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

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RATINGS: 1182   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5834) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an slightly orange copper with a white head of foam that dissipates at a moderate rate. The aroma is on indicative of a sour with a near herbal note. Taste is so close to sour without actually crossing that line, unfortunately. This stuff is delicious. I want more of this.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (5124) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2018. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light tart/tangy fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic saison. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/spiciness. Amazing yeast complexity and balancing malt character; while still remaining nicely drying, spicy, tart, and funky; despite having modest carbonation for the style. A highly enjoyable offering all around.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (1047) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle. Pours a golden orange with a lasting fluffy white bubbly head. Aroma is of citrus, pineapple, exotic fruits, pepper, clove, caramel, bread. Taste is of citrus, grassy, more exotic fruits, pineapple, mango, caramel, spice, pepper, clove, coriander. Light oily mouthfeel, medium to hard carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YantarCoast (1149) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 4, 2017
On tap at Craft Republic. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is spice, yeast, citrus. Taste is lemon, apricot, spice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1704) - BELARUS - FEB 2, 2017
Hazy honey, huge white head, that stays. Yeasty nose. A bit wild. Very Belgian feel while tasting. Massively spicy. Minimal wildness. Pear. Other fruit. Light bitterness. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Neurook (10) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2017
Honey, fruits and some barnyard in the nose. Leather, spices and citrus. Very complex. Hazy orange color with a medium head that sticks around for a bit. Some lacing. Sweet and fruity flavor up front, which is cut by a lactic sourness and some bitterness. Complex mix of spicy flavors with some hay and barnyard impressions, although these are very subtle. This has the dankness of overripe fruits you’d expect from some imperial IPAs only by way of yeast rather than hops. Body is medium to full with tartness, carbonation and a semi-dry long finish keeping it from being cloying. Note: I’ve had this multiple times, and this beer varies a lot from batch to batch (and even bottle to bottle). This rating represents only one such tasting, but I would confidently give a similar final score to other bottles I’ve had even if the specifics were different. Always an adventure this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonj (1) - Torshavn, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 ..................................................

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nische (2075) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle from belgoklubben, cellared for a couple of years. Pours hazy, syrupy golden with no head. Aroma and taste of weak pineapple juice and not so much else. Hints of spices and citrus, but they are weak.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozzatoadisback (132) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2017
Big time gushing. Remaining liquid is about half of the bottle. Hazy/murky bright orange colour with huge fluffy head, shows decent persistence and very nice lacing. Aroma shows fresh fruitiness (citrus, peach), a mild funkish, quite lambic-like feel and slight spiciness. That is quite sweet with very strong/fresh fruity notes (again citrus, peach), nicely attenuated by moderate tartness. Again a slight hint of spiciness and a balanced, moderately earthy finish. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, pretty lively but still nicely soft. A very interesting beer in terms of aroma and flavour profile, but (at least in this bottle) not totally devoid of flaws.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (422) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2017
Color entre dorado y anaranjado, turbio, con capa de espuma blanca de un dedo de grosor (no mucha retención). Carbonatación media. Restos de sedimento por un tubo, casi palpable. El aroma me recuerda a una mezcla de sidra asturiana y vino blanco, muy frutal y ligeramente ácido. En boca hay un amago inicial de acidez. Fruta presente durante todo el trago, textura acuosa, final amargo. Recuerda, desde luego, a un nectar. No sé si de los dioses, pero nectar al fin y al cabo. Rica como ella sola pero justificar el precio que pagué por ella es difícil (no es cosa que me haya importado ni me vaya a importar jamás).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusta (100) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Again, a special thanks to both Valéry and Dany for this bottle. Bright cloudy orange with a huge rocky fluffy head. Aromas of fruit, spice, mint, citrus, peppercorns and a strong barnyard and fresh cut grass. Flavors of melon, banana, clove, honey, sweet orange/lemon citrus and grass. Light to medium bodied with good solid carbonation. Hamds down, the best Saison that I have ever tried. Fantastic brew.


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