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


on tap

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RATINGS: 770   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapefuzz (285) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2017 750mL bottle. Pours reddish (almost purple) brown with no head, but some sudsy bubbles. Aroma is yeast, cherry, berries, caramel, spice, yeast, clove, and brine. Taste is chocolate, spice, honey, pepper, cherry, dark fruit, brine, nutmeg, yeast, and red wine. Initially lightly sour, the beer then grows sweet before an earthy, herbal finish with just a touch of bitterness. Full body. Soft, barely-there carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (648) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 14, 2017
Light beige creamy head. Brown colour. Aroma is fruity malty with dates, raisins and spicy and licorice notes. Flavor is malty too, fruity with raisins, dried fruits and licorice and chocolate tones, ending in a moderately spicy finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LLaurin (381) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2017
I honestly hope that I got a bad bottle of this beer. Poorly carbonated, pale nose and no head at all. Blush dishwater colour in red tones and completely flat. Taste light sour with some herbal notes like coriander or alone. Palate non existing and a great disappointment. Will rerate if I can get another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusta (100) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Pours opaque purpleish brown with light brown fluffy head. The aroma is deep fruits, treacle, fruitcake, spice (grains of paradise). The flavor is Carmel, figs and raisins, cinnamon and spice, maybe oaky. Very smooth body and easy to drink and alcohol is well hidden. Not at all overspiced as the seasonal Christmas beers sometimes tend to be. Very very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (6692) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle from.... hm either a shop in Belgium or Systembolaget in Sweden, forgot which one :P Fruity and yeasty spicy smell. Similar taste. A bit rough flavour profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3228) - ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2016
750ml bottle. Brown hazy beer, almost no head. Nose is fruity, spices and a hint of tartness. Flavor is cherries and berries, tartness, spices, chocolate. Herbal notes, mild bitterness and tartness in the finish. Remarkably drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1947) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2016
750-ml bottle from binnys Hyde Park. translucent honey color, good head, fizzy at first, classic funky saison nose, saison lemon-pepper, clear but restrained spices, sweet, super balanced, medium body, herbal finish, drinkable. joyeux noël à tous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kapusil (1288) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2016
0.75l bottle. Hazy dark brown body with no head. Aroma of chocolate, cloves, nutmeg, red wine and cherries. Taste of chocolate, cherries, spicy hops, nutmeg with sone tartness in the finish. Basically no carbonation. Interesting beer for sure. Some sips even makes me to think this is actually a red wine :-) Definitely nice though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5831) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2016
3 oz pour at Hops & Pie. Clear orange appearance with a tan head. Aroma of light caramel malt, toasted grain, mild herbs/spices, toffee, light citrus zest and a touch of peppery spice. Similar flavor, adding mild malt sweetness, light to mild bitterness and a hint of acidity. Medium to full body with a light dry feel and a lingering, mildly spiced, light yeasty finish. Pretty solid stuff overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (5849) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottleshare: pours dark hazy orange with white head. Aroma is yeasty and sugary. Taste is kind of too sweet with the candied sweetness. Some light bitterness. Not that great.

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