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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 483
Gots: 211 | FT: 13
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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 TastyTaste
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Capped and corked 750 ml bottle. Carefully opened with a bottle opener, screwdriver, sheetrock screw, and nailpuller (obviously I couldn't find a bottle opener). Thanks to mdavis31481 for the bottle.

Appearance: A beauty of a hazy gold colored body, big white head, slow fading and creamy. Streams and streams of carbonation steadily rise from the bottom.

Smell: Sour and funky, apples, and other fruits are up front, spicy and very nice.

Taste: Wow, flavors explode with the first sip, everything is light, crisp, fruity and interesting. Citrus first, graininess smooth things out at the backside, the flavor hits hard and then goes out as smooth as you could expect.. Fantastic, easily the best Saison I have had the pleasure of trying. Complex and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Right one with good co2 which coordinates with the ebb and flow of the flavors.

Drinkability: What can I say? This beer is executedly perfectly, balanced and delicious. I must try more from this brewery, just great.

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

Pours brilliant gold, hazy with yeast, with a bone-white head that sticks tenaciously to the top of the liquid and to the side of my glass. Aroma is funky, funky, funky. Under the barynard funk lay apples, pears, candi sugar, anise, and some other spices I can't put my finger on. Very complex aroma. Initial sweetness on the palate is met by hop bitterness, tight spices, and then significant funk that lasts through the finish. Citrus tartness presents itself just before the hops kick in. Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium, with plenty of mouth coating ability, refined-but-full carbonation and enough residual sugars to make this beer roll about the mouth with ease. Overall, a wonderfully funky saison, with plenty of complexity to interest the mind and straightforward deliciousness to interest the stomach.

Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped 750 ml. Looks nice. Pours a hazy gold, huge white head forms, tons of lace, and great retention. Smell is like what the fuck! All over the place and funkier than 70's porn music. Some hay, citrus, almost skunk, vanilla sweetness, and orange, some yeast too. Taste is sweet, hay, spices, sugar through the middle, funky tang finish, lots of spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very dry finish. This stuff is amazing. I wish I had a life supply.

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle. Not sure what the vintage is. The beer poured a hazy straw color with a thick active off white head that stuck around for awhile and gave good lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was earthy and spicey. The taste is fruity and spicey at the same time and a bit funky to boot. Just what you would expect from the folks at Fantome. This beer is very easy to drink with a good carbonated body and mouthfeel.

Photo of audiojon
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This recently came back in to my local beer spot, so I decided to try it for my birthday this year. I decided to leave the bottle at a friend's place, just to ensure I wouldn't open it for a week. Fast forward a week, and the day has come. All I can say is WOW! I expected this to be delicious, as I'm a huge fan of saisons, but holy crap! This is easily the best saison, and one of the best beers period, that I have ever tasted. It really is outstanding, and a must try for saison lovers. I wish it were a bit less than 10.99 a bottle, but I would easily purchase this over a comparably priced bottle of wine for a special dinner. As compared to saison Dupont, I would have to say Fantome is the clear winner in my book. This is not to take anything away from Dupont, of course, that is still a delicious beer. I will be seeking out more beers from Fantome, ASAP.

Tasting notes- definitely taste strawberry, may be some mango as well.

Highly, highly, highly recommended. The gold standard of saisons.

Photo of akahn
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome, glowing rose. Swirly wisp of head.

Pungunt, musty, earthy aroma. A bit of piss and funk in there.

Brilliantly complex flavor. Sweet citrus peel flavors, and very sharp, well spiced. Light-medium body, strong carbonation. Yeast pour smooths things out. A yummy beer, for sure, though I think I enjoyed Saison Dupont better. Next up, La Chouffe, Moinette, and revisiting Hennepin.

Photo of errantnight
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of my favorite beers, period, and hands-down my pick of the saison's, and the one's by which all others are judged.

Pours a rich, cloudy, copper/hay with smooth, thick head that clings for dear life down the glass (an oversize wine goblet).

The bottle I'm reviewing now is notably more rich in fruit than previous bottles! Pear, berries, fruity esters.. all abound in the nose. The hints of spice, if they really are there, are buried deep and I half wonder if they're more figments of my imagination from previous tastings.

The flavor again is loaded with fruit, although hoppy floral and citrus hints sneak in. There's an earthiness present the really deepens the flavor, this reminds me so much of wine it's, well it's not SCARY but it's something. Every sip brings out new flavors. Blackberry is there, the pear (peach?) rides high constantly, spice (primarily clove) is minimal as in the nose. This pairs perfectly with the pork tenderloin I'm serving.

In warmth I still detect only faint, faint hints of alcohol warmth, but never astringent, never invasive. The hops come out, too, but balance is never lost, and their presence never predominates.

Only just short of a perfect beer, but perfect for the style, and easily in my all-time pantheon of beers... the more saisons I drink the more I appreciate this beauty.

Photo of Hautacam
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out slighty cloudy yellow/gold..with a huge white head..drops slowly, with plenty of lacing...and lasts.
Smell is mild hay, funk and citrus.
Tastes quite sour...lemony- grapefruit, hay, earthy funk, hint of pear and cider....some spiciness that I can't identify. I did not like the first sip , but once uesd to the sour taste; and a little rise in temperature, found it pretty good. My girlfriend liked it right away. We differed on the Saison DuPont comparison...I like Dupont better; she likes this better. They are very different.
Mouthfeel was on the light side...medium/high carbonation and finished dry.
Drinkablity was OK...we split a 750ml...that was enough for me.

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

orange-yellow color with slight haze and persistent layer of head buoyed by vigorous carbonation; left wispy vertical trails of lacing.
floral nose with spiced honey and fruit, minor malt notes, apple and earthy yeast --> very faint though...
taste starts with some orange-centered citrus, then some clove and earthy character attacks with great clout and persistence, bringing lots of spice and a mystical herbal quality (like loose dried herb leaves); apple skin and pear undertones from first hints of taste eventually rising for a faint sweetness in the ghostly finish.
mouthfeel: substantial light body. smooth texture at first then perfect amount of crispness before the spiciness hits the palate and tongue, sticking there; subtle warmth, finishes semi-dry with a bit of the brew fondly lingering.
intriguing and well-balanced.

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice head that descends, over time, to a 1/4 inch but leaves a lot of lacing

Smell: Wondrous aroma of mango, peach, some spices and funk

Taste: Starts with a white peach and strawberry flavor that has an underlying tart, herbacious element; after the swallow, the blend moves in a sweeter direction, as if the tart, herbal fruit had suddenly been topped with a bit bit of brown sugar - not enough to make it cloying but just enough to add intrigue

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit prickly on the sides of the tongue

Drinkability: A very intriguing concoction by one of my favorite breweries; top notch

Photo of BillyB
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml Bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, Wisonsin. I had been looking for this one for a while.

Poured a lighted, hazy golden color with a one inch white to off white head.

Smell was a little funky. A little papery. Biscuity/bready notes. I may have gotten a bottle that was old. But it wasn't completely oxidized or skunked.

Some fruity tastes and not very dry. Light bodied and a little lingering of funk.

Not bad but I think I need to try a fresher bottle.

Photo of IceAce
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with coded cork: 086 / 477044

Pours deep gold with a light dusting of haze. Full finger of foam has the consistency of whipped egg whites and is the color of the shells. Very little lacing detected. The nose is Belgian 'funk' with an acidic / vinegar backdrop.

Entry is sturdy with perfect levels of CO² greeting the palate. Midtaste is bright with tropical fruity flavors...but less complex than expected. The finish is a continuation of sugary fruit with a corriander / allspice fade.

Not as dry as expected...but a classic saison nonetheless.

Photo of haz77
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light gold with an inch of white head, which has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Orange, lemon, funk, spice

T - Sweet and fruity at first with some spice coming through. Crisp and tart finish. Tingling carbonation throughout. No sign of the alcohol.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing with medium to high carbonation.

D - Hugely drinkable. A very tasty example of a saison.

Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky sunshine hazy goldyellow like the wings of a goddamn butterfly and the head of the kind of angel you can't even feel sexually attracted towards because she is just too beautiful.

Smells slightly skunked. Whitepepper, peaches, corriander, melons, cotton candy.

Yummy tasting, is about all I can say. Damn near perfect blend of fruit and spice. Big pepper upfront, falling into peachiness, juicyfruit gum, cotton candy flavored slurpee, ending on more spice, corriander and hops. At the end, the full, bottle conditioned fizziness drops away like magic, in order to let you fully feel the hops. That's the ghost effect, I think.

Very tasty.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantome Saison pours a hazy honey yellow color into my snifter glass with a fair amount of yeast hovering in suspension. On top is a frothy white head that dissolves down to a thick ring around the surface. A strong lemon and orange citrus aroma with some notes of clove, yeast and apple greets you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is very soft on the palate. The flavor begins with the lemon and orange citrus. Towards the middle some clove moves in followed by fruity notes of apple and grape. It finishes rather tart and dry leaving behind some of the fruity flavors.

I thought the tartness took a few sips to get used to. Otherwise, this is a great well balanced Belgian beer.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A shy golden beer with great carbonation and a very present white head that comes in and stay for a while and then retire.

Smell is fruity, farmy, hoppy, spicy with a shy malt presence. Apicots, apples like flavors are present.

Medium body who is quite fruity, refreshing, the hops come in and tickle you with aromas of apple and banana. then the malt comes in and surounds you with a shy alcohol warmness which ends up on spices and very shy notes of complex flavors.

Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a super thick 3"+ head that stays around most of the session. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: very intereting as the citrus tones are covered by lemon zest and sweet orange slices. Yeast and a genereal fruitiness are also detectable.

Taste: loads of oranges and lemon, spicy yeast, pepper, ripe fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness level is wrapped in a very soft musky tone. Lightly dry too. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp from start to finish, and the aftertaste is brief with a blast of dry citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: the wife and I could have drank several bottles of this. Full flavored and satisfies the tastebuds. A must buy if you see it.

Photo of HardTarget
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Corked and capped 750 ml green bottle.

Aroma: Lemon! Pith, rind, juice, flesh, and the branch it came on, but not puckering lemon, more like a lemon blossom. It smells fresh, refreshing in fact, like a lemon candy mixed with some juicy fruit. I could smell this all day, just wonderful.

Appearance: Bright clear gold (it cellared in my fridge for a long while) with a thin white cover and trim that laces.

Flavor: The wonderful smell dies off a bit in the taste. The lemon is there, but it’s gone over to lemon champagne with a spicy finish, classic Saison profile. Sigh, if it could only taste like it smells.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable. One of the best smelling beers I’ve found. I’ll watch for a chance to try this again.

Thanks to goodbyeohio for the trade.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle capped and corked, no freshness dating. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Poured a very hazy and almost opaque peachy color with thin slightly off white head with great retention. Tons of beads of carbonation race to the surface. Beautiful thick lacing.

Musty and bitter at first on the nose. Some earthy notes, mixed with some lemony or perhaps faint grapefruit notes. Peppery with some sugar sweetness and sweet fruitiness lingering in the back. Very complex nose, full or complementry aromas. Almost reminiscent of a dry white wines nose at times.

Dazzling amount of carbonation gently massages the toung.the beer has a round feel in the front,a medium body and a dry crisp finish. The alchohol is fairly well masked by the taste and only shows up as a slight warming sensation and a taste that is even more slight.

A complex barrage of flavors lurk within this Saison. There is some fruity sweetness comparable perhaps to strawberries with a hint of pineapple and maybe a bit of pear. Some grainy grassy notes. Spicy with heavy pepper flavors and some notes of perhaps ginger.

An absolutely fantastic beer, one to savor not just belt back. I'd love to try pairing this with a few different cheeses. An absolutely wonderful brew

Photo of meathookjones
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on the cork or 750ml bottle. Appears a cloudy golden yellow with a tight eggshell colored head that leaves small dashes of lace around the glass. Great funky nose is packed with plenty of farmy barn notes. Sweet fruit notes blend with spices and a light hoppiness. Awesome aroma with all the funk you would expect from a Fantome saison. Lightly sweet fruit flavor with a mix of funk and spiciness come on strong. Nice crisp bitter floral hops mix in well and contrast with the slight tartness that’s present. Pretty much everything I would look for in the flavor, a perfect example in my book. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel that I found refreshing. Drinkability doesn’t get any better than this for the style. A must try for any Saison fan.

Photo of EPseja
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 in a Duvel Tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Burnished gold and hazy with sediment in suspension from an aggressive pour. Nice white head with big, tightly packed bubbles. Frothy like steamed milk.

S - Smells similar to a typical european lager... some strawberry preserves hidden in the back. Some golden honey. Some vanilla. Fresh like dew covered grass on a summer morning. Appealing.

T - Aggressive in its sweetness off the bat. Doesn't posess the degree of smoothness or roundness that you'll find in other Saisons. Slightly tart and acidic in the finish. Good, but not great.

M - Slightly zealous, but creamy mouthfeel. Decently smooth finish.

D - Not a bad Saison, but for the money, there are better options.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured a good head into my big tulip with good retention until half the beer was finished. Then retention went out the door and a bland, flat looking beer was all I could see. But their was still some lacing to behold. REDEMPTION!! Color was a light mahagony grain color.

Smell- A dry mix of toasted candies interlaced with amber waves of grain. Very earthy.

Taste- Pretty tart. Not what I expected compared to my tastes of Saison DuPont. But then again Fantome is supposed to be a very out there brewery. Anyway, A tart and dry mix of potting soil, grass, hard bread, and country air.

Mouthfeel- Pretty puckery. Not too say my mouth puckered whilst drinking this beer. But it was tarter than I expected. Almost cloying.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750ml bottle(room temp) a cloudy medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly but left a fine layer on the beer and...this one loves to stick to the side of my glass! Hehe..

The smell is all spicy and fruity..so much going on, I can't give it proper justice with mere words.

The taste is a wide mix of flavours...I note lemon tartness, a yeasty earthiness, some pepper and a bit of clove, there's even a touch of sweetness that grows in strength with subsequent sips and everything works together *so* darn well, I'm finding it hard to believe! And the 8%abv? Not even in the picture! Can you tell I really like this stuff? :^)

Bottom line: This is a world class brew that I would buy often if it was available to me locally. I'm glad that I make periodic trips to Ft Collins. ;^)

PS: Now, when I think Saison, I think Fantôme.

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

So, this is my 100th review... 750 ml corked and capped bottle with a ghost and the default description of their brewery on the label. If the head, which started out big and frothy, were to have stuck around a little while longer (it faded to thin lacing after a couple of minutes) this would get a perfect score. There is a good bit of yeast floating around in this beer's apricot body. I don't think I can pick out all of the different aromas. I'm detecting peach, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pear, pepper, herbs, Belgian yeast, and funk. Every Fantôme I've ever tasted has been delectable- the Chocolat that didn't taste like chocolate was the only one that wasn't amazing. The spicy bitterness, the fruity sweetness, the tart fruitiness, the funk, the floral notes- this is unbelievably delicious and it's very refreshing even though it has a dry mouthfeel. Totally worth the $12.

Photo of Shaw
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of this beer at my local Whole Foods and snapped it up.

It's a hazy golden color with a small head that leaves a ring of foam in my glass.

Its smell is something else: very fruity. I smell strawberries and spices. I've never smelled a beer like this before. It smells quite sweet.

The taste is quite different from the smell. It's very musty and earthy. The taste grows on me after a while. At first I was a little disappointed. But now it's quite nice. There's a bit of pepper and apple flavors in the back end of this brew. I can't detect the 8 percent ABV at all. It is extremely well-hidden.

Overall this is a nice Saison. As they're all different, you'll just have to try this one and see what you think. It's a lot more earthy and musty than Ommegang's top-rated brew. But I feel this has a more "authentic" flavor to it.

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