Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme
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Reviews by ccrida:
4.97/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured from draught into a LaChouffe tulilp, Fantome is hazy burnt gold/apricot color, with a 2 finger, eggshell colored head that is quick to subside to a hearty skim, leaving thick foam lace. The head is easily revived with a quick swirl, which I find myself constantly doing to savor the wonderful aroma. So tempted to give this a 5, because I really think it's the perfect beer, but objectivity reminds me I could use a rockier head with better retention - hopefully the bottled version will fulfill this for me!
This is my favorite smelling beer ever, wow! Funky and wild, sweet candi sugar, tart lemon zest, cereal grains and a little chalky.
The taste is very tart, a real mouth puckerer, which can be a turn off for some or a source of extreme desire for those like me. The Fantome is all about the yeast and bacteria, expressed at their finest. There is a soft sweetness that is like no other, minerals, lemon citrus, noble hop spice and the slightest hint of alcohol, leading to a clean dry finish. Trying to break this down too much doesn't do the final product justice. Quit analyzing and savor the experience!
The mouthfeel is creamy and on the lighter side, dancing on the tongue, which is puckered from the Brett.
Fantastic taste and complexity and eminently quaffable, as my favorite beer of all time, it doesn't get any more drinkable then this! I tried for a while to get a barrel of this for my wedding to no avail. Had I been successful, I probably would have drank it all myself, so it probably worked out for the best!
This has been my favorite beer for some time, although I've only had it on draught, and not in about 2 years. I try as many as Fantome's other offerings as I can, and while some are quite good, none of them touch the wildness of this one, which is a shame. How much of that is reflection of having only had this on draught, and the others only in bottles, I don't know...bottom line, the Fantome Saison is my vote for best beer in the world!
06-01-2007 16:26:02 | More by ccrida
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
One of the bottles tasted at our Greensboro tasting Saturday,poured a hazy yellow with some orange tint with a nice fluffy/sticky head.Very lemony aroma it really jumped out up front along with a clovey spiciness,alot of refreshing flavors going on alot of citrus,lemons and orange mainly but I also detected some green apple as well along with some pepper but not nearly as peppery as some others of the style.A top notch saison thanks to the mother in law for bringing it down here for me so I could share it with others.
01-17-2005 13:16:23 | More by oberon
3.1/5 rDev -27.6%
Bland, dull, vapid, humdrum all of these words describe this beer, surprising me. This is not like the Fantome that I know and love. I must assume that this is a bad bottle, however, I will review it because there are no terrible qualities. This one just seems muffled and boring.
Appearance is great. The bottle pops with an explosive orce. The crown is huge, lasting and magnificent. The body the perfect color, cloudy stawlike gold. The sediment is a bit on the high side. Using a decanter is a good idea for this beer.
Smell Not much. I get a little straw, a little sour twang, some lemon grass, some wheat, peach here, pepper there but all are muddled. This beer smells like it would if I had a cold, but I dont have one. Its just not very pungent or exciting.
Taste is just like smell. Floral notes and citric acid. Light fruits. Nice but weak.
Mouthfeel is alright. Sweet front, slightly sour finish and just a bit of tang. Thin but thickening towards the end. Bitter in some ways, juicy and sweet in others. Very complex as it should be.
Drinkability: even this seemingly off sample is highly drinkable. Ill try again and rereview at the next opportunity. I expect positive results.
03-04-2006 02:38:02 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.88/5 rDev +14%
Dom Perignon, upon first trying champagne, proclaimed, "Come quickly, I'm drinking stars!" Too bad for him he didn't try this Saison instead. This special bottle was brought out at the Toronado for a small group to share.
It poured the color of champagne with wonderfully bright, citrusy aroma but it's the taste--I'd swear there was strawberry essence in it--that makes this a phenomenal Saison.
Whether it's the yeast or the spirit of the Fantom, this is one to seek out.
07-30-2009 17:32:59 | More by byaeger
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Found this on the shelf in a store in Toledo... Hadn't seen one in Michigan anywhere so I jumped on it. Split with three others at a tasting. Pours a solid and cloudy, completely opaque and dull shade of yellow. Lots of chunky sediment particles float and swirl around the beer. The small white head, even after an aggressive pour, settles to a thin skin and ring at the edges of the beer. Pretty good looking as far as saisons go.
The aroma of Fantome Saison is simply unlike anything I've ever smelled before. So unique, different, weird, wonderful, and just an incredible combination of seemingly thousands of different things. Huge amounts of yeast; funk, cork, damp cellar, barnyard - welcome to funk town. Sublimely enough, the funk is met with an intangible sweetness; some kind of nebulous fruitiness that stands out. It smells exactly like strawberry Pez candy. Lots of grassy, herbal, and floral notes join in, along with some light lemon zest, orange peel, and a handful of spices and herbs that I couldn't even begin to put my finger on. So many different things blended in such a weird, albeit complementary way. It's different, and it works.
I take my first sip and my mouth is met with a flavor profile unlike anything else. I honestly don't even know where to begin or how to accurately describe this one. That mild, indecipherable fruity sweetness comes on right at the start. I wish I could put my finger on it, but I just can't. It follows that Pez aroma pretty closely, and tastes similarly, too. It provides a nice, light sweetness up front. Way before long, the yeast flavors start to take over - wet cork, damp celler, dare I say, horseblanket? More and more, that initial sweetness almost starts providing a light tartness - not enough to pucker, but enough to be noted.
There's a substantial hop character; slightly herbal and grassy with lots of random floral flavors popping in and out. It might be hard to pick out at first, simply due to the enormous number of things going on here. As the sweetness and fruit flavors fade out towards the end, the funk flavors become a little more prominent and other finishing flavors come out, too: mild oak, wet hay, and some warming alcohol. Despite its decrescendo, however, there still is a little bit of sweetness that lasts until the finish. Crispy mouth feel, carbonation like a mofo, leaving a super dry finish.
Fantome Saison is a wonderful display of creativity and individuality - a seemingly "it's just crazy enough to work" type combination of flavors and aromas. Traveling from sweet and mildly tart to funky and bone dry, for a super unique and refreshing saison. Everyone teased me for getting such a hard-on over this beer, but I don't care. I fucking loved it. And I don't care if nobody else does - bigger pours for me next time!
03-04-2013 02:41:22 | More by tectactoe
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Orange color with a small off-white head. Nice lacings.
S: Slightly edgy, yet smooth and round. Lots of fruit esters all around and strange but pleasant candy aromas. Hints of spices.
T: Very good. Wonderful fresh fruity flavors. The taste is mostly sweet but has a subtle tartness to it. Fruits of the forest, candy and hints of spices. The finish is mildly bitter and grassy.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly dry in the finish.
D: A really unique beer, I dare to say. What a strange but lovely character. An oddball beer in an otherwise oddball style.
NOTE: I've had the opportunity to try a bottle of this that was cellared for about four years. It had not hold up well. It had lost quite a lot of the sweet fruity candy-like character and developed a more distinctly spicy and semi-funky character.
10-15-2009 19:56:46 | More by ricke
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
A- Pours a deep golden with a thin white head that doesn't last, but can be swirled back into exsistence.
S- A barnyard funk that's noticeable but not so pronounced like a lambic. Sort of a lemon/peach hybrid with some ginger. Absolutely mouthwatering.
T- Slight lemon tartness that increases as it warms. Peach and kumquat, subtle spice, green apple. Just kind of raw and funky with light wheatiness and soft orange in the fade.
This Saison brings it, a must try. Not over the top but reminds you how good a Saison can be.
11-19-2009 04:31:15 | More by brownbeer
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Pours a cloudy and golden in color with orange highlights. The head is thick and rocky and off-white.
S - Strong fruity aroma with apple and citrus upfront, slightly tart and funky.
T - Very well balanced between apples, peach, and orange flavors. Crisp. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well.
M - Well carbonated, fills the mouth with bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.
O - Overall a very good beer. I'm not into saisons but I really like this one. Very deserving of being the best saison out there.
01-06-2012 21:55:28 | More by SkiBum22
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
A: a solid 2 finger head, white and foamy, while the beer was left slightly opaque and cloudy from the sediment.
S: VERY fruity. couldn't even pick out which fruits it smelled like because it was different every time however there was a definite afterodor of wheat.
T: a tropical fruit/wheat explosion that quickly dissipates into little-to-no after taste...
MF/D: due to the taste, can be drunk quickly without realizing it, leaving a healthy buzz. in addition, a very smooth taste, not overly carbonated. feels warm going down the throat, leaving a slight tingle on the tongue. the smoothest 8% ive ever had...
07-04-2010 07:58:16 | More by newk340
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
Sampled on tap at Gravity Head at Rich O's on 3-19-05 IN/KY BA Gathering. Arrives with a nice cloudy yellow color and hints of orange along with a fluffy, craggy white head that sticks in clumps to the side of the glass. Amazing tart lemon smell with hints of vinegar, clove and some earthy barnyard funkiness. I get a touch of green olives as well and a nice mellow white peppery spiciness. Damn!
First sip is a wonderfully tangy sweet/sour lemony vinegar flavor. Notes of spice throughout and plenty of earthy barnyard dirty hay flavors. So smooth and extremely enjoyable. There's a bit of granny smith apple in there as well...fruity, tart, sweet and bitter. It all works so damn well together. Great yeast flavors....just a freaking awesome saison. Lovely.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with a small bubbly carbonation. Goes down so well. Such a drinkable beer here...I could drink it all night. Highly recommended. I will be buying a bottle as soon as possible!
03-24-2005 02:51:53 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
750ml bottle, served in a tulip glass. Dates on the label, but nothing was stamped. Orange color, medium-sized head. It had a great citrus/spice aroma. It smelled like those oranges you see at holidays with the cloves embedded in them. Taste was the same, a little muted compared to the aroma, and pretty tart. Thoroughly enjoyable beer.
08-25-2007 18:28:55 | More by lordofthewiens
4.45/5 rDev +4%
Bottle purchased 8/2010; best by date is not notched
A - Nice pop as the cork is pulled. Pours a clear very pale yellow with fine suspended material. A stream of rising carbonation. One finger of white head doesn't last long and leaves only spots of lacing.
S - Huge presence of apple and pear, mostly sweet, but a faint tartness. There is some yeast funk, but it is very subtle.
T - Taste has the apple and pear from the aroma, plus a bit of lemon and lemon zest. Some earthy funk, but again rather subtle. Finish is dry with slight bitterness. Absolutely no hint of alcohol. Excellent.
M - Light and crisp with some tartness and a clean, dry finish.
O - Nice delicate flavors with no alcohol presence whatsoever. Excellent beer that I could drink everyday, except for the price and availability... But I'll be sure to buy this when I see it.
04-17-2012 00:57:52 | More by warnerry
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A - golden yellow with a thick white head.
S - notes of fruit and spices. a bit of grain.
T - earthy yet light with hints of spice and fruit.
M - creamy.
D - an amazingly drinkable beer. highly recommended for almost any occasion.
04-24-2008 16:53:54 | More by dill
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
The missing link between artisan commercial belgian beers and homebrews...
First (and foremost) it has to be said that I think that it's a travesty that we cannot get more Saisson beers in the US. It's a great style for an early summer day and a really interesting style as well.
First pour shows a lightly orange-tinted gold with a huge amount of suspended floaters and a massive layer of yeasty sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The head is white and creamy (though perhaps less substantial than is ideal for the style) that subsides to a reasonably sticky lace. The aroma is incredible - sweet fruits and sugary candy notes riding on a wave of malt and yeast with a sort of "barnyard" whiff drifting throughout.
Initial taste is sweet and tart - a sort of bitter fruit syrup flavor, closing out to a crisp, sour main body that puckers the mouth and brings to mind citrus and hops. The finish is soft, with dying carbonation and a lingering tartness with some alcohol warmth.
This is best described as an "interesting" brew and an "interesting" version of the style. Sadly, there are better examples of the style but they seem impossible to find here. Given the options, I guess it's worth getting (though, IMHO, it's quite over-priced).
04-05-2003 18:27:34 | More by SamuraiJack
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a champagne color that was crystal clear the first pour and grew hazier with each additional pour. Off white head that is light and bubbly and thick (2 inch first pour, 1 inch on second). Head faded down to half a centimeter and held there. Great lacing too. Aroma is apricot, sweet grass, dry yeasty funk. Taste is sweet grass, dry earth and aged floral hops. Surprisingly full bodied for a saison, medium-high carbonation.
04-03-2014 03:42:26 | More by mverity
4.93/5 rDev +15.2%
750 ml bottle, capped and corked. The recessed cork was difficult to remove, even with a good corkscrew. Served into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy, golden body with a gigantic snowwhite head that nests in the tulup glass. Good lacing.
Aroma: Much like a lambic, with musty cherry and lemon notes. Spicy, herbal, and fruity, with funky horseblanket yeast. Well spiced, with coriander, white pepper, rosemary, and lemon zest. Fruit esters are exceptional.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Funky yeast lends a heaviness to the mouthfeel.
Taste: Citrusy lemon with tangerines in the background. Lots of funky barnyard yeastiness, grassy and floral hops, and some floral character. Spices are somewhat bitter, with coriander and white pepper. Earthy, grassy, lemony citrus, and yeasty. Evokes a spring meadow, grazing with sheep. Long finish is yeasty, spicy, and lemony bitter.
Drinkability: I'm becoming a big fan of Saisons, and this one sets a nice standard for the style. I've been keeping a small stash of Ommegang Hennepin on hand to slake my desire for this style, but an excellent Belgian Saison like this one is a special treat. Truly exceptional drinkability. I love grazing in the meadow with sheep, taking in the grassy, herbal, floral, and funky earthiness that is contained in a bottle like this one. The citrusy lemon character really adds an inviting component to the drinkability. Nice and dry, with a long finish. Lovely!
05-25-2005 10:07:48 | More by merlin48
4.8/5 rDev +12.1%
Presentation: Large bottle, capped and corked, pours apricot, orangy amber, cloudy.,Head is reserved, light, airy, tiny bubble, white.Leaves classic lacing, fine, well developed and stringy
Nose: Funky,musty, earthy,horse blanket, barn yard, flowery, peppery..
taste: A rainbow of flavors and assualts on the senses. Spice, fruit,anise, citrus, fresh hops, sour, tart, intrigue in every sip...COMPLEX
Mouthfeel: smooth and lucious, drying late.
Drinkability; exceptional creation, wish I bought two bottles. Worldclass, gonna buy more and enjoy it with my next BBQ
(how can anybody drink Middle of the road brew after sampling this nectar of the gods??)
03-20-2005 12:51:35 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
Clear golden color with a soft white head, good retention and lacing. Aromas of hay, lemon, must, cantelope, honeydew, and some pears. Grassy and musty at the beginning but some of the fruits mentioned in the aroma join in shortly thereafter. Earthy and fruity in the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Another great Saison from Fantome.
12-28-2008 00:37:39 | More by badbeer
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit of funk with some citrus notes as well as green apple. The flavor is green apples.spices, lemons, wheat and some light tartness. Thin mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. A excellent saison.
07-01-2010 04:08:43 | More by Mora2000
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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