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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 471
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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Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tmoneyba, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of popery
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

popery, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

ballewblake, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ATPete, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

TexIndy, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of craytonic
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

craytonic, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of lessthanhadley
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lessthanhadley, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bunnyhustle, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of badbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a soft white head, good retention and lacing. Aromas of hay, lemon, must, cantelope, honeydew, and some pears. Grassy and musty at the beginning but some of the fruits mentioned in the aroma join in shortly thereafter. Earthy and fruity in the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Another great Saison from Fantome.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best beer of the weekend. Pours hazy yellow with a big, rocky white head. Thick lacing. Funky sweet aroma with candied fruits. A wonderful taste for a saison. Lots of sweet oranges, strawberries, and plums. Sour yeast balances out the sweet and lets out the pepper and spice. Loved this beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Pour your average orangish yellow, murky and effervecent. Huge head dissipates down to a quarter inch film and laces the glass stylishly.

Awesome aroma of mango, mandarine.
Hints of spruce and curacao. Also quite a bit of wheat malt caracter reminicent of belgian witbeer.

Flavor of wild wheat, bitter orange, mango and earthy hops. Juicyfruit and corriander. Bonedry and damn exellent, goes down like water.

8% avb? no way. After the 750ml bottle you just want to pop another one open.

bloberglawp, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a grid on the label that certainly appeared to be for date coding. But it was blank. I searched this area about 5 times and finally decided that it wasn't used at the time of bottling.

Poured this into a oversized wine glass, per the BA recommendation. This was a beautiful beer. A light white pillowy foam formed atop the crystal clear orange/golden beer. There was a nice amount of visible carbonation....just a hint. I was taken by the brilliant clarity of the beer. (later I did get a touch of sediment in my glass that caused a haze, but that was my fault... I tried the sediment later in a separate glass)

Aroma was musty, earthy and fruity sweet. Peaches, apples, lemon with a touch of spice. White pepper.. Don't know if you can describe something as musty & fresh...but I'm going to try. Perhaps "light" vs. fresh is a better description. The musty/earthy quality was really evident and what some describe as the funk.

Flavor was more apple focused than I had expected. Lots of fruits going on with some peach as well. Nice peppery spice and of course the traditional earthy flavor. Sweetness in the middle and then a bit of yeast flavor and feel towards the end.

Mouth feel was very light and almost champagne like. I want to use the word fresh again, but I'm not sure why.. Just a touch of a chalky feel from the yeast, but not a bad thing.

Very drinkable, yet one to be savored

I have to admit, I enjoyed both Hennepin and Saison Dupont even more... But this was good. I will have it again.

Reagan1984, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from koopa!!

Pours a hazed hazed & honeyed orange color, dense creamy white head fades very slowly, lots of sediment suspended in the beer. Some sourness and funk on the nose, peppery, an almost cider-like aroma as well. Lemony flavors, pretty tart overall, light pepper taste, maybe some apple/juicy pear in the mix too...there's a lot happening here. On the heavy end of medium-bodied, a lot of lingering spice working overtime on the tongue, cleansing tiny little bubbles doing their thing. This is good stuff.

corey0212, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color wiht a small head that quickly disappears. Smells a funky lemon, orange and is slightly acidic. The taste follows the nose and is sour with orange and a big pear flavor that finishes dry. The alcohol is covered up nicely and is barely noticeable. The mouthfeel has medium body and is very refreshing. The flavors really linger with this one. After giving my roomate a taste he commented that he could still taste the beer but in a good way. I was not crazy about this beer at first but it really grew on me. A must try.

johnd513, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked and capped bottle into tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a deeply clouded yellow color with almost no head despite visible carbonation and some soapy resin felt behind when the brew is swirled. The sediment causes color striations of dark yellow, orange, rose and tan.

S: Smells of a sweetly potent blend of lemongrass, apple, grapefruit banana and orange peel with a bit of coriander and light spices.

T: A rather tart saison. Loads of citrus flavor, with a bit of apple and minted bubblegum added to the exotic lemon, orange and tropical flavor. There are cider-like qualities to this saison which is interesting, but I'm on the fence about.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet refreshing. The tartness makes you pucker a bit and the level of sediment ingredients causes some residual sticking to the palate.

D: It's definitely one to share with others and sip. The flavors become more complex and the alcohol esters less subtle as the saison warms. I would rate it enjoyable, but not one to session or drink en masse.

One of the most interesting saisons I can recall having. The about of sweet lemon tartness that dominated the palate was intriguing, albeit a bit distracting. The ghost on the bottle must serve as a warning to the mysteries which lurk within.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped and corked bottle. No age dating but there is a place for it on the label.
Pours a very foamy thick white head atop a hazy golden brew. the carbonation is so high it looks like champagne and the head lasts a very long time.
The aroma is sweet and it hides some nice fruity esters and possibly some spice but it is subtle
The taste is very crisp and dry with just a subtle fruityness. Very clean and drinkable. This beer is very refreshing and I could easily see a farm worker craving one of these after a long day in the fields.

RenoZymurgist, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised at this saison. It's very good, but not at all what I had expected. Very interesting twist on a saison.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden-rod with a beautiful thick, white, foamy cap.

S- A funky smell hit me before anything else. The lovely lemony refreshing "saison smell" was there, but hidden behind a funk, tart grapes, and autumnal fruits.

T- More sour than any saison I've ever had. After the smell I half expected it to be a lot like Ommegeddon, however its far more sour and funky and has very few qualities of a saison. Tart grapes, champagne, sour funk, apples, and meyer lemons are all noted, the last two not being very prevalent.

M- Fine carbonation and decent body

D- It's a sipper because of its VERY unexpected tartness (for a saison). Overall, I really liked it, but I would wait 'til I'm in the mood for a Flanders or an American Wild before opening another.

JoeMayo, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 0.75 L bottle into snifter. Interestingly, this is a true corked bottle (no cage).
A: Nice cloudy orangish yellow with frothy, white, thick 2 inch head that slowly dissipates. Good retention. The head, when settling and backlit, looks like white glittery sifting sand...a very interesting quality.
S: At first, the smell is sweetly acidic...actually a little harsh...but this settles down. Candi sugar, honeydew, musk melon, and honey notes.
T: Similar to aroma...candi sugar, honey dew, pear, honey, and citrus. The sweeter candi sugar notes are a little overpowering.
M: Very light, sweet, bright, and mildly acidic and sour.
D: It is drinkable, but for me the overpowering sweet candi sugar note limited this factor. I was looking forward to this one, but honestly came away a little disappointed. (Once the higher ABV kicked in, it became much easier to quaff.)

mwilbur, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours gold and hazy. Some yellow shows under direct light. The white head was minimal and gone pretty quick. A good amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S - Quite fruity up front. Loads of red apple followed by pear. Alcohol is evident midway but isn't too strong. Earthy aromas finish it up with notes of grain and hay. There is some sourness that pop in and out but it stays in the background and is hard to pick out.

T - Starts out sweet with pale malt and honey. Fruitiness follows quickly and is comprised of bitter lemon and red apple. Grain and alcohol start to become apparent around the middle. Sour earthiness comes in at the end with wet leaves and green apple.

M - Medium bodied with abundant carbonation. Smooth overall with a light creaminess. Finish is sour and clean.

D - Drinkability is one of the areas where this beer really shines. It just goes down so damn easy. Alcohol is hidden very well - which is dangerous for an 8% brew. Fantome has pulled off a very quaffable brew with the Saison. I would have more of this and can easily recommend it.

csmiley, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml with lunch. Can daddy do it? Yes he can.

Cloudy haze of golden yellow orange. Head is kinda pathetic. Wells up huge bubbles that commence popping immediately.

Smell is a little funky. And fruity. Very fruity.

Tart. Sour. Unique. Ends kinda chalky. Oranges. Not bad flavor.

Pretty thin and watery. Easily drinkable.

I expected a lot more from this. It's not bad, I could drink it all day but I don't think I would.

Overall: not impressed

PatronWizard, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here goes review #100...not a bad choice.
Cloudy, sedimentated hazy gold color, Spotty lacing amd film. This bottle was a late gusher, had to lap some off the counter!

Funky smell - smartees candy, ripe red apples, red grapes, champagne and watermelon.

Smooth and funky taste, this saison is pretty unique. Hops are detectable, but take a backseat to the funky-fruity esters. A tinge of sourness is in there as well.

Pretty top notch brew. Different, but mightily tasty. A bit pricey, but I would surely buy this again and again.

twiggamortis420, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped and corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark, hazy golden brew with a large whitish head, great retention and lacing.
The aroma is nothing sort of fantastic, with the usual, expected earthy, funky, citrusy notes, but an unexpected strwaberry whiff comes and goes, adding this original notes to the whole experience.
Medium bodied, deep flavors with similar earthy noptes, here lots of spices dividing attention with the multiple fruit notes.
Markedly complex, original without losing sight of traditional aspects, this is one remarkable beer.

brdc, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A vigorous pour only gets half an inch of off white head that fades to a skim in a couple of minutes. Body is a golden straw honey in color. I wasnt expecting the nose to have such a yeasty sour tone to it with lots of fruit skins. As you take first sip you are surprised even though the nose warned of some tartness, it is subtle and crisp. A wonderful balance of bready yeast, sweet malt and crisp soured feel make for a lovely combination. This beer has tones of green apple, grape skin, fruit nectar tanins and yeasty breadieness. This really defies the style but in a good way. Mouthfeel is crisp, thick and doughy and calls for the next sip. Alchol is completely hidden. Super drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer uncorks with a resounding pop making me think it's going to gush out of the bottle, but the carbonation is normal and I proceed to pour. Beer pours a golden, hazy, pulpy yellow with a fine finger and a half of white foam that subsides to a murk across the top. Lacing is ample and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Funky and sour with ample bacteria floating around in the beer. Lemony and lightly floral with a horsey hay and citrus rind background. Smells to have some wheat content which isn't too surprising being as authentically Belgian as this one is. Fantome yeast is thick in the scent as well.

Taste- Much sweeter than the smell with a near lemonade citric quality. Yeast is thick in the beer with that signature Fantome flavor. Brettanomyces and pediococcus and some lactic tang coats the taste buds giving a light warming character.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sour, not astringent, mildly cloying, medium bodied, and medium high in carbonation. Lightly warming.

Drinkability- Very nice on the drinkability scale. I could drink many Fantome's and be quite happy. If I ever go to Belgium, this brewery will be one of my first stops.

blakesell, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy gold color with a monstrous white head that leaves massive lacing. Aroma is of straw, lemon rind, myriad spices, and grass. Flavor is tart lemon with white pepper, dirt, grass, some tropical fruit, and an even crackery malt base. Nice complexity. Smooth and clean on the palate, good carbonation, dry finish, refreshing. One of the great classics of the saison style.

illidurit, Sep 01, 2008
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,582 ratings.