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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 0
Pours a hazy, earthy looking copper color - the color of freshly squeezed apple cider. Darker than I am used to, but what the hell, change is good. Almost two fingers of bone-white head takes it's rightful place, with decent retention. A closer inspection reveals very active carbonation on the rise within... this was suspected due to the impressive collar around the inner periphery of the glass, and the constant thin cap... all of which lead to beautiful lacing.

The aroma is enticing - makes my mouth water. Coriander and orange pith lead the way, followed by a light pepperyness accompanied by that oh-so familiar barnyard funk - sweet Jesus. Some sweet spice joins in the dance - a pinch of cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg as well. The aroma of raw, wet wood strikes the nose - very interesting.
Very well balanced and harmonious.

The taste is more mellow than the aroma suggests... and off-key for a Saison - even a Saison of winter. Large amounts of coriander and orange zest/pith, along with the sweet spice, just as the nose promised. White pepper is there, but somewhat muted by the spices used, and the wheat nature of this. Along with the yeasty funk (which is excellent), there is a noticeable tartness - the two balance the other so well... the two gems in the area of taste here, and carry through the finish very nicely.

Medium in body, crisp yet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting. Quite dry - this is very important, and accomplished. Carbonation is a bit soft, but well done.

Interesting winter Saison. I was kinda hoping for more of a seasonal spice element to this, so I am mildly let-down.
HOWEVER, this is a Saison, and a Brasserie Fantôme Saison at that, so one can't be too disappointed, eh? Very enjoyable and refreshing, with that wonderful Fantôme yeast funk to it... soooo freakin' nice.
Recommended!

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