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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
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RATINGS: 1023   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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
taken from notes: Thanks very much to BA idesofmarch89 for this great beer - 750ml shared w/ my wife. Poured chilled into a a cervoise. A - Marigold shade of golden w a full 2 fingers of white cap that dissipates completely but carbonation continues and fine beading develops S - Sweet and sour citrus notes explode out of the glass w/ a mild white grape mixed w/ peaches and honey. The nose is light malt scent w/ tinges of floral hops M - Crisp w/ gentle acidity and a mild sweet texture, a hint of spice and alcohol w/ moderately low carbonation for the style. The feel is nutty/sour in texture which is very juicy T - A very taste taste like marmalade w/ lemon spritz w/ a tinge of white grape and lightly sugared lime w/ mild spice at the end w/ nutty malt/yeast complimenting this highly fruity saison. The apricot and lemony flavor w/ mild wheat-like nuttiness is smooth + seamless w/ a juicy sweet and mild sour element that is well suited to the style D - I would drink this any time of year, not just a summer saison to me. This saison is unique and drinkable like no other. I would choose this over 4 out of 5 saisons most likely. I can’t recommend this enough - intense and slightly sour, but refreshing.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1613) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Pours pale yellow with a low white head. Aromas of green apple, elderflower, citrus, gooseberry and melon. Taste is green apple, elderflower, wild strawberry, melon and honey. Mouthfeel is soft and quite light-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1298) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy orange colour with a soap-like, off-white head. A little sweet aroma of citrus, bread, alcohol, dried apricot and some caramel and spices. Fruity flavour with dried fruit, spices and alcohol. Has a rich and slick mouth feel. A malty saison with some spicy touches and hops in the background. A strange ale but grows on me. Maybe a great food beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksiwzos (22) - GREECE - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from Belgian e-shop I’m trying to not be enthusiastic about this beer but I can’t. This beer was surprisingly hoppy and so satisfyingly complex. The nose was sweetish, complex spices, apple, a little honey. Golden and hazy, white frothy head. Fruity flavor, apple, citrusy and hoppy. I could easily mistaken it for 5% alcohol, very drinkable. Balanced sweet and sour taste with surprisingly hoppy (but not too btter) long and dry finish. One of the best Saison I have tasted so far.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
greenmanalishi (483) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a hazy yellow with big frothy white head. Lemon, orange peel, straw and grass. Sherbetty sourness. Crisp, dry, peppery finish.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (96) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
citrus, herbs, grass, vanilla, golden, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, long finish,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (387) - ITALY - NOV 4, 2014
75 CL bottle from Roybeer, Milan. Pours hazy golden with a low white head that disappears quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is rustic with malts, yeast and acidic funky notes. Taste is very good, floral and light fruity notes, some straw, some sweetness and an acidic yeasty note again. Lively carbonation. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (523) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
Cloudy straw yellow with nice white head. Aroma is orange, caramel, coriander, floral, pepper and banana. Slick palate. Aftertaste is zesty bittersweet, caramel and peppery finish. Overall: easy drinkable and fresh saison. Alcohol well hidden. Good craftsmanship.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mjp12 (429) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
This exploded out of the bottle, I advise you to open it over the sink. Saison yeast aroma, with hints of spice, the flavour is so complex, sweet, sour, spicy, dry. One of the best saisons I’ve had, this isn’t beer for all, this is beer for beer lovers. So fresh, you would never guess the 8% abv.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wyzzywyz22 (2036) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton, Manchester. Hazy gold looks with a generous frothy white head. Nose revealed lemon, grass, straw, spice and funk. Wonderful fruitiness unfolded in the flavour with lemon and green apple the main protagonists. Both sweet and sour, this was clean, smooth and oh so drinkable. ABV nowhere to be seen. Some bitterness emerged as affairs dried out towards the finish. Elegant and poised. The comparison to champagne in the description is certainly apt, this is a fantastic and unique beer that is well worthy of a Top 10 berth and also brings up my birth year rate (1973). Salut !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1203) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Cloudy orange body with a small, white head that reduces to a thin layer, good lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, spices and hints of barnyard. Strong flavour of yeast, spices (especially pepper in the long finish) and funky notes that are a bit more present than in the aroma. Light sweet taste, light acidic and very light sour and with a decent bitterness. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, very dry, mid-bodied and with a moderate carbonation. Very nice!
[75 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, shared with Svensenga smak & behag]


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