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Fantôme Saison

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

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RATINGS: 1128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold colour, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (223) - , HONG KONG - MAY 23, 2016
A 750ml US label bottle with no best before date (Belgian label bottle has a best before end date). Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. It poured a lightly hazy golden colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice streaky lacing. Aromas of barnyard funk, honeydew melon, banana, clove, honey, lemon and grass. Taste is similar to the aroma, there is musty farmhouse funk, sweet honey, banana, clove, fleshy melon with a hint of citrus lemon, grass and a bready finish. Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, wow, a very nice Saison. Great aromas and mouthfeel with nice fruit and funkiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1141) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle @Eurovision 2016 tasting. Golden yellow hazy, almost no head and very little carbonation which would have helped. Nose is sour, cooking apples, apple, citrus fruits, funk and stale piss (and not in a good way). Taste is lemon, wood and spices, good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrumpy369 (256) - - MAY 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2016 On tap. Hazy yellow colour, small white head. Nose is sour, lemony. Taste is medium-high sourness wih loads of friuty acids. No bitterness at all. Low carbonation. A little bit too sour for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (659) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2016
On tap. Crazy saison very sour ale aroma with zero visibility under water. Tastes pretty cool starts sour gets lemon rindy. Satisfying with less hardcore sourness as time goes by. Pretty cool but not my favorite saison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1458) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 23, 2016
butelka, warka do 2019. jasne, miodowe, metnawe piwo z bardzo ladna piana, ktora niestety dosc szybko opada do obraczki. aromaty dosc intensywne: stajnia, kwasnosc owocowa (mirabelki? jablka? winogrona? cytryna? i niewatpliwie kiszonka jakas), jest tez troche saisonowej przyprawowosci i ziolowosci, niemniej w aromacie bardziej przypomina lambika niz saison. w smaku dominuja wlasnie te lambikowe nuty, dzikosc troche bardziej okielznana, jest kwaskowato fajnie (ogorkowo-kapusciany nieco, ale to nie zarzut), jest ciut slodko (morelowo-miodowo), goryczki prawie brak, srednio- wysycone (drobno, poszczypujaco, niemniej pod moj gust - za malo, moze gdyby polezakowac...). Sumarycznie: bardzo niestandardowy, fajny, odswiezajacy ten saison, ale zarazem baaardzo dobry. ten lambiko-saison ;) klasa.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4716) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2016
bottle. deep hazy golden orange with one finger head. extremely fruity with apricot and peach especially. moderate sweetness with a bitter finish. funky and delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (2158) - Garching, GERMANY - APR 10, 2016
UPDATED: APR 10, 2016 My 100th Saison. BB2019. Cloudy orange color with white head. Aroma after opening is citrus and apple funk, smell is more towards wheat and dough, with honey and apricots. Taste is dough, honey, funk, spicy yeasts, some red apples, apricots, spicy finish, slightly warming phenols. Quite minerally as well. But not sour. Dry and rural, but somehow still with a full body. Carbonation is medium, "moussierend". Way too drinkable for 8%. Later pours develop more of a lemon candy funkyness, but it’s still natural. It?s got the undescribable Belgian dirty ruralness that makes the best Saisons. This is beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (259) - - APR 2, 2016
Cloudy orange. Sparse head. Aroma intensity 3.5/5. Apple/cider, malty, sour aroma. Medium sour, light bitter. Light body

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luislara (8) - - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
Aroma bread, cereal, herbs hops earthy leaves, Golden color with white head. Taste medium and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (474) - ITALY - MAR 27, 2016
Lotto ab N 14, BBE 2018, aperta il 27/03/2016. Dorata tendente al pesca, velata dai lieviti, schiuma bianca di perlage fine è di media persistenza. Aroma di lievito belga, zucchero, fieno, erbaceo fresco, aneto e anice, lievemente citrica, note balsamiche, leggero pepe. Al palato prevalgono il lievito belga, l’erbaceo, il fieno, l’aneto e le note balsamiche, finale amaro erbaceo e lievemente acidulo. Retrolfatto di lievito belga arricchito da note citriche. Corpo medio, mediamente carbonata.


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