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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 490
Gots: 214 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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Ratings: 1,698 | Reviews: 790
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Photo of JBogan
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky yellowish-orange greets my glass along with a nice white head of small bubbles which left good lacing.

Aroma was a funky-musty citrus, mostly oranges but perhaps even some strawberries as well.

The citrus really stood out in the taste department, leaving a sour but very pleasant tang behind. Near perfect in this regard.

Mouthfeel was also excellent. Bubbly and crisp, with just the right body for a refreshing experience.

If you like saisons, you must give this one a try. Simply a superb example of this style beer, yet a unique beer also. Highly recommended.

Photo of xnicknj
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into teku - 2010 bottle - thanks gillian!

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with some straw yellow tones. Thicker froth of white head bubbles up, fading out fairly quickly into a layer of retained film. Spotty lacing dots the glass while sipping.

A pleasant mixture of saison-like scents with funky Belgian yeast, lemon peel, spritzy tartness and citrus. Wet hay and straw, toasted grain with citrus juice.

Yeasty and funky on the tongue up front with lemon peel and cracked pepper. Snap of tartness with bretty funk, straw and grain. Belgian yeast is prevalent throughout the profile, which remains tart (not sour). Refreshing and invigorating while drinking, topping off with some lingering spice and dryness.

Medium body, higher carbonation level, bubbly and dry on the tongue. I've always loved Fantome, and consistently recommend it to people looking for new saisons or Belgian ales to experiment with. This one was a winner, but I still wish bottle variation wasn't such an issue with them.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer uncorks with a resounding pop making me think it's going to gush out of the bottle, but the carbonation is normal and I proceed to pour. Beer pours a golden, hazy, pulpy yellow with a fine finger and a half of white foam that subsides to a murk across the top. Lacing is ample and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Funky and sour with ample bacteria floating around in the beer. Lemony and lightly floral with a horsey hay and citrus rind background. Smells to have some wheat content which isn't too surprising being as authentically Belgian as this one is. Fantome yeast is thick in the scent as well.

Taste- Much sweeter than the smell with a near lemonade citric quality. Yeast is thick in the beer with that signature Fantome flavor. Brettanomyces and pediococcus and some lactic tang coats the taste buds giving a light warming character.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sour, not astringent, mildly cloying, medium bodied, and medium high in carbonation. Lightly warming.

Drinkability- Very nice on the drinkability scale. I could drink many Fantome's and be quite happy. If I ever go to Belgium, this brewery will be one of my first stops.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aeppearance is thick, syrupy and so cloudy it is barely translucent. Pours with almost no head and is a light, peachy tan color.

Aroma is very funky and winey. Sweet, with hints of grapefruit, wheat, must and oak.

Taste is pleasantly musty and funky with a mellow, sweet aftertaste. Notes of wheat, peach, citrus and a bit of wine (but not as much as in smell) are present.

Dry finish. Could use a bit more carbonation and the aftertaste is not as crisp as it could be. Surprisingly thin considering how syrupy it looks. Not a very complex mouthfeel.

Good drinkability for 8%, but needs crisp aftertaste.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Golden straw with good clarity and a three finger fluffy white head. Nose- musty tartness. Taste- pale malt with a twinge of dry tartness that is earthy, woody and quite spicy. Some lime is evident as well. Carbonation is spritzy but not biting on the tongue. This really drys out the mouth in a good sort of way. Drinkability is good, and its always a sad moment to see an empty bottle of Fantome.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a chilled 750 mL bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance: The ale is dark yellow and cloudy. There are no large chunks of sediment visible. The pour gave a head of less than 1 finger's width and quickly dissapated.

Smell: The ale has a very natural, fruity smell. If pressed, I'd say green apple or green grapes were the tastes in question.

Taste: The aftertaste strikes me as something similar to Robitussin, quite mediciney. Prior to the medicine taste, some of the fruitiness of the aroma comes through and mixes with an upfront, fresh hoppy taste to provide a real high note. Upon tasting the ale is it warms, that medicine taste referred to above does diminish. (Note to self, let the damned thing warm
up.)

Mouthfeel: The ale is not heavily carbonated, so the tastes from a sip linger for a bit of time. They leave a gamey, natural taste in the mouth after swallowing that leaves the mouth dry (and therefore requires another sip).

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This saison is light and refreshing, providing a great ale for those lazy hazy summer days (or mid-50 degree post-Christmas, pre-New Years December days).

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one to try... and enjoy.

A: Like a cloudy freshly pulverized orange juice. Has the color of thick, concentrate mango juice. fizzy head has reduced to a consistant 1/4". Give it a swirl and the head practically sticks to the beer, it even made a swirl design.

S: Apricot, fig, apple, orange, lemon, raisin, funky cheese... yes please!

T: Like a mild liquid provolone and sharp cheddar blend, with those grapefruit pull on the side of the tongue, and the citrus stays up front on the tip of tongue. The sourness expands and punches harder as it warms up.

M: This is where the beer really takes it... there is a lot of funk in the nose, and it is amazingly clean. Superb quality. Good carbonation that dissipates over time.

D: Very approachable yet a fun exploration. Very smooth, I could drink tons of this stuff, but I will have to be patient, because I want it around for a while.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one on the shelf of De-Vino's, an amazing surprise at a fairly irregular beer stop. Pours how a saison should. a deep orange color with a finger of white head, nice and fluffy, on top. A slow dissolve down to a thickish mass of head on top. Nice. Nose is...powerful. Huge citrus aromas, with a ton of sourness in there too, although it mixes nicely with that farmhouse, earthy yeast. Flavor's likewise. Huge citrus, yeast, and sourness. Does a good job of mixing the sourness with the citrus and yeast, not straying into the uber-sourness of the Bam Biere or other Jolly Pumpkin brews (which aren't terrible, but certainly aren't the most complex of drinks). Really a fun feel comes with the sticky sourness. There's a touch of skunky graininess in the background that keeps this one from greatness, but fortunately it goes away as the beer warms up. A delicious sour candy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lively and fun, with high carbonation and a fairly full body. Overall, a very tasty beer, one that I'm happy I tried. An unique sourness to it that melds nicely with the farmhouse funk and citrus hints.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orangy/ amber color with a one finger thick white foam head.

S- Man this one fragrant beer. big fruit basket notes of white grape, peaches, pears, and apricots. background notes of yeast fresh cut sweet hay.

T- Light fruit notes of peach, white grape, and lemon. Fresh cut hay and funk.

M- Medium light bodied and a moderate carbonation that dances across the palate.

D- Overall a very pleasant beer with many desirable qualities. I'm curious if this would age well and the flavors might become a little more fluid.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Really happy I finally got to try this one, and it did not disappoint. I got the bottom of the bottle so there was a ton of sediment in my glass, but other than that the appearance was fine. Aroma is just great -- floral, funky, and leather or barnyard aroma. Carried over into the flavour as well; all sorts of cool stuff going on here, and I'd love to get a bottle of my own to ponder over. Very, very thick mouthfeel for the style -- I liked it, but it might almost be too much when drinking a larger quantity. Who am I kidding? This was great!

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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