Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Soy-Erezée, Belgium


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Fantome Boo! Special Begian Ale. Burgundian Babble Belt. Imported by Shelton Bothers, Belchertown MA

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bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Herbal aroma with light citrus and light tartness. Tart and citrus flavor with spice and light herbal notes. Tartness and citrus linger with green apple, spice, and light herbal notes.

nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750ml bottle pours a hazy and foamy orange color. Off-putting rubbery smoky aroma with a hint of pumpkin and spices. The flavor is a disgusting mix of bandaid, silly putty, and spices. Nasty. Crisp palate and good carbonation, but that doesn’t come close to saving this sloppily made disaster. Got reamed to the tune of $23 for this at Brouwerij Lane. Majorly weak.

TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Deep orange. Sticky, frothy white head adorns the glass with ornate lacework. Peculiar nose of unripe peach, vanilla, candy corn, peaty smoke, and puttylike yeast. Lightly vegetal, as well. Fine, creamy carbonation. Flimsy body. Opens with a moderate tartness which scratches at the tongue with an irony coarseness. Ensuing peatlike smoke imparts a subtle numbing effect by way of iodine, as waxy notes strongly poke through while the smoke persists. Very little depth to speak of, aside from the candy-cornlike sugars, and as the unripe peach tartness runs rampant the body is consequently rendered mostly hollow. With the exception of a dry dusting of cookie malt, virtually no malt remains to fill in the gaps left behind by the sugar-negating tartness. Humdrum, predominantly peat-smoke-filled finish disharmoniously trails a concrete and ironlike astringency. Hmm, what is presumably unintentional tartness, while manageable, is certainly strong enough to be off-putting. I love the unbridled creativity that went into crafting this, but this is not one of Dany’s finer offerings.

fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012

Bottle 750ml. cap & corked.

Unclear - hazy medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, fruity, moderate yeasty, medicine, bubble gum, fruity, fruity bubble gum. Flavour is moderate sweet and light light acidic with a average to long duration, fruity, plastic, medicine, yeasty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121109]

t0rin0 (88) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Thanks for the taste Richard.

Lots of carbonation, foamed everywhere. The sediment was mixed into the beer so it poured an ugly brown. Aroma was herbal, zesty, smokey, and caramelly. Not bad but the smoke is disconcerting. In the flavor the pumpkin seeds are noticeable but if I didnt know ahead of time what they were I probably wouldnt have guessed. Plenty of caramel and yeast flavors as is typical in Fantome but the smoke is present again with a touch of plastic. Some orange flavor as well.

I wanted to love this beer but I couldnt. Oh well.

nuplastikk (6254) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
750ml bottle. Gusher! Corked and caged, with a nice big pop when opened. After the initial gush, it controlled itself. Unfiltered orange-tan. Big frothy white head. Zesty aromatic aroma, lots of lemon, lime, almost citron aroma. An interesting beer certainly, nice mouthfeel helps navigate through the myriad of unique Fantome flavors/ingredients. Sort of has the gingery spiciness of a pumpkin ale, but also a solid lemony sour background, and a clean golden, maybe a hint of amber wheaty malt. Intense boozed ginger-marmalade kind of thing going on. Really quite sour, in a gingery way, approaching pineapple. Just an off the wall beer all around, and while it does capture some halloween/pumpkin beer tones, it twists and warps them around to create something new. Apricot finish. Lots of depth, Rugged and overbearing, not exactly the best beer, but an interesting beer experience certainly.

tderoeck (9656) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
11/XII/12 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ my parent’s place - BB: n/a (export I guess) (2012-1351)

Little cloudy orange to light amber beer, small off-white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, pumpkin pie, spicy, orange peel, fudge. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit smoky, sweet caramel, sugary, quite some alcohol, bit of citrus, spices. Aftertaste: pretty smoky, sweet caramel, bitter hops, bit dusty, even more smoke. Love this beer!

FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2012
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a muddled amber color that shows a hazy, orange / bright-amber hue when held up to the light. As I pour this aromas of fruity leaning, lightly spiced, pumpkin like pie. A more focused inspection of the aroma also sees me noticing a light smoky note. At times a soft candy like note comes through; what kind of candy I am not sure, a bit honey like, almost something like a peppermint candy cane, but without the peppermint if that makes any sense. This last, may in fact some sort of light herbal character.

Lightly sweet, with an even fainter tartness, the beer has a nice effervescence (quite lively actually), and the body has light medium texture to it. There is a squash like flavor here somehow (leaning towards butternut or acorn), this is accentuated by the light, perhaps honey leaning sweetness, and a soft fruitiness. The fruit character is fairly non-specific, perhaps leaning toward hints of melon, some apple, some floral plum, and maybe even some tropical fruit character. There is a smokiness to this beer in the finish, a light phenolic character, and even some clove like character, and perhaps even a touch of plastic at times. The plastic and other phenolics seems to be accentuated by the carbonation, as the carbonation dies down these get more subdued. The spice character is fairly pronounced here, at least for a Saison, but it is still at a level that it keeps you guessing quite a bit; theoretically it could be all yeast derived, but I am pretty sure that is not the case. Teased spice notes of cinnamon, perhaps some ginger, nutmeg, hints of cardamom, and even some touches of fennel. Touches of maple couple with the smoky notes and the sweetness to suggest at a woodiness. The malt character is quite soft here, but provides a touch of whole grain cracker notes, some soft brown sugar notes, and perhaps a touch of chewy spice bread.

Quite nice, I wasn’t quite too sure what to expect from this, but I am quite enjoying it and it strikes a nice balance between the spice, fruit, phenolics, and other notes. This definitely lives up to the label quite well, definitely evocative of the fall / Halloween season.

brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Explosive fountain of beer upon pulling the cork. Hazy orange/amber pour with an off-white head. Opens up with a nice lemony tartness and some spices. Intense herbal qualities, very phenolic with a lot of smoke and bandaids. The flavor is just not enjoyable. Smoke, bandaids, and overwhelming herbs. A light tartness, some sweet bread, and a lot of yeast.

kraddel (8084) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2012
bottle split with and thnx to 77 ships ( who i had to cheer up after getting sad for the little ghost that got scared by the evil pumpkin) pours orange, hazy, looks like a real good brew for fall/ winter , cause it reminds me of a nice warm fire... the foam is fast fading the smell is like a saison taste is totaly unexpected ( after the smell) pure pumpkin. carbo is good , i dont realy get much more out of this than calling it a liquid pumpkin !

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