Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.35/5 rDev +11%
750 ml Bottle Capped and Corked
Poured a murky dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head.
First thing that hits the nose is that Fantome funk. It's amazing to me how unique and distinct the smell of all there beers is. Sour, tart and sweet. Raisins, dates and figs as well as some spice (cinnamon, maybe some ginger) on the nose. In the way back of the nose is the faint hint of coffee or cocoa nibs. A truly wonderful nose, I could sit smelling this all night.
The taste is funky, a bit sour, barnyardy. Dark fruits , maybe a bit of pine. The cocoa observed in the nose is there toward the finish, like powdery dark chocolate.
Medium body, with an average level of carbonation.
An awesome beer, I wish I had picked up a bottle or two more
12-29-2008 17:38:24 | More by DaggerEyes
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
A- Dark muddy brown colored body with some murky reddish hues, some off white head.
S- Some banana phenols mixed in with chocolate mix powder, nuts and bready malts.
T- Bready malts come up at first, then it takes a turn for the sour. A kind of yeasty sour with a finish of light fruitiness.
M- Medium thickness with moderate carbonation.
O- Not the best offering from Fantome, but still very solid nonetheless.
09-13-2011 03:42:51 | More by foogerd
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
Fantome De Noel was served from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle with no bottling date. In a glass chalice, the vigorously effervescent beer was a murky reddish orange-brown color and was topped with a low tan head that left thick and creamy lacing. The nose was complex and seducing, with a moderately tart lemon essence that was immediately countered by assertive creamy strawberry and raspberry esters. All of this was topped with spicy notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. I found myself exploring the nose for a long length of time before I even considered taking a sip. When I did get around to actually tasting the beer, I was suprised by what I found as I was expecting the usual Fantome saison flavor profile. The beer was much more a Belgian strong dark than a saison, with a smooth and moderately sweet strawberry/peach malt base that was spiced with coriander, bitter orange peel, and a number of undecipherable subtler others...pehaps star anise, black pepper, and nutmeg? This loveliness deftly transitions in an rounded bitter and seemingly dry oaky finish that winks at you with hints of that trademark Fantome sourness. Mystery lingers on the palate long after a sip is taken. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. The silky smooth body and the fluffy carbonation enhanced the experience considerably. The flow and balance of the flavors betray the genious of the brewer behind this brew. Fantome proves that they can do the Belgian strong dark style as well as they can saisons.
02-20-2004 05:04:33 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Excellent light tan head, good retention and stick. Black color with some dim brown shades coming through the snifter. Nice range of aromas; sour cranberry, caramel malt, chocolate and fruity waves of sweet and tart. The first sip displays and interesting contrast with bitter, smokey, and sour fruits up front followed by earthy, yeasty, burnt grains and ending with something sweeter and chocolate notes. Medium body and excellent mouthfeel that is thin, delicately silky, and creamy around the edges with a slight crisp micro bubble feel at the end. Later in the bottle reveals chary, burnt caramel, cocoa powder, waves of bitter spruce, and grape tannins. Chocolate notes carry over into the finish but leave quickly. A complex and exciting beer but not something you can not drink a whole lot of, once a year a nice treat.
12-31-2006 23:33:37 | More by cabsandking
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
cork pops and some foam escapes, not much. Odor indicates this has roasted or porter-like notes. pours good 33% head in chimay glass.i cannot find a date on the bottle but I believe I bought this before xmas '03, small chance a year after that. this bottle has US labelling and warnings, so I assume I bought in domestically.
front end of taste is typical fantome barnyard taste, with some dark malt and later roasted./stout-like notes into the aftertaste. my first taste of this was a surprise, I wondered if i had bought a belgian stout.
further into the bottle, spicy notes and more roast character begins to dominate. as other reviews have noted, the 10% is undetectable. this beer is entirely too easy to drink and could probably be drunk at session speed. An excellently crafted product.
03-07-2006 06:00:28 | More by dogfooddog
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
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-21-2004 22:01:36 | More by bigbeerdrinka
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
This beer smelled and looked great. On the nose were apple cider, mulling spices and tart sour candy. It pours rich, thick and an opaque unfiltered dark brown. Wow this is good like a beer cider with crisp, clean refreshing flavors and some interesting spices-faint cinnamon, clove and apple cider just as it smelled. The alcohol is well hidden in such a refreshing saison. As it warms the umph comes through, making a clear statement that this is a serious Christmas beer.
12-06-2004 06:24:11 | More by lou91
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
Light mud with a single finger of light tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Definitely not the prettiest beer to look at.
Earthy, malty, a lot of spice, a touch of citron. Sweet flavors, but a very dry beer. Light bitterness lingers for quite a while. Some cocoa in the back. Seems disjointed. Less than the sum of its parts.
Very light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well.
My very first from Fantome, and while I'm glad I tried it, got what my impression of the Fantome experience could be: Aiming for greatness, but falling just short. Very disjointed. It just needs something to pull everything together, like maybe a bit of residual sweetness and a touch more mouthfeel. Then it would definitely give me some warm fuzzies from childhood. Quite a letdown at the price.
12-26-2011 00:47:38 | More by MrOH
4/5 rDev +2%
750ml Wine Bottle shared with my girlfriend.
Dark murky brown with a cappuchino head. Lots of visible yeasties in the bottle. Looks like tiny bits of cork...might be. Light penetrates when held to the light, but only at the edges. Head fades to a thin layer.
Very tart, acidic and fruity. Very winey but very tart like a lambic. Not much else to say.
Tart all the way through. Acidic at first then fades to a line of dark over-ripe fruit and chalk. Finishes very dry with 0 aftertaste. Well...maybe a little white grape.
Thin body with alot of carbonation. Pretty damn good though. Easy drinking and the 10% is absolutely not there.
Super-good beer. If this is any hint that Fantome is world-class I will soon be seeking out more of their stuff.
06-30-2006 06:40:47 | More by trep
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.
One finger tan head, opaque brown-purple tint. Stout nose, malty. Good head retention. Stout flavors, dark malts, decent balance. I don't get how someone can call this a Saison; this review is based assuming the person whom entered the beer, entered 'saison' incorrectly. This is a solid Belgian stout, a great holiday sampling. Thanks to Beerdiablo for the offering.
01-12-2009 02:59:06 | More by ballewblake
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
A: pours out a dark orange-burgundy color, with a light brown head that faded to leave just the beer showing.
S: there is a it of sourness in the aroma. smells a bit tart and earthy. there are dark fruits, and some spices as well. i get a bit of burnt sugar, and molasses.
T: there is a bit of tartness in this. it finishes dry and a touch bitter. there is some spice in there like nutmeg and cinnamon. burnt sugar. toffee and molasses.
M: thin-medium body with low carbonation.
O: i really like this beer. it is a solid offering from Fantome. Not as great as some of their other stuff, but a good beer.
07-06-2011 02:27:53 | More by ottovon
4.06/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured into my Chimay Chalice.
Appearance: Pours a rust red with some sediment. Forms a massive white loose white head that gradually fades to a small head with patches of foam that collect around the surface.
Smell: Black Cherries covered in dark chocolate. There are subtle hints of winter seasonal spices such as cloves and allspice. I just wish It was still the holidays.
Taste: Bitter Sweet Chocolate with some sweet finish that are reminiscent of biting into a chocolate covered cherry. Right on the money with the smell. Easy drinking for 10%. The sign of a great one.
Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue with some carbonation. Almost dances around your mouth.
Overall: This sets the curve for a holiday beer that has it all...10% ABV, Fruit, Spice, and bitterness. I wonder how this will age?
02-23-2013 08:32:31 | More by Lucho
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Dark brown tea color with a fizzy but sticky head of khaki. Smell is complex and consistent with other Fantome's. Some barn, sour, red fruits and apple. Taste matches the aroma with a significant apple and raison flavor. Honey, dark sweet fruits, mango?, Carbonation levels of a lambic, and a fine malt and yeasty backbone that reminds us that this is a beer, another magical spooky Fantome beer. Not as good as the Hiver.
01-07-2004 16:13:55 | More by chaduvel
1.53/5 rDev -61%
Must preface that I am a huge proponent of Fantome, one of my favorite breweries so it pains me to slam one of his beers...
A---Dark hue, reddish tint, plenty of carbonation with this one.
S---Indicative of what is to come, smelled like bad tomatoes.
T---Terrible, like bad tomato soup with chestnut flavoring added for extra shock value.
M---Fine, I guess.
D---This beer is truly a terrible, twenty dollar drain pour. I am hopeful, based on reading other's reviews, that I got a bad bottle. Honestly the worst beer I have tasted in a long time.
06-09-2010 02:12:50 | More by garbercury
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.