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Fantôme De Noel - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 23
Gots: 72 | 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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Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-22-2013 17:11:12 | More by smartassboiler
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%

12-22-2013 05:50:18 | More by spoony
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-18-2013 17:26:54 | More by MattXT
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ipc2000

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-17-2013 05:44:08 | More by ipc2000
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:00:08 | More by hustlesworth
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beerdrifter

Germany

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 15:10:18 | More by beerdrifter
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Unchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-14-2013 04:53:27 | More by Unchi
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dknight75

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-24-2013 21:48:22 | More by dknight75
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-17-2013 23:41:44 | More by GeoffreyM
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-12-2013 02:44:22 | More by tbryan5
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BWH999

California

4/5  rDev +2%

11-02-2013 05:07:58 | More by BWH999
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Etan

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:17:14 | More by Etan
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midnitesun11

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-11-2013 01:59:37 | More by midnitesun11
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 17:38:38 | More by jrenihan
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-09-2013 12:37:44 | More by Bunuelian
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scottDC

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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timc13

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-12-2013 20:53:19 | More by timc13
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MarioM

California

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:53:33 | More by MarioM
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

08-04-2013 18:49:44 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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LegalBrew87

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-19-2013 16:37:02 | More by LegalBrew87
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another new Fantome bottle, another lottery ticket. Saw this sitting on a shelf in Toledo and felt like rolling the dice. Fantome de Noel pours a glowing ruby and brown color with translucent that only peaks through at the edges. Such a volatile head; big, bubbly, and growing with the power of a thousand suns, it has a gray-ish tint and takes its time settling to a collar.

I take a sniff and I don't love it. Not right away, at least. I guess I didn't what to expect, but I wasn't expecting such a spiced Belgian style ale, which is how each whiff makes it seem. Heavy yeast, bread, bubblegum, and mild banana sweetness, spiced with tons of coriander, clove, pepper, even a faint twinge of mint. There's probably not actually any mint in this beer, but c'mon, just lemme have this one.

The aroma doesn't get any better with some warmth and/or time, although it does grow on me a little bit more, besides the fact that it's spiced more along the lines of a winter warmer than a Belgian ale even. The first sip opens up to a bit more fruit than was available in the aroma; mild plums and grapes and pear skins, sitting on top of a huge, yeast blanket that screams with more bubblegum and clove.

Fantome wouldn't be anything without the funk, and on top of being a science experiment spiced beer, this sucker is funky as hell. Cheesecloth, wet cork, damp hay, and a back-end chalkiness that I'm not sure whether is a product of the yeast, the malt, the spices, or Dany accidentally knocked a bucket of sidewalk chalk into the brew kettle and said "fuck it".

Very spiced and very heavy with a booming clove, pepper, and yeast-ladden and bone dry finish. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, though the body is a little to heavy to be effervescent, it's just a touch away from a cream mouth feel. Another strange brew from Fantome, one that I did not enjoy quite as much as the rest. It's decent, sure, but one of my least favorites of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 11:41:22 | More by tectactoe
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Spiderpig

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-13-2013 06:02:20 | More by Spiderpig
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-12-2013 15:29:11 | More by mrebeka
Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.