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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001

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

Pours a murky red/orange/brown with a dense but quick-fading finger of cream colored foam. Wanted to be a gusher, but wasn't. Smell: caramel, dates, grain twang, doughy with spices... cardamom and maybe a tiny bit of clove. Plum as it warms more. Taste: unripe plum meets cocoa, brown bread, tons of caramel, with red apple skin, cardamom, maybe cinnamon? in the finish. It captures the winter / christmas beer motif very well without going overboard on sweetness or spices. Low carb, on the cusp of full-bodied, abv only hinted at in the finish.

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.