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

bottled
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RATINGS: 731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Big bottle. Not as musty as i remember the other fantomes i’ve had. A lot more of a xmas’y character w/ the amber body, caramel malt, and ample spice. pretty good


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2017
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Straight from the bottle. Berries, fruity, sourish and some yeast in aroma. Lots of fruits and berries in taste. Slightly sourish mouthfeel. Covers alcohol very well. Quite drinkable brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 1, 2017
750ml bottle - street tick thanks to Martjoobolut!
Very winey aroma. White pepper hint in the taste. Not saying 8%. Wateryish palate, and carbonation a little low, but that’s better than being a gusher I guess, . A simple and curious saison, and nothing like the one I had way way back. Doesn’t grab me, but there’s nothing wrong with it. Palate just makes it feel a bit dead.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ysok02 (1206) - Mons, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2017
Robe brune, mousse peu abondante. Nez assez marqué par le malt torréfié, les fruits secs, les céréales sur un fond houblonné. Bouche à l’attaque acidulée et torréfiée, fine bulle raffraîchissante et longue finale équilibrée. Une belle saison d’hiver.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusta (100) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Cloudy bright orange with lots of floaters at the bottom of the glass. Fluffy white head that hung around after multiple sips. Aroma is fruity and spicey and sweet candy, maybe pears? The taste is a perfect marriage of that barnyard funky Saison taste with the sweetness of a triple, maybe even some earthy minty. Smooth body, richly warming, complex. Excellent beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3538) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle (from etre gourmet). Looks like a bottle. Aroma is spices, sourness, yeast, Flavor is spices, yeast, fruits. Finish is also spices. Overall: good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (989) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Murky copper orange with no head. Aroma is of red wine, ginger, cinnamon, vinegar, red fruits, plums. Taste is of orange, vinegar, plums, dark fruits, red wine, warm spices. Oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1978) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, likely a 2011 vintage. Aroma is somewhat fruity with some stone fruit and green grapes. Light citrus and acidity. Hints of grain and wheat. A bit of a light oak and woody note. Faint clove phenolic notes and faint floral notes. Pours a fairly clear, yellow gold color with a large, moderately thick, frothy, white head that recedes fairly quickly but is replenished for a bit before it fades to the edges and disappears. No lacing or legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with some light lemon-lime zest. Light acidity. Some light grain, cracker and wheat notes. Light stone fruit and floral notes. Hints of phenolic spice and some herbal notes. Some light watery, mineral notes. Medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright Saison, but not my favorite from Fantome. Nice fruit and citrus notes, but its a bit watery and bland (shocking for a ’tome).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rubin77 (1360) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 22, 2016
F: pale brown, big, good retention. C: dark coppery to dark brown, hazy. A: herbal, spicy, peppery, brett, hint of vinous. T: malt, fruity, spicy, orange peels, caramel, green banana, very good and interestingly balanced, medium to full body, medium to high carbonation, worth to try, sample from vat @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2016.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jelledebont (116) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
Prima bier, maar voor een winterbier heeft deze wat mij betreft te weinig ’body’. Niet echt een uitgesproken smaak.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PietS (198) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2016
This is not just an average saison, the brewer really added a good winter’s touch. The taste is a combination of typical sour fruity, bretty saison flavor and more dark sweet flavors (caramel, malts). A warm, but also fresh mouth feel; enjoyable bitter aftertaste. Not easy to find, but definitely worth it; it’s a great beer.


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