Fantôme Saint-Roch - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
89
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 28
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PMR on 10-17-2006)
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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

drinkability: ok

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB March 2012. Thanks to Rookie for opening this bottle he brought back from Amsterdam. 750mL green glass capped and corked bottle.

Quick review: Pours an orange amber and super clear with huge creamy bone-white head. Nose is very malty with some faint "fruit loops" (orange, lemon, lime, cereal grain) notes. The palate is all about pale caramel malt and pale candi sugar, very Belgian Pale Ale-esque, with an odd note of preserved lemon peel creeping out of the grain flavors. Carbonation is soft and creamy.

More focused than any other Fantome beer I've had, but unfortunately not the most interesting.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by yourefragile at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, sugar, yeast, earthy notes, some light Fantome funk. Very sweet and fruity, which I like.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, yeast, sugar, earthy notes, floral notes. No real funk and a little too sweet for me, so a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A touch undercarbonated but easy to drink; a little more and it could be perfect.

o - Overall a good beer, but was a tiny bit too sweet in the taste for me. Would give another shot, but better Fantome's out there.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a semi clear reddish brown color with a lively white head. Some lacing. Fairly clean aroma for a Fantome but has notes of caramel and some spice. Some fruit like notes as well. The taste is rather different too with notes of some light fruit (grape), apple, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Some bitterness in the end. It’s fine, but nothing too crazy.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark yellow brown color, ½ finger off white head, bubbles come up from the bottom, well carbonated, decent lacing and retention.
S- The aroma has sugar and spice upfront, Belgium yeast, herbal aroma, sweet malts, toffee white wine/grapes.
T- Really nice tasting brew, pretty sweet right away, white grape taste is present, sugar, hints of caramel, fruity tastes come out in the end, slight apple, grape.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, crisp/dry finish, well carbonated.
O- Enjoyable offering from Fantome, solid beer as most of the Fantomes have been, this one didn’t stand out compared to some of the others but still tasty.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part 6 of the Fantome tasting.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Good retention with some thick rings. Color is a burnt bright orange.

Aroma: A herbal/floral nose. Maybe a touch more hops show here compared to most Fantomes. I pick up a grape/white wine flavor. Maybe a hint of pears. Spices and some bready malts.

Taste: Grapeskins and wine flavors. More spice flavors show here. Yeasty and bready. Apple skins and pears. Coriander. Very herbal flavored.

Mouthfeel: Dry compared to other Fantomes. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, this was a pretty solid saison. Not very unique compared to the other Fantomes, but more 'to style'. Good stuff.

Photo of abuliarose
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to assume that Saint Roch is a reference to the Saint Roch that survived a plague infection and back when he was alive not dying of an infection was misinterpreted as a miracle. Shared by Michael at a recent Fantome ridiculous tasting of epic whaleness.

Beer is brown-ish, nice little white head, small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing.

Aroma is raisins and stone fruits, with a nice malt backbone, yeast is subdued in this one.

Beer is sweet, bready, nice malt character, great finish, not too dry. Beer has some late funk in there, and some plum like flavors, interesting and I would have it again.

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

768th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750 ML

Not sure vintage
@Woodshop Classix

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Fantôme Saint-Roch from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.