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

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RATINGS: 1063   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A very nice example of the style. Initial aroma from the bottle was skunky and funky. That settled down to just the usual funk after the pour with some peppery notes. The pour was pretty, lots of carbonation, lots! The head was great and the lacing solid, and the body fairly clear up until the end of the bottle, when the yeasties were unleashed into my glass (yum!). The flavor was rich and deep, nice smooth wheaty and funky base to the beer with some definite pepper and spices in there. Full-bodied saison, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours a surprisingly clear gold color with a fluffy white head. The appearance is the least impressive thing about this beer. Wonderfully funky aroma. Notes of what I have come to know as "horseblanket" and a little bit of light citrus. Insanely complex flavor with notes or citrus, simple spicey hops, straight funk and a bitter finish. This is that good shit. That funky garage shit. That frustrating shit that seems simple enough that you could make yourself but you can’t. Just the other day I decided that I don’t like people that don’t like Fantome.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2006
Bottled. Hazy yellow colour with mediumsized whiute head. Barnyardish aroma with acidic fruity hints. Acidic citric flavour with earthy hints. Very dryish and a bit sticky in an acidic way in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2616) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Re bu le 5/11/08 à Brouhaha, en bouteille de 750ml. Blonde miel légèrement brumeuse, petit collet. Arome doux de blé malté, des notes d’agrume et de pêches. Goût fruits sûrette avec une touche sucré, un peu de blé malté, avec une finission alcoolisé. Une saison intéressante, d’inspiration lambic sans doute!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle bought at Beermania. Aroma is light, mysical, honey-coriander. Beer has gold aura from within, orangish haze. white proper foam. Flavor is spiced, light sweetness, slight skronk-funk, seems to be a characteristic of some of these saisons, or it could also be the green bottle. A little "meh." Does not tate like 8% at all but feels like it. Some fruitiness, suspect I either don’t like this style/brewer style as much as others, or have bad luck with these green bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Outstanding!! I’m so glad I had the chance to have this. I’ve had their Black Ghost but somehow I think this was even better! Spicyness in the nose along with a good bit of burn. Sweet with a nice fruit side to it. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Flavor were fairly complex with notes of fruit, spices, pepper, sour, sweet and tart all rolled into one. One of the best saison’s I’ve had. Really, really good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopheadsean (1) - newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2006 does not count
A true Belgian farmhouse ale. Nice golden color with a slight haze. Earthy flavors with a citric/sour taste. A true classic for this style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy wit colored beer. Very floral nose with a slight tartness evident. Flavors are lemon grass and tart apple. Dry, musty finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Finding a good saison can be a lot like rolling a handfull of one-sided dice with snake eyes. A lot of it is just silly. SPF45, for example. I’m not one to clamor around something for it’s notoriety, and that was a gross let down. This stuff, however, rocks the saison boat old style. Nothing fancy, no berries or seeds or any of that other experimental crap. Straight forward belgian with spicy notes, fine bubbles and a good alcohol turnout. I wish I could afford to see what this would do to me after a dozen glasses, but, alas, it’s friggin expensive. I think this was my favorite drink of the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party a few months ago. I say THINK because, let’s face it, if you remember the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party then you didn’t have that great a time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
750ml bottle. Poured a lovely irridescent cloudy pale gold with a lasting foamy white head. Very yeasty nose, sweet & sour with tangy cherries and other bright fruit character. Crazy flavor! Tart and very fruity, sour cherries and just-underripe pineapple. A little spicy. Dominated by yeast-derived flavors. Finish starts buttery and becomes tart and bone-dry. Medium palate, gentle and velvety with an exciting sour/alcohol twang. A treat for lovers of weird, yeasty, sour beers ;-)


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