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

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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. The alcohol content probably goes a long way toward explaining that very warm and satisfied feeling one finds on the very first sip. A rich, dark-flavored beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavor in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character.

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3.5
JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Deep hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Farhouse yeast aromas along with sweet/sour malt and wood. Flavors of sweet and sour fruits throughout. Something seemed off to me. I'll have to try another to be sure on this one.

3.6
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 Re Rate 3/9/03. Had this again at the Pizza Port Belgian Fest and i have to up the rating. Dark and malty, bready,heavy spice finish with less of a mildew smell and more of the barnyard thing. I wonder if the original rating was from a bad bottle?Dark murky brown color with a 1/4' tan head.Musty aroma almost a mildew like smell. Tart flavor that has a bitterness to it. I am really just seesawing on saisons. Dont know what to make of them.

4.2
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2002
Pretty interesting brew (like their others), herbal, spicy, malty nose. Murky brown colour, with a nice fluffy head and good lace. Very nice palate, slight hint of sweetness at the start, fading into a acidic, bitter/sour finish. Hints of cinamon spice at the start, and a fruity, almost tart cherry finish, quite strange, but surprisingly addictive, you wouldn't know it had 10% alcohol in it.

4.1
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 Sparkling cherries in a forest of oranges, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and prunes…Surprising acidic, red wine vinegar, oud bruin qualities for a dark strong ale…Brown sugar and caramel candy dance with the yeast in perfect unity and thus inspire rejoicing...

3.9
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 75 cl bottle drank on 4/16/02: Muddy brown color with a huge head that slowly settles. Sour, bready nose. Barnyard taste with overripe dark fruit and spices. Acidic finish. Many different traits come through as this beer is sipped (this ain’t guzzling beer), such as oranges, wood, and cherry.

4
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
Red-brown on color; Slightly pink head was HUGE and rocky; nose was musky and yeasty. First sip is tart and bile-like, but not in a bad way (?). The tartness doesn't kick your ass like a gueze but keeps you on your toes for sure. Strawberry hidden in there somewhere as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. Woody at the end. This is one of the most challenging beers I think that I have ever had. Thank you VENOM.

3.4
Oakes (19576) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Original rating: Opaque russet colour; nose of alcohol, plums, raisins, spice (paprika, white pepper), dried apricot, sandalwood; flavour is wonderfully barnyardy, with raisins, rodenbachish tannins, and an acidic finish. More recent samples have been less compelling, with reduced complexity and structural weaknesses. My rating has been downgraded to reflect this.

3.9
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Cloudy apple cider appearance with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, yeast and spices. Initial taste is farmhouse all the way, with loads of tart sour oaky wood flavors and sour apples and yeast. Some peppery spiciness as well. Not what you'd expect for a winter seasonal, but at 10% this is a nice brew for a big hearty Christmas time meal. Should age quite nicely with a good pile of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. It will be interesting to see how the tartness will mellow after a year or so of cellaring. Cool bottle with an evil 'Casper the ghost' overlooking Santa and his reindeer.


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