Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.93/5 rDev +18.5%
Wow, i'm suprised that this is one of Fantomes lower brews. Perhaps this was a truly exceptional bottle that I picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo for a mere $9.50. This is a 2001 vintage as well here, for those of you who care about such information. This is a damn nice brew, once the cork is extracted and the brew is poured into a wide mouth glass we can see that this specimen is a dark orange colour with a thick head of slightly off-white foam that leaves nice lacing throughout the drinking experience. The aroma of this beer is exceptional. Complex spicy yeast phenols, Raspberry pulp, Strawberry seeds, lambic acidity and Brett and lacto funk. A true masterpiece of funkiness. Like the best Jazz bass solo you have ever heard in beer-form. The taste is no slouch either (!) Fresh fruits, pulp, seeds, airy, flowery hops, and Belgian yeast complexities. Wow, just wow. Mouthfeel is lush and carbonated amazingly well, drinkability is out of this world. I've always loved this brewery from my first sip and the Black Ghost and "original"! Saison are hard to beat, but for me this brew may beat them. Truly a world-class original that should be saught out at any expense. Recommended Highly!
02-09-2005 04:47:56 | More by francisweizen
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours a very hazy yellow with a very small head. The aroma is funky with cedar and tobacco with some lemon rind and some amazing earthiness. The flavor is cigar wrapper leaf with a mild sourness and plenty of spicy herbal and earthy notes. This beer was made for me almost perfection in a glass.
09-22-2010 20:23:01 | More by BieresDesMoines
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
07-15-2005 23:03:58 | More by merlin48
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
2003 vintage, poured into my precious Fantôme tulip. La Gourmande is a clear gold with a huge, dense white head that is slow and rocky settling, leaving nice hunk of lace.
Smell is out of this world. Wow. Nice clean sweetness, floral notes, a hint of damp forest, moss, or wet wood. As it warms, there's a nice herbal note, almost like it was dry hopped - although I'd be surprised if I picked much of that up after 6 years!
Taste is very nice, and surprisingly clean. Again, it's sweet and floral, the slightest hint of acetic acid, really more of a green apple note, granny smiths. There's also a very clean cork taste, not 'corked', but of cork (the cork itself was in perfect condition), which, in combination with the green apples, has a very fresh mushroom taste, wow! This beer is at first blush pretty strait forward, but peering a bit deeper reveals unreal depth of flavor. If this had a little of that classic Fantôme lacto (which I thought was still around in '03, but I guess I'm getting older then I realized), it would be a perfect 5.
Mouthfeel is light, fluffy and smooth.
Drinkability is surreal, I love this beer, why is it 6 years out of production??!! Damn, its good. I was expecting more the lactic bomb that I recall the regular Fantôme saison from this era, but this is so tasty, classic saison, it doesn't matter. Picked this up from Bottleworks during their 10th anniversary...I normally wouldn't give them any props, but they clearly cellared this properly, and didn't even charge much markup ($25)!
08-19-2009 03:40:22 | More by ccrida
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
This is an exceptional beer. Whatever the subject, be it music, art, beer, etc.. I'm always drawn to things with their own originality, and this beer epitomizes that in my opinion. I've never had anything quite like it. Fairly standard appearance, yellowish gold, bright, with no head. Smell is inviting and impish. Citrus lemon and orange peel with a signature Fantome baryard funk and a wheat grass scent. Taste takes things to a whole new level. This may be a saison, but in reality it is a gueuze/saison hybrid. It builds upon the standard lemony zest found in many saisons (Fantome's regular saison, for example) and adds a very earthy, grassy, dirty flavor, with some herbs. On top of that, add the complexities of a high quality gueuze - mild sourness, wet hay, dirty sock funk. Smooth crisp mouthfeel taboot. More and more interesting with every sip, complex with out being confused and overwhelming. You gotta try this one for yourself. Every now and then, after exploring lots of beer styles, I kind of start thinking that I know what I like and then wham! something crazy like La Gourmande comes out of left field and opens a new door. This is why I love beer...
06-09-2005 00:50:00 | More by twelvsies
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
Bought a bottle of this on recommendation of Dan at City Wide Liquors. Cork broke when i tried to open it but i finally got it out. Poured with a big white head, which i let settle....and then....wow! that's a beautiful beer! Sublime orange color with a steady, quarter inch head and bubbles rising consistently. Looks sparkly and great. Odor is mildly tart with earthy,citrus and bready tones. Smells fresh and alive. I said "wow" when i looked at it, and i said "wow" again when i tasted it. A dry, citrusy flavor up front with a hint of familiar barnyardy brett. This is followed by a growing smoke flavor that melds fantastically with the tanerine citrus quality. This beer tastes like the fruit of the Earth incarnate. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth and somewhat creamy in a light bodied kind of way. This is hardly my first saison, but in a way it feels like it is my first. An amazing experience of a beer.
03-18-2008 13:33:39 | More by aforbes10
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-20-2007 00:56:29 | More by Goldorak
4.7/5 rDev +13%
It's light orange, and it's hazy, even cloudy. There's a big poofy head that makes an appearance and evacuates before you can taste it.
Spicy, spicy, spicy. Cardamom? Chalky(?) Corriander? Yesterday's grass clippings give it an earthyness and that characteristic tartness. There's some sweetness, but it's fairly generic... like the syrup out of a can of peaches. There's some lingering floral aspect that I can't put my finger on.
The HUGE yeast pour at the end turns the muddy, now it's brown and you can't even try to see through it. At this point, it looks like nothing a sane person would drink. The spicy mellows and the fruity aspects turn more bready, like generic wheat bread. The tartness and the floral aspects are still there...
Really a very, very nice beer. That's no surprise.
09-28-2004 14:06:15 | More by nogoodreason
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
10-23-2004 00:31:54 | More by swamiswamu
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
La Gourmande was served form a capped and corked 750ml green bottle that lacked the usual US English back label and government warning. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a rich and hazy golden-orange-straw color, and was topped by a towering and hyperactive rocky white head that settled chunky and left chunky lacing. The nose was exploding with wonderful and challenging spring-like aromas: underlying lemon/lime acidity and beaming notes of crushed pepper, citrus zest, funky/musty dampness, leather, lemonbalm, rosemary, fresh herbs, and pilsner hops. On the palate, crisp and delicious peppery apricoty pale malts hit with a perfect quenching astringency, then opened up with lovely sage-like spice, cuban oregano, and notes of bitter orange-lime zest. It finished clean, citric, and bold...refreshing! The full and crisp yet smooth body and peppy carbonation were perfect for the flavors and character of the beer. As for drinkability...wow. This beer is amazing to drink, perfect. I could drink this all day, everyday. This is what saison is all about. Simply magnificent!
Big ol' thanks (once again) to skyhand for "Deliverating" this one to me!
05-28-2004 03:42:37 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
A New Years 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...
01-05-2008 02:48:58 | More by dacrza1
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Picked up a bottle for my New Years party.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head of foam. Nice foamy lacing.
Smells nice with hints of sweet malts, coriander, citrus fruit and yeast. This sample had that musty aroma of a green bottled beer.
Nice nutty malt sweetness with a tea-like flavor of mint, corriander, and citrus fruit (orange peel). Very nice and smooth.
Nice beer, very smooth and balanced. Awesome brew!
01-01-2006 06:25:35 | More by SteveO1231
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
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours like a "typical" saison orange-yellow with a large and voluminous head. Spritzy nose features lemon grass, rainy days, ground coriander, flowers, and a mineral water "sparkle." Smooth, funky, and organic, there's a lot of earthy flavors in this one. Dirty, musty dired orange peel. Woody. Tart green grapes. Some grassiness in the finish. Another well-executed Fantome product.
03-06-2005 20:49:42 | More by marburg
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
POP! goes the cork, and out comes the funk!
An inelegant pour into a Duvel glass provides an anticipated result, 1/2 golden, hazy orangish brew, with considerable floaties in attendance, and bubbles rising everywhere, but the top half is full of foam, a crystalline white, delicate, lacey, beautiful...lookin' pretty nice in the glass, and the aroma wafts out liberally, so I can discern this without too much effort, while it rests on the desk..but let's bring it further for the full effect...
That certain indefinable something, this zesty, yeasty, airy effect, loaded with citrus and spice, like any saison should, but utterly ethereal, a touch sour, but still beyond that simple sense...lemon peels and coriander collide with pepper and orange...a seriously funky affair in the house, y'all...James Brown and Jimmy Smith moved to Belgium, and they took the P'Funk gang along, too...
Taste, it, too...Ooooo, weee! That first, gripping, sour, puckering, powerful sip is a motherforker...pardon my Portugese...then all is mellow quickly, and this harsh, yet quenching sensation subsides.
Each sip thereafter brings this lemony sour taste, yet not quite as profound on the palate, it still makes an indelible impression. No, wait, i take it back, just got hit again...let's try a third time...Oooof! Ahhhh!
What a weird, and wonderful beer. Somewhat light in body, more medium, with a long, drying, citric finish, and a tangy mouthfeel, a clinging flavor that nestles in the mouth, and softly slides away.
Worth the $10.49 I paid for this 750ml green bottle...oh, at least...I'm only halfway done with it, and thing can only get better until it drains. Then, what hope have we?
This is a very special ale, an incredible tasty saison, with that unique yeasty, zesty Fantome quelque chose, that je'n'aise'pas, that what the who'diddledee...never-ending taste, and thoroughly uncompromising in it's uniqueness. Cheers to Fantome, another winner!
11-06-2004 11:04:23 | More by feloniousmonk
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
08/30/05- Purchased at Plumpjacks in San Francisco, CA
Presentation- 750ml capped and corked bottle. No dates of production revealed. Purchased earlier this year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Looking through the green bottle I can see massive yeast and sediment swirling about. Even huge penny size yeast chunks as well. The pour seems much smoother though as all the big chunks remain towards the bottom. A cloudy pour, a nice 1/2 inch head and light lacing.
Scent- Very nice musty farmyard scent with a large hit of lemon rind and corriander.
Taste- Similar to the regualr Fantome Saison, but this one seemed to be more mellow. Not as sour and the lemon taste was more reserved. Everything blends together so smoothly in this beer though. Not as harsh with the spices that you find in other saisons. More like a lemondae with some extra sugar thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Medium range carbonation.
Drinkability- One of the better if not top three or so saisons I have had. Very good blend of fruit flavors and spices.
08-31-2005 19:51:24 | More by GClarkage
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
I picked up a bottle of this at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale. The pour is a hazy orange with gold hues. The white head leaves thin lacing. A zesty lemon sourness combines with the citrusy, peppery, yeasty saison aroma. The taste is as if a Belgian strong pale ale and a tripel went to a barnyard and got loaded on gueuze. Glory B, da' funk's in La Gourmande! I wanted to go out New Year's Eve, but this Fantôme and a Curb Your Enthusiasm marathon is pretty, pretty, pretty good.
01-01-2006 09:21:15 | More by goschool
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Hazy copper-orange color, almost no head, b/c of the light carbonation. As I pour this beer I get a sour funky barnyard aroma. There is a woodiness in the aroma as well notes of orange pith, lemon, musty leather. The taste is quite smooth, again b/c of the light carbonation. Fruity notes of lemon juice, strawberry, and apple cider are complimented by the light acidity found in this beer. The finish has spicy notes of bergamot, earthy herbs, cobwebs, and oak, chamomile & pennyroyal teas. This is quite complex, and quite tasty. As most of Fantome's beers this is very light bodied. This really seems to be a cross between a Lambic and a Saison. As with most of Dany's beers this pairs really well with the two cheesed I just happen to have on hand; Neals Yard Dairy Mongomerys raw milk Cheddar, and an Italian Asiago fresco. The only thing really missing in this bottle is some explosively enticing carbonation, perhaps the next bottle will be perfection :-)
05-31-2004 18:35:16 | More by Gueuzedude
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Golden amber in color with a very small head that doesn't last at all. The smell is just like most Fantome beers. Fruity and yeasty with hints of sweet and sour coming through. I just love their beers! The taste is so crisp, clean, complex, sweet, sour, tart and very mysterious. Most Fantome beers that I have sampled are lower in carbonation, which is actually what I prefer. This one is no different. This beer also has some apple notes. Dry at the end with a little warming feeling.
Overall, I love it. Everything that I expected and more. My scores are not based on how this beer fits into a certain style. They are based on what I like and don't like.
03-24-2004 23:07:46 | More by CharlesRiver
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
750 ml - split with an old friend from Austin. Poured a golden amber with a light brown head. Nose of green apples and a nice barnyard funkiness. Flavor was just as funky, with some bready yeast notes . Nice malts and fruit backbone. Wine barrel flavors pop up as it warms. Mildly carbed, Finishes soft, slightly sweet with a lingering spice palate, Yummy yummy stuff .
09-07-2011 05:33:55 | More by Doodler
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
03-24-2004 17:26:20 | More by Boilermaker88
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
The second Belgian I broke open for the family over T-day.
Aroma of citrus with bright lime
Umm. Citrus and more citrus in delicious layers. Lime is prevalent. Corona with lime, but on belgian designer steriods. Sour. Touch of chewy apple wood, mexican cinnamon stick. Refreshing! Stir the sediment for some spiced bread.
enjoyed this with a variety of Bingham Hill and MouCo cheeses. Especially good with the fresh cheeses.
11-25-2004 21:41:47 | More by gbontrag
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Attractive bright hazy orange color. Modest egg shell head and lace.
Smells of dried apricot, blood orange, lemon, sultana, coriander, cinnamon, honeysuckle, slight damp earthy funk and musty leaves. Ripe and inviting.
Plenty of acidity, crisp and refreshing, fairly dry. Fruit similar to the nose, with amplified juicy blood orange and apricot. A moderate dose of hop bitterness like bitter greens and citrus. Restrained funk in the background, and subtle coriander and cinnamon. Delicious.
Light but grippy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
04-13-2007 07:50:13 | More by Beerzebub
Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.