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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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1,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 471
Gots: 200 | FT: 14
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Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
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 spoony
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes date April 25, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about three fingers of dense, white head. The head leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is lighter in color, a sort-of straw yellow/golden. It is hazy with some carbonation visible in there. It looks the part of a saison.

S-The aroma is slightly sharp and spicy with an intriguing bit of herbal alcohol and a light tartness. There is definitely some lemon, as well as some overripe fruit that suggests apple and pear flesh.

T-The taste provides a similar dose of overripe fruit...I get sweet pear fruit, as well as some lemon rind tartness. It is not sour or acidic, but the tartness just hangs in the background. There are some grassy, euro-style hops that provide a bit of bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. The yeast is slightly funky and very Belgian, and it dries out on the finish. Very odd...but really good.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a smooth but active carbonation that never gets too creamy, but isn't sharp or crisp, either.

O-This beer is one of the more unique I have tasted. There is a lot going on, and no one flavor or characteristic comes through cleanly. Although some might say it is scatter-brained or unfocused, I enjoyed this quite a bit because each sip seemed to uncover something new and, interestingly, no matter what flavor crept up on my palate, it seemed to fit with the other flavors on my palate. Tasty.

spoony, May 04, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I bought this over a year ago at Provisions, I learned about a month later that it was part of a batch that had been severely infected - indeed, it seemed that 1 in 3 bottles were suffering quite badly (according to Dany, it was apparently due to a problem with his mash tank). I had the Saison D'Erezée - Printemps some time later (also part of said batch), and while it wasn't horrible, it was ridiculously smoky and grassy and didn't embody any of the world-class flavors that I've heard Dany's beers contain. I decided to take a risk and banished this to my cellar for over a year, and decided it was time to open it tonight. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

Opens with a light pop, with no gushing problems. Whew. Still, poured quite beautifully - a deep amber orange with bronze streaks, clear as you could imagine, with a fizzy white head that rises quite gracefully yet eventually dissipates into a ring. No bubbles show. A secondary pour produces a head that's even more caustic, and eventually this leaves behind nothing but minuscule bubbles and no head to speak of. Not my favorite, but all right overall.

Holy shit! This thankfully isn't infected, and I've heard astonishing things about Fantôme's saison aroma profile - and this, my friends, defies all expectations I had. This smells so fruity and luscious, with an absolute perfection in bringing together stone fruit, tropical fruit, light spices, earth, and sweet malt aromas all together. Predominantly, this smells a lot like sweet canned peaches, but it gets better the more I dig in - white nectarines, cantaloupe, green melon, guava, lychee, pineapple, mango, and then some apple and pear no doubt from the yeast strain. So. Delicious. Smelling. With the added elements of vanilla, sugar cream, and toffee, as well as some light white pepper, this smells like the most vivid peach cream crusted pie or peach sorbet ever put into a glass. Unbelievable stuff - lives up to the hype and is easily the greatest aroma I've ever smelled on a saison.

Well, as for the taste... Not as mind blowing, but still definitely delicious. This is where the rustic qualities that Dany's brewing techniques are known for seep through. It has been over a year since I purchased this, so it's no surprise that some of these flavors have taken over the beer at this point. (However, how the hell are they not present in the aroma?) At first, the palate is blasted with a brief grainy smokiness, light lemon grass, as well as dry, yet not coarse, texture resembling toasted tobacco and light leather. Luckily, it finishes with immense stone and tropical fruit, ranging from cantaloupe (this is seriously a melon bomb at this point) to guava, to mango to extremely ripe peaches. Finishes with a wonderful lingering sweetness from the fruity phenols (pears at the end!) with the toasted tobacco note that accentuates the vanilla, toffee, and light honeysuckle - again, creating the pie sensation that really makes this the star of the show. I actually enjoy all of the notes this beer offers, but I seriously do not understand why I feel a gritty smoky flavor assault at the back of the throat after each sip in spite of the beer's apparent lack of bubbles or any infection issues, for that matter. Regardless, this is really memorable stuff - really sticks it to you on what a saison can be.

Wow, this really did deliver - it's as strange and inconsistent as you'd expect a Fantôme beer to be, but it still was very delicious. I will forever remember the aroma on this beer - it's very astonishing and transcends the style as a whole. I wish I could have bought more from this batch, but I was too afraid at the time of any inconsistencies. Regardless, I will definitely make a question to buy more from Dany the next chance I get if I feel confident enough to do so. Salut !

magictacosinus, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 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!

tectactoe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

orbitalr0x, Mar 24, 2005
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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

kwkdmk, Saturday at 12:12 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

tastesogood, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of a77cj7
5/5  rDev +16.8%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of EuphonicHops
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

EuphonicHops, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

visualmartyr, Nov 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

epyon396, Nov 16, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%

Doomcifer, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Will the beer live up to the hype?
Had been trying to find the base Fantome for a while.
Answer is such a well balanced and integrated beer it is difficult to subjectively review... The drinking whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Very true to a slightly dry saison style, with mouthfeel and carbonation to die for.
But is it better than, say, Saison DuPont... An A to B would be interesting :-)
No hint of ABV, either....

heygeebee, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

pigpen892, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Yeti1979, Nov 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

portia99, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jnich2424, Nov 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bourassa23, Nov 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Denzo, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

cj8311, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Has a hazy, orange yellow color, with a huge, fast disappearing head.

Smells of lemon peel, mixed with soft Belgian yeast and joung carrots, overall pointing into herbal, slightly spiced direction. Also contains hints of fermented sourness.

Begins with soft yeast, which feels incredibly smooth on the palate, then spicy, syrupy sweetness with hints of overripe sourness turn visible. Slick sourness remains in the throat and on the palate, while hot spices add a decent complexity. Medium bodied, begins with a very smooth impression, then turns hotter with stinging spices and overripe sourness. Driven by lively carbonation, finishing slightly bitter, with peppery spices still being detectable.

aleigator, Nov 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

ElGordito, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

MarshallBirdhouse, Oct 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

helios7, Oct 27, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +15%

gauthier, Oct 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

pisano, Oct 27, 2014
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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.