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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of xgrigorix
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.

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

Pours a cloudy mahogany liquid with a big, rocky head. Not much in the head retention department. Aroma of tart apple mixed with heavy caramel malt and earthiness. Tree-like. On the palate, it's peppery, fruity, woody, and leafy. Strong sweet malt backbone. Alcohol warms. Smooth yet tingly and spicy. Burning peppery and alcoholic finish. Great beer, a bit overpowering to the senses, but very enjoyable.

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jmsedgwick
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SalMineo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.


Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of moulefrite
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely color-perfect dark caramel. The lack of stick and lace detracts a bit though. Aromas are redolent of German d-bocks, chocolate, raisin, nuts-some fruity malt aromas as well. A treat to the tastes buds, with a low carbonation mouthfeel and a fine ability to hide strong levels of alcohol. Loads of flavor here, including raisin, prune, baking spice, malted chocolate milk, and savory nut. Another elegent ,and very artisinal offering from one of the classics, that demands trying-if you can find any!!

Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ACarp
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours muddy orange-amber with creamy to almost light tan head that lingers well in Fantome tulip.

Smell is fruit, bubblegum, grass and hint of some spice.

Taste is similar to smell but a bit more muted. Hints of fruit and grass. Sweet maltiness with just a bit of tart. Minimal bitterness late.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall this was excellent. I love Fantome.

Photo of beerceller99
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl. bottle pours a cloudy dark copper colored liquid. Has a sweet, spicy caramel, red wine smell. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Has a semi sweet caramel, raison, date flavor. Finishes with a slight alcohol bitterness. A decent dark Belgium but not worth the $9.99 price tag.

Photo of crnipeter
1.52/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750 ml into tulip. Back-label promises an experience by saying "Brewer Dany Prignon is known for his....creative and adventurous brews."
Pours spuming, deep amber hazy body topped by instantly dissipating ivory head. A saison should pour long lasting, dense head but obviously not this one. Fruity esters lacking aroma is completely overwhelmed by dominant sourness with spiciness I couldn't tell whether derived from hops, yeast phenolics or actual spices used. Light malt and evident spicy alcohol. The flavor is supposed to be citrusy fruity esters and spiciness wrapped in soft malt with additional sourness and alcohol. Instead, the sourness is overpowering, followed by somewhat peppery and nutmeg-like spiciness. Well attenuated malt and high carbonation lend dry finish with spicy aftertaste. Fruity esters and hoppy bitterness I was expecting are largely ignored here. Although spiciness and sourness of saison beers commonly increase with alcohol strength they are overdone, regardless of the 10% ABV. Fantome Noel is a proof that adventurousness and creativity are not necessarily a good thing.

In short: a one-dimensional saison whose sourness and spiciness dominate in the balance.

Photo of berlinabb
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bp123
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of marqoid
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 veinless
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, murky, cloudy brown tobacco color with lighter tan edges and thick foamy head that did not lace at all.

Nose was of barnyard funk, hay, lemon peel and coriander.

Taste was a blend of that lemon and coriander to form a nice curacao taste initially. This was followed by more of that coriander/belgian yeasty taste, which ended with a boozy finish and a bit of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is very light, which isn't say the body is thin (it isn't - it's quite creamy at times), but it definitely doesn't linger for too long. Finishes funky, dry and clean. Drinkability is decent, but the 10% abv and soy sauce/booze finish might be too much after a couple glasses.

Photo of PerHops
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish/brown color with a fluffy off-white head that does not disappear. This beer is almost completely opaque with almost no light coming through.

S - The nose is filled with large amounts of apple and bready yeast. A nice amount of sweet spice as well.

T - Much sweeter than I expected. Heavy fruit up front from apples and some lemon. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to carry the torch for the spices and this is all balanced by some nice bread-like characteristics. Slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - High carbonation that provides a little bite with each sip.

D - Highly drinkable and an overall great beer.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle capped and corked. It pours a murky mud puddle brown, with a light caramel spot glowing near the bottom. The four-finger beige head is volcanoes up quite intensely, creating some foamy craters, but receds rather quickly.

The aroma is dominated by apple, toasty malt and yeast, and a flare of spices. The flavor is quite tart, the yeasts combining to deliver a strong presence of apple, pear, grapefruit, and strong doses of fruity sugar. Some ginger, light cinnamon, and other less defined spice elements also make appearances. The alcohol is merely a ghost on, flaring slightly on the finish.

It is light bodied. The tartness somewhat overwhelms the brew, which somewhat lacks in complexity and weight. I wish the malt was a bit more assertive. It is rather drinkable though, once geared toward the high sugar content. Solid but not spetacular.

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.