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

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RATINGS: 965   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2002
It’s been a bit since I had this beer, but the thing that struck me most was a slightly pepper quality about the palate. Not peppery in a hop way, or even as an assertive note, but a kind of very subtle echo I sensed on the edges of my tongue. The saison wasn’t the best I’d tried, but that was a wholly unique quality for me to find in a beer. Fortunately, it was at a tasting and I was able to learn what it was. Care to guess? Of course--pepper. Quite an eye-opener.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tide (1450) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle from Beer Temple, Brussels. Hazy amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, pepper, hops, earthy notes, spices and fruits. Bitter finish with hops, citrus and spices. Exquisite saison.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (249) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours a champagne color that was crystal clear the first pour and grew hazier with each additional pour. Off white head that is light and bubbly and thick (2 inch first pour, 1 inch on second). Head faded down to half a centimeter and held there. Great lacing too. Aroma is apricot, sweet grass, dry yeasty funk. Taste is sweet grass, dry earth and aged floral hops. Surprisingly full bodied for a saison, medium-high carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (650) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
750ml bottle, hazy and lightly yeasty orangey gold pour, with a generous white head. Aroma has light biscuit and caramel malt, tangerine, lemon, coriander, lime, a little brett, herbs and spice. Lots of aroma over the standard saison pitch. Carbonation average. Finish is balanced and fruity. A great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1440) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Thanks to stevencon! Cloudy yellow pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma of old cat litter box, lemon peels and loads of barn funk. Fresh zesty flavor of citrus, very winter minty and herbal, barn funk and lemon heads. Bright and lively. Solid batch from Fantome!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (272) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: złota/bursztynowa, początkowo delikatnie zmętniona, w dalszej części coraz bardziej mętna. Piana biała, początkowo bardzo obfita, średnio pęcherzykowa, stosunkowo szybko opadająca. Ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie średnie do niskiego. Aromat: na początku stajnia, przysłowiowa końska derka, dzikie drożdże. W sumie trochę mniej kwaśny niż lubię. Po ogrzaniu do głosu dochodzą estry owocowe, karmel, a nawet lekka wędzoność. Ogólnie złożony i z pewnością interesujący. Smak: po otwarciu pikantny i cierpki. Wyczuwalne owoce (jabłko ?), suszone śliwki i jakby lekka wędzoność. Z czasem do głosu dochodzi większa słodycz, a nawet karmel. Z pewnością nie jest to klasyczny saison - raczej taki w ostrzejszej wersji. Choć jest wyraźnie dziki nie jest to też lambik, (który bym w sumie wolał). Nie jest to w końcu piwo dla każdego i pewnie spora część z Was po pierwszym łyku, a nawet wdechu wylałaby je do zlewu. Niemniej takie "spaczone" poczucie smaku mają Belgowie, a za ich przykładem inni producenci. Z drugiej strony czy nie podobna sytuacja miała miejsce nie tak dawno z chmielem, a obecnie mocno chmielone piwa święcą triumfy. Kto wie czy dzikość nie jest kolejnym kierunkiem w którym ruszy piwna rewolucja? W sumie sam nosze się z zamiarem uwarzenia piwa z dzikimi drożdżami, ale na to jeszcze przyjdzie czas. Reasumując jest to trunek wart uwagi, który przynajmniej raz polecałbym spróbować. Kupiłem go w trzech wersjach (także świątecznej i czekoladowej) podczas tegorocznego Festiwalu Dobrego Piwa we Wrocławiu i nie wiem czy ta najmniej udziwniona nie okazała się najlepsza.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
undercurrent25 (1329) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Pours a pale colour with a lively gassy head, taste is sour and herbal, one of the best saisons I’ve had

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
paologalloni (89) - ITALY - MAR 14, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Eccezionale saison che riesce a stare nei canoni dello stile pur essendo particolare e non ruffiana. Profumo di agrumi e frutta non troppo dolce.In bocca è poesia acidità ben bilanciata da vino bianco sapore di malti efrumento albicocca .MIRACOLOSA

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (774) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle at a rb tasting it is a cloudy yellow with a white head the aroma is flossy and the taste is peppery and slightly bitter it is a nice saison

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2654) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the March 2014 DC RB gathering. Pours a cloudy cold with an off white head. Aroma of apple and caramel. Flavors of bubble gum and coriander. Smooth, crisp finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (4125) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to ajax234567, Poured a cloudy yellow/orange color with a small white foamy head. aroma was light yeast spices, some funk. flavor was citrus notes, some yeasty character. funk, liked, so good!


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