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

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RATINGS: 662   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 perhaps the best saison I have had. It is very nicely and aggressively hopped, without overpowering spice, pleasant appearance,

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Wine stained leather. Incredibly aromatic, milk chocolate, fruits (grape, currants), coriander, lactose and molasses. Subtle, funky, light bodied, lingering flavorful with a variety of fruit (grapes, apricots, raisins) and spice (coriander, wood shavings). Not as tart as I was hoping for. Well hidden alcohol, like every Fantome beer. I’m not taking this to the grave with me but I still enjoyed it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
beer pours a murky amber. very fizzy with a huge, fluffy head that quickly descends to form a thick lace. nose is huge and complex: clovey phenols, some spice (coriander?), fruity esters, and a little malt toast. nice balanced flavor: malt and spice notes up front with a finish balnced with some bitterness, a light acid tang, a good CO2 bight, and warming alcohol notes. great balance for its size. it goes down really easy, too. I really like this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 5, 2004
Cloudy deep orange w/thick white head. Light funk, vanilla, some oak and citrus aromas. Med body w/sour nutty finish. Flavors of vanilla, oak, and citrus. Rich yet the sourness refreshes the palate. Quite nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Delirium Cafe. Pours a muddy brown with a full speckled tan head. It almost looks like the color of hot chocolate. Nose is sweet and chocolaty with aromas of sugar cookies. Taste is sweet but adds much more spice flavors and some yeast. Kind of like a Christmas time cookie or maybe an oatmeal cookie. Weird but good. Body is well rounded save for some sporadic carbonation sharpness. I poured the "dregs" of the bottle in and it had HUGE clumps of sediment in it. It was a sight to behold and it added some yeastier flavors to it. Finishes nicely with more sweetness and pelasant spiciness along with a light gingery note.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6419) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
This orange-amber ale pours with a sparse tan head, eliciting a fruity aroma. The flavor is spicy and musty, with an effervescent feel. A fairly good effort from Fantome, but not quite up to their usual (high) standard.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19308) - 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


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