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

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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6273) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Bottle courtesy of Styles. Very sweet aroma with some cinnamon and spice. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with barely any transparency. Small off-white head. Sweet and fruity (cherries and melon) and lightly tart with tons of spice. The funky sour melon and spice finish doesn’t appeal to me all that much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2005
Poured cloudy light gold, edging on brown. Heaps of yeast. Aroma is yeasty, spicy and sweet. Flavour is a wonderful balance of citrus, vanilla, fresh grains, spices and yeasty bread. Really easy drinking, wonderfully smooth. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This bottle was less carbonated than I thought it would be. Pouring fairly aggressively still yielded little head. The beer itself is an opaque brown color. Wonderful nose with the spiciest scent I’ve had in a beer to date. This quality is carried out througout the entire drinking experience. This is my first Fantome. Can’t wait to try more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Reddish-brown body with a fading, effervescent grayish head. Wild aroma of vanilla bean, cream soda, orange sherbert, a funky lactic quality, and some oxidative notes. Tart, cherry yogurt flavor with a horsey finish. Creamy texture. This particular beer was much too funky and out-of-control. Fantome should be disqualified from RateBeer for major consistency problems.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle-pours a burgandy hue with a big off-white head. big brett in this one with funk, spicy esters, some corriander, vanilla. Flavors are very spicy, with notes of vanilla, orange peal, banyard, and slight sourness. This beer is pretty funky, but i like it! this is definately a spiced saison that is pretty well balanced and has alot of depth/complexity to it. I wish i was better at sampling this style because there is alot going on here.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Opaque, dark amber-red, like a bing cherry. Small head. Aroma is sweet and funky, with floral notes along with hints of cherry, raspberry, and cider and lots of spices. Taste is very full, a little woody and earthy with all-spice, cherries, malt, and a nice amount of funk. The flavors change with the temperature and the acidic dryness takes you through the entire bottle. I simply loved this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a light cinnamon cloudy brown with big lasting off-white head. Aroma is both spicy and sweet with apple. Taste is earthy and yeasty with the lingering taste of sour apples. NICE. Fantome knows how to make a beer. (Is this really a saison? It’s very different than something like Dupont, which I also love.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle at the Montreal tasting, 4/17/05. Lovely, light chestnut brown color with some deep tinges of amber and honey. Large off-white head, lasting, lacing and plenty of clumping. Fantastic appearance as always from Fantome. Aroma of cinnamon, rye, allspice, ginger, cardamon, some light sugar, enjoyable Belgian yeast and some light apples/pears dipped in caramel sauce. Flavor begins moderately malty, with notes of earth, dry wood, tree root, cinnamon sticks, fluffy yeast and lightly bitter, almost nutty hops. Gets more tart the more you drink, drying out the palate nicely with its divine Fantome yeastiness. Controlled acidity, though, with earl gray tea, vanilla cream and spices to linger on forever. No alcohol, soft, but tingly carbonation and a medium-full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy brown wih a nice rocky off-white head. Sweet woody nose with yeast and vinous notes, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg. Thinnish flavor, quite spicey, with a watery mouthfeel--like clove tea. Has a tangy, lemony bite, some brett. Odd, but nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Personal Milestone: Belgian beer rating #100 (out of 1140) - It’s a golden brown body with a thick, light tan head. The initial whiff, oddly, is of fresh pears, but when you get closer, it gets more interesting. The aroma is sweet and spicy, yet "dirty" and tart. The flavor is nutty and somewhat bitter, almost vinegary. A lemon and light malt taste shows up before delivering a tart citrus rind finish. Interesting, fun drink.

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