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

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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 I purchased this at Half Time and feel the lighting there may have effected the green bottle and added some skunkyness. I kept it in a crate in the basement after. I enjoyed the sourness but it was a bit to acidic. It seemed pretty fruity as advertized and that was refelected in the aroma. Rerate 8-8-08: I sense a heavy apple tone amidst the acidity which I have adapted too-I think its a bit watered down now. Its amazing how my palate has changed since I joined RB a few years ago. The flavor does not totally excel as much as the aroma does.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
Peach in colour with lots of carbonation. Fantastically fruity and yeasty in both the nose and the mouth. There are minor notes of barnyard, and various spices. Light and refreshing on the palate, without compromising its complexity. Perhaps the epitome of the saison style?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
This light orange summer ale poured with no head, eliciting a sour fruity aroma. There was a gueuze-like initial flavor with a flatter finish. The flavor improved as the glass emptied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2005
Brilliant! Yellow gold in colour, very hazy. Wonderful fresh fruit aroma, with some citrus and sour notes. Flavour is very fruity, with some mild spice. Very refreshing, and alcohol is perfectly disguised. Wonderful stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Trouble, entre le jaune et l’orangée, énorme mousse blanche, crémeuse et persistante. Signature typique, très levuré, herbal aussi. Racines de plantes, terreux, faible caractère sauvage, meringue et quelques composantes phénoliques et épicées en bouche. Caractères de style saison intéressant et quelque peu muets. Corps d’épaisseur mi-mince à moyenne. Carbonatation piquante demeurant en arrière-plan. Échantillon, mondial de la bière, Juin 2005.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Appealing aroma of spices and perfume with a mild touch of earthy and funky tones. Flavor of citrus, spices and perfume with mild earthyness and funkyness. The body is light to medium, the texture creamy and dry, the carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
[Bottle at "the Mondiale"] Hazy orange-yellow with a huge, fuzzy and rocky, lasting head that formed okay lacing. Yeasty, woody, grape, apricot, and hops fill the aroma with some sweet malt. Dry, woody grape flavour with some sweet yeast. Notes of apricot, tart peach and apple. Tingly sweet and not alcoholic tasting. Warming in the mouth with plenty of carbonation and a clean finish. Excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Robe orange voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse. Arômes de caramel, de cassonnade, de vanille et defruits. Saveurs acides d’agrumes et de liège.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
Aroma:Acid,perfume and flower.... Appearance:Hazy gold,good head... Flavor:Grapefruit,lemon....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Pours acloudy yellow with a long lasting white head. Sour almost lemony aroma with a hint of spicieness. Nice clean refreshing mouthfeel. Acidic lemony flavors hit you first, followed by a light spicieness and some pepper. Nice crisp finish leaves you wanting more.


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