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BeerS of the Week: Saison Fantome, Rochefort 10

By William Brand
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 3:26 pm in Uncategorized.

What’s on Tap

A tale of two beers:

Rochefort 10 and Fantome Saison

By William Brand
Oakland Tribune
Article Launched: 09/09/2008 12:02:59 PM PDT

THIS IS A TALE OF TWO BEERS, both from breweries in the Ardennes in the west of Belgium. One is small and world famous; the other is absolutely tiny and famous only among beer geeks like me.

The first is Rochefort 10 ****1/2 It’s made at the Trappist Abbaye Notre Dame de St. Remy, a religious institution founded in 1230. This is a dark, strong, 11.3 percent beer, one of a handful that are made at the six Trappist abbey breweries in Belgium.

The second is Fantome Saison ***½, made by a lone brewer, Dany Prignon, who has a deserved reputation for being both daring and chaotic. No one really knows what’s in Fantome Saison, the big, 8 percent, luscious beer Prignon brews year-round…READ THE REST OF THE POST…

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  • jjack

    Fantome is in the Ardennes but the Ardennes is in EAST Belgium not WEST. Rochefort is not at all in the Ardennes but sort of in the south central area of Belgium, Just my 2 cents. both still great Brewers!

  • William Brand

    Proves, I’n not exactly a North Woods guide. Yes, of course the Atlantic is West. Germany is East. Thanks for the correction. Gonna correct the copy aw well.