Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-18-2004 01:37:06 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-30-2006 22:34:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a fluffy head tha declines quickly to 1/4" and then persists, leaving a few shards of lace
Smell: Green apple, lime, lemon and funk aromas
Taste: Starts with a spry blend of lime, lemon and green apple that grows increasingly tart, mid-palate; after the swallow a cedar flavor perks up that blends with the tarty fruit flavors; the finish is startling, with a peppery blast that comes out of nowhere
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Not my favorite Fantôme, I did find this grew on me; very subtle and, ultimately, delicious
12-01-2006 00:18:40 | More by brentk56
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
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
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 doesnt meet all my expectation (a bit too dry and more funk would have improve this beer) but it is still enjoyable and wouldnt mind having another go at.
07-13-2007 16:56:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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%
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.
02-25-2007 01:59:22 | More by emerge077
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-07-2004 03:18:34 | More by Jason
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
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
750 ml cork capped bottle:
Pours hazed dark caramel-colored, brownish amber with a thick off-white head that immediately settles to a small bubbled cover that vanishes. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without much stickage.
The smell is sour and vinuous with caramel and a light spicing almost reminiscent of a pumpkin pie spicing.
The taste is sour - vinegary. Caramel is mixed in. Tart fruitiness and sour apple mix with a yeasty breadiness. Herbal spicing is there, but subtle. Finishes sour with a bit of sweetness. Slightly warming, though alcohol is pretty well-covered.
Understated carbonation leaves it a bit underwhelming, while maintaining a lighter side of medium body.
Not nearly as impressed with this one as with the other three offerings I've had from this brewery (Fantome, La Dalmatienne, Chocolat). A bit too sour - bordering vinegary - masking some of the potential spiciness, and a bit weakish. Still, it would pair well with certain foods. Oddly, cheesecake came to mind, though I didn't have any on hand to try it out. Might also replace a Flemish sour ale that is mildly sour for style, or a gueuze that is not quite as funky.
05-22-2008 02:03:32 | More by jwc215
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: hazy ruby amber in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam that lasts forever. Spotty lacing develops during the session.
Smell: pepper and clove spices wrapped in a earthy goodness. Just a nice spicy aroma.
Taste: spicy yeast, pepper, clove, green apples, and a nice bitterness are based in a solid malty profile. The earthy features make this an interesting beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, less prickly at the finish. Short aftertaste is surprising based on the bold flavors.
Drinkability:overall this was one enjoyable beer. I could have cracked another bottle of this stuff, but this would not be considered a session beer at all.
04-05-2007 11:52:01 | More by Gavage
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
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
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-08-2007 21:28:08 | More by Georgiabeer
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours a one finger light tan head that goes quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color with some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty/hoppy nose. Flavor is mild spice and woody herbs. Clean finish. $18.00 for a 750ml corked bottle from Ebenezer's Restaurant and Pub Lovell, ME.
08-24-2007 17:58:22 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a cloudy orangy color, some carbonation, the head fizzles away quickly, very light lacing around the edges. Scents of yeast, malts, slight hops, spices, apples, and grapes. The taste is slightly tangy, slightly bitter, citrusy, with a nice dry finish. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Alcohol content is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a totally different kind of saison compared to Saison Dupont. Highly recommended will buy again if available.
11-19-2006 19:55:28 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
10-27-2008 22:43:02 | More by beerthulhu
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-17-2004 04:45:35 | More by Bighuge
Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.