Fantôme La Gillmoir - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
750ml into a pair of matching Fantome tulips. The bottle opens with a big, audible almost alarming pop of carbonation. It pours a clear orange color with a firm white cap 3 fingers strong. Thick patchy lace coats the glass and the retention is phenomenal.
The smell has some zest citrus character like orange. Additional unidentifiable fruity quality with rind and pith of orange/grapefruit. Some malt is present smelling quite sweet like caramel/toffee. Almost has a candy sort of appeal before a touch of papery oxidation.
The flavor is all over the place. A beer mimosa of sorts with a zesty orange bitterness giving way to a neutral boozy alcohol character like vodka. The bitterness starts of pithy and rindy then gets a bit herbal. Some maltiness is present giving a flavor of burnt toffee and mild papery oxidation. I am taken back by how boozy and solvent this is for being 5+ years old.
This is medium to light bodied with a moderate to lively amount of effervescent carbonation. The alcohol is significantly more bold than I am use to by Fantome standards. Very unique and enjoyable. The bitterness and zesty orange quality lead the way giving a sort of beer mimosa feel which im sure was the intention. The oxidation that creeps in keeps me from loving this but its not bad either.
01-07-2014 15:46:36 | More by stakem
2.38/5 rDev -30.6%
Desciption: Belgian saison brewed with oranges.
How: 750ml green bottle from Patrick .
Look: Orange hue with a white head.
Smell: Nice aroma of honey, fruity esters, mead, rancio and some oxidation.
Taste: Odd taste of oranges, tea and mead.
Feel and Drinkability: Medium bodied ale and easy drinking.
Overall: A fresh beer would have give a better idea of the quality of this product. The oxidation was omnipresent.
01-27-2012 18:40:02 | More by rodenbach99
3.5/5 rDev +2%
Apparently I'm the only one that liked this beer, usually not the case but this time it clearly was. Perhaps it is my baby-induced beer starvation I'm currently undergoing, who knows why really.
Beer is amber with a nice haze, wispy lazy white head, small bubbles, low lacing, low retention.
Aroma is citrus, orange peel, mild spice, decent funk.
Beer is dry, light in body, lead off a little fruity with this musky funk on the back half. It was definitely more musky than some of the other bottles but this did not offend me in the least. It was fine, drinkable, decent overall. I would even have it again.
11-22-2011 21:14:19 | More by drabmuh
2.17/5 rDev -36.7%
Shared this bottle at last weekend's Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose brings some light citrus -- orange and lemon -- plus a bit of spice. Fairly nice. The flavor is quite odd and falls way off. It's dry and a bit musty with faint citrus. Something way off about it, likely fermentation issues as this is like a bad Tripel. Strange spice and a dry finish. Very odd.
11-10-2011 11:58:11 | More by Thorpe429
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Thorpe429 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 brett, fruity malts, spices, yeast, earthy notes. Some nice funk in the nose which I like.
t - Tastes of pepper, spices, yeast, bready malts, wheat, and very light lemon and citrus. No real fruit or funk here like the nose, and more pepper and spices. Not bad, but a step down for me.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a pretty average saison and Fantome beer; not one of the standouts from the tasting. Taste is too spice and pepper heavy for me; wouldn't seek it out again.
11-09-2011 19:46:42 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
3.15/5 rDev -8.2%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.
The beer is a light orange color and appears mildly hazy. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the smell of apples. A dash of spice and funk are in there as well, but apples steal the show. The tastes follows suit. Perhaps an appropriate choice for the autumn season? The feel on the palate is a bit sharp, but I wouldn't describe it as harsh. Overall, one of the weaker Fantôme beers of the evening.
11-07-2011 01:11:21 | More by Huhzubendah
4.45/5 rDev +29.7%
Bottle from l' autre oeil, Gatineau, for a steal. Drank this alone, but shared a little with the cute bartender.
A: A straw colored beer with a hint of liquid honey. Head is big and bold, but fades fast and leaves little lacing.
S: Before I poured this I put my nose to the bottle and I immediately got a huge whiff on tangerine/orange and oddly chocolate. Once in the glass the crazy chocolate note I got reduced but, still quite present. Some earthy, mushroom hues fill in the corners of the picture.
T: Big and fruity, REAL fruit. Taste of young fresh oranges and tangerines. Almost a fruit punch / five alive taste. Contrasts well with the earthy funk. Not sour at all, but slightly funky and quirky.
M: Perfect balance of dryness and sweetness.
Overall: A smashing good beer. Very drinkable. Could easily drink two 750ml bottles solo in an evening and not be sick & tired. Hope they still have these around when I make it back to Ottawa/Gat.
08-12-2011 00:00:48 | More by uno99
4.5/5 rDev +31.2%
Purchased Beer Mania July 2010; Sampled September 2010
A soft, steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost five-finger thick, lightly tan tinged head. The head has a long staying power and leaves ample thick layers / clumps of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a murky light amber hue that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue and a plethoro madly streaming carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. The pronounced, fruity aroma is noticeable as soon as I start to pour this beer. This is definitely the dominant note here and it is backed by an earthy spiciness that reminds me of woody white pepper (without the heat), woody mushrooms and ancient, very dry wood that crumbles to dust as you touch it. The fruitiness reminds me of apples, nicely ripe pears and sweet / tart plums. The finish gets nicely spicy, almost herbal in some ways; the heat from black pepper like notes shows through here and the beer is just simply complex and aromatic in the finish. Boosting the complexity here is the malt character; certainly pale, with an ample straw-like quality, it also reminds me of dusty grain flour that is a touch musty and damp. The nose on this beer is everything that I could hope for from a Fantome; fantastically complex with a nice interplay of fruit, malt and spice aromatics.
Dry and effervescent as it first hits my tongue, the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. There is a touch of tartness here too, I wouldn't necessarily attribute this to any wild influence, that helps accentuate the fruit notes that are otherwise muted by the lack of sweetness. The fruit notes lean towards star-fruit, perhaps a touch of melon, and something that I think of as a bone dry Perry. The finish gets musty and also has a herbal, woody pepper note, some esters and perhaps even some higher alcohols. The body is quite light, more so than Fantôme usually gets when it is young, though I have no idea how old this actually is. This drinks way lighter than the labeled 8% would suggest (though I often wonder how accurate this is from a brewery that is as high-tech as Fantôme is). There is a touch of yeast character in the finish that adds to the earthiness
The flavor isn't nearly as complex and inviting as the nose suggested, but it is damn good in its own right and I really like how dry and quaffable this is. This is definitely one of the high points of the Fantôme stable. I am excited and saddened that I have one more new Fantôme to try.
10-16-2010 01:43:19 | More by Gueuzedude
District of Columbia
1.83/5 rDev -46.6%
This beer tastes horrible. Probably one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. And I love fantome.
Appearance: Looks great, nice straw-yellow milky pour with a huge off-white head.
Smell & Taste: Bad. Incredibly medicinal. It is like some terrible cough syrup with lemon and orange, but they not only don't cover up the medicine they make it worse. Takes me back to my childhood. Also some hops that up the bitterness but nothing else, they add orange and lemon rind. This is an experiment that should not be repeated. Perhaps a little soapy? It is like drinking a cough drop.
Mouthfeel: If you can get past the taste and smell it is good and creamy, well carbonated.
Drinkability: My first drain pour in a long time. When you recoil on the first sniff and again on the first sip it is not a good sign.
10-02-2010 00:21:15 | More by craytonic
3.78/5 rDev +10.2%
L`autre Oeil, with Mathieu. Cloudy yellow with milkshake foaming head, orange fancy essence. Initially very tasty orange, and creamy mouthfeel. A bomber is too much for even two people. Sweetish. Spider lace remains. Unexpected essence to be used by Fantome, so not sure what was used, but an experiment for sure.
10-09-2009 00:17:53 | More by Sammy
3.13/5 rDev -8.7%
What an awesomely weird beer to try. Thank you Max.
Poured into my baby Duvel glass. Dirty wheat/amber color. Caked on white foam.
Smell was orange juice, very mild spices, & a good bit of Theraflu.
Taste was totally unexpected(as if anyone really knows what to expect with Fantome). Dusty Sweet Tarts candy, & an overwhelming amount of lemon in every dimension. Rindy oils, Lemonheads candy, lemon frosting, lemonade, & probably the biggest similarity, your favorite lemon-lime malt beverage/cooler. Not knocking it. Well, not totally. A little wheat, & some peppery bitterness, but so dominate in all things lemon. Amazingly, it wasn't but a touch tart &/or sour.
Feel is a touch dusty, thin, but very well carbonated.
Strange, but well received. I think.
08-04-2009 18:34:15 | More by PEBKAC
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with some distinctive citrus notes. Taste is also a well balance mix between some tart and sour notes with some citrusy hops with limited bitterness. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Easily drinkable and very funky while being different form any other beer I tasted before.
01-13-2009 18:44:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Fantôme La Gillmoir from Brasserie Fantôme
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.