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

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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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4.2
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
French toast aroma w/perfect amount of maple syrup on top. Garnet color. Chewy dense malts slapped against a juicy cherry. Carmelized honey banana flavors, creamy dark fruit esters. Somewhat astringent hoppiness comes out as brew warms. I didn't get a lot of funkiness out of this brew which I didn't mind. And I kept thinking of whips and leather and chains. I'm not sure why, perhaps it was the devilish look of the ghost. And Santa looking oh-so-frisky.

3.7
ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2011
pours cloudy, nut brown, soft, off white head. graham cracker, honey, nutty malts, Christmas spice, light citrus fruits on the nose. Yeast, distinct raspberries, caramel malts, toffee sweetness with faint alcohol heat and medium finish. solid

3.8
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2008
[Bottle, ’06 vintage] Pours dark brown with a good tan head. Sour aroma with a good deal of sweet malt and some vinous fruitiness. Taste is also somewhat sour, with dark chocolate and a unique roasted malt towards the end. medium mouthfeel with a long finish. Overall an enjoyable beer.

3.7
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 750 corked bottle with 086/477044 on cork. Can't crack that code. Dark amber colored and showing ruby red when held up to light. Short lived head and minimal lacing. Great aroma of fruity malt with a slight sour earthiness. Nice smooth medium body with alcohol masked better than Gene Simmons. Nice flavored ale with a slight bitterness. Malty and yeasty with a sweet and sour fruitiness. I'm impressed with this one. Very nice.

3.3
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 1998 vintage. Hazy amber ale with no discernable head and carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Light-to-medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt and fruity flavors. Some funky leathery sourness. Finishes dry with lingering sourness. This is an interesting tasty sour winter beer. UPDATE: One pint, 9.4 fl oz (750 mL) brown bottle purchased from Di Carlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanetti’s),, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. 2005 vintage. Hazy dark brown ale having a small, off-white head with spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Earthy spicy aroma. Medium bodied that starts with slightly sour with earthy, spicy aromas. Some light malt sweetness. Finishes with light sour malt aftertaste. Sour, tangy, earthy Belgium beer that is a definite acquired taste. Not my favorite Belgium ale. The 1998 vintage was smoother and less sour than the 2005 vintage. My ratings reflect the average of both beers. Sampled on 2005 Christmas day with visiting family members.

3.6
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange amber with one finger beige creamy head. Aroma is lager’ish at first?! Lot of wheat, malts, peppery, some dark fruits and slight toast. Got some funk too. Taste is sweet, bready, dried burnt dark fruits in alcohol, molasses. Full creamy body with peppery finish, some toast. Moore boozy as I warms. Reminds me of a mix of aventinus and avec les bons væux.

3.7
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Aroma is a bit sour, somewhat lambic-like, but with a creamy sweetness, with cherry and vanilla notes. Flavor is slightly sour, malty, with a bit of vinegar.

3.9
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From a bomber. Happy New Year 2013! Hazy amber brown pour with ample off white foamy head. Aroma of whole grain toast with honey. Flavor infused with holiday spice, pepper, caramel ... Warm boozy finish. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a beige head. Sour aroma with dried fruits, spices and wood. Complex, slightly sour flavor with notes of dried fruit, spices, roasted malts, caramel and wood. Alcohol is well hidden. Dry, sour finish but a little aspirin flavor.

3.7
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Draft @ Capone’s: Poured a dark amber with not much head. The aroma was sweet malts, dark fruits and spice. The flavor was smooth, dark fruits, pepper, sweet malts and sugar. Overall, this one reminded me more of a Belgian Strong ale than a Saison, but excellent nonetheless.


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