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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 465
Gots: 182 | FT: 9
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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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Prospero

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11%

02-07-2013 21:03:40 | More by Prospero
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zhanson88

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. About 3/4" of fizzy head forms, which has almost no retention. No lacing either. 2.5

Smell: Smells of white grape, pear, and green apple most strongly. Very vinuous in that respect. A bit of mineral comes through as well, and quite a bit of must as well. Not funk. Must. Not the most aromatic, a bit hard to pick out scents, but what is there is good.

Lots of pale fruit scents here as well, and more mineral, and must. Green apples and mineral on the finish. I like it.

Light bodied and a lot of carbonation on the tongue. Very good here. Overall, a good saison. Not as good as I was expecting, but I know there is a fair amount of variation in Fantome bottles, so we'll see how the next bottle turns out.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:05:51 | More by zhanson88
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at TJ's while I was there for the anniversary party. Best before January 2013. Poured into a tulip and reviewed real-time right out of the wine fridge at 55F.

Orangey brown and hazy in color and clarity, streamers pour upwards nonstop even 45 mins after the initial pour. A big fluffy head comprised of fine bubbles reaches about 3 cm in height before reaching steady state at about 1/2 cm.

The aroma is great. Sweet and funky berries (strawberries, raspberries, cherries), some earthy and dry funk. Fruit skin tannins add some good contrast. The flavor is similar. Delicate tart berries and earthy and dry undertones, but there is certainly some delicious residual sweetness from the added fruits. Between hints of spices, phenols, and the funk, the sweetness is beautifully balanced. I am not sure what could be done to make this any more perfect.

This is seriously farmhouse ale perfection. Silky and creamy on the palate, a good balance of sweetness, tartness, funk, and spice. The alcohol is completely absent from the flavor and feel. Incredibly crafted. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:49:33 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure which season this is for, so I just started a new one. Cork says 086/477044.

This is a miraculous beer, orange and thick with a creamy head. My first experience with saisons (Dupont) was less than ideal but this is something else. Mild euroskunk in the odor but that left once it was poured in the glass. Fruity, tart, with a hint of bitterness and a delectable finish. Hints of peach, tea, cinnamon, other tropical fruits but grounded so the sweetness is kept in check. Have been craving Hitachino Nest all day but this really did the trick. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2002 15:23:28 | More by Thrasher
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

07-07-2013 13:58:06 | More by Envelopes
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.

My first saison - not quite sure what to expect.

Appearance: The initial pour yields a lightly clouded honey golden body with a large white head that receded slowly and left good lace. Subsequent pours resulted in a much murkier body with some large yeast pieces.

Smell: Wow, now this is a strange nose. The initial aroma is lightly tart fruit - lemon rind, oranges and peaches. It reminded me of the Drie Fonteinen Gueuze I had a few weeks back (just nowhere near as tart). The nose opens up with warming and becomes unfathomably complex. It smells like being outside on a highveld farm - earthy, dry grass, wild flowers, touches of lavender, manure/stables and dust. Some lactic character, hint of old cheese, some over-ripe fruit and light spices are also noted.

Taste: As with the smell, the taste takes a while to open up, but once it has is superbly complex. Lightly tart, fruity (citrus, white grapes and over-ripe peaches), earthy, some barnyard notes and light spices. Wonderful flavour, but a very hard one to describe. The style Farmhouse ale works very well though. Everything about it feels rustic and it seems as though it should be drunk in the middle of nowhere, sitting in a field with some homemade cheese.
Perfect Abv. cover, not even a hint of the 8% was noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a medium/high level of smooth carbonation. Quite dry, but easy drinking. I needed a lot of self-control not to just gulp this one down.

Overall: Wonderful beer, I loved everything about it. Amazing to have such a complex beer that is so easy drinking. If I could buy this beer in SA, it would most certainly become my summer staple.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 12:23:11 | More by Thehuntmaster
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SkiBum22

New York

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

A - Pours a cloudy and golden in color with orange highlights. The head is thick and rocky and off-white.

S - Strong fruity aroma with apple and citrus upfront, slightly tart and funky.

T - Very well balanced between apples, peach, and orange flavors. Crisp. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well.

M - Well carbonated, fills the mouth with bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

O - Overall a very good beer. I'm not into saisons but I really like this one. Very deserving of being the best saison out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:55:28 | More by SkiBum22
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Served from a 750 ml bottle. Not sure what the vintage is. The beer poured a hazy straw color with a thick active off white head that stuck around for awhile and gave good lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was earthy and spicey. The taste is fruity and spicey at the same time and a bit funky to boot. Just what you would expect from the folks at Fantome. This beer is very easy to drink with a good carbonated body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 01:02:02 | More by ggaughan
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philipquarles

Connecticut

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it's a very nice hazy amber with a thick white head that persists. Great lacing when it's drained a bit.

Smells like a cornucopia of fruits; citrus, grape, strawberry, rasberry, plumb....you name it. A lot there.

Malt becomes a lot more evident in the tasting. The fruit esters are also there, along with hops, a taste of straw, and very slight sugar. Very well rounded and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great. The perfect combination of thickness and carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable. Without a doubt, the best and most interesting saison I've tried. I have heard stories that Fantôme is hit-or-miss--this was definitely a hit.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 20:58:46 | More by philipquarles
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-03-2014 20:34:42 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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zimm421

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-19-2013 00:19:09 | More by zimm421
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-15-2011 00:26:36 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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kmanjohnson

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-09-2014 20:23:09 | More by kmanjohnson
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-14-2011 23:36:57 | More by Neffbeer
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mverity

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:42:26 | More by mverity
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Slynger

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome pours a deep, hazy, orange with a golden hue and a large lid of fine, fluffy, cream colored fuzz.

Smells of sweet, citrusy fresh, oranges and lemons, with yeast and a lots of clove, coriander spice.

Fluffy smooth and creamy, large carb, medium-full body. Some tart green apple with just a touch of funk. Yeasty with fresh, sweet, lemon/orange citrus, lots of clove and coriander with some peppery spice.

Sweeter than most, more spice, and less funk. Quite tasty, and a very good saison but this bottle, at least, doesn't quite live up to it's rep as the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:04:01 | More by Slynger
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Roger85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-27-2014 13:36:21 | More by Roger85
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-11-2013 01:54:00 | More by Atomicskis5
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, a very light and soft golden yellow, and a great nose, strong of straw, and a wet grassy character. The funkyness i expect isnt so strong in the aroma, but it does have the characteristic spice, and lots of it.
The flavor comes in with lemon, and that tartness and funkyness that makes this style so refreshing and appealing on a hot summer day. wet straw and some sourdough bread, and a cupboard of peppery spices.
Light-medium and refreshing mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbination.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 06:43:00 | More by ChadQuest
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, foamy white head that held for awhile before dissipating to a thin layer. Body is a deep gold color, with brilliant clarity. Effervescent.

S: Slight barnyard funkiness, with green apple coming through.

T: Mild-moderate funkiness, slightly tart, green apple, touch of sweetness. Very refreshing. Finishes quite dry. Complex, but none of the flavors fight over the others... it all works amazingly well.

M: Medium-light bodied, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: Delicious. Enough funkiness to set it apart from a lot of other Saisons, but dry and fruity enough to be refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 13:28:56 | More by berley31
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

Flat. Not carbonated at all. What a major disappointment on a Friday. Looks like apple juice with no head at all. The taste and smell however are still fine. Is this how this beer should be? I don't think that it is supposed to be flat? Sweet taste in the beginning, then sour and tart in the middle and finish. So many different flavors jump out at you. Citrus, flowers, sour, tart, grass and candy are just a few.

Even flat I am enjoying this beer. I need to buy another bottle to see the difference. I can tell that I would love this beer if it were carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 23:04:36 | More by CharlesRiver
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claaark13

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Based on the tap adheared to the cap, I'm guessing this one was sent from mizzouguy. Thanks man. a/c/J/13 on the label, and of course I'm hesitant to even begin theorizing exactly what Dany means by that. Poured into an Ommegang tasting glass. Paired with some Cod cooked in herbs, garlic and lemon.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a nice 1/2" foam head. Looks very nice.

S - Some citrus, then an aroma comparable to a freshly sliced strawberry, a little bit of tartness and funk. Lots of fruit.

T - Some Belgian yeast that quickly turns into light citrus, notes of banana, more citrus and a slight amount of funk. Then that aroma note I attributed to strawberries comes out towards the finish. For a moment, it seemed to go towards dryness, but then the mellow flavor continues instead with fruity ending.

M - Light carbonation on the tongue provides for an almost medium mouthfeel. Seems perfect for the style.

O - I can't imagine a better tasting, more refreshing Saison. Balanced, refreshing, perfect. I've had a lot of different Saisons since the last original Fantome has been opened, and now it makes them seem terrible. I would drink this every day. No wonder some people in Belgium are so dedicated to Dany's beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:24:35 | More by claaark13
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 20:45:08 | More by crwills
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twelvsies

Maine

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one. Appears a bright almost neon yellow color, very hazy and with a huge puffy head. The aroma is challenging. Is this what everyone means by "barnyard"? Definately smells dirty. Like dirt. Yet there is a nice spicyness and ripe fruity underbelly. Taste is very subtle. Hints of lemon, hints of spice, hints of dirt sprikled on top, hinting hinting hinting. I think it could use a bit more punch to be honest, nothing really stands out, but maybe that's the point of this beer. Complex indeed. Ultra smooth mouthfeel, fairly light bodied in my opinion. Highly drinkable, don't even notice a trace of the %8 ABV. I'll have to try some more Fantome, as I am intrigued by this beer, but I'm not quite sure I understand it yet...

Edit: 4/14/05
So I've just gotten really into Fantome and when I first tried it I really had no idea what I was getting into. Reading the above review is interesting. I just had the saison again last night and I taste so much more in it. SO good. Complex. A bit funky and horsey, refreshing, zesty, even a little sour. Nice and spicey, peppery, and yeasty. Love that sour kick too. My girlfriend loved it too, so much that she kept talking about it today. She never does that. I'm just glad that I can appreciate a beer like this when apparently I used to think "it could use a little more punch." Nah, the subtleties are where it's at for this beer. Nothing gets in the way or takes over and that's what makes all the tastes come together so beautifully. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 04:20:23 | More by twelvsies
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, I had this side-by-side with Saison DuPont the other night, and the Fantome just blew DuPont out of the water, in my opinion. Pours a nice orangey-golden color with fluffy white head that recedes a bit more quickly than I would like. Smell is a combination of peach, pear, lemon, a bit of funk, some pale malt--pretty much standard for saison, but on the fruity end and delicious.

Taste kicks things up a notch as it comes in with some powerful yeast notes, playing with the malt to provide a nice study basis for the fruit notes to play on. The barnyard funk is there, though not overdone, and there's a nice tart edge to the beer that I haven't found in saisons before. Love it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, but I think it could use a tad more carbonation. 8% is hidden very well in here, as in all of the Fantome beers I've had. One of the defining beers of the style for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 00:19:09 | More by LordAdmNelson
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,549 ratings.