Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Amusingly, the label has a whole best before section, but it's blank.
Appearance: The bottle gushes mildly, and leaves a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates steadily and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. Pours a hazy banana yellow. Not much lacing overall; a few spots and streaks that disappear quickly.
Smell: Huge. Perfume/cologne, cornucopia of fruits and berries, a little funk and yeast. Somewhat dominant lemon/orange citrus. Enriches the flavor.
Taste: First sip: tons of spice, lemony citrus, various fruits (peach and apricot?), and tangy brett funk that gets very deep by the aftertaste. I'm immediately sold; this is exactly what I wanted this beer to taste like. Subsequent sips yield more leathery funk, and more spice and esters than I can keep track of (but never going overboard and tasting like tea or fruit juice). Mildly tart, some restrained (not at all "sugary") sweetness, very refreshing, with a great balance of flavor, and even greater depth and development of flavor. Just excellent.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very juicy, moderately carbonated, with a dry finish and a slight build up of puckering tartness.
Drinkability: I'm not noticing the 8% ABV at all, and the beer is endlessly flavorful and refreshing.
I would like to drink this beer at the brewery, so I could immediately comment to the brewer: "You are a genius." The beer is so adventurous with the spices and esters, but not ridiculous or cloying. It's one of those beers that makes me want to contact the person who made it and thank them.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2010 05:27:19 | More by Pahn
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