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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,669
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 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!

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

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. i contributed this one.

750ml bottle, capped and corked.

pours hazy orangey amber colour with a big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. light funk. hint of orange and tangerine. bit of clove and spice. light cracker malt.

taste is great. light funk. bit of orange and tangerine. hint of clove. bit of alcohol. light cracker malt.

mouthfeel is great. nice effervescent above average carbonation level. medium body, with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable. glad i picked this one up.

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

22oz Bomber while brewing with my buddy DJW (Brewing a tripel "Burning Charlie")

A-Straw yellow-orange with a yeast sediment backdrop. Fluffy, weightless, pure white head never wanted to leave. Immense Brussels lacing.

S-Wonderful, wild, farmhouse funk rolled up. The malt, hops, and yeast were all wrapped into an explosion of Belgian Artisanal brewing. Once you smell the cork that is pulled, you will know it is a truly special beer worthy of Fantome status.

T-Crispy and dry with loads of yeast complexity and funk. Can a Saison get better than this? The yeast (both primary and wild) add depths of taste sensation that is enjoyed from start to finish. The semi-sour Farmhouse funk adds a unique sharpness.

M-This beer is supremely unknown in taste, but fits in like you drink it everyday. The crisp, but full bodied beer hits all areas of the mouth and leaves the taste buds satisfied. The 8% abv is definately nowhere to be found.

D-I am floored after drinking this (by taste not drunkeness). I agree that this may not be for everyone, but this is one of those "wow!" beers that you take a step back and try to imagine how it was created and brewed. Unreal in my eyes!!!

Next step...achieve dream of tasting Fantome at the source. Can't imagine cruising the Ardennes Forest region on a bike and stopping in for a fresh chalice of Fantome.

Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. I believe this is a decent match in shape to the Fantome tulip although I would love to add it to my collection to make sure!

A: Color is a light golden/orangish hue. A nice thick white head is present.

S: Light fruit comes through in the nose; lemon, orange, maybe some banana. Also some floral accents with some light spices as well as yeast.

T: Lots of fruit in this brew. I got lemon, orange, apricot, and some apples. It is an interesting balance between being ever so slightly sweet on the initial sip then a rather large tartness hitting the tongue. Excellent complexity, there are also some light spices and herbs evident. Slightly bitter and rather dry as well. The aftertaste is that of sour lemon. Virtually no alcohol is present.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

D: A very drinkable and refreshing beer. Where is the 8%? You sure as heck can't taste any of it. A nice refreshing beer for a summer evening. Complex yet tasty and light. A very interesting beer and style. Honestly, I'm not sure the style is my cup of tea. A little too tart and sour for my liking. Glad I tried it but I probably won't be drinking a lot of these.

Photo of
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Hazy gold/yellow/light orange in color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Aromas of melons and other tropical fruits. Spice - clove, coriander, pepper, others? Bananas. Sweet - floral and honey. Not much of the "typical" Belgian scent.

1st impression of taste is very tart - citrus and herbal. Not much sweet initially, but changes as it warms. Seems to have characteristics of melons and flowers. Bananas. Crackery. Bit of alcohol, but very well hidden. Lingering bitterness in finish and aftertaste -- herbal and grassy. Spices show up again at the finish, clove and pepper being what I could distinguish.

Light in body. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry. Alcohol warming noticeable quickly.

More tart and citrus than I remember from when I first tried it almost a year ago. Tasty and refreshing. Still trying to beat Hiver and Black Ghost. This one gets close, but falls just a hair short. Like most Fantomes, complex as hell!

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

An utterly fantastic beer, just a near perfect Saison. The original is still the best in my opinion. Pours a cloudy golden with a nice initial head that fades to a thin cap with great lacing. The smell is a heavenly mix of apricots, banana, and bubblegum, perfectly balanced and integrated. More echoes of that fine aroma in the flavor, but a little heavier on the aapricot and with some spritzy lemon juice and zest as well, followed by a little pleasant waxiness and apple in the finish. The mouthfeel is beautifully creamy and tangy- you want to keep drinking and drinking this, and you don't notice the alcohol at all. For the style, nearly perfect.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a thick head and minimal lacing.

S - Funky with apples and spice.

T - Fruity with some hay, spice and citrus.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D - This one gets better with each sip.

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

From notes...

Presentation - 750ml green bottle with the familiar Fantome ghost

Appearance - pours a hazy golden, effervescent, with a frothy white head. A nice lace is produced as the glass is drained, and on the second pour (I was drinking a 750ml bottle), sediment from the bottom of the bottle adds to the haze.

Nose - a rather subdued peppery aroma, mixed with the sweetness of a Belgian. There is vague notion of sourness, though it is obvious there is a high level of complexity here.

Mouthfeel - medium-thin to medium; smooth, not slick, and well-balanced with carbonation.

Taste - a very smooth malt sweetness, sprinkled with a peppery spiciness, while a tinge of sourness floats in the background. There is also a kind of flat or sour floral flavor that must be the hops. The flavor from taste to swallow is very consistent throughout. The 8% ABV is mostly absent from taste, though it makes itself known about halfway through the bottle very quietly. A nap would have been nice, but my notes would have been incomplete.

Overall - Excellent beer and my favorite saison. Too expensive to drink constantly, which is a shame.

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

A - Poured a very hazy pale orange, very bright. A small whitish head formed that had a bit of resilience, but faded away leaving a nic bit of gooey lace down the glass.

S - Smell hit you upfront as very sweet with lots of fruity tomes. Apricot and peaches are readily apparent, as are hints of sugar and candied apples. Nice bit of hops trying to sneak in as well.

M & T - First impression was bitter, with a lite frothy sensation in the mouth. The flavor profile was quite robust and full bodied and the tingly nature of the carbonation only increased its appreciation. Lots of hints at dark fruit flavors, but what was suprising was the large amount of bitter hops that are present, really balancing out, and in some cases overpowering the sweetness. There was a slight hint of alcohol in the profile, but overall it was very well hidden.

D - Overall I would have to say awesome. A very unique and hard to verbalize brew. So many different ways this could go. Very enjoyable, not too heavy, but not a lightweight by any means. This is something that I would definatly want to go back and try again!

Photo of bradford
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 4/18/07
Appearance: Cloudy, orange, yellow
Smell: spicy, floral, yeasty
Taste: spicy, no alcohol despite the 8.00% abv, yeasty, light, a bit sour
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the palate for the style, creamy
Drinkability: Very drinkable for a saison. Nice

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

Served at 50 degrees F. 750 ml bottle.

Pale, lightly-hazed golden lemon yellow body topped by a tall, rocky, whipped cream, white head. Lacing plasters the sides of the tulip glass. Beautiful. Nose is an intoxicating blend of sweet and sour and funk. Fresh hay mixes with decaying grass, amidst notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lighlty sweet biscuity malts. Very nice.

Tangy, wheaty malt flavors up front. Light honey and fruit sweetness. Tart, lightly citrusy edge. Freshly mown grass and hay flavors, along with herbal, funky sea air hoppiness. Slightly musty. Solid bitterness throughout counters the mellow-sweet wheat and fruit malt nicely. Dry, slighlty acidic finish. Herbal, vegetal, sea air hops stick around forever! Delicious. Medium-bodied with a smooth, perfectly-carbonated feel. Very well-crafted and amazingly drinkable. Would love to have this on tap at home year round!

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

One of my last remaining bottles...Oh well, got to drink it sometime. Cork did not want to extract. Corkscrew just pushed it back into the bottle. When this happens with wine, it is not a good sign. Using a paper clip to hold the cork back, I got a nice hazy golden pour topped with a huge foaming head. Smells of citrus and some light funk hit the nose. Taste starts out somewhat tart and bitter, but a surprising lemony sweetness pulls through. Very nice. The tastes really play well off one another. Mouthfeel is smooth. If it were not for that massive head, I'd think that there was no carbonation at all. Drinkability is also grand. Like most good Saisons, this was gone in no time at all. Can't wait to restock!

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously sealed with a crown cap, and a flush cork, this green bomber yielded a pale straw colored beer that was very cloudy with suspended yeast. The head was two finger thick and foamy. The aroma was hearty, yeasty, and rustic. The taste was drier than the middle of the Sahara Desert. This moderately spiced farmhouse ale was tart, floral, and noticeably bitter. A little taste of vanilla, followed by an oak dominated finish. Went very well with some spent grain bread (from a local brewpub) dipped in Fleur de Sel butter as well as some Beemster cheese. I felt that this Saison was a little less malty and funkier than the standard bearer of the style Saison DuPont (although it does have more ABV). Nonetheless, this was a hearty and refreshing drink, and I found it it be well deserving of the accolades it has gotten.

Photo of andrewmartin
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was pretty excited to try this brew out given my love for saisons and how highly this brew was ranked-stay tuned to see if I was disappointed or not...

A: Pours a deep cloudy gold, almost amber, with a frothy head

S: Nose is all over the place: sweet n sour apples dominate, some yeasty notes, and a backdrop of barnyard funk. One of the most complex brews I've smelled in a while.

T: Wow (not sure if that is a good wow, or a bad wow). There is a whole lot going on here, but, unfortunately, sourish cider dominates the palate. Like the nose, plenty of yeast notes and barnyard funk, but the sour cider thing is a bit overwhelming.

M: Clean carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not sure of the drinkability on this, seems a bit too unbalanced, almost like a gueze. Still pretty cool.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Unbiroue tulip.
Pours a light golden color with plenty of carbonated bubbles racing to the top of the glass.
Smell is very fruity and wine like.
Taste is very much the same with some sour/tartness coming through. It's very nice.
The mouthfeel is well carbonated and has the perfect amount of sourness to taste and not ruin the beer.
This was a very nice surprise. It's a very good beer that you'll find leaving your glass all too quick.
It's definitely I will revisit again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured d own a slightly hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is dominating with some Belgian malt and some floral/fruity notes. Taste is also dominated by yeast with some sourness and brett like characteristics. There is also some sweet and floral note4s that provide much enjoyment as well as some light spices. Taste is quite complex but easily enjoyable with a full body and great carbonation.

Photo of roughsax
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle served in an oversized wine glass. Best by dates were not notched.

A- hazy golden hue, white head with some good lacing that persisted

S- skunky, earthen yeast, lemon citrus, faint apple

T- honey, light sugars, lemon/orange citrus, earth, clove, pepper/spices, tart, dry bitter finish

M- light to medium, not too much carbonation, coats the tongue and mouth

D- good. alcohol slightly noticable but not detracting. complex. starts sweet and ends bitter/dry. was expecting more earthiness. one bottle was good for me in a sitting, but will drink again.

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

Served from a 750 at slightly under cellar temp into a Duvel tulip.

A: Semi cloudy golden amber color with a 3 finger white head that persists pretty well.

S: Smells of apples and barnyard funk. Smells refreshing.

T&M: Definitely some fermented apple juice taste, along with some wheat sort of flavors. A bit of toffee, along with that wonderful funkiness. Oh how saisons just love to challenge what you think of as beer! Lighter body, but nice and rich flavor, making the mouthfeel just right. Some carbonation back there to give just a bit of bite. The 8% is not apparent.

D: Very high. This is an excellent "I'll drink a 750 of this on a warm summer day" type of beer.

One excellent saison. Recommended.

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,669 ratings.