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