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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
86
very good

551 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
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%

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
Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MRsojourner, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of rrski198
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

rrski198, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of ddedhed
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ddedhed, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

MarkJBurch, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of SoCalSuds
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SoCalSuds, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

dar482, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

pknyc, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

cburns48, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -23.5%

smartassboiler, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

spoony, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MattXT, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of ipc2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ipc2000, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of hustlesworth
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

hustlesworth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

beerdrifter, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Unchi, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dknight75, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

GeoffreyM, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BWH999, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Etan, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

midnitesun11, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

jrenihan, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Bunuelian, Sep 09, 2013
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
86 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.