Fantôme Saint-Roch - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
750ml bottle, 10 Euros at Cafe Delirium in Brussels
reviewed from memory
1st off - this was my alternate choice behind a few ultra-rare Cantillons listed in the beer bible but being either "out of stock" or unavailable to tourists, who knows. the meathead bartender opened this one up and stuck his nose in it, and then thoroughly smelled the cork. he made a face but then told me that it smells great. A few seconds later when i returned to my seat i saw what i thought was a motion to his friend that suggested the opposite of what he told me. I digress.
appearance: old looking bottle with the fantome ghost absent, really muddy garnet body, loads of suspended yeast
smell: aged hops, caramel, yeast that appears to have passed its prime
taste: really messy - definitely the worst fantome i've ever had...something had come unglued here - the hops and yeast were on the descent and the normal fantome funk seems to be missing
mouthfeel: ok, but excessive floaters
06-05-2010 07:06:20 | More by dirtylou
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of light funky ester with some dry notes. Taste is also a mix between some very funky notes with some apricot ester and a dry finish with some subtle Brett notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Nice funky notes with balanced malt backbone - probably one of the best Fantome that I have tasted lately.
02-14-2010 03:42:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a hazy burnt Orange colour, with a foamy white head that reduces quite quickly.
S - Little bit of citrus and spice with plenty of floral notes. Quite pungent.
T - Plenty of citrus spice up front finished by some stewed dark fruits and maybe a little malty tea.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
D - Very nice saison that is well disguised.
01-06-2011 07:52:24 | More by eric5bellies
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
A - A little cloudy with a slightly burnt orange color, somewhat the color of an IPA. Average sized foamy white head with about average retention. Thin layer of lacing left with it being thicker and congregating to one side.
S - Similar to some other Saison/Fantome aroma with some funk and barnyard, lemon citrus, spice, and floral aspects. This has a bit of a red fruit and a little more floral/tea like aroma. Slightly musty, tea-like beer.
T - Similar to the nose. Starts out with some of the normal Saison/Fantome beers with some lemon, spice, and such. Mid sip to finish, some more barnyard kind of funk comes out along with a somewhat tart and sweet red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, and apple). Floral/tea-like flavor combines with the berry flavor on the finish. Slight malty undertone.
M - Medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation. Slight drying finish and a touch of smoothness.
D - Very drinkable and the ABV is pretty much not existent in the taste. It really sneaks up on you. Nice mix of flavors with a different take on a saison.
Notes: Nice beer, not my favorite saison or beer from Fantôme, but a good one. Unique saison taste that is a bit darker and has a bit more fruity flavor. Taste reminded me a bit of a berry flavored tea. ABV is very well hidden.
06-03-2010 14:02:39 | More by FreshHawk
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Bubbly white head that sticks wonderfully to the sides of the glass. Turbid golden color. Up front is a vanilla brett smell mixed with citric infused lactic acid. Sort of reminds me of a dulled citric air freshener. Dry, waxy mouthfeel. Tangy wheat. I keep finding this citric acid presence. It mixed nicely with the lactic acid and small amount of brett. Usually I don't find even an moderate strength brett character in Fantomes but this one was nice. Or maybe the brewer is playing tricks on my taste buds. He's pretty good at that.
10-06-2010 17:35:32 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
A burgundy, red copper beer with a creamy head.
Smell is tart with red fruit and a light malt and straw undertone.
Taste is quite tart at first, but this quickly fades into the other flavors, like red fruit, cherries and raspberries. Bitterness is low. The yeast holds the middle between fruity flavors and lactic acid and barnyard, horseblanket. It is a complex mixture. The alcohol is invisible, which makes the drinkability quite dangerous. Great beer!
02-13-2008 16:50:21 | More by Absumaster
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to yourefragile for this one. Served in a Fantome tulip.
Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some faint spice and a bit of fruit. Some amber malt as well. A light bit of funk as it warms. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Quite tasty.
11-10-2011 11:59:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to Amy for sending me this bottle.
A: The beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a big white head.
S: Definitely some funk in there. Lots of yeast and a slight mustiness. Straw, grass, lemon zest, a mild spiciness, and a lot of sweet fruits. There's also a lightly sugary note to it, almost like Smarties.
T: Sweet malts with a decent amount of bread, but still a pronounced sugar flavor. Straw, pepper, grass, lemon zest, and various non-descript "earthy" flavors give a nice complexity. Plenty of yeast and just a subtle tartness.
M: Medium in both body and carbonation.
O: Since you never really know what you're getting with Fantome, I had my reservations. But, I thought this was pretty solid.
06-30-2011 15:02:13 | More by womencantsail
4.05/5 rDev 0%
768th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
Not sure vintage
App- A lighter looking yellow with a good head for a decent size pour. Head was about 3/4” and then slowly fades and allows for some good cling.
Smell- This was a nice saison. A lot going on in the nose. Starts out with a touch of bitter hops and then moves over to a dry hay/grass note. Finishes with a touch of zesty lemons.
Taste- The taste really follows the nose. This was much more dry than a lot of the other Fantomes I have had. It was lemony, bright and a touch of acidity on the drink. The hay notes come into play first.
Mouth- A light bodied saison with a nice high carb feel. A bit of the lemon and hay remain on this one.
Drink- I have to say that what they do at Fantome is quite amazing with just a saison to impart a lot of different nuances and flavors and even small layers on a unique style.
08-30-2011 16:38:01 | More by FosterJM
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Best by March 2012. Poured into a tasting glass, revealing amber brown body under a finger of quickly dissipating airy head. Elegant bubbling. Rosy hues. Some lacing. Clear on the first pour, cloudy by the second. Smells interesting with a decent aroma of metallic blood over some barnyard funk and some boiled vegetable. Slight citrus. Hints of white grape. Maybe not my favorite of the saison smells but certainly different.
The taste somewhat makes up for the smells. Clean funkafied malts up front with a little floral presence though no discernible sweetness. Some gentle citrus fades to a vegetal corny aftertaste with smooth light malt background. Hints of metallic flavor in the middle, but nothing off-putting. Subsequent cloudy pours bring forth more of the lemony fresh flavors and mask the metallicness. Hints of spice throughout, but not the spice presence I am used to with Belgian yeasts. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but with a velvety medium-bodied texture that captures it well and releases small, tongue tickling bubbles. Decently drinkable. The more I drink, actually, the more I warm up to the flavors. Alcohol, as always, is well-masked.
Overall this was quite an interesting saison. I may prefer the clarified regular Famtôme over it but I'm glad I got to have a glass.
02-19-2011 23:23:24 | More by abuliarose
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I honestly do not understand how a beer can pop so violently when the cork is removed yet not a single bubble of carbonation is released from the solution. Yet the beer enters my glass and erupts with 3 fingers worth of tan head composed of rather large bubbles. As the brew rests in my glass, it appears a hazy color of orange. As the cap slowly recedes down to less than a finger, it leaves finger-like strings of lacework all over the glass.
The smell of this brew is lightly cheesy with some funky tones. Quite dry smelling with minor notes of barnyard quality and hay. Through the back of the brew emerges a fruited quality smelling very much like lemons which again goes back to some cheese and spiced indications that are a little herbal. There is a faint vanilla sweetness mixed with a mineral aspect to this brew's nose once it comes up to temperature.
The taste of this brew has a pleasant lemony quality that turns bitter and pulp-like. The bitterness of this brew is very reminiscent of eating unsweetened grapefruit. There is a dry bready grain flavoring across the middle that provides a base for some herbal flavoring to come in towards the finish. Throughout this brew are some deep earthy flavors that when mixed with the rindy and herbal flavorings, it comes together to be a very unique take on a saison.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is yet again masterfully hidden as I have come to expect from this brewery. A very solid and unique arrangement of flavors here. This is one of the most dry takes on the style I have had to date without much spiced quality. Very earthy and enjoyable.
08-24-2011 23:50:14 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks to Andrew for sharing.
A: Dark hazy orange with a big off-white frothy head that recedes in a cavernous fashion.
S: Horsey barnyard presence with straw, vanilla, and earth. Lots of fruit: melon, pear, apple, and lemon. There's a light sugary element with spicy and floral notes.
T: The beer has an interesting fruit profile, sort of an odd mixture: raspberry, strawberry, melon, lemon, apple, and pear. Malt is bready and lightly sweet, with a decided spiciness that's peppery and earthy. Lightly funky and musty. The tartness is restrained but unmistakable. Very interesting.
M: High carbonation and lower medium in body.
Overall: An interesting and enjoyable beer. Quite an experience.
07-01-2011 22:27:54 | More by HopHead84
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a golden straw color with a big fluffy white head. Hazy body, lots of gunk at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is unlike most other saisons. Vanilla-y, earthy, funky aroma with a strong fruity (honeydew melon? cherries?) background. Not sure exactly what is going on in the aroma but its definitely more sweet/fruity smelling than most saisons. The flavor comes through with more sweet, citrusy, funky notes. Tart, but not offensively sour. Finishes rather sweet, but still very characteristic of the style.
Wish I could get another bottle of this. Amazing brew.
08-21-2011 03:51:05 | More by muttyd
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
750ml bottle (gusher alert!) poured into my Fantôme tulip, Saint Roch is a murky burnt gold with a small off-white head that leaves sticky lace.
Smell is classic Fantôme, pithy lemon zest, some sour wheat and a bit musty, particularly as it warms, unfavorably.
Taste is a bit disappointing at first, after having wanted to get my hands on this for a couple years. There's an astringent bite from the brett, which has manifest itself in an unpleasant manner. I was hoping this would be a more tart sourness like their best efforts, but it comes off more of a dirty huskiness. There is some sweetness to the esters though, which I always enjoy. As it warms, the lemons open up, sweetens, and softens (or perhaps my palate just adjusted to the brett), and become much more enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is very dry, with a light body.
Drinkability is OK. Probably my least favorite Fantôme. But it's still Fantôme, which I love. Very glad got to try it, thanks again Dstructo!
11-28-2009 02:29:14 | More by ccrida
Fantôme Saint-Roch from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.