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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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88
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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001

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Photo of bennetj17
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005. Deep ruby color, with thick bubbles that quickly dissolve to a tight ring of froth about the edge. Intense fruit in the aroma, with grape and cherries dominating. In the background there are hints of caramel and coffee. The flavor starts out with a tart bite, wine and cherry-like fruit with a light acidity. Finishes dry with a nutty roasted character and earthy dirtyness. I found it hard to believe the ABV could be 10% for this beer. The body was somewhat thin, with lightly tingly carbonation.

Fantome's interepretations for Saison are all over the map, and this is no exception. It seemed more like a Flanders Red to me, mostly fruity, maybe not quite as tart though. It was interesting, but overall this beer impressed me least of all their varieties I've tried in the past...

Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle, firdge temp, poured into a snifter.

pours out kind of a burnt orange/ light brown color, a huge billowy, off white head, takes up more than half the glass. very nice head retention with lots of sticky lacing. some cloudiness.

initially i get some lemony citrus, maybe a touch of cherry. as it opens a bit of musty funk comes out, kind of subdued. also some toasted malt, some yeasty esters as well, phenolic. hints of dark fruits.

bitter sweet toasted malts, plum, fig, grape, berries, a bit wine like. just the slightest hints of funk. it seems like a rich maltiness is kind of hidden by the low finishing gravity, seems a little dry as a result.

a pretty high amount of carbonation, prickly on the palate, and a very light feel for 10%. some tartness.

a pretty interesting beer, a real subdued funk that makes it pretty drinkable, especially for 10%. seeing as its my first beer from fantome, i must say i am a little let down, but i wasnt really expecting to be wowed considering the other reviews. not really something i would recommend but it was a nice change of pace for me.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- light, mostly a sweet aroma from what I would guess is caramunich, a lightly grassy note, brett is definately there but not overwhelming...all barnyard in character, not all that appealing really

Appearance- turbid bronze with not much head

Taste - floral, fruity, super tart, strong hey character, horsey, brett really running the show, sourness hangs on the tounge, has moments of citrus and bay spice, funky, still refreshing pie cherry in the finish, kind of a rosemerry character too

MR- light bodied, and super acidic

Overall - pretty much a straight brett beer, interesting, but probably not one I'll be returning too without a cheese pairing or something, might be good at a holiday meal, would be fun to cellar and see what esle the brett does

Photo of meathookjones
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky brown sewage color body with a fluffy tan head that quickly broke down to a cap of bubbles leaving scant lace. Tart fruits dominated the aroma over a good bit of funkiness. A bit of wood in there as well. Taste was a good dose of sour fruit with a nice spiciness to back it up. Funk was present but more in the background. The sour fruits seem to be the main focus here. About a medium body with a very bubbly feel to it. I enjoyed the taste but had a hard time going back for each sip for some reason. Not sure why but the drinkability is a bit on the low side. Overall though a nice brew that I enjoyed.

Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Surprisingly dark brown beer with a bit of read. Head went up about one finger and left some moderate lace behind.

S - Nice fantome funkyness. There's some heavier malt character than I was expecting and some dark fruit as well. Slight bit of tartness.

T - Taste is similar with some dark malts and a bit of dark fruit. Some tartness in there as well. This is pretty decent with kind of an exotic funk quality to it.

M - Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Little bit of a sticky feel.

O - Not a bad beer. Even at 10% it doesn't really have much trace of alcohol in there and goes down pretty easily.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Macello's... poured into a Chimay goblet. Hazy dark orange color with an average sized creamy off-white head.

A very floral aroma to this one... like sucking in through a wreath of roses. Nothing telling as far as hops or malt goes, but a typical Belgian style to it.

The taste is different at first. Bitter and biting at first... a little bit of floral tastes at the end. Not exceptionally convincing either way. I'm just not feeling this one on the sips like I expected... disappointed would be the right word.

It's not bad at all... just not really a standout beer.l

Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to Brad (ygtbsm94); thanks man. 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with light carbonation evident and an inch of off white head.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, sugar, and some dark fruit.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, sweet dark fruits, and sugar. Fruit tastes slightly weird/off from how I think it should taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent saison but the taste was a little off. Would be willing to give another shot.

Photo of Truh
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found myself under the mistletoe with this one on 12/7/2004. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a glass made for Allagash.

Ghost of carbonation that piles more around the edges. Hazy, apple cider hue, but lighter, with tons of action. Sweet rock candy, light brown sugar, prunes, and gargly malt on nose. Egads, kind of a crank of juniper, rose hip, grape-like vinous notes and a spring astringency that cuts down the center of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, through the mouth to the eye, through the eye of the needle. In the end, kind of cagey and harsh.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really what I was expecting at all, and doesn't really live up to the hype I heard before finally procuring a bottle.

Pours a cloudy deep and dark chestnut in color with a fizzy white head that lacked retention. Nose is a bit on the weak side, wafts of dark fruit and very yeasty. Taste is similar, very "dirty" lots of earthy elements in this one. Very slick in the mouthfeel to begin with but is quite dry finishing. Not overly appealing, one was enough.

Slàinte!

Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, murky orange pour with a moderate six=zed white head. The aroma is citrusy, spicey, light barn yard quality. The flavor is non offensive, light citrus, light grass, some spices, light funkiness, drying finish. The body is light, good carbonation(below average for a saison), no noticeable alcohol. A decent saison, although for $15 I am expecting beter than decent. I think I am just going to stick to his original saison instead of the differnt varities.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2009
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a brownish amber color. Lots of carbonation. Tight bubbles bottle carbed head. Lots of rushing bubbles.

S: Smells like it might have turned. Maybe just the Xmas spices and funk mixing.

T: It's very strange. So highly carbed it's like it's champagne. Muted spice bill is there. Funk. Weird off esters. Dry finish. So carbed.

M: Lighter side of medium. Very high carbonation

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky brown with a light tan head with good retention, minor lacing.

S: Strong notes of roast, some chocolate, cherry, lemongrass, coriander.

T: Herbal flavour, lemon, cherry, black pepper and a lot of yeast character hit at first. The beer finishes with major chocolate notes and has a drying hop finish. Does have a musty leather, minty character as well, possibly some Brett jumped in.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, very yeasty, rustic feel, definitely a farmhouse ale.

D: A nice beer, a sipper for me, I think that a 12 oz. bottle would be perfect for this beer, it's kind of hard to get through a whole 750. Kind of the opposite of a Belgian brew - I thought it tasted better colder, I got a lot more chocolate character, your experience may vary. Don't think I'll buy it again since it is very expensive ~ $17, though I'd go for it again on-tap if it ever became available.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown color with a fluffy offwhite head that recedes quite quickly without any lace. Aromas from this brew remind me of passion and tropical fruits, specifically mangos, coconut, pineapple with just a hint of apple cider. There is also some yeast notes in the mix as well as some spice. Initial flavors are an odd mix of these sweet fruits (mainly pineapple and coconut) along with some tones of maltiness that gives off a hint of chocolate like flavors. The fruit tones dominate throughout most of this beer and the finish is extremely sweet (probably from some nice candy sugar). There is also a slight tart acidic tone to this brew but for the most part the sweetness and fruits mute it. Finally a warming alcohol is just noticeable after a few sips. The body to this brew is fairly light and the alcohol is barely noticeable due to the extreme sweetness. Overall this beer is not bad, but nothing exceptional for a brewery that makes black ghost and their signature "saison". Personally I would not have this one again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, burnt amber/orange. Hazed. Ruddy. Head is off-white/dirty-white, Starts with a solid cap. Dense, creamy, with some solid bubbles. Drops to a wispy cap and loose bubbly collar in short order. Retention after that point is decent.

Smell: Honey, hay, ginger, and caramel malts. Backing biscuity sweetness coupled with some slight funk. Grassy. Sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, and apricots. Very mellow malt influence. Nice punch of yeast through the middle. Tiny hints of spiciness. Some clove and ripe banana.

Taste: Faint peppery spiciness. Very light caramel malt sweetness. Yeast is a bit more aggressive than the nose would indicate. Big pushes of clove and overripe banana. So much fruit going on. Ripe, mealy pear and apricot mixed with a dry red apple. Some tannic apple skin. Lemon zest, hay, musty basement, and grass. That typical Fantome funk. Very damp and musty. Green apple skin. Some overall malt sweetness. Building spiciness as the beer warms. Maintains a slightly tart edge on top of it all. Something akin to nutmeg in the back as well. Winter spices.

Mouthfeel: The usual dry, slightly light side of medium body. Carbonation is on the higher side of medium. Drinks like a Fantome.

Overall: Hi, my name is Fantome and I make a beer with spices. You should try it.

One of the less awesome takes from Fantome. I genuinely believe they make the same beer with minor tweaks. This minor tweak is not necessarily a good thing. The spice compliment tends to clash with the yeast and malt body I've come to associate with Fantome beers. It's almost there, but falls short.

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A unique capped and corked bottle...

A - Slightly more than a fingers worthy of creamy lush slightly off-white head... Minimal retention gives way to an uneven lacing with a slightly thicker collar... The color is a murky light to medium brown... Some stray sluggish carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass...

S - Slightly musky... Overly ripened sweet dark fruit... Dates... Cherries... Raisins... There are some mild Belgian yeast notes beneath... Some subtle caramel and toffee notes... A solid aroma that is inviting, but is slightly lacking in terms of complexity...

T - Cherries... Some additional dark fruit characteristics... Some Belgian yeast profile... Perhaps a bit of holiday spicing... Some subtle leather notes... Touches of vanilla... There's a lot going on, but their is very little interplay between the separate components...

M - Slightly thin with very limited carbonation... Sort of stagnant... Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Slightly sleek... A little bit of a kick on the finish...

D - I struggle with this one in terms of both Saison style guidelines and as a holiday offering... This one seems to miss the mark of both accounts... With this being my first Fantome offering, I'm hoping the rest of their catalog has much more to offer... This does hide the 10% ABV well... However, otherwise this one really falls short for me...

Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle consumed on ukranian christmas (I think) big shout out for all my ukranian friends out there...

Appearance- deep stout like appearance with a huge offwhite head. Great lacing.

Nose- licorce, some chocolate and twinge of funkiness.

Taste- big licorce, dusty and dry as a popcorn fart. Lots of other spices I can't pick out. Sourness is there, but more so just a dusty, dark fruit weird ass beer, but I'm not complaining. Some powdered chocolate taste as well.
Mouthfeel- thing bodied for such an otherwise rich beer. Very drying in the mouth. Drinkability is medium. A bottle best shared, but I took this beast on by myself.

Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark and opaque, chestnut in color with two inches of foam from a gentle pour.

Smell - Very earthy. Tobacco, leather, a bit of spicy citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel - Light-bodied and bone dry. The flavor is bizarre and complex, ranging from leather and tobacco to lemon to habanero pepper to nutmeg. There's no trace of sweetness - it's hard to believe that this stuff is 10%. The earthy dryness of the finish immediately brings to mind good pipe tobacco.

Notes - Utterly strange beer. It's not something I could drink frequently, but it's very interesting.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a super huge light brown foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of sweet candy, spices which may includes some pepper and some sourness. Taste is quite eclectic with something that resemble like sweet candy at first and then I got it with a mix between pepper, sour malt and dry finish form some weird hops. Body is lighter then expected for such a beer and alcohol is well hidden. Not bad overall but not great either. It just seems like too many things are going on at once.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kaufmaal
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.