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

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RATINGS: 1053   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2006
750ml bottle. Hazy golden hue. The carbonation shot the cork out of the bottle. White head. Grassy and barnyard nose. Also fruity, yeasty, citrus aromatic notes. Sweet bready yeast flavor. Citrus and orange. Full, sticky and zesty. Dry with a long, slightly bitter finish. Good hop note. Chalky and cloying, but in the best possible way. Still good lacing head and the hops increase as the glass diminishes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 26, 2006
75 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Golden cloudy colour with a weak fizzy head. Lovely aroma of fruit, yeast sourness and ends in are very pleasant way. Also smooth and pleasant flavour of sweetness, yeasty and little sour, very nice and well made endeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2006
Probably a well-aged bottle. Pours orangecoloured with persisting head. Sweet fruity aroma with lots of peaches. Very nice wellbalanced sweet taste, tastes fresh and alive. Soft carbonation, good mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4694) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2006
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Earth and dough notes. Sour/sweet orange peel in the barnyard. Lively (not bubbly) and slick. Dry, bitter yeast finish that was medium in length.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
I wonder if I got a bad bottle. A mild aroma and taste of herbs, a slight lemony sourness. Very little maltiness--like a pilsner even. Nothing was going on in this beer ,and I was bored with such a huge bottle (that cost $10).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10513) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
750 mL bottle from Ernest. This gem displays a slightly murky straw yellow with a small fizzy white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is yeast (farm, earth, dough) and sour lemon, golden malt (straw, hay, meal) and trace fruits (pear, green apple, grape). Initially tart and medium acidity, slight sweetness peeks through, yeast and malt dominate the finish. Medium to light bodied, easy drinking with a smooth mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Yeasty, orange/lemon aroma with spice and honey. Orange honey spice flavor with good malt backing. Light and sublle but very well balanced. Great beer. Lighter carbonation than expected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2006
750mL bottle. A very hazy, dull honey/gold pour with a thick, fizzy off-white head on top. A very appetizing aroma of sour lemons, oranges, strawberries, wheat, yogurt, lots of that typical barnyard funk and something similar to Swedish Fish or Sour Patch Kids candy. Carbonation is pretty high, yet doesn’t really detract from this flavor-packed brew. Lots of sweet/sour fruits and tanginess upfront. Lemons and strawberries abound. Very wheaty and tart. Just the teensiest hint of alcohol. Finishes with a slightly bitter tanginess that dries the mouth out a little. Fantome can just do no wrong in my book.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
after about a year of hanging on to this,i decided to drink it.when i did i dumped it into a snifter and was shown a murky orange body with a nice thick white head.as the head sat it left a nice lacing on the glass.i held the glass to my nose and caught a mix of hose blanket,sour fruit,and a bit of hops.the flavor was much in the same.the more "barnyard" brews i drink the more that i like them.this is taking me more tward that "funky’barnyard" style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2006
750ml - Aroma is pungent and funky. Yeasty and spicy with the barnyard funk you’d expect from Fantome. Pours transparent yellow with constant bubbles, a huge head with great lacing. Flavor is citrus, yeast, and just the right amount of spice. Palate is tart. Another great saison from Fantome


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