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weekend in review 04/09 – 04/11

Monday, April 12th, 2010

after a long week of desk jockeying, the weekend couldn’t come up fast enough.

  • after getting a little more settled in our new spot, AP and I rolled over to naja’s to meet up with AP, PP, and DP.
  • I can’t overemphasize the great atmosphere at naja’s – no pretention and a laid back attitude, right on the water!
  • not to mention great selection – I grabbed  a pour of goose island’s matilda, which was very earthy and refreshing.  AP grabbed her staple – eric’s ale.
  • once everyone showed up, the really good stuff got cracked.  first, we pulled a great bottle of fantome saison for everyone to try.
  • I also ordered up a fantastic saison that (if I remember correctly) was from brasserie d’achouffe (the tap handle was complicated and it was listed as “saison” on the board – I’ll have to get back with the name since it was pretty great).
  • there was also a north/south tasting debate going on (if only in my head) as both carlsbad’s green flash west coast IPA and healdsburg’s bear republic racer 5 were poured.  such a tough call between those two…
  • later during the weekend I tended to my fresh hop plants – in addition to last years’ vojvodina and zeus, I picked up some chinook, cascade, mt hood, and sterling varieties.
  • I got the rhizomes from freshops, and couldn’t be happier – they came fast, had noticeable buds on arrival and sprouted within a week.  however, CB had different results, however, as state agricultural problems and questionable customer service almost ruined his (sizable) order.
  • also, it will be interesting to see the yield of my second-year established plants.  I kept all my hops potted due to limited time, but if the yield is low I might reconsider next year.  fingers crossed…

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