Posts Tagged ‘belgium’

fantome saison

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

fantome saison

ah, fantome, how I love your saison.

  • the sheer fruitiness of this beer is unreal! I cannot believe how much tropical fruit aroma and flavor come from this yeast alone.  the fruit is not overwhelming though, it is very complementary, and the beer is ultimately complex and drinkable.
  • in fact, I have come across more than a couple clone recipes for this beer that call for strawberry, guava, and other juices in order to replicate the fruit elements of this yeast.  however, I have heard that wyeast occasionally releases a special strain of this yeast…
  • this bottle was especially fruity and clean.  however, it is always a crap shoot when opening a fantome bottle – since they are bottled by hand in small batches, they are very unpredictable in terms of carbonation and flavor.  every time you open a bottle you are rolling the dice.
  • on my trip to belgium last year, I tried to plan out a trip to Soy, where fantome is located.  however, it’s quite a trek from brussels, so the trip didn’t happen (some day!).
  • a little trivia – the equipment Dany Prignon uses over at fantome is from Brasserie d’Achouffe.
  • also, according to the same source, the brewery is named after “a legend of the nearby town of La Roche-en-Ardenne, which asserts that the ghost of the long-dead Countess Berthe de La Roche can still be seen walking amidst the ruins of the town’s castle
  • I just checked the ABV of this sucker – 8%??? where does the alcohol go?!?

fantome saison bottle

fantome saison in glass

st feuillien saison

Friday, September 18th, 2009

St. Feuillien saison

another one of the brews that got cracked over at CB’s last weekend was a saison from st feuillien.

  • I had never tried a beer from st feuillien before (or even heard of the brewery).  evidently they are a belgian abbey brewery (note the difference between an abbey brewery and a trappist brewery).
  • mildly entertaining trivia regarding the story behind the brewery can be found here.
  • the beer was very well balanced and drinkable, and was refreshing during a hot brew day.  however, it didn’t really stand out from the rest of the saisons out there.

St. Feuillien in the glass

St. Feuillien bottle