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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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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
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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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Photo of ottovon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ottovon, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish brown body with an off white head.

Sour, funky, fruity, spicy bouquet.

Cherry, green apple, plumb, sweet, spiced, lightly funky, with a vinegar like astringency on the finish. Sweet and fruity with enough musty, spicy character to keep it balanced.

Dry, light to medium body. Not as briskly carbonated as many Saisons.

Fantome Noel has the distinct flavor and and aroma attributes that are both uniquely Fantome and nearly impossible to describe. Its not as earth shattering as other Fantome products, but its still pretty damn good. This bottle is from Christmas of 2010 and while I enjoy it, I enjoyed the bottles of Fantome Noel that I aged longer more. Stoopid drinkable, more like 5% than 10%.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml bottle w/ no bottling or best by date into a Boulevard Saison glass. Pours a slightly like a tea color, sweet tea red w/ a slightly off white head that fades moderately. Stripes of burnt orange on the lateral of the glass.

Nose is some mixture of dark fruit & spice mix. Kinda like plums. This reminds more of a Tripel than a Saison. Bready, yeast, raisin come to mind as well. Something of citrus hops. This will sound very odd, but it reminds me of smelling a black magic marker!

Taste is not what I expected. Sweet, pretty darn sweet. Plum & alcohol. This has it right up front. This is drinking much more like a Tripel than any Saison I've ever had. I wonder what the hell mixture of spices went into this. Has a decent enough hop character to it - not overly citrusy. But again, this is drinking like a Tripel. Has a very sweet & easy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium thick. The alcohol is pretty well evident & adds a warming effect that would go well w/ the winter months. I'm just having a really hard time thinkig this is a Saison. Drinkability is medium at best for me. This is just a little too sweet. I'd like to taste a bit more of hops to balance this out. I don't know what the heck was used for the grain bill but this just doesn't really taste like a Saison. I'd pass on this if it came around again. Either way I'm glad I got to try it, not happy though that it cost me $15 though. Prosit!

HaysAmerica, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 0,75 l bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $15.99. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip Glass and has a bottle number 086/477044.

Aroma- Starts off with a sour/sweet aroma and then very spicy. Has also hints of clove.

Appearance- Pours a hazy, amber body with tons of yeast floating around. Has a 4 finger of white, thick, and frothy head that has decent retention. The lace is nice on the sides. Great appearance! Wouldn't change a thing.

Flavor- Has a nice spicy flavor from the start and has a hop character that is great! Peppery and yeasty as the drink continues and can't really taste the alcohol even though its 10%. I can't taste the sourness that was present in the aroma. The finish has a bitterness that is perfect and complements the beer perfectly!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, HUGE CARBONATION, and leaves spiciness on the palate. Alcohol is medium and doesn't stand out much.

Overall Impression- Fantastic Saison! This is my second from the brewery this weekend and am a fan. While popping the bottle, the carbonation was overwhelming and overflowed as I uncorked the beer. Good drinkability but wouldn't want to drink this quickly. Nice to enjoy over time.

DCon, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-2010 Vintage

Pours a bright ripe strawberry color, with orange highlights at the edge of the glass. Big, pillowy white head of foam in the initial pour that slowly recedes.

The nose is somewhat subdued. I get aromas of apples, Gala or Fuji come to mind. Some tartness with the apple aromas. Bubblegum and yeast. Kinda bready, wheat bread to be exact. There's a light fruitiness of bananas, golden raisins and plums. Surprisingly for a Fantome beer I get some boozyness as well in the nose.

Smooth and creamy mouth feel, low carbonation. The taste is pretty much what I picked up in the nose, just more pronounced. Bready yeast in the taste, wheat, light aromas of cloves. Almost reminds me of a dunkel weisse beer as it warms. Lot's of bananas, bubblegum and apple flavors reinforce this thought. Some boozyness in the taste. I pick up a coca cola, fig newton and dark malt character to the beer. Dry, malty tartness in the mouth, with some fruit which becomes more forward as the beer warms. Apples, black tea and a dry, malt bitterness in the mouth on the finish. Has that fruity Fantome house character.

A Belgian dunkel weisse?

This was purchased at christmas in 2010 and had just hit the store. I've got three more bottles and I'll be interested to see how it will age with a year or two on it.

CashMoneyVagrant, May 24, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme Spéciale De Noel is amber in color. It’s a bit hazy, and takes on a slightly reddish-orange look with backlighting. A very active light tan head caps it off. It rises to nearly two fingers in depth before falling back. The motor in my Sam Adams kept it humming along for quite a while.

The nose definitely seems weak for a Fantôme release. It smells a little spicy and fruit up front. Apple and pear fruits mix with spicy notes of pepper and light clove. Other spices are certainly present, but I can’t identify them. For what it’s worth, it smells a tad fruit cake-ish. Musky and Earthy notes are present throughout. There might be hint of funk, but I can’t tell for sure. Alcohol is masked well. It’s not bad, but needs a little work.

The flavor is pretty good overall. It’s malty and fruity initially. Apple and pear flavors are readily apparent. Light cocoa-ish chocolate malts seem to be the base. It’s a little sweet, but is blunted by spicy notes. Light clove, pepper, and cardamom seem to be the primary players. Don’t expect any of your typical holiday spices here. Subtle Earthy, musky, and funky notes resonate throughout, but play mostly a complementary role. Unfortunately, Belgian yeast isn’t really noticeable Disappointing. Faint fig and cherry round it out. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes a little spicy with a hint of fruit cake.

This one has a body that’s definitely on the light side. It’s far too thin and almost feels watered down. What happened there? I guess it goes down easy, but the feel is definitely below average for the style (and the brewery).

Brasserie Fantôme has a reputation for making phenomenal beer. Unfortunately, Fantôme Spéciale De Noel falls well below that benchmark. It has quite a few issues that need to be addressed – weak nose, lack of Belgian yeast, and a body that’s too thin. The flavor itself is actually pretty good, but it’s clearly not one of Fantôme’s best. Worth a try? Yeah, but stick with a single 750.

prototypic, May 09, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky, reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is quite funky with some green apples and tart cherry aromas. Some nice yeasty and malt aromas with nice spices. Taste is exactly like it smells, with some lovely sour apple flavor and yeasty, spicy goodness! Not typical taste for the Fantomes I'm used to, but this is a Christmas seasonal, so it makes sense. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated and smooth. Nice dry finish with outstanding body. Drinkability is high. Overall, not the best offering from Fantome, but Fantome doesn't make bad beers.

DovaliHops, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one other time but did not get a chance to review it. I brought this to a tasting.

A: Poured an extremely hazy orange-red (think Christmas!) with a rather robust, off-white head that lingered for quite a while after a very aggressive pour on my part.

S: Smell of sour apples, a tinge of farmhouse funk (but not too), Belgian yeast, tons of Christmasy spices, and the signature Fantome hop profile.

T: The fruit was so prevanent, I could barely even tell it was a Saison. However, after a few sips, I started to detect the Fantome magic. Yeasty, fruity, and with a fresh filtered water quality.

M: Sprite-like carbonation, with a bit of graininess added by the yeast. Not too syrupy, not too farmhouse-y, very fruity, and flat out yummy!

O: I've read some reviews on here and other places criticizing this one for being nothing more than a spiced up Christmas ale, cleverly package, and then sold at a premium. There is a slight grain of validity to these charges, but as for me, since I like Fantome's taste profile and Granny Smith apples so much, I totally dug this one...

Chaney, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a murky very dark reddish brown amber hue. Body is nearly opaue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head which quickly fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is quite interesting. A fresh pour before the head fades lends a good dose of granny smith apple-but the head fades quickly as does this character of the beer. I would describe the prominent character as being nutmeg. It also has an apparent cinnamon background as well. It smells quite powdery and spicy- a hint of molasses and sugar can be found in the background. Its really hard to get past the spice in the nose. Spicy, bready belgian yeast makes up the backbone.

T- Taste is quite similar to the smell. Upfront is a lot of nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon, and a moderate spicy yeast backbone. Only the slightest bit of fruit can be detected throughout the flavor The initial flavor is also mildly metallic-which suprises me a bit. The finish is completely consistent with the initial flavor. What mainly lingers is spicy belgian yeast. The metallic flavor fades somewhat after the initial taste. As well as a mild alcohol heat

M- Medium to high carbonation, and a full medium weight body. Feel is metallic and somewhat dry and powdery with a subtle alcohol consistency as well. The mouthfeel is the downfall of this brew.

O- This is one of the most eccentric brews I have had from Fantome. Other than the brider sour apple in the nose-this is pretty much just another overspiced Christmas beer. Its backed by a good spicy belgian yeast backbone-but the addition of nutmeg and cinnamon is a bit overkill-and I REALLY like spicy beers. The tannic.metallic notes are very mild but slightly off-putting as well as the mouthfeel. ABV is looming in the background-but pretty well hidden. This brew overall was decent-but well below my expectations.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never seen this one before so I picked it up. Its way past Christmas time, but its always time to try a new (to me) Fantome.

Poured into a Duvel tulip
Apparition
Its a dark, ruddy, rusty, earthen red-brown. The beer looks to be nearly fully hazed. In typical Fantome fashion the been is crowned in a very large head. This time its an off white/coffee stain color. Eventually all thats left of it is a thick skin and a wide collar. No lacing, which is a big let down. The consistency of the head isn't very sticky, its more loosely packed.

Specter
Very rich and fruity. This is a saison? I know Fantome really pushes the limits of this limitless style, but this is already coming across as a strong dark/quad rather than a saison. Perhaps there is no difference. If a saison is dark and has an ABV of 10% is it not a Belgian strong dark ale?

Semantics aside, this aroma is very surprising and welcoming. Lots of dried fruit. Raisin, fig, prune, all that dark stuff. Aromas that come across as honey and cinnamon are there as well for added complexity and sweetness. Notes of baked apple are there as well.

Phantom
The sweet and rich fruits found in the nose carry over into the taste very well. Lots of apple pie, fig, raisin, and a truck load of cherry. The middle houses a nice worn woodiness that fades as the dark fruits gain steam again and build a long finish. Cherry vanilla is held long into the aftertaste. The 10% ABV does, at times, weigh heavily on the taste of this beer but it is well incorporated. As things warm up the malts deepen, exposing hidden notes of chocolate on the back of the tongue.

The flavor furthers my opinion that this is a Belgian Strong Dark. It has all of that really nice dark fruit richness with a warming spicy alcohol presence found in BSDAs. It is lacking the dry, chalky yeasty spice and lemony hops that many saisons are known for. But I realize that trying to give a rigid outline for the category saison is a bit pedantic.

Spook
Lively, almost sparkling carbonation serves to lighten the body, which would otherwise feel pretty heavy. Alcohol warmth is just about right (keeping in mind that this is a Christmas beer). The finish is fairly dry as the beer leaves the tongue tingling from the carbonation and alcohol.

Wraith
Saison, Farmhouse, Belgian Strong Dark, Quad, what ever you wanna call it, this beer is good. It makes for a darn good sipper anyway you cut it. It worked out really well tonight since its dropping below freezing again. I don't see why I won't buy another one of these before they are gone.

MbpBugeye, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle -- 2010 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours an almost tomato juice shade of red when held to light, but softens to the color of orange Robitussin when taken away from the light. One finger of nearly khaki head -- unexpectedly dark for the style -- forms. Lacing is about as good as you can hope for from a beer of 10% ABV. Fantome de Noel is unconventional looking for the Saison style, but it is a nice looking beer.

Lots of fruit on the initial attack of aroma. Cherry pits and pineapple husk especially. Some acetic quality is evident. The spices are difficult to suss out. I smell nutmeg for sure, perhaps some brown sugar. The malts are toasty enough to mask some of the spices, I think. There's something that my mind wants to register as cocoa powder, but that isn't precise enough. There's just a touch of leathery musk here. Not a lot of funk, but enough to keep things interesting.

Unlike any other Fantome beer I've had before, the malts are pretty assertive. They are toasty, almost the degree of an Amber Ale. Scratch that, this malt profile is like a lot of Biere de Gardes that I've had. The fruits and spices complicate the malt flavors. One one hand, you've got bing cherry, pineapple husk and apricot flavors. On the other hand, you've got what my mind wants to call sugarplum because of the Christmas beer taste. Really, I think its fig and anise that I'm tasting. Not a whole lot of funk here. The acetic/vinegar flavor is more prominent than any funk is. The spices are pretty curious, and they make themselves known on the midpalate going into the finish. Brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, and English licorice allsorts take over the lingering finish. That licorice allsorts finish is very apparent; I'm surprised that other 2010 vintage reviews haven't mentioned it. Scoring taste on a lot of Fantome beers is difficult. It tastes great, has a lot of complexity, but also differs from what a Saison is supposed to be in many ways. If this were listed as a Biere de Garde or a Wild Ale, then I'd score it a 4.5. But as a Saison, it's a 3.5 that I personally like so much that I'm bumping it up to 4.0. It's a very tasty beer, just don't expect it to be a textbook example of the style.

The one thing that I usually knock Fantome for is the mouthfeel on their beers. Most of Dany's offerings have too much residual sugar; the beers aren't dry enough. Granted, you can't have the explosively fruity flavors of Fantome beers without the fruit juice adjuncts, so you take the meh with the good. Fantome de Noel is not an exception to this tendency. It's a bit too slick on the tongue and too sweet/no-hops-for-balance to get the mouthfeel correct. One thing I am impressed with is that Dany Prignon was able to mask the alcohol in this beer. It doesn't taste boozy in the slightest, even though it sits at 10% ABV. That is very high for the style, but this beer is meant to be a Winter-time sipper. Dany makes it easy on us to consume a beer this big.

I like this beer more than the score indicates (and it got a good score from me). It is really complex and well worth whatever the retail price is in your area. I liked this bottle so much that I'll probably open up my last 2009 Fantome de Noel soon to compare it to this 2010 bottle. Why can't more Biere de Gardes go for this sort of flavor profile? Good stuff.

Reaper16, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgundy color with a two-finger, off-white head of thick foamy head. Lengthy retention with a good deal of bubbles and it left sheets of lace.

S - It had a spicy, yeasty aroma with a good malty nose. There were some fruit notes.

T - It was spicy with a malty backbone. A nice candy sugar flavor with some dried fruits. It simply got better and better as I drank it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good beer. I love Fantome beers and this is no exception.

zeff80, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 1997 aprox. Kept on it's side since '97 and served from a Lambic basket.

Pours dark amber with ruby hue and great clarity. A thin, tan head settled in for the duration of the glass as well as some short streaks of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with red fruits, apples, dusty boards, and a lactic tinge. Hints of Sherry, pineapple skin, cherries, and plums follow through.

Medium bodied with crispish mouthfeel and slighty tart and sharp. Very dry.

Tart cherries, plump malt, and a wine-like vineousity start the palate. Shades of cider vinegar, candied apples, lemon pulp, and raspberries follow through.

Finishes with lingering berry fruit, Sherry, and a sharp dryness.

Interesting beer. Quite fruity with a tart edge and with some nice brett qualities. Refreshing.

brewandbbq, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of mttaylor1066
2.05/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, if you like gueze, you might like this 2010 version of fantome de Noel. I was expecting a saison.

But for me, this isn't a beer that I can finish. It is sour and funky with the aftertaste of lemon peel. Tastes like a mix of old and fresh Belgian lambics.

I guess you have to be in the mood to enjoy a beer like this. I doubt I will ever be in that mood.

mttaylor1066, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

madvermin, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of seand
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown, with a small amount of eggshell white head. The foam that collects around the edge of the glass is enough to leave a fair amount of nice lacing.

S: A slightly musty funkiness, with sour cherries, sweet malt, chocolate, almond, vanilla, and more I'm sure.

T: Grainy sweetness immediately giving way to sour fruit. There's a lot going on here, which makes it hard to pick out specific notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth overall.

D: It's a bit of a crazy brew, but after you get a little bit acclimated to the flavors it's surprisingly drinkable. You would not believe it's 10% ABV just from tasting it.

Quite unique, and a very eclectic mix of flavors. The surprising part is that it comes together fairly well. Worth a try for sure.

seand, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to emm0217 for getting me this one!

A-dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head...a lot of head in fact...maybe too much. different looking for a saison. once the head reaches a reasonable thickness, it stays through out the drink

S-smell reminds me of a spiced wine. smells like red wine grapes along with some funkiness. there are some good belgian sugars as well. medium strength.

T-hmm there are so many things going on here i'm having a difficult time figuring our what i'm tasting. its definitely unique and complex. comes in with slightly tart grapes along with belgian yeasts. there's on short and pleasant sour burst. it then comes in with some peppery spices that hint of licorice, quality dark roasted malts, and the good belgian sugars. its a saison like no other, a decent one at that. the more i drink it, the more i appreciate it.

M-a good soft carbonation with a good crisp finish that is almost watery

D-the drink goes down easily and is fun to drink. its not every day you get a completely new taste like this. its definitely not my favorite beer, but it isn't something i would mind coming back to next winter.

Thanks Em, for the wonderful christmas present!

AdamBear, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of sitarist
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy nut-brown color. A hard pour yields half head half beer. The head is a bubbly khaki color. The head falls fast leaving a ring and dusting, and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells like apple pie filling. It smells good as a whole, but I'm at a loss searching for individual components. It is sweet, and tart with spice, and some musty funk.

I taste butterscotch, mold, over ripened apples, and some spice.

Medium body with little carbonation. It has a bitter dryness like chewing tea leaves.

I like the funk in this one, but that's about it. Too much spice?

sitarist, Jan 12, 2011
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1.53/5  rDev -61%
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.

crnipeter, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip 2009 Vintage.

A - Pours a mahogany brown color with a white foamy head that laces and stays around.

S - Aromas of dark fruit and yeast

T - Plenty of stewed dark fruits and spice. has a real yeasty flavour to it as well as an earthyness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A very nice saison that is a little different.

eric5bellies, Jan 06, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a very slight off-white head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing. The beer almost looks as if it's still.

Smells of slightly tart green apples, dark malts, bread, funk, and light spices, in that order. As it warms the spices fade and the funk and green apple aromas intensify slightly.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Smooth dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of slightly tart medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of spices work their way into things and are quickly pushed out by funk and earthy flavors. The funk and medium fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer although I think it would benefit from additional carbonation. The 10% ABV is hidden extremely well, especially considering the soft carbonation. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, ruby brown color with full, tan head. Head falls relatively slow. Decent lacing.

Some sweet malt in the aroma, deep in that is. Plenty of funk and brettanomyces.

As soon as it hits your tongue you get a huge tartness. Lots of farmhouse funk and brettanomyces. Nice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Tart.

Nice. Good farmhouse, worth a try.

dstc, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin head that faded away very rapidly and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, sourness and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a mild amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because there no traces of alcohol detectable in the smell or taste.

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an aged cellar temperature bottle into a Delirium Noel goblet. I've had this bottle for about a year. There is no best by date--the label is not notched.

This is a brown/plum colored beer. It is opaque. A head of brown foam settled to a skim. A good film and some foam is left coating the sides of the glass. Sour black cherries fill the nose of this beer. Some candi sugar gives it a touch of sweetness. This is a fine smelling beer! The flavor isn't as sweet as the aroma. It is a dry, crisp tasting beer. There is a little red grape juice, some farmhouse funk and a sour finish. This is a full-bodied beer that leaves a slick, thin coat. Carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum. Drinkability is high. I could enjoy a lot of this beer. It doesn't taste like a 10% ABV beer and the sour characteristics don't appear to be strong enough to get tiresome. I'm going to enjoy this bottle.

ToasterChef, Dec 31, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 vintage that aged for a year and was placed on tap for the occasion of Christmas Eve.

The ale appears amber red in color with a small white head.

It smells toasty and caramel like. There is a mild vanilla, cherry, fruity grassy and herbal flavor. I almost get a fruit punch smell, a grape smell and a plum smell. The smell of this ale is extremely amazing and is very complex.

It tastes slightly acidic/ sour; there is a nice fruity grape flavor. There is a great yeast flavor that adds a bit of a barnyard funky flavor to the beer. There is also a slight pepper flavor and a bit of a caramel flavor to the beer as well. The beer is pretty complex and there are a lot of flavors in the beer but they all complement each other very nicely.

The mouth feel is smooth and nice and the carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is really good for the alcohol percentage I can drink a few of these quite easily. The beer has a great balance to it and goes down smooth.

Overall a great beer that was really smooth and seemed to have aged very nicely. This is the best saison/ farmhouse ale I have ever had though it did not taste like a stereotypical saison. It was a great beer to have on Christmas Eve.

chumba526, Dec 25, 2010
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.