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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2002
It’s been a bit since I had this beer, but the thing that struck me most was a slightly pepper quality about the palate. Not peppery in a hop way, or even as an assertive note, but a kind of very subtle echo I sensed on the edges of my tongue. The saison wasn’t the best I’d tried, but that was a wholly unique quality for me to find in a beer. Fortunately, it was at a tasting and I was able to learn what it was. Care to guess? Of course--pepper. Quite an eye-opener.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozzatoadisback (119) - 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 (367) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humpah (184) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2016
0,75l bottle from Belgiuminabox (shared). Pours hazy orange colour with not much head at all. Aroma of yeast, citrus, fruits, spices, earth, tartness, cinnamon. Medium body, dry taste, tarty and citrusy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapefuzz (243) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2016
On tap. Pours a cloudy brownish gold with a huge foamy white head. Aroma is kalamata olives, grass, funky yeast, and citrusy fruit. Taste is creamy green olive, yeast, dough, light citrus, and some melon. Just the faintest touch of spice. Balanced mix of sweetness and sourness. Feels sort of like a funky unblended limbic or maybe a creamy, yeasty dirty martini. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (7108) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2016
Vertical, recent bottle vs ~2004 Bottle. New: 7 3 7 3 14 Citrus, cardamom, candy, clove Cloudy amber, white lace Lightly boozy, estery, clove, candy, strawberry Old: 6 3 6 3 13 Cork Milky yellow Cinnamon notes, butter, green apple, Bratapfel, Calvados

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oktobrfestgirl (11) - GERMANY - DEC 14, 2016
Compared best before 2007 to one with a best before 2019. Totally different beers! Even taking the normal ageing into effect, the aroma difference is perhaps the most shocking. Of course, the older prevailed. This would be a great beer to do a 10 year vertical on!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ritzn (758) - Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2016
Cloudy yellow with little white head. Aroma is fizzy tablet, some red berries, lemon juice, some cinnamon. Taste is raspberry sourness, raspberry pip bitterness. Sour but just right. Lots of bubbles, fresh and light on the tongue but with a heavy fluid feel. I also have a version from ~2004 here: 7-4-9-4-14 Its a little darker. Aroma is completely different. Horse blanket, leather, syrup, red berries as well. Taste is not as fresh and sour, and more chalky and sweeter. Apart from that pretty similar. Would not have guessed it’s the same beer though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5728) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Alewife, Queens bottle: pours slightly hazed light orange with a small white head. Aroma is funky, spicy, yeasty... really nice smell for those who like it. Taste is somewhat tart. Funky and spicy. Nice complexity. Super soft carbonation. Quite good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Korcz (1822) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Dziwny, zalegający, ziołowy posmak, przypominający nieco niesmaczny syrop na gardło.


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