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

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RATINGS: 1134   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
Bottle from Beerbiker. I love saison and this one is one of the best......just spot on. Full mouthfeel, strong co2, good good, just right. keep youre fingers away from my Fantome.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
Appearance: Hazy medium gold with huge long lasting belgian foam. Aroma: Musty and spicy with a sulphuriness. Perhaps poorly aged? Flavour: Musty and spicy again. Some phenolic clove character. Tastes muddy . Mouthfeel: fluffy, very carbonated and prickly. Overall: Underwhelmed. Seems like an older beer which didn’t age gracefully. Musty almost corked aroma and flavour. Oxidized and with a mildewy - musty basement character.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2007
Murky orange with a thick head and good lacing. A musky, fruity and floral aroma of citrus, brett, honey, bread dough, wood, pineapple, orange peels, earthy and musky, spices that I can’t exactly put my finger on (black pepper, anise, coriander?), some alcohol, and lots more. Overall, a huge aroma, well-rounded. The taste was tart and fruity upfront, then proceeded to move further into lambic territory with crisp funky sourness, but finished with bready maltiness (almost sweet) and spices. The mouthfeel was light, but smooth, with medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2007
From a capped corked 750 ml. green bottle with lot number and freshness date along the right side of front label, blurb on the back label, sampled at just above cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a cloudy golden orange with a small foamy white head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking. Aromas of tart, earthy, musty bready yeast, lemons and a light tropical fruitiness, a soft sugary, and subtle whiffs of medicinal herbs with the alcohol. Good airy carbonation and a crisp, dry, lustrous. smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. A smooth, pleasant tasting saison, tart, earthy, hayish yeast, grainy, a light tropical fruit with sour lemons squeezed over them, just enough sugar to balance the yeasty tartness, a soft spicy, herbal hoppiness, the fruity esters mesh with the alcohol that provide a slow warmth in the palate, and a dry tart yeasty, malty finish. An excellent saison, easy, smooth drinkability, one of the best saison out there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2007
Seriously sealed with a crown cap, and a flush cork, this green bomber yielded a pale straw colored beer that was very cloudy with suspended yeast. The head was two finger thick and foamy. The aroma was hearty, yeasty, and rustic. The taste was drier than the middle of the Sahara Desert. This moderately spiced farmhouse ale was tart, floral, and noticeably bitter. A little taste of vanilla, followed by an oak dominated finish. Went very well with some spent grain bread (from a local brewpub) dipped in Fleur de Sel butter as well as some Beemster cheese. I felt that this Saison was a little less malty and funkier than the standard bearer of the style Saison DuPont (although it does have more ABV). Nonetheless, this was a hearty and refreshing drink, and I found it it be well deserving of the accolades it has gotten.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Pale caramel, very dirty, minor sudsy white head, pours more like homemade apple cider than a saison.   What head there was dies very quickly, leaving hardly any lacing.   Mild tart nose, slight oak, sweet grass, minor floral aspects.   Soft tartness on the tongue, slightly dry, basement, musty, some floral.   Clean, dry, semi-sweet while remaining tart.   Moderate example, but still good.   Body and mouthfeel are average.   Feels somewhat flat tho.   Good, but not as good as I had expected.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2373) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle from PP Belgian Beer Fest. Earthy and spicy in both the flavor and the aromas. Some Skunk in the flavor to go along. Bitterness came out in the dry finish. Not too bad though.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle poured into a Unbiroue tulip. Pours a light golden color with plenty of carbonated bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell is very fruity and wine like. Taste is very much the same with some sour/tartness coming through. It’s very nice. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and has the perfect amount of sourness to taste and not ruin the beer. This was a very nice surprise. It’s a very good beer that you’ll find leaving your glass all too quick. It’s definitely I will revisit again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a transparent golden hay with a tall layer of creamy, brilliant white head. Herbal, slightly sour aroma with hints of camembert rind, juicy pear, chardonnay tannins, and dusty pepper spice. A nice bready dough malt base lays beneath with a hint of cardomom seed. Light to medium body with a sparkling, champagne-like carbonation. Starts out with a lightly tart, vinous brett character, and is closely followed by a well spiced, dry bread dough. Stalky herbal, goldenrod greens create a wild, gardeny hop character that linigers into the first phase of the final smack. The sour characters dry up the palate further, taking over from the hops, and adding a fantastic funky, musky, cheesy dimension to the finish. Dried thyme and crushed green peppercorns round out the flavor profile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured d own a slightly hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is dominating with some Belgian malt and some floral/fruity notes. Taste is also dominated by yeast with some sourness and brett like characteristics. There is also some sweet and floral note4s that provide much enjoyment as well as some light spices. Taste is quite complex but easily enjoyable with a full body and great carbonation.


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