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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger - Brasserie Fantôme

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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-14-2014)
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-21-2014 16:42:03 | More by duceswild
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-18-2014 14:59:09 | More by mendvicdog
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 13:00:43 | More by oline73
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thufflife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-17-2014 13:14:15 | More by thufflife
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Wowcoolman

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-07-2014 23:08:11 | More by Wowcoolman
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet fruit, funk, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruit and funk qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 03:18:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2014 21:51:52 | More by GRG1313
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Knownfactor

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-26-2014 04:35:57 | More by Knownfactor
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Jester King wine glass.

Pours dark, reddish brown, ruby highlights. Nice two finger tan head that has great retention. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is belgian yeast, rich malt (for a saison), no real hop presence. Banana, clove, prune, minerals, and varied spices with cardamom and pepper toward the front. Best way I could describe the aroma is a cross between a banana forward hef and spicy belgian Dubbel. Very nice aroma.

Flavor, there's that fantome funk missing on the nose. Carbonic, band aid, horse collar. Slight dried fruit comes mid palate in the form prune and fig. A spicy overlay caps the flavor profile. What can I say, another ghost.

Mouthfeel is hovering below the medium range with a good carbonation level around the 70 percent mark. Really little complaints here.

Overall a slightly malt forward brew with plenty of fantome house character. Pretty easy to drink and not as weird as some can be. Imagine it will develop nicely. Looking to collect all five of the series for long time cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 02:49:11 | More by MarcWP
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MarioM

California

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml flip top bottle poured into a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass, poured at 55 deg F..

A: Beer pours a clear and crisp amber/mahogany reddish color with a slight tan or maybe off white head with good lacing that lingers and hangs out for a while. This is a dark beer for a Saison but looks like its going to be more malty and more along the lines of a Biere de Garde more than anything.

S: Surprisingly this has a clean malty/caramel nose with no, what I would call, Fantome character. Its slightly sweet with some dark fruits and brown sugars but besides that its a clean smelling brew considering how other Fantome beers smell. Not bad just not interesting.

T: Oh ok, here is where the beer shines. Its spicy and malty with good caramel maltyness that mingles ok with the spices. The level of malt in this almost exaggerates the spices and makes for a very spice forward brew. Not bad but balance is slightly off. There's also a slight vegetal thing going on at the beginning, not bad just another thing the spices are making more apparent.

M: Dry yet has good malt character and finishes nice and bitter with decent dryness. The finish is also very spice driven. The malt is there to reinforce the spices, which is does very well, and makes for a good desert beer. Definitely like the aftertaste and feel after sipping this brew. Its interesting and is nice to just savor and drag out for a while.

O: Not a bad beer just not like other Fantomes, however, I do like it and would/will buy more. Its a nice drag-out-for-an-hour-or-more beer on a special night when you have the time to simply focus on the beer and fully embrace it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 06:26:42 | More by MarioM
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-19-2014 17:27:11 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Thishops4u

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-03-2014 21:31:02 | More by Thishops4u
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-02-2014 17:50:13 | More by KCBeerNerd
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml fliptop bottle poured into a Fantome squiggle glass. The brew appears a dark amber color with orange clarity around the edges and a khaki head 3 fingers tall. A full wall of lace coats the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a pronounced herbal to citrus hopping to it. Some mineral component brings out a snap of fruited aspect. As far as Fantome offerings go, this has a somewhat clean nose that is very linear - malt, hops, carbonics, repeat.

The taste is herbal with a modest bitterness and snappy carbonic bite. Compared to how sweet this smells, the taste is surprising. It opens with caramel malt that blends to a breadiness and apple fruits and solvent alcohol before finishing bitey with bitterness as carbonic acid.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lively amount of carbonation. It is strangely hoppy and carbonic yet mineral filled and fruity. What a strange hodgepodge concoction. I finished the bottle and still couldnt tell you if I liked it or not...ill need to revist this unique brew again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 14:53:50 | More by stakem
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-31-2014 22:33:15 | More by Rochefort10nh
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-29-2014 07:25:07 | More by bsuedekum
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patrick802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-18-2014 15:59:31 | More by patrick802
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blabaer

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-17-2014 03:08:55 | More by blabaer
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

05-06-2014 23:16:16 | More by chippo33
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PerHops

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Swing top 750ml bottle into Snifter. May 2014

This is one of the prettiest fantomes I've seen. It's a dark red almost brown, but not quite with a near half inch head that hangs around for days. The nose is different than I expected, but pleasant nonetheless. Very fruity and smells sweeter than I would've guessed, but that fantome funk and earthiness and minerals are there in the background and keeps inviting me back. I must have spent a couple minutes smelling this beer before I realized I hadn't sipped it yet. It is not as sweet as I expected (but in the same breath sweeter than most fantomes) and is incredibly complex. Dark fruits, candy sweet, but also there's layers of spices, bitterness, pepper and a slight tartness. This is actually awesome and I will buy more for sure as it should age quite well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 05:23:48 | More by PerHops
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GatorLCA

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-26-2014 18:23:29 | More by GatorLCA
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-23-2014 04:33:09 | More by afsdan
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-18-2014 01:02:32 | More by MarkyMOD
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Commemorating artist Gaelle Boulager, the "Strange Beer" painting is captured in taste by who's likely the most rustic, most authentic, and unadulturated raw brewery of Fantome.

This first in what's hopefully many in the "Artist" series is rusty in color and in shade as its yeasty haze further emphasized the browns, reds, coppers and garnets that make up its rust appearance. Billowing above is a rocky lather of foam to cap the beer like meringue. Its slight tarnish stain gives the ale a somewhat dirty appearance, yet beautifully so.

Fruit and spice waft about the glass with the character of plumb, apple and cherry. A balance of toast, peppercorn and slight clove works to perfection as this aromatic dance plays out on a toasted, caramel and nutty foundation.

Its bold caramel taste is steely and minerally as the taste of bread crust rise above its sweetness and gives dry impressions early and often. As the apple, plumb, red grape and cherry invite rose wine acidity, the middle palate counters with fresh-cracked black pepper, clove, coriander and fennel. Finishing with a growing vinous wine presence, the beer is spicy-bitter with grass and straw.

Medium-light in body, the ales malty weight is fast-fleeting, allowing the fruit-spice balance to play out on an arid malt structure, highlighting its acidic taste and chalky texture. Its champagne-like effervescence heightens the impression of alcohol heat yet keeps the ale dry, drinkable and crisp.

Playing out with a malt taste that's similar to Belgian Dubbel, this farmhouse ale might be loosely in the Belgian "amber ale" world but with a slight tilt to the dry and effervescent spice over that of fruit or candy- making it rustic, raw and unrefined. That classic clumsiness and regal refinement is what Saison is all about

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 17:37:06 | More by BEERchitect
Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger from Brasserie Fantôme
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.