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

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RATINGS: 1176   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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   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with an initial enormous head that dies down pretty rapidly. Aroma of fruit and some malt. Flavor of sour apple with a hint of spiciness. Not as dry spicy as some saisons, but more of a subtle spiciness to complement the fruit and tartness. Excellent Beer! Hey I believe that this is #100 of my Rate Beer reviews!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
0,75l bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Golden with a light white head, flecky (I made that word up and I like it). Aroma: Pleasantly fruity – I get some tree fruits, stone fruits, berries and some light tropical fruits; sugary/honey sweetness, light funk, some sharp organic acids hiding in the background; yeast and some spiciness. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Much more organic acid than the nose, the fruits have retreated, touches of honey; light amounts of funk and rubber; an intriguing blend of sweet, sour and mild bitterness, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

I don’t have a good grasp on this style, but I will certainly enjoy this example of it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Beautiful huge disappearing head. Bright sunset colour. The aroma of this beer is awesome to me, with that strawberry perfectly mingling with slightly woody bretta’s, citric and melon. Flavor is complex, fruity, a bit peppery and woody, obviously sour, but still hi-drinkable for the lightness in body that perfectly hides 8% abv. The thirst-quencher. Love it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle 75 cl. Nice orange-golden color, wiht medium white head. Aroma sour and fruity, little spice. Medium body. Taste full of rich fruitiness, sourness, with a bit spices. GOOD.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeinDahlem (1472) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Re-rating after tasting several times over the years. Enough poor or occasionally infected bottles have pulled the wool from my eyes. At its best, it’s an absurdly fruity and interesting beer with varying levels of hop-bitterness and strangeness. It’s been a while since I found it that way. f two recent bottles, one was infected and another harshly bitter, possibly from clumsy hop substitution. But people will continue to rave, I suppose.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
750mL bottle, shared with artusory. Bright, honey-orange color; white head with good retention and fizzy lacing. Slightly tart citrus and candy sugar in the aroma; medium acidity and funk; mouthwatering. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: excellent lively tartness and toasty vanilla coming through; perfect levels of acidity and tart citrus, though lacking some depth; doughy, belgian sugar notes appear at mid-palate; just a great mouthfeel and perfect refreshing tartness and funk. Medium, tart citrus and oily fruit finish; excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Nice hazy orange pour with a sizable whitish head. Aroma has some nice musty, sour grain, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is a wonderful mix of sour malt and yeast with a hefty helping of funky citrus, spice, and bread. The original is still the best. Thank God Fantome exists, because I don’t think anyone could come up with such great saisons.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Bottle. Huge frothy white head that really lasted. Beautiful thick foam as it settles in the glass. Clear and very sparkling body with light cloudy particles in flow. Color was somewhat yellow like. Aroma of citrus, perfume, light notes of leather and soap, very grain like with some caramel and hint of spice. Medium bodied with a light dry texture and a lively carbonation. Light to moderated sweet and acidic flavor. Fresh citrus finish that lingers. Very nice beer to enjoy in the summertime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden brown with a sizeable head. Nose is light with an almost soap sud essence to it, but in an organic way. Somewhat of a bitter edge to it. But overall it is pretty smooth and light. You get a long term feel of yeast in your mouth and a touch of citrus for a whole, though not as long as the yeast. Feel is as it should be expected: frothy and smooth. Pretty drinkable, though it might not be a session brew of course.


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