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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,699
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 492
Gots: 213 | 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: 1,699 | Reviews: 790
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a Dupont with some spices thrown in and the two did not match. Too much carbonation a la Eno effervesent salts. Actually was more tasty when left for a few hours and just get the taste. Significant cinammon sediment at end. Citrus and bitter sour bit lambic. In fact like sour cider. Didn't like the spices all that much.

I had again at Mondial 2005 and it was much better. Big head!

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart fruity aromas like apples, lemons, strawberries, honey, and some mineral/yeast aromas. Taste is sour and tart with a strong strawberry flavor up front with some spice, yeast, and mineral flavors on the finish. There is a slight acidic quality in the mouth with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good saison with a surprisingly refreshing set of flavors.

Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed on New Year's Day - 01.01.2010

A: Pours a hazy, pale apricot with a nice bone white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Some initial horse blanket and funk, with a few citrus notes in the background. There's also a little bit of an apple cider smell. Highly aromatic and quite inviting.

T: A bit more muted than the nose, but all of those flavors come back. The brett is clearly present along with some citrus and cider notes. A bit of lemon and some white peach. Slightly sweet as well.

M: Quite dry, yet keeps me salivating. Nice and acidic, but balanced by a bit of sweetness and the perfect level of sourness.

D: Highly drinkable. Quite complex and always inviting. Definitely one of the best saisons that I've come across.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are funky earthy and sour aromas in the nose along with hints of aromatic cheeses. The funkiness dies down a little as the beer warms up and the beer smells a little more like Swiss cheese.
T: The taste isn’t as funky as the nose and has flavors of apples
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and has some refreshing properties but would be more palatable if the nose wasn’t as offensive.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice head that descends, over time, to a 1/4 inch but leaves a lot of lacing

Smell: Wondrous aroma of mango, peach, some spices and funk

Taste: Starts with a white peach and strawberry flavor that has an underlying tart, herbacious element; after the swallow, the blend moves in a sweeter direction, as if the tart, herbal fruit had suddenly been topped with a bit bit of brown sugar - not enough to make it cloying but just enough to add intrigue

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit prickly on the sides of the tongue

Drinkability: A very intriguing concoction by one of my favorite breweries; top notch

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the Godfather of all Saisons, this beer never disappoints. As soon as the bottle is un-corked, a steady flow of carbonated beer flows from the neck of the bottle and seemingly never lets up. As the beer is decanted into the snifter, it releases a dull, rusty, hazy peach color and a film of foam sustains itself atop the beer. Active carbonation puts on quite a show. Good aromas of floral, spicy, and tart. Flavors of oranges, peaches, lemons, and pears. Spiciness of cinnemon, corriander, curraco, and pepper. Vineous and almost wine-like. Remaining tartness that doesn't become astringent or sour. Tartness weaves into out out of the fresh spicy hop bitterness and flavor. Light malt with wheat sweetness and texture give a much needed breadiness and creaminess. Soft texture that is slightly scrubbed. Medium body. Dry finish with mild phenolic alcohols throughout. Well balanced and easy drinking. Generally, I can expect Saisons to show a bit more sweetness but this one is as dry as a bone.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured d own a slightly hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is dominating with some Belgian malt and some floral/fruity notes. Taste is also dominated by yeast with some sourness and brett like characteristics. There is also some sweet and floral note4s that provide much enjoyment as well as some light spices. Taste is quite complex but easily enjoyable with a full body and great carbonation.

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a hazy orange golden color, the head is white and loaded with big bubbles. The retention is very strong, there isn't much lacing at all. The smell is slightly funky with some honey and grain sweetness in the mix, possible corn aroma on the nose and not much spice. The taste is a little on the smokey side at first, the more you drink the more sweet grain comes out with some subtle hints of spice. There is also some hints of fruit in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer is well carbonated and has a heavier body than expected. The beer is also kind of sticky. Overall it's a very unique, totally different than most Saison's out there.

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

Blurry gold chock full of swirling particulates. The cloud of solids varies from white (yeast?) to black (spices?) with every color gradation in between. The manilla colored cap is so thick, chunky, rocky and sticky that it looks like otherworldly. I don't know that I've seen another head, or lace pattern for that matter, that looks this rustic and this gloriously disheveled. Perfect for a farmhouse ale.

The tantalizing aroma is replete with lemon rind, sweetgrass, flower petals, indeterminate spices and the unmistakable funktang of Belgian yeast. Sorting out all of the individual aromas would take some doing, even if I knew what was actually in there. Are there any more mysterious, more intriguing aromas in all of beerdom than what one finds on well-brewed Belgian ales?

I've only had a few saisons (including one from this brewery), but this is far and away the best of the lot. Keeping in mind my relative inexperience with the style, there's so much going on in terms of flavor that I doubt my ability to adequately describe it. How can a beer be sweet, bitter, sour and dry all at the same time, as this one is? Not all at once, mind you, but each in turn as the flavor arc changes kaleidoscopically from start to finish.

For some reason, the mental image that keeps coming to me is a lush meadow in springtime. Sunshine, birdsong, wildflowers, grasses, a lemon-scented breeze. At the risk of sounding like a fool, that's what this beer tastes like. I have no idea what spices and herbs are present, but I do know that a multitude of them were used and that they were added with a heavy hand. Perfect choice by the brewer on both counts.

It's hard to imagine a more complex, yet a more accessible beer. I'm finding it an absolute joy to drink as I marvel at each mouthful in turn. Which of the swirling, intertwining flavors will I concentrate on this time? What new nuances will I discover? What could the brewers have added to get it to taste like this? Etc, etc, etc. The mouthfeel is airily, ethereally light, yet it has an underlying solidity that one can hold onto as surely as a pebble in one's palm. Another compelling contrast in what is already a fascinating beer narrative.

There couldn't be a greater disparity between what I would describe as my perfect beer and the beer sitting before me. That makes it all the more amazing that I like it as much as I do. It just goes to show what dedication, daring and a considerable amount of skill can accomplish. I love having my horizons expanded, so I couldn't be more thrilled that Fantome Saison has blown them wide open.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very hazy pale orange, very bright. A small whitish head formed that had a bit of resilience, but faded away leaving a nic bit of gooey lace down the glass.

S - Smell hit you upfront as very sweet with lots of fruity tomes. Apricot and peaches are readily apparent, as are hints of sugar and candied apples. Nice bit of hops trying to sneak in as well.

M & T - First impression was bitter, with a lite frothy sensation in the mouth. The flavor profile was quite robust and full bodied and the tingly nature of the carbonation only increased its appreciation. Lots of hints at dark fruit flavors, but what was suprising was the large amount of bitter hops that are present, really balancing out, and in some cases overpowering the sweetness. There was a slight hint of alcohol in the profile, but overall it was very well hidden.

D - Overall I would have to say awesome. A very unique and hard to verbalize brew. So many different ways this could go. Very enjoyable, not too heavy, but not a lightweight by any means. This is something that I would definatly want to go back and try again!

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by May 2012 date on the label.

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a towering white head that finally dies down to a thin layer of foam that clings to the glass.

S: The nose is slightly funky with excellent citrus notes. I pick up some lemons and lots of oranges and tangerines along with a sweet and bready malt base. Various spices add some extra depth.

T: The sweet citrus notes are quite vibrant on the front end. Lots of tangerine, oranges, and a hint of grapefruit. There is a mild spice note quickly behind along with a slight grassy and earthy character. A bit of alcohol comes through on the finish, especially as the beer warms up.

M: The body is medium, but really has a nice feel on the tongue. The carbonation pricks the tongue initially but becomes smooth soon after.

D: Another very nice beer from Fantome. I like some of the others a bit better, but as the "flagship", this one does a fine job.

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.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.