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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 467
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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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick frothy, pillowy white head that leaves sporadic chunks of soapy lacing on it's way down.

Slight funky earthy aroma with hints of light crisp fruits like apple, pear and banana. There is also a nice spicy peppery presence that goes well with the earthy notes.

Soft carbonation and very crisp up front with some nice light fruit notes such as apple, pear and banana that blend really well with the slightly tart funky earthy notes. Subtle clove spice with some citrus peel, grass and straw. Slightly sour/funky with a dry finish. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 04:26:24 | More by corby112
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theghost3

Louisiana

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

Pours a hazy, gold/orange with a 2-finger white head.

Smell is musty with lots of citrusy scents. The taste is strong of yeast, sour hops along with citrus--mainly lemon, orange, and tangerine. I think I picked up on some peaches & pears. Mouthfeel is crisp & full-bodied.

This is a drinkable Saison. The ABV is covered well, and this makes it sessionable. Flavor & mouthfeel make it almost perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:48:40 | More by theghost3
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alcstradamus

Washington

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

Corked and capped 750 pours into my large snifter with around a finger and a half of head on top of a light orange/amber body. The smell is huge, citrus funk smacks me in the face from afar while I pour. A bit of tartness present on the nose as well, but that awesome citrus funk dominates.

The taste starts out with a sharp tartness that disappears so quickly I don't even have time to pucker. Some lemon juice and orange peel creep in behind. This is really fantastic. Lots of different things going on, but none of them are brash or overpowering. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Medium to medium-light bodied mouthfeel true to style. This is a fantastic, world class beer and I can see why it is at the top of the style class. Buy this!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 21:28:28 | More by alcstradamus
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quinnsi

Illinois

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

Served from 750ml at Map Room in Chicago

A: hazy, light straw color

S: Hard mineral water was the first thing that hit me, followed by sour strawberry and almost a washed cheese rind characteristic. wonderfully layered and complex. One of the best noses I've ever had on a beer.

T: Great light flavors of tart strawberries. The tartness comes on slowly washing over your mouth instead of assaulting it. Remarkable.

M: Superbly balanced. Light and well carbonated.

D: Refreshing and thirst quenching. I could drink this for quite a while and be very happy.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted, and bar none the best saison. Do yourself a favor and pick this up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 03:35:16 | More by quinnsi
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Lot B, best before end May 2012.

A: Light orange body with a decent head. Not much lacing.

S: Citrus, sourness, and a bit of funk.

T: Refreshingly sour with lots of citrusy fruitiness. Brett is also noticeable. Finishes dry.

M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Amazingly refreshing. I would have no problem putting down a bottle after a day of farm work.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 00:28:17 | More by BarrelO
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a bright golden color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal hops, light spices, Belgian candi sugar, and hints of fruits. Everything plays off of each other very well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian candi sugar and earthy hop flavors kick things off and are followed shortly by a good bit of spices. All of these flavors are joined by solid amounts of light fruit flavors before disappearing into a clean and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished the bottle very quickly and could drink a whole lot of these.

Overall this is a very, very good saison but I have to say that I like the Printemps just a bit more. I've yet to be disappointed by Fantome and look forward to trying more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:41:12 | More by glid02
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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

It is always a treat to have Fantome in the house, brewers who almost exclusively craft my favorite style, Saison. This pours a cloudy golden color, with a creamy looking white head that sticks around for a long while. Nose, as expected is beyond complex. Definite notes of grass, lemon, earth, funk, dusty horse blanket. Has a dry champagne quality to it, but also incredibly juicy, with citrus fruit such as lemon and orange. The funk adds an almost bread/onion/cheese quality to it. For somebody that absolutely detests onions, it is amazing that I really like it. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp in body. Again, swarming with complexities. Since this is not in my fridge all that often I will sip this bottle until it is gone, but alas, if this were available on a regular basis, I would be pounding this brew. My final verdict is that this a world class example of Saison. It ranks among the best of this style, and should be sought out by beer fans even if Saison is not your bag. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:38:22 | More by jamie2dope
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dulled, dark orange body with a tall, finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Very indulgent, richly-scented aroma with notes of ground blended spices, a lightly brine-y mustiness, and fresh-plucked Springtime meadow flowers along with tart-smelling, vibrant citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste: Lightly malty and a modestly robust sweetness underneath the bright, juicy burst of tart Meyer lemon, white peaches, and pineapple fruitiness. Splash of Viognier. Also, the flavor is simply brimming with fresh floral tones. Definite yeasty character to it, though with only a finite amount of mustiness. There's just a hint of underlying bitterness. Teeny dash of cracked peppercorns. Some puckering acidity all the while. The finish is dry and airy as well as a tad tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not one to miss! Abundantly complex, flavorful, and particularly refreshing (especially considering the 8% ABV).

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 15:46:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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seaoflament

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one to La Bella this past Tuesday night (8-25-09).

The bottle seemed to be from the most recent batch with a best by date of 5/2012. This beer poured a dull and cloudy orange color with a thin, fizzy, head that scattered rather quickly. A stream of tiny bubbles raced from the bottom edge of the glass all the way to the top.

At first I detected a grainy aroma and old orange, quite musty, wheat, hay, a bit of citrus, and a hint of floral notes in the back. Then I got some sour apricots and young/green nectarines with stronger malt sweetness as the beer warmed up.

The taste was similar to the aroma starting with a grain flavor, citrus, and a leathery brett finish. A bit cheesy towards the end, old lemons, and rotting orange mid-palate. Medium acidity level that lingers for a bit. Nice medium dry finish.

Sharp carbonation at first but it turned softer later on, still high on carbonation once it warmed. Hardly any sign of the 8% alcohol.

Pretty good for a fresh bottle but I'd really like to try this one with some age as I'm sure the wild yeast would do some interesting work on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 05:27:11 | More by seaoflament
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seanthornton152

Oregon

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

Purchased from Belmont Station, 750ml bottle...poured into KleinBrouwerij tulip glass.

Taking the cork out was fantastic, I have been wanting to try this and the pop it makes has got be all excited.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, 3 thumb head...dissipates quickly leaving a little lace

Bang....Aroma is pungent....sweet orange citrus, sour apple, floral hop, light malts.

Ahhh, taste is so smooth and bold....Orange zest, lemon peels...malty, yeasts..sour,tart...grassy.

Medium light thickness, active carbonation

This is special! So bold in aroma, and taste; it has been a joy, thank you Fantome!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 22:10:53 | More by seanthornton152
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

From some long forgotten notes.

This one pours a pale gold with a slight haze. A great field of bubbles rises up sustaining a cm of frothy white head.

Smells of white flour, peaches in syrup and a pleasant distant funk that fades to black pepper along with some wild flowers.

Tastes of OJ with a tart, odd black pepper that fades to grapefruit funkiness. Again, wild flowers show up. Finishes with sour grapes.

Feels light and frothy but a little too tingly.

A fun beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 04:06:27 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Murky straw, cotton white thick 1 inch head, slow to leave and tons of sudsy lacing.

S - All over the board. Juicy Fruit gum, sour apples, hay, sugary candy, a little Belgian funk.

T - Taste matches smell only more so. Sour and fresh straw taste in back of mouth.

M - Good carb, wonderful balance and coating.

D - I usually don't like sours all that much, but I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 04:48:59 | More by srandycarter
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berkey

California

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been too long since my last visit with this amazing beer. Glad to finally get a chance to review. 750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a pale orange with a good haze. Forms a smallish but very stubborn rocky white head. Leaves interesting inconsistent but thick lacing. Shows a fairly high amount of particulates swimming around when held to light.

Aroma is tart and fruity with strong sour apple notes, dry yeast, and a great spice character. Also some underlying earthy funk aromas and some light musty hay. Beautiful complexity. This is what a Saison should smell like!

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Tart on the entry and sour on the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely subtle for 8%. Dry flavors don't come out quite as much as the nose might have you guess but they're still in there. Faint pungent funkiness starts making itself known at room temperature but tart and sour is still what the flavor is about.

Dry character that wasn't stong on the palate is easy to pick up on the mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation is also pleasant. Very easy to drink considering the complexity and high ABV but the bottle is still best shared.

Overall just about everything I hope for in the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 05:23:59 | More by berkey
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Has freshness dating potential on the label but unfortunately nothing is marked off. Cloudy, bright hay color. Large white head with great lace and durability. Hey, here's an idea: a corked beer in which the cork can actually go back into the bottle! Brilliant!

Yeast, sugary lemongrass, orange rind and green apple peel with light, springy spices.

Light and more refreshing than most saisons I've had recently. Fruity lemon, cantaloupe and apricot with a fresh musty yeast. Farmish--but a sunny, prosperous farm.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 12:01:41 | More by donkeyrunner
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byaeger

Oregon

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

Dom Perignon, upon first trying champagne, proclaimed, "Come quickly, I'm drinking stars!" Too bad for him he didn't try this Saison instead. This special bottle was brought out at the Toronado for a small group to share.

It poured the color of champagne with wonderfully bright, citrusy aroma but it's the taste--I'd swear there was strawberry essence in it--that makes this a phenomenal Saison.

Whether it's the yeast or the spirit of the Fantom, this is one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 17:32:59 | More by byaeger
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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

Part 1 of 3 in my count down to my 200th review.

Bought this bottle at Zipps because I had heard great things about it and I am quite fond of Saisons, especially funky ones.

I've heard of bottles where the cork was extremely hard to get out, which is what I was expecting with this one. Ugh...think again. The cork was the easy part in opening this, the hard part was the cap! I swear, it was the most insane cap I have ever had to remove, it just did not want to come off. It broke a metal bottle opener!

After finally opening the capped and corked bottle, the cork reads "Brasserie Fantome Soy 86/477044" which seems to be a pretty common number on here in other Fantome beers, so I assume it's coding for a specific batch rather than a bottled on date. Anyways, this bottle definitely looks like it has aged (paper faded and torn in some places, bottle very dusty, etc) so I assume it is from 2008, but I could be wrong.

As soon as the cork was removed, the foam slowly started creepying towards the neck of the bottle. A very slow gusher. Poured into my Darkness tulip. Pours a hazy golden color, not unlike most other Saisons I've had. Large off white head is produced and displays excellent retention, lasting for the duration of the 750 ml bottle. Lacing is amazing, maybe the most impressive lacing I've seen in a Belgian beer to date. Lively carbonation funnels up the center of my tulip.

The nose brings sour citrus notes as well as sweet and fruity ones. I get sour green apples, wine grapes, as well as apricots. There is a very light floral hop character that is much appreciated as I haven't found it too often in Belgian Saisons. A little musty with just the right amount of sourness and tart.

Very tasty stuff. I get juicy ripe fruits such as green apples, grapes and apricots, but now I get a more acidic quality, possibly similar to lemon, that adds to the sour and tart character. Again, musty. The sour element gives this brew great depth and complexity. It is definitely not your average Saison. Despite me going on and on about the sour and tart portion, there is a significant sweet character in this beer too. There is a hint of Saison spices that only comes out as the brew gets warmer. If I had to recommend how to serve this, I would serve it cold and take a sip, then wait ten to thirty minutes before taking another. Most of the character in this is completely hidden at colder temperatures.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a gentle carbonation and great marriage of mouthwateringly sweet and mouthpuckeringly sour. There is no sign of the 8% anywhere, which leads to a great mouthfeel score.

Overall, possibly my favorite Saison to date, which is one of my favorite styles. Therefore, this is one of my new favorite brews! Too bad it's a bit pricey, because at $14+ a bottle, I don't think I'll be getting this too often. Still, it was a great experience and a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 16:11:01 | More by Mistofminn
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soultrain19

Texas

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

Light gold color with small quickly diminishing head.

Smells fruity with some barnyard funk.

Light malt sweetness with fruit presence, strawberry and dried apricot.

Vibrant, lively carbonation with a dry finish.

Awesome. I was holding on to this one for a while. It is as good as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 19:26:39 | More by soultrain19
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to idesofmarch89 for this great beer - 750ml shared w/ octopus87.Poured chilled into a a cervoise.

A - Marigold shade of golden w a full 2 fingers of white cap that dissipates completely but carbonation continues and fine beading develops

S - Sweet and sour citrus notes explode out of the glass w/ a mild white grape mixed w/ peaches and honey. The nose is light malt scent w/ tinges of floral hops

M - Crisp w/ gentle acidity and a mild sweet texture, a hint of spice and alcohol w/ moderately low carbonation for the style. The feel is nutty/sour in texture which is very juicy

T - A very taste taste like marmalade w/ lemon spritz w/ a tinge of white grape and lightly sugared lime w/ mild spice at the end w/ nutty malt/yeast complimenting this highly fruity saison. The apricot and lemony flavor w/ mild wheat-like nuttiness is smooth + seamless w/ a juicy sweet and mild sour element that is well suited to the style

D - I would drink this any time of year, not just a summer saison to me. This saison is unique and drinkable like no other. I would choose this over 4 out of 5 saisons most likely. I can't recommend this enough - intense and slightly sour, but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 22:32:31 | More by Slatetank
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marksto

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked bottle purchased at Crown Carmel, IN. Although the label has a "best before" indicator it is not notched. I hate that. Importers and distributors often request the brewers leave them unnotched. They should stand up to them and refuse.

Anyway, beer poured into a tuliped chalice. Carbonation appears strikingly and dissapointingly light. Only gets a very thin head despite a vigorous pour. Cloudy yellow colored. Aroma displays a musty element along with lemony fruit, malt sweetness, and some grassy spiciness. Flavor is dominated by a distinct tartness. In fact, more than tart - outright sour. Even a little funky. The lemony fruitiness carries through in flavor, a light touch of peach in there along with some light spiciness, but that funky sour is way too strong for a saison.

I'm pretty certain this a bad bottle, but at $15.99 a pop I won't be purchasing another. Gotta go with what I've got for a rating - very dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:10:12 | More by marksto
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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

Purchased this at Moraga Wine & Spirits a while back.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Bottle opens with a mighty POP and instantly fills the room with aromas of green lemon, hay, and yeast funk. Once poured, the body is a cloudy, pale goldenrod with pretty active carbonation. The first pour produced a small 1/4 inch head, but the second pour was much better - about an inch and a half. Head is white and fizzy, yet appears soft and sticky. Held it's ground nicely after each pour (in other words, excellent retention). Head drags blankets of lace all the way down. Looks yummy.

Smell: Lemon, spice, overripe banana, crisp green apple slices, and something undoubtedly sour. The earthy hay smell is still in there too. The spiciness dies down pretty quickly, but I believe this is a good thing: it allows all of the mellower flavors to come to the forefront. Nice balance.

Taste: Lemon, sweet bread, and grassy notes gradually give way to earthier, woodier, and bitterer components. Somehow, these latter flavors combine with waaay overripe bananas and sour yeast (or is it malt? I never know what to call it.) in beautiful harmony. Following the second pour, I began getting a metallic flavor in the aftertaste. Hmmm... oh well, it's still damn good. The label describes it as "robust", and I agree wholeheartedly. I've never had such a flavorful, full-bodied saison.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, sour, and generously carbonated. More depth and body than the other saisons I've had. Finishes dry, but not too dry. All in all, damn good. (i'm beginning to see a trend here).

Drinkability: A bit larger than most saisons, but way tastier too. Felt a little heavy at first, but after it warmed up for a bit, this went down just fine. Best saison I've had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 16:32:54 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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bulletrain76

California

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

75cl bottle shared with larryLSB, pre-grad. Bright, hazy gold with a big white head. The flavor has bursting fruit and funky yeast with tropical and peach standing out. The flavor has the same intense fruitiness, with a funky, lightly tart edge, and a nice hop balance. Dry and refreshing on the tongue. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation that livens up the palate. This was just beautiful stuff that I'm already craving more of.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:55:26 | More by bulletrain76
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Purchased at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY in March of this year. The freshness label is not notched at all, so it's impossible to know if this is a fresh bottle. Served in a Duvel tulip a few degrees below cellar temperature.

Appearance- This beer pours a brilliant, clear gold with an enormous four finger head that clings completely to the inside of the glass. It's the epitome of a classic Belgian Saison, just flat out gorgeous... the etching feeds a constant stream of microbubbles; this crown isn't going anywhere for a while.

Smell- Aromas of lemon merengue and lemon peel, fresh cut grass, hay, bubblegum, and dough all come together and dazzle the nose. There are also some spicy elements here, although I'm not exactly sure what they are. This brings me back to a few years ago when I first sampled this, the old world character is something to appreciate and admire.

Taste- Refreshing and quite light, the beer starts off by gripping the tongue with its tart, dry presentation and then releases a bready, grassy element that counters and complements those attributes. The finish retains the lemony, tart character and dries the palate to the core. Again, classic and true to style... albeit with Fantome's signature twist.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth and really nice, the carbonation is seafoam in the mouth. The 8%alcohol has been gradually increasing its presence, but never dominating or becoming an obstacle. As with all of Fantome's offerings, I incorporate the yeast into the final glass and notice a smoother mouthfeel and less aggressive flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:02:07 | More by yelterdow
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pleasant cloudy gold colour, with hints of orange at the deepest parts of the glass. An initially frothy head of white foam dissipates to a film, but leaves some remarkably good lacing. Very fine looking Saison.

Deliciously funky nose, lots of citric acidity, and an undeniable cheese note reminding us of the rustic nature of this beer. Quite sour and funky, but with quite a weight behind it. Deliciously unrefined.

Oh wow, what an incredible palate. A delicate line is drawn between acidity, funk and bitterness. Lightly sour entry, with a lingering melon character, that is nicely paired with a light raw bitterness, finessed with a conclusion of light fruits and dry copper. Finish is dry and crisp, but with a final reminder of those wonderful fruity characters, and a tingling hint of sea salt. So much that is unique and wonderful is going on in this brew. To get it all so perfectly balanced is an astounding miracle.

Hell yes! This is an absolutely stunning saison - the best I've yet had. You can see the raw, funky and dirty genesis of the style, but this one weaves all those characters into something greater. I need not mention that the perfect clarity on the palate makes this amazingly refreshing and drinkable. Ambrosia!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:21:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
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mcallister

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered copper color opaque really with very little head. Very little carbonation for a saison?

Complex nose showing yeast, earth, woodsy notes, different spices, stone fruits and piney hops. Great nose.

What a nice tasty treat. A good amount of puckering tartness in the late middle to finish. Front starts out a little laid back and stone fruits and spice explode in the middle. Very yeasty with peach and apricot the main fruits. Hints of apple, melon, pear and lemon as well. Nicely carbonated in the mouth with a good amount of acidity that's really showing through on the finish in the chest. Earthy, zesty and to the point. A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 20:41:20 | More by mcallister
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

It's been taunting me for awhile now and I finally broke down.

Appearance - Very nice. It has an orange, almost light copper color. A huge amount of solid rocky off-white head. Very nice lacing all the way. Good looking beer.

Smell - Some nice sour apple. Crisp funkiness. Some real spice hanging in there. Some citrus as well.

Taste - Definitely that green apple thing going on. It's balanced out by the citrus, which sort of cuts into the sour/funk. A little more malt than expected. Also, it's got a creamy/buttery taste that I can't put my finger on. I like the sourness sticking around on the after. I swear there's some apricot. As it warms it comes up front with lots of great flavors, but it fades out very quickly leaving only a hint of that sour.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, good body. A little dry, but not too crazy.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. It's got a nice taste, and not too much funk or anything.

It's a nice and complex beer. But it just seems to be lacking a little oomph. It's so "deep" that it doesn't light me on fire. It tastes great, then just sort of fades into nothing.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 04:41:16 | More by callmescraps
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.