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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 490
Gots: 214 | 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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Ratings: 1,698 | Reviews: 790
Photo of Drew966
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison pours a pale golden color with a thick white head from a green 750 ml bottle that has a crown over a cork (corkscrew required). Great citrusy aroma with a touch of funk. Taste also has citrusy notes, lemon, orange and some rind. Definitely a bit of funk thrown in too. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but I catch a bit of it now and then. Excellent, hightly drinkable. Recommended.

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

Pale gold and quite clear topped by a big, fluffy, bright white head supported by ample carbonation. Good retention and a thick collar of bubbles that hug the glass for about a half inch above the top of the beer. Fruity nose with lemon zest, peaches, grapefruit pith, almost a sweet tart combination. There's also coriander and clove spiciness, plus a hint of funk in the yeast aroma. Big fruitiness in the flavour too, and the acidity really brings this out. There's plenty of citrus, but more like the peel and pulp rather than juice, as well as a pleasant pear flavour that's more apparent as it warmed. Sweetness is tamed by the tartness, leaving a dry finish. Spices add some depth around the middle and linger along with the citrus character. Yeast is masked, as is most of the funkiness, but a little bit of bread, grass, and earthiness peek through. Lively carbonation with a creamy texture. This is really tasty stuff. I enjoy the style overall and this is a great example of a saison. The only thing that impacts the drinkability for me is the dryness - it's fairly aggressive after a while, but still very nice.

Photo of Morris729
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden in color with a bit of an orange sunset hue and a pillowy bright white head. Nose is fruity with notes of lemon zest, ripe apples, and apricots, and a bit of spice. The taste has several layers of complex flavor. There’s some sweet candied sugar, some fruity notes of apple that become more pronounced as the beer warms, a spiciness of clove and white pepper, and a bit of an earthy yeastiness all blended together perfectly. A marvelous beer that I wish was available locally.

Photo of emerge077
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage bottle, label reads "biere artisanale sur lie".

The cork is extracted slowly with an audible pop, producing wisps of emerging smoke. Upon pouring, a haze remaining on the glass inside of the bottle becomes visible, indicating where the level of liquid once was. A quick pour produces brief foam, which soon ebbs to a skim over the peach-toned saison. Tiny bubbles & sediment are suspended in a hypnotic floating dance.

Smell is ghostly and fruit charged, with apricot at the forefront. A light and dusty yeast is also present. Dull spicy citrus is mostly what my senses pick up. Very subdued and pleasant overall...

Taste is sublime, with slightly puckering apricot flavors at first, tempered with a mellow and light yeast. This is unlike any other bottle of Fantôme i've ever had. It's fairly dry, but no hops to speak of (or much carbonation), just a mellow fruitiness that becomes addictive after the first sip.

I could drink a bottle of this everyday, and would feel spoiled. It's super easy to drink, but is best savored over time. An outstanding and unique saison...

6-2013:
Over the years, I have rarely had a Fantome Saison that came close to the old label vintages in the mid '00's. Yesterday we shared a "new label" batch, and it tasted like sweet tea, smoke, and "pears rolled in dirt". Probably would rate it a 3.5-3.6. Very disjointed and nothing at all like the "old" Fantome. Around 2010-11 I had one that just tasted very plain and grainy with no fruit esters, spice or anything. It's always hit or miss, and lately it's been more in the "miss" category unfortunately.

Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first foreign Saison for me, and I must say, quite a nice experience. At $9 a 750ml, this seems to be priced about right.

POP! – luv uncorking this bad boy and looky there, a semi hazy orange amber, foamy white head, nice sheet lacing. Changed over to a murky apple cider towards the end, as I added the swirled sediment….ummm.

WOW, what a sour funk of green apples – is this a Lambic? Nope, I assume this is more to the Saison style. Taste noted lots of funky fermented fruits – heavy on the apples and oranges. Very different from the American versions.

Semi-dry and lightly carbonated – almost Champaign style. No problem enjoying the 750ml, there is NO alcohol in this. Oops, by the end of the bottle the 8% is kickin ass.

Photo of bonbright7
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found the last bottle at Whole Foods in Jericho, which the beer buyer saved for me, and I was happy to take it home with a broiled chicken that had the tender meat falling off the bones.

The hazy golden beer flowed like magic into my 50cl glass, which showed off the light head and the thousands of little bubbles streaming to the top. My first taste was evervescent and full of fruit flavors that ended in a slight bitterness. I loved the light cream taste in the middle and that reminded me of how well it went with the chicken.

Evil me, I even drank from the bottle for a moment, like it was PBR at a crawfish boil. I regained my composure to admire the closing moments of this fine saison. I highly suggest this beer for anyone looking for a true marker of saison.

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

Hazy orangish-yellow body with a giant creamy white head that receded slowly down to a light skim. A thick sticky lacing was left all around the glass as the head disappeared. Aroma of musty citrus, mostly tart and sour lemon. The smell actually does bring the term "farmhouse" to mind, but I can't pinpoint exactly what it is. Alcohol is also slightly detectable in the nose. Wow, what an odd but likeable flavor. There's a whole lot going on there that I'm not experienced enough to separate, but I am able to pull out the sour and tart (and musty?) lemon taste that I noticed in the aroma. There's also some clove spiciness and a light hop bitterness. Every swallow leaves my mouth dry and puckered.

For me, it's a very different but enjoyable brew that I will definitely drink again.

Photo of pjwilson
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my first fantome...
appearance: cloudy dark orange yeast thick brew with huge head that fades at a moderate pace, some lacing. the final pour has huge yeast chunks in it.

smell: mild brett smell. mild funk.

taste: very fruity pear and plum like yeast dance on the tounge. frankly it's more of standard belgian pale ale than of the saison style to me because it isn't dry or crisp enough. once I got used to it, it was quite nice on it's own terms. a slight, very slight twing of brett is to me found in the extreme backround. i'm not getting much complexity here though, just the sort of standard BSPA taste, but then there is a twang at the end that just sort of set's it apart. the final pour is the best, with the yeast completely smoothing things out.

mouthfeel: if judging this to be saison, it's way to thick. the christmas saison I had from Dupont last week was 9.5 and felt extremly thinner. good for a BSPA.

drinkability: ditto from the mouthfeel. A quite nice beer, i would get again, but then it was 12.50 a bottle and there are many saison's just as good and better out there.

note: i liked this beer, but it didn't conform to my expectations of a "saison" which I suppose is the mold set by Dupont. it was much thicker than I thought it would be when I was in the mood for a very dry, crisp beer and this wasn't that. just a warning for others, this is more a spring than summer beer, dig?

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in an 11.2 oz glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Very cloudy dark honey color. The head is a finger thick, that dissipates to a constant small ring around the glass with a fine layer of head on the top of the beer. Head lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - The smell is very sweet and a bit tart. There are hints of apple and fig evident, but a peach smell is the strongest for me. I can smell little to no alcohol aroma at all. The smell is very pleasent, but a bit sweet for my liking.

Taste - Everytime I sip this beer, I try to isolate the different flavors, but the main thing that comes to my mind is eating a typical red wine grape from the vine. Also, I can taste bits of the fig and peach, as well as a slight spice. A bittersweet follow-through.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is excellent. It is semi-dry, the carbonation is fantastic. Almost no alcohol burn whatsoever, even with an 8% ABV.

Drinkability - If you like sweet ales, this is probably the most drinkable of this type I have had. You simply can't taste the alcohol, the mouthfeel is superb, and the taste is definitely good.

This beer is a bit too sweet for me, a bit too light on the hops, and not enough malt flavor for my liking. But, for a saison it is a very quality brew. Recommended.

Photo of stephendr
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color – white thin head - sweet/sour apple, wheat , sea smell sharp nose - wonderful sour green apples, as well as sweet red apples well balanced – light fluffy body – aftertaste slightly bitter with black olives Gold color – white thin head - sweet/sour apple, wheat , sea smell sharp nose - wonderful sour green apples, as well as sweet red apples well balanced – light fluffy body – aftertaste slightly bitter with black olives Gold color – white thin head - sweet/sour apple, wheat , sea smell sharp nose - wonderful sour green apples, as well as sweet red apples well balanced – light fluffy body – aftertaste slightly bitter with black olives

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

75 cl. bottle. Cloudy golden colour with a creamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is scaring at first: barnyard, horse leather, a damp musky place. Later you can find fruits, honey, floral, and spices. Flavor is pungent, sour. Acid, citrus,. It reminds me of cava. Fruity, orange, pepper and some other spice. Great beer.

Photo of mjc410
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours hazy dark gold, with a big-bubbled one finger head. I can smell tart green apples, freshly cut grass, and a bit of barnyard. Tasting it, there are more nuances. Everyone who tasted it noticed a buttery flavor. Along with this are the grass and apple flavors, although the former is less pronounced than in the nose. This all recedes to a nice sweet and sour malt taste. Pouring in all of the yeast mellows the taste and makes it somewhat earthier. It's medium-bodied, mouth coating, with good tingly carbonation. I've had a number of Fantomes, and the variety in just this style astounds me. A whole 750 is never enough!

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.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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