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

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RATINGS: 1075   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
Partly cloudy golden body, big and long-lasting creamy off-white head with great lacing. Looks great. Nose is a bit spicy (including some coriander), fruity and freshly but hay. Mouthfeel is very yeasty and the palate was thick. The yeast character is mainly cheesy and fruity (mangos & peaches). The cheesy and fruity flavours mix extremely well together. The spices in the smell do not show up in the taste. Alcohol presence is minimal. Appropriate soft-medium carbonation. Finish is cheesy with mildly bitter hops. Since I got a case of this stuff I’ve put myself on a Fantôme Saison diet, I’ve lost 3 days already!!!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
I had this beer at Milltown in Chapel Hill a few weeks ago. It was by far the best Belgian farmhouse ale I’ve ever tasted. I’ve been a beer lover for a long time and have had many different examples of Belgian beers. But this one has renewed my interest. I’ve been searching for other farmhouse ales and saisons lately (hennepin, dupont, a couple of others). None can match the perfect bottle of fantome I had. The aroma was incredibly pungent with yeast. It overwhelmed the nose. The beer was golden, translucent (little hazy) with a decent bit of sediment. The sediment was even attractive - fine particulate instead of the chunks of ropey yeast I’ve seen in other bottle-conditioned beers. The beer had a nice white head. The flavor was fantastic - slightly grassy (but not in a bad way - like grassy beers that smell like horse blankets), malty sweet, intense bready flavors (though not near as yeasty as the smell), and a very mild bitterness that did an excellent job of balance. The taste also hid the alcohol content quite nicely - a fantastic beer and amazingly quaffable at the same time (dangerous for a beer of this strength). The mouthfeel was also nice - full body with a lot of carbonation.

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Big thank to Beerdrenched for picking this treat up for me. Pours hazy dark orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is spicy, fruity, tart and peppery with hints of earthiness. Medium bodied with carbonation that is fairly soft, but with the spice in the finish seems a little sharp at times. The flavors start sharp, tangy and fruity - a combination of apricot, passion fruit and peppery spices. The finish brings out more of the spice and sharpness. There seems to be some spicy hops as well, bits of Belgium earthiness come out late in the taste. When yeast gets into the mix it gets much more rich and creamy tasting. Very complex, yet easy drinking beer. Excellent beer.

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).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Tasted with Indra and Heemer77. Hazy gold with a perpetual white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, vanilla, white pepper, slight funkiness, tropical fruit. Taste is yeasty, white pepper, lemon, noble hops?, and vanilla. Finish is lemony.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (525) - SPAIN - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 75 cl. bottle. Cloudy golden colour with a creamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is scaring at first: barnyard, horse leather, a damp musky place. Later you can find fruits, honey, floral, and spices. Flavor is pungent, sour. Acid, citrus,. It reminds me of cava. Fruity, orange, pepper and some other spice. Great beer.


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