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Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 38
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 01-06-2004)
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Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a mocha head that's on the modest side considering the force of the pour. Aroma is very strange: lemon, leather, and some kind of spiciness do not exactly scream BSDA. Flavor is strong on menthol/lemongrass with an even white pepper note that dominates the finish. Musty and earthy, at times vegetal and at times fruity. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little undercarbonated. Totally unique but kind of weird and I'm not sure I like the combination of flavor notes.

illidurit, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This very rare (?) brew poured out a dark burnt red colour, the colour of deer blood. The head was very large and off-white in colour. The aromas were out of this world and consisted of musty basements, alcohol soaked cherries and other dark fruits, lovely belgian floral hops and malts, yeast, candy sugar, and oak. The taste is wonderfully oak-y, cherry-like, and sour on the finish. I suspect Danny aged this brew in oak barrels for quite a bit of time. The mouthfeel was creamy and astringent at the same time, giving this beer an excellent drinkability. One of the best brews that I have had from Fantome, and that is saying soooo much. How the hell has this one not been reviewed before? If you love Fantome or if you just love the saision and flanders red styles, find this and buy it, no matter the cost...it's just THAT good!

francisweizen, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin white mousse that surprisingly laces pretty deep into the glass.

S: The nose is interesting, and as other reviewers have noted, is reminiscent of a sour Flanders red ale. Suggestions of black cherry, spiced pears, apples, oak, and lactic, funky yeast are very apparent on the nose.

T: Opens sweet and smooth with notes of caramel, red apple, black cherry, pear, dark bread, woody spice, oak, must, and lactic, sour yeast. The finish is tart and funky with a combination of spice, caramel, yeast, and fruit flavors. Surprisingly, there is no alcohol burn whatsoever.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm with subtle carbonation. Easier to drink than one would expect.

O: This seems to be another one of those beers that I like and others don't. Regardless of what one thinks of it, it is very different from most Belgian saisons. Worth a shot.

mrfrancis, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked bottle served at 48 degrees in my DT snifter. Freshness dating not indicated on the label, but cork reads 086/47704. Poured a deep mahogany with some ruby highlights when backlight. One inch off-white head with latte-like consistency with tiny pockets embedded in the cap - eventually recedes into a thin, consistent skim. Half moon swath of lacing coats one side of the glass; decent legs on this one. Nose is a bit musty/spicy, muted dark fruit with a vinous/acidic quality. Taste is quite dry and a little woody; not getting the typical sweet and malty I've come to associate with the style. A little tart and also getting some nutmeg towards the back. Moutfeel falls between light-and medium-bodied with a nice, consistent background carbonation that keeps it lively and refreshing. Not my favorite offering from Fantôme, but alcohol is well-hidden and there's a nice complexity and refreshing quality that makes it fairly drinkable.

Jwale73, May 25, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A 750ml bottle, sampled at the Brasserie Fantôme Café during a recent Brewery Tour and sampling at the Café. The mainstay offerings were great, but thanks to Barry Smith, the Brewer at the Tigertops Brewery and a friend of Dany Prignon, a small group of us managed to share a bottle of what is often referred to as one of Dany’s masterpiece creations. Unlike the BA moniker, the bottle we enjoyed had a purple (as opposed to dark blue) and black background. The Black Ghost is a limited Edition brew, and we were all honored to be able to sample it – especially at the Brewery.

Appearance: Dirty, turbid, black, thick and dangerous. When held to the light, I knew there was something in the beer moving around, but it was almost impossible to see into this beer. I had the second glass and thankfully avoided the heavy sediment, or at least I think I did, it was hard to tell to be honest. The head was light brown, smooth and creamy it left thick rings on my Goblet glass every time I took a sip.

Nose: WOW. The aromas explode long before you get to stick your nose into this one. Dark chocolates, daffodils, freshly rotavated earth mixed with a strong smell of straw, polished leather and deep roasted coffee beans – they all permeate the air in a complex ménage. Goodness me, Artisanale Fantôme meets Starbucks!

Taste: Sharp tastes, big entrance that says “you’re gonna like me”. Lots of coffee beans in the beginning, bitter cherry syrupy liquor dark chocolates in the middle that rise to a very dry bitter latter third, ending with lots of farmyard flavors whilst a strong liquorice dominates the finish – intense amounts of liquorice coat the tongue, but mix well with the smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: A Nip & Tuck 36DD, this is one full-bodied brew! Strong, aggressive, yet very smooth, creamy even thanks to the immense finely tuned small bubbled conditioning. Intense at times yet restrained in a strange way. The mouthfeel is big but never overwhelming. Creamy, yet sharp. Acidic, yet manageable. The alcohol and liquorice ultimately dominate the taste and mouthfeel, both coat the mouth with one serious Fantôme kick, you’re only as good as your last sensation, and what a sensation!! This is a very bold beer for sure.

Drinkability: It’s 8%, very rare, and I only had one 25cl glass of it, I wanted soooo much more of it. I would give serious thought to paying over the odds for this one again for sure. Incredibly drinkable and very Moorish.

Overall: AWESOME. Without doubt the very best Fantôme creation that I have had to date and I’ve had a few. I can safely report that the “rumors” about the Black Ghost being Dany Prignon’s best creation, are indeed fact!! What a creation – just when I thought Fantôme had let me down with the newest creation “Flop”, they go and astound me again with this offering. But that really is the very essence of Fantôme, they somehow make eclectic seem conservative.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddied magenta stacked tall with ashy tan suds.
Fragrant of cocoa powder, black cherries, molasses, vanilla, prairie grass, and basements.
Begins with a stonewalling fudge notion, unbreachable to begin with, though in time it dissolves into more fluid shapes of carob and caramel. Plunges into the cauldron of a dark fruit stew, full of boiling cherry, plums, and dates, thickening a molasses broth. Then it pauses a moment, at the apex of its glory, then goes utterly beyond itself, and breathes out vanilla vapors, oak, hazelnuts, and toasted coconut. The fruit brightens as it draws back in. Pears, apples, and peaches, all overripe and beginning to decay. Dripping red grape vinousness and plump with Fantome's signature mildewed lime rind yeastiness, full of things left undisturbed in dark corners. The cocoa powder suggestion offsets some of the typical Ghostly sharpened tartness. And it concludes full of pepper, tarragon, cedar, and early summer fields in full, obscene blossom.
The yeast pour adds further dank farminess and a blanketing caramel-nut breadiness. Alcohol is not mentioned because it is not noticed.
Moderate in texture, heft, and carbonation, especially after it sits a few moments.
In some ways, this is a most approachable Fantome creation, while being absolutely one of his most arcane.
Superb. Or should I say, fucking unreal.

My utmost thanks to Bighuge, once again.

cokes, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $14.99. Not nearly black, more dark brown with a funky aroma. Funky flavors like white grapes, malt, very little tartness, I wouldn't say this is quite sour. There is a little bit of dustiness to the flavor too. Overall, this is enjoyable if you like Fantome.

ArrogantB, May 12, 2008
Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark reddish brown with a big beige head of foamy bubbles. Nice looking, head fades slowly.

Smell is all sorts of stuff thrown together. A dark raisiny fruit smell is immediately apparent, as is a substantial amount of alcohol, some grapes, cherries, chocolate, and general goodness.

The flavor is extremely interesting and marked by a somewhat harsh peppery bite that grabs the tongue and lingers down the throat in the finish. I haven't experienced anything else quite like it, but it really complements the earthy flavors of dark chocolate and fruit that run through the rest of the taste. There's a lot going on in this one, but the pepper and earthy character wins out.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and somewhat dry.

Overall: I was looking forward to trying this one, and it delivered in a major way. Worth every penny of the nine bucks I spent on it, and a very enjoyable way to spend an evening.

whartontallboy, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. ATTENTION BRASSERIE FANTOME how about putting a cork into your bottles!!! Most of my experience with your brews have been semi-flat. Anywho, off of the soapbox and onto the review. Pours a deep mahogeny color and after a dead hard pour I got a small soapy at first but firmed up head. The aroma is of lemons and green apple skins, sour and funky. Not what I was expecting from a dark brew. The taste up front is of lemons with some raspberry sweetness, perhaps some sour cherry. Not what I really expect from a BSDA, its not sugary with deep fruit flavors, kind of light with tart and/or sour flavors. Kind of refreshing, actually. The feel, feels a bit dead. Can use a good kick of carbonation. This is as soft as soft can be without being outright flat. Finishes with a tart/sour kick to keep any sweetness in check. I got probably a bit of an old bottle, I'm just not sure as the few bottles that I have had from this brewery have been exactly like this. So not sure if this is how they intended their beers to be or they are just old. Old or not this is a pretty refreshing beer, easy to drink, light.

Gmann, May 17, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Pours a dusky amber brown with orange edges. Tall, rocky, frothy, dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Caramel and sweet, sticky fruit on the nose along with metallic citrus (lemon) notes, cherry, musty barn, raspberries, and some grassy-hay accents. Interesting, as it seems most Fantomes are.

Flash of toasted malt up front before quickly turning to tart cherries and citrus. Sour, but not too puckering. Raspberries and strawberries mix with musty white grapes and pepper. Pretty good mix of tart and fruit and must. Medium bodied, with an oily feel. I don't know if I would call this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it's pretty tasty.

alexgash, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Holland, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped, enjoyed slightly chilled in a chalice. Thanks to mntlover for bringing this one.
Appearance: Dark brown, but mostly clear, body with a small light brown head that quickly drops into a persistent film and collar of lace. Sheet lacing is present, but not pervasive.

Aroma: Not what I was expecting from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, the aroma is closer to the Fantome Saisons, with a few notable exceptions. Fruity tart, funky and earthy yeast, grassy hops, citrusy tangerine and lemon, and an array of spices. Coriander and white pepper are prominent, as in the Saisons, but there is a definite note of anise.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with low medium carbonation. Slick, and a bit oily.

Taste: Somewhat dry, with fruity notes of lemon, orange, and raisins. Earthy and grassy, with an old socks yeast character that is assertive. Quite spicy, with coriander, white pepper, and licorice. Alcohol is well hidden, but for an occasional retro-olfactory whiff. Spices become more herbal as it warms to room temperature. An odd note of chocolate malt makes a brief appearance and adds to the interesting complexity. Finish is dry and spicy, with lasting note of earthy yeast.

Drinkability: Very complex and interesting, with great drinkability due to its Saison similarities. Very much like a dark Saison in character. I've read that every bottle of this has different characteristics. I would certainly like to have another to see if this is so.

merlin48, May 25, 2005
Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via online purchase

A murky, cloudy dark brown with a huge dark khaki colored head that stays and stays and stays, eventually cascading down into thick chunks of sticky lace.

A somewhat strange aroma of grass, hay, barnyard, some peat, and mild smoke character. Different than any other Fantome offering I've had. The smoke and peat character emerge more and more as the beer warms.

The flavor is too not like anything I've had before, though that's not surprising given Fantome's reputation. Smoke, peat, some feet, barnyard, grass, and a mild earthy hop character interplay with one another. It's interesting, but not one of the more pleasant Fantome offerings I've had.

Medium bodied with high, slightly creamy, carbonation.

I'm glad I tried it, but I don't need to have another. I wouldn't turn it down though, either.

ehammond1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a very foggy murky brown color that pours with absolutely no head...and this glass exaggerates and maintains head very nicely. A lot of white yeast sediment chunks can be seen whirling about the body of this brew. The chunks are a bit too large and abundant for my taste.

S- Yeast funk, cola, and some dark fruit. Smell is mild but good.

T- A little bit of tart dark fruit upfront with a cola flavored background. Yeast is there too. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor and not much of a hop punch is offered.

M- The chunky yeast sediment detracts a little bit form the mouthfeel which isn't as smooth and creamy as I would like but it's still there and low carbonation.

D-Decent beer but I won't pay $14 for it again. Not the best in the Fantome lineup. I did enjoy it though

PittBeerGirl, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pink and black label, limited edition 750ml bottle corked and capped, 8% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very deep brown with scant sediment, forming a large light-tan head with very good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very enticing..lots of musty basement, mold, Belgian sour funk, farmhouse, stinky leather shoes and dirty socks...I love it. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense, at times oily, body. The carbonation is just right...not overly zippy as many Belgians can be. The taste is wonderful...begins with tons of rotting fruit, black cherry, and a touch of sour funkiness, although it's not very tart...the middle is rich with tobacco, subtle cocoa powder, and leather. The "spices" this is evidently brewed with is not noticeable, although some warming alcohol gives me a pleasant sensation in the belly, though never hampering the palette. A touch of tartness and chalk rounds out the spry yet mellow earth finish. The aftertaste is tobacco and leather. Bitterness is mild and earthy.

This is just a wonderful brew. Smooth and easy drinking yet so rich and full of nuance. I love all the funky flavors and aromas going on here. Now I want to try the whole Fantome line-up. This was just absolutely stellar!

Mitchster, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of bobsy
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an extremely strange goose.

Dark brown pour with a tan head that laced well. Flanders red meets fruit lambic meets saison in the nose. Funk and sour fruit. Interesting and unexpected. Flavour has much of the same. The funkiness of a saison is there, but so is the sour fruitiness of a flanders red, coming to the fore with a big cherry character. This all combines somewhat uneasily with a light roast. Medium-light body with a spritzy carb.

There are certainly a lot of things going on here, and its an interesting beer, but it doesn't quite come together as I hoped. Still enjoyable, but I expected a bit more from Fantome.

Cheers to Eric for bringing this over a while back.

bobsy, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a medium to dark brown in color without much head to speak of. The nose is full of caramel and roasted coffee. The taste was nice caramel, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not exactly what I expect from a belgian strong dark, but it was nicely balanced, though a bit thin. The mouthfeel was a little watery initially, but seemed to thicken as the beer warmed. Drinkability on this one was really good...smooth, easy drinking and not offensive at all. I'd definately have this one again.

Edit: The second bottle produces more head. about 3 fingers, that falls to coat the beer very well. There is a slight sourness, as all Fantome beers have. I don't think I am going to change the numbers. Its a nice brew, but I think I hit the numbers right the first time.

kmpitz2, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 750 ml green magnum, capped and then corked, the first time I ever had to utilize a corkscrew to open a bottle of beer. Immediately started to froth over once it was open, I had to pour it quickly into a chalice, which in turn created a massive creamy tan head. Purple label with an old-timey black ghost lurking over a grey computer generated castle.

A murky opaque brown appearance to the body, cloudy and a bit swampy, I feel like I need some galoshes on to wade in there. And of course topped off by the above-mentioned massive head with amazing retention.

The aroma is a contrast of effervescense and funk, at first light and citrusy, moving towards raw earthy tones. Spices in the middle: sarsaparilla root, licorice, tall fresh grass, clover honey, carob nut.

A big whammy on the flavour, I wasn't expecting that at all. Lambic-like at first with it's stark acidity, white grape peels and fresh lemon, yet after a while it mellows out with a bit of honey and carob, towards a spectrum spanning finish of deep black soil and bark, a bit leathery with Turkish coffee grounds. Some bready malt is apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin from the acidity, not much body to it, but it does become creamy at times. This is definitely something to be appreciated by the lambic and gueuze crowd, complex in the span of its flavour profile, but not very solid or balanced. More like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Still, many thanks to Phyl21ca for the sample to try.

IronDjinn, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one has been on my wants list for a looong time. finally found one on a recent trip to merchants in dearborn.

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled dec 27/08.

pours deep red-brown with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is definitely fantome - and good. their usual yeast character is there. white bread and cracker. a bit fruity. some light spice. touch of alcohol, but certainly not 8% worth. a bit toasty too, with a little nutty character coming through.

taste is good. wow, i didn't expect the sourness from the aroma, but it's surely there - not really in a vinegary way, more in a sour fruit way. sour cherry. light citrus. white and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. just a hint of fruity sweetness appears from time to time, then disappears just as quickly. the fruity depth is great, with shades of dark fruit, citrus, and other sour fruit thrown together. balancing that all is just a hint of alcohol and a touch of yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. right around or slightly under medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. i love the interplay of the sourness, fruitiness, and light malty background. this is pretty unmistakably fantome, and quite tasty. would i call it a BSDA? probably not, but it is interesting and it works. good stuff.

grub, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased corked from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Definitely does not pour black, but rather a burgundy, ruby-red hue with a massive-sized foamy head that retained impressive staying power and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell was replete with malts, slight alcohol, yeast, esters, caramel, dehydrated fruits...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, however the alcohol was less noticeable on the tongue than in the nose... Included in the flavor was a strong, funky, pepperish essence that was pleasing without being too cloying or overbearing... As expected from this unique brewery, the taste is certainly different, with a distinct tartness present in the overall flavor...
Good, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability for an 8% ABV brew...
Another winner from Fantome...
Recommended, and different from their usual Saisons...

dsa7783, Jun 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Crosling
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown.

Moderately aromatic, with notes of caramel, cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried leaves, seawater, red apples, grapes and bark along with the usual Fantome tartness and funk.

In terms of style, this beer falls somewhere in between a flanders red ale and a dry stout but essentially, it is in a class all by itself. Dry, slightly tart, with notes of wood, grapes, cherries, coriander, red apple, bark, chocolate and coffee beans. Watery texture. Thin body. Lacking complexity and balance and very dull compared to past Fantome offerings. This is my third sampling of this beer and I know my review is against the grain but I still don’t understand this beers popularity.

Crosling, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of jrenihan
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle does not appear to be dated, despite the label having the ability to accommodate dating.

Beer is very murky and brownish. Not the "black ghost" advertised. Opaque. Large off-white head. Excellent retention.

Smell is yeasty, with some accompanying smoke. Malty, wood notes. Not what I expected!

Taste contains yeast quite strongly. Plenty of malt character, bready with a slight fruit flavour. Noticeable sweetness. Wood. Spices are quite evident but hard for me to single out- perhaps clove and nutmeg? Smoke is present in the flavour but not as strongly as the nose- strongest in the finish. Unusual flavour but not in a good way.

Rather heavy, with moderate carbonation. Oddly bulky, and quite astringent.

Overall, quite disappointing. The regular Fantome is certainly one of my favourite beers, but this one is not very good. The fruit elements are nice, but the woody character of the beer does not fit and does not work.

jrenihan, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped. Pours a hazy reddish amber with sediment. The head is bubbly, white and creamy and retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts, funky yeast and acidic and tart fruits and some band-aid. Cinnamon comes out as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet fruits, and spicy funky yeast followed by a sharp tongue biting tartness and chocolate. It's pretty acidic and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer.I'm not sure what to make of it, but would try it again.

Beaver13, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another truly unique artisan ale from Fantome. Pours a Glowing orangish brown with a thin tan head. The nose has fresh fruits, peppery yeast, damp manure ridden soils, and a bouquete of herbs and spices. I would call this a blend between a Flanders Red and a Saison. Fresh fruits, subtle musty funk, flowery hops, and earthy Belgian yeast. A clean, crisp body with delicate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Superbly balanced ale that pairs well with fine meats and cheese.

rye726, Mar 11, 2009
Fantôme Black Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.