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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1156   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (12886) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Re-rate 2008. Now I can better appreciate the complexity of this beauty. Orange with a white head. Very complex aroma of citrus and exotic fruits and a bunch of spices from the wonderful Fantome yeast. Sweet and fruity flavour with a little tartness. Like grapefruit juice with some subtle spices, good sweetness and a touch of alcohol presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2007
Hazy golden poor with lots of small but heavy deposits and a small tanned head. Aromas of grapefruit, rhubarb, avocado, tangerine peelings and a little acid..... Just smelling ths beer makes me thirsty. Definitely weird ... odd mouthfeel. First time i can honestly say i’m unable to detect any bitterness at all. Slightly sweet and very acid. Aromas weirdly reflects nicely the flavors. Nicely added lime and salt? Very awkward yet somewhat enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
my favorite saison ive had thus far. could be because at the moment, im really into sour beers...and this had a puckering tartness that other saisons ive had dont. very spicy with citrus tart characteristic. delicious...something i could enjoy all summer long

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Big bubbled lasting white head on very hazy orange golden body; Very big apple, pear nose with lots of earthy strawberry, sugared lemon juice, fresh orange juice and tone of very clear exotic guava aromas, very deep, fresh and good; Very fresh apple juice sour body, deep with a very special complex sourness, very little sharp carbonation; Long very, very aroma full finish, again this sugar lemon touch, apricot juice, lots of guava and a very little Orval like brett. Very, very special, almost more like freshly squeezed juice from a thick textured fruit like apricot or guava.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 750 ml bottle. A hazy medium blonde, almost orange beer, with a large, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is moderately malty, lightly to moderately hoppy, moderately yeasty. There are notes of toasted grains, flowers, herbs, barnyard, strawberry yoghurt, citric and tropical fruits, some hot peppery hints. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, no alcoholic feel. Simply a world classic, complex, hugely drinkable, funky, balanced with a strong fruitiness and the alcohol is completely hidden. The most stable Fantome and the kind of stuff that reminds me why I love beer so much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Wow, this beer smells good. Orange peel, wierd spices, earthiness, and citrus fruits. Fantastic. The taste has nice orange or tangerine flavor to it. The spices really come into play in the finish, as its all fruit up front. Very earthy too. Extremely refreshing taste. This one ranks very high on my favorite saison list and is near the top of my favorite Fantome brews. Another awesome product from these guys.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with a large white head that subsides. Lovely aroma of lemons and spices. The flavour follows the same themes - it starts sweet and then a sourness develops. The finish is somewhat bitter and nicely long-lasting. Overall, very smooth and easy to drink, with the strength nicely disguised. Very refreshing and an excellent example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a brief white head. Tart apple-pear-peach and clover. Bright and fresh with a slight earthiness. I’ve been craving a Fantôme since a mini-binge a few weeks ago and this fits the bill nicely. Gentle apricot-mandarin sourness with spritzy carb. Finishes with a honey lemon pucker. A benchmark saison for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of grub. Floral yeasty aroma. Cloudy medium yellow, medium white head. Sharp taste - yeast, lemon, light malt. Refreshing. Good stuff - classic saison here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a cloudy pale golden with a large white head. Aroma of sweetness, fruit, citrus and spices. The flavor is sweet, lemony, spices galore, citrusy hops, and finishes bitter. Good brew.


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