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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1070   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Hazy gold and a small, creamy, white head. Nose of floral citrus, earthy funk, grainy malt, light perfume, crisp hops. Flavor adds some sour notes and a bit of yeast. Nice contrast of flavors. Medium, balanced palate. Great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Alcohol presence was very strong in this beer, especially in the nose. Also in the aroma is citrus, very pungent fruity esters, and a strong muskiness. Pours with a big white head that fades down pretty quick and leaves little lacing. Taste is strong and assertive in its unripe fruit, subtle spicing, lemon rind, and a sour bitterness. The thing most holding this beer back is the strong alcohol presence (vodka like, very pure).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3501) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a huge wihte head. I was scared off the aroma at first when i poped the cork and skunk hit me right away. Somehow it disappeared and left a wonderful. Very musty,earthy but fruity and a nice pepperyness. Flavor is very nice with some citrus and pepper with tons of spice. This is probably the spiciest saison i have ever had. Real good and very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Fruity sweet aroma perfumes from an orange pour with medium white laced head. Palate is a bit sticky and cloying. Flavor has some sour to it (mostly tart apple) but is otherwise an uncomplex sweet that lasts throughout. Does not contain any of the peppery dryness I get from Saison Dupont or other saisons. Lively carbonation and nice character, just not my preferred qualities in a saison. Will try again to see if I missed something.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2006
750 bottle with cork and cap. Gave a hearty pop when the cork was pulled. Poured with high carbonation but almost no head. No lace. Fruit and spice notes in the taste were subdued in the aroma. Aroma was more of the sour lambic quality, with almost no lambic taste in the beer. Odd. Palette was active, due to high carbonation, and quite complex for such a light colored beer. Slight fruity after taste of strawberries and lemongrass.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours out an almost orange color with a huge head. Once it settles, the beer smells of peaches and other fruity characteristics. Once you taste it, it has a sweet peach like taste followed immediately by a bitter hoppy finish. Very nice, my first from this brewery, and judging by this one, it wont be my last. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours out a cloudy golden color with a huge white head. Aroma is sour with hints of peach. Flavor is very refreshing with a nice dry hoppy finish. This is something that would go great on a nice hot day. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - 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 (22398) - 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.


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