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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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1,553 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 466
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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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML green Belgian bottle purchased corked, but not caged from Super Saver in Edison... Pours a hazy, misty, cloudy copper and tangerine hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell was replete with nectarines, oranges, and citric acidity... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with spritzy, seltzer-like floral essences, some pear and grapefruit, and noticeable oranges... Crisp, clear, clean mouthfeel with a modest level of drinkability despite the 8% ABV, which struggles to make itself noticeable... Wasn't blown away by this particular offering from Fantome, which is rather unusual because most of their beers are top-notch...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:47:56 | More by dsa7783
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in my Ommegang brewery 10th anniversary glass. Poured a hazy gold with a frothy white head that could barely be contained in the glass. Complex scent - lemon, belgian yeast, apples and spice (maybe pepper). When I first opened the bottle, my immediate impression was chardonnay. Taste similar to nose with the addition of pear. Lively mouthfeel; pleasantly effervescent with a slightly tart, but clean finish; somewhat citrusy. Excellent saison. My first sampling from Fantome leaves me wanting for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:24:03 | More by Jwale73
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Slides into the glass a bright and hazy, glowing gold color. Some suspended sediment was present. Topping this is a delicate 1/2 finger head that left some light lacing in the glass.

S: Subtlety is the key here. Right off the bat, I'm greeted by some subdued sweet apple and/or pear, followed closely by toasted malt, cardamom, caramel, yeast, and some slightly lemon-y hops.

T: The taste follows the smell rather closely. Semi-sweet apple/pear, spices, yeast, and caramel that mix it up with a delicious peppery and dry hop profile. Also, the toasted malt adds a strong backbone to this already incredible saison.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth yet dry, sweet(ish) yet peppery. Very lively on the tongue. This finishes dry and caramel-y. Very complex and rewarding.

D: This goes down so smooth and easy with nary a hint of alcohol. An unsurpassed Saison from the Belgian master!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 23:55:28 | More by GbVDave
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atrus138

Kentucky

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

Split a bottle of this with a buddy. Extremely hazy golden brown with a thin head and moderate lacing. Looked a lot like apple cider. Smell is an in-your-face blend of spice and fruit. Fruits are both sweet and bitter. It's like smelling both the fruit itself and the rind all at once. Underneath it all is the aroma of Belgian yeast for authenticity. Taste is quite tangy. It was a pleasure for my mouth, but offered seering pain for my chapped lips. This is bad boy is complex! Spices, fruit, and yeast all over the place. It seems there is something for every region of my taste buds. Definitely a unique experience and definitely something to change people's minds about what a beer can be. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, though it fits well here. This is just an all-around solid beer, though my first for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 06:22:04 | More by atrus138
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL capped and corked bottle,

A: Pours a clear golden under a small shiny white head. Tiniest bit of lace, no retention.

S: Smells of typical Belgian yeast, some light fruit, bit of tartness. Seems to be a light funk that wants to reveal itself further, and I swear I get a strawberry hint every now and then.

T: A quaint fruity tartness up front mixed with some sweetness. A little yeasty, hint of bread and even some wheat. Bit of sourness as well. Slightest hint of spice as well, maybe from the alcohol.

M/D: Extremely light, extremely dry. Light carbonation, nearly no hint of the 8% . Drinkability is excellent, so smooth and so damn easy to drink. Hard to believe that the big companies seek out light bodied and drinkable lagers, when this this baby blows them all away, while still providing taste and smell. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 00:45:06 | More by NCSUdo
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky, golden-orange with only a slight sudsy white bubbly head that quickly faded. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: Upon first opening there was a huge muskiness of sour oranges filling the nose before yielding to soft sweet tangerines and lemons.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty, and very acidic starting out with some lemon juice, tart oranges and a smooth musky sourness. There was a sharp pronounced acidic citrusy nature that soon faded to a light, dry herbal (basil) hopping and light peppery notes. There was some tart apples, herbal grassy hopping that was followed by a nice carbonation bite on the swallow.

M: The mouthful was very light and slick on the tongue warming up to a slighty creamy orange caramel malting.

D: gets better with every sip. A good solid saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 00:00:46 | More by beerthulhu
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DogFood11

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle capped and corked. Easily managed white head is tight and leaves ant trail lace behind. Light and bright golden body. Fine carbonation.

Boquet of aroma fills the nose with lemony zest, barnyard hay, and a backend oranges and apples depth. Wow. First pull and I'm loving this thing. Mouthfeel pulls me in different directions. On one hand its zippy and vibrant with a lemony snap and a splash of alcohol. On the other it has enough clinging to the palate to complete every drink. Alcohol is nearly undetectable until I got to the bottom and felt a bit of warming. This is one outstanding offering and easily sets itself apart from the crowd.

Notes: This tastes every bit as good as its reputation. World class.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:30:19 | More by DogFood11
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nbree00

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden pale malt colors, with a very slight cloudiness and hint of orange. Well carbonated, leaves a nice film down the side of the glass as the head dissipates.

S: Quite enjoyable funky smell, old bananas, honey, grass and hay.

T: After the first couple of sips I said to myself, oohhhh this isn't your typical Saison. After half the bottle I couldn't imagine how any other Saison would ever compare to this. Great earthy flavors, tastes a little bit like a grassy cider with an amazing pale malt and citrus character coming through. An absolute must for Saison lovers.

M: Nice unfiltered creamy texture.

D: I already subscribe to the believe that Saisons are among the most drinkable and refreshing of all Belgian ales, however I was blown away at how easy it was to put this down considering its high 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 09:32:36 | More by nbree00
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MiScusi

California

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Lucky Baldwin's in Sierra Madre...
Poured into a Belgian snifter appeared hazy gold with a very nice fluffy head. The smell is huge on funkiness. Very musty like barn animals. The taste is dominated by the Belgian yeast earthiness and funkiness, which is still strong but isn't as prevalent as the smell. A good standard mouthfeel... smooth... but the flavor of this is just slightly overwhelming for me to want to drink it a whole lot. Interesting saison though.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 16:16:21 | More by MiScusi
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Overlord

California

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with hints of amber. Big foamy white head that takes it's time settling down. Not overly carbonated; mouthfeel is decent but is a bit off.

I can see why folks dig this beer, but definitely not my kettle of fish. Big floral/yeast/lemon notes to the nose, the taste is much the same. There's a sweetness lurking in the background. It's not malt, almost like some sort of apricot or melon.

I wouldn't revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 06:57:23 | More by Overlord
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watchnerd

California

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

750ml bottle. Who got the funk? Fantome got the funk - the aroma is of musty Belgian mildews and sour citrusy yeasts. Love it. Pours a hazy golden color, until you get to the bottom of the bottle when it s a serious opaque beige color due to all the yeastage sloshing around. Very tart, almost sour and lambic like, and a bit thicker, more alcoholic, and less carbonated than other saisons. That being said, the 8% ABV is well masked and this brew is highly drinkable, perhaps dangerously so. The refreshing taste invites you to quaff it, which I did. Now I'm buzzed and happy.

Had it for dinner with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a surprisingly good match.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 05:53:29 | More by watchnerd
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Lothore

California

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice frothy white 2 finger head.

S- Smell is sweet with tons of spices and funk. A little subtle but I can definitely tell where it is going.

T- Very fruity, with distinctly belgian spices, much hoppier than I was expecting.

M- Light, crisp, dry.

D- This is a fairly drinkable brew. I have never been a huge fan of the saison style but this is my favorite of the few that I have had. The hop presence really helps me enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:48:52 | More by Lothore
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - Freshness date label is on the bottle, but nothing in notched. It does begin with '08, so I'm sure it's well within freshness date.

Pours hazed deep golden with a thin bubbly head that becomes a swirling patch. Some traces of spotted lacing stick.

The smell is of lemon and orange peel with a barnyard musty background and candy sugar. Robust.

The taste follows the nose very well with some floral hop notes. Fruitiness and mustiness balanced by a malty sweetness with a hint of bitterness. Very well-balanced. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

The carbonation is understated and it has a light quality to it. Very smooth with alcohol well-hidden. This is deceptively thirst-quenching.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 16:12:52 | More by jwc215
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Into a tulip glass, pours a cloudy gold, a whopping frothy head that recedes steadily, nice lace with small blobs that stick. The aroma is everything saison, citrus galore, lemon and orange zest, coriander and other spices, quite nice. The taste follows suit, a medium body, nicely carbonated. Its juicy and fresh, zesty with lemons and oranges, nicely tempered spices. Everything up till the taste is pretty nice, but once ya tip it back, its gold. A very solid saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 00:27:09 | More by objectivemonkey
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy golden brown with a sizeable head. Nose is light with an almost soap sud essence to it, but in an organic way. Somewhat of a bitter edge to it. But overall it is pretty smooth and light. You get a long term feel of yeast in your mouth and a touch of citrus for a whole, though not as long as the yeast. Feel is as it should be expected: frothy and smooth. Pretty drinkable, though it might not be a session brew of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:47:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Two fingers of white head; good lace, light golden body with slight haze.

S - Peppery and spicy. Notes of clove, banana, pineapple, and some vanilla.

T - Distinct citric acidity. Spicy yeast notes, tropical fruit, and vanilla. Herbal hop bitterness in the middle, followed by lots of clove and fruit in the finish.

M - Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable. The flavor profile favors yeast spice, but there is a nice hop character that is stronger than what I would normally expect from a Fantome beer.

I paired this with spicy, fried catfish and it worked nicely. I would expect it to go well with any seafood dish.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 07:26:36 | More by nickfl
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Golden straw with good clarity and a three finger fluffy white head. Nose- musty tartness. Taste- pale malt with a twinge of dry tartness that is earthy, woody and quite spicy. Some lime is evident as well. Carbonation is spritzy but not biting on the tongue. This really drys out the mouth in a good sort of way. Drinkability is good, and its always a sad moment to see an empty bottle of Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 01:58:53 | More by oakbluff
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian Saison pours pale yellow gold with a peal white head. Its suds recede to a thin saucer of foam and leave a small amount of lace.

Heavily fermented fruit is very evident in the aroma along with lots of sappy spruce and an odd leafy aroma. Distinct and very interesting. Not funky or compost heapesque but rather fresh and woody with grassy notes; like dry leaves. Some generic spice is present in the nose as well.

A bit of funky, barnyard character is evident. Also spice and an initially sweet yeasty quality. Everything seems to fade to a sour subtleness. Lots more spice and finally that heavier 'compost heap' flavor comes out a bit. Not overwhelming but prominent. Very complex with a lot going on. Extremely earthy in nature with that previously mentioned dry leaves effect.

Crisp with moderate body and high carbonation characteristic of the style. Clean in the finish with little detectable warmth. Very complex and well done. Lots of flavor compounds to consider.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 07:05:55 | More by letsgopens
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WeisGuy

New York

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

a - pours a deep golden orange color, one-finger white head with good retention and lacing, very cloudy with a lot of sediment

s - very spicy with lots of coriander and black pepper, considerable funkiness, some apple, strong yeastiness

t - pretty spicy and sour up front, lots of funk/sourness with hints of black pepper, the funk stays through the mid-palate while the maltiness/yeastiness develops more, the finish is a lingering mild sourness with coriander and black pepper coming back in, some yeast in the finish as well, no alcohol noticeable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very easy on the palate...the finish is not harsh at all

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and quite complex and interesting, alcohol not noticeable

Great saison all around. Quite a bit more funk than most of the other saisons I've tried, which I like. I'd like to put this next to Avec in a side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 01:13:32 | More by WeisGuy
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

Well, I normally don’t buy fifteen-dollar beers but the Noel I had several months ago convinced me Fantome is real as steel and now its bottle poppin’ time. This poured a nice golden color with a slight haze to it. The head is close to non-existent, just white wisps on the surface. The smell is glorious fruits like orange peel, spices, this is how I expected VE07 to smell and it let me down. The taste is like lemon zest, pepper, with a slight amount of tart funkiness peeking from the background, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 15:01:37 | More by ArrogantB
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

This was my first Fantome, it's hard to find in Columbus and I just never got around to buying it when out of town. Finally I brought home a bottle ($9.99) and poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. The beer was hazy and straw colored, with wispy clouds of fine sized floaties and a few fingers of white head without much retention time. The bottle had darker sediment at the bottom, so the last pour was more of a dark and more opaque straw color.

The aroma is absolutely stunning, hard for me to succinctly describe in all its funkiness. There were citrus and sour notes clashing it out, and some "Belgiany" yeasty ester aroma not unlike Unibroue as well. The flavor was likewise complex, probably the dominant tone was sour like a lambic, but there were spices involved as well and I can't pinpoint what they are exactly. It was just a really nice mix of flavors, spicy and hot and citrus and sour. Real nice drink, I would buy it again without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 02:32:59 | More by TurdFurgison
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork and prepared myself for this one... Pours out a hazy, yellow color with a large, white head on top. The head settles after a moment, leaving chunks of itself behind on the edge of the glass. There is sort of a green tint on the outside edges of the body.

Decent amount of hops in the nose, bits of grass and orange zest as well. Some lemon and a strong yeast smell, very bready. The taste is kind of wild... Tart and in your face with a subtle spicy side to it. It's very fruity, lemon, peach, strawberry, green apples, green grapes, and a bit of raspberry. There is a little bit of hops present, yeast and a light sugar flavor. All in all, incredibly refreshing - very crisp and smooth with a definite pucker punch and a little bit of a warming sensation. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer has a lot going for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:29:59 | More by dogger6253
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A- Translucent light golden yellow body that pours with 3 finger white head. Head quickly fades to a smooth and creamy collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass. Great bottle fermentation on this one. Yeast adds so much cloudiness that the brew is almost opaque. Great looking saison. The head retention could be a little better but perfect body.

S- Unfortunately I think my green bottle became a little light struck(why the green bottle?). A big skunk beer smell came out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cork. I let it settle a bit and am not counting that in my review. Nose is strong in spicy yeast, sugar, and hoppiness. Lots of cellared yeast overtones. Very nice!

T- Upfront is a big taste of hops with a big spicy yeast background. Some citrus fruitiness is noted. The finish is sour yet sugary...with a big citrus and cellared yeast tartness and sweetness from sugars and the bready yeast. A hint of bitterness, lots of sourness, some bready sweetness, and some spicy yeast linger on the palate. A good, complex taste.

M- Wow. Medium carbonation and big smooth creamy, yeasty body. One of the smoothest I have had.

D- This is a very good saison with excellent complexity. I'm sad that mine was slightly light struck...but it was still delicious none the less. One that I will definately purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 05:01:05 | More by PittBeerGirl
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bnutz

California

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

Bottle lets out a nice "Pop" and a touch of misty vapors as I pull the cork. This is starting off well. However a vigorous pour doesn't produce much head. It's been a while since I had this last, so I can't remember if this is typical or not- but I am a little concerned as this is a summer beer and I'm opening it in late September...

In the glass, this is a beautiful beer- a perfect orangey-yellow that I can't see through. If it had any head at all, it would be picture perfect.

A deep inhale reveals tart citrus and mild cedar aromas with a sour tang that is barely noticeable, but gets my mouth watering. There are definite layers here, too. A nice earthiness hides behind the fruit and sour notes.

The sourness comes a little more to the fore on the palette, which never bothers me, however can be shocking to some. It's nowhere near Gueze levels, but is definitely present. Think tart tangerines. Those flavors dominate the finish, as well. The beer has a nice viscosity in the mouth and that weight serves nicely to offset the acidity and sourness.

This is a very well-balanced beer. Sweet, sour, lightly earthy and round...Man, I really wish there were more head and carbonation...

As is, it would be perfect for a warm day, or as a great apertif.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 04:01:29 | More by bnutz
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A celebratory beer consumed as my final beer in the “Around The World in 80 Beers” quest at Zeno’s in State College, PA. Finished it in a few months and all but 3 were draught beers. God I love that place! Anyway, onto the beer.
A: Hazy, medium yellowish-amber with a small, white, foamy, lasting head. Very light rings of lacing early.
S: That fantastic Belgian yeast aroma! Fruity with a little spice, earth and alcohol.
T: Again fruity but also pretty herbal, at least up front. Juicy and pungent. A little melon. Some peppery and earthy flavors toward the finish.
M: Medium-light body, fluffy but dry texture, soft carbonation.
D: Quite an easy drinking beer. The 750ml were gone very fast, leaving me wanting more. It was very good, but I guess because I already knew it’s BA rating, I was expecting too much and was almost a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 20:06:58 | More by ski271
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.