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

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RATINGS: 1134   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.


Krausen's rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 29, 2007
Lot NoC, no date on bottle but I suspecit is is quite old. After all the reviews, I am not that impressed. Meaty, brothy yeast autolosyis dominates the profile with a black pepper spice dominating the palate. It is not an easy beer to drink. It tastes like dirty sweaty gym socks in my mouth. It is really disjointed, the flavors are not coming together. I would take a Omegang Hennapin or Bison Farmhouse Ale to this beer any day.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rugamu (131) - SPAIN - JUN 12, 2016
Una saison que no me termino de convencer del todo con toques terrosos y acidos que no me hicieron agradable su paso en boca. No es mala, pero no repetiré.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drankpenguin (12) - GREECE - JUN 11, 2016
750ml bottle at Hoppy Pub. A summer night at Nikiforou Foka in Thessaloniki, the Fantome after scaring us he traveled us to the planet of pepper. To the saison galaxy. Fantome, when will you visit us again? Wether or not, we love you anyway!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arcanor (137) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
750ml bottle. Pour dark yellow and hazy with a tall lasting rockie white foam. Nose a bit oxidize. Not optimum, if I remember, I had a better bottle then this one. But since I don't really remember, I'm rating this one for now. Earthy and dusty with a long bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (543) - MEXICO - MAY 26, 2016
Bottle, 750ml. A cloudy amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is of spices, alcohol, grappes and Belgian yeast. Taste is somewhat sour with a citric finish with Belgian yeasts. Medium bodied with some carbonation and astringency. Sour citric character, heavy and quite fruity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (820) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 26, 2016
Bottle, 75cl. Opaque amber with a frothy to minimal tan head. Musky aromas of yeast, dried fruits. spices, alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet with medium to heavy acidity and low bitterness. Amazing and complex fruity and yeasty flavors into a stinging finish. Extraordinary and unique.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (744) - POLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Pana nieduża, sycząca, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa złoto pomarańczowa, mętna. Aromat bardzo przyjemny - bardzo fajne motywy funki (piwnica, siano, stara skóra) w akompaniamencie estrów w typie brzoskwini, winogrona, gruszki oraz delikatna kwaskowość kiszonej kapusty. Klasa! W smaku półwytrawne, bardzo odświeżające - jest z jednej strony fajna biszkoptowo pszeniczna podstawa słodowa i lekka słodycz moreli, z drugiej niewielka kwaśność soku z cytryny, na finiszu zaś odrobina przyprawowych fenoli i stajnia. W afterteasie pojawia się nawet fajna mineralność i pikantność... Goryczka niewielka, ziołowa, nagazowanie średnie, szczypiące, półpełne i bardzo pijalne w odbiorze. Alkohol... to ma aż 8%?
Piękny Saison, idealnie wpasowujący się w moje oczekiwania co do tego stylu, chyba najlepszy z dotychczas degustowanych! Dzikie drożdże zrobiły tu kolosalną pracę, dzięki czemu piwo jest wielowymiarowe, skomplikowane, przy tym zadziwiająco sesyjne i "soczyste" (aż pobudza ślinianki). Brawo!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (251) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAY 23, 2016
A 750ml US label bottle with no best before date (Belgian label bottle has a best before end date). Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. It poured a lightly hazy golden colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice streaky lacing. Aromas of barnyard funk, honeydew melon, banana, clove, honey, lemon and grass. Taste is similar to the aroma, there is musty farmhouse funk, sweet honey, banana, clove, fleshy melon with a hint of citrus lemon, grass and a bready finish. Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, wow, a very nice Saison. Great aromas and mouthfeel with nice fruit and funkiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle @Eurovision 2016 tasting. Golden yellow hazy, almost no head and very little carbonation which would have helped. Nose is sour, cooking apples, apple, citrus fruits, funk and stale piss (and not in a good way). Taste is lemon, wood and spices, good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrumpy369 (306) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2016 On tap. Hazy yellow colour, small white head. Nose is sour, lemony. Taste is medium-high sourness wih loads of friuty acids. No bitterness at all. Low carbonation. A little bit too sour for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (698) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2016
On tap. Crazy saison very sour ale aroma with zero visibility under water. Tastes pretty cool starts sour gets lemon rindy. Satisfying with less hardcore sourness as time goes by. Pretty cool but not my favorite saison.


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