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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 23
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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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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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle got on sale at Total for $7. I mean, why wouldn't you?! Not sure how people are telling the vintage as I see no year, notch, or other identifying marks on this bottle. Onward!

A. Full and russet, foamy, dense, varied size bubbles create a half inch tan head. Some active carbonation displays itself as small bubbles in my oversized wine glass. Everlasting head retention. No, really.

S. Oh gosh, here we go again. Musty and spicy Belgian funkbox. Malt sweetness, nuttiness, lots of pepper, fig, some evergreen hop, a touch of skunk. Booze? Not sure. Hints of caramel sweetness, wrapped up in a very phenolic and Belgian-esque nose, earthy and sour in places. Tart and Saison-like, but has that ineffable, bizarre and fun Fantome character - God only knows what exactly. A very good and complex nose, but odd.

T. Ugh, what is it?! Fantome walks the line often between "this is obviously spoiled" and "this is amazingly brilliant and well crafted". Where you land determines your enjoyment of the beer. Having never had this beer from the source, and never mind that no two Fantome are EVER the same, I'm not sure if this beer is drinking "as intended"... but it is drinking. This is a malty (for Fantome), dried out Belgian-Saison thing, lots of creamy carbonation, fig, date, some hops (??!) and a pervasive sourness throughout, not acidic in the least, just sour... borders on unpleasant, really, especially in the finish, so why can't I stop tasting this? Maybe because more flavors come out over time. Tart apple, unripe fruit, a bit of vomit (alas, true), brett-funk, some barnyard too, toasted malt as you exhale, soft, softer, can't taste any booze, no sir, is this really 10%? C'mon. Hints of chocolate malt. Pretty sure this bottle has seen some sunlight, but it's not any more offensive than what I've already described. As it warms, the sourness fades somewhat and becomes more nuanced. What's left that's NOT in this beer? I dunno... does it work? To a point. I feel like the sourness here is a little too pervasive and is distracting, but there has to be a major flavor, I suppose.

M / O. Carbonation level is fine, and low, creamy, the beer, despite supposedly being fermented to heck and back to get the 10%, is still quite wet and even boasts a little residual sweetness that duals with the sourness in the finish for a while before conceding defeat. I did finish the entire bottle... still not convinced of the advertised ABV.

Fantome de Noel is just so “out there” that’s hard to recommend to anyone who is not well versed in the delightful insanity coming out of Soy, Belgium. This is recommended, but with major reservations… that said, if you can get it for seven bucks, do try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:51:55 | More by kkipple
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