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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 788
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 480
Gots: 210 | 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 OutsidersAlmanac
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Came across this at a great new spot in Chicago, Bluebird. We were fortunate enough to get their last bottle.

Poured a gorgeous orange with a nice, frothy head that hung around despite a very moderate, controlled carbonation. A wonderful funky, cheesey odor hits the nose. The mouthfeel is so light, almost intangible due to low carbonation. An easy apricot flavor fills the mouth.

A wonderful farmhouse treat with a velvet touch.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with TheManiacalOne, Thanks Mark!

750ml corked bottle served in a tulip glass.

Cloudy golden yellow color with a beautiful white head that stayed until the glass was empty.
Light fruity aroma with some musty funk tossed in.
White grapes, pears and green apples are all in the taste, quite a nice blend of flavors.
Light and refreshingly crisp in the mouthfeel.
Easy to drink.

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

750ml in a recent trade with roopy40. Quite the hookup and my first Fantome. Best before date, as I interpret it is May of 2012.

A: Cloudy hazy gold in color with a dense, rocky white head, about half an inch worth, excellent retention, as it starts to recede there are a few bubbles of lacing here and there. This beer is almost completely opaque because of the cloudiness. I don't think it gets anymore saison than this.

S: Funky barnyard, smells a little tart, slightly skunked as well, pale malts, and pilsner malts really stand out in this one, fair amount of noble hop profile, slightly spicy, smells fairly earthy as well. Just a hint of booze as well. Really interesting, and not at all what I expected. Very nice.

T: Almost indescribable, slight citrusy sourness, think orange peel, with a fair amount of bitterness, slight hint of booze, and just a hint of funk. Leaves a sour taste behind, but it isn't overbearing, just funky. The transition from sour into bitter in this beer is remarkable, I can't really think of anything else that I've ever tried that can compare to it. Right when that puckering sourness is going to come on it fades into a bitterness reminiscent of a German Pilsner. Very interesting, and probably the most unique beer I've ever had. Spectacular.

M: Has a medium body, and mild carbonation, yet is light as air. The beer is incredibly dry, and leaves the mouth completely devoid of anything that resembled a liquid in the mouth. Hands down the best way to think of a saison in the mouth, dry. Excellent. I don't think anything can top this feeling in the mouth. Very phantom-esque in that it "disappears" from the mouth.

D: While I would like to say that this beer is a 5.0 on drinkability, it falls just a bit short. I couldn't see this being a session beer at all for both complexity, and abv. That being said, if I could ever have another opportunity to try this beer I would not hesitate. Phenomenal beer, unlike anything I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Thanks Paul! I might have to schedule another trade with you for more of this. Wow.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/21/2009 (Bottle BB ??/??, cork 086/477044):

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow, almost orange but not quite, color body. With a big creamy white head, lasting. Muted, musty aroma, fruity and sweet spicy. Maybe some plasticy. Soft taste, very muted, very light tasting. Some light fruitniness. Very light taste, drying. Almost watery. Thirst quenching, would be good on a hot day. Almost a plasticy taste. Just okay, not the greatest, not much flavor to speak of.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another funky beer from Fantome. This one pours with very little head. Has a hazy straw color.

The scents coming from this beer vary tremendously. Lots of funky sourness (yeast), a hay ride at a farm comes to mind and some fruitiness. Weird but it works.

Tastes like it smells, fruity, tart, funky and just plain different...but good. I think this is my third beer from this brewery and its probably mt favorite so far.

Photo of youngblood
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 into a tulip. As it's filling the glass, it looks extremely unfiltered. Bits are swirling around like made as the head rises up the glass. Once the pour ends, a dirty golden cloud continues circling. Almost looks like the inside of a snow globe.

Fantastic nose here. Extremely earthy with bits of grass, flowers, twee bit of citrus, and some nice soil smell. There is some crazy funk going on here, that's what I love about farmhouse ales, the funk.

The taste runs similar to the nose i.e. a huge gamut of flavors. Each new flavor flows smoothly into the next. The main tastes are bread, citrus, flowers, and earth. The body is medium with absolute smoothness. Simply fantastic all around.

Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color with a small off-white head. Nice lacings.

S: Slightly edgy, yet smooth and round. Lots of fruit esters all around and strange but pleasant candy aromas. Hints of spices.

T: Very good. Wonderful fresh fruity flavors. The taste is mostly sweet but has a subtle tartness to it. Fruits of the forest, candy and hints of spices. The finish is mildly bitter and grassy.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly dry in the finish.

D: A really unique beer, I dare to say. What a strange but lovely character. An oddball beer in an otherwise oddball style.

NOTE: I've had the opportunity to try a bottle of this that was cellared for about four years. It had not hold up well. It had lost quite a lot of the sweet fruity candy-like character and developed a more distinctly spicy and semi-funky character.

Photo of kingsdirt
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 C&C bottle

AP; A few fingers of head that fell off pretty quickly and left some lace behind, strong carbonation, hazy straw color (looks really inviting)

S; citrus, earthy, grapefruit, and some funkyness in there as well

T; Citrus, a little bit of funk, tanic bites that really open up the palet. So much more than just a saison.

M; Carbonation and the tanic acidity opens up the mouth to really enjoy the citrus and mild funk

D; I really wish I could drink this on a reagular basis. Not a session by any means, just a really exceptional beer. I would not refer to this as a sasion, this is very different.

Photo of jminsc76
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic among Saisons, and my first in the Fantôme series.

Into a tulip, pours a white, foamy head atop a murky, yellowish body with a slightly (and I do mean slightly) orange tinge. A lot of floaties in the body.

Aromas are mmm mmm good. A very sweet bouquet, spicy and candy-like, including a little bit of orange peel (probably coriander). Smells sweet as it sits and warms, and citrus-y as I agitate. A few more whiffs also yield pepper and melon.

Flavors are spicy, citrusy, and earthy, and include orange peel and lemon as well as hoppy bitterness on the finish. A complex spectrum on the palate; while it exhibits a little bit of heat, which detracts the rating slightly, I can't begrudge a beer of this ABV being completely boozy free.

Mouthfeel is juicy and lighter-bodied but still exhibits a lot of fullness from all of the present flavors. It's quite refreshing.

Been drinking the original Fantôme for a couple of years now, and it never disappoints. I love this beer for its unyielding earthiness, spiciness, and overall Saison-y-ness. I think it ranks among the best with Hennepin and Saison Dupont.

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

Split a corked 750 mL bottle with fellow BA chowdahead at Ebenezer's Pub. This is unlike any other Saison I've tried. It was very refreshing, with a bold, fruity nose (far less horse blanket than I expected), and was tart to just the right extent (i.e., didn't temporarily wreck the palate). I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Saison or better yet to anyone who is afraid of the funk - this beer would be a good jumping off point.

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

A capped and corked 750ml bottle split with psycohops. Poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a cloudy bright straw yellow color with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Nose and flavors are of over ripe oranges, pear, lemon, apple cider, tart, mild funkiness, vinegar, floral and fragrant. Decent carbonation levels with a medium body and a dry refreshing finish. Nice.

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

I'm pretty excited about this brewery being newly available to me thanks to not being too far away from Keg Liquors in Indiana. Hats off to them and their mystifying ability to get hard to find beers.

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Best before May 2012, so I'm thinking it's pretty fresh...

Pours a murky orange/light amber with a lively off-white head. It seems light enough that I ought to be able to see through it...but it's pretty opaque. Very bubbly.

I could smell this thing immediately after popping the cork. The amount of aroma is pretty remarkable. Extremely floral. Not to sound too sentimental, but this smells like a garden after a spring rain. I really can't think of a better way to explain it.

The taste goes along with the smell but there's more fruity belgian yeast coming out. Light, bready malts, citrus, and other light fruit flavors. A nice touch of hay and funk. Finishes dry and with a touch of bitterness.This beer seems to me like a really beefed up Saison Dupont. It retains those "classic" saison qualities, but it's much more floral and fruity.

Judging by how lively this beer looks, I was worried that it might be overly carbonated and fizzy. Not the case. The carbonation is balanced out by a surprising slickness. It may be thick for the style, but it doesn't hinder anything for me.

This beer is surprisingly refreshing and drinkable for 8%. I'm enjoying it more and more with every sip. It's a little pricey, but I'm excited to try everything else from this brewery.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tip: let this breath and warm up a bit before serving.

Pours cloudy, orange/golden with high carbonation. Nose is tangy, brett champagne funk, with some nice belgian esters and phenols. Flavor is slightly tart melon, though a bit thin, a phenolic finish, with a lingering tang on the mouth.Mouth is refreshingly bubbly like a champagne. Finishing the bottle is no problem; purchasing another is.

Overall I'm lightly underwhelmed based on the reputation. It is enjoyable but it doesn't really work for me. I see it like this: I enjoy lemonade, and I enjoy water, but water with a few lemons in it is the worst of both worlds. Fantome lacks the enjoyable tartness of the lambics.

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of theghost3
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Served from 750ml at Map Room in Chicago

A: hazy, light straw color

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

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

M: Superbly balanced. Light and well carbonated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

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

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of jamie2dope
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of seanthornton152
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

Medium light thickness, active carbonation

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

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

From some long forgotten notes.

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

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

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

Feels light and frothy but a little too tingly.

A fun beer.

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

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

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

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

M - Good carb, wonderful balance and coating.

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

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.