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

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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber. Golden somewhat murky pour with a large initial head that dissipated quickly. Funky, leather, barnyard. Lighter palate but lots of character. Good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rejtable (1749) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
A real treat. Pours clear golden lots of initial frothy head no lacing. Nose is barnyard and some citrus. Flavours are barnyard, orange peel, maybe some peach, some grassy bitterness. Tastes light/med bitter, light sweet and a touch of tart. Full body with lively carbonation. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorgeLee (1430) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle from Bier Tempel. A classic saison, sampled straight after the Dupont Bio. Quite a different animal, darker colour, cloudier, more threateningly rocky head. An extra level of ’farmhouse’ funk, fruity, citrusy, some sweat, some barnyard, somehow amazingly moreish. Must be quite some yeast they use! I like.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silvan7 (863) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle @ home. Giallo dorata, quasi paglierino, velata con riflessi verdognoli. Schiuma bianca fine abbastanza persistente. Aroma intenso fruttato, complesso, citrico, cantina, brett, quasi polverosa, frumento, luppolo belga. Dolce abboccato l’ingresso, fruttato, acidula poco amara. Si trovano i caratteri di una saison belga, uniti ad una dolcezza inaspettata. Poco corpo, quasi watery. Spigolosa, non molto carbonata, calda, equilibrata ed armonica.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tricksta_p (1955) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
Aroma of citrus, sweet orange, strong funky yeast, lots of barnyard aromas, tons of fruits, apricots, peach, hoppy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and a bit sour with a light bitter finish. Quite complex and well-balanced, smooth and ridiculously fruity. Probably the best Saison I’ve ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4642) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle with thanks to MrH. Odd that I haven’t tried this one yet... Pours hazy butterscotch, large off-white head, creamy and slow to dissipate with nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is unusual, honey for sure, fruity, grassy, malt syrups? Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, spicy and somewhat smoky, caramel, grass, honey, overripe stone fruits, pepper, perhaps a bit of funk. Medium body, high carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle bought at Hopduvel, consumed at home. Pours dirty light brown, no head. Fruity smell, some yeast, berries. Taste is weard peppers, fruity, lots of spices. Not my thing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 27, 2015
Ködös, világosabb narancssárga színe van, habja nagyon vékony, szinte nincs is. Illat gyümölcsös, ananász, barack, szőlő, parfümös, élesztős, belgás. Ízében is jönnek a gyümölcsök, főleg az illatos szőlő és az belga élesztős, lambicos aroma, itt van már komló is rendesen és egy olyan keserű, mint amikor a szőlőmagját szétrágjuk. Van teste rendesen, apró kis buborékokkal van bőven ellátva és finoman melegít az alkohol. Utóíze, gyümölcsös, keserű és igen száraz. Nagyon finom, de ahogy kinéz... :)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3190) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2015
(Fantôme Saison) Bottle 750 ml at home, served into a tulip, ABV 8% Bright golden orange colour on the body, cloudy. Tall slightly off-white head, thin, with low retention, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Very fruity and fresh aroma, some grapes, berries, some floral notes. Great taste, again lots and different fruits, berries, pears, little melon, clear from yeast, some sugar. Well hidden alcohol. Medium thin body, carbonation on good levels. Nicely dry on the palate. Very good, surpassed my expectations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1936) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 15, 2015
75cl bottle from cerveteca Lisboa, Portugal. Hazy dark gold. Thin head. Nice balanced sourness. Body is medium and oily. Aroma is quite herby, fruit, wood, old hops, cheese, trees.


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