The beer pours light caramel under fizz head that resolves to a white rim and foam. Not strong on the nose. Initially, weak beef broth in the mouth. Weird. I am reading this BA bro note to see if I am missing something. Something of a weirdness itself - a 2002 note about saison. At first, I was sure the bottle is off, even if under cork and cap, but it opens up after a few minutes. Best Alstrom descriptor ever: "...[a]pple-skin-like feel thrown into the coarseness". Now it's like a quad watered down with not hard cider. But, unlike all quads, it's interesting. On the nose, yeasty brown bread with nutmeg and yogurt. Christmas cake with a shot of vinegar in the mouth. And a healthy kick of white pepper taking over the finish. This is like all the things in saison that Saison Dupont is not, shake them up in a Yahtzee cup and slam them down on the table. But I thought that was what Fantome did.
I am a bit at a loss. A very complex drink that stands apart. Think of angostura meets dry iced tea meets beef broth meets cider meets a dash of dubbel... does that help?