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Fantôme La Gourmande - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

103 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 103
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 Doodler
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 .

Doodler, Sep 07, 2011
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 tai4ji2x
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
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?

tai4ji2x, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BieresDesMoines, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jwale73, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

jneiswender, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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

callmemickey, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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)!

ccrida, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 09, 2009
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 brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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!

brewandbbq, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, May 22, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

aforbes10, Mar 18, 2008
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 tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

tavernjef, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jdhilt, Aug 24, 2007
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 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 Truh
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fancied myself an epicurean with this one on 5/15/2007. Veritable amphora, poured twice in a large snifter, a kind gift from Delerium.

Starting 1/2-inch of precambrial foam that subsides to a touch of halo with just a hint of lace heading south. Sort of a honey mud orange hue with a whisper from the screaming banshees of Z-space going on, as far as carbonation is concerned. Orange blossoms, honey dew melon, corriander, and a touch of allspice play rock, paper, scissors on the nose. Up front mix of lemon rind, fresh cut basil, and oozing hop combs on the tongue, all of which is shanghaid by a quick tart tangy head of chafered lime zest. Medium body, and muchos drinkibales.

For a winter, I was expecting something a bit darker and thicker, but I would welcome more winters with a similar profile as this one.

Truh, May 16, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, May 08, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Excellent stuff.

Beerzebub, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Apr 05, 2007
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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 Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Foxman, Feb 12, 2007
Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.