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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 What an appearance! Dany surpasses himself again here with a beautiful looking beer. In a Chimay chalice, it pours a bottle-conditionned cloudy deep amber with a huge mountainous extremely sticky off-white head that doesn't seem to have gone down after half an hour. Decadent looking. Aroma is very unique and complex. A spring harvest, Was I in florida having gathered fruits the whole day with a strong desire to just relax and have a fitting beer, that's what I'd shoot for. Immensely complex fruits layers: Lemon, grapefruit, apple, pomegranate, juniper. It remains very sweet altogether with an invitation closing to powder baking sugar and vanilla, but balanced by the Fantôme funk(yeasty cobwebs). The taste is also on the sweet side with a refreshing acidity reminiscent of apples and oranges baskets. Lots of funk, lots of spices (coriander, curacao, sage), you could almost think it's partly made with touches of wheat. The baking sugar from the aroma here is more apparenting to cocoa and sweet chocolate dancing with the fruits like a good chocolate syrup over fruit ice cream. Very effervescent (almost overly so) powdery medium body with a long pastey (mint toothpaste?) aftertaste. Did I say this was complex? and it's desperately good too!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Clear sparkling amber with acreamy fine particled white head. Glass lacing is outstanding. The aroma is quite yeasty with apples and oranges dominating the fruity aroma. The flavor is fruity with more of a pear flavor along with a good bit of sweet malt the mouth-feel is very soft and creamy. With a caramel finish. An outstanding beer in every way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
whispy yet strong yeasty nips with loads of fruit and a little bit of alc. Spicey aroma. Gorgeous colored with a moderate head completely lacing the glass. Coating and soft in the mouth. Loads of fruit, dry, astringency. spice is mellow, moderately dry, way funky.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2004
spicy yeast aroma, cloudy orange with a tight frothy head, orangey flavor then kinda watery, sweet grasslike finish with a good yeast profile but lacks the bite I look for in a saison

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2004
Orange/brown in colour with a big white head. Aromas are honey, spices and rusky yeast. Flavours are yeasty and sweet with some wheat. Quite a mild taste and somewhat sweet and sour. Great label!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4182) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2004
Dark beer with a musty, fruity and dense aroma. The flavour is generally very dense and fruity with a general light Belgian undertone. Overall a pleasant Belgian strong ale that tastes very light.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Slightly hazy amber with a thick diminishing rocky white head. Somewhat musty aroma with horseblanket, caramel, fruit, clove and other spices. Medium light watery body with lively carbonation. Flavor starts tangy with pepper, citrus, wood, banana, honey, pear, clove and other spices. It finishes with spice, wood and a nice alcohol warmth. Very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
This beer was not my favorite. It had a good caramel color to it, but I did not care for the tast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Beautiful interpretation of a crossover between a winter beer and a saison. All the rich warming malty goodness of a winter beer balanced against the tangy brett sourness of a saison. Fantome does it again. Brilliant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2004
uuuuh- yummie. Thanks Shell and Joe :-) Nice red amber color. Head leaves brussels laces on the glass. Kind of acidic, but not to overwhelming nose, more like "Brause". Pine taste, also spicey and and yeasty with some mint undertones. Chalky finish. More, please!


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