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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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4/5  rDev +2%

Jordy777, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of alpinebryant
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

alpinebryant, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

puboflyons, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

vermilcj, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Steve_Trick, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Giving Fantome one last chance after nothing but infected bandaids. Bottle is corked and capped. Pours very dark red with a creamy one finger off white head that stays on for a good while. Aroma of hay, grassy and lemony hops, some other floral aromatics, more farmhouse funky yeast and some light spice. Flavor is sweet up front with some brown sugar and plums but balanced by some grassy hops and funky yeast. There is light spice to this as well. This is like a Belgian Strong Dark that somehow is light and funky like a Saison. A really really interesting and unique flavor profile. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and pretty easy drinking, but also sweet enough to be happy with a small bit. This almost redeems past failures for sure. What a beautifully crafted brew.

BMMillsy, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kaufmaal, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of oceanside
2.2/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

They only thing I have to say is it had a taste akin to sucking on dirty pennies. There were many other flavors but after every sip I would get a strong metallic flavor. The cork crumbled when trying to open this bottle and I don't know if this had an impact on the taste or if the bottle was just simply bad. For me it was a great disappointment because it was my first fantome and it was a holiday beer to boot.

oceanside, Jan 16, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a cool saison for the holidays with fantoms special yeast, which is awesome stuff thats made them famous. light rusty brown in color with a massive and lasting several inches of fluff off white head and some fish food yeast floaters. the nose on this is alcoholic and foresty, i get a ton of spruce or pine tree in this, and a small dose of roast malt. in the taste the pine is more reserved but still present. i taste the alcohol, and i like to in this style every once in awhile. 10% abv is a lot for a saison, but it works in this winter context. moderate spice and big body too. this is really well carbonated but it still feels much heavier than their other stuff. for 15 bucks I'm not sure i would buy this again, at ten bucks i would for sure. its in that zone for me, but a very cool take on winter/holiday beer.

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Liberatiscioli, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Peter1977, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Buckeye982, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

akttr, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

berlinabb, Jan 01, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass on New Year's Eve.

A: amber/bronze. A huge 3 finger head that lay in state for a while. Foamy tan bubbles and formidable lacing.

S: heavenly. Fruity, funky. Belgian yeast comes through with apricots and Brett.

T: follows nose with a sweet, sensuous cascade of fruit, funk and highly carbonated sensations. Fantastic.

M: medium to heavy with carbonation to die for.

O: one of my top 10 favorites. Best saison I've had, hands down. Highly recommended.

brewskifan55, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Holland, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

fdig23, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

AJ01923, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Kirk, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork reads "Brasserie Fantome Soy 086/477044". Aged at least two years. No knowing how old the bottle was when I acquired it ($15.99).

Warm chestnut red-brown color with a very hazy look. Coarse bubbles escaped to the outer ring of the surface to form a popping halo.

Picking up a decent amount of sourness from far away after pouring the beer. Sour red apple, tart red plum, oaky vanilla, Flemish yeast, pinot noir, vinegary acidity, and hints of clove and star anise. Very fruity and fermented with some stand-up maltiness and a big funky yeast character. Divine.

Tart red plum, red grape, sour red apple, vinous notes, lemony acidity, oakiness, drinking vinegar, saison yeast, cheesy funk, light vanilla, and an attenuated malt base with some wheatiness. Follows the nose, but quieter. Clove-like spice comes and goes in tiny waves. Still bright for an ale with dark fruit flavors. Feels medium to medium-thin with a slightly acidic burn in the finish. The alcohol is extremely well-disguised. Carbonation is low, but very refined. Tight, maybe. An elegant twist on a Christmas beer. Two thumbs up.

thecheapies, Dec 26, 2013
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.