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

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Belgian ale brewed with green tea.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1044) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6151) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1507) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9514) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a strange dull green look mix of green tea and pilsner color with a decent white head, lasting but not fluffy. Aroma is big fresh green tea , green kombucha, slight lactic acidity funk smell with some herbal and greassy notes slight lime notes. Flavor is green tea, grassy herbal, mineral, almot a lime fruity zesty hint, fresh cut hay, grainy with some light mintyness. Lemon and orange zest as well with the green tea. Mostly dry herbal grassy finish. Incredibly fresh overall without the menthold funky bretty lacto infection and without the corked character foudpnd in so many fantomes over the last 7 years. This is great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3465) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
750ml bottle from K&L. This beer is...well...green. What is this, some St. Paddy’s day gimmick? Either way, I have to award full appearance points. Translucent pale green with a large lasting white head. Very herbal and funky aroma with green tea and Belgian yeast. The flavor has malty sweetness, green tea, unripe fruits, and a funky Belgian bite. Tasty. Medium body with very lively carbonation. A very interesting brew from Fantome, as usual.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a pale green color with a white head that collars around the glass. Lemon and lime like notes in the nose with a slight funkiness. Nice level of sourness upfront with a slight smokiness in the back end. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Slightly astringent. By far this is one of the best Fantome beers that I have had in a while.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0 (62) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle shared by Richard at jellystuffeddonutscantsails house warming party. Pours bright freaking green, hazy, lots of CO2/very tall head, and some decent lacing. I love the neon green. Didnt get a good look at the label to see if it referenced Ghost Busters but it has a definite ectoplasm thing going on. Aroma is lemons and tea with some pepper and wheat in the background. Flavor is mostly tea and lemons again but also a bit of bready, wheat, and lots of CO2/carbonic acid. Quite nice, would drink this regularly if I had a keg of it, but I dont.


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