Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 792
Hads: 1,754
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.06%
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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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Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from a recent batch purchased February and consumed April 15. Pours a clear gold color with thin head and lacing.

Nose of bready malts, grain, pepper and a floral/herbal character.

Taste is of fairly clean malts up front and some orange-citrus sweetness. Then it fades into bitter grapefruit and morphs into an ashy, astringent finish. I get some mild herbal flavors such as lavender and grass.

Mouthfeel is excellent with fine, creamy carb. Less carbonated than previous 'tomes.

Every bottle of Fantome I have tried seems a little different. This one is more straightforward. It has rewarding qualities yet parts are still challenging, especially with the ashy finish. As it got a little warmer and as I got towards the bottom of the bottle, I enjoyed it more and more. (783 characters)

Photo of AugustusRex
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before End: "d November 2016"

Decanted from a 750mL green bottle into a huge German stein, left the yeast sediment in the bottle. Used the stein to give myself small pours into a proper glass.

Carbonation is moderate, similar to Saison Dupont, but with a less rocky less impressive head.

Almost nothing on the nose from my glass, from the empty bottle tangerine is noted.

Hops are not prominent. Tangerine and grapefruit esters are forward, alcohol is not tasted but is felt. Grapefruit bitterness dominates on the palate, and a more delicate tangerine taste dominates the finish. Tartness is moderate.

Overall, I prefer Saison Dupont for its delicate approach and pear-ester dominance. This one is more astringent due to the grapefruit flavour. Reminds me of Petrus Old Pale.

**Note: my scale

1-2 = unpleasant
3-3.5 = borderline
3.75 = flawed
4 = interesting, worth drinking
>4 = almost perfect (907 characters)

Photo of trooperp
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light funk.. Orangey/peachy color.. Ok mouthfeel..Light lemonade.. Hay, grass, and straw.. I was expecting a World Class beer.. However, All I tasted was an unremarkable saison.. I've tasted better.. Much better (211 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantôme Saison pours a cloudy straw color with a nice thick white head. It is very dry. There is a little malt in the background but it has a very tart, almost cidery finish. There is also a little cidery note and Belgian yeast spice in the aroma. The tartness makes it very refreshing and combined with the body, malt, carbonation, and alcohol make it very well put together and enjoyable. Even though this comes in at 8% alcohol by volume, it is so well balanced that you do not notice it. (492 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, lemons and a fruitiness like strawberries or apricots perhaps.

Overall - A really interesting taste going on.. super complex and lip smacking good. More of a fruity flavour than I was expecting and not as much spice as I would have figured. A beer well worth seeking out to see its nuances. (685 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours cloudy, opaque, medium orange gold color with a massive three fingered pure white head, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Lots of barnyard fun in the aroma, wet hay, lemons, and some honey.

T - Loads of wet hay, barnyard fun, wet blanket, lemon honey, and finishes with a wet blanket barnyard funkiness.

M - Medium body, active carbonation, thicker than many Saisons I've had.

O - Complex spiciness with no alcohol presence. An absolutely gorgeous beer. (476 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 086/477044.

A: Cloudy golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of luxurious, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a light must. Pale malts bring grass, hay. Floral hops with a dank, earthy quality. Very inviting.

T: Slightly earthy, slightly tangy up front with cracker-forward malts. A nicely bitter hopping develops to finish rather dryly. Light alcohol presence. Lingering floral hops in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a creamy feel. Medium body. Excellent.

O: Really a fine beer. Balance is tilted slightly towards the hops IMO, but all the elements are present, balanced and well orchestrated. Drank like a Belgian IPA w/ a bit more tartness.

Prost! (808 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Incredibly hazy golden orange body topped with a wispy cap that fades quickly. Looks like a slightly carbed glass of Dole. Only knock is the very apparent lack of carb. Rustic as fuggggggg.

S: Mellow clove, zesty lemon acidity, and crackery malt dominant. Some musty wine and brett funk round everything out.

T: Tart lemon, apple, and underripe pear layered with biscuity wheat. Brett funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Fricken great.

M: Medium bodied and slick. Very low carb. Long lingering finish.

O: So good to have a Fantome like this once again. My last few bottles tasted like a tire fire. The only area that wasn't totally on point was a lack of carb, but in a way it almost contributed even further to the juiciness with a slick/low carb body and a lingering acidity. Keep it up Dany P! (808 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.... (431 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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. (702 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. This was a gusher.

Appearance- Huge 4 finger head that left quickly and left mild lacing. Hazy orange with some floaties in the glass.

Smell- Some tart apple, grape, and lemon. Light earthy hops and a reasonably malty back ground.

Taste- Smokey, pear, flowery rosebuds or dandelions, caramel malts. Sweeter finish. No hints of booze.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, lighter body, no heat.

Overall- I've heard so many descriptions of the beer and mine seems different than the others. Interesting beer for sure. (596 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy radiant light amber with fizzy white head, puts up a few rings. Smell: nectarine, floral, white grape and slightly champagney, clove, grainy backing, herbal as it warms. Very bright, fruity and fairly sweet. Taste: fruity upfront... nectarine, into grape skin into light lactic tartness, clove, grassy, light breadiness, bitter orange. Fruity and herbal brettness. Light bodied, slick to creamy, crushable. Sugary, semi dry finish. Delicious, majestic, all of the good things. (489 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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 ! (3,852 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a champagne color that was crystal clear the first pour and grew hazier with each additional pour. Off white head that is light and bubbly and thick (2 inch first pour, 1 inch on second). Head faded down to half a centimeter and held there. Great lacing too. Aroma is apricot, sweet grass, dry yeasty funk. Taste is sweet grass, dry earth and aged floral hops. Surprisingly full bodied for a saison, medium-high carbonation. (430 characters)

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Fantome beers and this one is a classic. It really showcases their intensely unique yeast strain. They really get a lot out of it.

A: Light gold, very little color to this one. Towards the end of the bottle the yeast begins to cloud the beer. White, wispy head with some lacing.

S: Huge burst of mango, mellon, and tropical fruits. Not what you would expect but man is it amazing. Their is some slight musty funk and some spicy estery or hop notes. A tinge of alcohol is their as well.

T: Wow is this complex and unique. Their is some traditional fruity/estery flavor from the Belgian yeast strain, but there is so much more going on. Lots of mango, pineapple, and even apple and pear here. Some spicy, slightly herbal notes are there too. The beer lingers on the tongue and as the beer warms, the alcohol makes itself a little more present.

M: Effervescent, spritzy, and light on the tongue. There is enough body to not feel thin, but the beer is very attenuated and dry.

O: One of the very best saisons out there, this one makes me want to drink everything Fantome. It is so complex and different, and each time you drink it there are more surprises. I would love to culture this yeast strain for my own brews at home. (1,235 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the classic fantom saison, a bit of an oddity, a downright strange brew, loosely fitting what we in the states consider to be a saison, bur probably far more true to the original style than many of these that are more "conventional". hazy sunny blonde to orange color with some yeast sediment and over an inch and a half of lasting whipped cream textured head. it smells sweet and fruity, almost bier de garde style, with yeast being the main flavor agent, a sweeter malt base, and notes of apricots, oranges, apples, and spices. the flavor is as herbal as it is spicy, the yeast here is just awesome, its what makes fantom famous. the beer is pretty dense, higher gravity, it feels hearty and filling even though its body isn't much past medium and its carbonation if effervescent and tickles the tongue. notes of caramel and fresh baked cobbler on the finish, again a display of a one of a kind yeast strain. white pepper and lemongrass sit on the tongue after the swallow. farmy beer, funky and strange, but incredibly appealing to me. i know people have had issues with fan time and consistency and quality, but i had absolutely no issues with this beer. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.12/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a teku glass.

not much to say here... i get a ton of charred band aid on the aroma and the taste is even worse. id say borders on undrinkable. just a huge smoky, charred, band aidy mess. not recommended and i hope i got a bad bottle... (254 characters)

Photo of RobDB
1.72/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

As others with bad bottles have already reviewed, I will only say that bandaid and rubber band are off smells that one cannot miss when it exists in this beer. I was really hoping that I got a consistent bottle. Hopefully, I will have better luck next time. (257 characters)

Photo of dfernandez77
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold with a touch of warmth. Big fluffy white head.

Aroma: Earth and spices. Tart apples crushed right from the tree. King trumpet mushroom umami. Sweetly floral. Damp old timbers.

Flavor: Malts provide a clean and slightly sweet canvas for the circus of flavors. Tartness and herbs. Throughout an earthy funk. Touched by spices. Slightly tannic like green apple skins.

Mouthfeel: Light and astringent to start. Crisply effervescent. Finishes dry with a lingering herbal and slightly savory quality.

Overall Impression: Wow! Fantastic. Clean and crisp malt canvas splashed with spice, tartness, funk, sweetness, and blossoming herbs. The restrained tartness and extraordinary earthy complexity reminds me of a natural and wild Asturian Sidra from Spain. An extraordinary beer. (798 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. That crazy fantome striking again!!

Real nice brass and orange glowing apricot, slight haze but with a real nice middle column of roaring carbonation in the middle, and lots of pinhead side carbonation also. Head is fluffy cream white, makes about three fingers and settles into two. Great looking beer.

Nose is a lot of fun. Huge dry yeast and barley, some cherry cough drop and menthol, with some candy sweet sensations. Almost candy cane like aromas coming off of this. Mild brett and funk, with sweetness taking more of a forefront.

First taste is great. Good thick bodied malt backbone, but some also interesting palate sensations. Hints of cherry and cola syrup, with some hot brett yeast punch on first sip. Palate washes with a very thick and egg white texture, mixing some sweetness and dry yeast character. The body is nearly syrupy. Mild sour tinge on the finish with hints of cherry, but there's just a tad of phenolic novocaine sensations on this also unfortunately but luckily it's small.

Overall though still a real nice treat and unique creation. (1,117 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon, grain, yeasty funk, apples, hint of pepper, straw

T-lemon, tart apples, toasted grain, yeasty funk, slight tartness and pepper in the finish

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, clean and dry

O- really enjoyable saison, was worried about reports of some off bottles, but this was quite nice (368 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a lighter copper with a murkiness that can't hide the flood of bubbling the explodes like a column from the bottom of the glass. The bright white froth of a head has superb retention with all the life in this Saison.

The aroma is dull and malty with a barnyard straw or hay. There is a touch of Apple and pear but it's dry and in the backdrop.

The flavor is dry, smoky, malty, cardboardish with a tad of sweetness.

The feel is exceptionally dry and astringent with a bit of warmth in the chest.

I had my finger crossed when I opened this that my bottle would be good but it looks like I may have received a sub par example. Not nearly as bad as some but i'll have to try again. (694 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, best before end "November 2016," ordered from belgiuminabox.com. Pours hazy, golden in color, capped with plenty of foam. Excellent head retention and lace formation. Aroma is shockingly good and very fruit-forward. First there's a bit of chalky yeast and musty, Brett-like funk, but then a strong presence of ripe fruit shows up. Peach, mango, pineapple... Tropical fruit notes I've only ever smelled in IPAs before.

Flavor profile is moderately dry but far from bone dry. Sweetness picks up midway through, then bitterness is more prevalent all the way to the finish. A little bit of yeasty phenols and leather, but the fruity esters star. Ripe red apple, golden raisin, peach, and apricot. Carbonation is abundant but almost pillowy soft.

If you get a good bottle, then Fantome is indeed as amazing as many reviews indicate. Exceedingly good, with no weak points. (882 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mp bottle was poured into a large mouth wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to nothing. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, tart, spicy, pale malts, fruity, sour, and citrus.

Taste: Citrusy, spicy, yeasty, vanilla, apple, fruity, tart, sour, bready malts, some pale, and pear.

Mouthfeel: Tart, fruity, a bit sour, light to medium bodied, a little bitterness, little and medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best saisons a person could ever have. Yummy, delicious, and enjoyable. (602 characters)

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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