Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 25
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of wonothesane42
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mick303
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip, slightly chilled. Colour initially is quite a dark ruddy colour. As the plentiful sediment starts to pour it becomes a muddy brown. Fairly nice lacing and retention.

S - orange zest and spruce, warming gingersnap cookies, a bouquet of holiday spices, baking spice and a herbal quality, rosemary, can almost smell the mistletoe. As it becomes engaged a really interesting complexity emerges here. Warming and festive with a fruity earthy yeast presence.

T - initial spices of cinnamon, spruce herbal notes, slick feel with a warming alcohol, earthy and dunnage, old luggage and wool blankets, mixed with a spicy winter toddy with a really sprucy influence. Cooked orange and plums, some tart berry sourness, mixed with some caramel malt sweetness, some spicy astringency to balance, leading to a herbal spicy finish, which is matched only by the warmth of the alcohol. Again a big baking spice and roasty character, takes you to a small belgian kitchen in the middle of winter, where some very potent cooking is going on...

M - big and thick, a bit slick and oily with the spruce feel and alcohol spice presence. The carbonation is potentially on the low side. Balance makes it drinkable though, but not an easy saison to drink quickly.

Overall this is a serious cacophony of holiday and yeast flavour. A beast of a beer that really bring a full compliment of flavour to play. The more time you spend with this the more flavours emerge and I really enjoyed this, quite an experience but this doesn't match the other Fantome offerings. More of the sourness emerges as it warms.

Photo of WillemG
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EigenBeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heygeebee
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hmmmm.... The saison element almost gets lost in a mishmash of high ABV, malts and a dull stale taste.
Not outdated so just a plain disappointment

Photo of Rwalford74
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, unique beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. Almost a sour component to taste. But a dryness too. Soft, delicate, smooth. Very fun to drink. Easy to go down.

Photo of thegerm87
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apparently my ratings are considered too different than the normal distribution and I need to write a full review. I'd rather not though so this will have to do.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured a light brownish body with one finger offwhite head and contains a piney, spruce like aroma with what seems to be hints of dark fruits but I guess is the chocolate along with touches of yeast and sourness.
Beer has a bit of funk and boozy medicinalness that can be found in belgian saisons and the yeast gives it a smooth, bready feel.
A spicy, piney hop bitterness which leads to crisp finish is balanced with slightly sour dark fruit or cherry notes (can't really pick out one flavor) and with hints of chocolate/sugary sweetness.
Easy finisher as ABV is hidden and an interesting beer and one that only a brewery like Fantome would pull off (OK, maybe a couple of others).

Photo of xJMFCx
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pearljam118
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ThurmondTX
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rand
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

Reviewed from notes, 12/21/2010

A: Pours a hazy caramel-orange with lots of carbonation. Little dots of lacing, frothy 1-inch head

S: Some caramelly bready yeast combines with sour cherries. Alcohol and holiday spice.

T: The caramel notes really jump out for the style, and like the nose combine with slightly sour cherries. Alcohol is almost completely masked. Nice back-and -forth of sweet-n-sour, with notes of white wine.

M: Fairly light and festive on the palate, nice for a holiday ale. Ample carbonation gives the beer an effervescent feel. Washed down clean.

There's a nice balance if disparate flavors, nothing is off. These weren't the flavors i was expecting from a holiday saison. Different and delicious.

Photo of rvisgaitis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of longjd1
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
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