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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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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 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.

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

Appearance: Vibrant, cloudy, yellow-orange. Juice like, with a thin white ring around the glass. Very still with a chill haze.

Smell: Cloves, horse blanket, yeast, a hint of citrus.

Taste: Mouth is consumed with a pleasing tartness, apple skin, acidic, a citrus pith like bitterness, a hint of Harvarti, barnyard.

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth bodied, light carbonation, a little sticky, juicy, and drinkable.

Drinkability: Very cleansing and tart, a nice level of sour with some bitterness and other flavors to make a unique beverage that's very enjoyable.

Photo of Cresant
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Best before date panel was not notched. I have had this bottle for 6 months. Corked and capped. No pop when opened but the cork was in good condition. When gently poured I received a rich golden, slightly hazy body and a bright white cap of head. Soapy lace clings to the side of the glass. My last pour created a huge head that lingered.

Smell was fruity and sweet. Not as "farmy" as I anticipated. Hard candy breath. Stale bread aroma.

Taste was rich sweet malts. Apple flesh. Hints of apricots and pears. Nice and tangy. Bread dough. Sweet-tarts. Belgian yeast richness surfaces in the last pour. The addition of some yeast improved the complexity. Pleasant bittering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. Somewhat slick in the mouth. This actually tasted more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale rather than a Saison. I really didn't experience any funkiness or spritzy carbonation.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. This is a very nice looking beer - cloudy yellow/orange with a bone white head that goes nowhere fast and leaves some incredible lacing. Smell is crisp and refreshing, like a perfect summer day. More specifically, apples and clove dominate and in a very nice manner. I have to admit that my first sip was not a good one. Initially, I thought this would be a pain to get through, but after a while, this grew on me, as any good beer will. Totally refreshing is how I would characterize this - citrusy, apple-y, and little floral and malty. Wonderfully complex and delicious - this would be perfect on a hot day (too bad it's like 15F outside currently). Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but could use a little more to be crisper (a mild complaint). I could drink this all day - very easy on the palate. Highly recommended.

Photo of doppelmeup
2.39/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I have to say that I am very disappointed in this beer. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but I just didn't like this beer at all. I shared it with some friends, and they thought the beer was alright, though not their favorite.

Poured a nice amber yellow with a decent head and nice lacing.

Aroma is all over the place. A skunked, barnyard, fruity hoppy conglomeration. It smells better as it warms.

Skunky, bitter, some fruitiness and some bubblegum. But this overriding sensation is a bitterness that makes me not care at all to drink anymore than a few swallows.

Mouthfeel is alright, but again the bitter aftertaste lingers, but not in a good way.

Overall, I am hoping that I just got a bad bottle, because I was extremely disappointed. Were it not for my friends, I would have poured the rest of the 750ml down the drain.

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

A- Huge white head on a cloudy golden body.
S- Huge european hop aroma. A good helping of spices, kind of spicey yeast aroma too. Some pepper, cloves, and some other kind of spice. Light pale malt.
T- This one isn't as good as the other I had (I think it was the year before this). Has a medium hop flavor with light spices. This one is sort of bland. It puts a weird coating of something on the tongue. Almost like covers it in a yeast cover. It is good just not as good as I remember.
M- Thin body with low carbonation.
D- This single bottle just seems worse. I have had it 2 times before and both times it was great so I think I am going to give the scoring to the other ones I have had. Since I know it's good but this bottle just isn't.

Photo of loren01
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, huge billowy head, good lacing
S: Lemmony, fresh cut hay (almost reminds me of a pilsner hop scent, very fresh)
T: Very complex tastes, sweet/fruity, spicy/peppery.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, goes down very easy
D: This beer for sure lived up to the hype, very tasty brew would drink this again for sure.

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

man, i'm excited to drink this. it's been chillin' (literally) in my collection for some months now. upon liberating the cork a multifarious aroma escaped as well and filled the local air with tart. slight lactic tartness halos the beer but doesn't go as far as to overshadow the nice floral, minty hop aroma. also i can smell coriander and even some malt

the beer is nice to look at: clear pale gold with an endless phalanx of carbonation marching upwards to provide support in the rear of a hefty merengue foam that retreats, but not without leaving planty of evidence behind on the glass

the flavor is sharp and spicy with a tastful but numbing bitterness. the bitterness seems almost to be derived from the spices, having a spicy earthtone to it. the flavor is mostly dry but some sweetness lurks. no sign of any sort of sourness

this fine brew is actually rather bitter

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

Pours a clear brassy gold color, lighter than other Saisons Ive tried. The massive creamy head dissipates but never disappears and leaves the glass completely covered in a sheet of ivory lace. The aroma is bursting with fresh squeezed red apple juice, horsey, funky brett flavors, cotton candy, papaya, lemon and herbal bitterness.

The taste is extremely fruity and spicey. Cidery tartness comes first with some lemon and pear flavors and a distinct yeast sourness. The sourness is very soft but perceptable. Some rustic yeast funk is also noticeable as well as a hearty amount of white peppercorns. Musty flavors show in the middle and add to the maelstrom of complexity. The mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is perfect - very tiny creamy bubbles. The finish shows tanic grape skins and hop bitterness.

This is a great, very full flavored Saison. It has mad complexity and a tonne of fruit flavors. I recommend it.

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