Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme
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4/5 rDev +2%
Pours a murky red/orange/brown with a dense but quick-fading finger of cream colored foam. Wanted to be a gusher, but wasn't. Smell: caramel, dates, grain twang, doughy with spices... cardamom and maybe a tiny bit of clove. Plum as it warms more. Taste: unripe plum meets cocoa, brown bread, tons of caramel, with red apple skin, cardamom, maybe cinnamon? in the finish. It captures the winter / christmas beer motif very well without going overboard on sweetness or spices. Low carb, on the cusp of full-bodied, abv only hinted at in the finish.
05-23-2014 03:25:54 | More by babaracas
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
Appearance - uncorks with impressive force, blowing the cork remover off the bottle as it rested on top for a moment. Wow. A quick pour into a Sam Adams drinking glass yielded one finger of beer and the rest foam, to the top of the glass. That's bubbly. This will definitely take some time to get the glass filled up. The head slowly fades back, showing a bright reddish amber beer below miles of drying manila foam.
Aroma - a little yeasty, a little sweetness, definitely funky. Light roasty elements with warming, along with some general savory like aromas.
Taste - maybe the first time I've ever picked up on the leathery component of this kind of beer, holding the first mouthful for a bit and just breathing. Has a smoky element too, and though I was concerned that this would be too funky to enjoy, it is not. The tartness, some general malt sweetness, and the aforementioned flavors make for an interesting mix of flavor. It's not really moving me towards the style as a pick, but it'll drink. The swallow shows a little more smoky/rauch type flavor as the abv warms the finish.
Mouthfeel - super-crisp with the bubbles, the bead will likely not quit for the entire bottle. Medium body with light slickness.
Overall - not a huge fan of the style, so these intense samples are more challenging. I am having no trouble getting familiar with the flavors at play and appreciate them, but this isn't one I'd get again.
04-30-2014 03:09:04 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5 rDev +11%
From a 750ml capped and corked bottle. A holiday ornament on the label.
A: Hazy orangish brown with minimal head. Decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. No real lacing left behind.
S: Light sour tart is the first thing I notice. A dark fruit aroma lingers in the background.
T: Nice blend here. Rich malt goodness adds raisin and plum to the mix. A hint of spiciness just adds uniqueness. Then the great tart character just dominates throughout. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Puckering sourness at first takes a second to get everything in line. Light to medium body with a crisp and punctual finish. Nice and warming.
Overall I'm real happy with this beer. Havent been able to try any other Fantome beers and this one reminds me of a quad mixed with a sour. Try this if you can.
04-15-2014 00:49:06 | More by CloudStrife
4.06/5 rDev +3.6%
A: Pours a slightly powdery bright blood orange color with some minor sediment floating in the bottle. Visibile carbonation coming up through transparency through the bottom of the glass.
S: Aroma of rich caramel and barleywine along with a light spicy finish. Sweet with some spices and herbs.
T: Flavors of rich sweet malt, some holiday spices that are faint but present. Most holiday beers have lots of nutmeg or cinnamon. There may be a hint of cinnamon in here, but I am guessing that the spices are locally grown if not wild as I remember reading Fantome likes to do. I think I can pick up some cardamom but who knows?
M: Thick and chewy with light carbonation. syrupy almost, at 10%, I really apprecciate the body as it is full and not overly carbonated .
O: Overall this is a good saison. I prefer lighter saisons however this is likely the highest abv I have had of the style that I can think of off the top of my head. It is clearly enjoyable and while not as good as Hiver or some other Fantome saisons I have had, it is clearly different and good for the winter season.
03-22-2014 21:06:18 | More by alpinebryant
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
From the green, corked 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 8, 2014. I had to use a corkscrew.
The pour is a slightly hazy bronze-brown with a long lasting cream colored head. A slight fog to the beer. It has been sitting for a few months.
The aroma is of dark toasted malts, pear, apple, and a little spice. A modest earthy hop note in there too that reminds me of something more boozy than I expected.
The body is medium to full. It is also smooth.
The taste has many of the Belgian malty and yeasty characteristics I enjoy. There is a kind of toasted biscuit note too. The finish tends to be dry and bitter. It lingers. It is really well balanced.
03-09-2014 02:39:05 | More by puboflyons
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.