Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.93/5 rDev +25.8%
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.
02-20-2010 08:01:59 | More by voteforgoat
4.88/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
07-06-2005 23:47:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.85/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
09-13-2009 15:48:41 | More by deapokid
4.83/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
01-09-2007 04:59:44 | More by scott
4.83/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
08-12-2013 03:53:33 | More by MarioM
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
11-11-2011 01:00:36 | More by PerHops
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
Imagine: Little gnomes, drunk of peated and iodine whisky, that roll a burned and toasted oak barrel, happily drinking a bitter chicory coffee.
12-28-2003 13:21:22 | More by stcules
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
05-13-2005 19:46:09 | More by gbontrag
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
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!
04-06-2005 01:00:06 | More by tavernjef
4.7/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
12-16-2012 15:45:38 | More by WynnO
4.7/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
01-15-2005 04:22:19 | More by Bighuge
4.7/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
06-30-2003 04:31:28 | More by Boto
4.68/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
11-13-2011 08:28:19 | More by xmorgan
4.68/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
08-05-2008 12:06:33 | More by aforbes10
4.68/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
03-30-2009 17:40:48 | More by rye726
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.