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

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RATINGS: 1144   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kschep (1707) - - AUG 6, 2011
Nose at first. Is heavy barn yard, gall, urinal cakes, then cardamom and acidic green apple, feel is broad, carb is heavy, taste is first sour, barn yard, fresh green apple, little alcohol, later very balanced bitterness


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5995) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2016
750 ml purchased at Hill Farmstead. Orange color, slow steady head. The aroma Aromas of melon pulp, clove, honey, yeast.

Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet honey, old fruit with a hint of tart finish. Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, yeasty, fruit and mild tartness. Pretty good, I think I liked the aroma more then the actual flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (1013) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops cloudy yellow gold with a thin white head. Aromas of semi sweet semi tart lemon hint of floral notes and spice. Taste is slightly sweet nectarine lemon hint of lingering tartness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2210) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2016
750ml bottle shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours light golden brown with an off white head. Aroma is lemon, white grape, oak, barnyard funk. Flavor is light caramel, banana, white grape, oak.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nudiebear (302) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle at bar shared by Tunlid. Thanks! Pours cloudy yellow with fair short lived head. Aromas of caramel, firm apples, light grapefruit. Tastes light sweet, light bitter. Fair carbonation. Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1151) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
(750ml bottle from boxbeers.dk shared) Pours a completely opaque pale amber colour with a massive pile of dense off-white foam that has impressive staying power and lots of lace. Aroma is semi-sweet, semi-tart, quite fruity and rather spicy. Notes of citrus, stone fruit, sweet white grape, estery, floral hops, hay, peppery phenolics, and slightly funky earthy yeast. Flavour has a somewhat sweet fruity core with some malt backbone, dried citrus, nectarine, estery, a little earth, floral hops with some hay, moderate peppery phenolics building towards the finish. A little acidity in the back end but just a hint tart, semi-dry with low grassy/spicy bitterness and some light breadiness from the yeast. Medium bodied with effervescent mouth-filling carbonation. No hint of alcohol. A somewhat unique saison with lots of yeast character, solid and quite drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Dark muddled copper, darker than expected. Nose is lightly fruity belgian yeast esters. Taste is off dry with fruity and spicy yeast elements. Great balance and less funk than I expected. Just a really nice saison that belies it’s 8% and is restrained on the belgian fruit/spice elements just enough.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2403) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2016
750ml bottle. Orangey golden colour, white foam head leaving some lacing and floral fruity aroma with apricot and funky yeast. Taste is grains, bread, tart and fruity, apricot, citrus rind, straw, earthy, barnyard, with some grassy bitterness. Foamy mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, dry tangy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (880) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Aromat. Bardzo w punk seison, słodki, morelowy, drożdżowy, w tle ananas, pomarańcza, landrynki i kwiaty. Wydawać się może, że przy takim aromacie piwo może być zamulające w smaku. Nic bardziej mylnego. Smak jest lekko kwaśny, lekko gorzki i taka też słodycz. Bardzo zbalansowane, nic nie wychodzi n pierwszy plan, każdy sam się uzupełnia tworząc harmonijną całość. Szacun. W smaku wyraźna nuta ziołowa, morela, pieprzna. Mamy też skórkę cytryny, ciastka, siano i lekką rustykalność w postaci minimalnego funku. Posmak wytrawny, ziołowo kwiatowy, lekko cierpki. Ciało pełne, oleista faktura i średnie wysycenie.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (560) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 26, 2016
On tap @ Hopaholic - Hazy yellow colour, large frothy white head with excllent retention and fine lacing. Intens fruity aromas with pineapple, peach, honey, gooseberry, yeast, hay, some flowery hops. Taste is refreshingly sourish with tropical fruits. Low flowery hop bitterness and some peppery aftertaste. Light to medium body, fizzy carbonation, slick texture, dry and sourish finish. Great saison, well rounded and very refreshing, alcohol is well disguised.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2753) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2016
Hazy yellow. Nose is herbs, grass, spices. Tastes spices, herbs, sweetish, good.


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