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

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RATINGS: 770   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (761) - SPAIN - DEC 25, 2006
Almost black colour, with a very good head. Aroma is mainly tart, reminds of wooden cask where wine has been madurating. I feel mainly the same in the mouth, very tart and acid, like some champagnes or generous wines. When you get used to the massive acidity, you note some molasses, citrus and spices in the nose. In mouth, chocolate, spices, and the acidity you usually find in kriek beer. A diffcult beer, but a very pleasant one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
bottle birthday present from unique beer: pours a very dark brown not quite black with a small off white head. aroma is everywhere spicey, sweet fruity like cherry definetly cherry and sour cherry to me. flavour is much smoother than i thought it would be very nice with notes of cherry, very earthy hops also. finishes woody and dry with some spice. very complex, but enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 (2002) Hazy orange/brown. Beautiful head and lace. Crazy nose of oregano, clove other spices, barnyard, uric acid, lots of malt in the backround and others. Biting carbonation on initial sip, lots of acidity, some malt to balance, lots of spices, oregano is huge in this, alcohol hidden like a gem. Very funky brew but i like the previous years better. That goes for the Winter as well. (2000 or 2001) Up to the light this is a hazy deep/red orange. Lasting off white head and lace. Swirling carbonation with particles throughout. Insane nose of cinnamon, lemon, tea leaves (chamomile?) , barnyard, sourness, and others. Gentle in mouth considering the visibly apparent carbonation, lightish medium body, subtle cherries evident at first followed by a restrained but addicitve acidity and juiciness, peppery spices are woven in intricatley. An almost grainy malt is tasted as it warms and the yeast pour cuts the acidity down a notch. Its actually mellow and easy to drink, how this is 10% I will never understand, I cant event taste the alcohol but now 3/4 a way through it, I can feel it baby:) Awesome stuff.


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