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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,699
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.32%
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Gots: 213 | 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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Ratings: 1,699 | Reviews: 790
Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with a tall, fizzy, white head that fades to a ring of lace. The aroma is soft layers peach. apple, bread, candi sugar, banana, clove, pepper, and lots of farmhouse funk. The flavor has lots of light citrus zest and granny smith apples upfront with a gentle and sweet bready Belgian ester laden middle. It finishes with lots of peppery phenols and more of that great barnyard funk. Creamy medium body with delicate champagne like carbonation.

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

A: poured a murky gloden yellow with orange highlights that had sediments floating in the glass but had really good retention and a finger of head leaving lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the nose had applesauce type character with bretty oaky notes, slight spice, and some citrus aroma as well. It also had some acidic tart qualities.

T: there is definitely spice clove notes, applesauce notes like the nose tart oaky flavors from the brett, citrus character, and a little booze as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a slight sweet, spice, and tart finish.

D: it drank really good and has the signature fantome farmhouse tart qualities. I can always admire and savor these crazy experimental beers.

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

Wow, I have had some less-than-stellar experiences with Fantôme, but this is one heck of a tasty saison. Pours gold with a creamy, white, pillowy head that lasts quite some time.

The nose is fruity, with just the right bit of funk. The taste is tart, slightly fruity, neither of which are overbearing.

I love the mouthfeel, especially the finish. Just the right bit of tartness and bitterness in the finish.

I will easily polish off a 750ml by myself and wish I had another.

As I mentioned, I have had some bad experiences with Fantôme, but this is one they got right.

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

750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a small but bright white head. Nose is super funky and tart with a bit of that barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp and tart with a good light malt but the mouthfeel is huge and carbonation that's super creamy and sharp. It makes it really tasty and easy drinking.

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

Uncorked a 75ml bottle, labeled for export to America, bought in early summer at the excellent specialty store La Cave du Vénitien on rue de l'Eglise (sort of the main drag) in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium. It opened with a gentle pop and a gust of strawberries, honey, peach, pear and grass aromas, even before I could pour into a tulip glass. A head of light bubbles formed and dissipated just as rapidly, settling into just a scrim over the cloudy brass deceptively viscous-looking (I was wrong--it's turned out very clean in the mouth) brew. The flavor is of some dessert made with lots of yellow fruits and lightly caramelized brown sugar, with a bit of coriander or some such herb poking through. There's a wonderfully quenching and drying sourness to balance all that sweet and help the drinkability.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Fantome I've ever purchased! Pours a very murky golden-orange color with a couple little speckles floating around. Medium white head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent is somewhat funky and sour. Lots of lemons and zesty aromas along with wild flowers and sweet citrus. Such a complex aroma. Smells SOOO Good! Taste has just blown my mind! Initially I get citrusy tastiness (without hops) and some tasty lemon flavors. Then I get a light taste with a blend of delightful spices and delicious Belgian yeast. Finishes with a strong lemony tart flavor with a hint of alcohol. This beer has such a great mouthfeel for this style. Nice, full body with a crisp bite at the end. Drinkability is very high for these warm summer nights. I have to say I will for sure be seeking out more beers from this brewery.

Photo of thekanna
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter. Gorgeous hazy apricot with about 1 finger of head.

S: Some apricots and pepperiness, with a bit of grapefruit and maybe pomelo mixed in.

T/M: Apricot, peaches and limes, with a heaping helping of tulips, that devolve into an herbal hop bite and alcoholic tinge. Slightly sour and less sweet than I would've expected from a saison. Mouthfeel is quite juicy, with medium to under-carbonation.

D: Fantastic brew from Brasserie Fantôme, and probably one of the better saisons I've ever had.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carefully poured. Hazy orange sunburst color with a meringue looking head on it that does not fall. Tiny bubbles are rising up everywhere inside the glass.

Smell is a mixture of earth, white pepper, lemon acidity and some other estery qualities. Taste is crisp and light while the acidity dances around your tongue. Orange/Grapefruit pith, white grape juice, with a very light grassy hopping. Finishes dry with a subsequent bitterness at the end. Really reminds me of a dry Chardonnay with a belgian phenolic spin to it. The alcohol is high and somewhat noticeable as expected.

I actually prefer Hiver as far as their distribution goes in the US for their more "basic" saisons. The flavor is a little bolder and cohesive with the same qualities as the regular saison. It's funny though that Hiver pretty much collects dust on the shelves around here.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, slowly declining near-white head. Leaves some chunky clumps of lace on the glass. The liquid is very cloudy. Straw-yellow color.

More sour than earthy to the nose. Holds most of the traditional Saison aromas except there's a touch of sweetness that I wasn't expecting. Intriguing, even though it is in the background.

Strong flavors of apricot, orange rind. Mildly sour. Complex swallow of the above, a touch of sugar and light bitterness. Oddly, the aftertaste is very brief, as if this were a dry beer. The body is thin compared to the style. But it is also a very smooth beer because of a lower level of carbonation. I'm noting a warming sensation in my torso from the alcohol even though I didn't detect any in the tasting.

Photo of gford217
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright translucent golden orange with a small, short-lived white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is complex and starts with a combination of flowers and juicy citrus. Lemon rinds and light spices mixed in as well as a nice earthy funk underlying the whole thing. Wonderful smell.

The taste is almost as good with the citrus hitting up front with tart lemons but giving way quickly to an earthy backbone with wildflowers and spicy Belgian yeast. The finish is tart and dry with a bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an excellent saison with the floral and citrus character melding with the earthiness, leaving a dry vinous finish.

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

poured early in the morning (graveyard shift) from a bottle into a tall goblet
appearance : low head retention, murky golden hue... it just looks artisinal
smell : brett, wild yeast, farmey, horsey, definite apricot and peach aromas to balance the wild
taste : exquisite I can't imagine this being better without some french moldy sheep's cheese and pears to pair. Pear, apricot, peach some skunky cheesy hop action . . . but oh so harmonious. I'm a professional craft brewer and I can only dream to create something with this much "terroire"
mouthfeel : session! A hot day could get me in trouble with this one... 8%! well hidden for sure
drinkability : top notch! I could drink this all day . . . a picnic with all the accouts would be fabulous. Definitely in my top ten for sure.
I will buy and consume this whenever I can whatever the price.

Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Folks at the beer store always rave about this one. I saw it is highly regarded on this site and the reviews made me interested. Variance in the annual recipe and other aspects attracted my attention. So, I shelled out the $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

I opened the cap only to find a cork underneath. That is a first for me.

The pour was as I expected. Aggressive pour and you get a medium head that does not want to stay around. However, the ring around the edge is substantial. Note: The second glass out of this bottle yielded a better head and the nose is stronger. Out came lots of the yeast from the bottom but it did not injure the taste of the beer!!

Nose was initially more funky. I wondered if it was due to the green bottle, but as the glass aired out the funk went away. I will say I got some acidity, funk and a hint of yeast.

Taste gets better as it is left to sit in the glass. I don't want to rush this. Overall, this is a very tart beer, not sour like gueze, etc. I would say green apple, vinegar. lemon and yeast. The more I drink this; the more the spicy lemon comes out. I also pick up some orange peel in the back ground.

Mouth feel is more substantial than one would expect; rather heavy mouth feel. Alcohol is so hidden it scares me. This is a really refreshing drink. There is something about this beer that is really growing on me. A very intriguing drink to be sure and very well done. This is the best tart beer/saison I have had.

Photo of phishisphunk
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque,straw colored, golden orange. Vigorous pour leaves a short white fluffy head. 2nd pour left no head at all. Sticky lacing left along the rim of the glass.

S: smells like a saison, mild barnyard funk, with a hint of mild sourness.

T: this saison has got it going on! Very well rounded. Some straw/ hay taste, granny smith apples, and a mild sourness that balances out well with the other flavors. Initial taste is sweet, but as it enters the back of the palate, the sourness takes over.

M: the mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous for the style. Some light carbonation lifts the flavors off the tongue. But overall much thicker than it appears.

D: no hint of the alcohol(8%), well concealed. several glasses leave me with a hint of heartburn.

Best buy date: may 2012. This bottle was purchased early summer 2009. Certainly worth seeking out. Well worth the $14 I dropped on it.

Photo of pitasoup
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: Hazy golden-yellow. Fine two-fingers of head that subsided with little lacing.

S: A bit of funk, lots of citrus - lemons and oranges. lavender and honey. Champagne yeasts

T: Tart lemons - almost lemonade like with green apples and pears. Faint saison yeast funks, but a dry champagne finish and a floral breathy aftertaste. A tiny bit of wheat in the aftertaste, but significantly less than that of other saisons.

M: Light to medium body, fine carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. The 8% is almost entirely hidden. There's a beautiful aftertaste of pollen and wildflowers on your breath. It is as if they took the best smells/aftertastes of a well made single-flower mead and transplanted it into a berliner-weisse.

This beer was fantastic. i'm almost certain champagne-yeast was repitched in this. The saison-yeast tastes were well hidden. This was the first one I've had in a quite a few years and it has not disappointed. I remember previous batches being sweeter, more candy-like, and without the champagne-like qualities. Either way, I'd have a taste of this every session if I could.

Bottle was dated best by May 2012, batch b.

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by May 2012 date on the label.

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a towering white head that finally dies down to a thin layer of foam that clings to the glass.

S: The nose is slightly funky with excellent citrus notes. I pick up some lemons and lots of oranges and tangerines along with a sweet and bready malt base. Various spices add some extra depth.

T: The sweet citrus notes are quite vibrant on the front end. Lots of tangerine, oranges, and a hint of grapefruit. There is a mild spice note quickly behind along with a slight grassy and earthy character. A bit of alcohol comes through on the finish, especially as the beer warms up.

M: The body is medium, but really has a nice feel on the tongue. The carbonation pricks the tongue initially but becomes smooth soon after.

D: Another very nice beer from Fantome. I like some of the others a bit better, but as the "flagship", this one does a fine job.

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and capped bottle, with their typical goolish label. (Thanks Wolf) into a tulip glass. It poured a golden yellow and orange with an incredible head and significant lacing as it drops, sadly quicker than I would hope.

Smell is fresh and fruity and sweet with some yeasty funk to it. That continues right into the taste which is surprisingly more sour than sweet and that is probably opposite from the nose of it where sweet dominates. Probably the most funky sour saison I can remember drinking although balanced with sweet apples and spice.

Medium body and carbonation and well balanced sweet and sour which hides the 8% abv. The dry finish makes you want another sip right away.. which i kept doing until the bottle was empty :)

Great, great interesting beer. Was a delight to drink and looking forward to it again.

RESPECT

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, I had this side-by-side with Saison DuPont the other night, and the Fantome just blew DuPont out of the water, in my opinion. Pours a nice orangey-golden color with fluffy white head that recedes a bit more quickly than I would like. Smell is a combination of peach, pear, lemon, a bit of funk, some pale malt--pretty much standard for saison, but on the fruity end and delicious.

Taste kicks things up a notch as it comes in with some powerful yeast notes, playing with the malt to provide a nice study basis for the fruit notes to play on. The barnyard funk is there, though not overdone, and there's a nice tart edge to the beer that I haven't found in saisons before. Love it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, but I think it could use a tad more carbonation. 8% is hidden very well in here, as in all of the Fantome beers I've had. One of the defining beers of the style for sure.

Photo of cavedave
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy dark straw color, topped briefly by an off white head that recedes to a lively skim, then to pretty much a bald cap and ring.

During the happy course of a sniffing session I got overripe peach, green apple, barnyard, lemon zest, very light tart yeast and vinegar, and some other funky and herbal aspects I lack the palate to describe adequately, except to say they round the bouquet into a restrained pleasure of strong smells.

The taste is like a drum solo on a timpani. Despite a kettle drum having the ability to really be complex, you wouldn't think there was a musician capable of pulling it off. Fantome is that musician and the timpani of this metaphor is the funky aspect of deliciously infected beer. Very light in the mouth, the taste is part and parcel of that degree of attenuation, even at that there is a degree of sweet in the start of this sip, as barnyard funk, herbal straw, lemon, really tart apple, vinous, even hormonal essences, collide into a trainwreck choreographed to destroy preconception, and deluge you into new, improbable enjoyments. As it warms to room temp. tart increases, but the funk matches it . The fruity essence, and tart of this is balanced perfectly, but it is funk that stars.

Low carb. but so effervescent in flavor it sparkles on tongue, clear out is exceptional, and a highpoint finish of clarity and complexity.

Drinkability of this saison is limited by the ability of the palate to keep appreciating the funk. Some other less funky saisons obviously blow this away here.

Impression: Will be getting some more of these, as well as their seasons series, to cellar, and hopefully enjoy, with some time on them.

Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a honey golden color with zero head ..smell was musty and funky with sour lemon juice and grass that was good..taste was the same it just had very little flavor no carbonation..i love saisons one of my favorite styles ..so many good/ reviews on this esteemed saison..i must of had a bad bottle ...but the side label said good until may of 2012 it was just so flat..will try again and do another update when i have $14 to burn

Photo of organicbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Slightly cloudy. Two finger cloudlike head. Dark gold.

s-cotton candy. lemonaid. light barnyard.

t-Sweettart. Moderate bitterness. Slight pepper spicyness. Cherry Kool-aid type juice flavor.

m-Medium body. Slightly sweet. Low carbonation.

d-This is a beer like no other. Every bottle seems to be different. I've had some that had I reviewed them, they would have gotten a D- and others that would get A+s. This bottle had an interesting Kool-aid type quality to it. It is rumored that Danny adds fruit juice to his batches and I finally taste that it might be true. Sweet compared to most saisons, and less funky/tart than other Fantome bottles I've had.
Always an adventure.

Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a thick white head that leaves massive lace. The nose is very pretty with passion fruit, light hay, and light malt. Flavors are some tart lemon with tropical fruits, light hops, with some hay and bread. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long tropical and bitter finish.

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

Never thought I'd be able to give a straight 5 but this stuff is unreal. Poured from a corked and capped bottle into a duvel tulip.

Beautiful orange yellow color, a bit cloudy as well, like an overcast summer sunset. Starts with a nice fluffy initial head receeding to a collar that with wonderful lacing that shimmers and leaves some tiny amorphous shapes as the beer goes away.

Smell is ridiculous, its like a tropical fruit sorbet with a very slight yeasty undertone. Tons of fresh fruit up front, guava, mango, pineapple, pear, apple, lime, orange, there all here.

Taste is very fruity as well, getting all of the aforementioned fruits with some sour cherries added. With a sour and very very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry, you get this light mouthfeel combined with the fruit for just a second and then its gone and bone dry makes you keep coming back for more.

This stuff goes away way too fast the light mouthfeel makes you want to keep going back for more and the alcohol is non existant if it were cheaper and more readily available i'd have this as my staple/beater beer.

Well done Brasserie Fantome, truly a masterpiece.

Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A moderately vigorous pour yields a clear pale gold body with a strong column of carbonation rising from the nucleation point to the solid 3-finger head creamy, persistent white foam. Stellar retention and some shapely lacing make this a beautiful saison.

S: Whoa - this is unlike any saison I've encountered. Starts out with a bit of rather cheesy malt (parmesan?), followed by some floral funkiness, a touch of barnyard, medicinal phenols, and mild lactic sourness. Further swirling shows off earthiness, fruit (mainly apple), and some herbal notes I can't quite identify. The funny thing is that this isn't really a strongly aromatic beer - I really have to swirl and inhale pretty hard - but every time I smell it it somehow provides a new and different layer of complexity. Not everything about it is necessarily enjoyable, but I have to give it a high score for being quite possibly the most complex beer I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Exceptional indeed.

T: A little more straightforward here, as the funkiness of the wild yeast dominates the palate with barnyard and grape-like tartness. There's significant malt sweetness, but it ends with a quite bitter finish - I can't tell, though, if that's a further transmutation of the yeast or the work of hops. Either way, the dry bitterness is a nice balance to the sweetly funky primary flavors. Overall, this beer is quite vinous, reminding me of a medium-bodied white - more minerality than fruit. Quite nice.

M: Quite full-bodied, with the carbonation only coming through rather late. Not as lively as I'd like, but not bad.

D: I finished the bottle with no problems, but by the end the malt and lactic components had gotten a little sticky and overbearing. Still, the 8% alcohol was nowhere to be seen, and every sip was delicious.

Notes: By far the most distinctive, most complex, and most enjoyable saison I've ever had. Well worth its spot in the top 100 and its substantial price tag - although the latter makes it a bit unlikely that I'll be making this a regular purchase. I'm really looking forward to trying some of Dany's other creations, though - I'm now an official Fantôme fan.

Cheers!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.0% ABV, Best before space on label, no notch.

Thanks to bnieman for this awesome beer I've been meaning to have forever!

A - Hazy golden yellow beer pours fourth with a low foamy white head. Lower retention and bits of sticky lace cling to the glass. One of the other drinkers (unfamiliar with this) jokingly said, "hey, Casper is on this beer!"

S - Smooth pale malts and honey sweetness behind a bright spicy yeast aroma. Intoxicating and refreshing aroma with a light citrusy kick to the finish. Wow.

T - A hint of tart fruit on the finish balances the deliciously spicy pale malt flavor and slight Belgian yeast. Small bits of white grape and green apple.

M - Bright carbonation and a smooth but crisp texture with a lightly dry finish and a great refreshing quality!

D - A fantastic saison with superb drinkability, great flavor, and an awesome nose. What's not to like in this Belgian beauty? A saison I could have allll summer...scratch that, all year-round.

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

Shared by Chico1985, beat out my JW Lees, reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy golden yellow with a fizzy champagne like head that leaves a nice cloud and ring behind. Good moderate lace in fairly high amounts.

S- Great balance of yeast, spice and fruit. There is some funk mixed in and it does the aroma wonders. Love the more laid back spice and the citrus peel/zest works well here.

T- Once again, an amazing blend of funk/yeast, fruit and Belgian qualities like spice. Apple notes are highly prevalent in the fruit spectrum as well as some dark fruit. Definitely get some grassy flavors. Love the funk and the fruit, very well done.

MF- Moderately creamy body with smooth carbonation. Great coat of funky fruit on the palate.

DB- This beer is worth the money, for sure. Could be the best Belgian beer I have ever tried. The balance of fruit and yeast flavors is just perfect. Hard to describe but everyone has to try this one.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.