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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 473
Gots: 191 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002)
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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
Photo of yankeeheel
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazy orange with a minimalist bubbly head. No lacing or retention but I think that's to be expected.

Smells slightly musty with a lovely apricot/orange undertone to it. Almost floral in it's fragrance.

Big tart wave of apricot coats my mouth and follows with a very dry middle. Finishes slightly sweet with some green apple and lemon. If you're in to fruit this is your bag.

Mouthfeel wouldn't offend even the lightest of palates.

Paired with Rosemary/Thyme chicken and rice pilaf, this is one tasty beverage. Definitely a good wine replacement.

yankeeheel, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of faernt
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a yellow, cloudy (maybe not left to its own for a few days), slightly rocky head which subsides to a skim. Little bubbles come up through the beer from the bottom of the glass. The smell is slight to me with a little lemon and no detectable alcohol.The taste is lemony, sweet, with a little malt always present, and very little bitterness except that contributed by a persistent apricot undertaste.The mouthfeel is like softened water with a slight prickle on the tongue. This reminds me of some mead homebrew that I once had. It's not the roller coaster of other Saisons. It's an 8% ABV beer that hides its strength with its fruitiness. I'll give it another walk as a food beer; probably pairing it with lemon chicken. As a session Saison it is somewhat boring. I can't help but compare it to DuPont which (in its Vieille Provision of 6.5%ABV ) is more of a strong session beer for me. Fantome is more refined, stronger, and more consistent from start to finish. This is actually a boring Saison by itself. I will edit this review after I've had another with food.

faernt, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazed golden/amber color with a frothy head. The glass is covered in Brussels lace.

Nose screams fruit, notably pear and ripe green apple. A bit of lemon mustiness appears, too.

Incredibly balanced flavors. Fruity apple and pear notes lead to a spicy, peppery finish profiling black pepper and coriander most likely. Very enjoyable.

Striking mouthfeel is extraordinarily well carbonated -- sharp and lively. Adds an incredibly dimension to the beer.

This is eight percent abv? Unreal. While this isn't really a true saison due to its alcohol content, it certainly drinks like one. Truly unique and unbelievably delicious. Highly recommended.

Jon, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

man this cork is a tough one to get out. pours a cloudy yellow with sediment floating about. decent sized white bubbly head that dies to a small ring. the nose is mouth watering, tart and tangy. musty, corky, sour...mmmm. in the mouth it is much like the nose, tangy and a touch puckering. green apple, lemon, grass, a little acidic....lets just say "farmy". its just so enjoyable, odd yet delicious. crisp and refreshing, it is lively in the mouth, full of tickling bubbles and goes down wonderfully. i cannot believe this is an 8% brew! it drinks like a summer slammer. a stellar beer in every way.

$6.99 for a 750ml

DESTRO, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw hue, hazy, a narrow layer of pure-white foam which compacts rather quickly, a few specs of lace

Aroma: sweet apples, wheat, a bit musty, a touch of floral hops that have gone just a tiny bit skunky, fresh sourdough bread

Flavor: a milt malt sweetness behind a prevaling amount of lactic sourness, also a lingering enteric bitterness, musty corkiness, a bit bready, finish is dry with a tart and bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp carbonation, a bit slick, light warming sensation

Overall Impression: Finally got around to tasting this one, Fantome's "house beer". Not sure how sour it should or shouldn't be. If this is a tainted bottle, then it is just starting to show the signs. Still a great saison and definitely a testament to what saisons are all about: rustic, complex, ever-changing, volatile. The great thing about this little brewery is that they can keep cranking out this artistic little gems even if most Belgians haven't even heard of them. I'd venture to guess that the US demand for Fantome beers is a large portion of thier market. It's a shame it's not more widely appreciated in Belgium.

GreenCard, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nicely colored hazy golden orange with a thick white head. Good healthy carbonation. Mixed aromatics; green apple, candied blood orange, mango, pineapple, white pepper, a smidge of pine, and yeasty righteousness- very impressive. Tastes light and airy, despite it's ABV. A bit of yeastiness shines through it all, along with the citrusy and tropical malt & yeast profile. Goes a little bit tart in the middle, but brings it back to the sweetness. Has a strange "wet dog" characteristic that only shows when sipping, not in the aroma (not offensive, however). Hops are there, but don't play that large of a role in this beer. I like this saison very much. Effervescent and crisp. Quintessential summer quaffer.

crookedhalo, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is a hazed golden orange with a nice sized white head after somewhat of a vigorous pour, as far as lacing it forms in even bands very nicely Belgian style lacing at that. Aroma: First thing is the pineapple juice aromatics that come out here awesome, a bit tart with mild alcohol notes in the background. Taste: Very clean and estery fruits light and fluffy tones the perfect summer ale, I definitely am amazed by the fruit tones this beer produces exotic tropical juice with some peppery notes with the yeast dregs added it takes on herbal tone with spices arising and grassy semi-musty tones it's very nice I'm a fan. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body smooth effervescent carbonation has a creamy mouthfeel, I'm pleased with this offering definitely will track some down this summer. Drinkability: Incredible offering complexity light and refreshing along with some alcohol kick in there as well, very balanced an awesome Saison makes me want to track more brews down in this category.

WVbeergeek, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flat. Not carbonated at all. What a major disappointment on a Friday. Looks like apple juice with no head at all. The taste and smell however are still fine. Is this how this beer should be? I don't think that it is supposed to be flat? Sweet taste in the beginning, then sour and tart in the middle and finish. So many different flavors jump out at you. Citrus, flowers, sour, tart, grass and candy are just a few.

Even flat I am enjoying this beer. I need to buy another bottle to see the difference. I can tell that I would love this beer if it were carbonated.

CharlesRiver, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Realale
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow gold. Large bubbled sticky head settles slowly to a 1/2" and stays leaving chuncky lacing down the glass.

Nose is lemony sour citrus over crackery malt. Lots of earthy notes, touch of barnyard and a bit of leafy hop.

Sour leads the way on the palate, but the wave of malt quickly catches up to balance it. Good earthiness, and a decent amount of yeastiness add complexity. Outstanding length.

Well-carbonated to provide relief from the sour notes, and make it an excellent companion to a meal. Very drinkable.

Realale, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite all efforts, head pours immediately to massive proportions. Retreats with a vengence. Truly a cola-like head in that it's so short-lived. Peachy gold in color with a mild haze. After some swirling, a few chunks of sediment made their way into the glass.

Aromas of hard cider, green apple skin, sours, and just the slightest hint of orange or tangerine. Emphasis on slight. The aroma shifts every second, yielding a great deal of subtlety.

A very unique, unrestrained, natural flavor emerges immediately from this beer. Unripened pear, melon rind, and lemon peel bitterness. The finish seems to drop off into an almost unpleasant, raw bitterness. Slightly awkward but by no means bad. More unexpected, I think, than anything else. A superior brew.

marburg, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served to me in its correct "ghosty glass" at the Beer Circus in Brussels, Belgium. When the nice bartender told me that this was a big (75cl) bottle and asked if I needed 2 glasses, I politely said "no thanks....i'm taking this one on by myself:-)" Well, i'm glad that I did. This is a very "kick-ass" saison that is unfortunately unavailable to me locally (I can get 5 or 6 seasonal Fantomes but not the regular!?!?) This is a dark golden brew with a nice cap of white foam on top. The aromas are all across the board and definately in your face! I can smell various spices, candy sugar, yeast, hops, malt, fruits, and more. The taste is very hoppy, bitter, dry, fruity, juicy, spicy, and just GOOD. The mouthfeel is perfect, as is the drinkability. This is just a nearly perfect, if not perfect, Belgian Saison Beer!

F

francisweizen, Nov 04, 2003
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.