Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.75/5 rDev +11%
A: hazy bright orange, yellow carbonation with a pretty two finger off white bubbly head.
S: funky, earthy, spicy, barnyard, hay, grass, lemon zest, citrus fruits
T: a lot going on here. a lot of what was in the nose comes through in the taste. spicy citrus notes, with lemon peels, earthy hops and pepper. funk is there but balanced perfectly with everything listed. a great complex mixture.
M: lively carbonation that pops and and tingles the tongue. very crisp and dry
D: super refreshing. perfect balance of all the things going on in this beer. at 8% abv the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. could probably drink all day
Overall, very wonderful beer. One of my favorites Saison's I have ever had. A bit pricey but worth every penny IMO. Highly recommend to anyone.
05-03-2010 22:07:18 | More by CosmoHopHead
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
750ml green bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip...
Pours a densely hazy pale golden orange...even with a somewhat vigorous pour, I only managed to squeeze about a half finger delicate soft white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a bit of film on top of the beer and a tiny bit of lacing...
From the second I popped the cork I could smell that delicious Fantome aroma. Super sweet in the nose, citric, slightly lemony. Musty with a great barnyard funk mixed in with a bit of Belgian yeasty spiciness...very complex, incredibly appealing...
Fruity, slightly tart with a lemony, citrus taste. Other tropical fruits mix in...then you get a bunch of that musty, funky taste in the background. A bit of a bitter citrus fruit peel taste with some spicy yeast flavors, clove and peppery. Complex and very refreshing...
Medium bodied and very slick/creamy on the palette due to lower than average carbonation....
One of my favorites for sure, tangy, fruity, sweet and refreshing...tastes lighter than an 8% beer and is supremely easy drinking while still being incredibly complex and intriguing...
04-29-2010 03:13:12 | More by hawks10
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a hazy deep orange with a slight white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is funky, citrusy, and acetic all at the same time. The flavor has lots of funk in it, and lots of sweetness. It is very complex, sweet notes overlapping citrus overlapping with sour notes. It has a very dry finish. It is full bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. A great saison, my only regret is I waited so long to try it.
04-25-2010 22:45:10 | More by bonkers
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
Fantôme Saison. | 750 ml. | 8.0% ABV
"Biere Artisanale Sur Lie."
Surprise: There's a cork under the cap! Pours a turbid, glowing orange that froths at the top. It sits heavy in the glassy and has a "goopy" characteristic that isn't all that appealing. There's a lot of bubbling and a moderate whitish-straw head.
Very pungent and offbeat. It has a rustic/barnyard cider aroma that blends with toasted malts and a thick, unidentifiable mélange of spices. Theres also an acetic quality that runs through the aroma presaging a similar taste.
In many ways (not surprisingly) the taste perfectly mirrors the smell. Yet in aspects where the aroma was bold but manageable, the taste seems overpowering. The palate opens into an expansive range of succulent tropical fruit flavors including mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. It regresses into an overly tart and astringent citrus spritz that overwhelms the other fruits. There's also a distinct floral note laced with a light dose of honey that's wandering around in the background. The finish is dry, segueing from tart citrus to pleasant tropical sweetness in the aftertaste.
Good lord it's thick. While it is medium bodied in aggregate, the initial sip opens the floodgates, pouring forth a torrent of sticky liquid. Carbonation is low, which is perhaps what gives off the impression of viscosity uncharacteristic of most saisons.
This is my new category for drinkability! I've increasingly felt that "drinkability" is too vague a term -- encompassing and conflating characteristics of ABV, fidelity to style, and personal satisfaction. With "harmony" I hope to create a metric that invokes each individual aspect (a, s, t, m) to work in tandem creating a gustatory gestalt.
The acetic (lemony) flavors are overpowering. Otherwise the funkiness, exotic fruits, and rustic character of the drink create a beverage that is more intriguing the more you drink.
04-25-2010 00:12:09 | More by BeerNemesis
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
750 mL bottle corked and capped. Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip glass. Label reads "Biere Artisanale Sur Lie."
A: This beer pours a murky, deep, dark yellow with a one finger of light, sudsy head. Head recedes immediately with spotty lacing left on the glass.
S: Nose is of lemon sourness, pineapple and apple sweetness, and light malt.
T: Taste starts with a nice light apple sweetness. Then come the hints of malts mingled with a nice grapefruit/lemony citrusy tartness that then moves right on in to a pineapple and mango flavoring that lingers well in to the aftertaste, perhaps a touch more of granny apple here as well.
M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, dry at first and then becomes somewhat creamy.
D: Well blended, very good representation of the style, goes down easily. This one doesn't drink like an 8% - dangerously good and would love another for a nice hot summer day.
04-20-2010 00:20:08 | More by Jayli
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
A - Hazy golden orange honey color with a slightly below average sized white, bubbly, creamy head with good retention and a nice full, thin creamy lace left.
S - Funky lemony citrus and lemongrass aroma is prominent. Also a good amount of candied tropical fruit is in the background along with some spice (coriander prominent).
T - Similar to the nose. A good amount of fruitiness including, peach, mango, lemon, orange, and apricot amongst other golden and tropical fruit flavors. Zesty, funky, citrus flavors along with some grass, floral, and herbal taste. Reminds me of a warm spring day. Good amount of spices (especially coriander as well as some clove and pepper). Fair amount of yeast and malt comes out as well. Very complex and balanced flavors with some sweetness, some zestiness, some funk, and a touch of bitterness with none of them dominating the other.
M - Medium, starting to head toward full, body with slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and drying and slightly fizzy.
D - Very nice drinkability. Complex and balanced flavors make me want to drink more. Very crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable to drink, I could drink it all day if not for the ABV (which is well hidden).
Notes: Very tasty beer. So complex but balanced. Spiced, sweet fruit, grassy floral and herbal, a touch of bitterness, and some funky zesty saison flavors. Truly nice beer, that reminds me of springtime. Wonderful beer that is definitely worth trying.
04-18-2010 21:14:34 | More by FreshHawk
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours a golden crystal clear yellow/marigold on the pur into a small tulip glass. Just from looking at it, I can tell it is going to be a refreshingly good tasting spring beer even on a rainy overcast day. There are tiny white bubbles around the edges.
Smell of brett/ sourness, lemon zest, citrus and tartness.
Taste is right on par for a saison farmhouse. After Saison de Lente within the past two weeks, this is what i had expected upon opening it. No gushing head, nice settled clear looking saison with some sourness that has developed to a perfectly palatable level including a very tasty lemon presence. After three sips of this, you already know why it is a benchmark in the farmhouse ale / saison category. Whats that you say, there is 8% abv in here? very well played....
Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. this is a easy drinker and a keeper.
04-17-2010 23:30:45 | More by alpinebryant
4.75/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Stemware. Poured a cloudy and slightly murky with a golden amber hue to it. It started with an active one finger dense white head but settled down to a thin lacing covering the top of the beer.
The aroma has a little citrus and lemon with some floral and spicy, almost peppery notes. It gives off a very appealing, complex, light and refreshing aroma that is very nice. All the flavors are very nicely in balance in the nose.
The taste has a tangy lemon rind citrus to it but also has just as much sweetness coming through in the finish. It's both moderately bitter along with a slightly dry finish. Really the best way to describe it is to highlight how balanced it is between all the flavors. Everything blends so well together to create an excellent tasting and complex beer.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very good tasting and well balanced. I haven't ever been a big fan of Saisons but I think I am now after this one. Best Saison I've had by far and rating to style definitely benefits it.
04-15-2010 23:36:39 | More by billab914
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Orval glass.
The beer pours a light peach with some floaties. The head is white rises about a finger and a half of thin head that is gone besides a rim. The lacing is pretty good.
The aroma is pretty sweet apple juice with a light floral finish.
The taste is really nice. It starts off lightly sweet then has a great brust of floral hoppiness with a light sour kick finish. The exact saison test you expect.
Overall, this was great. The taste is spot on for the style, but a little boring on the nose. Certainly seek this out.
04-15-2010 01:41:15 | More by jrallen34
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +4%
750 mL bottle, capped and corked. Poured into a tulip, no problem removing the cork.
Pours a pale straw golden color, glowing against light, but hazed and translucent. Forms a large sturdy rocky ivory head that has average retention and fades to a thin cap with minimal Belgian style lacing. Aroma is distinct, initially earthy and acidic with lemon citrus notes. However there is also some spicy sweetness that reveals itself as the beer warms and sits with a mild fresh alcohol pinch.
Flavor is rich, with a complex blend of lemon zest, peach tart, sugary spice, earthy hops and strong toasted malt in the finish. The sugar sweet and peach tart grip the front of the palate and as the soft, effervescent body moves across the palate the mild earthy hops appear followed by the surprisingly potent toasted malt backbone. Finish is relatively dry and toasted, with lingering fruity acidic and sweet flavors. The alcohol detected in the aroma isn't apparent on the palate but this is surprisingly warming for a saison. Very unique, complex and enjoyable. Aside from the price, I'm always happy to have this beer.
04-11-2010 00:53:42 | More by yourefragile
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to Robert at State Line for finding me a bottle AFTER he sold everything he had!
Strangely, the cork comes out with no effort or pop, resulting in a turbid, orange pour with a light, frothy head, white in color. This looks like a pour from a firkin, especially the haziness (despite the fact that I'd held onto if for 2 weeks before cracking it open). The nose is, as with all Fantome beers, unconventional. Modestly rustic and barnyard-like with a pronounced cider character, this has plenty of honey sweetness, some acetic character, a toasted malt character and a plethora of other aromas. I get a fermenting/mildly rotting citrus character and plenty of fruit with apricot and peach juice. Quite excellent, really. Spiciness is low. As it warms up, I get a prominent floral character with chamomile and hibiscus.
The palate opens quite juicy and fruity, very tropical in character with passion fruit, mango, peach and some pineapple. Spice character is quite remarkably low in this, I do not get any of the typical flavors I get from saisons. Sweetness is moderate with honey and floral character (from the nose) quite noticeable. A touch of tart citrus is present, modestly lemon rind in character, especially towards the finish. The finish is mildly drying, though there is a definite sweet honey character, along with the citrus and tropical fruit character. Medium in body with low carbonation, this is highly unconventional and absolutely not what I expected. One could argue that the mouthfeel is a little watery too. In any case, though, this is still an enjoyable beer. I will most certainly revisit this. I've had this beer a couple of times before this, and those experiences were significantly better.
04-07-2010 00:50:12 | More by DefenCorps
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
750 mL at just-under cellar temperature poured into a wide-mouthed wine glass.
A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow body with a frothy yet delicate head formation.
S - Lots of fruit: apricots, peaches, and clementines. Slightly floral (jasmine? chamomile tea?), and a touch of spice (coriander, fennel pollen). Just a touch of basement funk. Everything comes together well, and the nose is delicate and inviting.
T - Beautiful progression: starts out sour and tart, then moves to a juicy fruity sweetness, then the finish is back to sour. I'm back to the floral notes that I picked up on the nose, still jasmine and chamomile. The finish is incredible - I'm still tasting this beer minutes after I've swallowed.
M - Spot-on carbonation. This brew is light-bodied, but the depth and complexity of flavors would have you think otherwise.
D - What a beer. I'm amazed by how floral this brew is, but also by how well-tempered the floral character is. It's just right. I'd love this beer with a creamy fresh-ripened goat's milk cheese. Yet another reason to love the Fantome beers.
04-05-2010 00:53:24 | More by vrazionale
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
As the curtains recede a dark yellow body, with a large billowy head appear. Too stubborn to exit, they persist throughout the engagement.
Reeks of Gueze! Smells sour with big buttery fruit (Mango).
Sure enough this beer is a huge butter bomb. Loads of Diacetyl covered pineapple and mango with a slight sour finish. A subtle grassy character also makes a cameo in a musty basement.
Great mouthfeel, a little big for the style but all playing its part to the bigger role.
A fantastic Saison, Encore!
04-04-2010 06:10:43 | More by alovesupreme
3.15/5 rDev -26.4%
Pours a cloudy golden color with a mild white head. Fair amount of lacing.
I'm not sure what I smelled here. To be honest, my first reaction was "This smells skunked as all hell." But I don't know if I'm simply too rookie to distinguish between skunk and barnyard funk. I'll say this though - I've smelled plenty of skunks in the area before, and this smelled just like that. Behind that, there seemed to be a bit of a lemony zest. The skunked/barnyard smell was just overwhelming though - extremely potent. Despite all that, there was an oddly enjoyable quality about it, and this style does tend to be funky to begin with, so I won't deduct too hard.
The taste had a nice tart/sourness to it, but there was an odd robustness that I didn't enjoy. Kind of earthy I guess, with a bit of spiciness or zestiness. Again, not impressed. The first couple sips were interesting, but it got more and more tedious as I went on. There wasn't a lot of depth of character here in the taste - basically, earthy and tart. Unpleasant aftertaste that lingered a bit on that tongue.
Mouthfeel was fine. Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation. No qualms here.
All in all, I did not enjoy this beer - and considering the price tag, I won't be buying it again. Very unimpressed and disappointed. It just seemed like a skunked beer.
03-29-2010 15:28:28 | More by Mavajo
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
I was a little disappointed by this one. Pours a shadowy golden color with a bright off-white head of small bubbles. Lots of carbonation, which is to be expected. The smell is mostly of belgian yeast, and perhaps some citrus fruit, but not nearly as pungent as I would have liked.
The taste was very impressive at first, but my palate was conditioned to it immediately and it became rather dull. It was very sour up front with the first two sips, then all of a sudden it died down. The yeastiness wasn't as apparent as in the smell, and the dominant flavor was green apple cider-like, with lots of carbonation and a little alcohol burn in the finish. Not very complex at all, at least not enough so to keep the palate interested.
The mouthfeel is okay: well carbonated but a little thin. The drinkability is fine, and it was easy to get through, but I do not see any reason to pay 18 dollars for another one.
03-26-2010 00:11:17 | More by jdklks
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
From a 750 mL.
A: Nice yellow gold color with a bit of cloudiness. Fluffy bright white head that piles up nicely and leaves lacing all over the glass.
S: Lemon, dried grass/ straw, touch of white pepper. Smells refreshing and a bit rustic.
T: Lemon, malt, and a touch of funk. Very tasty.
M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Smooth.
D: Very, very easy drinking. Love this. Great springtime brew.
03-18-2010 03:34:28 | More by nectar14
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 740ml bottle.
A - Pours a gorgeous golden straw color with some nice orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that is white and very dense. It recedes slowly and has some stickiness to it.
S - Absolutely delicious aroma. Nice yeast notes with some sweet clove and other nice spices, like pepper. There is also a nice malt sweetness in the aroma, almost like pineapple or pear. Very nice.
T - Delicious beer. Nice yeast character and flavor with some smooth sweet malt hints. For a saison it is very sweet, pear and pineapple notes are perceived. Still has some good tartness. As the beer moves along there is some nice spice character with some earthy and grassy like qualities. It finishes with some mild tartness and then with some nice dry bitterness. Nice Saison.
M & D - Dry and crisp with medium body. Very delicious and refreshing.
03-04-2010 00:06:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
Now this is what I imagine a beer coming from a farm house would taste.
Appearance is kinda darker than other saisons I have seen. Sort of a dark orange with a thin white head. No lacing.
Aroma is funky. Kinda citrusy tart.
Taste is great. A little sweeter than expcted but awesome. Some tartnes like lactic acid. Little funk and spicyness. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is a little viscous I think for style. I like a dryer saison a little better. Great carb.
Overall an awesome beer. Glad I can get it by me.
02-27-2010 01:50:53 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.58/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a capped and corked 750 into a pint glass.
a - Pours a pale golden color with about a finger of white foam that disappeared quickly. Moderate carbonation evident.
s - First smells were sour and citrus, which was followed by smoe sweet fruits for a nice sweet and sour mix. Also a little bit of funk to the smell as well. Very nice.
t - Again,a nice mix of sweet and sour. Some fruit taste to it, but very sour apple like as some people have noted. Lots of tart and sour citrus like lemon as well.
m - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
d - Admittedly not my favorite style of beer, but I thought this beer was great. The sweet and sour mix in both taste and smell made this very enjoyable, and it was still very easy to drink. I would definitely like to try this one again.
02-25-2010 23:58:57 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
Reviewed in February 2009 under the artisinal sur lie label. Have been advised that in fact this is the same beer as the regular saison, and that my review needs to be moved in anticipation of BA dropping the artisinal sur lie listing as a seperate beer. So....
Saw this for the first time at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium. They were out of the Saison, but the bartender indicated this should be similar. Good recommendation.
The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with noticeable sediment. The beer has very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get some nice honey and spice, but with some lemon and almost a fresh mown grass aroma (that's Fantome for you). The combination is intriguing, but also pretty attractive. On the palate, there is a complex flavor array of honey and lemon, with some wheat grass and straw flavor as well. The sweetess is pretty moderate and is not the least bit overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good.
As is often the case with Fantome beers, I enjoyed this beer more and more as I went along. Another interesting beer from Fantome. Would definitely order this again.
02-21-2010 18:18:51 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a bottle, date unknown, into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and hazy and forms a white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate to low and the head slowly falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.
Beer is slightly fruity smelling, kind of like apples, kind of like sulfur, a little like a pilsner. Interesting.
Beer is medium to low bodied, finishes fine, nice sweetness up front, overall subtle on the sweetness. Beer finishes with this tartness / fruitiness that is similar to apples. Sour apples, second taste, there is definitely some sourness on the midpalate regions and that gives way to some fruitiness in the back palate. Not really bitter, overall drinkability is really high, so is mouthfeel. Love it.
02-15-2010 02:32:23 | More by drabmuh
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured from cage and corked 750ml bottle.
A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head comes and goes in a matter of mintues. Ring lacing left on the glass from pour but nothing there after.
S- This smells wonderful! Bigger barnyard funk right off the bat mixes well with a underlying sourness. These two aromas don't overpower the beer which was nice. Some apple like notes along with a lemony tartness come into play right after the funk. Some sweetness from the grainy malts make up the backbone of this beer. There is some earthy tones in this as well as the beer warms more and more.
T- From the aroma of this beer I expected this to be great. I was right! Bigger fruit upfront with the taste of apples underlying it all. Almost a citrus and tropical burst (not hoppy) over the apple. There is a lemony sour tartness that comes into play but nothing overwhelming at all. Some earthy barnyard notes come and go throughout this entire beer. Ending has the classic band-aid like taste that makes this beer shine overall.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for the beer. Crisp in the mouth sip after sip. Good light sour fruit notes left on the palate after each sip mixing with a band-aid flavor into the aftertaste. Wonderful light sour flavors everywhere in the mouth.
D- This is a very drinkable beer. A interesting beer for anyone to try. I would rather split this with someone to let them try than to drink it all by myself. Will be seeking a couple more bottles out for my cellar.
02-11-2010 16:37:23 | More by alleykatking
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 8.00 %
I have been hunting this brew for awhile now, and my buddy finally found one and brought one back from World Of Beer in south Florida for us to share. 3 of us shared the brew (the other 2 were non saison fans) and all of us enjoyed the brew. It surpassed my expectations, and I am a big Saison fan. One of my favorites to date.
Appearance was a very cloudy lemon/straw color with an fluffy bright white head that lasted the entire beer. Noticeable chunky sediment.
Aroma was not as strong as I expected, but still worked very well. Tart lemon/cirtus, apple cider notes, spices and a wee bit of funk - but still enjoyable for most.
Tastes exactly as it smells on a light Pils malt base, lemon shandy, apple cider, pils malt brew, a bit funky.... This beer could fool the masses for sure as some type of apple wheat lambic or something.
Mouthfeel is medium-full for a Saison in my opinion, high carbonation lightens the beer up without weighing you down.
Drinkability surpassed my expectations. Spot on to style, and one of my benchmarks Saisons IMHO.
02-10-2010 16:00:55 | More by unclejimbay
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
Definitely one to try... and enjoy.
A: Like a cloudy freshly pulverized orange juice. Has the color of thick, concentrate mango juice. fizzy head has reduced to a consistant 1/4". Give it a swirl and the head practically sticks to the beer, it even made a swirl design.
S: Apricot, fig, apple, orange, lemon, raisin, funky cheese... yes please!
T: Like a mild liquid provolone and sharp cheddar blend, with those grapefruit pull on the side of the tongue, and the citrus stays up front on the tip of tongue. The sourness expands and punches harder as it warms up.
M: This is where the beer really takes it... there is a lot of funk in the nose, and it is amazingly clean. Superb quality. Good carbonation that dissipates over time.
D: Very approachable yet a fun exploration. Very smooth, I could drink tons of this stuff, but I will have to be patient, because I want it around for a while.
02-10-2010 00:10:54 | More by gthornton
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
750ml Bottle in a tulip glass.
Aroma- funky and sweet, citrus, cat piss, brett/sour/acids. lactic. tangy. incredible aroma.
App- clear. super fine haze. white head dissipates.
Taste- pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit. dry. citrus. crisp. acidic and tangy. amazing funk. very complex and pleasing. light caramel, very sweet malt but dry finish. waxy/chapstick. artificial strawberry. strawberry jolly rancher. cherry pie sourness (brett?)
Mouthfeel- dry, puckering tart. med to low carb. malty sweet but dry. mellow alc in mouth.
Overall- incredible. complex. this is one of my favorite beers ever.
02-09-2010 08:23:40 | More by hobojon
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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