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

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RATINGS: 1185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - JAN 8, 2008
Smells like Hoegaarten with the lemon in it. Looks PHENOMENAL in teh glass. Very little head, cloudy, amber. Tastes pretty damn fine as well. Solid one, all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14871) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Aroma of citrus, grass, spice and perhaps other fruits. Hazy light orange gold color with a decent white head that tried to stay. Medium body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor is yeast, orange oil, light stone fruits (apricot, peach?), slightly acetic, lightly woody. Finish is quite dry. It is freshly fruity in a sour way. Very nice drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Clear Golden Orange pour with a large fluffy head. Wonderful lacing in my tulip glass. Hay citrus,raisin and coriander aromas. Medium body. Sour to bitter with hints of citrus hops and some spice. Nice Beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
pours a hazy yellow with a thick head – nice lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy. The taste is also spicy and floral with some bitterness and a touch of sweetness. This is a flavorful, but mild beer that has great balance. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
750 ml bottle, bonus from Geoi at South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Pours slightly hazed golden with a large white head that leaves good lace. Frit, citrus and spice in the aroma, along with sweetbread, candied orange, coriander and clove. Overripe orange in flavor, bready yeasts, apricot, spicy herbal notes, floral as well and sourdough. Medium body and gently prickly carbonation. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 29, 2007
Lot NoC, no date on bottle but I suspecit is is quite old. After all the reviews, I am not that impressed. Meaty, brothy yeast autolosyis dominates the profile with a black pepper spice dominating the palate. It is not an easy beer to drink. It tastes like dirty sweaty gym socks in my mouth. It is really disjointed, the flavors are not coming together. I would take a Omegang Hennapin or Bison Farmhouse Ale to this beer any day.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (447) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
Beautiful looking beer. Golden straw with good clarity and a three finger fluffy white head. Nose- musty tartness. Taste- pale malt with a twinge of dry tartness that is earthy, woody and quite spicy. Some lime is evident as well. Carbonation is spritzy but not biting on the tongue. This really drys out the mouth in a good sort of way. Drinkability is good, and its always a sad moment to see an empty bottle of Fantome.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 pours a clear bubbly gold. sweet fruity aroma. sweet light front, apple in background, palate like juice but mild and sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Clear, light amber with a large white head, mostly fading. The nose is hay, dough, spice, lactic acid, cheese and cotton candy. The flavor is lightly tart, lightly sweet with cotton candy, light lemon, orange, light herbs and hops. Medium body is very soft with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Slightly cloudy in the glass, in all the best (unfiltered) ways. Nice dense head, pours with a lot of carbonation, as would be expected. Surprising how much sweet, maltiness comes through, equally surprising how well this combines with the esters from the yeast. Slight sour flavor and aroma, but definitnely nothing very pronounced. Very tasty. Slightly oxidized - a little bit of chalkiness in the finish, but that’s probably just because this thing sat on a container ship the last 6 months of its existence. Tasty.


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