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


on tap

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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5392) - 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.

   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.

   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
Dark amber sour and earthy spice nose. Heabal peppery and woody qualities. Nutmeg and allspice fit in with a honeyed biscuit and sour apple quality. Soft and round on the palate with a nice sour fruit and lemon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Original Rating (8-4-8-3-15=3.8): Apricot, pear, brown sugar, brettanomyces all share equal billing in the aroma. Opaque tan brown with a decent tan head that recedes to ring with some nice lacing. Perfumey flavour includes notes of oak, sandalwood, leather, with plenty of brett character that evokes the barn. Some ashy notes in the finish. Complex, fruity and herbaceous. Medium body with fair carbonation that is gently effervescent on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and SimonB.
Rerarte (7-4-8-4-15=3.8): Chocolate, leafy, wood and gooseberries in the aroma. Opaque brownish-red body with a decent and lasting, off white head that recedes to partial cover with some lacing. Woody, earthy, sharp yet sweet flavour with plenty of fruity esters and some chalkiness in the finish. Medium body with lively carbonation and a soft texture. Mild alcohol warming. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
Excellent aroma of lavender, spices and yeast. Great flavor of lavender and spices with earthy tones. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. This had a slight hazy body, brown in color. There were many differing flavors and aromas. Hard to nail it down, but for a saison, right on the money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05 750ml bottle. Pale prune juice color with nary any head. Big stinky aromas of wood, toffee, marzipan, citrus, savory. The flavors actually match aromas nicely which I find unusual for Fantome but right on the money for saison. Very tart brew gets carried away with a bit too much candyish sweetness for my tastes but redeems itself with a good dose of herbal wood. Savory highlights. This one makes me think twice about what saison is supposed to be. Not much smack from the alcohol but it’s there enough to give a shiver at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
750ml. bottle sampled at Brewtopia ’05. Murky, dark amber color with very little head. Aroma is both sweet and tart with some vanilla and citrus. Flavor is again sweet/tart with lots of spice and a great vanilla aftertaste.

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