Fantome de Noel
Brewery: Brasserie Fantome
Format: 750ml Bottle
A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. The alcohol content probably goes a long way toward explaining that very warm and satisfied feeling one finds on the very first sip. A rich, dark-flavoured beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavour in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character.
Rated 97 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Interesting take on style
Love the range Fantome offer. Had this one at Xmas, and was great to try a Farmhouse style beer with Christmas spices. Worth trying if a fan of the style.
A Christmas Ale of a very different kind
Breaks the mould of a typical Christmas beer - whereas one would usually come to expect a "liquid Christmas cake" this beer takes the other end of the spectrum - a very dry, funky, and uniquely complex Saison style beer. You've got your typical Christmas cake spices like clove, nutmeg in there, as well as notes of dried/glace fruits, but there's an edge of funk that makes it somewhat tantalising and very different indeed.