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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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very good

553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rvisgaitis, Nov 09, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

longjd1, Oct 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pours with a massive head of about three fingers yet settles in to a rich bubbly half finger while drinking. Active carbonation is on the lower end for a saison but that makes sense with how big this one is. The color is lighter brown with some ruby red accents.

Smell: Exotic spices and cinnamon warm on the front, but some woody notes of oak and cedar balance them out. More of the traditional saison notes open up on the body with plenty of bright fruits and buttery doughy malts. Some dessert type aromas of chocolate and caramel pop up on the back end.

Taste: Herbal hops, root, and some spicy malts open up first. Some slight medicinal flavors hit on the body and that tartness plays well with the rounded spices and bready malts. Biscuit and cereal continue to shine into the finish and linger on the palate. Some pepper and cinnamon warm up the back end.

Mouthfeel: Highly drinkable, especially for a spiced saison. Carbonation is bright on the mouthfeel but fits without being distracting.

Overall: My second Fantome wasn't infected and turned out to be one heck of a beer. Spices play well off the moderate tartness and traditional saison notes. Happy I took a shot at this, should have grabbed a couple more since it was on sale.

KFBR392, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

funkyaudio, Sep 01, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Bp123, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ACB, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gus_13, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

PalatePilot, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

HipHopsHooray, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ZEB89, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

thufflife, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

DerekMorgan, May 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

afsdan, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red/orange/brown with a dense but quick-fading finger of cream colored foam. Wanted to be a gusher, but wasn't. Smell: caramel, dates, grain twang, doughy with spices... cardamom and maybe a tiny bit of clove. Plum as it warms more. Taste: unripe plum meets cocoa, brown bread, tons of caramel, with red apple skin, cardamom, maybe cinnamon? in the finish. It captures the winter / christmas beer motif very well without going overboard on sweetness or spices. Low carb, on the cusp of full-bodied, abv only hinted at in the finish.

babaracas, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

ajzy, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

craftbeerasian, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

BKotch, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

dmorgan310, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - uncorks with impressive force, blowing the cork remover off the bottle as it rested on top for a moment. Wow. A quick pour into a Sam Adams drinking glass yielded one finger of beer and the rest foam, to the top of the glass. That's bubbly. This will definitely take some time to get the glass filled up. The head slowly fades back, showing a bright reddish amber beer below miles of drying manila foam.

Aroma - a little yeasty, a little sweetness, definitely funky. Light roasty elements with warming, along with some general savory like aromas.

Taste - maybe the first time I've ever picked up on the leathery component of this kind of beer, holding the first mouthful for a bit and just breathing. Has a smoky element too, and though I was concerned that this would be too funky to enjoy, it is not. The tartness, some general malt sweetness, and the aforementioned flavors make for an interesting mix of flavor. It's not really moving me towards the style as a pick, but it'll drink. The swallow shows a little more smoky/rauch type flavor as the abv warms the finish.

Mouthfeel - super-crisp with the bubbles, the bead will likely not quit for the entire bottle. Medium body with light slickness.

Overall - not a huge fan of the style, so these intense samples are more challenging. I am having no trouble getting familiar with the flavors at play and appreciate them, but this isn't one I'd get again.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brewtus, Apr 23, 2014
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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.