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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 460
Gots: 183 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002)
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy blond, well carbonated with a big fizzy head that leaves quickly.

Smell is grassy, wheat, subtle.

Taste is Belgium candy sugar and funk, hay, wheat, straw. It’s a lot like when you chew on spaghetti and it gets sweeter over time. Honey and a bit of hoppiness on the tail.

The easiest drinking I’ve ever come across. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:31:19 | More by Smurf2055
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 04:08:43 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best beer of the weekend. Pours hazy yellow with a big, rocky white head. Thick lacing. Funky sweet aroma with candied fruits. A wonderful taste for a saison. Lots of sweet oranges, strawberries, and plums. Sour yeast balances out the sweet and lets out the pepper and spice. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:58:03 | More by magictrokini
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a bright golden color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal hops, light spices, Belgian candi sugar, and hints of fruits. Everything plays off of each other very well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian candi sugar and earthy hop flavors kick things off and are followed shortly by a good bit of spices. All of these flavors are joined by solid amounts of light fruit flavors before disappearing into a clean and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished the bottle very quickly and could drink a whole lot of these.

Overall this is a very, very good saison but I have to say that I like the Printemps just a bit more. I've yet to be disappointed by Fantome and look forward to trying more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:41:12 | More by glid02
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. cork - 036/477044
Lot#dJ - best by: 13'

A: A bit of a vigorous pour brings a one finger head formation. The head slowly retreats to a silky layer. The lacing is left in a thin pattern. The body is a murky straw color with a chalky hue. Carbonation is moving rather slowly.

S: The aroma shows notes of funkiness, with a good level of esters yeast character. The level of intensity on the aroma is medium, but still shows good presence.

T/M: This is one smooth, creamy saison. The sour notes are just perfect. A bit of funky acid, but still allowing other spice come through. A bit of a candi sugar found. The mouthfeel is great, silk and great lingering funk. A good lemon character.

O: Overall this is perhaps one of the finest saisons. Nice developed funk and very well hidden ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:21:54 | More by GDBEERMAN
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A) Nice golden hue with a little frothy head.

S) A bit metallic...phenols coming through.

T) A ton of lemon zest, peppery spiciness...the acidity disapears pretty quickly...man the lemon comes right back.

M) Vey nicely carbonated. I like the champagne mouthfeel!

O) Pretty damn outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:56:11 | More by jimmy82063
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, best before the end of January 2013. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is pretty nice, it smells like citrus fruits, hay, earthy funk, apples, and some apricots. It tastes like apples (both sweet and tart ones), citrus, pears, white grapes, peppery spice, and a bit of funk and hay. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I made the mistake of passing up this beer in the past, so I knew when I finally came across it again the other day that I had to buy it. I certainly wasn't disappointed, this is a pretty good brew! $13.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:08:10 | More by bluejacket74
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy yellow with a thick head – nice lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy. The taste is also spicy and floral with some bitterness and a touch of sweetness. This is a flavorful, but mild beer that has great balance. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Overall, this is an easy to drink, light, balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:43:31 | More by barefootbrewer
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vrazionale

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL at just-under cellar temperature poured into a wide-mouthed wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow body with a frothy yet delicate head formation.

S - Lots of fruit: apricots, peaches, and clementines. Slightly floral (jasmine? chamomile tea?), and a touch of spice (coriander, fennel pollen). Just a touch of basement funk. Everything comes together well, and the nose is delicate and inviting.

T - Beautiful progression: starts out sour and tart, then moves to a juicy fruity sweetness, then the finish is back to sour. I'm back to the floral notes that I picked up on the nose, still jasmine and chamomile. The finish is incredible - I'm still tasting this beer minutes after I've swallowed.

M - Spot-on carbonation. This brew is light-bodied, but the depth and complexity of flavors would have you think otherwise.

D - What a beer. I'm amazed by how floral this brew is, but also by how well-tempered the floral character is. It's just right. I'd love this beer with a creamy fresh-ripened goat's milk cheese. Yet another reason to love the Fantome beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:53:24 | More by vrazionale
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WeisGuy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a deep golden orange color, one-finger white head with good retention and lacing, very cloudy with a lot of sediment

s - very spicy with lots of coriander and black pepper, considerable funkiness, some apple, strong yeastiness

t - pretty spicy and sour up front, lots of funk/sourness with hints of black pepper, the funk stays through the mid-palate while the maltiness/yeastiness develops more, the finish is a lingering mild sourness with coriander and black pepper coming back in, some yeast in the finish as well, no alcohol noticeable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very easy on the palate...the finish is not harsh at all

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and quite complex and interesting, alcohol not noticeable

Great saison all around. Quite a bit more funk than most of the other saisons I've tried, which I like. I'd like to put this next to Avec in a side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 01:13:32 | More by WeisGuy
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into DeRanke tulip in Brussels (cant remember the name of the restaurant). Pours a fantastic light orange haze with thick white head. Smells of wild belgian yeast, slight hop, slight grassy and citrusy.
Taste is so great. Such a unique flavor of citrusy grassy yeasty malts. Super dry but refreshing and easy to drink. Wow...Fantome is just superb.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 21:38:45 | More by DrinkSlurm
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marc77

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The turbid, light oranged hued brew is topped by a formidably thick, dense whipped cream like head that leaves intricate lace. The luscious aroma is comprised of sweet apricot and peach fruit esters as the dominate components, w/ slightly tarter strawberry and citrus notes secondary. Subdued green apple acetaldehyde exists as an undertone in aroma. Buttery malt becomes perceptible as the beer warms as well. Bittersweet dried citrus peel is perceived initially, then yields to fructose - like sweetness mid - palate, while a combination of light sour dough breadiness and coriander round out the taste. Curacao provides most of the bitterness in this brew, since hop bitterness is very mild. Although highly carbonated, there's sufficient residual dextrins and protein for a relatively smooth mouthfeel. Finishes quite clean, w/ peppery notes briefly lingering. Fantome Saison is a highly enjoyable brew. It's got tremendous complexity, yet remains soft overall on the palate. Unparalled in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 17:43:03 | More by marc77
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mjc410

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big-bubbled one finger head. I can smell tart green apples, freshly cut grass, and a bit of barnyard. Tasting it, there are more nuances. Everyone who tasted it noticed a buttery flavor. Along with this are the grass and apple flavors, although the former is less pronounced than in the nose. This all recedes to a nice sweet and sour malt taste. Pouring in all of the yeast mellows the taste and makes it somewhat earthier. It's medium-bodied, mouth coating, with good tingly carbonation. I've had a number of Fantomes, and the variety in just this style astounds me. A whole 750 is never enough!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 16:18:36 | More by mjc410
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a hazy golden tone yielding a large 2" head; some lacing.

fruity/citrus-like; spices, a bit of funk, a bit of yeast... intriguing; some secondary notes reminiscent of a white wine.

not being a particularly big fan of the style (due mostly to my inexperience with it), i was impressed here. big citrus follow-through with lemon and grapefruit leading the way... sweet, but not overly so; crisp and tasty. a touch of tartness. pretty complex.... i can definitely dig this. for my money this is the best saison i've come across. very well done.

M: medium-heavy. medium carbonation.

D: tasty and refreshing. flavorful. simply put, IMO the perfect craft summer brew. a bit cost-prohibitive, unfortunately, but i will certainly revisit this one from time to time.

originally reviewed on: 06-27-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 15:01:54 | More by BostonHops
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jsapunor

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. When the cork is removed smoke and some bubbling escape.

This is a very complex beer. The taste changes substantially as it warms. When cold, dryness is the primary characteristic and it tastes like a dry champagne. Lots of fruit in the nose but as it warms, grass. Apricot, lemon, pear and very mild funk. When cold, it's so dry it evaporates off the tongue but warmer, it lingers and coats with some chewiness. A very light and soft mouthfeel compliments the other qualities of this brew. There is some brett here but in perfect balance. A great beer for a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 19:12:26 | More by jsapunor
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abents

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking 750ml bottle with nice label.
Pours a golden brown with nice white head that billows up the glass. Smells of citrusy fruits and an spices. Very pleasing aroma that invites me to taste. Wow, very nice and smooth brew here with great citrusy refreshing tones. Sharp citrus at the start that rounds out with nice yeast and hoppy bitterness. Some acidity in there with all the citrus flavors rolling around. Very drinkable brew to say the least. A 750 is not enough for this bad boy. Very smooth beer, great to drink all night long. Impressed with this one, must try more in the style.
Definitly a must drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 05:40:53 | More by abents
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before July 2013 notched on bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a 1 finger, foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

The nose is very strong. Huge amounts of fruity aromas, orange and pineapple, maybe some lemon. Tartness with some green apples and some funk on the back end. Smelled very spicy when I opened the bottle but none of that was present once in the glass.

Taste follows the nose. Strong fruity flavors, the citrus and apples are present, as is the tartness. Tart flavors are a bit stronger than the nose but nothing overpowering. Dry all the way through with some funk at the finish. A ripe, fruity flavor lingers on the tongue.

Very light body with minor but prickly carbonation that gives it a bit of a bite. Overall the mouthfeel is very light and dry.

Drinkability is outstanding for a beer of such high alcohol content. Drinks a bit slower because of the tartness so the 8% ABV doesn't really catch up. Crisp, refreshing and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:39:12 | More by ms11781
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tuliped snifter...

A - Golden hazy cloudy straw colored body with a light frothy ever so slightly off white head.

S - Wow, funk is the name of the game. Tons of funkiness with a light crisp citrusy smell to it as well. Barnyard grassiness gives it that great saison character that makes these beers so interesting.

T - Sour and tart with some great citrus coming through (lemon, orange and even some mango). VERY funky and a great grassiness with a nice dry finish.

M - Light and well carbonated. Quite nice on the palate.

D - For a beer that should be drank in the summer, this one does its job. Refreshing and I didn't even realize it was an 8% beer while drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 16:29:05 | More by KAP1356
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours cloudy yellow with a touch of orange in it. Fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

S. Lots of peach and apricot

T. Lots of bright citrus fruit on the tongue as well. Some nice mild tartness.

M. Medium body with a nice level of carbonation.

D. This is great. Not as funky as I expected, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 15:18:21 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Lively aroma has an intriguing citrusy sour and tart smell to it. Hints of yeast, fruit and pepper can be detected. Delectable flavors of fruit emerge upon first taste. Pear, green apple mandarin orange all come through. There's a wonderful spicing here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but with a real effervescent quality to it. Alcohol flavor is detected midway but doesn't detract at all from this saison's drinkability.

I sampled this with spicy shrimp and thai rice noodles. It paired very well. The effervescence of the beer cleansed the palate and flavors helped to soothe the heat. Quite a delicious offering. My only problem was opening the bottle. The soft cork broke apart and I had to decant the beer before I could pour it into a glass. Not the worst of things, but certainly an inconvenience.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 12:50:32 | More by Winter
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Goliath

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color with a one inch white head. Good head retention, but no real lacing.

The aroma is incredible. It's kind of funky, and sweet. Notes of sour apple, banana, wheat, lemon and orange all show up. Slightly sour, makes the mouth water.

The taste is quite good. A nice fruit mix with notes of orange, lemon zest, and sour apple. Spicey yeast tones as well as some funky sour tones round out the beer and leave you wanting more. A tangy wheat like tone is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of fine bubbled carbonation. Not as crisp as I would have thought, but very gentle and enjoyable.

Drinkability is very high. The flavor profile is spot on, and even with alcohol at 8% it's unoticeable. A great saison for sure, I can't believe I waited so long to try it!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 19:18:14 | More by Goliath
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice hazy orange wih a creamy off white head that decorates the glass with patterns of Belgian lace.

S: I pick up a subtle sweetness that is vaguely fruity (perhaps citrus and candi sugar) and sweet. This is balanced with a pronounced sour aroma that reminds me of wild yeast. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but this is like a funky bret aroma.

T: A strong citrus flavor flavor assaults the taste buds. I can't quite place it but I think this taste is lemony, orangey, and possibly tangeriney. Tangirney? Nice fruity taste. Very delicious.

M: The tongue and mouth are overwhlemed with hop bitterness. My tongue was wrapped in a delightful hop envelope. The beer itself was light and refereshing. The hops added complexity to this relatively light beer.

D: This is a nice beer. Complex yet simple. Bold yet timid. Everything you come to expect from a Saison. An assertive dynamic beer that you can drink either to savor or to slurp.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:48:39 | More by filabrazilia
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Green capped and corked 750 Burgundy-style bottle...a date code line that could be checked/notched on the side, but nothing marked...oh well

Appearance: Hazy dark straw beer with lots of small-bubbled carbonation and a fairly dense creamy white cap with good retention

Smell: One of the more unique beers I've smelled...my first thought is underripe peaches, mixed with a kind of odd spicy funkiness, a hint of bubblegum (but not as sweet as bubblegum) and some sort of sour twang...intriguing

Taste: Quenching. Dry and crisp. It's full of bubblegum up front, but it's not sweet. But it is kind of. Just odd how it can do that. Some sweet citrus as well. Would never guess this was anywhere near 8% abv. After the initial candy/citrus is out of your mouth, there's a nice big kick of grainy pale malt. Really nice balance. This doesn't overpower you with crazy flavors (as I was kind of expecting); rather it's incredibly well-integrated and balanced. Ends with a candy sugar sweetness, a ghostly hint of vanilla creme, and a hint of funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, slightly creamy

Drinkability: Quaffable meets fall-on-your-face

Conclusion: I passed my MA defense today. This was one of the beers I finally cracked down and bought to celebrate. Definitely worth the wait, and really tasty example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:36:27 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Drew966

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison pours a pale golden color with a thick white head from a green 750 ml bottle that has a crown over a cork (corkscrew required). Great citrusy aroma with a touch of funk. Taste also has citrusy notes, lemon, orange and some rind. Definitely a bit of funk thrown in too. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but I catch a bit of it now and then. Excellent, hightly drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 23:39:58 | More by Drew966
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a hazy golden tone yielding a large 2" head; some lacing.

fruity/citrus-like; spices, a bit of funk, a bit of yeast... intriguing; some secondary notes reminiscent of a white wine.

not being a particularly big fan of the style (due mostly to my inexperience with it), i was impressed here. big citrus follow-through with lemon and grapefruit leading the way... sweet, but not overly so; crisp and tasty. a touch of tartness. pretty complex.... i can definitely dig this. for my money this is the best saison i've come across. very well done.

M: medium-heavy. medium carbonation.

D: tasty and refreshing. flavorful. simply put, the perfect craft summer brew. a bit cost-prohibitive, unfortunately, but i will certainly revisit this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 05:22:09 | More by perrymarcus
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.