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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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1,540 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002)
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-06-2012 05:17:55 | More by freduardo
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stewart124

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a medium sized wine glass.

Straw yellow in color with plenty of visible carbonation.

Nose has earthy or grassy characters, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and some barnyard notes to couple with that unmistakable Belgian yeast character.

Taste is powerful and yet delicate. There is a sweetness, lightly toasted bread note, and then sourness but just a light hint of sour. Whoa! It blends so beautifully that it is hard to describe. No one things stands out yet at each moment you can draw some character that is so amazing.

This finish is dry and slightly puckering but not overpowering. It really screams for another sip. There is a Belgian yeasty character throughout that would be amiss to forget, yet it doesn't take away from the overall beer. Hops are subtle and add some grass and probably spice. Just another dimension to this delicate saison.

I have had this beer a couple times and whether it is summer or the dead of winter, this saison is appealing and not just that, deliciously wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:50:48 | More by stewart124
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prender1482

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-04-2012 23:34:01 | More by prender1482
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dpasotti

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful cloudy gold color capped with a massive white head that spews lacing. I use 'gold' to describe the color of lots of beers, but this is as close to the real thing as it gets. Wow, the nose is striking. I expected some funk, but it smells more like a gueuze than a saison initially. Musty basement, damp earth, and bright citrus up front. More traditional saison characteristics aren't far behind. Fresh lemon, some light tropical fruit, and floral spice come through.

The flavor, while very similar, is even more complex than the nose. It's driven by smooth, well-rounded funk (more Curtis Mayfield than George Clinton). The somewhat tart fruit component is unbelievably layered, and could be described by a grocery list of citrus and tropical fruits. There's also a distinctive "pink chewable Tylenol" note that I really enjoy. Some phenolic bubble gum and a host of other spicy Belgian yeast flavors sustain the wave of taste. Very little alcohol. A nice soft but decisive hop bitterness tightens up the tail end.

Fine carbonation tends toward the upper end of the scale, and the body is a bit lighter than medium -- actually on the higher side for the style. But hey, that's what residual sugars from an 8% beer will do, and I'm not complaining. Fantome just easily leapt into my top 10 beers ever, probably top 5. This is one of a few that I would buy by the case (if I could). Truly a spectacular example of what beer can be. Fantome is an immensely unique beer; top tier by any measure.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:09:15 | More by dpasotti
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-02-2012 21:06:05 | More by xdefeatsy
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-31-2012 16:03:08 | More by phingdong
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kpattonunc

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-31-2012 05:30:34 | More by kpattonunc
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-30-2012 01:38:29 | More by jfcaa193
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Adamdc

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-29-2012 13:42:22 | More by Adamdc
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at the Local Option in Chicago.

A- Pours an amazing rustic hazy yellow color. Produces a finger of fluffy white head that leaves awesome lacing.

S- Blend of citrus, fruit and yeast funk, floral notes and a bit of spice are mixed in there.

T- Big yeast funk complemented by a complex fruit character, I'm getting a bit of lemon as well as peach and apple. There's a profound smoky, almost meaty flavor in there also, backed up with some mild spices.

M- Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation, the feel is dry and crisp but is given a decent amount of body by the yeast.

O- One of the best saisons I've ever had, the flavors are complex and keep evolving as you move through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:17:18 | More by WillCarrera
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-27-2012 16:35:31 | More by Beertracker
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grownfool

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-27-2012 01:06:10 | More by grownfool
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:00:57 | More by SpdKilz
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raverjames

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-25-2012 21:02:54 | More by raverjames
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beast464

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-25-2012 20:40:04 | More by beast464
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL into oversized wine glass. best before Jan 2013.

A: a hazed, but bright gold. head is reasonable, but not super billowing. retention is good, not great. minimal lacing.

S: initial pour plumes out sulfur and CO2. after the gas subsides a little bit of hay. the combination of the fruit and oak gives a certain vinous character that reminds me of an oaky chardonnay. soft aromas, but very pleasant.

T: there is an underlying farmhouse, barny funk here. not sour, but definitely barny. definitely some fruit as well. sweet bartlett pears. green grapes. a little bit of oak as well. finish is very dry making me frequent return visits to the glass.

M: a very bottle conditioned fizz. a very full medium body. nice.

D: i certainly see why this is considered one of the best examples of a saison. there is a great amount of complexity between the fruit and a very tasty barny flavor that makes each sip enjoyable. the dry finish makes each sip rather thirst quenching as well as easy to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:47:20 | More by Jimmys
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Massive 1" offwhite head over a cloudy honey-amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeast and floral and earthy hops.

T: Much more complex than I was anticipating. Almost a smoky characteristic to the body along with citrus, floral and earthy hops. The soft Belgian yeast and funky bitterness compliment each other nicely.

M: Medium mouthfeel and a medium level of fine carbonation. Very soft feeling in the mouth.

O: I typically do not seek out Saisons, but I found this funky number to be complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:26:58 | More by DaftCaskBC
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WarnerJC8

Delaware

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-21-2012 00:32:59 | More by WarnerJC8
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a tulip glass.

The Fantome Saison was probably the first in the style that I had tried years ago. I recently had a chance to revisit it and was pleasantly surprised. The beer is good-looking, interesting, complex, and desirable in its scent and taste. I often wondered what was used in the making of this beer - what was found around the farmhouse? My only reservation was the aggressive carbonation, but this toned down after some time. An excellent beer that is good to be saved for special occasions due to its rarity and price.

From the bottle, the pour generates a fairly sizable head (>2cm) of small and medium-sized bubbles, white to off-white in color, and fading in a few minutes to a perpetual cap of about 0.3cm atop the body of the beer. The lacing left behind is fairly substantial and interesting. The body itself is a hazy, fairly opaque golden yellow in color, with slight orange highlights when held to the lamp. I could make out some carbonation in the glass, explaining the consistent cap.

Aroma is fairly complex, it is difficult to find references to what I am smelling. There is a substantial raw sweetness at the forefront, coupled to the sensation of inhaling fruit-like wafer candy (Smarties, Rockets, or Fizzers). Closely beside this are less robust scents of acetic acid, candied orange and lemon peel, lemongrass, ginger, mint, and yeast.

The taste is more complex than the aroma, and again it is difficult to put to words what I am tasting. Opens with some of the candy-like sweetness in the nose melting quickly into tartness and bitterness. Then emerges some citrus (orange zest and rind, candied lemon peel) and herbal components (ginger, lemongrass, mint) alongside . Finish is a gradual decline of all those flavors into a small blip of graininess (the graininess disappears as it warms). Never any indication that this had any ethanol in it, certainly not 8%.

Medium-bodied with carbonation that is a bit overaggressive at first. Waiting a bit allows the carbonation to settle out and is much more enjoyable on the palate. Overall mouthfeel is fairly crisp, slightly smooth with the dissipation of the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 20:44:07 | More by falloutsnow
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LukeD23

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a cork and capped 750ml bottle comes a straw golden super clear beer. the aromatics of corn, thyme and rosemary seep from the glass backed by some higher alcohol esters. The flavor is good, but to me is more of a belgian triple than a saison, very little of the barnyard horsey wild character that I like to see in a saison. Mouthfeel is good, it is medium body but finishes super dry. Overall this is a really great beer and I would recommend it, but it is not a great example of the saison style to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:24:01 | More by LukeD23
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-17-2012 21:12:48 | More by KAF
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-16-2012 11:27:24 | More by MeisterSmudge
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kjpage1

Alabama

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-16-2012 04:31:35 | More by kjpage1
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-14-2012 22:28:19 | More by Stoutsman
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lnashsig

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beenitty for this awesome surprise. Something I have heard of for some time now and never been able to enjoy. Corked and capped bottle, poured from bottle into my Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow color, some head that dissipates quickly. Smell- vinegar and citrus lime. The funk hits me in the nose and gets me excited here. Not sure if the sour is intentional? Taste- tight carbonation, some tartness, wet grass, cracked pepper, lemon citrus. The vinegar is barely there, but its there. This is a pleasant, light, airy Saison, and very different from all others of the style I have ever had. A very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:27:55 | More by lnashsig
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.