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


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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Belgian ale brewed with green tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: I don’t know how to rate the appearance on this one. It’s frigging radioactive green! Only Dany would make a saison like this. That said, there is a moderate sized off-white head and stray lacing left in the glass. S: One of the more fruity Fantome’s I’ve had the pleasure to drink. Generic soft citrus and a little sour apple. Earthy green tea and delicate spices. T: Green tea / herbal notes are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. A little lemon, lime and earthy-green apple. Light must and funk. M: Smooth, medium bodied. Gentle but adequate carbonation. Lingering herbal finish. Would be a tad better if the finish was drier. O: An exceptional Fantome-among their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to GRG1313. Pours with a hazed GREEN body with a white head. Aromas are interesting, green tea, vegital, malty, bready, sweet, doshi/umami, seaweed. Flavors show a light acidity, grainy, sweet, bready, green tea, pils malt, funk and phenols. Lively bubbles and quite dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Draft at Fantôme, thanks Dany for changing the keg so we could try this. Pours quite hazy, chartreuse in color, with a giant bright white head. Interesting nose for sure, mineral, light grapefruit and banana, green tea undertones throughout. The draft was much less funky than the bottle and had more yeast esters as well. Lively carbonation and mouthfeel that had creamy body. Sweet esters with almost a citrus cotton candy like flavor, green tea noticeable, but not over the top, mineral notes mid palate with some peppery notes as well. Was expecting to maybe get some vegetal notes from the spinach used to get the color, but that wasn’t the case. What a cool take on a saison and really glad to try it on draft as it was quite different than the bottle. Serious grooving!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LSUPT (2) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 18, 2011 does not count
Medium yellow hue with a slight green tint. Crazy yellow green like a plant with a nitrogen deficiency towards the end of the bottle with some green flecks of sediment. Hard pour yields a quarter inch head Sweet grass flowers honey green tea and a green vegetable scent that I can’t put a finger on. Sour funky and bitter. Flavor is extremely complex. Big lemon lime flavor, actually quite enjoyable, and green tea mostly. Mouthfeel is a mazing. Extremely light and smooth with very low carbonation that is hard to describe. Extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 14, 2011
750 ml bottle. A hazy/cloudy medium green beer with a large, creamy/fizzy, lacing, half diminishing off white/greenish head. The aroma is lightly malty, lightly hoppy, lightly yeasty, with notes of toasted malts, herbs, flowers, hint of funk/barnyard, and lemon/citric fruits, a good amount of green tea, perhaps a touch of mint. The flavor ia moderately to heavily sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/slick texture, lively carbonation, long finish with almost medium bitterness, no alcoholicity. First of all, it tastes, smells and looks weird... but plesant. Green tea is evident in the nose and maybe even more in the taste. It’s certainly sweeter than almost any other Fantome I’ve tried, and less funky/yeasty. The herbal notes of the green tea linger in the finish. Tough to describe and classify. A nice experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon, lime, coriander, candy sugar, hint of menthol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. It’s closer to a citrus soda pop than beer, surprisingly. And there’s not even a hint of the green color that the photo suggests...I looked at it with both incandescent (including halogen and xenon) and fluorescent bulbs and it’s just plain old golden yellow, no hint of green...and then I tried one last time with a second pour after agitating the bottle, but nope, still no green tinge. No green tea odor either (at least not the green teas I drink...maybe sugary green tea soft drinks, though, I dunno), but certainly an herbal character exists under the lemon-lime candy. And yes, the bottle is definitely Magic Ghost, ha. Not unpleasant, but I’m just not a fan of soda pop-ish beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1580) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Courtesy of Jason Bertrand, who can’t remember his Ratebeer name, but is a great friend nonetheless. Aroma of banana, dough, light tea and some other fruit, perhaps strawberry or kiwi. Appearance is translucent green with off green head. Flavor matched the nose, the green tea was evident but not overpowering; the finish was slightly musty. Palate is bubbly and chewy. Interesting to try; glad I had the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
750 ml green corked and capped bottle poured a clear greenish gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of green tea, yeast, lemon, barnyard, grassiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of green tea, lemon, lime, light barnyard and a hint of spice with a crisp dry tart lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
750mL bottle, best before end of Jan 2013, lot D. Thank you Max! Hazy green tea with a one finger off-white head, good retention. Green tea with some herbal citrus in the nose, some peppery notes behind. Also a bit of orange peel. Flavor follows suit, some light honey sweetness is tempered by some light alcohol. Dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 2, still a little herbal. Light smooth carbonation with a light to medium body. Damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Pours a distinct green, though not nearly as much as as in the obviously photoshopped picture. Green tea notes are well integrated, with a nose of grapefruit and coriander. Mild body, hints of mint, tea, and light mead. Solid beer.

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