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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 466
Gots: 183 | 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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750mL green glass corked and capped bottle. No date. I HATE NO DATE! Date your damn bottles, dammit! Cork says "Brasserie Fantome Soy 086/477044")

Appearance: A cloudy orange gold color with almost no white head. Suds-ed up when pouring so there's carbonation there.

Nose: Stinky leather and orange peel. Lots of honey notes. Very floral too.

Palate: Crisp with some acidity, but it's in check. Like someone squeezed a lemon in my beer. Carbonation level is low at best, almost none really. Flavors are good and centralized around citrus, honey and white flowers/carnations. Moderately long finish. That acidity is balanced by what I presume is some hop bitterness and some malt sugar.

Notes: The level of inconsistency is really turning me off. A tasty beer, but some carbonation would be nice. Mouthfeel suffers for sure. When this guy is on, he's really on. When he's not, you can tell.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:00:22 | More by SFLpunk
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dirtylou

Washington

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

750ml, few bottles passed at a recent brasserie V tasting

appearance: served in a la chouffe chalice - golden body, suspended yeast, big white foam

smell: really great - funky hay, bright citrus, zesty lemon, white peach

taste: really just an outstanding saison - citrus zest, mango, peach, active yeast, enough funk to remind you its fantome, alcohol nowhere to be found.

mouthfeel: active on the tongue, refreshing

drinkability: solid

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 21:12:04 | More by dirtylou
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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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tm82

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, bought PRE-ZBF 2010 shop. Poured into BeerMerchants goblet glass. Exceptionally fizzy cloudy and golden appearance. A nice thinning head. Lots of bubbles. Lots of interaction happening. Bitter orange zest; fruits, critus notes and a good whack of tart and sourness. Barnyardy feel. A great beer and good for the summer. Please ignore the appearance before taste. It's very very drinkable. Long dry finish. Great stuff. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 21:36:12 | More by tm82
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a hazy golden tone yielding a large 2" head; some lacing.

fruity/citrus-like; spices, a bit of funk, a bit of yeast... intriguing; some secondary notes reminiscent of a white wine.

not being a particularly big fan of the style (due mostly to my inexperience with it), i was impressed here. big citrus follow-through with lemon and grapefruit leading the way... sweet, but not overly so; crisp and tasty. a touch of tartness. pretty complex.... i can definitely dig this. for my money this is the best saison i've come across. very well done.

M: medium-heavy. medium carbonation.

D: tasty and refreshing. flavorful. simply put, the perfect craft summer brew. a bit cost-prohibitive, unfortunately, but i will certainly revisit this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 05:22:09 | More by perrymarcus
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coryking

Missouri

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

Had this at iTap in Soulard, a customer was kind enough to give me a sample...

Pours that cloudy, murky, golden haze that you would expect. Nice white head, fits in perfectly with the style. Smells of barnyard funk, wet hay, lemons, and some big tartness on the nose! Beautiful! I know that Im going to love this! Nice tartness on a refreshing effervescent sip that lingers with a spicy finish. No alcohol present, this could be dangerous as I could drink this all day, especially with the 96 degree weather we are currently having... Very nice brew, very glad I tried it!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 07:50:11 | More by coryking
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sitarist

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours murky honey yellow with a slight orange hue towards the center of the glass. One inch of white head falls to a top coating that doesn't leave much lacing.

Holy FUNK BOMBS Batman! The aromas are amazing. There are hints of apple cider, strawberry's, plum, straw, sexy funk, candy, honey, pineapple, orange / tangerine, pear, pungent spices, strip clubs, incense, there is too much going on to explain.

The flavors are just as broad and amazing as the nose. Its an orgy of flavors! The taste is addictive.

Thick(medium body), it coats the tongue. There is a fair amount of carbonation but the thick body holds it down. The flavors stick around for a long time. Just a little warmth in the back of my throat. This beer is a work of art!

This must be the nectar of the Gods. Highly drinkable and addictive; I cant wait till the next time I get to enjoy one of these. Goes very well with French onion soup. I really feel like I'm in Heaven right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 23:37:29 | More by sitarist
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 1999 thanks to brent

pour was a brownish reddish color with hints of orange

very musty with light funk and dark fruit

very musty up front again. tastes like it has been stored for some time, as it has been. the funk is fairly strong with a very strong cherry flavor in the finish. first few sips i was thrown off but then this became quite good.

moderate carbonation, slight dryness.

this was very interesting and hands down the oldest saison ive ever had. i would love to have more of this. the cherry flavor was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:07:23 | More by hooliganlife
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ooh, wow! Where has Fantome been all my life? Read much praise for this and it's hardly unwarranted.

Almost looks nothing like beer - more like the enchanting love-child of a Belgian blond and (hmm...) orange juice. Grainy, glowing golden-yellow. Nearly opaque with earthy organic lees. Delicate wispy head settling slowly into a sudsy outer ring. Spotty lacing.

Mellow spicy cider aroma with an equally present musty barn scent. Awfully enticing but perhaps ever-so-slightly too restrained.

Taste? There's quite a lot going on here and each element is spectacular. Once again, the cider-like flavors take center stage, but it's the fruitiness that's most complex and astonishing. Starting off with tart apple flavors, as it warms, it shows flashes of apricot and golden raisin and a bunch of syrupy bosc pear. The musty hay also plays a background role.

Hesitate to put it in this context, but on one hand this drinks like pear nectar mixed with a little bit of champagne. Not that that's at all undesirable. And I'm floored that, at 8%, the alcohol is nearly indiscernible. All in all, each sip is to be savored. Feels barrel-aged. While a mildly spicy effervescence greets the tongue, it immediately softens out into a velvety nectar, enveloping sweetly every inch of the mouth. The most full-bodied light saison-style I've ever had.

How can you not adore this creation? Perfect treat by itself or (I imagine) with roasted turkey and stuffing, or an arugula salad with blue cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted slivered almonds. I'm sure it goes well with quite many many other dishes. I will stop whatever I am doing, no matter how urgent, to drink this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:26:02 | More by Bouleboubier
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9,4 floz corked and capped bottle purchased at Downeast Beverage Co., Portland, ME
Best before end: M(ay) (20)12
Lot n°: b
Served in a tulip

Saisons typically pour with a lively effervescence and a generous head of froth but this beer looked nearly flat. The cloudy, mustard yellow body was topped by a thin film of bubbles.

The aroma was exciting and enticing. Funk and must came through strong. Lots of brett and oak as well. Somewhat white wine-like with distinct citrus (lemon) notes. This beer reminded me more of a wild ale than a saison.

As with the aroma, the flavor profile was quite unique for the style. Semi-sweet and bright up front. Fruity and peachy. Super wheaty and tart in the center. The short-lived, off-dry finish was clean and crisp, with just a touch of bittering hops. Other than the tartness, I felt this beer was a bit too mellow and straightforward.

The mouthfeel was rather heavy and syrupy for a saison. Frothy on the palate with a light, spritzy effervescence. I was hoping for a lighter body and a bit more aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability was notable. This is a crisp and refreshing beer that hides its alcohol prowess very well. It paired perfectly with my Humboldt Fog cheese, green grapes and baguette.

Brett-infused saisons seem to be all the rage. I am guessing that this beer was one of the first of this sort. While I like the uniqueness of this saison, I feel that it could benefit from a more crisp and zippy flavor profile and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 23:12:05 | More by Damian
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Pahn

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Amusingly, the label has a whole best before section, but it's blank.

Appearance: The bottle gushes mildly, and leaves a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates steadily and leaves a few streaks of lacing around the glass. Pours a hazy banana yellow. Not much lacing overall; a few spots and streaks that disappear quickly.

Smell: Huge. Perfume/cologne, cornucopia of fruits and berries, a little funk and yeast. Somewhat dominant lemon/orange citrus. Enriches the flavor.

Taste: First sip: tons of spice, lemony citrus, various fruits (peach and apricot?), and tangy brett funk that gets very deep by the aftertaste. I'm immediately sold; this is exactly what I wanted this beer to taste like. Subsequent sips yield more leathery funk, and more spice and esters than I can keep track of (but never going overboard and tasting like tea or fruit juice). Mildly tart, some restrained (not at all "sugary") sweetness, very refreshing, with a great balance of flavor, and even greater depth and development of flavor. Just excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very juicy, moderately carbonated, with a dry finish and a slight build up of puckering tartness.

Drinkability: I'm not noticing the 8% ABV at all, and the beer is endlessly flavorful and refreshing.

I would like to drink this beer at the brewery, so I could immediately comment to the brewer: "You are a genius." The beer is so adventurous with the spices and esters, but not ridiculous or cloying. It's one of those beers that makes me want to contact the person who made it and thank them.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 05:27:19 | More by Pahn
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BeckyFreesTibet

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aeppearance is thick, syrupy and so cloudy it is barely translucent. Pours with almost no head and is a light, peachy tan color.

Aroma is very funky and winey. Sweet, with hints of grapefruit, wheat, must and oak.

Taste is pleasantly musty and funky with a mellow, sweet aftertaste. Notes of wheat, peach, citrus and a bit of wine (but not as much as in smell) are present.

Dry finish. Could use a bit more carbonation and the aftertaste is not as crisp as it could be. Surprisingly thin considering how syrupy it looks. Not a very complex mouthfeel.

Good drinkability for 8%, but needs crisp aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 18:50:34 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
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flexabull

California

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

Finally got my hands on a bottle of Fantome, sure was spendy, but I have a hunch it'll be worth it.

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a pretty nice fluffy white head.

Aromas are wonderful. Best smelling beer I've had in quite a while. Lots of mixed fruit, some lemon zest, apricots, and oranges. There is also some light vinegar funk, and hard candies.

Taste is super bone dry. Light funk, a bit musty, with hints of vinegar, lemon, and some sugary sweetness. Finish is dry, with a mineral bite. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great, very full feeling with nice crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. What a wonderful beer, I now know why this is often considered the benchmark of the style. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 04:06:28 | More by flexabull
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thetomG

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with some light fluffy foamy head. Just a slight bit of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is a nice blend of sweet & sour notes with a flavor profile that matches up quite well with the addition of some fruity notes.

A good amount of bubbly carbonation creates a lively mouthfeel with the bubbles lingering on the finish.

A good beer and definitely one I will be trying again - TASTY.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:08:39 | More by thetomG
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UA8

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orangy/ amber color with a one finger thick white foam head.

S- Man this one fragrant beer. big fruit basket notes of white grape, peaches, pears, and apricots. background notes of yeast fresh cut sweet hay.

T- Light fruit notes of peach, white grape, and lemon. Fresh cut hay and funk.

M- Medium light bodied and a moderate carbonation that dances across the palate.

D- Overall a very pleasant beer with many desirable qualities. I'm curious if this would age well and the flavors might become a little more fluid.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 18:16:00 | More by UA8
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jwinship83

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked (i hate that) bottle without any notches on the bottled on date thing (i also hate that) drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a glowing golden yellow colored body with a massive bright white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind thick rings of lacing. small yeast particles can be seen floating around in here. perfect.

S- this beer is so pungent that i can smell it from across the room. very heavy on the funk. lots of barnyard/horse blanket notes. lots of light fruits. mainly lemon but a little bit of pear also.

T- the first thing i think is that this one is sweeter than i was expecting. the yeast also comes through stronger than i could smell. some banana from that. the lemon and pear i could smell also remain in this one. the main attraction is the funk. lots and lots of it. very mildly tart.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. a pleasant dryness is left in my mouth.

D- interesting and complex. if you love funky saisons, i recommend you check this one out. but if you love funky saisons, i bet you already have. this beer is too much of a thinker to go grab another one, but its something id like to be able to have often. a little on the pricey side at 14.99$/bottle here.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 15:26:04 | More by jwinship83
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sweemzander

Illinois

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. There are best by dates available to be notched, but they never were.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue that produced a good pure white fluffy head with great retention. Left tiny bits of lacing all over the place as it very slowly dissipated.

(S)- A giant haystack of dryness. Bits of lemon, banana, and yeast. Funktastic with horseblanket and a grassy hop note.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A giant haystack of dryness and biscuits. Funky and earthy with a tiny bit of grassy bitterness but is counterbalanced with some creamy banana and lemon tartness. A barnyard party in the mouth.

(M)- A lively carbonation level with a great balance between the fruit and the funk. Not overly dry or bitter or sweet; but has a little of each. Funky, but oh so fitting of the style. Crisp and refreshing.

(D)- A fantastic Saison. Perhaps the perfect example of the style? Has everything I love about the saison style and then some. It is very much a saison, but also leans towards hinting at a belgain sour somehow. Crisp and wonderful for the summer months right now. This bottle, though large, will not last long. Awesome stuff. If it wasnt so expensive, I would have this in my fridge all summer long

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 15:11:16 | More by sweemzander
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dasenebler

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL green bottle; lot B; best before May 2012.

Pours a hazy, straw-yellow color with a modest, bubbly head. Retention is decent; lacing is not apparent.

Aroma is very good, with a bright, rindy and fruity character reminiscent of sour apples and champagne. Vinous.

Flavor is quite simply astonishing. There's a lot going on. A huge tartness seems to permeate the entire drink, and the finish is long and dry. The phenolic, fruity character of this Saison really pushes the style right up to the edge: loads of sour apple, strawberry, lemon and a bit of funk. There is a touch of spice and dry, stale hopiness, but this beer is truly an exercise in yeast. The Fantome is acidic and vinous, reminiscent of dry white wine or champagne. The mouthfeel is creamy and surprisingly thick for such a crisp, refreshing beer. Carbonation is oddly low for the style, but I really dig that.

This beer is quite intense, so the "real" drinkability is medium-low, though I must admit I'm very impressed with this Saison. Borders on Belgian Sour territory. A.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:35:44 | More by dasenebler
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

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

This brew was a little expensive at $14. Since I've been exploring the Saison style I figured it was worth a shot. It pours out a hazy straw/gold. Much less carbonation than most of the Saisons I've tried. Still had a decent head at the start, not much lacing.
The smell changes as it warms. The colder it was the more sour citrus notes came forward and the warmer it got, the more it mellowed into candy sugar and bread. Very complex smell.
The taste is nice and interesting as well with a combination of sweet, sour and dry. The carbonation disappears quickly and the aftertaste is nice and tart.
In all honesty, if I'm going to pay this much there a few other Saisons I'd rather have (Saison D' Erpe-Mere $15) or go for a cheaper one (SAison Dupont or Le Merle both about $7) This is, however, still a very nice Saison and I'm sure I will encounter and enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 19:49:49 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't want to spend $16 on this beer but I knew I had to try it. It's a bit pricey, but I was not disappointed. The style is of a traditional saison but it goes above and beyond where most saisons even try to reach. There is a lot going on here but I taste strawberry, peach, tangerine, and a creaminess that actually reminds me of cool whip (never thought I'd use that to describe a beer!) It's got some spiciness on the end and lingers on the palate as the flavors change. This is a beer that really transports you to another place. You can close your eyes and almost imagine being in the Ardennes, breathing in the air. I'm not surprised that his beer has a cult following.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:06:57 | More by abriggs1
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier brought this to Inflatablechair's house a weekend or two ago... 2 days of a hell of alot of beer!! Thanks Eric... and Sam, I still need to see the haircut.

Pours hazy yellow/orange with a chunky rocky white head .... beautiful lacing.

Smell is IMO the perfect example of a Saison... lightly funky and sorta dank ... herbal and pretty phenolic... smells wonderful... lite clove and coriander ... citrus zest....

Flavor pretty much balls all of the aromas together and pitches out perfect mix fresh zippy Saison... getting something that reminds me of dandelion flowers ... bits of pink bubblegum.. I think tropical fruit, but my palate is a rookie when it comes to great Saisons... musty wet hay... a bit herbaceous... body is lite given such a bigger ABV for the style..

I would buy this all the time if it made it to Boise... damn.... really, why don't we get Fantôme here?

Thanks again Eric... this is one that I've had a few times over the years, but never took the time to really figure it out.

4/4.5/4.5/3.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 07:35:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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DrewHodges

Minnesota

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

Notes from 3/18/10 tasting; 750mL bottle poured into Belgian tulip.

A--cloudy, thick, dirty yellow with cream colored head that stuck around, very substantive, very fine bubbles

S--not powerful aroma, but fruity and citrus-pears and apples

T--light and fruity taste, apples, almost dry cider-like, but not nearly as sweet

M--finish like a dry cider, strong carbonation,

D--great drinkability--just an incredibly complex and balanced beer, have never had a bad one from Fantome, worth the price ($14) and the search

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:30:26 | More by DrewHodges
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Chizoad

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was convinced by the guy at the liquor store to pick this one up. I'd thought about it for a while, and am happy I shelled out the $13 for the 750 mL bottle.

Poured gently into two pilsner glasses. Beautiful head that faded into fine lacing fairly quickly. The color was a cloudy yellow-gold that looked inviting.

I took a big whiff of this beer, and wow. The ratings on here (I gave it a 2) say "not impressed" but that is far from accurate. I *was* impressed, but more by its amazing funk! At first I thought I might have a bad bottle. Stale sweat and shoes punched me in the face. Then something else, a subtle undercurrent, managed to make me think there was something worthwhile to this beer.

The first taste proved quite sour, but as the beer warmed, I began picking up amazing things, just a rush of complexity. This beer is absolutely delicious. Too many spices and herbs for me to decipher the riddle. I did detect apples, and roquefort cheese upon exhaling through the nose. Throughout the glass it just got more amazing. I never tasted any of the sweat or shoes I smelled at first. I supposed over time, I could be convinced this beer smells good, much like a stinky soft cheese. But I think that would be merely Pavlovian, just a drooling response to how good the beer tastes.

The beer was very smooth to drink, not chewy at all, and I would love to have another one right after the first. The relatively high alcohol might have something to say about that eventually.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 21:17:51 | More by Chizoad
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a saison kick - seemed like a good idea to try this one. 750ml, corked and capped into a wine glass. May 2012 expiration marked on the label.

A - No pop at all when uncorked. Cloudy, bright straw color. Two finger head with a fairly aggressive pour. It faded fairly quickly too...

S - Bright lemon zest is most obvious and stands out compared to the others I've had in this category. There is still a bit of the earthy and spicy body coming through, but the tartness dominates. Very unique and much more in depth than I could describe...

T&M - I hate to be cliche, but I literally just finished mowing the lawn. THIS is my new favorite lawn mowing beer. It hits with tart lemon fruitiness at first, then fades to a dry, earthy finish - just like the nose. Very refreshing. This is as close to a sour as I have had that I'm really enjoying. Completely different than any other saison I have had. The carbonation could be higher here, as it seems to me this beer would have really jumped out with a little more effervescence.

D - I dropped my wine glass - it shattered in to a million pieces, and I lost about 3 ounces of this delicious beer. So sad, as I could have enjoyed plenty more of this. The blend of tart fruit, dry finish, and slightly musty character are just perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:23:04 | More by dougofthefuture
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Halcyondays

California

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

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling orange with a creamy white head, long-lasting, good lace. Some yeasties, but I don't mind them in a saison. Extremely unfiltered.

S: Wet hay, must, grain, dandelion greens, and wet dog, this is funky barnyard traditional saison.

T: Bitter earthy hops, hay and grass are predominant. Elegant malty flavour with a minor hint of lactic acid at the finish. Yeasty and complex.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, dry and refreshing.

D: This is a tasty rustic country beer from the Belgian forests. Aside from Printemps the best beer from Fantome I've had. This is their flagship, and I can see why. Give this beer to someone and they'll know what saison is all about. Hard to say this is worth the $13 price tag when Dupont is sitting there at $8, but it's good, the quality is undisputed.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:21:12 | More by Halcyondays
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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