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Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme

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107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 59
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 89
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden with a white frothy head that takes a while to settle. Pretty good lacing. The smell is fairly faint, there is a definite delicate sourness and a pretty floral aroma- hard to define, but its not hoplike, more like an alpine meadow. The taste and mouthfeel are light, crisp, and lemony sour with a spicy coriander like aftertaste. This one is not acetic really, its more like there is the tiniest hint of verjus blended in. Lemon cream on the finish. A little lighter and spicier than some of the other Fantome offerings. Refreshing, and great on a hot day, but lacks some of the complexity of the best that Fantome has to offer.

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine tangerine with fewer bubbles than I'm used to seeing in a Belgian saison. No surprise that the cap is thing of beauty. The pastel orange foam is a little too firm to be called mousse-like, a characteristic that allows it to persist seemingly forever. Very little lace graces the glass and even less manages to hang on.

I don't drink beer from this brewery as often as I'd like, so it's hard to remember what each one smells like. It seems to me though that each offering's nose is slightly different (and very good), while retaining a 'house similarity', for want of a better phrase. This one is mildly farmhouse funky, warmly spicy and a little herbal.

I wondered how a wheat saison would taste and now I have my answer. La Gourmande is impressively sour while retaining the spicy yeastiness and orchard fruitiness that Fantome is known for. Each sip is an exercise in puckeriness and acidity that would make many a Flanders red proud. In fact, I wonder if this beer uses a different yeast strain since it's hard to believe that this degree of tartness is completely wheat-related.

To be more precise, spelt is the grain used (epeautre on the label), not the typical wheat that most wheat/wit/weizen beers use. While it's a simply another species of the same grain, who knows, maybe it tastes vastly different when used in brewing. In any case, something is giving the beer a dizzinging amount of sourness and makes it stand out from the rest of the Fantome line.

Green apples, unripe pears and lemon zest make up the bulk of the flavor profile, as the usual yeasty spiciness takes a backseat. I'm not sure if this beer is brewed year-round or if it's a seasonal, but it seems to me to be a perfect summer beer. The body favors the lighter end of the spectrum even without a ridiculous amount of carbonation. Fewer bubbles means that 750 ml should be no problem at all on a hot day. Or any day at all.

I appreciate what the brewer attempted to do with La Gourmande. It's just that the sourness is cumulative and is beginning to wear on me now that I've entered the final third of the bottle. Less than average Fantome beer is still light years ahead of average. If that isn't the mark of a world-class brewery, then I don't know what is.

Photo of jneiswender
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on from a bottle at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine. Poured into a chalice. Served cool.

A-rusty, burnt orange body and an off white head. Rings nicely.

S-hay, rust

T-sour, citrus peel, fruit stone,

M-medium, somewhat gritty

D-nice but not the best in this category. Would pair nicely with food. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been holding on to this for a long while, close to 8 months, waiting for an evening with friends to share it with. Yeah for friends, as we poured this out and smelled it right off the bat. However, and first most, lets see how it looks as the color is a dull peachy orange with somewhat of a murky glow to it. Once the last of the bottle is emptied it becomes much more clouded and yellowed. Not much action in the form of foam though. Just a breeze of large bubbles loosely float about the top for a small breif minute. Minimal lace in a few light, thin strings and some dots.

Ahh, the aroma, Fantome's usual high ended citrusy funk with a twist of old white grapey sourness, spicy salts and peppered herbs, and one large lemony barnyard fart on top.

Taste is a firm yelp of deep, darkened sour lemony goodness backed by some funky touches of yeast, floral dried herbs, crunchy spices, and a slow sea salty pale malt stale cracker moody backing. Quite tangy and loud in the mouth with a big but well tamed sourness that wrangles the tongue into a quick pinch of soured, dulled lemon, weird other tangy citrusfied funk of old, over ripe stuff , just a drizzle of barnyardyness, and a buzz of yeasty fluffy dryness closes out the finish late.

The body is a bit low and under a mediumness and not as bold as it probably once was. Maybe due to age? Not sure, but it seemed to be a bit underwhelming when going with other Fantome goodies that have that zip of boldness, malts, and buzz of yeasty girth.

I liked that this seemed tamer and a bit more mellow then I'm sure it once was when fresh. A fun tangy, soured ale to be much like other Fantome brews.

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a trappist glass around 12 celsius: Very cloudy yellow body with orange, almost brown tones, like a dirty river's water, muddy. Fully diminishing white head unfortunately. Aroma is bold hay, moderately malty, rather sweet, lightly yeasty with notes of orange, dust and coriander. Sweet fruitiness like a passion juice, citric but also weizen-alike acidity. Notes of dust, citrus, cherries and blueberries. Once again, Fantome brings out a great beer which I definitely had to try once though I wouldn't seek it out again. The first of an incommensurably huge six-pack courtesy of Nexxus!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy head that refused to fall but coated the glass.

The aroma was slightly citrusy with notable belgian farmhouse yeast character. A slight spiciness was present and a notable earthiness existed in the aroma. The spiciness enticed to explore further. The spicy aromas were lemon and lime more heavy on lime than lemon.

The flavor was slightly sour and acidic with a definite earthy presence. The spice was present yet restrained. The sourness at first seemed to be a detriment, but later as the beer warmed it enhanced the complexity. The fruit presence was citrus and most notably lime followed by lemon.

The finish was dry with just a slight acidity lasting with some earthiness well into the aftertaste. The finish had a slight chalkiness to it as well. The body was medium and the carbonation was just a smidge low.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. If I had rated this beer on the first sip the rating would have been much later. By a few minutes in my palate had adjusted to the beer and actually found it quite interesting.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, first batch, @ Ebenezer's.

Pours cloudy dark reddish-brown, big off-white head.

Aroma is a hint of brown sugar, sour green apples.

Taste is a quick initial hit of brown sugar, quickly overtaken by a fresh soft green apple sourness and hints of barnyard. Hint of very earthy hops poke through a good way into the mild, sour finish.

Soft but crisp carbonation over a medium body.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep orange/gold with a -- am I seeing this? -- pale yellow head. That's a first. The head is massive and has great retention. Slightly cloudy. Good lace. Very active carbonation. I don't see how it could get too much better.

Smell: Interesting. A Saaz, almost pilsner, aroma explodes off the bat, with apple, orange, and honey. There's also a really odd... rainwater scent and bit of the fabled barnyard mustiness.

Taste: Woooh, that's DRY. Bitter lemon juice, spicy pepper and maybe a hint of diacetyl, which I didn't see coming. Not much sweetness, that's for damn sure, and pretty light on the spice as well. The mouthfeel is quite crisp and medium bodied. Finishes hoppy, dry and a bit bready.

Note: The yeast pour adds a TON of dimension, sweetness, fruit, and all kind of clove/corriander goodness. Wow.

Drinkability: Well, not what I expected. But quite enjoyable and -- once you get used to it -- really addictive. At $6.99, a surprisingly good deal as well.

Photo of Crosling
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky tangerine with a large and distinct head of foam. Aroma is heavily spiced with hints of orange peel, curacao, cocoa powder along with a touch of sour fruit (tangerine especially) and strawberry jam. Flavor is bursting with fruit and spice; the fruits being a blend of peaches and nectarines while the spices are loaded with orange zest (coriander, bitter orange peel), along with a suprisingly dry and herbaceous blend that I can’t quite identify. This is my 13th different Fantome beer and this has by far the most spice character. Very delicious.

Photo of claaark13
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to merlin48 for getting this one for me. Had this one while brewing in the rain the other day. I removed the cap and looked away and the cork exploded out of the bottle, easily clearing the building we were near. Glad my face wasn't over the bottle. This beer poured a straw color with a tall head that had nice retention, but didn't leave too much lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of orange and lemon with some slight spice and some funk. The flavor was much the same. Lots of citrus with the Fantome funkiness that I enjoy. A little bit of sour, but not as much as some of the other Fantome brews. Also some acid in there, but again, not as much as expected. Light body and easy to drink.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage broken out by jedwards (thanks jonah). Pours a pale orange-gold with a quarter inch, loose, bright white head. Aromas suggests grapefruit and cork - there is a dryness to the nose. Taste consistent with nose - muted; however, some light fruit also comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A great Saison. Easy drinking and really quite refreshing; not to mention that this beer has held up quite well over time.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/25/2012

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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish-copper color with a creamy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma medicinal, floral, spicy, yeasty and peppery. It has an earthy -like quality to it. The flavor is spicy and peppery, with the earthy tones throughout. Kinda damp and musty. Smooth and easy drinking, but yet warming. Another good beer from Fantome.

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper appearance. Very thin head. The rimming left behind leaves sparse lace. This beer smells of lemon peel, must, yeast, vinegar, black pepper and dank cellars. The taste is citrusy. And acidic. Some tartness is observed. Lemon drop and misty sea water mix effectively. A little anise. Quite dry. Kind of lip smacking. Good. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation and quite fluid. Nice brew.

Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
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