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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger - Brasserie Fantôme

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-14-2014)
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Photo of PerHops
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

PerHops, May 05, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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

BEERchitect, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml swing top bottle poured into my snifter. Purchased in Vermont over the summer

A- Body is a dark, hazy, amber hue. Pours with a 3-4 finger foamy rusty white head that eventually fades to 1 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Translucency is relatively uniform and very hazy.

S- Nose is quite complex. A lot of citrus and floral hops, barnyard funk, a hint of tartness, caramel, bready yeast, peppery spice. There is a lot going on in the nose-but like any classy Belgian it is somewhat soft and balanced.

T- Flavor is a lot like the nose-very complex, yet soft and well balanced. Upfront is a lot of citrus flavor with a lot of floral hop overtones, peppery spice, a hint of caramel, a hint of funk, a slightly metallic flavor,and a solid bready yeast backbone. It is slightly tart, slightly spicy, slightly sweet. The finish adds the bitterness with a much more intense floral hop presence some more peppery spice, a hint of funk, and a hint of tartness. The fruit and caramel flavors fade and the classic fantome saison characters really come through for this finish. Left to linger is a mild to moderate floral hop bitterness, a hint of funk, a lot of spice, some tartness, and a nice bready yeast.

F- Moderate carbonation, medium weight body. Consistency is slightly juicy and big and bready. A balance of smooth and dry.

O- Overall this is a great beer. I love Fantome and I love Saisons. This is a very complex, Belgian IPA-like saison. Its very unique and unlike any other beer I have tried. I was a little concerned when I saw the 3.64 Avg on this one-but I am okay with being well above the rdev.

PittBeerGirl, Thursday at 03:08 AM
Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

WillCarrera, Monday at 05:52 AM
Photo of BMMillsy
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%

Flip top 750 from Tipples. She's a gusher. Consider me not shocked, and this will be my very last Fantome adventure. What a joke. What's left I my beer pours to my glass with 1/2 cm of beer and 6 inches of off white to yellowish head. What I can see of the actual beer part is murky deep orange. Dry funky farmhouse yeast aroma, some spices, light apples, not a lot here. Flavor is dry fruits, lots of spice in the throat, long sweet finish of pears and other sweet fruits. Some other weird stuff. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, prickly on the tongue. These guys are pretty disappointing again and again. I can honestly say I won't be buying another Fantome. This was a waste of $23.

BMMillsy, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

CowsandBeer, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in Vermont, poured chilled in a teku from the flip-top shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is deep ruby shade with thick creamy off white head frothy thick head with tons of lace clinging. The aroma has a strong phenolic scent with light spice and citrus with a slight toasted grain element. The feel is very yeast driven with light medicinal tine and low sweetness with mildly creamy body and hint of spice texure in the dry finish with moderately high carbonation throughout.

The taste is tangy up front with spicy hop and light band-aid in the taste with herbal and floral hop accents and mild toast/caramel flavor yet yeast adds an aspect that is odd but not overboard w/ burnt aspect of malt that is distracting as it warms. This is not great but I was not terribly dissapointed either just a little bit of a let down by fantome standards. I suppose it was worth a taste.

Slatetank, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

hophead23, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of cheah
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

cheah, Oct 15, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

wonothesane42, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of monitorpop
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

monitorpop, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of SuperHop18
3/5  rDev -18%

SuperHop18, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ZEB89, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ari32, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Holland, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mendvicdog, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

oline73, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

thufflife, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Wowcoolman, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.3%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger from Brasserie Fantôme
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