Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 7: Fantôme Spéciale Noël

Fantôme Spéciale De NoëlWe go international again for today’s Advent beer pick, visiting one of the great beer countries of the world: Belgium! The Brasserie Fantôme was founded in 1988 in Wallonia by Dany Prignon and focuses on Saisons, and accordingly has a variety of special seasonals offered up in small-batch 750ml cork-finished bottles. Befitting the season naturally today’s beer is their Spéciale Noël, a 10% abv dark spiced Saison. Here’s what Fantôme says of this beer (loosely translated):

Dark brown, very caramelized, roaty malts, and rather strong! (10% alcohol.) A beer for a cold winter, and perfect for gifting!

Here in the U.S. Shelton Brothers imports the Fantôme line, and has this to say about Spéciale De Noël:

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.

Special Christmas, indeed!

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