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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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352 Reviews
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Reviews: 352
Hads: 598
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 29
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark and opaque, chestnut in color with two inches of foam from a gentle pour.

Smell - Very earthy. Tobacco, leather, a bit of spicy citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel - Light-bodied and bone dry. The flavor is bizarre and complex, ranging from leather and tobacco to lemon to habanero pepper to nutmeg. There's no trace of sweetness - it's hard to believe that this stuff is 10%. The earthy dryness of the finish immediately brings to mind good pipe tobacco.

Notes - Utterly strange beer. It's not something I could drink frequently, but it's very interesting.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked bottle cellared for over a year. Was excited to open this one and expected another great offering from Fantome.

Beautiful bronze color with a huge egg shell white head that ever so slowly faded leaving gobs of lace. Plenty of fine carbonation.

Smell of cloves, spice(s), a little wild farmhouse funk in there too. Some straw and grass thrown in for good measure. Nice yeasty notes and flowery.

Taste was somewhat dissapointing, not what I was expecting. There is a subtle smoke quality with a little charred oak in the mix. Surprising, but in a good way. A faint metallic. Seemed a bit bland to me, even with all the spices.

Rich mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Not as tart or funky as I hoped.

Overall, considering it a winter version, it was enjoyable. The alcohol is not evident at all until it warms up. Glad to try it finally.

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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. This was opened during a New Years Eve Tasting.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity characteristic. The fruity notes remind me of banana, cherry, and some citrus. There is also a hint of tartness/sourness.

Taste: Light and sweet, there is a ton of fruit in this one. The cherry and banana from the smell are present. I'm also picking up some spices and the mild tartness. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I love the fruitiness of this beer. Light and refreshing, I would definitely have another. This brewery hasn't disappointed me yet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, nearly opaque, with just a hint of amber showing through the bottom. Capped by a two finger, light brown head that leaves very little lace behind as it settles.

S - Earthy aroma. Smells of wet leaves, caraway seeds, and sage. Quite herbal and a bit sour.

T - Strange sour, almost salty flavor up front. Bready malt and more of the herbal caraway character that was in the aroma. Very earthy and herbal, mushrooms, wet soil... quite unusual. There is a lot of hop character in the finish and the bitterness plays off the earthy flavors quite well.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation.

D - This is not an easily drinkable beer. It is quite complex and very unusual (both characteristics I have come to expect from Fantome), but it is not as pleasant as the other beers that I have been fortunate enough to sample from this brewery. It is quite medicinal and, at times, almost reminds me of seaweed. The dark grains don't seem to have worked too well in this one; it isn't particularly roasty, it just has a slightly unpleasand oak character. I can't see much in this beer that conjures up the Christmas season.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a large caramel colored head that eventually settled down to a nice foamy covering that left fantasctic lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate mixed with spices followed by some sour dark fruit notes.

Taste profile matches the aroma. Cocoa sweetness that is nicely mixed with some subtle spiciness and finishes rather strongly with a pronounced sour cherry tartness. The mouthfeel is interesting. It's very light on carbonation but still feels medium bodied with a nice silky character that slides over the tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% beer, the only trace being a faint one in the nose.

Fantome comes through with a another beer that once again makes a huge impression on me. A warming and immensely drinkable personality and eclectic mix of holiday flavors as only Fantome can do make this a holiday sipper to savor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my saison kick, I'm pleased to crack this gem. Acquired at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California. Cost was around $15.00 USD. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (come on!) bottle with pressure cap over an embedded cork served slightly chilled into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery, its reputation, and my previous experiences with Fantome's saisons. I like the style when it's properly executed, and Fantome tends to deliver. 10% ABV confirmed.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I love the label.

Yields an extremely satisfying cork pop upon opening. No issues with beer surging up or anything.

A: Pours a three finger light beige-khaki colour head of slight cream, nice frothy foam, pretty good thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV; she'll probably retain for a good eight minutes. Not too shabby for 10%. Lacing seems okay; a little is sticking as the head recedes. Body colour is an understated dark caramel-copper; nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible, but then this pour is from the upper end of the bottle. No bubble show. A good appearance for a saison - especially with respect to the head, though I must say the body colour is a bit darker than I expected.

Sm: Caramel and biscuit malts are the first thing I get, along with some milky lactic notes. Spruce is definitely there as a tone throughout, shaping it much the same way I'd expect well-executed barrel aging to shape a stout; remarkable. Lots of spice, but they're so subtly executed and complementary it's hard to distinguish them. That, and I'm just that not refined at detecting them, okay? :) I search for the chocolate malt mentioned on the label don't find it. Some hints of roast, sure. Yeast is there, lurking behind the abovementioned lactic notes. Regarding the spices, I'd hazard nutmeg, clove, and coriander - though the spruce nicely covers them up. A delightfully subtle aroma all around, and one of substantial strength. I can't wait to try it. It's certainly appealing and alive. Still, it does lack the deep brett character of a saison like, say, Avec Les Bon Voeux.

T/Mf: Milky and lactic throughout, teasing the palate with a smooth tingle as it emerges in waves. Subtle spruce is there in the background tying everything together; not that it needs it: the balance is impeccable. Subtle spices (probably coriander and clove, but maybe not nutmeg) accentuate the understated unobtrusive biscuit and light caramalts that comprise the delicate foundation. If there's roasted chocolate malt in this, I'm not finding it. The lactic notes are dominant, hiding the yeast - which itself runs counterpoint to the spices, blurring the line between flavours arising from actual spicing and the spicy character of the yeast. It's largely smooth and wet throughout, but does dry on the climax to coax out the flavour, providing a fleeting moment in which the subtleties stand aside to let the core flavour through. It's neutrally hopped, with a hint of bitterness but only minimal floral character at best. Hopping here is to preserve. A touch sour right on the climax - perhaps the lactic yeast adding a flourish. It's quite nicely built for a saison, and the ABV is nowhere to be found. Undercarbonated, aiding drinkability but reducing presence on the palate to its detriment (perhaps its largest flaw). Perfect thickness. A remarkable saison.

Dr: Very drinkable for its high ABV, which is extraordinarily well hidden. I love the subtlety, but I would like more complexity. It certainly doesn't lack depth, but there are better saisons to be had - and I'm pretty sure Fantome brews a handful of them itself. As a saison (as in, implicitly a seasonal), it's nicely tailored to the winter. Sure, maybe that should be d'Hiver, but if Fantome wants to use Christmas as an excuse to brew two winter seasonals, I'm more than fine with that. That said, this is a pricey one - especially considering that other better beers from Fantome cost pretty much the same.


I actually wish I'd served it a bit colder. Refrigerate fully and let rest for about 15-20 minutes before serving.

Drank fine out of a goblet, but I'd have preferred a tulip - the narrower, the better.

It seems to lack sufficient carbonation to age well. I'd drink it fresh. Save your cellar for Fantome's other saisons.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this bottle at Teresa's shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed from two tulip glasses.

the color is a dark caramel brown with reddish hues and mostly hazed with thin tan cap that settles quickly with ultrafine bead. The lace sticks and carbonation is visible. The smell is very complex-it combines some stone fruit elements which bring to mind dark cherry and slight toasted grain aroma with slight funk from the yeast. The feel is great slightly tart with moderately high carbonation and semi sweet body with mild alcohol and light acidity with a very dry finish.

The flavor is very good the yeast does most of the work with some fruity belgian aspects which combine mild cherry tinges with subtle nutty malt tinges and light tangy yeast funkiness which has a slight dried fruit acidity with some mild sweetness from the malt toning the sour and spiced flavors slightly. A very interesting and drinkable beer, very flavorful and I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy red orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, cherry, pear, rock candy, brown sugar, toast, caramel, earth, hay, pepper, coriander, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. The nose on this is very unique and interesting. Taste of apple, cherry, raisin, pear, pepper, toast, earth, hay, grass, coriander, caramel, honey, and yeast spiciness. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, earth, hay, pepper, coriander, caramel, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity; nice malty/peppery flavor balance; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a slick, creamy, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! Very interesting and unique; but this is very nicely complex and well balanced; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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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.

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