Fantôme de Noël (Brasserie Fantôme)

While cleaning out my old phone, I found a review for another Christmas beer. This is for Fantôme de Noël from Belgium’s Brasserie Fantôme. This saison/farmhouse ale is a winter seasonal with a bigtime 10% ABV.

Dark brown, very caramelized, roasted malt and strong enough! (10% alcohol )…. A beer for a cold winter … and ideal to offer!

Fantôme de Noël pours a dark, caramel brown. The head starts small and quickly goes away, leaving a faint manilla foam atop the liquid. Slight splashes of lacing hang from the glass. Fantôme is a murky beer, with a bunch of sediment floating around the glass.

The nose of this beer is all over the place and oh, so flavorful. I picked up hints of cola, sour cherries, grape licorice and a faint lactobacillus sourness. Very intriguing!

To say I was ready to try this beer was a major understatement! Sadly, the flavor did not live up to that wonderful nose. The taste is faintly sour, with hints of turkey jerky, white wine and iced tea. A rather bland beer.

Mouthfeel is light, airy, kinda sweet and a little sticky.

Sadly, this is another Belgian beer that smells way better than it tastes. The nose drew me in like a siren, but instead my ship crashed on the rocks. I would like to try this beer on tap someday to see if the flavor profile  opens up when served fresh.

Overall: 5.5 out of 10

As a SAISON: 6 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Brasserie Dupont SAISON DUPONT, Pretty Things JACK D’OR, Brasserie Fantôme FANTÔME SAISON,

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