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


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RATINGS: 769   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4751) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2016
75cl bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, brought by me, given to me by Dany himself. Thanks Dany. Pours deep reddish amber, thin foamy off-white head. Floating grimbly bits. Aroma of light spice. Taste ironically not as spicy as other Fantomes, considering this is a Christmas beer. Some honey, pepper, caramel, malt. A bit drying, not too flavoursome and seems a bit lacking in the vibrant spicy yeast flavours I’ve come to love. Not Fantome’s best unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (3537) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle (from Pothouse). Pours murky brown without head, looks ugly. Aroma is sweetness, spices, malt, vanilla, some booze. Flavor is sour and sweet, malt, spices, coriander, fruits, plum juice. Carbonation is on the low side, drinkability is excellent despite the ABV. Some booze is noticeable, but not too bad. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (941) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2016
750ml bottle. Thanks, Kaspar. Pale brown colour. Thin head. Slight sourness, caramel, bready notes in the aroma. Slight herbal touch as well. Caramelly notes at first. Sour, bready notes in the middle. Touch of kvass. Caramelly, sour, slightly spicy finish. Notes of caramel and berries in the end. Rather medium bodied, low carbonated, descent and interesting brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
KennethArd (475) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2016
Light sour aroma. Cloudy brown with no head. Sour sweet taste. Medium body, flat carbonation & slick texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MGantzel (251) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2016 Denne juleøl har et uklart rød-brunligt udseende med et svagt hvidt skum. Øllen har en sød og syrlig aroma og smager deraf med citrus. Ikke kompleks nok i smagen. Lav karbonering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5763) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2016
750 ml bottle at Johan. Amber with off white head. Aroma has spice, bready malt, slight caramel, citrus, pepper, coriander and yeast. Taste is similar, heavy spice notes but still drinkable, lots of yeast, bready malt with a herby spicy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silvan7 (1172) - Samarate, ITALY - OCT 31, 2016
Bottle @ home. Ramata carica, quasi marrone, velata, schiuma beige minimale, non molto fine e neanche troppo persistente. Aroma complesso e fine. Esteri del lievito saison , speziati e pepati, coriandolo, zenzero, si mischiano al classico aroma belga di zucchero di canna e frutta sciroppata. tostata e liquorosa, qualche nota di diacetile (gradevole).Finale più secco che amaro, con leggera acidità. Dolce amabile, controbilanciata da un tostato di cacao e panpepato ben cotto. calda, rotonda, ma equilibrata da un acidulo e un tostato che la rendono astringente. Armonica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (1141) - POLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Pana żółta, obita, gruba, szybko opada do pierzynki. Barwa rubinowo miedziana, mocno zamglona. W aromacie słodowo i estrowo - karmel, toffi, cukier kandyzowany, suszone morele, rodzynki... W smaku dość słodkie, tu na pierwszym planie daktyle, figi, rodzynki, kandyzowane owoce, do tego aromatyczne przyprawy korzenne, głóg, świąteczny keks i domowe wino. Goryczka niska do średniej, ziołowa. Alkohol likierowy i rozgrzewający. Wysycenie średnie, lekko poszczypujące.
Fajne Belgian Strong Ale z tego Saisona ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (2416) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 8, 2016
butelka jeszcze z Belgii, warka do konca 2019 (lot dm 15). Niezapiekne, metne, nieco brunatne piwo z niezbyt imponujaca piana. aromaty srednio intensywne - na pierwszym planie przyprawy a la galka muszkatulowa, gozdziki, imbir, pewnie kilka innych blizej niesprecyzowanych. do tego dochodi ziolowosc, miodowosc, owoce a la przejrzale brzoskwinie. nieco rodzynek i chyba innych suszonych / kandyzowanych owocow W ustach fajna mieszanka kwaskowatosci ze slodkoscia, ta drugie jadnak bierzze gore po chwili zwlaszcza w posmakach. przewijaja sie tez przyprawowe nuty caly czas, miod i brzoskwinie wlasnie raczej w posmakach. goryczka niska, przyprawowa. wysycenie niskie. bardzo ciekawe piwo, nadal bardzo pijalne, szybko znikajace z pokala, zachecajace do kolejnego lyka. Jestem pod wrazeniem, ze te wydawaloby sie niespojne nutki wszystkie ze soba graja. struttura dosc ciezkawa, ciut oleista. bdb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2016
bottle at home. Pours dark ruby red, flat like a pancake. Intensely sweet malt orange zest, mellow peach, and some peppery notes. Full sweet body, increasingly bitter towards the end, but all blending nicely to a typical winter warmer. Nice.

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