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

bottled
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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19212) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2004
Bottled. Cloudy orange. Light estery fruit aroma with a touch of menthe. Funky and lively, medium dry with light sparkling moutfeel. Lightly resiny finish with some bitterness. Complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
I think, just to fully experience the wonders of this brewery, I need to buy several cases of it and bathe in it, letting it seep into all my varied passages and cracks. Would it help me appreciate the beer? Probably not, but it’s a nice idea. Clear light mahogany, wispy oily head. Nose very malty, lovely chocolate notes, vaguely musty, some sweetness. Great flavor, rich cocoa chocolate character mixes with spices, good yeasts, and a mix of cherries, plums, and earthiness. Just a hint of barnyard character, enough funk to put junk in your trunk. Good stuff, and Fantome continues to impress.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Label says "Winter", but I can only assume this is the "Hiver", and, while only days ago, I thought it was the beginning of "printemps", well, we got dumped on by 8 inches of snow, here in early March in my little frozen corner of the world, and it’s Hiver all over again, why not enjoy it! Un cap, un cork, POP!!!...ah!...gorgeous, hazy orange color, with a good, buzzing, slight layer of foam above. Aroma is sour and must with a good portion of citrus, fresh and full, but dominated by this musty orange character. Taste: puckering ...biting...totally sour flavor, softly fading, leaving a touch of sweet citric quality behind. Let’s try again...briefly biting hops, then that sourish pucker, ooh!!!, then after a bit, sweet orange and lemon, tasty...not what I expected from a winter brew when the autumnal variety had such a variety of flavors at it’s disposal. A good saison, but surprising as a "winter beer". Terribly interesting, this, with that never-ending tango of sweet, then sour, then back, then forth, a complex brew, invigorating, delicious, spicy, yet sublime ... hurrah for Fantome, I say it loud and proud! (originally written 3-08-04)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Murky orange brown, smallish cream head....smell...orangey-clovey, sweet cream, sugar/honey, acidic too, herbal but I don’t what herbs. Mild meadow farmyard, with some funk mixing with light flowers. Also stinky cheese. Taste: no alcohol, some bitter herbs up front, muddled spices, middle fairly sweet but acidic, end bitter, yeasty, cheesy, coating but also dry. Not refreshing but tasty. Warming. Thanks, wunder!

Rerate from older bottle: mellower, yeast flavors have died down, leaving a soft, subtle sweetness accented by spice. Green apple notes, a warming finish. Old numbers: 8/4/7/3/16

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Quite sour aroma. Bitter start and middle. Hoppy palate and finish. I liked this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle. Soft and spicey. Citric rindy-lightly acidic. Bready, touches of oak, apples, earthy, very soft and delicate, 8%ABV is masked unbelievably well. Didn’t taste as dark as i expected, but it was still very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2004
[Draught] Apples and yeast in the aroma. The flavour is malty and sweet with a bready touch. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2004
75 cL bottle, tulip glass. Average, creamy, white head is well lasting. Body is a cloudy dark orange. Bread, straw, cereal malt (M); flower and perfume hops (M); barnyard and cheese yeast (M); clove, white wine, cask wood aromas. Moderately sweet lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium body, watery/oily texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: smells/tastes like a small lambic...very clean.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This brew pours with an orange amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and vinious with notes of honey and a touch of spice. The flavor is sweet yet bitter, and yeasty with notes of honey. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Pours a dark burnt caramel colro with a small rocky white head with huge bubbles. Aroma is roasted malt with some interesting mossy notes. Also, that Fantome spice comes through. Flavor is barnyard, spice and malt and is "sublte" in an interesting way. Body is light and airy, if not a bit thin. I really liked this beer.


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