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

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 772   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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3.6
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle at the BA Buffalo Bottleshare. Pours reddish amber with a small off white head, slight lacing. Nose and taste of light toffee, cinnamon, and clove. Honey finds its way in one the finish. Body is full and creamy.


4.2
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle from 2014. This has aged well. Pours a lightly hazed dark brownish color with tan colored head. Christmas spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, with some dark fruits, fig, plum, and a light earthiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice dark fruit and spice finish, the aclohol is now very well hidden, does not drink like a 10% beer.

3.7
Xenon (136) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Very grapey. A touch tart. Very strong alcohol. This is a boring review but it was also not the best beer I’ve had from fantome. Maybe because it’s hot out?

3.7
wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel dark fruits spicy yeast and hops flavor malts caramel dark fruits yeast ripe fruits and hops

3.8
tapefuzz (469) - 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.

3.8
The Etruscan (672) - 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.

1.8
LLaurin (468) - 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.

4
kapusta (111) - Browns Summit, North Carolina, 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.

3.2
olsvammel (7216) - 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.

3.5
suurjuust (3504) - 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.

5
zebra (2096) - 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.


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