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

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RATINGS: 1193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold colour, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.

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3.4
RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Strong gueuzey pineapple lemon, grapefruit, warm. Punchy. Mouth is pineappley warm, juicy and fizzy. Finishes slightly dry and sharp, never escaping that under-ripe pineapple. Excellent beer if a bit odd.

1.7
Garyfred (2) - USA - FEB 7, 2008 does not count
I really like Belgian style, but I wasted $15 on this bottle. Cloudy amber appearance. Winey aroma. Taste was totally unexpected. Taste was more like a wine vinegar, and left a vinegary after taste. I guess the "Gods" have different taste buds than this mere mortal.

4.2
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Straw color, beautiful huge head. Aroma was fruity with a touch of barnyard funk. Flavor had really just a tinge of barnyard funk but dominated by a peach/apricot fruity flavor with maybe a touch of pear. A touch of hop bitterness kept the very sweet nature from being overpowering. Not "crisp" and maybe a tad thin, but excellent nonetheless.

4
Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Dull haze in a rich golden pour. Bubbly and bursting with life. Aroma lets out a lot of impressively outhouse oriented stink; this doesn’t come off with the pleasant, juicy funk of other examples but suggests tanks that never got the vermin excrement cleaned out of them. Beneath the rancidness there’s a sweet perfume of almond, pancake batter and caramelized sugar bringing it back to something forgiveable, and this seems to blanket in the uncomfortable beginning with continuous pours from the unsettled bottle, giving rich waves of golden fruit and sticky, sweet rice. Tastes very sweet and musty, a bit bland, but lit up with a lot of zesty mineral and spice; pear, apple, old pineapple, honey and champagne are cut through with mint, chlorine, and pistachio, while the sweetness becomes oily and earthy. Browned apple and mushy banana begin to creep in, souring the freshness of the fruit flavors with a musty attic effect that arrives with the right degree of spontaneity. Palate is spritzy and medium bodied; in perfect balance for a saison both refreshing and fulfilling. Brett starts to kick in with lemon juice, though mildly, conceding a bit of vanilla extract sweetness and caramel before pulsing with an intense, spicy dryness. Tart, but never sour. Alive and weird. A true start to finish experience.

4.2
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
750 I got 1 1/2 years ago from Belgian Shop! Nose very much tart apples and horseblanket with some light spices; hazy gold with a medium glass-lacing yellow-tinged head;flavor repeats the aplliness with only minor tartness, along with spiciness and some very minor hop notes! From the growth down the bottleside from the cork to the surface I frigured major brett! Probably my new favorite saison!

4
DenverLogan (1213) - LA, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Cloudy copper apricot; aroma of various fruits, flowers, spices, straw, citrus, lemon. Flavors also include honey. Fun, fresh and lively...tasted many times and this latest batch fresh is a dandy.

4.1
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Small, tight white foam tops a slightly hazy deep gold brew, smells of oranges, funk and flowers, tastes of lemons, with a little herbiness, faint hint of chives, a touch of sugar sweetness, some tropical fruit, very smooth texture, medium body, absolutely delicious.

3.6
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Hazy pale peach color with a halo of off-white foam. Aroma is fruity with a little citrus sourness. Flavor starts tropical fruit sweet with over ripe orange followed by a light spicy bitterness and a tangy lemony dry finish. Medium body is smooth with lively carbonation.

3.9
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle, 75cl. The beer pours unclear, golden, with a white head. The aroma is very distrinct when the beer is poured. The aroma is apple and fruits, with slightly candy. The flavor is fresh and with pineapple. The mouthfeel is great and clears the mouth. Leaves a fresh feeling. Overall a very good and balanced saison.

4
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Pours a cloudy pale orange/yellow with medium carbonation and almost no head other than some very large bubbles around the egde of the glass. Aroma of sweet tropical fruit with just a hint of dough and spice. Flavor is largely pineapple and peaches but not sweet enough to cover up what must be a healthy dose of bittering hops. Medium bodied, prickly tartness. Very dry finish.


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