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

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RATINGS: 997   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2956) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an slightly orange copper with a white head of foam that dissipates at a moderate rate. The aroma is on indicative of a sour with a near herbal note. Taste is so close to sour without actually crossing that line, unfortunately. This stuff is delicious. I want more of this.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at Nüetnigenough, june 19th. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is light funk, peach, citrus, hay, earth, spices. Taste is medium sweet malty, light dry spices, light bitter. Smooth, medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PietS (31) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
This beer is full of great and surprising tastes and aroma’s (mostly fruity, hay-ish), which make it a special beer, but also kind of heavy and un-easy to drink. It is probably great if you like this kind of beer, but this is not my think (happy I tried it though).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1025) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The regular from this fascinating brewery since 1988, a kind of strong saison, bit out of place since it is brewed in the Ardennes instead of Hainaut. Creamy, yellowish white, not too stable head, peach blonde colour, clear at first but turning hazy when more is added from the bottle and completely clouded after adding the final drops. Very fruity aroma, melon, orange, peach, apple, straw, leafy hops, earthy and yeasty, old cheese, tea, sherry, biscuit, ginger, vanilla, whisky. Finely sweet onset with fresh fruitiness and citrus touch, becoming more spicy, lightly sourish, peppery and yeasty, ending in a long herbal hop bitterness with some ’jenever’-like, undisturbing alcohol. Difficult product to rate since each batch tends to differ a bit, a typical feature of Fantôme... So something to repeat every now and then, a tough job but it has to be done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours very hazy orange with a huge frothy head. Nose has bubblegum, lemon, lime, light yeast and some banana. Taste has lemonpeel, bubblegum, lots of overripe fruit. Fairly heavy on the sweetness but refreshing at the same time with lots of notes of lemon and lime. Loved this one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3212) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Large frothy head misty gold pour aromas fruit zest pepper stone fruit yeast spice grain the flavours lemon black pepper grain sweetness zest is good clove resin note apricot lime sugar good tasting Saison the finish best notes sweetness spice hops just a good Saison all round

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
momordgz (76) - - JUL 29, 2014
For me that beer represent another dimension of what beer can be. Lemongrass, grape, yeast... Much better than any cider or champagne, but close to them in many sences.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (471) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Pale golden cloudy body with large white head. Aroma is very fruity with apricot and beaches also a hint of sourness. Taste is a little bit sweet with fruits, apricots again and some spices. Aftertaste is some bitterness some sweetness. Very nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2402) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle - doesn’t say saison on the bottle, but this is it. Clear gold with a large white head that fades a bit but lasts pretty well. Aroma of hay, earth, mace, apricots and their almondy stones. Quite lambic-like aroma, a bit more overt fruit. Sweet, fruit and red berries, slightly toasted grainy with an initial boozy kick, then funky, tart and woody notes, gentle bitterness and a dryish spiciness at the end. Orange blossoms there too. Beguiling, intriguing, rustic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (764) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours out golden bordering on amber with big chunks of white head. Hazy from the first pour to the last so clearly plenty of yeasty things going on. Musty, wild, classic farmhouse aroma. Taste is yeasty complexity and orchard fruitiness. Gives you plenty to ponder but never reveals all the answers, marrying that complexity with a straight up drinkability that is very refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevencon (430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours straw gold with fluffy white head that falls with nice lacing. Light barnyard hay aroma with wet grass and lemon leaf. Citrus leaf green grass but not bitter. Notes of vanilla and wood. Good carbonation and mouth feel. The beer leaves a soft and enjoyable finish.


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