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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,586
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 474
Gots: 185 | FT: 10
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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 HappyHourHero
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemony coriander aroma that's a bity spicy and earthy. Fluffy bright white head with a shiny mousse textured top leaves scattered noodles of lace. Hazy straw colored beer with streams of small bubbles rising slowly from the bottom. Lemony flavor is almost sour, but the beer remains fairly dry. A mild spicyness floats in midway followed by a mellow earthiness in the finish, which is even stronger with a burb. Nice solid body is light enough that it goes down easy yet thick enough to carry all those flavors. Lots of interesting mellow spices, and an underlying yeasty earthiness to this beer that make for a truely interesting beer. It's like there's something new every sip. I think I get the "horse blanket" thing, but I might take a drive out to the country tomorrow just to make sure.

HappyHourHero, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of horndecker
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh tragedy, I was half way through a big bottle when I got a phone call and had to run out, but there's an interesting postcript that I'll get to later....

First off, as I said, a 750 ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet yields a big fluffy white beautiful head. The brew is bright and cloudy coppery orange and quite effervescent. Gorgeous.

The aromas are lime, bready barnyard, and a big hit of sparkley citric tang. It's excited to make my aquaintance. Likewise, I'm sure.

It's got a bitter front end, very persistant, which I love, and then a hearty spiciness in the middle before the dry finish. Mmmm. Together with a wonderful juicy, chewy, spritzy mouthfeel, it travels high on my drinkability meter.

How does it compare with Dupont? Since the Dupont seems to vary a bit bottle to bottle, which makes it interesting, I'll have to wait on that and do some more testing.

And now for the postcript - I had to run out so I put a vacu vin stopper in the bottle and returned to it the next evening. Perhaps I didn't get a good seal on the thing but more likely it just ran it's natural course, but the beer was very different. Sour but still beautiful, like a grapefruit gueuze.

Has anyone else had experience with trying to get some distance out of a large bottle?

horndecker, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this 750 from Whole Foods, from their refrigerated section.

It pours a light tan color with a soft white head. It's cloudy as heck. Then it gets murky with the sediment at the end. The aroma is slightly floral but mild, and does not improve with warming. Carbonation is moderate. On tasting, I get a relatively harsh bitterness of neutral hops. There seems to be some spiciness. Perhaps a bit of fruit. Very cluttered and confusing to me. Surprisingly there is a pretty clean malt flavor that surges near the end. Medium bodied. Alcohol is subtle but the effects are felt later. Overall: I need to try this again sometime, but not too soon -- I tried the beer over a long time, at various temperatures, but the harsh bitterness is out of balance. Like a bad american lager recipe with a tiny bit of spices added.

oggg, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden hue, replete with floating yeasties, blessed with a nice, snowy-white head atop...Aroma, spicy, citric, lemon and orange, loads of zest, yeast. plenty of spices, coriander and clove, and who knows what else...nice and lively, and delicious...I'm ready to taste the damned thing!
And...hmmmm, Lordy, I love it...fresh, yeasty, citric, fruity, tasty, full of deliciousness...so tasty...light to medium in body, very fresh, and zesty, tastiness personified...what a jewel, just juicy and nice..yum, yum, double yum...wow, this is a magnificent saison, I'd like to keep this in the fridge at all times, at moment's notice, ...dee-ee-licious!

feloniousmonk, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Educational. So expressive of its style and heritage, Fantome Saison actually teaches you something about beer no matter how much you've already tasted.

When I had this beer for the first time, it was a moving experience -- the first (of many) palatial encounters that showed me there was more to this world than what I already knew.

Then, it amazed me for its absolute uniqueness (as I had never before tasted a saison). Now, it amazes me for its oneness with this difficult to balance style.

Prominent coriander is almost overwhelming at first. Once the beer warms, a juicy and aged hop character blooms into lemon rind along with intensifying malt and persistently full, wheaty yeast. Pepper-dusted melon.

They call Dupont the benchmark, but this goes far beyond, not only defining the style, but refining it with a wildness that nearly borders on sour, but settles on something far more ethereal that can only be called Brasserie Fantome.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of GDMFSOB
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as I can recollect this is my first saison and if this beer is any indication of what others of the style are like, I'll soon be drinking a lot more.

It pours a snow white, two-finger head.

It has a murkey, yellow, creamy apple cider look to it with lots of sediment floating around at first.

Really exciting, estery nose. Peaches, grapefruit, white grapes, pears, maybe even a light touch of nutmeg.

The taste is fruity, light and somewhat tart. Like an early harvest riesling or a Belgium white with lots of citric fruit. I'm also detecting some hints of apples.

The mouthful is somewhat creamy but pretty thin. Like a mouthful of freshly squeezed grapefuit juice.

The aftertaste is refreshing. Peaches, grapefruit, bubblegum. Great for cleansing the palette(sp?) in between courses.

Be careful. This stuff tastes like a beer with half the alcohol. It's hard to believe that this light, fruity brew is 8 percent alcohol.

GDMFSOB, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Very different. Incredible opportunity. Highly fruity, barnyardy with big mango and bubblegum flavors, blue cheese notes, lychee, lime. Decadent scary cloudy appearance, yellow at the top, brownish at the bottom, dirty, shadowy. Very creamy milk-shake mouthfeel.

Rastacouere, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of Boto
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: Sampled at the CTRiver Brewers Festival. This one poured a dark straw/golden color. There was a huge white head to it tht takes awhile to die down. The first thing that hits you from the aroma is peaches. Also a bit of wheat ot the nose. This beer tastes fantastic. The tastte is dry, spicy, wheaty, and those peaches are there again, but the don’t dominate nor are they sweet. A lovely beer!

Boto, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the top three best smelling beers I have had.

The beer pours a hazy brassy gold with a great off white head that, on close inspection, reveals bits and pieces of tan yeast and whatever else went into making this great beer. Moderate lacing and the head levels off to a thin layer over the beer.

Smell is otherworldy. Bouquets of flowers, mown grass, lavender, hops, spices, butter, honey, mint and bubblegum. Wow. My nose is on overload!

The beer hits with a whack of bitterness that is rolled over with a sweeter herbal character that tastes like cream, honey and basil. Odd combination, but tastes great. The beer leaves with a drying sensation and an herbal snap that makes me want more and then gradually segues into a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel gets a little too thin on the edges in my mouth, but carbonation is beautiful! Smooth and slick.

Half the bottle is gone before I know it. I could drink this all night long! Addicting!

silenius, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam gushes out of the 750 as I pop the cork. Ooo, this is gonna be good! Pours a slightly cloudy gold-yellow color with three fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet with apples and has a bit of spice to it as well. A very powerful aroma that is intoxicating. I could sniff this all night! The taste is also full of malt and spices. A little bit of pepper dances on the tongue with hints of granny smith apples. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome for an 8% brew! Oh man, I can't wait to get more of this one!

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of winomark
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy gold with a thick, bone white head. Slightly sour nose, like a mild lambic. Some mild yeast tones. Myiad of flavors. Candy, spice(ginger?). Reminds me a bit of gummy bears. Sourness is not as prevelant as the nose you make it seem. Flavorful mouthfeel, but quite light and refreshing. Very yummy. Clean, crisp finish. I really like this beer. Can't wait to try this brewery's other offerings. A world class beer, IMO. This will become a regular beer in my selection. Highly recommended!!

winomark, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy bright golden-orange color, huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity citrus and yeasty aromas. Fruit and peppery spicy flavors with some sourness. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, I can't believe the ABV is 8%, very drinkable.

maxpower, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a Dupont with some spices thrown in and the two did not match. Too much carbonation a la Eno effervesent salts. Actually was more tasty when left for a few hours and just get the taste. Significant cinammon sediment at end. Citrus and bitter sour bit lambic. In fact like sour cider. Didn't like the spices all that much.

I had again at Mondial 2005 and it was much better. Big head!

Sammy, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of paulie
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, how I love this beer. As I was drinking a bottle tonight (yes a whole 750ml by myself and screw you for asking) I realized that I had never reviewed it. So here we go:

Pours very clear and pale and yellow until the yeast gets agitated, then very hazy and tan. Small head that dies down to a thin ring. The aroma fills your nose with that Belgian funk and then starts tossing spices at you. But nothing overpowering -- everything in its place. Light but not watery in mouthfeel. Somewhat fizzy on the tongue. Complex estery/spicy/dry mix of flavors. Finish reminds me of Islay scotches but without the smoke. Dryness in the finish demands another sip. Fantastically drinkable overall.

If I had to choose one beer to drink forever, it could well be this.

paulie, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, a lot of yeast left in the bottle. Good carbonation. Nose is floral and spice. Starts as sour orange with yeasty overtones. Finishes crisp and tart. $8.55 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of abents
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking 750ml bottle with nice label.
Pours a golden brown with nice white head that billows up the glass. Smells of citrusy fruits and an spices. Very pleasing aroma that invites me to taste. Wow, very nice and smooth brew here with great citrusy refreshing tones. Sharp citrus at the start that rounds out with nice yeast and hoppy bitterness. Some acidity in there with all the citrus flavors rolling around. Very drinkable brew to say the least. A 750 is not enough for this bad boy. Very smooth beer, great to drink all night long. Impressed with this one, must try more in the style.
Definitly a must drink again.

abents, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the 750ml bottle an extremely hazy light yellow with an average-sized bubbly head - significantly lighter in color than I had anticipated. Huge aroma of sweet fruits (strawberry, apple, apricot) & mild spice mixed with some hints of sour. Wonderfully smooth in the mouth with refined bitterness, citrus, honey, sweet oranges, and absolutely delicious spice. Finishes dry with a wisp of malt, lemon, and a touch of mint. Exquisite.

garthwaite, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer reminds me of an old world pastoral landscape. The phantoms of the past seem to spring from the glass with its earthy aroma and to the bone sourness. Color and faint aroma of cut hay helps the metaphor along, but the crisp mouthfeel and tart and dangerously refreshing sourness awake us into the present. The sourness is melded with sweetness, hints of lemon and berry, maybe rhubarb are permeated throughout the taste. Somehow complex yet accesssible. Defintiely the best of its class that I have tried thus far. Will probably be a summertime favorite as I think it would pair exceedingly well with grilled seafood. A yard worker's delight. Another plus for me is that my wife loves this beer as much as I, driving up the drinkablity to exceptional limits.

sublimesipping, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of Soybomb
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: very light and pale slightly cloudy yellow color with a large belgian type fluffy head that quickly fell to maybe half an 1/4rd inch and leaves very light lacing

smell: when the cork came flying out the earthy smell hit me hard, in the glass it just smells a bit grassy with some non-distinct fruit smells, light but pleasant

taste and mouthfeel: pretty light dry and crisp, the 8% is very disguised i cant taste it if i want to, finishes quickly with the twang of carbonation, slightly reminiscent of a cidery taste with the apples and a very light tartness, more malty than hoppy,

notes: my first saison and there are lots of subtle flavors to be found in this, the carbonation and fruit flavors make it crisp and refreshing...the 8% means finishing the 750ml by yourself can take care of you for the evening, incredibly drinkable and i cant imagine the flavor not being liked by anyone

Soybomb, May 12, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must say, that's one chessy label. Luckily we don't judge a book by its cover. This bottle may have been a little older than usual, because I didn't get a huge head out of this beer, but the carbonation was lively in this beer so all was not lost. Poured out a hazy golden color with lots of yeast floating around everywhere. Lots of fruit hit the nose, apples, pears, grapes with some hints of yeast and spiceiness, just wonderful. Taste consisted of fruity notes mixed in with some peppery spiciness with a very tart-like finish, but everything was controlled nicely. Apples come into play for the aftertaste mixed in with some nutmeg type spice. It was tartful, but not over the edge. What a terrific brew.

necoadam, May 10, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale yellow and sits a light golden color in the glass. Nice fluffy white head sits atop this majestic looking beer. Loads of yeast float around the bottle, and after rolling, mixes a bit more around the whole bottle.

Smells strongly of spices and herbs, filled with citrusy notes and light, mild fruits. Yeast penetrates throught the background and is accompanied by some mild medicinal notes. Overall, it's a very inviting aroma.

Tastes all over the board. Bready/yeasty characteristics make up the body of the beer, but are accompanied by those herbal that give much pleasure to my tounge. Citrus is only mild in the flavor, tangerines and clementines would define this taste. Apples, peaches, nectarines and strawberries come out near the end, which is dry and cracker like with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and surprisingly full in form. Not a big bodied beer, but it is far from thin. Easy to drink, as both flavor and aroma combine to make this experience one to remember. One bottle is enough to please, but a second is very tempting.

Skidz, May 07, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a color reminiscent of cloudy grapefruit juice, topped with a marshmallowy white head.
The aroma is outstanding, very fruity . Sweet and tart, lively and sour, a bit of a medicinal note. Perfume like.
It tastes as it smells, sweet and lively, cotton candy, grapefruit, ripe strawberries, grape, pomegranate, curaco orange peel.
Light to medium bodied, the ABV doesn't hide in this one either.

mschofield, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of stcules
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oranged-golden coloured, cloudy, and with a lot of floaters. Good head, compact.
The smell is sweet (almost grenadine...?). Sugary and sweet. Fruity too, obviously: raspberry, mandarine, maybe strawberry. Unripe apples. Maybe too sweet, but interesting and complex. Something "tied"... (japanese persimmon) and peach.
At the taste: fruity, with strawberry, wild berry-fruits. Honey. Sugary and sweet, maybe too sweet, again (strawberry candy like). A hint of hop in the background, Dry. And pepper.
In the aftertaste a crazy pepper. Spicy, and chilli too. Citric.
Medium body.
At the end, the smell is ripe pear.
Very complex.

stcules, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a tulip. The color was golden, filled with a yeast sediment throughout, and a decent foamy head. The smell was gueuze-like tartness along with a fruitiness. The taste was very fruity in nature and also fairly tart and earthy...nicely toeing the line between brilliant and ruined. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, a few would be enjoyable before the tartness took over.

Such a unique beer! Every bottle has a character unto itself....I've heard people say it can be off at times, but when it's on, it's sheer brilliance! I've also had the draft, but the kegging kills the character quite a bit and turns it into almost a lambic more than a saison. I certainly would have this one again!

beergeek279, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Bachus
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one "koolvy" brew!

A 750--cork and cap--fun artwork on the bottle--a cute white ghost with what looks like a forest during a full moon in the background. Reads 8% Alch/Vol.

Once uncorked lots of champagne carbonation and a nice, puffy white head.

Pours a hazy golden lemon colour with lovely Belgian lace sticking to my glass.

Smells musty, a little sour, citrus fruits. The cork smells delicious.

Taste of lemon, sour apple, pineapple, pepper, apricot--complex fruit albeit somewhat on the sour side, but not over the top sour. A little bit musty too. Very much like a fine champagne--oh what a compliment to many meals and a terrific summer saison.

Salute--long love beer!

Bachus, Mar 31, 2004
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.