Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Soy-Erezée, Belgium


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: L’odeur est une explosion d’herbes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’estragon avec une pointe fruitée. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2196)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
It’s not that Fantôme does not brew many novelties, but they’re mostly hard to find in Canada. And the brewery still holds a special place in the anticipated pleasant surprises department, so it’s always a thrill to try a new one. Here, we’re facing a ridiculously spicy (yeah, ridiculous is the word), generously aromatic and perfumey nose with strong orange and a whole spice rack. How can I smell basil in such a yeast ale? Not necessarily all that pleasant, but as often, unexpected and what saves it has got to be the freshness. It ain’t refreshing, but it feels fresh and thus remains respectable, not just a bunch of aromas with no foundation. The smooth body and its gentle carbonation are suitable. The slightly milky acidity attempts at being refreshing. If only its nose were not so impossible to comprehend, this could actually be pleasant, but alas, they tried magic and new tricks don’t work all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with some distinctive citrus notes. Taste is also a well balance mix between some tart and sour notes with some citrusy hops with limited bitterness. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Easily drinkable and very funky while being different form any other beer I tasted before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (2960) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2008
Green bottle, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on November 16 2008; eye: amber, lightly hazy, good effervescence, champagne-style white head that falls and that remains but with a creamy look, nice lacing; nose: sour, horse, light fruity, light spices, yeast; mouth: sour, horse, fruity, light spices, dry finale in fruity with presence of horse, mildly sour, lightly sweet, slightly bitter, medium body, rather carbonated, mildly acidic; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 16 novembre 2008; œil : ambrée, légèrement voilée, bonne effervescence, mousse blanche style champagne et qui se maintient mais avec une apparence crémeuse, bonne dentelle; nez : aigre, cheval, léger fruité, léger épices, levure; bouche : aigre, cheval, fruité, léger épices, finale sèche en fruité avec présence de cheval, moyennement aigre, légèrement sucrée, très légèrement amère, corps moyen, plutôt carbonatée, moyennement acide; en résumé : bien

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