite a bit the up front fruitiness becomes much more apparent, but still the expressive, crystallized honey note is buoyantly noticeable if you dig for it.

Quite a bit drier than the honey-rich nose suggested, but I was fully expecting this here, the beer also finishes with a light lactic tartness that seems to be just settling in. Dry, herbal honey-like notes up front meld into a savory, oregano character in the middle. The oregano manages to disappear for a short while in the near finish, but then comes back on quite persistently in the long, lingering finish. The carbonation on this beer is fairly low for a Belgian beer, much less a Fantome; it is certainly enough to couple with the light medium body though. This has very little if any hop character including no real bitterness; all of this sort of balance seems to be contributed by the oregano. Fruity flavors of Macintosh apples, subtle ripe pear, perhaps a hint of watermelon and some definite green apple are accentuated by various components of this beer.

The oregano was done pretty well here, while it is definitely distinct, it does not overwhelm the rustic Saison that makes up the base of this beer. I am continuously amazed by how intense the honey-like aromatics are in the nose; it makes me wonder how this character got here, is it purely from the fermentation character, does the oregano somehow play a role, and is there actually some honey used in the recipe to help this along (though this last alone would not be fully responsible for how intense this character is in the nose). This is another wonderful, fully rustic beer from Fantome, I can’t wait to crack in to the other few bottles that I brought back from Belgium. I am really, really enjoying this beer right now; it isn’t perhaps in the bowl me over class of beers, but damn this is one tasty brew. For some reason I like that this label has a whole section on the side for the date to be marked off on but hasn’t been used at all :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (9373) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2012
75 cl bottle @ HBF, Tampere.
Rated on 20100521.
Copper color, large bubbly head. Aroma of lemon, grass, orange peel and spices. Flavor of spices, herbs, fruits, especially citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky gold pour with a ring of rocky white froth. nose of honey and spices, slight funk and earth. great flavor with a note of tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2009
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very hazy amber with a small, firm head (did hurry out from the bottle, though). Typical dry and spicy Fantome aroma with some herby notes. Flavor of dry maltiness, and also some oregano can be found, if you know to look for it. Medium-bodied, soft-carbonated palate. Didn’t find much oregano in this, but nevertheless it’s a very enjoyable saison. Maybe not as refreshing as the plain version, but still...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle @ Carlsens Kvarter, Odense. Pours deep and unclear orange with a stable white head and lacings. Nose is herbs at first. Some oregano, yeast and mint. Dry and very inviting. Full bodied. Smooth. Balanced and dry flavor with yeast, dough and grain on top of the herbs. Dry end. Very tasty Fantome.

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