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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
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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 letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev -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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of dogger6253
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of bnutz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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

This beer poured a hazy yellow with a thick head – nice lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy. The taste is also spicy and floral with some bitterness and a touch of sweetness. This is a flavorful, but mild beer that has great balance. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Overall, this is an easy to drink, light, balanced brew.

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

Hazy golden to peach color with a finger and half of rocky white head and a fantastic retention. The nose with its twangy, funky yeast character also displays some pepper, citrus, floral alcohol esters, and bitter hop notes. Sour twang dominates the beginning with a large yeasty profile. Notes of lemon pith, faint orange and lime, grassy at times, and a little bitter hops. Some malt sweetness is there but largely consumed by the sour yeasts. Becomes more vinous as it warms. Really frothy mouthfeel that isn’t thick but has a good weight to it. The finish maintains the bitter/sour citrus, especially lime, and bitter dryness.

Photo of Patrick999
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To date, easily the oddest beer I've ever had.

A - Looked a little like pulpy orange juice with a disappointingly meager head - what head there was rapidly dissipated.I thought it might have been flat, but the cork opened with a nice loud pop...glass was clean, I don't know why there was so little head.

S - Is this a saison or a lambic? I get sour mustiness along with some ripened citrus. Not as outlandish as I might have expected.

T - The sour flavor is a bit of a shock, it's kind of a nearly rotten orange with a little yogurt and hops. Shocking at first, but really begins to taste very good the more I have of it.

M - Even though I feared this might be flat because of the meager head, this is carbonated enough, and slides down the throat easily with a nice dry finish.

D - Good, though I can imagine some flavor fatigue might begin to creep up on me if I tried to have more than one 750. Still, an odd but drinkable beer that by no means seems to conform to the benchmarks set by the other saisons I've had. For better or worse, depending on your taste and possibly your mood, Hennepin this is not. If this is their regular saison, I must wonder, what does the Strange Ghost sitting in my fridge have in store for me?

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

Soy 086/477044

After a loud pop, this pours out a beautiful brass color with tons of champagne-like carbonation, and a thick, soft whipped egg white head made up of tight bubbles. The head does not quit. When drunk, this leaves gigantic lacing all along the side of the glass. Smells like orange blossom honey, light berries, lemon, earthy funk, sweet orange, earthy, dirty hops, and herbal hops that give this almost a minty edge. Grain and alcohol are ever so slight and merely act to round this out. An acidic tartness hits the tip of the tongue initially and then washes over the entire tongue while light stone fruits, spicy yeast, and sweetbread become present. The funk doesn't jump out at you so much as it plays it relatively quiet, so as to accompany the tartness. Remains fruity all the way to the end (and on into the aftertaste) as the beer dries up and the hops come into the foreground bringing flavors of perfumey flowers, mint, and earth. Alcohol is subtle. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very active on the tongue. This certainly does not drink like an 8% beer. It is at once refreshing and enormously complex.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a tulip glass. Dates on the label, but nothing was stamped. Orange color, medium-sized head. It had a great citrus/spice aroma. It smelled like those oranges you see at holidays with the cloves embedded in them. Taste was the same, a little muted compared to the aroma, and pretty tart. Thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky yellow orange beer with a big head that collapses after several minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is citrus and tart with some musty and funky Brett smells. Some green apples. There is a hoppy smell, but this dominated by the tartness.

Taste is complex and so to speak really Belgian, a tart funkiness of the yeast or Brettanomyces, that also gives the beer a fruitiness of apricots and tart fruit. This sourness really dominates the beer and every other taste comes in second or third. OK, there is a hoppy note but I am not sure if this citric hoppiness is just caused by the hops or in conjunction with the yeast or bacteria. Drinkability is not great, the sourness is really getting in the way.

I am not a big fan of sour/tart beers, but I think this beer is a nice example of a beer where the sourness balances the beer and makes the beer not acidic, but 'fresh'.

Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a nice slightly cloudy pale golden yellow color, awesome carbonation, huge 3 finger plus creamy white head, tons of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, green apples, and spicy. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice tangy/soury, good dose of spices. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body, highly carbonated. Drinkable, one of the better Saison I've had to date, recommended.

Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with a 3 finger, white head of fluff that slowly fades out into a mild cap of marshmallowy fluff. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass like little islands in the sea. Hearty streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top from the natural bottle conditioning.
Smell is of oaky, vanilla, apple, mild cinnamon, light funk, white grapes, chardonnay, earthy, along with a touch of dried orange peel.
Taste replicates the aromas with light citrus, along with some fresh honeydew coming through.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, sweet pear up front, grazing along the tongue and palate with beautiful carbonation and mild tartness that kisses you goodbye on the dry finish. Lovely beer.

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

This is the first Fantome product I ever had and is still my favorite.

A: light golden color

S: Yeasy and refreshing. No hope smell at all.

T: Great. Amazing complex taste. Citrus, yeast, oak and even a little malt. The most complex saison I ever drank.

M: Refreshing. Good carbonation all throughout the mouth.

D: This is my go-to beer when I want a saison. I have yet to find a better saison.

Get yourself one of these.

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

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that lasts until mid glass.

S: Cut grass and green apple are the predominant aromas. A slight bit of dried fruit is present in the background.

T: Upfront, that typical saison farmhouse funk is quite apparent. Nice and tart. By mid sip it becomes slight fruity with an assertive green apple flavor. The finish is dry, puckering, and slightly bitter. This beer's complexity is very subtle. Taste this one carefully.

M: Light in body. The carbonation makes this ale quite prickly. Very refreshing in the heat of summer.

D: The light body and tart flavor hides the alcohol very well. Surprisingly, this beer complements bbq very nicely. Makes an excellent nightcap on a hot summer night.

Photo of roblowther
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peachy golden color with a minimal head that leaves a tiny amount of lacing. Smells of peaches, apricots, and peppers. Notes of hops and sugar. The taste is dry until the very end when it sweetens just a touch. The fruit is there, along with an alcohol warmth and a touch of malt. Very nice & very balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is soft with a nice bit of carbonation. Again, a very balanced brew. The drinkability is excellent, with the touch of sweetness at the end making you want the next to start the dry/sweet cycle over again. The bottle is 750ml, and was difficult to get. I fear it will be gone far too soon. My assessment? Don't fear the ghost!

Photo of klewis
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjgardner for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with huge gobs of sediment. Good head formation, but not so great on sustain or lacing.

S: Slightly skunky with aromas of orange zest and floral hops.

T: Fruity yeast flavors up front followed by huge hop bitterness and flavor in the finish. I've never had a saison anywhere near this hoppy, but it's not quite a bad thing.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Typical of the style.

D: Not outstanding, but still very nice. Quite different from other saisons that I've had and worth having again.

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

750ml. bottle purchased for 9.99 on 6-24-07 at Whole Foods Portland. Best before date is not marked correctly.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 inch white head that is holding up quite nicely. It's slowly leaving an exceptionally thick layer of lacing in it's wake. The aroma is outstanding. Very bright and alive with Belgian yeast and floral notes. I detect something resembling jasmine, and maybe a little lemon zest. Some spices in there too, but their identity remains unknown to me. Hmm. the taste isn't quite what I was expecting, but still very good. It's a little more restrained than I was hoping for. I wanted a bit more sourness and funk in there. But don't get me wrong, this beer is incredibly complex, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It's very light and refreshing. Honeydew. Silky on the tongue. Incredibly smooth. Tastes mildly sweet, but finishes dry, if that makes sense. Like other Belgians I've tried, something in here is reminding me of green tea. Not sure why I keep thinking that, but it's something in the aftertaste. Leaves my tongue feeling the same way it does after drinking plain green tea. Like it's freshening my breath or something. Anyway, I am impressed with this offering, and will definitely be trying it again in the future. In just minutes, it's become one of my favorite summer beers.

Photo of crwills
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Really happy I finally got to try this one, and it did not disappoint. I got the bottom of the bottle so there was a ton of sediment in my glass, but other than that the appearance was fine. Aroma is just great -- floral, funky, and leather or barnyard aroma. Carried over into the flavour as well; all sorts of cool stuff going on here, and I'd love to get a bottle of my own to ponder over. Very, very thick mouthfeel for the style -- I liked it, but it might almost be too much when drinking a larger quantity. Who am I kidding? This was great!

Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from draught into a LaChouffe tulilp, Fantome is hazy burnt gold/apricot color, with a 2 finger, eggshell colored head that is quick to subside to a hearty skim, leaving thick foam lace. The head is easily revived with a quick swirl, which I find myself constantly doing to savor the wonderful aroma. So tempted to give this a 5, because I really think it's the perfect beer, but objectivity reminds me I could use a rockier head with better retention - hopefully the bottled version will fulfill this for me!

This is my favorite smelling beer ever, wow! Funky and wild, sweet candi sugar, tart lemon zest, cereal grains and a little chalky.

The taste is very tart, a real mouth puckerer, which can be a turn off for some or a source of extreme desire for those like me. The Fantome is all about the yeast and bacteria, expressed at their finest. There is a soft sweetness that is like no other, minerals, lemon citrus, noble hop spice and the slightest hint of alcohol, leading to a clean dry finish. Trying to break this down too much doesn't do the final product justice. Quit analyzing and savor the experience!

The mouthfeel is creamy and on the lighter side, dancing on the tongue, which is puckered from the Brett.

Fantastic taste and complexity and eminently quaffable, as my favorite beer of all time, it doesn't get any more drinkable then this! I tried for a while to get a barrel of this for my wedding to no avail. Had I been successful, I probably would have drank it all myself, so it probably worked out for the best!

This has been my favorite beer for some time, although I've only had it on draught, and not in about 2 years. I try as many as Fantome's other offerings as I can, and while some are quite good, none of them touch the wildness of this one, which is a shame. How much of that is reflection of having only had this on draught, and the others only in bottles, I don't know...bottom line, the Fantome Saison is my vote for best beer in the world!

Photo of BMoney575
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-30-07

Pours a clear and bubbly deep gold, with a few very tiny floaters moving around. The head is big at first but fades leaving a thin film.

Smell is Belgiany and sour, with a lot of light fruit complexity. I thought it might be a little skunky at first, but not after a few good huffs.

Taste is very good, super sour at first, followed by a huge lemony hop flavor. An alcohol kick rounds things out with a slightly bready and dry finish. The flavors remind me of being in the woods, with hints of grass, flowers, pine, and a good bitterness to tie them all together.

Mouthfeel is good, though thicker and less carbonated than I expected.

Drinkability is good, but the 8% is just straddling the line of being too much.

Overall, a hugely complex and enjoyable beer. There is so much going on, I probably won't find everything with this one bottle. Highly recommended.

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

One of the many highlights of the first annual Summer Saison Tasting, a big thanks to Grub for bringing this one!
Pours with a peachy white head, a marmalade orange colour. Bits of sediment. Tremendous spice in the aroma - chamomile, ginger, nutmeg, everything you could find in a Christmas pudding but better...summery! Aggressive carbonation. The yeast carries a wicked spiciness to it. Earthy malty flavours. A beautiful thing of a saison!

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.