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Fantôme Saison

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Fantôme is a little brewery in Belgium that wanted to revive the old tradition of the village brewery. They began in 1988, and have become a very serious, and collectable producer. This is a Saison, which is a traditional Belgian style. They were originally brewed in the winter months for consumption in the summer.

Saison. 8.0% ABV. Belgium.

Very pale in color, with a little tint of orange. Very transparent, but with a little bit of yeast. The head is non-existent.

The aroma is very similar to a Belgian golden ale. It’s very yeasty and very fruity. Think light fruits. Lots of peaches, pears, apples, lemon, and other tropical fruits.

Medium bodied but with quite a lot of carbonation, but not over-the-top. In fact, it’s highly drinkable, really perfect body.

The yeastyness comes through right away, but also just a flood of tropical fruits. It’s a fruit stand in my mouth, and I couldn’t be happier. And it dries out in the finish, and you can actually taste some hops in here, and there is just a slight bitterness. I have the taste of peaches and pears in my mouth, that just won’t die. There is a slight funk in the mid-palate I should mention, as well.

This is, without a doubt, one of the very best beers I’ve ever had, if not the best. It’s simply phenomenal. This tastes really similar to a serious Champagne. 95 points.

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