Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
05-05-2014 05:23:48 | More by PerHops
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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
04-14-2014 17:37:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
06-02-2014 14:53:50 | More by stakem
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
07-05-2014 03:18:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger from Brasserie Fantôme
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.