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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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very good

564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001)
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Poured a light brownish body with one finger offwhite head and contains a piney, spruce like aroma with what seems to be hints of dark fruits but I guess is the chocolate along with touches of yeast and sourness.
Beer has a bit of funk and boozy medicinalness that can be found in belgian saisons and the yeast gives it a smooth, bready feel.
A spicy, piney hop bitterness which leads to crisp finish is balanced with slightly sour dark fruit or cherry notes (can't really pick out one flavor) and with hints of chocolate/sugary sweetness.
Easy finisher as ABV is hidden and an interesting beer and one that only a brewery like Fantome would pull off (OK, maybe a couple of others).

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

Reviewed from notes, 12/21/2010

A: Pours a hazy caramel-orange with lots of carbonation. Little dots of lacing, frothy 1-inch head

S: Some caramelly bready yeast combines with sour cherries. Alcohol and holiday spice.

T: The caramel notes really jump out for the style, and like the nose combine with slightly sour cherries. Alcohol is almost completely masked. Nice back-and -forth of sweet-n-sour, with notes of white wine.

M: Fairly light and festive on the palate, nice for a holiday ale. Ample carbonation gives the beer an effervescent feel. Washed down clean.

There's a nice balance if disparate flavors, nothing is off. These weren't the flavors i was expecting from a holiday saison. Different and delicious.

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Appearance: Pours with a massive head of about three fingers yet settles in to a rich bubbly half finger while drinking. Active carbonation is on the lower end for a saison but that makes sense with how big this one is. The color is lighter brown with some ruby red accents.

Smell: Exotic spices and cinnamon warm on the front, but some woody notes of oak and cedar balance them out. More of the traditional saison notes open up on the body with plenty of bright fruits and buttery doughy malts. Some dessert type aromas of chocolate and caramel pop up on the back end.

Taste: Herbal hops, root, and some spicy malts open up first. Some slight medicinal flavors hit on the body and that tartness plays well with the rounded spices and bready malts. Biscuit and cereal continue to shine into the finish and linger on the palate. Some pepper and cinnamon warm up the back end.

Mouthfeel: Highly drinkable, especially for a spiced saison. Carbonation is bright on the mouthfeel but fits without being distracting.

Overall: My second Fantome wasn't infected and turned out to be one heck of a beer. Spices play well off the moderate tartness and traditional saison notes. Happy I took a shot at this, should have grabbed a couple more since it was on sale.

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.