In an earlier post I excitedly reviewed a beer (and brewery) seldom seen in pub menus or on store shelves - that beer was Fantome Saison.
Yes I have another of Dany's weird and wonderful Saisons to sample, this time the intriguing Magical Ghost - a beer that in keeping with Dany's "brew with nature" philosophy is brewed the green tea (and other magical ingredients I guess)
Now on with the pour and YES! it's GREEN.....absinthe green, a natural colour coming no doubt from the green tea used in the brewing process - a green beer may sound alarming but the subtle pale kiwi colour is very attractive (we're not talking a shitty, chemical alcopop dayglo here)
That magical lime green beer is topped by a huge trademark white bubbly head that eventually settles down to a constant finger width covering.
Aroma was as expected, being crammed with floral, grassy, herbal notes also tart and citric with a crisp green apple fruitiness and a deep, bready finish - at the same time there's a malty sweetness.
Taste follows with a tart, herbal bitterness (is that dill?) then sharp, green fruits (apples, kiwi and grapes) along with that fresh cut grass and a strong citric backbone with a long, lingering finish.
Yes his beers are old school, true artisnal brewing that push my sweet, dark, triple loving taste-buds to the extreme - but that's why Fantome excites me.