Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.96/5 rDev -4.8%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for 9 years)
A cloudy amber with a moderately-thick, creamy, off-white head. Fairly sticky, and plenty of carbonation, even after nearly a decade in the bottle. Good amounts of floating, chunky sediment, though even more is left at the bottom of the bottle. Certainly appropriate, and almost pretty.
A nice, integrated, earthy aroma. Combinations of roasted apple sprinkled with cinnamon emerges, and is quite expressive. Good amounts of earth, grass, and dried, cracking, crumbling Fall leaves as well. This smells like a Winter or Fall saison, if I'd ever experienced one.
The earth and dried leaves present in the flavor as well. The earth and leaves present a funky bitterness. Along with this, there is also good amounts of the apple and cinnamon character found in the aroma. Very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden. As with the aroma, this has a distinctly Fall or Winter feel about it.
Medium bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Very appropriate. Time didn't hurt this aspect.
Delicious, interesting, complex, though still not one of my favorite Fantomes--granted, Fantome is, arguably, my favorite brewery around.
07-23-2013 04:59:55 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
2004 bottle, enjoyed on 12/19/12. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Murky burgundy, with a two fingers of light tan, soapy head. Leaves some solid lacing. Head hangs around for a while.
Smell: Up front, big lactic tones and some molasses. Gives way to figs and dates, and some lemon juice. Light caramel, and a light balsamic vinegar. Finishes on the nose with a lemony tartness.
Taste: Follows the nose with a big lactic tartness, and lots of lemon juice. Some pear skin. A big molasses comes through, with some nice caramel. A light oak (is this aged on oak for any period?). Finishes with red wine tannins and some lemon tartness.
Mouthfeel: Really light for the flavors it produces, which is really quite nice. Good carb, and the tartness is just right.
Overall: Time did another Fantome well. I'm very lucky to have stumbled across this bottle and have a chance to try it. Delicious!
12-21-2012 03:30:34 | More by cfrances33
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Huge thanks to Umberto for opening this during our epic night of drinking at the Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy.
Pours a very cloudy, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring that soon dissapears. Not much in the way of lacing.
This beer has a very complex aroma with lambic, farmhouse and wheat beer notes bouncing off of each other. Lots of earthy funk with hints of barrel, wet hay and cobweb along with zesty autumnal spice, bready yeast, citrus and light fruit notes. Slight herbal/vegetal presence with lemon peel, pepper, bread and apple. Really odd combination but the nose is pretty inviting.
Medium bodied and again, very complex with hints of lambic, saison, vegetable/spiced beer and wheat notes playing off of one another. Slightly tart and puckering with a decent amount of earthy funk followed by zesty spice, bread, sweet malt, light fruit and citrus. A decent amount of sourness but not harsh or acidic. More funk than anyhing else with grass, straw, hey and wood flavor. There's also peppery spice with coriander, cinnamon and clove followed by caramel malt, apple, pear and bread. A truly unique beer. I don't really know what to make of it because it's so weird but it's very complex and quite flavorful.
09-04-2012 00:01:20 | More by corby112
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
This bottle is a 2004 vintage from what I have been told. Big props to Rbald42 for hooking me up with a bottle of this.
Appearance: Pours a very clear, warm honey color that nears a copper tone. Pleasant amount of carbonation that I'm very happy to see. A huge white head forms that has extremely good retention and lacing. Very good looking beer.
Smell: Pretty nice bouquet on this beer. Some white grape and pear comes out initially, followed by some juicy melon notes, earthiness, and very light funk.
Taste: Melon notes and green apple, earthy funk, finish is dry with a touch of lemon.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation that is about right for the style. Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Very good vintage saison from Fantome. Really impressed with how well this held up.
09-03-2012 03:00:44 | More by zhanson88
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012
Bottle from 2002, I believe. A cloudy golden orange color with a big white head. Really an interesting nose. Lots of perfume and melon notes. A hint of cork, unfortunately. A fair amount of citrus and some white grape. Decently sweet on the palate with good fruit notes (mostly citrus and grape, though there is some sweet melon). A touch of bread and yeast without much in the way of cork as there was on the nose.
07-30-2012 19:03:32 | More by womencantsail
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
2004 bottle opened on 7.27.12
A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a one inch off-white head that fades very slowly.
S - Green apples, funky, slight oxidation is present.
T - Sour green apple, subtle barnyard funk.
D - Surprisingly good carbonation with a lighter body. Mild oxidation.
O - 8 years old. Nice funk and apple taste. Oxidation doesn't really hurt it.
07-28-2012 05:14:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to jedwards, I will get to try this one after all. 2003 bottle served at cellar temp.
A - Pours a light orange with a foamy white head. LOTS of carbonation. Retains very well.
S - Musty, spiced grass. Some brightness shines through, maybe a hit of lemon.
T - Light spiced lemongrass, slightest notes of tartness. Some of the Fantome barnyard funk/must comes through. Slightly dry on the finish.
M - Light to medium, right where it should be. Carbonation is right once the head goes down.
O - Another perfect example of how well Fantome can brew the Saison style.
06-17-2012 14:56:12 | More by claaark13
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Dark amber...small floaty head. Aroma is complex...fruity, cherry, almost a touch of oxidation but not quite significant yet! Tasty but not at its peak as may have been present at fresh release. Still, totally intriguing, tasty, and something I could drown a 22 oz of without hesitation....great tasting experience.
05-28-2012 00:08:08 | More by DenverLogan
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks for sharing! Snifter. 2003.
A: Dark orange with an enormous mousse-like head. Lacing is scattered.
S: Pronounced vinous notes with lemon zest and green apple. Earth blends with grain and pepper. I get a little leather with Brett and funk. Smells very good.
T: Earth blends with wheat and rustic farmhouse notes. Lemon and apple are pronounced. The beer has a subtle wine-like fruitiness to it. The finish is dry.
M: Lower medium body with upper high carbonation.
Overall: A pleasure to drink. Wonderful in its subtlety.
02-26-2012 20:15:02 | More by HopHead84
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
four inches of foam came pouring out of this one and then easily doubled in size, never fully coming back down. Rich side glass lace and tons of carbonation then engulfed it quickly. Very nice hazy golden yellow in color.
The aroma was charged with spice, it was so carbonated it was literally tickling my nose as it went by. Lots of light fruit, grain, touches of grass and peppery like notes along with a touch of sour, the flavor was more of the same and was very nicely done. No hint of the alcohol here, rather a finely blended, and very light and airy feel to it. Sloshing it around created that coveted silky feeling of foam in the mouth. This was very good. Lots of light citrus flavors bouncing around and a very dry finish, a touch sour but not really, Very earthy in nature, and yet very light with a nice light grain base and a wonderful champagne like finish
11-20-2011 03:29:37 | More by mikesgroove
Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.