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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.54%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

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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voteforgoat

California

4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could drink this all night long.

A. The HUGE amount of foam threw me off at first. But once I got that out of the way, wow!

S You can smell it about a yard away. Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration, but definitely a pleasant, strong smelling beer.

T. Tastes raisiny and spicy but also really wild, more than any saison I recall. It's also quite sour - not Cantillon levels but def. sour. A bit of sweetness in the finish. This is what I think a lot of american wild ales are trying to achieve ..though they don't usually get this good by a mile.

M. Great. Refreshing. Bubbly. Not heavy, but not thin or watery.

D. I'm enjoying this. I could drink this all night long in a bar, if this was ever on tap ..but it would probably be sold at an insane price.

I'm really loving this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 08:01:59 | More by voteforgoat
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber brown with a tan and frothy head which rose slightly and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with an earthy and slightly grassy presence. The beer contained a nice dark caramel aroma and some dark fruit presence of figs and plums. The aroma was also slightly spicy and slightly bready.

The flavor was smooth as silk with a nice caramel maltiness coupled with dark fruit flavors of raisins, figs, prunes and plums. The bittering from the hops balanced the flavors and kept the malt charge in check. The flavor was earthy and spicy and well achieved. The complexity was very, very nice and those same bready aromas came forth in the flavor.

The finish was just dry with a lasting dark caramel and bready flavor with dark fruits and alcohol, heck the whole darn flavor palate lasted into the aftertaste and begged me to have another taste. The body was just above medium and well done. This ain't no Saison, this a Belgian Strong Dark and a darn good one at that.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. Christmas in JULY!

Note: I had this once before and it was sour and not very drinkable. A friend picked this bottle up in Charlottesville, VA at Wine Warehouse and this is probably the best Fantome I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 23:47:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a bottle of the 2008 at Capone's on Friday:

Wholly original look. Thick pumpkin color with copious amounts of sediment spiraling throughout the beer as it pours. A thin head with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer possesses a mysterious impenetrable color. I don't think I've ever seen such an interesting liquid with such an overwhelming amount of sediment.

Smell is subtle and floral, boasting grapefruit tartness, but not an overpowering sourness. Some spiciness can be detected as well.

Taste is unbelievable. A rich fruitiness takes over the beer mixed with holiday spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg) and a deep woody yeast flavor. It's subtly spiced, with all of the taste's melding well into a one cohesive liquid. Although it physically looks like a smoothy, this is never thick or rich, but very soft and delicious.

Beer coats the tongue with a smoothness that is surprising, especially with its citrus fruit flavoring. It's also suspiciously drinkable and I couldn't believe that this was packing a 10% ABV.

Simply put, this is one of most interesting and exciting beers I've ever tried. It's the perfect blend of a saison's ripe flavors and the spices of the Christmas season.

A masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 15:48:41 | More by deapokid
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scott

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

V.06
This is so complex, I'm afraid that I may not be completely accurate with my review.
Beautiful, austere pour of bliss. It consists of a dark, cola-esque body with a enormously large spritzy head.
Pungent, yet compelling. Floral, but somehow sour. I love it. I could breath this all day long.
Tastes like a morel mushroom, meets beef broth but burps like stilton. If you know food, and you like big beers, here's your match.
This breathes life into anomaly again for me. Fantome consistently rocks my world.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 04:59:44 | More by scott
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MarioM

California

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into a RR stemmed glass

A: Nice and clear mahogany color, medium to high carbonation with a nice creamy light tan head. Nice moderate lacing from the lingering head. Very nice lookin beer.

S: Funky dark fruits with a light lactic sourness. A little weird but in a very very good way. A little chocolate and fruity candy.

T: Whoa! Light smokiness, funky funk, nice tartness, dark fruits and a whole lot f I don't know but I Like it a lot. Weird, complex, funky funk and delicious. Alcohol is not really coming throug but nice balance of flavors and incredibly interesting. Spice is just right for a Noel and very drinkable any time of the year. There's an incredible smoothness very similar to the Fantome Saison but with added comexites of the dark fruit character and delicious funky smokiness.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with good fruitiness ad light tartness with some dark fruit coming and staying till the end. Funky smokiness lingers and is very complex with dark fruitiness, so unique and I can not get enough of this beer! Yum!

O: An incredibly interesting beer by one of te most unique breweries in the world. I love this beer! Please try if you see it! Great complexities with a weird funky twist that just works.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:53:33 | More by MarioM
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stcules

Italy

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is almost 10 year old...

Dark mahogany colour, almost black. Stout-like foam, creamy, brown and compact.
Smell and flavour: liquorice, coffee, grapes, plum, candy sugar, cherries in alcohol, alcohol (not too much, but it is perceptible), vanilla.
Taste: liquorice again, toasted (malt), creme caramel, evident alpine herbs, burnt (a lot), sugar and citrus fruit in the background (tart).
Great aftertaste: a complete range of flavour: chicory, rhubarb, artichoke, and again the same notes of the taste.
Good body.

Imagine: Little gnomes, drunk of peated and iodine whisky, that roll a burned and toasted oak barrel, happily drinking a bitter chicory coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 13:21:22 | More by stcules
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PerHops

California

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S- 2008 bottle poured into a snifter

A- Looks like what I'd expect a fantome christmas ale to look like. Murky copper color with a thin head. Low visible carbonation, however.

S- Wow. The best smelling fantome I've had to date. Funky and sour. Ubiquitous apples present.

T- This is the best bottle of fantome I've personally tried. Beautiful balance between funk tartness, sweet spices, white pepper and a dry mineral finish. Incredible. I now fully understand the hype behind this brewer.

M- More carbonation than visually evident.

O- Thank you sir for this beer. One of the best I've had in any category.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:00:36 | More by PerHops
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strangely beautiful and ever-changing dark brown velvet (blackish in most dull light) with a big bubbled dark cinnamon cap thats very active. The body is also; very active, with lots of cascading foam squirming up the sides when first poured. The cap slips away fairly fast and then keeps the thinest of thin collar. Very minimal lacing in tiny dots.

Aroma seeps sweet cookie dough, tobacco juice, charcoal wood, and pruny-date filled fruitness. Notes of black licorice, ginger bread spice, and chocolate persist with a very lesser amount of sour yeast funk then what I though it was gonna have. Which is fine by me.

The taste is immaculately woven with subtlities and super smooth in the effect of some amazing drinkability. Massive sweet malt thats very level and calibrated to reach only the specified amount for perfect interaction, allowing only so many and so much of the dark fruits pass through. Dates, pale raisin, plum, and prune all come to mind as its slowly baked into a soft breadyness. Rolling smooth spices of cinnamon, anise, and black licorice spackle the middle areas. Finishes with heavy chocolate laced within lighter smokey cedar wood chips and a topical dry yeast spice that reminds me of ginger bread cookies spritzed with orange. Finish fades off super, super slow with chocolate muffins and blackened rye spice. Wow, what a yummy ride!

10%? You gotta be kidding. It never seems that ABV beefy - ever. The body is Oh so smooth and delicately easy on the palate the whole way through. Its not quite full really, but doesn't necessarily need to be as its overall smoothness speaks for itself. Constant and consistent, the way any great brew oughta be.

Wicked-quick gone from my glass. This stuff didn't last nearly long enough. Even with the 750ml. I'll be sure to get more of this next time I see it. Superb stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 01:00:06 | More by tavernjef
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish froth rises several fingers, and fizzles, drops, holds, then rests as a spotty old blanket above a reddish brown beverage. Quite a pretty color.
I smell; I peer around a sodden old apple tree trunk at a bowl of freshly pitted sweet and sour cherries with a few drops of kirsch and a quarter cup of raw cane sugar. Sliced figs float by with slices of raspberry cheesecake in a molasses sprinke. Lilacs blow in the wind. Bruised fruits hang in a bag.
I taste: Woody flavors provide the structure like the bent ribs of a wooden pagoda enshrined in an orchard of blooming cherry trees. In this temple one meditates on a still life of dried citrus peel potpourri with coriander and cloves; cherry twigs in bloom in a vase filled with buckwheat honey; a bowl of biodynamic compost; raw grain, toasted grain, cooked muesli with toasted walnuts; a wet pile of day old grass clippings; and a newspaper clipping that proclaims, This ghost is good.
This beer is soft as a pillow of flowers with a few alcohol thorns. I shall go buy a dozen multi-colored, long stem roses, and beat myself with them because I'm not worthy. Then I will change my mind and soak in a bath of steamy rose petals and buttermilk.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 19:46:09 | More by gbontrag
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Boto

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle: What a great beer! The corkk pulls out with a loud "pffft". The color is that of cloudy brown with a hint of red to it. Ther is a thick, creamy tan head on it. Lingers for a pretty good time. Very interesting bouquet. I smell fruit and spices, but they are very blended and complex. Somewhat sourness, and maybe a hint of caramel coming out of the others. The taste has a very interesting sour sweetness to it. Just as complex as the aroma. This is a truly unique and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 04:31:28 | More by Boto
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown tone. Not much light gets through this one. Thin layer of off white foam on top. Lacing is more than adequate. Nice aroma. Funky farmhouse aromas are more in the background with sour fruit tones and dry, cedar-like woodiness in the forefront. It also has a ghostly sweet cookie dough aroma that is very appealing. The flavors of this beer are so damn smooth and assimilated. Excellent. RIght up there with Ete and Black Ghost as Fantome's best offerings. Some light farmyard tones, earthy and musty yeastiness, a little soy sauce character and bready malts. But there's also some brown sugar and cinamon goodness. A little ethanol sting, but incorporated nicely into the structure of this beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel with barely a prick of carbonation. This is one fine beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 04:22:19 | More by Bighuge
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WynnO

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed at the Redlight Redlight, Orlando, 8 Dec 2012.

Poured into a mid-size snifter, this beer settled to a tan, opaque, cloudy affair. Head was light and frothy.

Danny's special conglomeration of spices were present on the nose as usual, although not as strong as I would like. That problem would have solved had I allowed five minutes to pass before dipping my schnoz into it.

Taste? Incredible I think. Balance is fantastic. Not a single taste bud is insulted as this one flows from bottle to stomach. It's just a tremendous Saison.

It was slightly gritty on the tongue, however this was anticipated given its look, and it fit the bill.

Overall---a world class Saison. Fantome RULES.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 15:45:38 | More by WynnO
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my dad for picking this up for me from Capones outside of Philly. Unexpectedly black, very dark, almost opaque. Short, well supported light brown head. Laces uniformly, with a nice bubble cascade. Smells like juniper berries, underripe grapefruits, dark chocolate. Flavor is aggressive and spicy. Huge smack of juniper, making it taste a lot like gin and beer. Some floral characteristics, like jasmine but a bit weedier, like dandelions. Mild bark-like graininess. Barest hint of oranges, roasted grains on the finish. Complex, interesting and delicious. Medium to full bodied. A great, great beer from Fantome. Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 12:06:33 | More by aforbes10
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rye726

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from Fatome. Right up there with the standard saison. Pours a cedar brown with a silky tan head. The nose has tart fruits, funky yeast, sweet bready malts, damp soil, roting wood, horse blanket, and peppery spices. A clean, crisp body enhances the drinking experience. Perfectly balanced, a delicous artisinal ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:40:48 | More by rye726
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xmorgan

California

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance was a brownish red almost copper

Little foam, and the aroma was sweet, faint and spiced.

The faste was sweeter then the aroma and held up well.

It was complex and as it warmed the tastes really came out. The spice and sweetness seamed to work better together as it warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 08:28:19 | More by xmorgan
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elNopalero

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked this one open after drooling over it for a few months. Meant to give it some more time to age but the occasion called for something special. Always a treat, Fantome.

This poured a ruddy, raisin-y cloudy red-amber with a heap of foam that died down into a thick, creamy layer.

The aroma is difficult to nail down. It is not like anything I would expect. While nosing it I imagined something akin to sour cherries atop a layer of stone fruit. Would the souring emerge with more time? Alas it is too late for me to find out. The label’s description mentions notes of chocolate or chocolate malt. While I can see how those lent this some color there isn’t a roast aroma on it in the least.

The flavor is equally intriguing, with hints of stone fruit followed by a similar sour cherry-like tartness but nothing dominates to the point of excluding everything else out. This has a long, dry finish. It is savory, if I can say that about a beer, and refreshingly tart. The closest comparison I could think of would be a Rodenbach with more of a body blended with a saison. And that doesn’t even come close to describing it. Loved it. At this point I’ll drink anything with that ghost on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 07:04:13 | More by elNopalero
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantome De Noel was served from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle with no bottling date. In a glass chalice, the vigorously effervescent beer was a murky reddish orange-brown color and was topped with a low tan head that left thick and creamy lacing. The nose was complex and seducing, with a moderately tart lemon essence that was immediately countered by assertive creamy strawberry and raspberry esters. All of this was topped with spicy notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. I found myself exploring the nose for a long length of time before I even considered taking a sip. When I did get around to actually tasting the beer, I was suprised by what I found as I was expecting the usual Fantome saison flavor profile. The beer was much more a Belgian strong dark than a saison, with a smooth and moderately sweet strawberry/peach malt base that was spiced with coriander, bitter orange peel, and a number of undecipherable subtler others...pehaps star anise, black pepper, and nutmeg? This loveliness deftly transitions in an rounded bitter and seemingly dry oaky finish that winks at you with hints of that trademark Fantome sourness. Mystery lingers on the palate long after a sip is taken. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. The silky smooth body and the fluffy carbonation enhanced the experience considerably. The flow and balance of the flavors betray the genious of the brewer behind this brew. Fantome proves that they can do the Belgian strong dark style as well as they can saisons.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 05:04:33 | More by HiroProtagonist
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Fantome de Noel pours out a murky dark brown with some suspended particles in it. The light brown head is very large and lasts a long time. The aroma is strawberrries, vinegar, spices, and the Fantome barnyard smell (I don't know the actual name for it, but it's instantly recognizable). Tangy flavor with lots of fruit, including cherries, strawberries, and melon. Woody oak flavor throughout. Pepper and clove spice. The yeast provides a lot of flavor. I really enjoy the yeasty last couple inches of the bottle. Medium to full mouthfeel. At 10% abv, this is the strongest Fantome beer, but I sense no sign of that fact. This is yet another masterpiece from one of the best breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 01:52:26 | More by beveragecaptain
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chumba526

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 vintage that aged for a year and was placed on tap for the occasion of Christmas Eve.

The ale appears amber red in color with a small white head.

It smells toasty and caramel like. There is a mild vanilla, cherry, fruity grassy and herbal flavor. I almost get a fruit punch smell, a grape smell and a plum smell. The smell of this ale is extremely amazing and is very complex.

It tastes slightly acidic/ sour; there is a nice fruity grape flavor. There is a great yeast flavor that adds a bit of a barnyard funky flavor to the beer. There is also a slight pepper flavor and a bit of a caramel flavor to the beer as well. The beer is pretty complex and there are a lot of flavors in the beer but they all complement each other very nicely.

The mouth feel is smooth and nice and the carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is really good for the alcohol percentage I can drink a few of these quite easily. The beer has a great balance to it and goes down smooth.

Overall a great beer that was really smooth and seemed to have aged very nicely. This is the best saison/ farmhouse ale I have ever had though it did not taste like a stereotypical saison. It was a great beer to have on Christmas Eve.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 23:07:41 | More by chumba526
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 Bottling, Sampled November 2004
This beer has an incredibly enticing aroma of slightly acidic apples and raisins as I pour this beer. It pours a semi-hazy rich amber color, and is topped by a full tan to light amber colored head. The aroma is quite fruity from a distance and as I go in for a closer smell the sharp acidic fruitiness becomes more apparent and is joined by notes of chocolate, and a very subtle spiciness that hints at cinnamon, clove, liquorish, ginger, vanilla. Basically this smells like a rich, fruity, subtle spice cake. The aroma is quite intriguing and is on par with the best from the Fantôme Brasserie.

The taste is soft and creamy up front, but finishes with a rich note of chocolate, which seems to be derived from roasted malts. As I let the flavors linger in my mouth, I get a definite dark malt finish that is reminiscent of a lightly roasted breakfast blend coffee. This beer is quite tasty, and I really like the abrupt transition between creamy soft and fruity upfront to the chocolately roasty finish.

I go in for another round of sniffing, and I start to pick up notes of fresh herbal fennel, a hint of vinegar (which seems to be only a suggestion from the spicy character here, as opposed to actual acetic acid), a finish that has a damp cellar-like character to it, and some definite notes of ginger aromatics. There is a certain, entirely obvious, yet not so much that I can pick it out, spice here in the nose that I should recognize, but just can't quite put my finger on, what is it? Egad, the aroma of this beer is just intoxicating, the beer is at about 58*F (##*C) and is at the perfect temperature for smelling. Ok, it is now a 1/2 hour later, and I have had a revelation, I am pretty sure that this aroma is cardamom, it is in the taste as well.

The taste, while not quite as intoxicating as the aroma, is quite enticing and strikes a very good balance between soft notes and notes of more solid sharp character. The soft notes that I get consist of notes of apple, plum, tamarind, vanilla, raisin, and cinnamon. The sharp notes that I sense remind me of coffee, sharply acidic apples, a certain woodiness, a light herbal character, definitely a combination of light astringent notes, and that lingering chocolate note really hits my taste buds.

Dany has done a masterful job of pairing his house character with subtle spiciness and a hint of rich roast malt notes. This is my perfect ideal for a Christmas Saison. What a complete treat.


2003 Bottling, Sampled November 2003
A hazy amber-brown color with orange notes when held up to the light. It is well carbonated which creates a good sized tan head. As I pour the beer I get an aroma of something like fruit & sherry. Upon closer sniffing I get notes of dark fruit (plum) and a spicy yeast character. It tastes a bit sherry like, but I am confused on whether this is oxidation induced, my guess is not. There is a lightly sweet flavor up front and it finishes with a funky mustiness that evokes thoughts of chewing on old cobwebs. A fairly soft beer up front but leads to a certain astringency. Pretty good but doesn't quite live up to the bar set by the regular Fantome. I must say it hides its alcohol very well, at 10% it certainly sneaks up on you. Overall a pleasing spicy brew that is fairly complex.
Rated 4.05 / 3.5/4/4.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 18:09:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green 75 cl bottle, corked & capped. No dates.

Deep rustic bronze. Topped by an impressive head of light beige foam.

Spicy & inviting. Sublte aromas of plum.

Earthy, spicy, & rustic. Complex in its subtleness. Lovely notes of anise & plums. Somewhat nutty. Finishes dry with an herbal flavour & a bready / yeasty note that lingers. Medium-full bodied, relaxed carbonation. Most impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 18:09:04 | More by xgrigorix
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Capped and corked large bottle, poured into a tulip.

Very dark, almost impenetrable although generates some red highlights when held against the light. Topping it, the tan head is quite fluffy, creamy, and cling to the side of the glass with every sip.
The aroma is an interesting combination of a fruit lambic, a flanders red and a strong belgian; multiple fruits, mostly dark, sweetish caramel, some added tartness and then some earthiness to vaguely remind this is a saison (is it?).

Quite unexpectedly, the body is light to medium, which is a bit off, particularly for something peaking at 10% ABV. Nonetheless, it is pleasant, starting spicy, going tart, fruity then sweetish, and goes back and forth. It keeps you guessing all the way. My favorite saison (?), my favorite Fantome, with a bit more body, would be a complete masterpiece. Very worthwhile nonetheless, but don't pair it with heavy foods as I did.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 02:25:45 | More by brdc
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked and capped

A: Deep rusty brown under a big tan head. A little bit of lace, some retention.

S: Yeasty, some caramel, bit of dark fruit, sweet, saison character definitely is there, but accompanied by very nice Belgian dark ale hints.

T: Again yeasty, fruity, both dark and tropical, caramel, a bit warming on the way down, sweet, earthy, splash of very light chocolate, mild bitterness, not as dry as a normal saison. Extremely good.

M/D: Not as carbonated as your run of the mill saison, a little slick, full bodied. Really good drinkability for 10%. I had an idea that this one might be darker then usual, but I was very surprised with characteristics it showed. This seems more like a dark ale then saison, but the saison character is there. Really a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 23:48:05 | More by NCSUdo
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark reddish brown. tan head. good retention and lace. taste and nose are a superbly balanced blend of funk, horse blanket, rum soaked raisins, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, a touch of roastiness and cola. yes, there is a wierd cola-like sodaish thing going on in there that works beautifully. simply fantastic. signature fantome funk with very well integrated spice and turned up to 11. Soft and slick medium-full body with just a touch of heat and a tiny tingle. extremely easy to drink for such a big beer. fantome does it again. not a typical beer, and not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 22:45:26 | More by timtim
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watermelonman

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured to a very dark brown with hints of red. The head is substantial and lasts well while leaving some nice lace.

The smell is interesting and pleasing, bringing dark sugars and fruits together with the sourness of wild yeast. The taste adds some light spices and a substantial amount of chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and very smooth. Drinkability is absolutely absurd for the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

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