Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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.

No notes at this time.
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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 francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Classic 750ml green glass Fantôme bottle. The main obverse label has a brown picture on a white label, like the one shown in the BA Database. Labeled as ‘La Gourmande’, ‘Bière d’Epeautre de Hotton’. Listed as 7%. In classic Fantôme style, there is no freshness date, LOL, like Fantôme needs one!

Appearance: Pale orange gold with some peach hints. Slowly forming and building carbonation helps to produce a decent white head. A clinging, small bubbled, white head formation leaves little lace. Lots of streamers punctuate the clear skinless marmalade body and help to bolster the bone-white head. Excellent looks.

Nose: Oooh! Pure Fantôme! This is simply gorgeous. An amazing mix of lemon peel, fresh mint and zesty citrus, spicy hops, tripel-esque pilsner malts, black peppers and a touch of tropical fruits. Absolutely Incredible.

Taste: Sporadic uncontrolled farmyard yeasts mix well with the more restrained bitter hops and acidic stark citric qualities that give this Fantôme some Tripel qualities. Sharp spices and some black peppers mix with a lovely piercing lemon zestiness on the tongue long after the apricot swallow. Marmalade lingers on the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy feel, nice smooth conditioning sits well in the mouth. Bitter finish with hints of fleshy peaches and moist apricots. Bold yet light – funky yet Fantôme! Fucking superb.

Drinkability: I easily demolished the 750ml without any trouble, hints of tart 2 year old lambics and some champagne Gueuze in this one. Drinks extremely well, even for a funky Saison. Gimme more.

Overall: I once tried this on draft, it was a big disappointment. Somehow, I think Fantôme has to be from the bottle for the imbiber to experience all of the nuances that Dany Prignon and his Farmhouse Brewery has to offer. This is no let down. Not the best beer from Soy-Erezée, but it is quite superb, and supremely Fantôme!

Dare I say that this is an Artisanale Fantôme Tripel with some Gueuze flair! Maybe I just did.

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 merlin48
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tthomas for this in a trade!

A- Body is a slightly hazy translucent murky tarnished gold hue. Pours with a big foamy white head that eventually fades almost completely. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic.

S- A ton of vinegar is upfront. Underneath this is grain, some funk, must, caramel, and a slight floral hoppiness.

T- Taste is much like the nose and its hard to get past the vinegar-though it is not extreme (like in Duchesse). Beneath this is apples and pears upfront with a spicy accent. A hint of hops come through for the finish but is masked by a vinegar tartness. Some funk lingers.

M- Nice full carbonation and a thick yeasty body. Pretty smooth.

D- Decent beer overall but a little bit too much vinegar for me. The complexity behind it isn't really enough to make up for it either. ABV is undetectable.

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 kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy peachy color with a finger of head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Very nice color. Nose is light lemon and spice and light barnyard mustyness. Nothing too heavy here. Flavor is definately more spicey than the nose. Almost a spearmintyness and tea in the finish. Very nice. The mustyness is there, but not heavy. Very nice beer. Feel is moderate with an active carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I realy enjoy the minty tea quality. I dig it.

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly citrus. A medium bodied beer. Malty, yeasty and slightly grainy. Some fruit flavors, peaches. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Not the typical Fantome label.

Photo of ADR
4.29/5  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.

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 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.

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 brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy chestnut with a two-inch head of beige. The dense foam receded slowly leaving some decent lacework before dissapating to a partial skim-coat.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of caramel, nuts, green apples, bitter greens, freshly turned sod, strawberry tops, and cherry pits.
Hints of almonds, freshly skinned bark, and musty cider follow through.

Medium bodied, creamy and a bit crisp. Fairly dry and a finely carbonated mouthfeel.

Light malt, cocoa dust, and apple skins start the pallet. Ripe fruit and grassy undertones follow through along with lemon-spritzed caramel.

Finishes lightly tart with lingering cherry skins, fresh cut hay, and apple pulp.

I was surprised at the restrained amount of sourness and acid. Very balanced, highly refreshing and extremely quaffable.

Bottle courtesy of BA Delerium..Thanks bro!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of aracauna
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy to cloudy amber (depending on what part of the bottle you’re at) with a large white head. The aroma is downright gorgeous. Very fruity aroma with fresh apricots, melons (honeydew, mostly), pineapple and banana. The flavor is not as sweet as I expected from the aroma (which starts picking up a bit of hops as it warms.) Instead, it’s nearing in on dry with a lingering bitter finish that seems almost out of place after the airy, bright aromas and flavors that came before it. A bit of apple peel or peach peel comes out with the bitterness. Excellent, beautiful beer.

Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy brown body. One finger off-white head. Quickly receded leaving a bit of sheet like lacing at first, but eventually leaving very little behind.

S: Earthy. Caramel, a little brown sugar, the slightest bit of brown sugar, mushroom, earthy hops and just the slightest bit of sour cherries. Sharp up front but becomes muted fairly quickly.

T: Like the nose this is very earthy. I think the best way to describe this saison is that it has all the characteristics of a good steak (without the meat taste). Mushroom, browned butter, and that earthy flavor from the outside of the steak. Not particularly funky. The hints of sour cherries in the nose are no longer present.

M: Smooth, medium bodied brew with a nice gentle (but not insufficient) carbonation. Refreshing in a savory kind of way.

D: I don't know how frequently I'd be in the mood for this saison (unlike the regular saison which I could drink everyday), but I have to admit I really enjoyed this one. This is a fairly old beer at this point... many thanks to stowehop

Photo of Foxman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy and carbonated, visually resonant reddish amber. Three fingers of pithy beige head swell and dip soon to a surface film. Ghosts of lacing schmoo the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries sweet toasted malt, with caramel and berry, along with clove, pepper, currants, and crisp apple. A passing horse-hair earthiness drops away to allow a mellow rill of alcohol to flow through.

Upon tasting, a light toffee malt sweetness joins a rounded acetic tanginess reminiscent of tart citrus. Spicy esters deliver clove, pepper, a dash of coriander, and a more general yeastiness. A very muted drift of alcohol ventilates the middle. A soft bite of biscuit carries through to a crisp green-apple cleanliness. The finish lingers just-so dry and gracefully bitter. It's Fantome, and that certainly says a lot.

Between light and medium bodied, it coats nicely, but knows when to move along dryly.

It's about saison with a twist, and Fantome, as usual, makes it happen. It's clean and refreshing, as the style entails, and it has a touch extra to keep the interest high. Drinking this bottle is a wonderfully easy thing to do. Finding Fantome on my local shelves is simply inspirational. Maybe South Jersey isn't the black hole I've been complaining it is.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from an awesome trade w/ rbald42

750ml green bottle, cork+cap. no date. label notching scheme not utilized.

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

very hazy, coppery honey orange color. 1.5-finger off-white head of fine foam, recedes to thin wispy layer. a couple thin rings of lace.

aroma: funky tropical fruitiness, grapefruit pith and rind (but not like american hops). overripe pears. musty hay, hint of grapefruit juice w/ lots of rind... almost acrid... spice and mild phenols, but it's all just weird.

taste: tart, fruity tropical weirdness again, w/ that acrid grapefruit rind bitterness (yet not like fresh american hops). funky. some bread, yeast and spice peeking through. but that weird character from before still dominates.

medium body, but thin at times. acidic and astringent into the finish, mellowing out slightly in the end. mild to moderate carbonation has slight tingle, some body, but in the end just accentuates the acidity and the acrid grapefruit/tropical weirdness.

dammit, fantome, what happened?

Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of GreenCard
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auditory analysis: the 'pop' when I uncorked this bottle was so loud and unexpected that it quite startled me; for a second I thought I had it was a bottle of champagne I had grabbed!

Appearance: Beautious! Pale gold/straw color, thick and lustrous layer of cream-colored foam, tons of champagne-like bubbles, great head retention, slightly hazy, nice lace from the ever-present layer of fine-bead head; the only near-negative comment is that the sediment in the bottom of the bottle is VERY loose and it took a great deal of care to keep it in the bottle

Aroma: champagne fruitiness, sugary malt smell, a touch of earthy/musty character, yeast, caramel, cork, ethereal trace of spice

Flavor: semi-sweet malt component complicated by the rooty mustiness of the buckwheat; cork, yeast, some hop flavor, slight vinous tang; a pleasant closing bitterness which seems to stem from hops and perhaps bitter orange peel; dryish finish with a vegetal, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, champagne-like carbonation (lots of gas in this baby!), slightly mineral feel, gentle belly-warmth

Overall Impression: I don't know if I truly detect any buckwheat, but that doesn't stop this from being one hell of a gem! There is an underlying earthiness that I attribute to the buckwheat, but it could easily come from Fantome's complex yeast strain. Great beer. Get it while you can because, from what I've been told, this was a one-time release.

By the way, the picture that you see for this beer is the very bottle that I reviewed. Not that it really matters.

Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.