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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 460
Gots: 183 | FT: 9
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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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aasher

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light bodied, cloudy and bright sunrise gold in color with a two finger, very bright white head. The nose is light, funky, and slightly fruity. It has some orange peel and lemon zest to it with light spicing. Wowzers the flavors are out of this world! Their are loads of every citrus fruit. There is plenty of orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, lime zest, and funky, earthy yeast and a light tartness. They are soft and light while still being very flavorful. The most magnificent aspect may be the body of this beer. I've never seen a saison be so smooth before. It's as soft and velvety as any beer of this style could be. That makes this beer incredibly drinkable! Not to mention there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere near this beer. Before having this I really didn't understand how this beer has been such a staple of the Top 100. Now I know.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:15:25 | More by aasher
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roblowther

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peachy golden color with a minimal head that leaves a tiny amount of lacing. Smells of peaches, apricots, and peppers. Notes of hops and sugar. The taste is dry until the very end when it sweetens just a touch. The fruit is there, along with an alcohol warmth and a touch of malt. Very nice & very balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is soft with a nice bit of carbonation. Again, a very balanced brew. The drinkability is excellent, with the touch of sweetness at the end making you want the next to start the dry/sweet cycle over again. The bottle is 750ml, and was difficult to get. I fear it will be gone far too soon. My assessment? Don't fear the ghost!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 00:01:46 | More by roblowther
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 23:40:29 | More by moulefrite
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: The beer pours a medium gold/amber in color and has a 2 finger white head that has moderate retention and excellent lacing. The beer appears to be 100% translucent.

S: The nose on this was more sweet cherries than I expected. There's some citrus and earthiness there, but not much. Also, there's really not any discernable yeastiness or funk. To me this smells more like a fruit beer such as Wisconsin Belgian Red than it does a saison.

T: Well the taste sure doesn't follow the nose. The very front of this beer as some sweet fruits, but that is almost instantly and forcibly overwhelmed by earthiness, some funk, a touch of sour, and some lemony citrus. Overall a very balanced and complex flavor, although not as intense as some other beers in the category.

M: This is crisp and clean as a saison should be, without having a distractingly high level of carbonation as many beers of this style do. Instead, there's a nice medium mouthfeel and a great aftertaste.

D: The balance in this beer and its modest carbonation for the style give it sky high drinkability. For an 8% beer this is crisp, clean and doesn't make you feel as if there's any etoh in it at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:15:44 | More by glazeman
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Fantome product I ever had and is still my favorite.

A: light golden color

S: Yeasy and refreshing. No hope smell at all.

T: Great. Amazing complex taste. Citrus, yeast, oak and even a little malt. The most complex saison I ever drank.

M: Refreshing. Good carbonation all throughout the mouth.

D: This is my go-to beer when I want a saison. I have yet to find a better saison.

Get yourself one of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 19:39:54 | More by mymrnngjckt
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is massive, fluffy and white, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of oranges, not orange peel like you would find in a hefe wiezen, but actual oranges. Spices and tartness are also present in the aroma, but are rather mild. The sip is yeast and dry, transitioning into a juicy orange finish, which quickly reverts back into a dry yeasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than medium bodied. Overall, this is a very nice brew. It is flavorful and complex without being in your face, which is always a plus in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 21:48:53 | More by KarlHungus
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draheim

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (lot no. b-c, best before Jan. 2013) - thanks tai4ji2x! - poured into a Hennepin glass. Watching a replay of le Tour de France from earlier today, Col du Galibier and Alpe d'Huez - happy belated Belgian Independence Day!

Slightly hazy straw color with a 1-finger head, very minimal carbonation - like almost zero. Huh.

Aroma is typical saison funk, apples, pears, grass, and pepper. Nice and bright.

Taste is very dry and clean - almost like a white wine. Lots of fresh fruit, especially white grapes. Not picking up any Belgian yeasty mustiness, just a dry champagne sweetness, with a lot fewer bubbles.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, just great.

Now as I get toward the bottom of the second full glass, I'm picking up a Bretty tartness - maybe if I'd cellared this for a year or so there would be more of this.

This saison is extremely drinkable. The only disappointment is the near total lack of carbonation, but even that does not significantly detract from the experience.

It's hard to believe this beer was made with barley and not grapes. It really blurs the line between beer and wine like nothing else I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:32:16 | More by draheim
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Crotor

California

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, caramelized orange juice with a four-finger high dollop of semi-soapy white head with excellent retention.

The aroma is all big sours at first, then a dose of sweat and brett-like barnyard funk.

Completely dry in the mouth. Starts off a little bit tart, then there's a big, broad funk. Weird slight spice notes and grass fight to be recognized, but the massive funk overrides all. At the end the tartness may morph into a slight bit of tropical fruit? Mystic and magical...

Light and dry and scouringly funky in the mouth. Magnificent.

The envelope has been pushed until breaking. Damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 01:58:42 | More by Crotor
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DosBeerigos

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Semi cloudy
H: Yellow
N: Tart and slight caramel

I was really surprised and impressed by this one. It was sweet enough and not overly sour or tart or funky. I really enjoyed drinking this one and at 8% ABV it was just perfect. It is hard to categorize what I really got from this beer but I definitely got fruitiness. I would recommend this to someone that likes beers that are a bit off the norm and easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 18:26:09 | More by DosBeerigos
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy straw color with a thick two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The lacing practically covers to whole inside of the glass after each sip.

Smell; mildy peppery up front with some hints of tropical and tart fruits. There's an herbal, almost flowery presence, with a bit of a funky earthiness.

Taste; a touch more funky in the flavor than the nose let on, then bceoming a bit sweet with the tropical fruits, and then becoming a little tart. The herbal, spicy, flowery hops and yeast come finally come out, and then this finishes a little on the dry side. I've been wanting to get my hands on this one for a long time, and it finally became available here in Omaha.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, whish is a bit thinner than I was expecting, but oh my God is this thing drinkable. I could drink this all night until it eventually kicked my ass.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:27:39 | More by RedHaze
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml Bottle from Liquid Solutions.
Poured into a pint glass. 3 finger substantial head.
Light color appearance. As we got near the yeast the color darkened and it became quite cloudy. Very fine, small bubbles.

Aroma: very fruity. pear, mango, apple

Taste: I get pear, citrus, apple.

Mouthfeel: wonderful. The appley flavor coats my tongue. Very silky.

Drinkability: A great summer beer. Careful, this is 8% but I'd never notice.

The best saison I have had yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:34:19 | More by JonathanL7890
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loren01

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, huge billowy head, good lacing
S: Lemmony, fresh cut hay (almost reminds me of a pilsner hop scent, very fresh)
T: Very complex tastes, sweet/fruity, spicy/peppery.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, goes down very easy
D: This beer for sure lived up to the hype, very tasty brew would drink this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 03:18:07 | More by loren01
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky straw yellow with a tinge of orange.  Thick, white, foamy head with good lacing.

Strong citrus on the nose, mostly oranges.  Almost like an orange and cream smell.  Smells like spring and grassy fields, and floral.  Some funk.

This is so complex, I don't know if I'll be able to describe this accurately.  Up front grass, straw, and earth.  Slight belgian spice.  This is followed by some citrus undertones and finishes dry with a whole lot of funk.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.

Incredible, complex beer.  I can't believe I waited as long as I did to try this, but this is because the Fantome labeled as "biere artisanale sur lie" was the classic Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:52:00 | More by Adrianized
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a corked 750 mL bottle with fellow BA chowdahead at Ebenezer's Pub. This is unlike any other Saison I've tried. It was very refreshing, with a bold, fruity nose (far less horse blanket than I expected), and was tart to just the right extent (i.e., didn't temporarily wreck the palate). I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Saison or better yet to anyone who is afraid of the funk - this beer would be a good jumping off point.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 17:12:01 | More by ElGallo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, capped and corked. Poured into a tulip, no problem removing the cork.

Pours a pale straw golden color, glowing against light, but hazed and translucent. Forms a large sturdy rocky ivory head that has average retention and fades to a thin cap with minimal Belgian style lacing. Aroma is distinct, initially earthy and acidic with lemon citrus notes. However there is also some spicy sweetness that reveals itself as the beer warms and sits with a mild fresh alcohol pinch.

Flavor is rich, with a complex blend of lemon zest, peach tart, sugary spice, earthy hops and strong toasted malt in the finish. The sugar sweet and peach tart grip the front of the palate and as the soft, effervescent body moves across the palate the mild earthy hops appear followed by the surprisingly potent toasted malt backbone. Finish is relatively dry and toasted, with lingering fruity acidic and sweet flavors. The alcohol detected in the aroma isn't apparent on the palate but this is surprisingly warming for a saison. Very unique, complex and enjoyable. Aside from the price, I'm always happy to have this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:53:42 | More by yourefragile
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison is straw colored and murky with a rather vigorous head after I give it such a gentle pour to avoid the half-inch of yeast on the bottom of the 750ml bottle. I recently had a bottle of this beer with which I took no such care and the initial beauty of this libation was irrevocably changed from perfect to pulped orange juice with extra added calcium - to call it chalky and ultra viscous would be an understatement. Thankfully I avoided such a fate this time.

Notes of pepper, coriander, lavender, super-sweet quality corn and a slight bubblegum nose waft out of my snifter.

The taste carries the nose through to fruition with accents of hay, peach and under-ripe strawberry joining the party. This particular example of this ever-changing and fluid brew was on the mellower side in the funk department. Other bottles I've had over the years have been much less delicate;)

With a careful pour, mouthfeel is spot on for a rustic saison - not ultra smooth but enjoyably hearty with no rough edges and certainly not the nightmare I experienced with the bottle I described before.

Overall this and Saison Dupont are at the top of the saison category for good reason. Dupont is more consistent, but when Fantome is on, there are few better beers in the world.

Dany Prignon is a genius!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 21:56:40 | More by Rochefort10nh
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montageman

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. This is a very nice looking beer - cloudy yellow/orange with a bone white head that goes nowhere fast and leaves some incredible lacing. Smell is crisp and refreshing, like a perfect summer day. More specifically, apples and clove dominate and in a very nice manner. I have to admit that my first sip was not a good one. Initially, I thought this would be a pain to get through, but after a while, this grew on me, as any good beer will. Totally refreshing is how I would characterize this - citrusy, apple-y, and little floral and malty. Wonderfully complex and delicious - this would be perfect on a hot day (too bad it's like 15F outside currently). Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but could use a little more to be crisper (a mild complaint). I could drink this all day - very easy on the palate. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:06:40 | More by montageman
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babaracas

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy radiant light amber with fizzy white head, puts up a few rings. Smell: nectarine, floral, white grape and slightly champagney, clove, grainy backing, herbal as it warms. Very bright, fruity and fairly sweet. Taste: fruity upfront... nectarine, into grape skin into light lactic tartness, clove, grassy, light breadiness, bitter orange. Fruity and herbal brettness. Light bodied, slick to creamy, crushable. Sugary, semi dry finish. Delicious, majestic, all of the good things.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 02:21:17 | More by babaracas
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy blond, well carbonated with a big fizzy head that leaves quickly.

Smell is grassy, wheat, subtle.

Taste is Belgium candy sugar and funk, hay, wheat, straw. It’s a lot like when you chew on spaghetti and it gets sweeter over time. Honey and a bit of hoppiness on the tail.

The easiest drinking I’ve ever come across. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:31:19 | More by Smurf2055
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a little bit of funk with some citrus notes as well as green apple. The flavor is green apples.spices, lemons, wheat and some light tartness. Thin mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. A excellent saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 04:08:43 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best beer of the weekend. Pours hazy yellow with a big, rocky white head. Thick lacing. Funky sweet aroma with candied fruits. A wonderful taste for a saison. Lots of sweet oranges, strawberries, and plums. Sour yeast balances out the sweet and lets out the pepper and spice. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:58:03 | More by magictrokini
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a bright golden color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal hops, light spices, Belgian candi sugar, and hints of fruits. Everything plays off of each other very well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian candi sugar and earthy hop flavors kick things off and are followed shortly by a good bit of spices. All of these flavors are joined by solid amounts of light fruit flavors before disappearing into a clean and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished the bottle very quickly and could drink a whole lot of these.

Overall this is a very, very good saison but I have to say that I like the Printemps just a bit more. I've yet to be disappointed by Fantome and look forward to trying more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:41:12 | More by glid02
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. cork - 036/477044
Lot#dJ - best by: 13'

A: A bit of a vigorous pour brings a one finger head formation. The head slowly retreats to a silky layer. The lacing is left in a thin pattern. The body is a murky straw color with a chalky hue. Carbonation is moving rather slowly.

S: The aroma shows notes of funkiness, with a good level of esters yeast character. The level of intensity on the aroma is medium, but still shows good presence.

T/M: This is one smooth, creamy saison. The sour notes are just perfect. A bit of funky acid, but still allowing other spice come through. A bit of a candi sugar found. The mouthfeel is great, silk and great lingering funk. A good lemon character.

O: Overall this is perhaps one of the finest saisons. Nice developed funk and very well hidden ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:21:54 | More by GDBEERMAN
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A) Nice golden hue with a little frothy head.

S) A bit metallic...phenols coming through.

T) A ton of lemon zest, peppery spiciness...the acidity disapears pretty quickly...man the lemon comes right back.

M) Vey nicely carbonated. I like the champagne mouthfeel!

O) Pretty damn outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:56:11 | More by jimmy82063
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, best before the end of January 2013. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is pretty nice, it smells like citrus fruits, hay, earthy funk, apples, and some apricots. It tastes like apples (both sweet and tart ones), citrus, pears, white grapes, peppery spice, and a bit of funk and hay. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I made the mistake of passing up this beer in the past, so I knew when I finally came across it again the other day that I had to buy it. I certainly wasn't disappointed, this is a pretty good brew! $13.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:08:10 | More by bluejacket74
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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