Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme
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5/5 rDev +16.8%
Huge thanks to MikeytotheB for sending this my way in the NOOB BIF 5. It seems like this beer has been as elusive to me as the ghost that haunts the bottle's logo. Really psyched to finally try it. 750 bottle, Batch B, best by May 2012, into my Duvel tulip.
If first impressions are everything, consider this the epitome of positive ones. Opaque and murky, yet strangely, glowing orange hue with mounds of loose sediment and an abundance of carbonation bubbles. A fizzy white head quickly builds up to about a finger's worth and then quickly settles down. Absolutely gorgeous, the hot blonde bombshell of the Saison world.
Nose is incredibly complex and intricate, releasing aromas of musty basement, hay, lemon tartness, bread, woody oak, sour apple, earthy floral elements and peppery spice. Really really well meshed, both fruity and funky.
Tastes about as one would expect from the nose, slightly sour on the palate with a pleasing barnyard funkiness from the yeast. Possesses a mildly bitter twang on the back end with some biscuit like characteristics and spiciness present throughout. Just amazing, that's really all I can say.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, dry, effervescent and highly drinkable.
Simply put, this is one of the best beers in the world, and truly deserving of the recognition it receives, including my first perfect review. I can't wait to track some more down, Cheers!
08-22-2011 19:25:24 | More by mocktm
5/5 rDev +16.8%
After a loud pop, this pours out a beautiful brass color with tons of champagne-like carbonation, and a thick, soft whipped egg white head made up of tight bubbles. The head does not quit. When drunk, this leaves gigantic lacing all along the side of the glass. Smells like orange blossom honey, light berries, lemon, earthy funk, sweet orange, earthy, dirty hops, and herbal hops that give this almost a minty edge. Grain and alcohol are ever so slight and merely act to round this out. An acidic tartness hits the tip of the tongue initially and then washes over the entire tongue while light stone fruits, spicy yeast, and sweetbread become present. The funk doesn't jump out at you so much as it plays it relatively quiet, so as to accompany the tartness. Remains fruity all the way to the end (and on into the aftertaste) as the beer dries up and the hops come into the foreground bringing flavors of perfumey flowers, mint, and earth. Alcohol is subtle. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very active on the tongue. This certainly does not drink like an 8% beer. It is at once refreshing and enormously complex.
08-27-2007 02:38:12 | More by goochpunch
5/5 rDev +16.8%
I got a bottle of this while on vacation in Vegas and was blown away. I opened it at a beer tasting and I think I speak for everybody at the event that it was one of the highlights.
A: light orange in color, very little head. I am a guy that likes to look at a beer under light and when done with this beer you can see the yeast float around the bottle. It looks pretty awesome.
S: it has an earthy smell and a hint of apricot.
T/M: spices and citrus, almost perfect carbonation.
Overall one of the best saisons I have ever had. Highly recommend this one.
09-30-2011 19:10:54 | More by Travisnin
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.