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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.54%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This guy only makes great saisons, but this isn't his best. Was below average in my March 25 Xmas beer playoff. Still reasonable saison. Pepper, sour dark. Creamy medium plus mouthfeel. Barnyard smell, but not the most barnyard of all the Fantome I have tried. Fresh from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 20:40:11 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot # E. Best before 10/2013.

Pours a murky orange red with a 1 inch fizzy tan head that settles to a circle of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherries and sugary/spice aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, spices, slight vinegar, and subtle spice flavors. There is a sour acidity that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this one but if I tried it blind the last thing I would think it was would be a saison. This is much more like a kriek lambic or other sour beer in my opinion. However, this is quite tasty no matter what.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:08:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glowing blood orange that looks almost phosphorescent when the rays of the setting sun are allowed to diffuse through the liquid. Fantome de Noel looks like no other Fantome beer that I've ever seen and is easily festive enough to live up to the promise of its name. A sponge-like crown of pale golden orange foam looks good as well. I love how sunlight often turns great looking beer into stunning looking beer.

Most all offerings from this brewery share a signature scent that makes their origins instantly identifiable. Describing that aroma accurately is another matter entirely. This one is brown malty, sour fruity and warmly spicy. I suppose it was too much to expect Brasserie Fantome to deliver anything resembling a conventional Christmas beer, with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and the like. I would have been happier with something along those lines however.

I have no idea how old this bottle is. I have to believe that it's fairly fresh though since the unnotched 'best by' date portion of the label starts at '07 and runs through '12. I only bring that up because the beer feels old in the mouth. By that I mean that it feels thin and broken down rather than young and supple. Light and airy would have been out of place, but at least it would have been enjoyable. For a 10% ABV winter warmer/saison, the mouthfeel that has been provided is completely unacceptable.

Given the mouthfeel, the flavor profile has a tough row to hoe. The beer simply doesn't stay in contact with the taste buds long enough for any sort of depth or complexity to become apparent. I guess that means that there isn't any. Sour, heavily spiced fruit (unripe apples especially) is the flavor focus, along with a heavy dose of that trademark Fantome funk and too much acetic acid for its own good.

Almost all Fantome beer is dizzyingly complex on first blush. Halfway through the bottle one begins to realize that it all makes a wacky sort of sense. What seemed to clash becomes complementary; what seemed odd and different becomes enjoyable and familiar. I'm sorry to say that none of those things are happening with this beer. It's my least favorite Fantome to date.

I had hoped that getting into the bottom of the bottle would result in at least a minor increase in flavor intensity and mouthfeel viscosity, but it hasn't. The thing that's absolutely amazing is that I can detect no hint of alcohol. This is, quite possibly, the best-masked 10.0% ABV ale in existence. Given all of the above, I wonder if the brewery didn't put a 5.0% saison into the wrong bottle.

Fantome de Noel is an oddball beer from an oddball brewery. I use that term affectionately when describing Brasserie Fantome since I love most of what they brew. I use it less than affectionately in describing this disappointing seasonal ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 22:57:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

maroonish colored brown. Almost a garnet color with lots of hints of reddish tones around the outside and bottom. Nearly opague as well. A large tan head of about three fingers high

Lots of musty wild yeast and a touch of some earthy and woody like smells as well. Very hard to describe, but as others have noted, almost a salty or briney like smell to it. It was very odd, very full and very good. Some light fruit notes way in the back but they were pretty much obscured. deep musty bread like tones mingled in with a very big presence of yeast.
Nice medium body had alot of carbonation which led to a very nice creamy feel. Great follow through and really no slickness here at all. This was very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:31:39 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a large off-white head. Not quite what I was expecting from the nose. A bit of sour dark fruit and herbal notes to go along with various spices, especially pepper. There is some sweetness of malt to it and maybe a bit of yeast. The flavor is sort of sweet and sour with a pronounced prune and raisin flavor. Some more of the herbal notes are there as are somewhat faint spices. Weird. Not really my favorite Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:55:23 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a rocky, but underwhelming, head that leaves more film than lacing

Smell: Various dark fruits (dates and figs) and spices (allspice and cinnamon) waft from the glass

Taste: The initial neutral malt flavor provides a platform for a range of different tastes - dark fruit, holiday spices and a touch of sweetness as well as piney bitterness; after the swallow, the beer changes character with a finish that is spicy, lemony and slightly sour, but still retains a hint of the figgy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A range of flavors; like all of the Fantôme beers, this one was unusual

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 18:56:07 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a super huge light brown foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sweet candy, spices which may includes some pepper and some sourness. Taste is quite eclectic with something that resemble like sweet candy at first and then I got it with a mix between pepper, sour malt and dry finish form some weird hops. Body is lighter then expected for such a beer and alcohol is well hidden. Not bad overall but not great either. It just seems like too many things are going on at once.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 16:58:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rustic, earthy, and spicy. If you're wishing for that time machine that can take you back to when the term "farmhouse" meant something, then what's there not to love in this charming artisnal ale?

The beer's rusty color perfectly preserves its signature yeasty haze. The combination of color and cloud makes the beer look dense, but its abundance of carbonation and billowing rust-stained foam tells me that the beer is lighter and zestier. Oddly light on lace, the beer simply doesn't stick to the glass well although its persistent retention depicts high quality.

Strong earthy spiciness sets the aromatic tone with rye, peppercorn, clove, damp wood, soil, smoke, and an overall floral bouquet. Underlying malt elements of bread crust, dough, and caramelized barley support the spice notes but never rival for attention. Light on fruit, the scent of bruised peach, pear, and apricot have a light showing as the beer warms.

Grain sweetness kicks off the taste in a short-lived manner. Soon after, acidic notes of apple and lemon take hold and create a bridge toward the flavors of rye and whole wheat bread. It's overall husky tastes seems to complement well the flavors of peppercorn, smoked malt, light cumin, clove, and paradise seed. With little hops to mention, the balance of the beer relies on acidity and yeast spices to counteract the grain sweetness and earthen malts.

Incredibly characterful, the beer still retains a lighter overall body despite its creamy upstart and mild sweetness. The beer simply does a lot of work between the front palate and finish. Ending spicy, earthy, dry, and with mild warmth; there's also a naked tannin texture that creates mild powdery sensations.

The beer reminds me of readings that hark back to times when malts were kilned over open fires and a darker, smokier beer was produced. Though recent develops yield cleaner results, I'm glad that these examples are still around to give this beer enthusiast as grounded sense of wonderment.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 07:11:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantome tasting last weekend, served in a Fantome tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a reddish hue. Short head and a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit of Fantome character with spice and some dark malt. Hints of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a dark-malt presence. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 12:04:35 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin head that faded away very rapidly and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, sourness and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a mild amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because there no traces of alcohol detectable in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:17:05 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $8.00 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown body, thoroughly hazed, with a tall, foamy, though brief, beige head.

Smell: Initial notes of toasted, brown sugar sprinkled bread, heavy dose of farmhouse cider, iced champagne mignonette, and a few stray golden raisins. Then, a bit of berry chutney, vanilla sugar, fragrant gentian, allspice, alligator pepper, and spiced honey candies.

Taste: Toasty malts, a thin sliver of caramel, light-colored brown sugar, but not too terribly much in the way of overall sweetness. Sips of sharp champagne vinegar, a few bits of shredded mint leaf, then more alcohol tossed, chopped fruits tasting of apples, berries, and peaches. Prickly spicy accents balanced by some hints of amber honey and vanilla, so, you've got all this stuff going on without anything overstaying its welcome. Acidic, cidery, lightly spicy but also a bit lightly sweet on well-carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation, crucial to keeping the proceedings moving along fine fashion, without anything become cloying, just languishing on the tongue.

Overall: I'll admit, I was more than a bit hesitant towards purchasing this one. I find many of the X-mas brews to be overtly spiced, more than I'd prefer and some being so heavy and cloying that you're still wrestling with the flavor like hard-shell plastic electronic packaging hours later. Not the case here, as the effusive carbonation is really the key. I was surprisingly delighted.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 19:05:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my internet connection has failed once again and I lost my "most eloquent and charmingly evocative" review... I'll just back it up with the basics. (And do a re-review when this year's batch comes out). It is a Fantome beer, right? So it's not quite a case of "How bad could it be?", but more of "How good is it?".

Well, I loved it. In fact, although I didn't find it very Xmas-y (meaning it's not overly spiced), I did appreciate that it would work well at any time of the year; and noted that it was my favorite X-mas beer of the year!

It was hard to pour with alot of effervescence that brought up the yeast and a full head. It eventually dropped to a thin lid, and then just a big-bubbled collar, but overall it held fairly well and left some very nice, wide swatches and tiny islands of lace. The robe beneath was a cloudy, reddish chesnut with glowing orange and amber highlights.

The nose is sweet with a touch of cola; candyish and doughy malt that's touched by caramel; licorice; sweet tarts; dripping, juicy fruits (some tart, some not); wood; and earth.

In the mouth it's lightly tingly (accented by its spiciness), medium bodied, and more airy as it warms (... a lot of the effervescence is released at the pour, leaving it smooth and somewhat creamy).

The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with a doughy malt base piled high with notes of fruit (raisin, prune, tart cherries, sour apple), drying sour oak, and spice (ginger, anise, coriander, cinnamon). It's not overtly complex, revealing its many components as you work your way through it; but it is very interesting and it finishes with a nice touch of wood and some spice (but not too much!).

An excellent, well-balanced X-mas beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 01:02:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, here it is, mid-September, and what better time to open this bottle of Fantome Noel?
Stolid eggplant and plummy appearance, resting under a cakey, creamy topping of beigish froth.
Nose is generously spicy, mixed with dark fruits, cherries, and berries, grapes and dates.
Taste, mmm,magificent! Active carbonation, brief acidity, but a full flood of complex fruity/ spicy flavors delivers it's payload on the palate with the first sip. Marvelous mouthfeel, paints all corners of the senses with this deliciousness, with a citric twist interjecting now and then. Yeast looms large in the flavor, as well, leaving more of a feel of a spicy raisin cake, or something similar. I never, ever would guess that this is a 10 % brew, but we're only halfway in, so we've only just begun to plunder the full effects of this bottle. Gets better and better as I deplete it...medium body, medium-length, but sweet and spicy finish, softly drifts from the palate, lingers just long enough to keep the impression of eternal delight not far from the mind.
This is really nice, if not incredibly impressive, but that's not always necessary, is it? A super saison, spicy in just right amount to remain highly pleasurable and not a chore...I say, as long as this is what is promised in the holiday season, who needs Santa Claus?

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 08:43:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a BIF a few years back from mymrnngjckt. Unknown vintage, but it's 2008 or earlier. There's a pristine best before portion on the label that ends at 2012. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and thick collar, but no lace. Brown body with some amber highlights when held to the light.

S - Hmm...this is pretty bad. Vinegar, cork, oxidation, some musk and sweat, odd herbs and minerals.

T - Taste is not as complex, but instead features a delightful blend of mlld sourness, cardboard, phenolics, and minerals. Some of the advertised spruce is still present, imparting a minty character.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body with perhaps a touch of grain to it. Pleasant carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this, seeing as it is Fantôme. Perhaps someone will open a delicious bottle of this beer next week - who knows? In any case, this was pretty terrible.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:56:15 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007-2008 release, new label, not same as pictured.

Seething and building foam, initially a three finger head that settles down to one. Reddish glint in the light, otherwise a dark brown body.

Berry aroma, some vanilla and marshmallow is apparent with a swirl. Toasted malt also, with a deeper inhalation.

Cranberry, leather, and dry tobacco. Mild tartness, carbonation mellows after a half hour or so. Creamy feel, long and earthy finish. Some bittersweet chocolate cherry essence. Overall enjoyable, probably best shared due to the fading carbonation.

Original review:
750mL bottle, 2005 edition.

Pours with a creeping head of tan foam, color is a deep ruddy brown. Smell is tart, with a little farm funk in there. Alternately sweet and boozy smelling.

Taste is sweet at first, then earthy & bittersweet like baker's chocolate. After warming, a lemon peel note comes out. Full mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. A little strong, but not over the top...think rum cake.

A little grapey in the aftertaste.

I managed to finish a bottle, but would reccommend sharing.
4.05 overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:18:22 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lot E 07 Enjoyed Christmas Eve

Poured an effervescent mahogany/ebony with purple tinges & 2 fingers of tan head. A bit of lacing & no head retention

S: Vinegar, sourness, leather & mushroom funkiness. I also get oaky notes& compost

T: Tartness, raisins, oaky dryness a touch of medicinal/licorice flavor up front. Then warming booze along with figs & dates once this warms along with apple skins & brown sugar. Finishes slightly fruity ( dates & apricots), dry with appleskins & balsamic vinegar

MF: Slick, medium bodied with low carbonation & much dryness

Drank very easy for the abv, but too dry to session on. All in all, a pretty good saison, a lot of complexity here

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 06:50:25 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/4" off-white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an outstanding pale and light crystal malt scent with a killer fruitiness and a mild farmhouse funk. The taste is good. It has an incredibly smooth pale and crystal malt flavor. It has a mild yeast fruitiness as well as a light caramel sweetness. It's dry with a touch of earthiness. This has to be one of the easier drinking saisons I've had. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. Again, it's one of the most approachable saisons on the market. It's smooth as hell and at 10% abv., WOW what a drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:12:59 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Michael described this beer to me as he poured it into my awesome Fantome glass as "There are beers that taste like pre-vomit and beers that taste like post-vomit, the Strange Ghost was pre-vomit, this one...well..." Thanks for overselling it Michael.

Beer is brown, hazy, tan head small bubbles, some retention, minimal lacing.

Beer almost has a minty aroma to it, mostly yeast though, the classic Fantome funk.

Beer is mostly sweet, pleasant, good yeast palate, nice malt backbone, interesting throughout. I did enjoy it, it did not resemble vomit to me in the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 18:01:59 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgundy color with a two-finger, off-white head of thick foamy head. Lengthy retention with a good deal of bubbles and it left sheets of lace.

S - It had a spicy, yeasty aroma with a good malty nose. There were some fruit notes.

T - It was spicy with a malty backbone. A nice candy sugar flavor with some dried fruits. It simply got better and better as I drank it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good beer. I love Fantome beers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:10:13 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 Bottling, Sampled November 2004
This beer has an incredibly enticing aroma of slightly acidic apples and raisins as I pour this beer. It pours a semi-hazy rich amber color, and is topped by a full tan to light amber colored head. The aroma is quite fruity from a distance and as I go in for a closer smell the sharp acidic fruitiness becomes more apparent and is joined by notes of chocolate, and a very subtle spiciness that hints at cinnamon, clove, liquorish, ginger, vanilla. Basically this smells like a rich, fruity, subtle spice cake. The aroma is quite intriguing and is on par with the best from the Fantôme Brasserie.

The taste is soft and creamy up front, but finishes with a rich note of chocolate, which seems to be derived from roasted malts. As I let the flavors linger in my mouth, I get a definite dark malt finish that is reminiscent of a lightly roasted breakfast blend coffee. This beer is quite tasty, and I really like the abrupt transition between creamy soft and fruity upfront to the chocolately roasty finish.

I go in for another round of sniffing, and I start to pick up notes of fresh herbal fennel, a hint of vinegar (which seems to be only a suggestion from the spicy character here, as opposed to actual acetic acid), a finish that has a damp cellar-like character to it, and some definite notes of ginger aromatics. There is a certain, entirely obvious, yet not so much that I can pick it out, spice here in the nose that I should recognize, but just can't quite put my finger on, what is it? Egad, the aroma of this beer is just intoxicating, the beer is at about 58*F (##*C) and is at the perfect temperature for smelling. Ok, it is now a 1/2 hour later, and I have had a revelation, I am pretty sure that this aroma is cardamom, it is in the taste as well.

The taste, while not quite as intoxicating as the aroma, is quite enticing and strikes a very good balance between soft notes and notes of more solid sharp character. The soft notes that I get consist of notes of apple, plum, tamarind, vanilla, raisin, and cinnamon. The sharp notes that I sense remind me of coffee, sharply acidic apples, a certain woodiness, a light herbal character, definitely a combination of light astringent notes, and that lingering chocolate note really hits my taste buds.

Dany has done a masterful job of pairing his house character with subtle spiciness and a hint of rich roast malt notes. This is my perfect ideal for a Christmas Saison. What a complete treat.


2003 Bottling, Sampled November 2003
A hazy amber-brown color with orange notes when held up to the light. It is well carbonated which creates a good sized tan head. As I pour the beer I get an aroma of something like fruit & sherry. Upon closer sniffing I get notes of dark fruit (plum) and a spicy yeast character. It tastes a bit sherry like, but I am confused on whether this is oxidation induced, my guess is not. There is a lightly sweet flavor up front and it finishes with a funky mustiness that evokes thoughts of chewing on old cobwebs. A fairly soft beer up front but leads to a certain astringency. Pretty good but doesn't quite live up to the bar set by the regular Fantome. I must say it hides its alcohol very well, at 10% it certainly sneaks up on you. Overall a pleasing spicy brew that is fairly complex.
Rated 4.05 / 3.5/4/4.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 18:09:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wolfsblood for this 750 ml cork-capped bottle!

Poured into tulip glass-

Pours dark garnet - almost black - with foamy tan head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of sour notes, with a "Fantome" character that is tough to describe. Some dark bread and earthy, herbal spicing. Not Christmasy or even particularly wintery. The sour is a bit too strong for me here, as it is a bit too masking.

The taste is sour with a touch of sweet dark malt. Anise and an herbal dryness mix in, as well as a "Fantome" funkiness.

The feel lags a bit. Relaxed carbonation with a body that, while smooth, almost has a watery touch coming and going. It does hold up, though, for most of the duration.

A different brew, as usual for this brewery. The alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden, helping this "disappear" dangerously quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 17:22:50 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage Xmas ale, Appearance: Cloudy mahogany brown amber tone with a massive fine bubbled head with awesome retention and fine speckled lacing. Aroma: Deep plum, raisin, spices, and tart apples in the mix here. Taste: Is very cidery in nature with oak barrel aging putting quite an edge on the flavor, an alcoholic mix of tart and obscure tones. Mouthfeel: Very bubbly almost overcarbonated sample, medium bodied Xmas Belgian ale. Drinkability: The oak edge is pretty hars cuts away from the drinkability, decent Belgian Xmas bier but there are so many great ones out there it's hard to say I would look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 02:47:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy dark brown in color with a thick three finger head. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: hints of sourness and chocolate are easily detectable.

Taste: pitted fruit sweetness, chocolate, pepper, hint of barnyard funk and some alcohol. Some overall soft sourness coats the beer. Mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Short aftertaste with most flavors sticking around on the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a good slow sipping and warming winter brew. Definitely worth trying on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 00:54:04 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky brown with a light tan head with good retention, minor lacing.

S: Strong notes of roast, some chocolate, cherry, lemongrass, coriander.

T: Herbal flavour, lemon, cherry, black pepper and a lot of yeast character hit at first. The beer finishes with major chocolate notes and has a drying hop finish. Does have a musty leather, minty character as well, possibly some Brett jumped in.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, very yeasty, rustic feel, definitely a farmhouse ale.

D: A nice beer, a sipper for me, I think that a 12 oz. bottle would be perfect for this beer, it's kind of hard to get through a whole 750. Kind of the opposite of a Belgian brew - I thought it tasted better colder, I got a lot more chocolate character, your experience may vary. Don't think I'll buy it again since it is very expensive ~ $17, though I'd go for it again on-tap if it ever became available.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:01:40 | More by Halcyondays
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Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a cool saison for the holidays with fantoms special yeast, which is awesome stuff thats made them famous. light rusty brown in color with a massive and lasting several inches of fluff off white head and some fish food yeast floaters. the nose on this is alcoholic and foresty, i get a ton of spruce or pine tree in this, and a small dose of roast malt. in the taste the pine is more reserved but still present. i taste the alcohol, and i like to in this style every once in awhile. 10% abv is a lot for a saison, but it works in this winter context. moderate spice and big body too. this is really well carbonated but it still feels much heavier than their other stuff. for 15 bucks I'm not sure i would buy this again, at ten bucks i would for sure. its in that zone for me, but a very cool take on winter/holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

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