Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to OneDropSoup for this one.
750 ml green bottle, capped and corked. I had to use a cork-screw to get this one out. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Thin white head leaves a lasting filmy cap on the surface and around the edges. Color is a bright and cloudy lemon yellow.
Smell is quite tart and lemony, with a hint of funk. Taste is like a lemon drop candy. Sweet with a tight pucker. Funky wet hay is hinted around the edges.
Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body. Very clean finish. I wonder if the funk would grow with age.
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05-01-2009 05:13:35 | More by bort11
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of an assortment of sour fruits
T - Follows the nose with an assortment of sour fruits with the addition of yeast and slight spice a very interesting beer
M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it
D - This was a very good and interesting beer lot of stuff going on in this one to make it very enjoyable wish I had more than the one bottle worth finding to try
04-29-2009 15:49:51 | More by armock
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a bomber into a chalice. When the cork is removed smoke and some bubbling escape.
This is a very complex beer. The taste changes substantially as it warms. When cold, dryness is the primary characteristic and it tastes like a dry champagne. Lots of fruit in the nose but as it warms, grass. Apricot, lemon, pear and very mild funk. When cold, it's so dry it evaporates off the tongue but warmer, it lingers and coats with some chewiness. A very light and soft mouthfeel compliments the other qualities of this brew. There is some brett here but in perfect balance. A great beer for a warm spring day.
04-28-2009 19:12:26 | More by jsapunor
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
This was a great buy for 3.99 a pint. It is a light reddish orange color with a dark red center, with some spices and sediment at the bottom. Very flavorful, almost like apple cider but not that sweet or sour. I will probably buy this again and hopefully on sale.
04-27-2009 22:34:58 | More by greg202stewart
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip. It pours a straw yellow with significant carbonation present and no sediment. A basically white 1 inch head forms and reduces to a healthy lacing.
The aroma reminds me of champagne. There are some pear and fruit notes, as well as a grassy-like component.
The taste is initially overwhelmed by the carbonation to me. There are then significant citrus components of what seem like limes to me. There is an orange peel dryness and bitterness and minimal yeast.
The mouthfeel was a bit dominated by carbonation initially. This is a fairly light bodied beer with significant crispness that almost prevents it from being too smooth. A nice bitterness and dry component is left on the upper palate.
Overall, this is a good beer. I think this beer is very similar to a champagne due to the carbonation and elusive sweetness that hides behind it. It is still good and definitely still has the ever good beer components.
04-22-2009 00:14:14 | More by SykDoc
2.63/5 rDev -38.6%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at Monument Wines & Spirits in Concord.
A: Pours a cloudy orange color with gold tint when held to the light. Has a limp half-inch head that recedes quickly into a collar and light filming on top of the brew. Creates nice sheets of lacing when I'm drinking, but none of it clumps to the glass. Fine champagne-like effervescence at the edges.
S: Barnyard funk / rotting fruit explosion upon uncorking, but after a minute or so it fades into a backbone of wild brett funk and hay. Has a small hint of coriander and wheat, reminiscent of a white ale. The fruits bring up the rear in a mixture of lemon rind, orange peel, pineapple, and even mango.
T: Has the fruits I sensed in the aroma: a sweet and lightly tart mixture of lemon, orange, pineapple, and mango. Some brett sourness comes into play in the mid-taste, but it's very subdued. The finish is slightly dry, with a little tingling of coriander spice. However, the overall effect is of drinking a tropical fruit juice with a slightly tart bent to it. Doesn't have as much strength or flavor as I would expect.
M: Thin-to-medium bodied, with high carbonation. Well-masked ABV. Has a slightly watery feel. Leans toward the dry side on the finish.
D: Meh. Not a huge fan of saisons in general, but I've encountered several that had a stronger flavor than this, and it's not worth the ~$15 to me to try it again.
04-20-2009 23:15:17 | More by Arbitrator
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
Can't for the life of me remember who traded me this beers (among others). Sorry but thanks!! This will officially be my first Beer from Fantôme. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.
Brasserie Fantôme Soy 086/477044 on cork.
Appearance- Pours a fairly hazy yellow with a decent enough one finger head with a really aggressive pour. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap and thin collar with a slight amount of lacing.
Smell- Slightly fruity with a tropical sort of profile. A bit of light mango, pineapple and pear with a tiny hint of sour green apples. Not as funky as I was expecting but the yeast is lightly musty and somewhat dirty. Even a bit of light banana and lemon peel as the beer warms. The malt is slightly sweet with a maize like profile and a bit of light toasty grain. Something green tea like as well going on.
Taste- Starts slightly doughy with a soft bready maltiness that is as subtle as it is light and airy. Soft notes of the same tropical fruit that are in the nose are more than present in the taste. A lightly tart note from the yeast that reminds me a lot of a Berliner Weiss. That same lemon like pucker that is amazingly awesome. A semi sort of horsehair dirt finishes the beer with a slight bit of astringency. 8% my ass.
Mouthfeel- Very light and airy with very little carbonation that gives light silky feel.
Drinkability- I do kind of enjoy a Saison every now and again. It's definitely not my favorite style but I appreciate them more than most brews. This one is unlike anything I've tried before. Simply amazing. I didn't know anything called a Saison could taste like this. Crazy good beer that will make me find more to age and more of anything marked Fantôme.
04-12-2009 03:25:45 | More by younger35
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
750 ML bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date
Hand-picked this one to be review # 100!
P: Pours yellow from the bottle, slightly hazy golden orange liquid in the glass. White head is 2 fingers high, thick and creamy, and showed good retention. It finally sunk to a chunky halo while spotty lacing was being left behind.
A: Vibrantly citric with aromas of lemon mist, lime peels, tangerines, and oranges. Brett is upfront and center as well, but stays just behind the fruits in strength. Malt character is also there with a toasted quality.
T: Tasty! Very clean toasted malt lays underneath the beautiful tangy, sour, tart citric flavors that shine throughout. Lemon zest is dominant, but I also get some strong notes of oranges, limes, and tangerines. In my opinion, the Brett is executed with perfection. It's not too much, not too little, but juuuust right! The precise amount of funk works well in unison with those bold citrus flavors, while some mysterious spices underneath contribute as well.
M: The Fantome Saison is a medium-bodied, crisply clean, smooth beer that features a gently carbonated feel that fits the bill. It is watery towards the back, but isn't a serious fault.
Notes: I just absolutely love the sour Brett, and the bitter, tart, citrusy fruit features that are showcased here. I really enjoyed the hell out of this beer! What a great beer to review for my 100th! Highly recommended
04-10-2009 09:29:24 | More by sweetbrew82
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big white head.
Aroma of grass, tropical fruit, wet straw, barn and belgian yeast.
Taste is nice...that barnyard funk fantome is known for, tropical fruits, grass...its a bit sweet in the finish. It has nice mouthfeel a bit carbonated for me, but very smooth and drinkable.
04-03-2009 12:48:22 | More by gregc
3.65/5 rDev -14.7%
A - Pours a murky gold color with plenty of frothy foam
S - funky mix of sour apple and earthy wheat all in a slightly sourness
T - follows the aroma, fruit and wheat all mixed together with a hint of sourness
M/D - light bodied and well carbonated, easy to drink and very flavorful. The slightly sour taste just leaves you wanting more.
03-24-2009 12:51:28 | More by mikereaser
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
A= A hazy yellow color with a lot of crackling noise coming from the bubbles. A smaller than expected head rises but stays around leaving nice lacing on the glass
S= From about 3 feet away I can smell the barnyard/ carnival smell coming from it like a wet horse blanket there's a little lemon peel in it when smelled close as well as some possible corriander... sort of like a wit.
T= Wow sour. Never had one like this. Interesting sour patch kid like sour. lots of lemon peel in it too. Really tastes just like a lemonhead or lemon sour patch kid. Very nice. I'm starting to love it more and more.
M= Smooth and crisp.
D= Extremely high. I love this beer. Maybe this is my first "sour" at least its the first one that I've had that I would concider sour. Very very nice beer and very new to me... Love it
03-19-2009 00:47:03 | More by jjanega08
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
750 mL bottle from Bruisin' Ales, poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.
Appearance: Pours a nice though perhaps slightly dull golden body, almost progressing from a vibrant, sunset orange at the bottom of the snifter to a hazy, turbid yellow at the top. It's capped by a fast-fading, fizzy, one-finger snow white head and is replete with fast and fine-bubbled carbonation. Though the head fades quickly, the bubbly, foamy collar is persistent, and there's a significant amount of blotchy, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Later pours - i.e., glass refills - release tons of hazy, cloudy yeast and a few hanging particulates. A decent looking brew.
Aroma: Spicy notes dominate in the nose, backed up by a sweet, slightly funky, and earthy backbone. The fruits bring up the rear here, sightly less complex than in the mouth, but nonetheless well-rounded - lemon, canned pineapple, and peaches all peek through.
Taste: A delightfully flavorful brew. It's overall fairly dry, tart even, though with a faint, underlying simple sweetness, the combination of which really allows a lot of the flavors to come through. There're a bunch of fruit notes - tart lemon, pineapple, peach, banana, orange zest, faint kiwi - coupled with well-blended, earthy spices, clove, white pepper, coriander, perhaps. A healthy dose of earthy yeast and a definite kiss of funk about round the flavor profile out. Just a nice, complex, well-made brew.
Mouthfeel: A huge, fluffy, effervescence, light, and even brew. I'm calling it perfect, like a cloud floating over the tongue.
Drinkability: This beer is good. Very good in fact, and I would appropriately (and as BAers seem to agree) call it the best saison I've ever had. It's authentic, earthy, funky, not too tart or sweet, spicy, and fruity - i.e., it's very complex. It'a also incredibly nice "feeling," with a great body, as well as a solid aroma and appearance. The 8.0% is perhaps near the top of the stylistic range, but it's not detectable amidst the array of sensations this beer evokes. Recommended.
03-04-2009 04:50:20 | More by CrellMoset
4.95/5 rDev +15.7%
Appearance - Beautiful hazy gold, plenty of carbonation and head.
Smell - Straw, orange, citrus, slight funk to it, plenty of that good yeast.
Taste - Wow...starts of very crisp and fruity, then becomes slightly sour, almost a little lambicy, and finishes with a nice dry, straw taste with a good amount of alcohol. Definitely some interesting yeast in this one.
Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation, with a very good balance of fruity tartness and alcoholic smoothness.
Drinkability - Excellent...could drink this all afternoon...perfect for a nice spring/summer day, staring at the blue sky and listening to the birds.
Overall this is an excellent beer, one of the best I've ever had. It's not cheap, but if you find it, be sure to try it. It's an unusual combination that I would describe as saison, lambic, and funky Belgianess that you're sure to enjoy.
02-27-2009 23:24:26 | More by dougfir
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Had this one after cleaning the house, playing the hammer dulcimer, folding laundry, listening to Leadbelly, mopping the floor, and making the bed. I'd say I deserve this one.
Appearance is a turbid golden orange color with slightly off-white head. Ghost on the bottle is not that scary, kind of like Count Chocula. Head retention is decent, no real lacing, though.
If you could bottle a "barnyard" scent, here it is, and I love it. Some definite strange smells emerging out of the citrus and apple - like it's disguising a geuze in there somewhere.
I have a soft spot for the saison taste, since it was a saison that first turned me into a beer advocate (Avec Les Bons Voeux). This one is no exception. Truly great taste - Yeasty and plenty of grass undertones - kind of like taking one of those shots of wheatgrass at a health food store, except that it doesn't taste like absolute shit. Nice sour flavor going down the esophagus. mmmm.
Mouthfeel is smooth - well balanced, good texture when the yeast hits your teeth - chewy.
If they had this at the bar, I'd buy one for everyone.
02-21-2009 23:58:49 | More by raoulduke37
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color with a one inch white head. Good head retention, but no real lacing.
The aroma is incredible. It's kind of funky, and sweet. Notes of sour apple, banana, wheat, lemon and orange all show up. Slightly sour, makes the mouth water.
The taste is quite good. A nice fruit mix with notes of orange, lemon zest, and sour apple. Spicey yeast tones as well as some funky sour tones round out the beer and leave you wanting more. A tangy wheat like tone is also present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of fine bubbled carbonation. Not as crisp as I would have thought, but very gentle and enjoyable.
Drinkability is very high. The flavor profile is spot on, and even with alcohol at 8% it's unoticeable. A great saison for sure, I can't believe I waited so long to try it!
02-21-2009 19:18:14 | More by Goliath
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thick bright white head. Aroma is fruity sweet, with hints of lemon, nectarine. Taste is of faint peach, ginger, with some unique spices. Mouthfeel is very moist with just the right amount of effervescence, a slightly dry finish. Very light flavor takes a bit of getting used to, but moderate abv is very well hidden. One bottle of this is more than enough for me.
02-11-2009 00:39:37 | More by BigJTrucker
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Hazy golden color, clearly visible sediment from outside the bottle even. The head is very full and thick, long-lasting, and leaves a ton of lacing.
The nose is complex and strong: plenty of citric zest/lemongrass, spicing (ginger), barnyard aromas, with a little overlay of floral, grassy hops. Beautiful.
The flavor is so smooth and drinkable that at first I mistook this beer for somewhat slight and less complex than, say, Avec Les Bonx Voeux. I was very wrong; all the complexity is there, but it is still incredibly drinkable.
Lemon is prominent, in the form of lemongrass or some other herb. Thyme, grass, coriander, orange zest..all backed up by a moderately funky but very well restrained yeast.
The mouthfeel here goes from sweet to bitter to dry in the finish. Definitely the appropriate size I think for what the brewer was after. Enhances drinkability by not being too thick or too slight.
Damn good saison. So hard to call whether it's the finest on Earth, but it's certainly a hell of a brew. Since I was celebrating anyways, the 14.99USD price tag wasn't that annoying, but it's definitely not an everyday brew at this price point.
01-27-2009 04:17:04 | More by BretSikkink
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottle poured into trappist glass.
Poured hazy orange color with a minimal frothy white head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.
Moderate yeasty sour tart fruit aroma.
Light to medium body with soft carbonation.
Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour spicy finish of moderate duration.
This is a standout beer for style.
01-20-2009 17:53:18 | More by tmoneyba
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
A fruity, mildly sour, delicious saison. I was first struck by the sweetly tart vinous flavor of this beer. The tartness surprised me, and it seems much fruitier than other saisons that I've tried. There are some background saison characteristics with a very mild farmhouse flavor. Ripe grapefruit is also a strong flavor, but I have no idea what it's from. There are nice dry oak notes. The color of the beer is very nice, but there is next to no head or lacing. The feel is good for the flavor but a tad strange. There's a good deal of spicing in the beer, some cinnamon and cardamom. The more sediment-ridden second glass that I had verges on a very dry and wonderful orange soda. There is a significant apple flavor that I neglected to mention until now; it's close to a great apple cider in some ways. This is a very interesting beer, and I look forward to trying more from Fantôme in the future.
01-20-2009 04:24:35 | More by popery
3.33/5 rDev -22.2%
Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.
Oh bummer. Label reads "Biere artisanale sur lie"
White head that kills fast. Sporadic lacing, low carbonation. This is a different version of the 'Fantome Saison' that I've grown to love and seek out. Rumor is that the brewer changes the fruit brewed in out with whatever of his choosing. I have had the 'brewed with spices' variant so many times before and this one is more of a pineapple version. Heavy pineapple and tropical notes on the nose. Hate to say it, but the dehydrated pineapple is an upset on this one, it isn't working. I would say the labeling on the two is confusing and misleading. Stick with the 'brewed with spices' and stay clear of this one.
01-12-2009 03:14:48 | More by ballewblake
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
750ml bottle, old label, with at least 3 (+) years of age on it
Pours a semi opaque yellow color with a small whispy screen of a white head that dissipates quickly but is easily revived with a slightly aggressive swirl. Tartness and light funk on the nose, notes of lemon, grass, and semi-sweet sour candy. Much is the same with the beers flavor, the sourness is perfectly placed atop a malty under structure and a pleasant but diminished hop bitterness, though the sour blasts appear through out the quaff it never becomes too puckering, IMO. Medium bodied, lacking much of its original carbonation but it makes for an easier to drink beer. Absolutely incredible, fresh is good but i think i opened this bottles at one of the perfect stages in its evolution.
01-04-2009 15:34:00 | More by ATPete
2.8/5 rDev -34.6%
Poured from a 750ml corked with a crown cap green bottle into my NBB glass. It had a notching system on the right side of the front label but no notches - wtf? It was a hazy golden color with a bunch of yeast bits floating around. Excellent carbonation and lacing that slides down the sides after each drink. It had a large off-white fizzy head that quickly settled into a broken foam with a collar.
The aroma was excellent with great spicy overtones. It was very strong when poured but then faded as it warmed up and became very subtle. Was hoping it would stick around more. The taste was off for me. Not sure if a bad bottle since no date and in a green bottle or if it's just the flavor of this one. Fantomes do tend to have funky non-traditional flavors to em so who knows. It starts off good but then the extreme sourness hits you like a smack in the face. Has a strong vinegary, acidic taste which leaves a really nasty after-taste. Other reviews mention a fruitiness which I never got in my bottle which would have been great to offset the sour. The balance was way off. Without it, it's way too sour. I do love sour beers but they are meant to be sour and have the right setup. This one is sour but doesn't have the good base to begin with. For mouthfeel, the carb is great but again really bad after-taste.
Overall, either a bad bottle or a major disappointment. I hope bad bottle and will try again but for now have to go with this review as it could just be the normal flavor. If this is normal, then one and done for me. I love saisons but this one is not good at all.
01-02-2009 03:03:11 | More by TexIndy
District of Columbia
4.88/5 rDev +14%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey, very little head or carbonation. Tiny suspended flecks ranging from white to black, and everywhere in between. Each successive pour becomes murkier and murkier.
Smell: Amazing aroma, lemon and lemon grass, funky yeast, tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, papaya), white wine sangria, sweetgrass, tobacco, citrus, lemon, clementines, orange, clove, pears, strawberries. Very mysterious and evolving.
Taste: There is so much going on, it morphs with each swallow. It starts out sweet, but turns sour (sour cider) and dry. Begs you to linger and not swallow - an easy feat with the low carbonation. Of course the funky yeas, then sweetgrass, cinnamon, lemon, citrus, and clementines.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but otherwise perfect.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable, will acquire another for the summer. Strangely thirst-quenching.
12-31-2008 16:56:54 | More by craytonic
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Pale, thin lacy head.... Similar to most saisons
S: Earthy, fruity, exactly how a saison should smell is my opinion.
T: As good as the smell, fruit really comes through as this beer warms up but the earthiness last throughout.
M: Descent amount of carbonation, very dry, perfect for the style
D: Very drinkable for 8%. A high ABV saison but does not taste like it. Having had many many beers of this style, this is absolutely one of my favorites.
12-31-2008 04:31:21 | More by lessthanhadley
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into Duvel tulip glass. Pours a very murkey darker orange with a somewhat small head with little retention and lacing. A good amount of sediment as you drain the glass...admittedly, not the best looking beer. Smell is very unique. Some sweet candi, ripe fruit including pears, peaches, apples and a bit of sourness to it. I can smell some yeast and a very faint hint of bread. Taste is superb. A very complex mix of ripe sweet fruits, yeast, and some tartness. The mouthfeel was very light and crisp. This is a very good beer and the ABV is hid very well. It was a great drinker and I can see having another...but not tonight.
12-29-2008 04:55:57 | More by bunnyhustle
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.