Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
The beer comes in a murky copper brown color with some reddish hues.
The aroma has a Belgian strong dark characteristic. Almost like Rochefort 8. A bit of alcohol, spice, tons of raisin, plums, figs, some caramel sweetness. Quite vibrant, almost a bit tart smelling.
The flavor again is this bright wonderful flavor. Almost a light red wine flavor. Tons of grape, plum skin, boozy raisin, a bit of spice and white pepper. A bit of caramel sweetness in there. The highlight is a strong drying on the end. The alcohol is well balanced and tastes very much like wine with its acidity and drying. It’s very much rice wine, plum wine, and a red table wine.
A really interesting brew. Super drinkable. Great with food. Perfect for wine drinkers.
12-25-2013 02:08:55 | More by dar482
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
A- when I popped the cork on this baby it literally knocked the hat off my head. Upon pouring, my tulip immediately filled with an expanse of airy beige foam. So far this is pretty intense. It slowly settles down over a hazy burnt reddish body with massive drippings of lace.
S- funky, spicy, earthy and fruity. All the things I love. It's big on peppery spice and and brett type barnyard funk with a nice background of sour cherries. Somewhat woodsy with suggestions of leather and just a hint of clove.
T- it's got that same indescribable "fantome flavor" as the others. Almost smoky but not quite. Almost petroleum like yet not really. Almost lavender but not so flowery. Almost cantaloupe and almost plum but neither of the two. A definite leading metallic edge gives way to a mild fruity tartness that magically transitions to a sweet chocolatey finish with only a whisper of roasted grain. Peppery spice pairs with leafy herbal hop bitterness in the end to balance the sweet. Even at 10%, there is only the slightest evidence of alcohol. Spooky.
MF- juicy and amply carbonated with a very dry finish. Residual very yeasty feel as well as the perception of tannins. Leftovers in my beard taste floral.
D- what a wholly unique flavor these fantome beers have. Hard to believe this one has such high abv the way it's going down. And a jingle jingle jingle
12-16-2013 01:00:08 | More by hustlesworth
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Surprisingly dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is funky and sour with hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, subtle cinnamon, a touch of cocoa, and a slightly vinous character. The taste follows suit with the funky sourness definitely the star along with some unexpected smoke entering the picture. Also getting hints of plums, black cherries, pine, ground pepper, subtle cinnamon and chocolate, and as in the nose, a very distinct vinous character. The mouthfeel is tangy and tart with above average carbonation with a bitter, dry finish. The 10% ABV is very well hidden. Overall, not at all what I was expecting, but very unique and kind of tasty in an odd way.
12-15-2013 15:10:18 | More by beerdrifter
3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml into a tulip.
A: Pours a dark reddish caramel color with a large beige head.
S: Soft fig and raspberry-like acidity, caramel, mild clove and sweet grain.
T: Taste brings prune, tannic spicy bitterness, hint of cocoa, light plummy oxidation, molasses, vaguely herbal finish.
M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy carbonation.
O: The aroma on this is really nice, with the taste being a little more rough around the edges with a bit of oxidation and the spices. Quite an interesting beer and pretty enjoyable.
10-25-2013 00:17:14 | More by Etan
4.11/5 rDev +4.8%
A huge pop occurs after the cork is removed. The beer is a reddish-brown colour, and there is a mountainous beige head on top. Just enormous. Fades steadily.
Nose is quite spicy, a variety of spices present. Chocolate. Dark fruits. Yeast.
Flavour is interesting. Juicy dark fruits (including grape, plum and cherry), chocolate, spices, perhaps a bit of honey. Finish is slightly tart. A relatively dry beer.
Full bodied, moderate to strongly carbonated. A bit astringent. Dry.
Overall, quite good. Not the best beer I have had from Fantome, but far better than the worst!
10-05-2013 17:38:38 | More by jrenihan
4.83/5 rDev +23.2%
750 ml poured into a RR stemmed glass
A: Nice and clear mahogany color, medium to high carbonation with a nice creamy light tan head. Nice moderate lacing from the lingering head. Very nice lookin beer.
S: Funky dark fruits with a light lactic sourness. A little weird but in a very very good way. A little chocolate and fruity candy.
T: Whoa! Light smokiness, funky funk, nice tartness, dark fruits and a whole lot f I don't know but I Like it a lot. Weird, complex, funky funk and delicious. Alcohol is not really coming throug but nice balance of flavors and incredibly interesting. Spice is just right for a Noel and very drinkable any time of the year. There's an incredible smoothness very similar to the Fantome Saison but with added comexites of the dark fruit character and delicious funky smokiness.
M: Moderate to high carbonation with good fruitiness ad light tartness with some dark fruit coming and staying till the end. Funky smokiness lingers and is very complex with dark fruitiness, so unique and I can not get enough of this beer! Yum!
O: An incredibly interesting beer by one of te most unique breweries in the world. I love this beer! Please try if you see it! Great complexities with a weird funky twist that just works.
08-12-2013 03:53:33 | More by MarioM
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.