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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,586
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 475
Gots: 186 | FT: 11
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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 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
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yikes! Thar she blows, the cork that is. What a great start as the brew pushes out with eagerness to fill the glass like a fine Champaign. The nose is full of fruit and some earthy muskiness, rather like walking through the orchard late in the picking season.

The flavor is just great and one of the more complex I've ever tasted in terms of the way each taste progresses. In the front there is a peppery, fruity start; in the middle a transition that leaves great warming; and in the back, the flavor and feel become sweet and give carmel notes. Lovely stuff this.

The feel is somewhat Champaign like with a sense of carbonation in each sip. Less full feeling and greatly crisp in the finish. Very drinkable despite the alcohol level which never beomes noticeable.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Lively aroma has an intriguing citrusy sour and tart smell to it. Hints of yeast, fruit and pepper can be detected. Delectable flavors of fruit emerge upon first taste. Pear, green apple mandarin orange all come through. There's a wonderful spicing here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth but with a real effervescent quality to it. Alcohol flavor is detected midway but doesn't detract at all from this saison's drinkability.

I sampled this with spicy shrimp and thai rice noodles. It paired very well. The effervescence of the beer cleansed the palate and flavors helped to soothe the heat. Quite a delicious offering. My only problem was opening the bottle. The soft cork broke apart and I had to decant the beer before I could pour it into a glass. Not the worst of things, but certainly an inconvenience.

Winter, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Release to the US; Sampled February 2008
As I pour this a distinct, interesting, loud, tropical fruit note comes through. The beer is pretty well carbonated as a careful pour easily produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a honey color, but shows a lightly hazy, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. Upon closer inspection the amped up tropical fruit note continues; it is perhaps a mix of mango, pineapple and papaya notes. Underneath the dominant tropical fruit note is a dusty, cracker like grain character, some toasty grain notes, a touch of spicy pepper, piquant young ginger, notes of citrus honey and a green, herbal-lemon note with touches of nettle and a substantial lemon character that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.

Soft up front, but a fizzy, yet somehow light carbonated froth kicks in towards the middle; strangely this is well carbonated, but the bubble size seems fine enough that it does not make this seem excessively foamy. Only lightly sweet, which seems to reduce the amped up tropical fruit notes from the aroma to an almost equal billing with the rest of the flavor components. This has a very light body to it; it is quite the quaffable brew and drinks way easier than its 8%. This has quite a bit of spiciness to it at times, it can be much more piquant, like black pepper, than is contributed by the carbonation, this note especially lingers in the long finish were it lingers on as a spicy tickle at that back of the throat. There is a very light herbal note here that is slightly green, with an astringency to it as well as a light bitterness and a grassy note, these flavors balance out the noticed tropical fruit flavors that lightly dance around the flavor profile here. A touch of cracker like malt and grassy grain character comes through just a touch towards the finish.

As the beer loses its carbonation the tropical fruit note becomes a bit softer. The second pour of the bottle restores the carbonation and the accompanying tropical fruitiness though. This really is fantastically intriguing; the interplay between tropical fruit, spice and funky herbal notes is quite engaging; somehow, despite the light body and quaffable character, this beer is actually quite contemplative. Apart from the characterful, single yeast strain that is purposefully use in this beer, this is pretty clean. It has not picked up any funkiness yet, but it is still young. As usual, this is a fantastic brew; I am really digging the interplay between tropical fruit and spice found in the flavor.

Sampled May, 2004
Pours a hazy straw color with lots of carbonation that generates a cream colored thick head. A lightly sour/ acidic aroma wafts from my glass, mixed with notes of apple, strawberry, flowers, and a certain mustiness. The taste is lightly sour as well, with some interesting tropical fruit notes, that are picked up by a light sweetness, and some unspecified spicy notes. Typically light bodied, which is just perfect. A soft wonderful beer this time around.

Sampled Sept 7, 2003.
The cork explode from this bottle like a champagne. This beer aroma is one of cider and sweetness, there is a bit of mustyness in the nose as well. A very cloudy straw colored beer that is well carbonated and has a thick off white head. The taste is very complex with competing flavors all over the place; cider, off dry sweetness, an acidity, and yeast character up the wazoo. This beer is just world class, and I love it.

I had this beer with a cheese platter that included some Stilton, and aged funky Brie, a young Brie, a mushroom brie, sharp Irish cheddar, and edam. This beer was able to hold its own with each of these cheeses (though perhaps overpowering the edam). It acted as a nice contrast to each, a palate cleanser so to speak.

This beer can have wildly different flavors depending on the year that one tries it, in the past it has been much more acidic and lacking in the fruit character, but still world class.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly one of the strangest (in a good way) beers I have tasted to date! First off, the beer poured an awesome, hazy, very unique color-a shade of very light caramel with some orange and golden hues. The aromatics were extremely complex with peach, citrus-orange and lemon-some spice, coriander perhaps? The aromatics were so very insidious it was hard to stop smelling and take a drink! In the mouth a lovely jolt of bright citrus, especially grapefruit zest, followed by some orange and lemon. The ever present bitter grapefruit zest component was very refreshing and unrelenting! As the beer warmed a bready/ fruitcake flavor surfaced and added to the flavor profile. I paired this with beer batter catfish, and a bit of leftover fried rice oddly enough. I used a simple belgian white-witekerke for the batter. This was a nice match, and I will say that I will search out, with celerity, my next brew from this brewery. Cool stuff here! Oh, how cool, this is my 50'th review!! One to remember.

moulefrite, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is barnyard and yeasty. Medium body. Yeasty and somewhat barnyard-ish. Slightly sour. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Yet another nice Biere de Garde from Fantome, one of the funkeyist brewers on the planet.

beerguy101, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork almost blew by itself when I released the cage. When poured there was a huge rush of carbonation that continues to bubble. The color was a golden-orange with a thick tan head. It has a super fruity, medicinal aroma with the hay-like qualities of a lambic. It has just a really fresh smell. The aroma is more complex than any other Saisons I have had before. The flavor is fruity and medicinal with a different spiced flavor that I have never had before. It is light on the palate, but full and sneaky. This is a complex beer in aroma and flavor. A definite top notch beer in my opinion. Excellent.

BeerBuilder, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 4-6 oz. Aperitif glass w/ stem

This beer was served to me a hazy lemon yellow color that when held to the light had a golden glimmer to it. The head was creamy and rich and the color of cloud white. It had the consistency of a sticky rich whipped cream. It lasted fairly long, ½ glass, then, eventually fell to a ring around the edges. It produced a sticky lace that clinged the sides of the glass and stretched almost the whole way to the finish. The aroma was of a giant fruit market, fresh fruits everywhere. I nosed bananas, pears, apples, sharp grapefruit, fresh melons, strawberries, sweet honey, floral hops (lite as it warmed), spices (cloves, pepper), and yeast. The aroma was alittle on the tart side but not sour, balanced nicely. Let’s just say that my friend who is a macro drinker loved the aroma. The tastes that came from the glass were just as pleasing as the nose if not more. Flavors of strawberries first hit me, then bananas, then a whole cornucopia of fresh and tart fruits, then spices (pepper, cloves), herbs, floral hops, some earthy flavors, yeast, tad wisp of alcohol, and a hint of a malt. Ends fruity with a hint of hop. Medium bodied. This is one smooth and complex beer. I would never expect so many flavors out of one little glass. This is one incredible beer, words cannot give it justice. One of the best beers that I have ever had. All I can say is that my senses thank the brewer for this beer/gift.

Jarod, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Black & White label says Fantôme Belgian “saison” beer.
1 Pint 9,4 fl.oz green glass bottle, corked with a crown cap.

The Cork was steadfast & really hard to remove, indeed a loud explosion & a deep grey misty fog signalled its difficult extraction.

Appearance: A massive egg-white frothy head masses above the beer as I pour the first glass. As I stand the bottle, still 2/3rds full, the head continues to form in the bottle, & a slowly expanding bubble-froth continues to ooze from the thinning bottle neck like flowing lava. Hazy golden orange in color, it has a strikingly marvellous appearance as the huge head rescinds it settles to about 2” - but only after lacing the Glass with a smattered random pattern. Each subsequent pour from the bottle produced an equally massive head.

Nose: Very fruity with some floral aspects. I got Apricots, mild Grapefruit, Apples, Pears, Peach & Orange aromas. These mix well with the Pilsener Malts that are used to produce a never forget Fantôme nose for lovers of this Artisanale craft-brewer.

Tastes: I first tasted the head of the beer, as I attempted to check its volcanic overflow from the bottle. The froth had a deeply bitter taste. The body is exceptionally fruity, sometimes sweet; this is probably from the fruit juices that are used. There is a light grain malt in the middle, fresh herbs & an overall spicy bitterness that come from the Hallertau & Goldings Hops. Bloody Hell this is superb!

Mouthfeel: How can you miss this one? It’s all here, “upfront, in yer face, and doing it large”. This is one serious beer.

Drinkability: 8% ABV yet it still makes a great thirst quencher in the warm weather - now that’s Class. So what can I say apart from just, “Five”.

Overall: Wonderfully Fruity, Hoppy, Bitter, Herbal, Terrifically Spicy, and all this is majestically fashioned into an Extraordinary, High Class, Complex, Multi-Layered, Regal Saison. Guaranteed to induce multiple orgasms. Oh, err, well maybe I made that last bit up!

An Artisanale Saison of the VERY highest Quality, a True Classic & an unrewarded (IMVHO) Great of the Beer World. Almost perfect.

So it’s typically Fantôme…..

….Absolutely **First Class**!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty golden bodied with a medium white head that retreats to a milky skim and stays the duration. Turns a turbid sand color after the addition of the yeast.
Pepper, spiced cider and coriander on the nose.
Intially quite tart. Green apples and concentrated lime juice. Sourness stays, but is quelled by a surging clementine juiciness. Notes of soft apricot and wheat. Sourdough bread become prominant, even moreso after the yeast is added. Moves in a white wine direction as it warms. Spicier as it closes, with a blast of cracked black peppers, coriander, cloves and orange peel. Dries towards the finish with a German-leaning hop spice. Lingering juicy friutiness with residue from the sourness.
Medium in stature with rushing carbonation. Light, and crisp, but substancial and firm.
Quaffable to a fault. Interesting and delicious.

Much props to Bighuge for this ghostly treat.

cokes, May 14, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy light gold color and formed a small smooth white head that coated the glass with ring like lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. The aroma of this beer is amazing. It is hard to know where to begin. It is very floral, with aromas of green apple and various citrus smell with a background feel of standing out in an orchard. The flavor was of hops, citrus and some corinader. The finish was a medium body with a bit of sweetness to it, yet slightly tart with backing of the corinader creeping in. I have tried few saisons, but this looks to be a fine representative of the style.

Wildman, May 14, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky orange-peach that looks like cloudy apple cider. A creamy, foamy white head forms almost two fingers deep and shrinks to a small cap, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Where to begin... The aroma is a whirlwind of green apple, pineapple, orange peel, honeydew, pear, apricot, honey, hops, various spices, and an earthy yeastiness. The smell coming from my glass is as impressive as any I've encountered.

Taste: The flavor starts out sweet and fruity, with loads of green apple, pear, orange peel, apricot, and pineapple. Midway through each sip, a solid bitterness undercurrent, along with a phenolic spiciness, takes center stage, but doesn't erase the memory of the sweet beginning. Big dose of spices in here too: ginger, coriander, black pepper... There's a wonderful musty, earthiness that calls to mind the terms 'farmhouse' and 'barnyard' that is present the entire time, but really asserts itself towards the finish. A touch of alcohol on the tail end. Causes fruity, medinical burps... Fruity, sweet, bitter, earthy, and spicy all at the same time. Wow...

Mouthfeel: Starts round and full, then turns to crisp and dry on the swallow, yet manages to retain it's creaminess. Nice medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'd love to be able to drink one after another of this, but there's simply too much going on. My tongue would be numb from trying to decipher the countless flavors this brew offers. Plus, it's not exactly a weak beer either, at 8%abv. None-the-less, this is one brew I'll always try to keep on-hand.

A unique, sooo-left-of-center version of the Saison style, this is an incredible beer. It would be great to give to people who think all beer is boring and tastes the same!

MJR, May 06, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison pours a hazy honey yellow with a thin white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a merry-go-round of yeast, fruit, and malt odors. A sweetness of the summer fair cotton candy along with melon and berry aromas blend pleasantly with floral yeast and hints of fresh sweet wort and a wee note of alcohol hidden in the background. The taste starts with a rush of orange and coriander and then moves on to flavors of fresh malt and hints of berry flavors. The finish has some pleasant farmhouse sourness blending with the orange, spice, and malt flavors. Aftertaste is smooth and fruity with hints of alcohol and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium light in body.
Overall an ale that screams summer on the farm. Farm fresh with no artificial anything in aroma or taste. Light, refreshing, an aroma to die for, and a taste that's a malty fruit salad with just the right amount of carbonation. This is what Saison's are all about.

purplehops, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of SamuraiJack
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The missing link between artisan commercial belgian beers and homebrews...

First (and foremost) it has to be said that I think that it's a travesty that we cannot get more Saisson beers in the US. It's a great style for an early summer day and a really interesting style as well.

First pour shows a lightly orange-tinted gold with a huge amount of suspended floaters and a massive layer of yeasty sediment on the bottom of the bottle. The head is white and creamy (though perhaps less substantial than is ideal for the style) that subsides to a reasonably sticky lace. The aroma is incredible - sweet fruits and sugary candy notes riding on a wave of malt and yeast with a sort of "barnyard" whiff drifting throughout.
Initial taste is sweet and tart - a sort of bitter fruit syrup flavor, closing out to a crisp, sour main body that puckers the mouth and brings to mind citrus and hops. The finish is soft, with dying carbonation and a lingering tartness with some alcohol warmth.

This is best described as an "interesting" brew and an "interesting" version of the style. Sadly, there are better examples of the style but they seem impossible to find here. Given the options, I guess it's worth getting (though, IMHO, it's quite over-priced).

SamuraiJack, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy grapefruit color with plenty of yeast bits floating about. The head is a fizzy white that leaves traces around the edge of the glass after the initial fade. Swirling the glass brings the head back to life. The smell is on the fruity side, specifically apples and pear, with some tartness and a bit of that musty barnyard smell. The tartness is quite noticeable in the taste but certainly not overwhelming and, in fact, balanced nicely by the fruit flavors. The alcohol smell and taste blends in nicely and doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Good stuff.

mickeymac, Feb 16, 2003
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.