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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2520) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
amber hue, two finger head that reduces to lacing cap. scent is dark fruits and dull earthiness. taste is similar with more emphasis on the fruit. mouth is typical Belgian light. slightly sweet, alcohol rears it’s warming self. mmmm... gonna seek this again.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear dark golden beer with a dense finger thick off-white head. Herbal typical Fantome aroma with some caramel hints, dried fruits and a generic fruityness. Floral. It’s full bodied, dry and with a nice carbonation level. Herbal flavor with a hint of black pepper. Fruityness and some spring onion notes. Almost meaty. Lasting herbal and fruity finish. Refreshing indeed. Too malty I think though. 160521

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; lot bj13, best before end 2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/copper color with 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1173) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Pretty good. A bit weak on aroma but has a nice solid taste. Nachbar during rain storm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (548) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2016
2016/05/04 - Pours a cloudy amber brown colour with a thin, soapy, off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is yeast, light banana esters, spice, herbal/floral hops, orange peel and a hint of caramel. Tastes is sweet bread, yeasty esters (mainly banana), orange peel, dark fruits, caramel, spices and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full with light carbonation and a clean, drying finish. Not my favorite saison from Fantôme, but still very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (2080) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2016
Bottle chaired at omhper, thanks. Lasting dark beige head. Amber color. Mild but complex aroma. Caramell taste with a low sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
March 5, 2016. Bottle.
Light hazy amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is light sweet toffee, some esters, bubblegum, slight spicy, hints of pear. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is slight apple, spicy, grass, earth, quite dry with hints of alcohol. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - FEB 29, 2016
75cl bottle. From the other ratings and comments I think there is a huge variability in this beer or brewery. My beer is light brown and almost flat. Aroma is spicy, nutty, yeasty, caramel. It is cloyingly sweet, very much so. I could not finish my glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5253) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2016
4-ish oz pour on draft at The Sovereign’s grand opening. Courtesy of Greg, thanks! Per Greg, this was a fairly fresh batch before age got to set in. Hazy amber with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes and citrus. Tastes of earthy notes, citrus, funk, floral notes, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3608) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Poured into Duvel tulip, muddy dark amber/orange, with adequate creamy head. Saison herbal aromas beefed up with some savory spices, and some malt evident. Taste follows with the spices taking more of the center stage, not overpowering, but wonderfully accenting the normal saison flavors. Body a bit thicker than normal, but can feel the effervescence.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2016
From a bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like tart dried fruits, light herb, pear, and lemon. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like pear, herbs, buscuit malt, and honey.


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