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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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88
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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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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Photo of clegolfski
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

maroonish colored brown. Almost a garnet color with lots of hints of reddish tones around the outside and bottom. Nearly opague as well. A large tan head of about three fingers high

Lots of musty wild yeast and a touch of some earthy and woody like smells as well. Very hard to describe, but as others have noted, almost a salty or briney like smell to it. It was very odd, very full and very good. Some light fruit notes way in the back but they were pretty much obscured. deep musty bread like tones mingled in with a very big presence of yeast.
Nice medium body had alot of carbonation which led to a very nice creamy feel. Great follow through and really no slickness here at all. This was very good.

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of sk8man121
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle ($14.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Delerium Tremens tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque deep rust with candied orange highlights. 2-finger beige head shows nice retention, leaving scant lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, Belgian yeast and green apple are in the nose. Lacks the sour characteristics that I expected.

T: Bready, caramel malts up front, followed by more Belgian yeast. Sweet, although the transition into a faintly sour green apple finish dries things out a bit. Very similar in flavor to Delerium Nocturnum, and hides the alcohol in a similar way.

M: Carbonation is highly, with a rather syrupy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Nice for the style.

O: While far from being a "bad" beer, this is not exactly what I expected from Brasserie Fantôme. Rather sweet and bready, it lacks the sour characteristics that make the flagship one of my all-time favorites. I won't be picking this up again, although I'm glad I tried it.

Fans of Belgian "noels" will enjoy this beer.

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vince4953529
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of xmorgan
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance was a brownish red almost copper

Little foam, and the aroma was sweet, faint and spiced.

The faste was sweeter then the aroma and held up well.

It was complex and as it warmed the tastes really came out. The spice and sweetness seamed to work better together as it warmed up.

Photo of PerHops
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantome tasting last weekend, served in a Fantome tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a reddish hue. Short head and a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit of Fantome character with spice and some dark malt. Hints of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a dark-malt presence. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

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

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to brown and pretty hazy, nice head and sheets of thick lacing.

Smell and taste had notable Belgian yeast, plenty of spices, dark fruits, some hoppiness, and a bit of earthiness.

Body was very well carbonated and medium, typically Belgian in overall character and aftertastes.

It's a fine beer, my first from this brewery, but certainly not my last.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I believe is 3 years old at the time of opening. Pours a hazed copper color with a full 3+ fingers of tan head. Pretty solid retention to the cap. As it slowly fades it leaves patches of lacework sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew is dry and bretty with notes of wet leather, cork, must, mildew, oak and earth. For the most part it smells typical of some other Fantome offerings.

The taste is dry and brett'd overall very earthy. Initially there is some caramel malt sweetness and a bit of orange rinds that taper off quickly without any bitterness. A bit of wet leather is present tasting somewhat like mildew and cork. There is a toasty grain flavor like toffee in the aftertaste that imparts a sweetness minorly reminiscent of vanilla.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 10% abv is hidden very well, I was surprised when I saw it labeled that high. Overall aberrant mix of flavors that at this point is very hold with Brett. I was anticipating something more spiced and "Noel-like" but this was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut body with a small beige head that falls into some attractive spotty lace.

Aroma has spicy clove and nutmeg hints and some kind of vague fruitiness.

Very nice mouthfeel is medium to light medium in body with a smooth creaminess and moderate carbonation.

Taste has the vague tart fruits noted in the aroma along with assorted spices like clove and nutmeg. Hints of brown sugar and chocolate add to the toasty malt base. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Much better than I expected for a dark Fantome.

Photo of mntlover
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a small tan head that falls to a ring with some sparse lace. Thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

Aroma is somewhat subdued but good light tartness with some fruit notes. Lots of spice and earthy notes on malt base.

Taste is earthy malts sprinkled with brown sugars. Nice tart fruits that linger and finish with light spice clove, nutmeg even hints of vanilla which seems kind of strange.

Mouthfeel is nice smooth medium with perfect carbonation to make it very drinkable.

Overall very favorable even with the subdued nose. Never know what to expect form Fantome but its always enjoyable.

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.

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%.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.