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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
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Gots: 211 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Knownfactor
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy copper/golden. 1inch white thicker head. Aroma: buttery popcorn, blueberry funky weed, really smacks you in the face. Taste: tart, sour, blueberry, funky/skunk. Tart sour finish. light to medium bodied.

This was an extremely unique beer like nothing i have ever had before. highly recommended if you can find it!!

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

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head that fades to a smaller layer. Some nice lace left. Color is a very cloudy pale burnt orange with a yellow hue to it.

Aroma: Lots of spices, cloves, black pepper, orange peel, lemon zest. Has some funky farmhouse flavors. Pretty solid.

Taste: Yeast flavors with a barnyard funk to it again. Lots of crisp/sharp flavors. Orange peel and bananas. Has some pepper, lemon zest, cloves, grassy hops to it. Also a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A decent amount of carbonation with a medium body. Ends a bit dry with spice notes.

Overall, a very nice saison. Lots of good flavors to it. A nice amount of fruit flavors to it. Drinking this on a hot summer day was a treat. Pretty drinkable.

Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tuliped snifter...

A - Golden hazy cloudy straw colored body with a light frothy ever so slightly off white head.

S - Wow, funk is the name of the game. Tons of funkiness with a light crisp citrusy smell to it as well. Barnyard grassiness gives it that great saison character that makes these beers so interesting.

T - Sour and tart with some great citrus coming through (lemon, orange and even some mango). VERY funky and a great grassiness with a nice dry finish.

M - Light and well carbonated. Quite nice on the palate.

D - For a beer that should be drank in the summer, this one does its job. Refreshing and I didn't even realize it was an 8% beer while drinking it.

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Opened this during a 4th of July celebration and split with the g/f. Poured into Night of the Living Ales tasting glasses.

A - Pours a mirky orange/yellow, white frothy head, lots of bubbles here and there, good lacing and a nice cap left on top after everything settles down.

S - Slight funk/tart, farmhouse, grassy, fruits, lemon citrus. Lots going on here, very impressive, more complex then I was expecting.

T - More funk/tart then the nose, by far. Oranges, lemon, pineapple for the sweetness. Sour/tart, farmhouse funk, earthy, grassy. All very-well done...everything just goes together perfectly. I don't detect any of the 8% ABV...none. It's like drinking a wonderfully complex fruit-juice with funk.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, dry finish.

D - So easy to drink. My g/f and I demolished this bottle. The pinnacle for this style, by a long-shot. A must-have in my cellar.

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

This beer appears cloudy through the green bottle, but the first pour reveals an orangeish brew with a nice inch or so of white foam. The second and the third pour produce an increasingly hazy--almost muddy looking--brew. That first pour, though, is quite attractive and lures you in.

The nose is pure saison with earthy funk and spice heralding the pleasure the drinker is about to experience. Sour and tart, nutty and yeasty, earthy all around is the only way to describe this. Fruit is there too, namely sour apple--maybe cherry if you stretching it. Oh so refreshing. Dry with a touch of spice end this earthy brew.

Summer is the time for this thing. Find a hot and humid eve to enjoy Fantome Saison, sitting outside as the sun goes down. That is what summer is all about.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lot b, best by May 2012

Pours a cloudy, dull orange with a bit of white, bubbly head that quickly dies off. I feel like I've seen this one with more head before, but it still looks pretty good.

Light, citrus-laden malts with a touch of funk and farm yard on the nose. A little bit of Belgian yeast, hay and straw notes. Cinnamon possibly, and other faint spices that are hard to pick out, but go together well. Sweet malts and a touch of biscuit. Quite good.

Crisp citrus, sweet malts, a pinch of coriander and orange peel on the tongue. Lemon wedge and somewhat bready. Again, quite good like the nose. Slight bit of citrus sourness/tartness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with light, yet adequate carbonation. Nice citrus tartness. Body is heavy enough to feel substantial, but light enough to be refreshing. Very well done.

Drinkability is great. I love sipping on this beer during a warm, sunny afternoon. An awesome summer beer. The ABV is unnoticeable, the flavor is very tasty and I love the aroma. Just a quality beer and a classic example of the style. Right up there with Dupont in my book.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.
55°F

$9.99 / ea.

S: Sweet apple aroma fills the glass. Slightly tart. Too many things going on to adequately describe.

A: Cloudy straw body (like apple cider) with a huge loose head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing and a thick creamy cover. Prototype for all other saison!

T: Delicate apple palate that seamlessly transitions from sweet to sour. Malt and hop flavors are virtually nonexistent, further accenting the beer's fruity character. Manages to maintain balance in the absense of malt character as a result of expert spicing.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Bitter and sour play with the tongue just long enough to encourage another drink.

D: Amazingly crisp, and refreshing. Manages a fruit sweetness without becoming cloying.

O: Absolute pillar of the the style, and one of my favorite beers period!

Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL green-glass capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Bottling date not indicated.

Pale, cloudy, citrine liquid with a ghost white pillowy isle of merengue. Rich soapy lacing and coruscating legs.

Tart grassy aromatics with hints of dandelion, sourdough starter, citrus, rock candy, and light herbal/spice notes.

Lemon-lime zest, bright wild yeast, spicy phenols with a touch of coriander and thyme on the palate. Winter fruit, light farmhouse funk, leading to a very dry vaguely malty finish. The alcohol suggests citrus liqueur in the aftertaste.

Rather light bodied, but with some heft and fizz from the carbonation. A refreshing acidity persists, though the alcohol is slightly warming as well.

One of the most distinctive saisons around, though I prefer the complexity and spice of Fantôme's darker offerings in some ways...

Photo of newk340
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a solid 2 finger head, white and foamy, while the beer was left slightly opaque and cloudy from the sediment.

S: VERY fruity. couldn't even pick out which fruits it smelled like because it was different every time however there was a definite afterodor of wheat.

T: a tropical fruit/wheat explosion that quickly dissipates into little-to-no after taste...

MF/D: due to the taste, can be drunk quickly without realizing it, leaving a healthy buzz. in addition, a very smooth taste, not overly carbonated. feels warm going down the throat, leaving a slight tingle on the tongue. the smoothest 8% ive ever had...

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

I have to first clarify, the beer I am drinking is "biere artisanale sur lie" and this label is the closest thing I can find.

So, assuming we are drinking the same thing...

The look is amber and gets very dark once you get to the absolute muck yeast at the bottom of the bottle. "Muck" is a bit misleading because it is a delicious and shapeshifting concotion.

The head is perfect at the begining and dissipates as the yeast gets thicker.

The smell is wonderful, subtlety rasberry and the flavor is mildly sour and musty and a hit sweet.

Wow. This is a good one!

Photo of hu5om
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

split a bottle with my homeboy newk320 into guiness glasses. why not?

a- 2 fingers of barely off white foam that stuck around for the whole time. cloudy golden straw. moderate lacing

s- barn and every fruit ever: peach, orange, mango

t- it all hits at once and then it's gone! Intense whole fruit bowl of barnyard and then peace out. too clean for 8% abv, how do you do it?

m- lightening on the palate. strikes then silence. feels lighter than it is. a good tingle if you keep it in your mouth for a moment.

d- drinks way too easy for the punch it packs. could session this: very sneaky, sis.

didn't know how much i like a good saison..

yum

Photo of kylehayworth
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was a little worried at first, because I have heard about this beer a lot. I paid 18 dollars for a bottle, which at the time was the single most expensive single beer I had purchased, but it was well worth it.

A: Pours a deep cloudy orange, light orange mixed with yellow
undertones.

S: It has a very strong smell, the funkiness and mild lemon and lime hints.

T: I get a little bit in taste as what I smelled. The lemon and lime notes are amplified and more sour then expected.

M/D: The finish is amazing, very crisp and clean considering the overload of flavor that hit the palate. It lingers only slightly then subsides, leaving you waiting for the next sip, and 8% ABV, I would not have guessed that...

Photo of hopsbreath
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The top rated beer in my current favorite style. I am looking forward to this big time. My wife and I split the 750ml bottle equally into tulips.

The pour yields the typical huge rocky white saison head atop the golden straw colored body. A little yeast kicks up on the final pours and muddies it up a bit but not in a bad way.

The smell is of Meyer lemon, peaches, and the requisite barn yard funk. It might be the best aroma I've ever noted on a saison.

Taste is under-ripe strawberry, tart citrus, and farm goodness. This saison finally made me realize why it is also called a "farmhouse". Its as if every nuance of the farm community this was made on some how made it into the nectar that is Fantome. I am convinced that they don't come any better than this so the ultimate score is due.

Mouthfeel is great and this drinks way faster than an 8% ABV beer should. I will definitely be buying this again because even at the $14.49 price point, it is well worth it. This total package just can't be made in an industrial city because there has to be an authentic barn yard near by. Seek it out, buy it, and taste the REAL farmhouse!

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit of funk with some citrus notes as well as green apple. The flavor is green apples.spices, lemons, wheat and some light tartness. Thin mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. A excellent saison.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy golden yellow, deep and beautiful with a creamy dense white head.

S-spicy belgian yeast, hint of medicinal phenol and a good herbal tea presence behind. lots of citrusy aromas, tons of mango, tangerine and orange.

T-the taste is quite nice and follows the nose, spicy yeast, medicinal phenol, light herbal notes, tons of tripical fruits, mango, tangerine and orange.

M-medium bodied with a strong carbonation but not at all overpowering. a good clean crisp finish that has a great dry aspect to it to complement the juicy tropical fruit flavors.

D-this is very good, there is a slight metallic/medinical phenol aspect that takes away slightly. without that this would be close to perfection!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky apricot body with an inch tall white head resting on top. A sheet of lace forms a ring around my glass.

Oh Yeah! One whiff and I know why this beer receives such high marks. Verbena, lavender, honey, strawberry, green apple. An exceptional bouquet.

Yes! One sip and I know why I spent 2 years trying to track down a case of this for the shop. The robustness of the flavor is just incredible. Fruity, floral, spicy, acidic, funky, and sweet. Like a fine wine, Fantome Saison excels on the front, mid and back palate. So refined, so nuanced, so expertly balanced.

I have had some top notch Saisons in the past month. Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs had amazing notes of fresh flowers. The herbal character of Stone's Saison de Buff was outstanding. But these beers road one excellent attribute to greatness. Fantome Saison hits every note just right.

I try to avoid hyperbole. I try not to use words like best or even favorite when referring to individual beers. But drinking Fantome Saisons has removed any lingering doubt about my favorite beer style. For me, there is no more enjoyable, more exciting, more versatile beer style than Saison. And I don't think I have ever tried a better Saison than this.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of ChadQuest
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of tm82
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of coryking
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of sitarist
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,669 ratings.