Formerly brewed at Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed for Croydon Beer Circus, London.

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Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2008
1 pint 9 4 oz bottle. Cloudy red brown, explosive head that shot the cork across the bar. Light tan head. Aroma of pumpernickel bread and yeast. Taste of German black bread with sour finish. Incredible,

Oakes (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Reddish-brown colour. Cloudy. Liquoricey with crazy spice nose. Light pear notes, again very assertive liquorice/anise, nutmeg and spice. Probably a little too much, even for Fantome.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
(750ml bottle, thanks mj) Cloudy amber body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some horse blanket, celery. Taste is medium sweet, grape, some funk/ Medium body, low carbonation.

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
(750ml Bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of sour fruit, mustiness, and florals. Flavor of sour, vinous, grapefruit, mint leaves, spruce, and herbal tea. Interesting beer, as one should expect from Fantôme.

hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and murky/muddy orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. The color darkened up as I got towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of yeast, fruity, spicey, caramel, green minty herbalness and floral. Tastes of the same herbalness, apples, pears, yeast, and citrus. Light tart finish.

hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle... Cloudy, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. Herbal, spicy aroma and flavor. Mild, Flemish acidity in both. Caramel in the nose. Bread in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and no sign of the relatively high ABV... excepting the ringing in my ears and pink elephants dancing in my head... oh, a circus! Easygoing carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Well-balanced beer all the way around. Another solid product from Brasserie Fantôme!

DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Thanks to Matta for this one. Pours hazy rubyish deep coppery with 3-finger tan creamy head. Aroma of funky caramelly malt, fruit, spice, vinous notes, and some brown sugar and nuts. The flavor is caramel malty, with that characteristic funky peaty note, and some figgy fruit, with brown sugary and slightly nutty finish. The taste was sweeter than the aroma might dictate. Gets a bit tarter as it warmed, but remained a complex drinking experience throughout.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Circus
Date: 08/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

muddy brown, whispy tan head, disappearing drippy lace, light spicy chocolate aroma, nice light chocolate flavor, nice light spices, nice bitterness in the finish
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Date: 03/26/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

picking up lots of the signature Fantome funk in the aroma, dry caramel flavor to go along with the chocolate, with lots of spicy character,
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Date: 05/05/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

sweet lemon in the aroma, more caramel than chocolate in the flavor

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

marcus (10582) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
This orange/amber ale poured with a massive beige head that filled half of a tulip glass, and there it stayed until I sipped it off the top. This is an unusual saison in that it is quite malty and dark. However, the flavor is pleasantly complex with tastes of malt, flowery hops, treacle and coriander, with a harsh peppery finish.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
The Lure:
Musty grapes and dry yeastiness recall that of the Black Ghost. The perfume here, while being intriguing, is rather subdued, and overall not as inviting as most Fantômes.

The Festivities:
The sweet fruitiness of grapes and berries surrounds the small-bubbled carbonation. Sourness is present but never bothersome, as the dry finish works along quite well. All is well-integrated, but too muted to sustain pleasure.

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