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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel

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528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.54%

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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange tinted brown color, fluffy off white head. Scent brings toasted malts, light dark fruit backed by earthy and woody funk, faint spice. Taste follows scent, notes of cherry mingle with the lightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, faint spicy, earthy funk - mild overall compared to other Fantome beers, bready. Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation. A little more dark and malty than most Fantome beers, loses a little bit in the musty funk category.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 14:54:21 | More by rfgetz
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle, firdge temp, poured into a snifter.

pours out kind of a burnt orange/ light brown color, a huge billowy, off white head, takes up more than half the glass. very nice head retention with lots of sticky lacing. some cloudiness.

initially i get some lemony citrus, maybe a touch of cherry. as it opens a bit of musty funk comes out, kind of subdued. also some toasted malt, some yeasty esters as well, phenolic. hints of dark fruits.

bitter sweet toasted malts, plum, fig, grape, berries, a bit wine like. just the slightest hints of funk. it seems like a rich maltiness is kind of hidden by the low finishing gravity, seems a little dry as a result.

a pretty high amount of carbonation, prickly on the palate, and a very light feel for 10%. some tartness.

a pretty interesting beer, a real subdued funk that makes it pretty drinkable, especially for 10%. seeing as its my first beer from fantome, i must say i am a little let down, but i wasnt really expecting to be wowed considering the other reviews. not really something i would recommend but it was a nice change of pace for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:26:25 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $8.00 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown body, thoroughly hazed, with a tall, foamy, though brief, beige head.

Smell: Initial notes of toasted, brown sugar sprinkled bread, heavy dose of farmhouse cider, iced champagne mignonette, and a few stray golden raisins. Then, a bit of berry chutney, vanilla sugar, fragrant gentian, allspice, alligator pepper, and spiced honey candies.

Taste: Toasty malts, a thin sliver of caramel, light-colored brown sugar, but not too terribly much in the way of overall sweetness. Sips of sharp champagne vinegar, a few bits of shredded mint leaf, then more alcohol tossed, chopped fruits tasting of apples, berries, and peaches. Prickly spicy accents balanced by some hints of amber honey and vanilla, so, you've got all this stuff going on without anything overstaying its welcome. Acidic, cidery, lightly spicy but also a bit lightly sweet on well-carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation, crucial to keeping the proceedings moving along fine fashion, without anything become cloying, just languishing on the tongue.

Overall: I'll admit, I was more than a bit hesitant towards purchasing this one. I find many of the X-mas brews to be overtly spiced, more than I'd prefer and some being so heavy and cloying that you're still wrestling with the flavor like hard-shell plastic electronic packaging hours later. Not the case here, as the effusive carbonation is really the key. I was surprisingly delighted.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 19:05:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of vandemonian


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme De Noel is more like a christmas ale than a saison. The only saison quality is the unpleasant spicy vapour that gets up into your nose.

A: Amber colour and a 4 mm head that fades to nothing pretty quickly. 3.5

S: Yeasty and spicy with green apples and a little acidity. 4

T: Sweet and malty up front with some warm roasty flavours. A little funk in the finish. There is a spicy almost minty vapour that got up in my nasal passage. Not really pleasant. 3

M: Pretty thick and not that carbonated. 3.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:02:34 | More by vandemonian
Photo of jktedder12

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a tulip. This particular bottled was both corked & capped. Appearance is a hazy coppery brown with bit of yeast. 1/2 inch head with nice lacing. Smell has a hint of soured, or spoiled fruit. Taste of roasted malts and sour apples with a bitter dry finish. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice unique brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:42:51 | More by jktedder12
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

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

.75 l bottle poured into a tulip
No born on date

A: beautiful amber red with a big 3plus fingers of khaki colored head. Dissipates moderately,to an outer rings, leaves effectively no lacing

S: white wine, Brett, sour fruit including apple a peppery spice, sour cherry, a strong swirl of the snifter brings out a bit of hay like barnyard funk, banana

T: sour, caramel malt sweetness caramel only noticed on the first couple sips, Belgium yeast on the back end with accompanying banana, sour white grapes, more subtle cherry. initially a malt taste, then later mostly sour fruits and Belgium yeast. Really great taste at first then later on a negative aftertaste, but overall quite good and complex

M/d:  aggressively carbonated, medium body, no hint of the double digit abv, moderately good drink ability, limited by the heavy carbonation mostly

O: overall pretty damn good, sourness present but not overwhelming, I enjoyed the sour, fruit, and Belgium yeast flavor combo.  Would have again

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:58:45 | More by zac16125
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Forgot to open this for Xmas, so the Super Bowl was the next best time. I won my parlay bets, so celebration time!

Porus a murky, dirty water, caramel color. Big head up front, off-brown. Some lacing. But this all dies down half-way through.

Spicy aroma. A bit hot. Caramel. Phenols. Some clove and coriander. It'll clear a nasal passage. Light banana. Not getting the 'dancing' complexity of other Fantomes. No biggie, let's drink!

Well, the complexity misses a bit here. Caramel is sugary. There's an apple presence, but more like crab-apple. There's some nutmeg and some clove. The coriander and any hints of banana are gone.

Thin mouthfeel. Nothing really staying put. Burning end, a bit hot.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:40:59 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of stewart124


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared again amongst a few aficionados at Dutch's in East Hyde Park.

Pours a medium brown with some off-white head.

Nose is more barnyard with some toasted bread notes. Really tough to describe these.

More brown malt notes and some dark candied sugar characters but still finishes very dry. Spice is more than I expected but then again this is the Christmas version. Some earthy notes and wood characters to play off of as well.

Tasty but the darker or roasted characters don't do it for me with the saison feel. 10% alcohol is well hidden but every things seems a little muddy with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:14:40 | More by stewart124
Photo of wisrarebeer


3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruddy brown/copper color, slight haze, poured with creamy head that dissipated to a thin veil
S: very mild, earthy nose
T: deep roasted malt with strong bitter finish that is a bit acridic and out of place, however, toned down a bit after first few sips
M: nice roasted malt in beginning that finished with strong off-balance bitter/acridic tasted that toned down after a while, yeast and spices

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 17:33:25 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Pours medium hazy brown with a towering foam head. Slight lace.

Big yeast and straw funk. Some wet cardboard and malt.

Big yeasty and toasted malt flavor. Some initial sour notes that dissipate to bitter maltiness and yeasty bread. The bitterness brings up the rear, with good intensity and flavor.

Medium to medium-full. Good carbonation.

Another great brew. Not a hint of the 10% alcohol. Bitter, yeasty, a bit sour and funky. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:58:09 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle got on sale at Total for $7. I mean, why wouldn't you?! Not sure how people are telling the vintage as I see no year, notch, or other identifying marks on this bottle. Onward!

A. Full and russet, foamy, dense, varied size bubbles create a half inch tan head. Some active carbonation displays itself as small bubbles in my oversized wine glass. Everlasting head retention. No, really.

S. Oh gosh, here we go again. Musty and spicy Belgian funkbox. Malt sweetness, nuttiness, lots of pepper, fig, some evergreen hop, a touch of skunk. Booze? Not sure. Hints of caramel sweetness, wrapped up in a very phenolic and Belgian-esque nose, earthy and sour in places. Tart and Saison-like, but has that ineffable, bizarre and fun Fantome character - God only knows what exactly. A very good and complex nose, but odd.

T. Ugh, what is it?! Fantome walks the line often between "this is obviously spoiled" and "this is amazingly brilliant and well crafted". Where you land determines your enjoyment of the beer. Having never had this beer from the source, and never mind that no two Fantome are EVER the same, I'm not sure if this beer is drinking "as intended"... but it is drinking. This is a malty (for Fantome), dried out Belgian-Saison thing, lots of creamy carbonation, fig, date, some hops (??!) and a pervasive sourness throughout, not acidic in the least, just sour... borders on unpleasant, really, especially in the finish, so why can't I stop tasting this? Maybe because more flavors come out over time. Tart apple, unripe fruit, a bit of vomit (alas, true), brett-funk, some barnyard too, toasted malt as you exhale, soft, softer, can't taste any booze, no sir, is this really 10%? C'mon. Hints of chocolate malt. Pretty sure this bottle has seen some sunlight, but it's not any more offensive than what I've already described. As it warms, the sourness fades somewhat and becomes more nuanced. What's left that's NOT in this beer? I dunno... does it work? To a point. I feel like the sourness here is a little too pervasive and is distracting, but there has to be a major flavor, I suppose.

M / O. Carbonation level is fine, and low, creamy, the beer, despite supposedly being fermented to heck and back to get the 10%, is still quite wet and even boasts a little residual sweetness that duals with the sourness in the finish for a while before conceding defeat. I did finish the entire bottle... still not convinced of the advertised ABV.

Fantome de Noel is just so “out there” that’s hard to recommend to anyone who is not well versed in the delightful insanity coming out of Soy, Belgium. This is recommended, but with major reservations… that said, if you can get it for seven bucks, do try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:51:55 | More by kkipple
Photo of silentjay


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit darker than the normal hazy straw color, as it has an amber tinge to it with the usual huge, fluffy off-white head that recedes to two-fingers leaving behind a mess of lacing on the glass.

grass, hay, funk, farmhouse, whore's blanket (horse blanket), some light tropical fruits and some spicy yeast. very fragrant and enticing.

a bit metallic at first, which throws me off. it soon fades to produce a sweet flavor with a bit of tartness. some bready malts and plenty of yeast. not quite as great as what I expected, but still rather tasty.

medium bodied with tons of velvety carbonation and a slightly funky finish.

Well, not as good as the original Fantome Saison, but still pretty good. Not something I would go way out of my way for, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 05:08:42 | More by silentjay
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


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

I shared a 2010 bottle with Marcus Siu.

A - Dark for a Fantôme, a nice deep red-orange with lots of head.

S - This smells like a barn… hay, earth, grass. I get some spice and citrus zest after the first smell.

T - It starts a little sweet, but warms to be speecy-spicy… It finishes a bit dty and with a bitter herbal-grassy. Not sure where the 10% is at… very well hidden in this brew somewhere.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - Nice and complex. Fantômes are pricey, but they are always satisfactory when I’m in the mood for one. This is a great brew to share with a friend or two during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:09:20 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of jsanford


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. 2011 Vintage.

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice haze and ring.
S - Sweet and funky! Big aromas of dark berries and fruit, chocolate, spices, dark roasted malt, and funky Fantome yeast. This is nice.
T - Quite similar to the nose. Complex and funky flavors of chocolate, holiday spices, Fantome funk, and a bit of smoke. God only knows what's actually in this, but I'm liking it anyway!
M - Fairly smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Like most Fantome offerings, this is a unique brew with a lot of things going on. Dunno if "Christmas" would be my first guess with this beer, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:23:45 | More by jsanford
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot # E. Best before 10/2013.

Pours a murky orange red with a 1 inch fizzy tan head that settles to a circle of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherries and sugary/spice aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, spices, slight vinegar, and subtle spice flavors. There is a sour acidity that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this one but if I tried it blind the last thing I would think it was would be a saison. This is much more like a kriek lambic or other sour beer in my opinion. However, this is quite tasty no matter what.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:08:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of RickS95


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great as a winter warmer, rich dark brown with a thin, soft white head on top. The head doesn't last long, but leaves a nice creamy looking top to the deep brown beer.

Doesn't smell much like I expected, but for a saison it's right where it needs to be. Funky, fruity yeast, some white grape, Granny Smith apple, bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon.

Pretty hoppy taste, grapey wine-like, roasted bittersweet chocolate, a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Starts off sweet, but doesn't last long. It's bitter before you know it and lasts well into the swallow. The finish is dry and slightly tart. Medium bodied. A bit of heat at the end.

Kind of a strange beer. Like it can't tell if it wants to be a winter beer or a saison, so it's a little bit of both. Slightly more bitter than I care for for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:37:03 | More by RickS95
Photo of falloutsnow


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

2011 bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg.
No 'bottled on date,' but "2011" on bottle lets you know the year.
Poured into a bowed-out pint glass with a column.

Into the glass, pours a rather voluminous, off-white head of small and medium-sized bubbles. These decrease within a few minutes, leaving some good lacing along the sides of, and a ring around, the glass. Body is a slightly cloudy brown-burnt orange color with some sluggish carbonation.

Aroma features prominent sweet maltiness with fruit esters, particularly of cherry, slight tangerine, and orange rind. Some tartness, from some Brettanomyces is also detectable, though not huge in presence.

Taste opens with sweetness tempered by some Brettanomyces burnt electrical flavor, which is noticeable, but not overpowering for me and even enjoyable. Sweet from malt and fruit esters, perhaps some cherry, overripe pear, and ripe fresh fig. A bit of yeast. Not picking up the spice that some others have mentioned, but thought that might have gone nicely. No notice of the supposed 10% ethanol ratio in this beer.

Medium bodied and carbonated well-enough to be enjoyably sippable. Carbonation a bit aggressive at first, but after a few minutes in the glass, I found this much more comfortable and pleasantly carbonated for the mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this beer. Was a bit worried that the Brettanomyces strain they used would be overpowering in the beer, but this turns out to have been a noticeable, but not bludgeoning use of that bacteria. Tasty all around, one I would have again (though the price $15.99 makes one have to think about it).

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 00:15:05 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of phichifiji00


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

2010 vintage.

Appearance: Amber, thick 3+ inches of off-white head that fades slowly. moderate lacing.

Smell: barnyard, citrus, earthy, grassy, lemon grass.

Taste: saison, spicy, earthy, citrusy up front, and some tobacco/leathery notes towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, heavy carbonation, crisp, zesty.

Overall: A tasty saison. The tobacco/leather finish is very unique but enjoyable. Drinkability is high. Fairly complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:55:43 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a large bottle in Buffalo and drank it the following day.

Poured a beautiful strawberry blonde colour. nicely clouded with a head that quickly dissipated.

Its bouquet was fruity; hints of cherry with some lovely but not offputting funk.

Taste: I dig this more that most typical saisons. It had a funk or tongue-hanging bitterness to it that also carried traces of cherry. Sourness was minimal, but its there. The mouthfeel was slightly coating - almost cream-like - but I don't mind. I paired it with a home-made okra and tomato stew that had 2 chilis in it. It was a great yin to the spicy yang. Its slightly sweet, but the bretty funk keeps the sweetness to a minimum.

You cannot taste the 10% alcohol in here. Well hidden.

If you're looking for Saison Dupont, then no, this is not in the same family. Its funkier, fruitier, yeastier but downright delicious. We really enjoyed this drink and hope to stumble on it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:06:04 | More by atomeyes
Photo of megahurts4


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantome Noel

Appearance: reddish-gold, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, nutmeg, and malty fruit base.

Taste: faint yeast, cherries, slight raisin, and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice brew. The fruit flavor is good without being overbearing. Cherries are nice. The full flavor of a cherry is captured fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:25:27 | More by megahurts4
Photo of harrymel


2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Unknown lot (no notches)

pours a good looking dark garnet with brown hues. A fine light latte foam sits atop. Fleeting sheets of lace fall. I'm smelling apple skins, nutty yeast, some nougat and a little metal.

The flavor follows with a bit more of the yeasty character and a hint of a raisin layer. A relatively doughy character, the beer is really yeasty. Even the mouthfeel is heavy, but with excessive carbonation and a dry finish.

This beer is interesting, but I'm likely not to purchase a second bottle. I've only had one other Fantome, and that was fantastic, but this one is not impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 09:04:00 | More by harrymel
Photo of crossovert


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green capped and corked bottle.

It pours a murky magenta brown with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is intriguing for sure. It has a port/sweet white wine type smell to it with also some berries. There is both sourness and funk in the smell as well as some spiciness and herbal character.

The flavor carries the port. It is caramally, rich, malty, raisiny, slightly boozy. There is still a good amount of tart berry and spices. The sourness is medium to high and the funk is abotu medium. Plenty of lemon acidity on the back end. Vinegar in the aftertaste.

Interesting one. Fantome has some really strange flavors but they are interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:52:55 | More by crossovert
Photo of womencantsail


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a large off-white head. Not quite what I was expecting from the nose. A bit of sour dark fruit and herbal notes to go along with various spices, especially pepper. There is some sweetness of malt to it and maybe a bit of yeast. The flavor is sort of sweet and sour with a pronounced prune and raisin flavor. Some more of the herbal notes are there as are somewhat faint spices. Weird. Not really my favorite Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:55:23 | More by womencantsail
Photo of oline73


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. This was opened during a New Years Eve Tasting.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity characteristic. The fruity notes remind me of banana, cherry, and some citrus. There is also a hint of tartness/sourness.

Taste: Light and sweet, there is a ton of fruit in this one. The cherry and banana from the smell are present. I'm also picking up some spices and the mild tartness. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I love the fruitiness of this beer. Light and refreshing, I would definitely have another. This brewery hasn't disappointed me yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:01:28 | More by oline73
Photo of hooliganlife


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this should be a 2010/11 release.

pours a deep ruby reddish brown. very little creamy head.

some faint cherry and raisin with a slight booziness.

sweet, quite sweet. light fruit, such as raisin and maybe fig. light spice and funky malt.

moderate bite on the tongue

not much else to say about this, very subtle through out. could use some more boldness. for 10% ABV, seems a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:47:56 | More by hooliganlife
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.