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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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1,640 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 474
Gots: 204 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a cloudy gold with a foamy head that quickly dissipates to a cap and ring, leaving minimal lacing.

Besides a malty aroma, this smells like a lemon lollipop.

Tastes lemony sour, balanced by a bit of sweetness, and some barnyard funk. I also get a bit of strawberry.

Body is light and carbonation is effervescent, giving this a scrubbingly refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a delightful sour saison with clean lemony sour notes and is very drinkable.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Aw yeh for sharing this beer with me. The corkscrew broke in the cork so we ended up pulling it out with pliers haha. Thanks World Market ten dollar corkscrew

Appearance - An extremely cloudy sickly green. Tons of yeast floating around in it. Very opaque and looks like murky apple juice. Looks delicious.

Smell - A huge presence of apples right upfront. Slightly acidic and funky on the nose. This smell relaxes me and makes me think I am laying under an apple tree. Smells slightly sour.

Taste - Hmm. Not nearly as sour as I expected it to be. Apples absolutely dominate the taste and it is delicious. An awesome cider apple taste with a slight sweet/sour zing.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Exceptionally drinkable and easy to drink. Perfectly enjoyed either as gulping or sipping. A good apple zing to it.

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

Split with Jesse13713; sorry to him for breaking his corkscrew trying to get the bottle open. Kudos to Fantôme for sealing their beer well?

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with two-three fingers of frothy white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Outstanding aroma, and not what I expected from a saison. Huge rush of fresh orchard fruits to start things off- apple, pear, and peaches are all very distinct. A light yeast funkiness comes through shortly after that, adding balance and complexity. Outstanding.

T: Tons of funky yeast flavor here, with a great deal of both sweetness and tartness provided by the sweet fruity flavors. A heavy white grape presence comes through as the beer warms. Not as great as the smell, but very interesting and it definitely is worth checking out.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy. Moderately dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable beer and goes down quickly; not overly funky as some saisons are (though I realize that's a desirable characteristic to some).

Photo of BZero007
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle I picked up at The Wine and Cheese Place. Bottle had about a 3 to 4 months of age on it. Served during opening day of grilling at my house, to celebrate the new grill! Paired with Lamb patties mmmm

Poured in to Tulip with a golden hue not clear but no clouds. Head formed with ease and did not over take the glass. The aroma was incredible as sweet but earthy aroma took over the air. The aroma had a bit of a bit to it which was very nice. The flavor was excellent as the earthy tones were present and well balanced with the sweetness behind the brew. I really enjoyed this brew and will pick it up whenever I see it.
The 8% was hardly noticable and I would be able to have this brew through out the night.

Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw my 200th review approaching and was struggling to decide what to review. Then I saw it. At KJ Baarons for $17.50, a bottle of Fantôme Saison. Finally, I had found my bottle. Bottle number 87/477047

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a gloriously light crystal golden straw hue with a big, fluffy two finger head atop. That head, man oh man. Never faded to less than a thick (quarter inch) white blanket leaving wonderful side lacing. Just wow.

S - Yeah, this is a saison alright. That wonderful funk, yeast, and super fresh lemony sourness.

T - Sweet mother of mercy! This is everything a saison is supposed to be! That spectacular funk is potent throughout, but that lemony sourness. Man oh man is it good. Just the right amount of spice and twang too.

M - Theres just enough of natural carbonation here. Wonderful dry, crisp finish. Incredibly refreshing.

D - Yeah, theres a reason why this is one of, if not the best saison's out there. Its simply spectacular and deserves every bit of recognition. Simply put, see this bottle in store buy immediately.

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a honey yellow color with a nice white head. Head is pretty good sized, not too much in the way of retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Pretty funky straight off the bat. I'm picking up tart apples, pears, actaually quite a bit of citrus, barnyard, and yeast.

T- Not really a huge fan of the style, but this one is pretty solid. Taste follows the nose well. Strong fruity flavors, apples and citrus are the most present, and a bit of tartness. A bit of spice and yeast are also here.

M- Very light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I found this one to be very easy to drink. I might even say this one is a slow drinker, but still very solid. I'm impressed with this one.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-brown color. Has a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly down to a thick film and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells fruity (almost citrusy) with that strong musty, yeasty aroma so common to saisons.

Taste: Starts off mildly bitter and finishes sweet and fruity. The yeast is always noticeable in the background and there is a good bit of spiciness as well. This is a damn fine saison, perhaps the best I've had.

Mouthfeel: Has a very natural feel to it with only just enough carbonation to give it a nice bite. Has a very refreshing feel to it.

Drinkability: An exceptional saison, perhaps the best I've had. This was a gift from a friend and what a gift it was! This is a very complex beer with many layers that express themselves differently as the beer progresses. Despite it's relatively high ABV, it drinks very easily, making it enjoyable and complex at the same time. Never pass this one up!

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy orange. Cloudy with generous champagne like bubbly head.
Smells citrusy. strawberry, has a alcohol tone to it. has a generous amounts of apple to it.
Taste is warm. Dry, citrus tartness, pears and apples again. it is very sweet and yet the warmness of the alocohol tends to bite more then you would imagine a saison to. drinks kind of like a tripel.
is almost perfectly carbonated. there is no bitterness to this, and its pretty much tart. Once you get past the first drink. Things tend to get better. it drinks better and better with each sip. i believe this drinks more like a tripel, rather then a saison though.

Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantôme Saison

Appearance: champagne yellow, small head, and very good lacing.

Smell: slight acidic sourness, strawberries, and raspberry.

Taste: strawberry, faint yeast, and other berries.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This has a great deal of strawberry flavor. It is mighty nice.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer very much. A nice looking beer with a great big head. Smell is lightly funky, and a little unforgivably skunky. The flavor is spicy, and sharply bitter, with just a little funk. The beer has a mouth feel very similar to champagne. I've got a feeling from the aroma that I might have been drinking a mishandled bottle. Getting a better is on my long list of beer-y things to do.

Photo of berley31
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.

Photo of DrewZ926
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden straw body with a big white head

S- extremely fruity, highlights of honeydew and mellon, complemented with lemon zest and apple, a little bit of belgian spice in the nose as well

T- extremely balanced flavor, again very floral and fruity, similar to the nose, moderately carbonated, which subdues the spice and allows you to focus on other tastes

M- very refreshing and a strong finish, much fuller feel than other saisons

D- very refreshing and drinkable despite the large format

Photo of ms11781
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before July 2013 notched on bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a 1 finger, foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

The nose is very strong. Huge amounts of fruity aromas, orange and pineapple, maybe some lemon. Tartness with some green apples and some funk on the back end. Smelled very spicy when I opened the bottle but none of that was present once in the glass.

Taste follows the nose. Strong fruity flavors, the citrus and apples are present, as is the tartness. Tart flavors are a bit stronger than the nose but nothing overpowering. Dry all the way through with some funk at the finish. A ripe, fruity flavor lingers on the tongue.

Very light body with minor but prickly carbonation that gives it a bit of a bite. Overall the mouthfeel is very light and dry.

Drinkability is outstanding for a beer of such high alcohol content. Drinks a bit slower because of the tartness so the 8% ABV doesn't really catch up. Crisp, refreshing and very enjoyable.

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

Big thanks to Beerwolf77 for busting this one out.

A- Pours a super murky golden orange with a nice two fingers worth of head. The head sticks around for a while leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Nice tart notes with some nice funk as well. There are also some light fruit notes such as apple and green grapes.

T- Very heavy on the grassy notes with a toned down funk. Subtle hints of grape and lemon.

M- Medium bodied that is light on the carbonation. Smooth on the finish and slightly dry on the tail end.

D- Great all around. Nicely balanced with the flavors and the modest funkiness. This is the best saison I have had.

Photo of airohead2001
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a damn good beer. Appearance and smell are just okay, but the funkiness of the taste makes this beer the best in it's style. Nice mouthfeel with outstanding drinkability. I was shocked that this beer is 8%. Very nice.

Photo of glazeman
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: The beer pours a medium gold/amber in color and has a 2 finger white head that has moderate retention and excellent lacing. The beer appears to be 100% translucent.

S: The nose on this was more sweet cherries than I expected. There's some citrus and earthiness there, but not much. Also, there's really not any discernable yeastiness or funk. To me this smells more like a fruit beer such as Wisconsin Belgian Red than it does a saison.

T: Well the taste sure doesn't follow the nose. The very front of this beer as some sweet fruits, but that is almost instantly and forcibly overwhelmed by earthiness, some funk, a touch of sour, and some lemony citrus. Overall a very balanced and complex flavor, although not as intense as some other beers in the category.

M: This is crisp and clean as a saison should be, without having a distractingly high level of carbonation as many beers of this style do. Instead, there's a nice medium mouthfeel and a great aftertaste.

D: The balance in this beer and its modest carbonation for the style give it sky high drinkability. For an 8% beer this is crisp, clean and doesn't make you feel as if there's any etoh in it at all.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split and poured into my tulip.

A: Cloudy golden orange. Solid finger of white head. Tiny flecks of soapy lace cling to the glass. Good retention. Cap remains intact for several minutes.

S: Sweet and tart out of the gate. Lots of green apples, lemons and white grapes. Has a great pull of tart and sweet going back and forth. Modest amount of yeast and spice. Hint of grape big league chew. Just a tiny amount of funk. Fantastic.

T: Initial burst is a good deal of tart fruit. Green apples, lemons, white grapes. Light amount of funk in the flavor. Yeast and mild spice balance things out very nice. Light hoppy finish.

M: Light to medium body. Creamy smooth carbonation.

D: I'm very sad that it took me this long to finally have this one. It deserves it's top spot among the worlds finest Saisons. Spectacular flavor and easy drinking. I will be picking up more bottles of this for sure.

Photo of pioppo
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw yellow colour. Hazy with a quite fine and quite persistent white foam. Good carbonation.

S - A very high smell of yeast.. Almost unpleasant!! Citric (lemon, orange peel) and a little spicy.

T - Citric also in mouth, not much bitter with and acid aftertaste.

M - Very acid and astringent beer!! It's dry and the alcohol is hidden by the acidity..

D - It can be a drinkable beer but its characteristics of acidity and astringence make this beer more difficult to enjoy!!

Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light orange honey. Towering dense head recedes slowly. The froth clumps and clings.

Aroma is clean and happy all the while being slightly acidic. An orchard in a musty citrus plantation. Very complex, very nice.

Taste is a surprise, much more tart than expected. Granny Smith apples not yet ripe rolled in dirt. This is sour enough to question the health of this bottle. Hints of bile in the finish, this may give me indigestion. Yet I keep sipping.

Everything about this brew is intriguingly complex.
cheers
jd

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750 ml bottle.

A: Hazy golden hue with a fluffy white head that slowly settles to about a centimeter thick. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass and carbonation is lively.

S: Very fresh aroma. Fruity, with hints of green apple, citrus, and spring meadow. Hops lend some grassy, earthy notes.

T: Very complex for this style. Floral and fruity up front with strong green apple, lemon, and orange zest, with just a hint of funk in the backround. Earthy, floral hop character rounds out the finish.

Notes: This is one amongst the best Saisons I have ever tasted. Fresh, lively, and medium bodied. Drinkability is amazing! I'm glad I was in the mood to re-visit this fine piece of art tonight.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Nice clear golden color with a 2 inch head that leaves a lot of lacing on the sides.

The smell is fantastic! Slightly tart apples and a bit of funk. There is a nice cherry and lemon aroma as well. Wow. One of the best smelling beers ever in the history of my drinking.

The taste is nice and dry; echoing the aroma in fruitiness. A hint of tart and funk in the finish aids to the drinkability. Great flavors of apple and spice are most prominent.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation is appropriately crisp.

Bottom line: I love Fantome. This is perfect.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for cracking this bad boy with me. Clear golden in color with about a finger of fluffy white head that settles down to a sticky ring of lace. Initially I smelled a big fruity nose; it was the likes of orange juice and pineapple with just a slight zing of lemon to round it out. After a few more whiffs a funky brett aroma because a bit more present. Kind of a spicy flavor with a hint of tart lemon to finish. A bit less funky than I had anticipated fromt the aroma, but still rock solid. The feel is good, light, crisp and good carbonation. Can't ask for much more. Easy drinking, tough to complain about anthing for it.

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

A: Bright straw color, which is very fitting for a rustic farmhouse. Cloudy. Thin head.
S: Very fruity, which citrus prominent: orange, pineapple. A bit sweet. citrus. canned pineapple. Some brett funk in the background.
T: Again, very fruity: pineapple, orange. Prominent tartness. pineapple juice. lemonade. Finishes dry, with slight bitterness from earthy hops.
M: Medium carbonation, which is a bit low for style (more preferred). Dry.
O: In short: sour, citrusy, dry. Super drinkable. One of my favorite Saisons (and in general).

Photo of FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

150th review on BA
Pressure cap/corked 750 ML
Bottle to Tulip

App- The most golden yellow I've seen on a beer. A really nice three finger head that wasn't too inclined to stick around but really opened up the aroma of the beer. Very little lacing but still a very nice looking beer.

Smell- Very light citrus with a heavy yeast that was paired nicely with a balanced spicy/earthy undertone.

Taste- I've waited a long time to try this one. I wanted to try the actual Saison before I branched off to the Hiver or anything else. It's damn near perfect to me. Very light, tasty, refreshing but still potent at the 8%. The flavor profile was very well balanced and at times a bit delicate.

Mouth-A lighter medium bodied with a medium carbonation level leave a really nice after taste with a dry feel. Very nice.

Drink- I really liked this beer. I probably could've had another couple. I feel this was a great way to start NYE. Although probably would've been better to ring in 2011 with this one.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy golden color with a large off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind only a bit of spotty lace.

Smell: Smells mostly fruity and flowery with a strong musty/yeasty farmhouse aroma.

Taste: Begins sweet and citrusy, rounding out to a a bready flavor that finishes very yeasty and musty, with more citrus and some apple with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced, natural carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: An excellent saison that definitely deserves its reputation. This is a brew I would be happy to drink frequently and, despite its 8% ABV, it drinks more like a summer refresher. Still, the ABV gives it a slight warming quality that could be good for mild winter days or for the autumn. Beautiful beer.

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
96 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.