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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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1,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,586
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 474
Gots: 185 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-24-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a hazy golden tone yielding a large 2" head; some lacing.

fruity/citrus-like; spices, a bit of funk, a bit of yeast... intriguing; some secondary notes reminiscent of a white wine.

not being a particularly big fan of the style (due mostly to my inexperience with it), i was impressed here. big citrus follow-through with lemon and grapefruit leading the way... sweet, but not overly so; crisp and tasty. a touch of tartness. pretty complex.... i can definitely dig this. for my money this is the best saison i've come across. very well done.

M: medium-heavy. medium carbonation.

D: tasty and refreshing. flavorful. simply put, IMO the perfect craft summer brew. a bit cost-prohibitive, unfortunately, but i will certainly revisit this one from time to time.

originally reviewed on: 06-27-2010

BostonHops, May 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart fruity aromas like apples, lemons, strawberries, honey, and some mineral/yeast aromas. Taste is sour and tart with a strong strawberry flavor up front with some spice, yeast, and mineral flavors on the finish. There is a slight acidic quality in the mouth with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good saison with a surprisingly refreshing set of flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 02, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Effervescent gold pour, but doesn't billow up out of control like some. Nice white cap sets and maintains well.

Aroma, fills the entire area as soon as I pop the cork. It is pungent, lemon zest, green apple, cider vinegar. Slightly less hay and horse blanket.

Taste, crisp pineapple, candy apple. A tartness that is just barely lemon zest. Not as powerful as the aroma. Very nice, but like the appearance, very under control. Kind of just sweet and tart like a certain candy.

Lively crisp carbonation is spot on. Goes down terribly easy. Almost sessionable, aside from the well hidden abv and availability. Probably the bench mark, but a little too middle of the road for me. Would be curious to try an older bottle.

Bung, May 02, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
Lot no D, best before date of July 2013; a store UPC code shows it was bought (or at least stocked, in May 2011)

A big thanks to MarkVegas for sending one of my top wants over in a trade.

A: Pours a translucent light straw color with 1.5 fingers width of snow white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass. The head dissipates down rather quickly to almost nothing.  Zero lacing is left on the sides of the glass.  

S: Tart. Sour apple and sour white grapes.  Some pear, lemon/lemon zest, Belgium yeast notes with aromas of banana, a touch of funk with a bit of wet hay and some peppery spice.  

T: The initial sip is big, tart, sour apple.  There is initially a good degree of sweetness, but that is taken over by the sour notes throughout most of the drink.  There is a champagne-esque quality to it, like champagne with a huge tart kick.  I get white grape and sour grape, and some citrus in the form of lemon lime.  The barnyard/funk characteristics are negligible on the tongue.  There is some peppery spice on the backend, but for the most part this Fantome offering is straight up sour fruit, tart citrus goodness, and I like it.

M/D: Medium bodied with a heavy carbonation that allows the flavors to reach the full palate.  The combination of the tartness and carbonation give it a biting quality,  but not in a bad way.  The ABV is completely masked, and drinkability is exceptional for the style.  

O: Overall, another wonderful beer from Fantome.  This is my fourth Fantome offering (Hiver, De Noel, Printemps), and they were all great.  If I had to pick a favorite I would probably go with Printemps, as it had more complexity than this one.  But the regular Fantome Saison did not disappoint.  And  as I've said before, the 'worst' fantome offering is still better than any other Saison I have had.  Cheers to Dany Prignon.

zac16125, May 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

wdarcy77, May 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

CADMixes, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going by 2+ week old notes. 2011 or 2012 bottle, poured into wine glasses.

A: Yellow, medium clarity, small-medium head.

S: Pineapple, citrus, bubblegum. Some funk.

T: Lots of sour bubblegum. More funk than in the smell, but otherwise similar to the above.

M: Apparently forgot to write down notes for mouthfeel... but I believe it was light-medium bodied, with light-medium carbonation.

O: I apparently got a good batch this time. The regular Fantome is actually more consistent than the others. Quite pleasant session beer.

shleepy, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Hazy orange with a quickly forming, persistent near-white head. This leaves a lot of lacing all the way down the glass. Very pretty.

I absolutely love this beer's aroma. It's about perfect for the style. I can't get enough of it. The level of barnyard/funk/horseblanket is tremendous, invitingly so, but it's complemented incredibly well by bright, vibrant layers of citrus, green apple, and floral notes. Incredible.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, though the funk and barnyard flavors are hidden until the swallow. Initially, this is full of bright citrus notes along with the green apple and floral hops found in the aroma. It's fantastic.

Medium bodied with high, silky carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable.

If I couldn't take a gueuze with me, this would be my Desert Island Beer.

ehammond1, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

speakorspasm, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

LindsayKuron, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

LockeSD, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

alexolit, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mrsdrabmuh, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased 8/2010; best by date is not notched

A - Nice pop as the cork is pulled. Pours a clear very pale yellow with fine suspended material. A stream of rising carbonation. One finger of white head doesn't last long and leaves only spots of lacing.

S - Huge presence of apple and pear, mostly sweet, but a faint tartness. There is some yeast funk, but it is very subtle.

T - Taste has the apple and pear from the aroma, plus a bit of lemon and lemon zest. Some earthy funk, but again rather subtle. Finish is dry with slight bitterness. Absolutely no hint of alcohol. Excellent.

M - Light and crisp with some tartness and a clean, dry finish.

O - Nice delicate flavors with no alcohol presence whatsoever. Excellent beer that I could drink everyday, except for the price and availability... But I'll be sure to buy this when I see it.

warnerry, Apr 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sheaffdogg, Apr 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle into a Victory tulip. Best before January '13

A- pours a very pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Saisonariffic!

S- tons of apple and pear notes come though heavily. Slight tartness to them. Lovely

T- slightly tart apple and pear....extremely flavorful, and just the right amount of tartness. Doesn't overwhelm the palate at all. Perfect

M- body is very light. Perfect for a warm day

O- this is excellent. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Another slam dunk from Fantome, but what do you expect?

bigfnjoe, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml tapped & corked bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on jul´11.Lemon yellow in color.Cloudy with yeast in suspension.White froth.Surprising lasting crown.Foamy spots on sides.Aromas are piney,yeasty,slightly malty with woody hints.Smooth tartar upfront,acid apples & grapefruit hues too.Moderate fresh spicy notes,light buttery.Bitterness & hoppiness not felt hidden by gentle sweet/sourness associated with orangish touch. Medium/light body & high carbonation -pops like champagne when cork is removed-.Citric -lemon & lima- finish.Banana feel on the aftertaste.Very well balanced both flavors & aromas.Perfect pairing: marinade anchovy, green cheeses -Cabrales or Roquefort- or black paella.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

smurfbeer, Apr 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Bilco, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Best before January 2013. Lot A-C.

A: The first cap/cork combo I've seen. Hazy orange-gold, with a nice frosting of white head. Some bubbles.

S: Rather skunky. (I am starting to develop the common paranoia about green-bottled Belgian beers...for instance, I've yet to have a non-skunked Houblon Chouffe, but on-tap, it's divine.) Other scents in the background remind me of orange peel, but with an astringent quality reminiscent of cleaning solution. Some grain that reminds me of a tripel. Complicated, but often unpleasant.

T: Interesting. Tart, funky, and sour, but oh how it develops on the palate! A long, rolling taste that unravels many different qualities. As time passes, the tartness fades into pleasant apple-y fruit. A very interesting strain of yeast adds zest and character to this excellent saison. While I started out disappointed, the more I drink, the more I understand the beer's appeal. Hard to describe, but pungent and fruity would be my two word attempt. Sweet-sour-floral-funky-citrus-spicy-dry would be one word...sort of. At any rate, a stellar farmhouse ale. Rosewater and tangerine. I can't seem to stop adding information. I'm going to force myself to stop reviewing and simply enjoy the beer, but there's so much more I could say.

M: A bit puckery, but not overly special. Light and appropriate.

O: Excellent. Recommended. That said, for the price ($17) it will be a long, long time before I have another. One of the best saisons I've come across.

AgentMunky, Apr 05, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB end of January 2013.

Beer is a very cloudy light orange/golden/ A very fizzy and frothy white head dissipates extremely quickly. No lace.

Smell is divine. Huge peach, mango, green apple and lemon scents with a funky, grassy and crisp background. Floral notes. Wow!

Taste is also fantastic. Crisp fruit flavours (green apple, pineapple, peach, mango) with a nice, slightly sour funkiness. The funk has some of the 'horse-blanket' flavour and is rather grassy. The beer occupies some excellent space in between sweet and sour.

Medium bodied, nice moderate carbonation level comprised of tiny bubbles, giving life to the beer but no irritation to the mouth. A bit astringent.

Overall, just outstanding. A killer beer. A real treat to drink. I will be looking for more whenever I can. A total winner!

jrenihan, Mar 31, 2012
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.