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Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme La GourmandeFantôme La Gourmande

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 60
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003)
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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 green champagne magnum that is corked and capped with no freshness date.

Appearance: Snap and crackle of the head reveals a thin white lacing. Mildly hazy deep golden color.

Smell: Lemon-lime with a musty earthy cellar aroma … peppery, vanilla bean and orange juice?

Taste & Mouth Feel: Solid rolling smoothness in the medium body. Rich earthy tones, lime rind with a tree bark and faint peppery flavor up front. Lemon-lime twang from middle to end, mild but sharp tartness. Herbal phenols and a foreign graininess that tones a mild metallic flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Devastatingly complex, my palate is ruined for the night … thankfully this is a big bottle. I went with a contrast pairing of some smoked cheddar which was perfect.

Jason, Jul 07, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this bottle on July 9 2005, with my Canadian friend, Mowog. 2003 bottling date. Used a corkscrew, and the cork suddenly exploed out of the bottle, barely missing my face. Whew! These Fantome corks give me fits.
Appearance: Hazy, apricot hued body, topped with the typical vanilla ice cream float sized, creamy head. Extraordinary retention and exquisite sheet lacing that is "world class".
Aroma: Tart lemony citrus, with dirty and earthy yeast notes. Fresh mown hay and alfalfa contribute a silage presence.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, with that unique Fantome yeast twang.
Taste: Dry and lemony citrus, dirty and earthy like the aroma, grassy hops evoke a sensation of being in a meadow. Old, wet haystack notes are prominent. Fresh cut silage rules. Slight note of yeasty chalk adds to the enjoyment, Lemony and dry finish.
Drinkability: Very similar to most of the other Fantome Saisons. Earthy, lemony, dry, and tasty. A Saison of this quality transports one into a Belgian meadow, and throws you down on a pile of soft moss, where you rise up and gaze at a herd of friendly sheep who know you have just finished off a bottle of Fantome Saison. The sheep giggle, knowing that you will not find another Fantome for several weeks.

merlin48, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Ebenezers into a wine glass.

Pours a dark brown with a small light brown head, smells like the ocean, a bit malty and quite rich.

Taste is crisp smooth and tart with a light hop bite, it's very earthy and mellow. Almost like a brown Belgian. Mouthfeel is full and rich, overall be your good!

kingcrowing, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (2004)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FalconA!

(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.

ehammond1, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sedimented and hazy light orangish appearance. Middling lop sided head in an open chalice, medium bubbles and carbonation enough to keep it in play. Lace is simple and incomplete. Yeasty aroma, slightly farmy with astringency and a black compost element with some cocoa mulch huskiness. Mouthfeel is medium but with plenty of carbonation to even it out, a bit too much for me, but well-within style. An interesting obverse main profile is going on here, starts spicy and astringent, limes and dryish hops with capers and licorice. Transitions to a slightly more mellow sweeter beer by the close, but retaining its dryness overall. More complexity on further swallows, the yeast can't be denied its impact -- and flesh fruits move in and out of the likeable tartness. Nice, nice brew.

ADR, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of daveytheformer
5/5  rDev +20.2%

daveytheformer, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of rye_so_serious
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rye_so_serious, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A New Year’s Eve night capper as the ball dropped, so the senses of this review may be slightly hampered...reddish brown opaque body with a frothy white head that leaves no lace in a La Fin du Monde snifter....strong and dark....for sure, herbal and citrus aromas--tough to identify for my neophyte nostrils (Shan laughs at my thoughts of prunes)...intirguing lack of presence--a soft body built for summer, with a slight acidity--otherwise, pillow soft at 7.0 alcohol, indeed a triumph... fruity (grapefruity?) wheat with a hops presence, tart and medium-bodied finish...chosen out of season, this saison acts like a winter warmer minus the weight of the winter... I will return to this beer--and this review--in the summer, when the season may heighten an already impressive experience...

dacrza1, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid orange with golden traits. The head is relatively compact, and fades quickly, but bone-hued while it lasts.
Aromas of orange and lime and hay and mown grass with an oaky white vinous undercurrent.
Begins rather tart, but not searingly so. Lime juice and oak, with vague white wine hues. Parched apricots. Cilantro leafiness. Breadier as it sits, but never hugely. Granny Smith Cider. Gueuzey. Complexities drop out later, but it hardly matters. Ends dry, herbal and grassy, with loose mustiness. The tartness lingers for a while, then is partially masked by the ample yeast pour. Turns spicier with ramped-up, powdered cilantro notes, and earthier, herbal hues. However the lime and lemon drop connotations remain steadfast; they just lose some of their edge.
Light bodied with rushing CO2 upfront. Stays semi-perky throughout, but it seems to grow a bit stagnant (and quasi-heavy) by the end.
Fans of lambic will find some intrigue here. I did.
It's not one of Fantome's premier offerings, but there is a good deal of flair here.

Courtesy of Bighuge.

cokes, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sour beer that I liked but very unpopular with me mates. They thought it like a tasteless cider. Beige yellow. My mature tastebuds found it a very good yeast preparation. In the yeast peach, lemon, celery, pepper. Very good with spicy veggie food. Lambic like. Unique.

Sammy, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of swamiswamu
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It changed as I worked through the bottle. First it was a hazy gold and then ended near brown.
Smell- Strong citrus smell, several undertones
Taste- Wow. It was really complex. The citrus changes to a spicy, perhaps peppery, bouquet as it goes down.
Mouthfeel- It was thick and heavy, but in a good way.
Drinkability- I'd drink it all night if I could afford it.

swamiswamu, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy gold in hue with some bronzy amber interwoven, I can see a steady stream of animation dancing northward to the white head. At its highest point the foam was three fingers tall, head retention was very good. The bubbles slowly faded to a cap, which as still a finger high. A smaller cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing didn’t cling to the glass all that well, every time a little residue built up, it slid back into the head. While the appearance is typical of Fantome I still haven’t tired of looking at their gems.

I smell marshmallows, orange candy, lemongrass, and tropical fruits primarily. Secondary aromas consist of herbs, coriander, an old fruit cellar, a dilapidated barn… somewhere in the distance. The bouquet is soft and delicate. While the nose is layered and lovely while it is not the widest Fantome nose I’ve enjoyed it is still complex and inviting. Moderately low potency; I can’t wait to take a sip.

The palate is bright, much livelier then the nose indicated. First of all, where did this acidity come from? It is very much welcomed. Invigorating citrusy notes, lemonade, orange zest… followed by a sprig of herbs. In the middle, the malt is found, hints of grain and caramel, crackers. At the finish a woody residue develops; as does some light funky barnyard notes, tropical fruit and pepper. The alcohol is very well hidden; I can feel it in my belly but not in the taste. The aftertaste is juicy… fruity and herbal. Ho hum, yet another really good beer from Fantome. I love Saisons. I love Fantome’s Saisons. What really shines in this beer is the low acidity, moderate bitterness, faint malty notes, and huge fruity/candy qualities. All this adds up to a tasty, well-rounded and passive aggressive beer. Yummy!

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and soothing to swallow. It fits the flavor profile very well. I think this beer would pair well with a hearty salad topped with a mild bleu cheese dressing.

Wow, this beer is super drinkable! 750mls are like 7oz nips; way too small. I’m sipping away my bottle all too fast… I just can’t set my glass down. Subtle goodness abounds. I purchased my bottle in Lincoln, NE… of all places. Anytime I see Fantome locally (which is like never) I buy some. This might be my favorite brewery in the world. Recommended.

bditty187, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml dark green capped and corked bottle. No bottled-on or best-before date.

Pours into the tulip deep and clear golden straw. Huge thin foamy head that recedes rapidly to a blanket of cream and nice lace. The aroma is big with musty earth, leaves, dry powdery yeast, lemon and orange rind, white pepper. Flavor is sweeter than you anticipate from the smell. But the initial malty sweetness is overtaken by earthy funk, white pepper, bitter orange peels in the center. Finishes with a combination of dry toasted malt and leafy earth. Medium-light body with strong carbonation. Mellow and complex, but probably not for the beginner due to the strong strong earthy vibe.

dgallina, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this somewhere in Mass last year, it was due to be poped open.

Appearance: Creamy orange, it was opaque and had a bit of sediment, but not enough to gross me out. My glass had a thin ring of lacing, from afar it looked more like a lambic.

Smell: Really interesting aroma of fruits, mainly mangoes and peaches canned in syrup. Just the perfect amount of cork character and light funk to give it an aura of mystery.

Taste: Perfectly smooth carbonation, tastes like a melon ball wraped with a piece of prociutto and topped with cracked pepper. It was that combination of fruity refreshment, peppery finish and salty, dry and dusty aftertaste that makes me fall in love with this strange Beer style over and over again.

Goldorak, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of claaark13
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

claaark13, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cranberry-burnt orange color with a thin off tan head.

S: Spicy aroma, light caramel, fresh apples, wildflowers and some candi sugar sweetness.

T: Sweet caramel, molassess and brown sugar provide a sweet spiciness against a light and creamy malt backbone. Apples, pears, and a cider like texture with some alcohol spiciness as well. Flavor is very clean throughout with a touch of chocolate in the finish. For the fade there is some spicy apples and cinnamon, pears and light caramel notes with a touch of citrus. Very good complexity and flavor.

M: well carbonated, fruity, and lively.

D: great drinkability as will most of thier beers. the hard part is breathing inbetween sips as you want this great flavor constantly on your tongue.

beerthulhu, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork is extracted with a pop, and a waft of smoke.
Pours with visible carbonation into the tulip glass, with 1/4" of foam capping the clear amber Saison. Tiny champagne bubbles rise through the high-clarity liquid.

Aroma of overripe fruit, with a metallic mineral note at first. The bottle is 2 years old at least, so this could be attributed to some degree of oxidation.

Initial taste of mildly tart fruit (lemon rind) and malt/grain, most likely the Spelt listed as an ingredient. Mild Gueuze funkiness. Dry earthiness is fleeting in the finish. Carbonation enhances the mouthfeel, its understated but keeps it velvety.

One bottle is no problem in a sitting, this is a nice seasonal that may be best enjoyed in the springtime.

emerge077, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoah..unexpected aroma. Woody, almost cedary with lots of spiciness, citrus zest, hay must and fresh mown grass. The body is a brownish/orange but fairly bright. The head is a fluffy two finger thick Belgian classic that is constant as the northern star....immovable indeed. Slightlyt woody in the fore...very spicy...lemon peper seasoning almost...citrus and pepper are very concentrated. Sweet orange, apricot jam flavors throught the middle. Some apple notes. If you can work up a burp you’ll notice some mildewey/funky aromas lingering in the air in front of your nose....nice! I love how Fantome beers can seem so low key and yet still sooo damn concentrated and full of range. That cedar like woodiness lingering into the far aftertaste is amazing.

Jredner, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a hazy medium beige color ale with big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma is quite sour with some funky yeast also discernable. Taste is a mix between sourness and some oak as well as some light funky yeast and it finished on some dry notes. Body is full with some great carbonation. Another interesting experiment from this brewer which doesn’t meet all my expectation (a bit too dry and more funk would have improve this beer) but it is still enjoyable and wouldn’t mind having another go at.

Phyl21ca, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a cloudy amber color with just a modest white head. Left some sparse lace.
Nose: aromas of apricots, lemons, honey, and tea with some barnyard mustiness. Light floral notes also.
Taste: this brew had a pervasive flavor of slightly rotting apricots and peaches dipped in honey. Some funky shoe leather and yeasty malts mid-palate. Lemon juice-inspired sourness and a tea-like tannic flavor and acidity in the finish. The feel was light and dry.
Overall: I liked the way the flavors melded. They seemed to work well together and resulted in a highly drinkable brew. Seeing how much I love apricots, I guess I was destined to like this offering from Fantome.

Boilermaker88, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750 ml green champagne bottle full of a golden, rich (thick) looking slightly cloudy brew with a full, rich, creamy looking head that drops to 1/4" and stays there. Very pretty.

Aroma is first a sharp organic attack, followed by a slightly sweet, citrusy and slightly spicy

Flavor is lemony/tart orange, with a nice hop overtone, and a strong alcohol attack at the back of the throat. Spiciness is there, not subtle, not overpowering. There's a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. I'm still fairly new to Saisons, so I don't know how close to the style it is, but I like it!

Overall a pretty tasty brew- not something I think I would drink a lot of, but on the right occasion, pretty nice. Paired it with a pesto-tomato pizza- not bad combination, where the two organic flavors play off against one another.

Dukeofearl, May 20, 2005
Photo of Joss
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Citrus, peaches and yeast notes for the nose.
Attractive cloudy orange and a creamy head for the eye.
Fruit (oranges prominent), a bit bubblegum (when the beer warms up) and spice for the palate.
Prickling dryish mouthfeel, light to medium body, slightly bready aftertaste.

Joss, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, Nov 20, 2011
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Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.