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

bottled
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RATINGS: 669   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.


Lilja's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lilja (1632) - Malmö, - JAN 28, 2013
Smak och doft av terpentin, alkohol, barr. Sträv med en betydande beska med smak av apelsinskal.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"Musty, fruity and tart. Not quite as good as the sum of its parts, but definitely enjoyed. kind of an ugly looking pour, but that’s really not high on my list. The earthy funk won me over."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cory (313) - , California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle. Berry, apple, spice, and some tart aromas. Taste is sweet with a dry finish with a malty backbone. Pretty good beer but not what I expect from a saison.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (154) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle at Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours hazy (!) amber with a thin white head. Aromas of slight orange, cinnamon, herbs. Some spice. Taste is quite herby, spicey and some fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1112) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Pours hazy unclear amber with almost no head. Aroma is wild and funky with notes of sweet citrus, some hay and weak wheat. Taste of wild boneyard, funky mouldy notes, wheat, some hops and some bitter citrus.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1190) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with some sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are cinnamon, herbs, dried fruit, and yeast - with a dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Monchito_IPA (141) - SPAIN - AUG 23, 2014
Color anaranjado, espuma blanca muy muy densa que se disipa dejando una pequeña capita. Bastante cuerpo para ser una saison, densa y con sedimentos. Aroma ácido entre saison y lambic. Sabor increíblemente complejo, muy muy seca pero con un toque final ligeramente dulce, acidez moderada y ligeramente agria con final amargo que recuerda a las mejores triples belgas. Impresionante.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016 Big fluffy foam dies down to a dense cap atop a hazy deep honey gold body. Spicy aroma, very complex; phenolic & woody clove, overly ripe pear & banana-like esters, fennel & coriander seed, hay & porrigey malts, touch of malt vinegar. Carbonation relatively subdued for style, as is the body, somewhat thick, slightly stodgy, more like a Belgian strong than a Saison, not to take anything away from it, plusthere’s still a tickle of acidity. Once again, it’s a complex mix on the body; bruised banana & apple, cider vinegar, whole cloves, bay leaf, white pepper, some minerality there, sherbert, grassy herbal hops. Bitterness reasonably pronounced, long finish, alcohol growing in warmth as I get through. Second beer from this brewery, and no less impressed that the first time - there’s something rustic & unique about them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The winter saison in this series, changing recipe each year so should be rated per vintage here; the vintage I tasted, had almonds added to it. Cloudy brownish amber colour, cream white head, complex yeasty and spicy aroma with caramel malts, almonds only faintly noticeable, fruity as usual for a Fantôme; bready and honeyish malts in the mouth with complex spicy accents and fresh fruitiness, faint chocolate note, sourish accent as usual. Very well-balanced and I urgently have to taste this anew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 Amazingly finding an off-menu draft of an aged version (2007?) of the Hiver at Monks Cafe in August 2014. Unusual light cloudy egg yolk pour with a lot of soapy soft white foam that left lace that thinned away. Browned white peaches. Nectarines. Nicely tart but the edges have softened so it is not harsh. A bit musty, but not overaged. Much of the caramel malt flavors have fuzzed away to far in the background. Noteworthy that each pour into the old keg got brighter, fuller and less cloudy. Wonderful juicy dry citrus fluff!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (258) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
Aroma and taste are a little funky and fruity. Has some slight maltiness. Finish dry with some sweetness.


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