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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 475
Gots: 204 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy blond, a touch more opaque than the average saison. Surprisingly little head, though active carbonation is plainly visible.

Smell - Spicy, herbal and slightly funky; this is an odd one. Overripe bananas, flowers, lemons and herbs. Hard to describe but distinctly fantome.

Taste - Banana and lemon rind, pear, funk, yeast and dough. At 8% this is decidedly stronger than most saisons, though it's quite dry nonetheless. Spicy, zesty hops are present but evenly balanced, contributing more to the overall depth of flavor rather than coming to the forefront. The finish is more herbal than bitter, bringing to mind sage and thyme. Very unusual.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied yet crisp and refreshing. Slightly less carbonated than most saisons, but by no means undercarbonated.

Notes - I've had this beer several times and it always seems a bit different than I remember it. I'm not sure if it's the beer itself constantly changing, or if I'm just experiencing new complexities. In any case, this is an absolute classic of the style, and highly recommended - worth trying at least once.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/16/10

Appearance: Cloudy, light golden color with some orange - kind of like a light Creamsicle color - nice head, nice lacing

Smell: In a word, complex - damp, musty, some Belgian yeast, some spice, some horse blanket, some hay - funky barnyard, but actually pretty mild - some sweetness, some citrus and light fruits, becomes fantastic one it hits room temperature

Taste: Really interesting - kind of sweet, kind of tart, spicy, with a lingering dampness - tastes like a damp, dirty basement smells, in a good way - a little sour, some funk - transforms from good to magic when it reaches room temperature - more fruits - apple cider? - gently, delicately sweet, tart, nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, great

Overall: Perhaps the best saison I've ever had

For many months, I saw a number of bottles of this on the top shelf of one of my local bottle shops. One day, I just decided to buy one. Then I learned it was excellent. Now, all the Fantome bottles are gone. Typical.

Photo of spicelab
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, BB March 2012. I'm gutted to say that having held on to this for 18 months after drinking a tonne of these in the US, the flavours have faded considerably. This review kind of conflates my memory with the real-time of this review.

Hazy marmalade, moderate white head, okay retention. Gotta watch that sediment.

Sticky apricot danish, rosewater, fresh tangerines and boiled sweets. Pungent floral aromas reminiscent of trampling through my grandmother's garden. Twang of spice that unfortunately I can't identify. So delectable.

Almost all of the above divinely balanced by a dash of green apple tartness.

Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Simply astonishing that this is 8% - tastes lighter than Dupont Saison.

Exquisite. A feast for the senses yet at the same time crisp, refeshing and approachable.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being a quasi-vegetarian, my mates had quite a hoot when they found out this beer was brewed in Soy, Belgium. "What's next man, an IPA from Tofu, Belgium?"

This beer was the most carbonated thing i've ever come across. The cork whoosed out and an insane amount of pillowy head blew all over my kitchen carpet. Once it calmed down, its head was simply huge and almost uncontrollabe, yet there were no signs of infection on the taste.

Bronzed gold with wild particulate matter everywhere. More sludge than i've seen in a beer. The effusive head was surrealistically multitiered.

A few barnyardy smells rise to my nose as well as slightly skunky hay. With warmth come earthy clove, sour apple, and candied sugar destroyed by a residual spruciness.

The taste is downright amazing and a good personal introduction to the style. Fruits, tart white wine, slightly astringent medicinal alcohol, enamel robbing dryness. Vinous tastes hit first, followed by a cacophony of barnyard, interlocked blissful booze and sugar, then the smooth twang of malt, hop, and cloaked booze.

Not slick or thick ... almost refreshingly stark with a final push of aged hoppiness. None of the residual sweetness that kills the drinkability of many Dubbels and Quads. This one kept me coming back for more, more, until the bottle was well gone.

Fantastically eye-opening.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears cloudy through the green bottle, but the first pour reveals an orangeish brew with a nice inch or so of white foam. The second and the third pour produce an increasingly hazy--almost muddy looking--brew. That first pour, though, is quite attractive and lures you in.

The nose is pure saison with earthy funk and spice heralding the pleasure the drinker is about to experience. Sour and tart, nutty and yeasty, earthy all around is the only way to describe this. Fruit is there too, namely sour apple--maybe cherry if you stretching it. Oh so refreshing. Dry with a touch of spice end this earthy brew.

Summer is the time for this thing. Find a hot and humid eve to enjoy Fantome Saison, sitting outside as the sun goes down. That is what summer is all about.

Photo of baos
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle into Atlas mason jar.

A: Nice amber golden color with 2 finger head that goes down to a really nice film. Really good lacing all up and down.

S: Candy sugar, sweet tarts, pink bubble gum, green apples.

T: Very sour on the get go like sour apple candy. A lemony sourness as well. Also cloves and a bit of banana. Very complex and good. Leaves the mouth super clean feeling, as if it was a miracle medicinal beer mouthwash you can swallow.

M: Very nice body on this phantom.She's very nice.

D: Even at eight percent, this beer is super drinkable and refreshing. I quaffed the bottle in no time and if I had another I would have quaffed that too. I love this beer! I want more of this type of beer.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Roger

Pours a hazy yellow. Some nice white head.. Smells sweet and fruity. Lots of intresting aromas. Very nice. Tastes sweet and fruity. Lots of light berries almost and citrus. Very enjoyable. Good solid mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable. Roger definitely chose well with this one

Photo of Jmamay22
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and capped bottle. And a pain to get the damn cork out, but worth the efforts.

Fantome pours somewhat cloudy and features a rust tinted blonde color. The head is off white and large, but settles to a thin layered cap.

Smells lightly of farmyard funk, but far from overpowering the finer nuances of this saison. There are hints of candied orange, sweet lemon grass, hay, and yeast. I'm glad to smell that the spices play a supporting role rather than the main feature. There's bits of cinnamon and clove, although very light on clove.

The taste is more assertive than the nose and the underlying funk and sourness provides a clean and refreshing flavor. Orange peal tastes more lemon like. As it warms the spices recede somewhat further into the background. Very deep and complex shifting with each new sip. Not a hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is typically Belgian with a tight carbonation that creates an unreal creamy texture that remains light and playful.

Drinkability is exceptionally high given the careful balance between flavors. The sour/flunky taste cleans the palate well and refreshes to create a new experience with each sip. Absolutely fantastic.

Photo of marburg
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite all efforts, head pours immediately to massive proportions. Retreats with a vengence. Truly a cola-like head in that it's so short-lived. Peachy gold in color with a mild haze. After some swirling, a few chunks of sediment made their way into the glass.

Aromas of hard cider, green apple skin, sours, and just the slightest hint of orange or tangerine. Emphasis on slight. The aroma shifts every second, yielding a great deal of subtlety.

A very unique, unrestrained, natural flavor emerges immediately from this beer. Unripened pear, melon rind, and lemon peel bitterness. The finish seems to drop off into an almost unpleasant, raw bitterness. Slightly awkward but by no means bad. More unexpected, I think, than anything else. A superior brew.

Photo of bonkers
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a hazy deep orange with a slight white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is funky, citrusy, and acetic all at the same time. The flavor has lots of funk in it, and lots of sweetness. It is very complex, sweet notes overlapping citrus overlapping with sour notes. It has a very dry finish. It is full bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. A great saison, my only regret is I waited so long to try it.

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick frothy, pillowy white head that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing on it's way down.

Slight funky earthy aroma with hints of light crisp fruits like apple, pear and banana. There is also a nice spicy peppery presence that goes well with the earthy notes.

Soft carbonation and very crisp up front with some nice light fruit notes such as apple, pear and banana that blend really well with the slightly tart funky earthy notes. Subtle clove spice with some citrus peel, grass and straw. Slightly sour/funky with a dry finish. Very refreshing.

Photo of madarab55
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
I was surprised to find this bottle had a cork underneath the cap. As soon as I popped the top I could smell the delightful stank that I feel every saison should have. The aroma really knocked me down. The yeast was definitely at the forefront, backed by an array of spices including nutmeg, cloves and a hint of rose water. It poured an initial billowy head that receded to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass.
Upon tasting, there was a strong presence of a woodsy flavor that I couldn't quite place. Cedar maybe? The more I sipped, the more the sour it got. But the sourness never once overshadowed the spicy malt taste.
The mouthfeel was a little on the sticky side for my taste. One of the only detractions from this beautifully built saison. I will definitely revisit this as soon as possible.

Photo of RedChrome
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium golden color to the body. Very minimal one sixth white colored head turned to a slick quickly. Lots of minuscule carbonation bubbles rising slowly on pour fading to almost no bubbling. Lace is a slightly watery sheet.

A group of aromas in the nose. Fruity scents combine apples, pears, grapes, and raisins with a very light wet hay aroma. Yeast is noticeable but fades to the fruits. Hops are also very faint.

A dry sharp white fruit of apple and pear. Grain note is subtle. As this one develops, there is a tartness lingering from the fruit flavors. Hops are nowhere to be found. A light earthiness in background.

Flavors cling and shift slightly. Carbonation helps in movement of flavors but does not overpower the beer.

A fantastic beer. great with a meal involving pork loin. A great example of the style. Definitely worth trying if you are lucky enough to find it.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Very complex nose dominated by green apples, alcohol, grass, pears, and woody spice with just a hint of barnyard funk. This is how a saison should smell.

T: Opens fruity and a little tart with notes of oak, spice, lactic yeast, green apples, pears, grass, semi-sweet white wine, and alcohol. The finish is very earthy and rich with notes of spice, yeast, and orchard fruits underscored by a swell of mellow alcohol. Very smooth and very poised.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, thick, and firm with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: This is an excellent saison and is fully deserving of its reputation as a world classic. This should be on everyone's must try list.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Fantome, it's hard to find in Columbus and I just never got around to buying it when out of town. Finally I brought home a bottle ($9.99) and poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. The beer was hazy and straw colored, with wispy clouds of fine sized floaties and a few fingers of white head without much retention time. The bottle had darker sediment at the bottom, so the last pour was more of a dark and more opaque straw color.

The aroma is absolutely stunning, hard for me to succinctly describe in all its funkiness. There were citrus and sour notes clashing it out, and some "Belgiany" yeasty ester aroma not unlike Unibroue as well. The flavor was likewise complex, probably the dominant tone was sour like a lambic, but there were spices involved as well and I can't pinpoint what they are exactly. It was just a really nice mix of flavors, spicy and hot and citrus and sour. Real nice drink, I would buy it again without hesitation.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison
750mL green bottle (Corked & Caged)

A: snifter. Completely cloudy, straw yellow color with a nice effervescent solid white head on top with a great retention rate. Very good lacing from this as well.

S: wonderful sour orangey citrus aroma. Tons of spices in this, especially clove. Small esters of bananas as well.

T: it tastes like the lemonade at carnivals. Wonderful lemon zests, with a nice sweetness from the malts. A decent hop character. The finish is slightly sweet, like cotton candy. Total carnival beer. Wow, is all I can say.

M: Mild carbonation level. Smooth and very crisp. Medium body. Outstanding palate with the zest form the lemon.

D: is it drinkable? I am pissed I only got one bottle. It is amazing. Worth a try at least, especially if you like saisons.

Photo of EPICAC
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend and I split a 750 mL bottle at Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden, with a fluffy white head that clings to the side of the glass as it fades.

Smell: Fruity and citric aromas with nice notes of aged hops.

Taste: Sweet and fruity upfront, especially sour apples and citrus. These fade into a lightly spicy finish with a mellow hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, low to medium-bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing. Balanced well.

Photo of kscaldef
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a loud cork pop and an immediate blast of farmhouse yeast aroma. Pours a lovely straw-orange color, good clarity, 1-finger white head which recedes quickly. Yeasty aroma reveals some lemon, tropical fruit, spice and floral notes. Taste is floral, herbal, a balance of mild sweetness and sourness. Lively mouthfeel, lingers but without any heaviness.

Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up at my local Binny’s after not seeing it on the shelf for a while.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy, deep golden color. About a finger and a half of white head is achieved with the initial pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Wow. So much barnyard funk. The glass is a couple feet away and the earthy, wet hay, grassy funk is very noticeable. Lemon zest, slight white pepper spices, and green apple.

Taste – Spicy Belgian yeast up front…more than I was expecting. Musty earthy flavors, tart apple, lemon zest, oak. Not as mouth puckering as I was hoping. As the beer warms it actually becomes a hint sweeter, and the spicy pepper shines. A nice balance between the sweet and funk.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, dry mouthfeel.

Overall – A very solid saison. One of the better one’s out there for sure. Going to pick up a couple more tomorrow. Curious to see how this ages (this was a fresh one).

Photo of berkey
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been too long since my last visit with this amazing beer. Glad to finally get a chance to review. 750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a pale orange with a good haze. Forms a smallish but very stubborn rocky white head. Leaves interesting inconsistent but thick lacing. Shows a fairly high amount of particulates swimming around when held to light.

Aroma is tart and fruity with strong sour apple notes, dry yeast, and a great spice character. Also some underlying earthy funk aromas and some light musty hay. Beautiful complexity. This is what a Saison should smell like!

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Tart on the entry and sour on the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely subtle for 8%. Dry flavors don't come out quite as much as the nose might have you guess but they're still in there. Faint pungent funkiness starts making itself known at room temperature but tart and sour is still what the flavor is about.

Dry character that wasn't stong on the palate is easy to pick up on the mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation is also pleasant. Very easy to drink considering the complexity and high ABV but the bottle is still best shared.

Overall just about everything I hope for in the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of stx00lax
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky pale orange with a great foamy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet navel oranges , apples, lemons, grass and funk that hits you in the face immediately.

T- Lots going on with more of the oranges and cream appeal. Pears, grass, mellow belgian spice. The funky sour is definitely there which really integrates well while leading to a nice long melony finish. Really good. Certainly hides the 8% really well.

M- Very crisp and creamy at the same time. Lots of small tingly bubbles which leaves a nice tart impression in the mouth. Very refreshing and a perfect brew to drink on a lazy summer afternoon.

O- Im impressed. Its unlike any other saison ive tried to date. I would recommend this beer to someone who says they dont like saisons.

Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light bodied, cloudy and bright sunrise gold in color with a two finger, very bright white head. The nose is light, funky, and slightly fruity. It has some orange peel and lemon zest to it with light spicing. Wowzers the flavors are out of this world! Their are loads of every citrus fruit. There is plenty of orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, lime zest, and funky, earthy yeast and a light tartness. They are soft and light while still being very flavorful. The most magnificent aspect may be the body of this beer. I've never seen a saison be so smooth before. It's as soft and velvety as any beer of this style could be. That makes this beer incredibly drinkable! Not to mention there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere near this beer. Before having this I really didn't understand how this beer has been such a staple of the Top 100. Now I know.

Photo of roblowther
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peachy golden color with a minimal head that leaves a tiny amount of lacing. Smells of peaches, apricots, and peppers. Notes of hops and sugar. The taste is dry until the very end when it sweetens just a touch. The fruit is there, along with an alcohol warmth and a touch of malt. Very nice & very balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is soft with a nice bit of carbonation. Again, a very balanced brew. The drinkability is excellent, with the touch of sweetness at the end making you want the next to start the dry/sweet cycle over again. The bottle is 750ml, and was difficult to get. I fear it will be gone far too soon. My assessment? Don't fear the ghost!

Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly one of the strangest (in a good way) beers I have tasted to date! First off, the beer poured an awesome, hazy, very unique color-a shade of very light caramel with some orange and golden hues. The aromatics were extremely complex with peach, citrus-orange and lemon-some spice, coriander perhaps? The aromatics were so very insidious it was hard to stop smelling and take a drink! In the mouth a lovely jolt of bright citrus, especially grapefruit zest, followed by some orange and lemon. The ever present bitter grapefruit zest component was very refreshing and unrelenting! As the beer warmed a bready/ fruitcake flavor surfaced and added to the flavor profile. I paired this with beer batter catfish, and a bit of leftover fried rice oddly enough. I used a simple belgian white-witekerke for the batter. This was a nice match, and I will say that I will search out, with celerity, my next brew from this brewery. Cool stuff here! Oh, how cool, this is my 50'th review!! One to remember.

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
96 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.