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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
73 90 58 4 8 7
Speciale De Noel by Brasserie Fantome
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
10.00 % ABV


 
Review by Lum on 10/06/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 11 12 4 7 2009
As is always the case with Fantôme's, the nose is just incredible - dusty, funky, lightly fruity with a pinch of sweet spices. Taste is a bit of a let down when held in comparison... but this really hits a couple spots on a hot, muggy day like today.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 09/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 7 13 2 4 2009
Isn't that just special? Pours a murky black color with some reddish hues through out. A good head but did need help with the pour. Ok retention and lacing.

The nose is very unique. The first thing I notice is the wine characteristics. Some white and red wine like notes. Some stronger yeasty aromas with a light funk on the backend. Very fruity with cherries and a light fig aroma. Some malty characteristics with chocolate and a touch of roast.

The taste brings out more of the malt but still noticeable wine characteristics. The malt has a light feel but has more of a chocolate flavor. The cherries come out more with a black cherry flavor. Mixes oddly with a more white wine grape flavor. Some red but limited. No real spice or hop character.

The body is moderate with a light carbonation. Some tannin like finish that is off. Overall a different style of beer. Very unique, but with that said I would like less wine notes and more beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 12 4 7 0
Review from 12/13/06

A - This one is darker than your everyday saison. Clean amber body. Huge tan head with a reddish tint is made up of varying sized bubbles and looks nice and fluffy.

S - This has the same earthly notes that Fantome is famous for. Spicy, maybe a bit hoppy and a bit tart.

T - Very light. Barnyard yeast with a little tartness. Everything seems very subdued. A bit of overripe fruit.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Super drinkable, but I really would prefer something with more flavor than this. This is the first Fantome to not live up to my expectations.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 20 4 9 0
Strangely beautiful and ever-changing dark brown velvet (blackish in most dull light) with a big bubbled dark cinnamon cap thats very active. The body is also; very active, with lots of cascading foam squirming up the sides when first poured. The cap slips away fairly fast and then keeps the thinest of thin collar. Very minimal lacing in tiny dots.

Aroma seeps sweet cookie dough, tobacco juice, charcoal wood, and pruny-date filled fruitness. Notes of black licorice, ginger bread spice, and chocolate persist with a very lesser amount of sour yeast funk then what I though it was gonna have. Which is fine by me.

The taste is immaculately woven with subtlities and super smooth in the effect of some amazing drinkability. Massive sweet malt thats very level and calibrated to reach only the specified amount for perfect interaction, allowing only so many and so much of the dark fruits pass through. Dates, pale raisin, plum, and prune all come to mind as its slowly baked into a soft breadyness. Rolling smooth spices of cinnamon, anise, and black licorice spackle the middle areas. Finishes with heavy chocolate laced within lighter smokey cedar wood chips and a topical dry yeast spice that reminds me of ginger bread cookies spritzed with orange. Finish fades off super, super slow with chocolate muffins and blackened rye spice. Wow, what a yummy ride!

10%? You gotta be kidding. It never seems that ABV beefy - ever. The body is Oh so smooth and delicately easy on the palate the whole way through. Its not quite full really, but doesn't necessarily need to be as its overall smoothness speaks for itself. Constant and consistent, the way any great brew oughta be.

Wicked-quick gone from my glass. This stuff didn't last nearly long enough. Even with the 750ml. I'll be sure to get more of this next time I see it. Superb stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

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