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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 1,776
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 522
Gots: 223 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 795 | Hads: 1,776
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like champagne. Big fizzy white head. Reduces to a thin film in a minute. Murky golden orange in color. On the nose I get some bready tones, a blend of herbs and spices and yeast. Pretty nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Body is light. Taste is unlike other Saisons I've had. Very spicy and tart in the mouth, but not bad. It kind of grows on you. A little bit of an acidic tinge. I get a sour apple like taste. One that makes you pucker rather than wince. (And unlike the sour apple associated with a "green" beer.) I'm not sure what kind of spicing they use (if any), but maybe something like cinamon or bitter orange peel (curacao). Interesting beer, but not something I'm going to shell out out $6 a bottle for. (731 characters)

Photo of AugustusRex
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before End: "d November 2016"

Decanted from a 750mL green bottle into a huge German stein, left the yeast sediment in the bottle. Used the stein to give myself small pours into a proper glass.

Carbonation is moderate, similar to Saison Dupont, but with a less rocky less impressive head.

Almost nothing on the nose from my glass, from the empty bottle tangerine is noted.

Hops are not prominent. Tangerine and grapefruit esters are forward, alcohol is not tasted but is felt. Grapefruit bitterness dominates on the palate, and a more delicate tangerine taste dominates the finish. Tartness is moderate.

Overall, I prefer Saison Dupont for its delicate approach and pear-ester dominance. This one is more astringent due to the grapefruit flavour. Reminds me of Petrus Old Pale.

**Note: my scale

1-2 = unpleasant
3-3.5 = borderline
3.75 = flawed
4 = interesting, worth drinking
>4 = almost perfect (907 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 1999 thanks to brent

pour was a brownish reddish color with hints of orange

very musty with light funk and dark fruit

very musty up front again. tastes like it has been stored for some time, as it has been. the funk is fairly strong with a very strong cherry flavor in the finish. first few sips i was thrown off but then this became quite good.

moderate carbonation, slight dryness.

this was very interesting and hands down the oldest saison ive ever had. i would love to have more of this. the cherry flavor was amazing. (535 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from a recent batch purchased February and consumed April 15. Pours a clear gold color with thin head and lacing.

Nose of bready malts, grain, pepper and a floral/herbal character.

Taste is of fairly clean malts up front and some orange-citrus sweetness. Then it fades into bitter grapefruit and morphs into an ashy, astringent finish. I get some mild herbal flavors such as lavender and grass.

Mouthfeel is excellent with fine, creamy carb. Less carbonated than previous 'tomes.

Every bottle of Fantome I have tried seems a little different. This one is more straightforward. It has rewarding qualities yet parts are still challenging, especially with the ashy finish. As it got a little warmer and as I got towards the bottom of the bottle, I enjoyed it more and more. (783 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The long-running top-ranked beer in my favorite style. Recently supplanted by a HF one-off, but I'll probably never try that. So here we go! Best before end July 2013. Tasted 16 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color. Not quite clear, like looking through frosted glass. A wide column of bubbles rising up. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is intriguing. Fruity and flowery. Quite flowery, as I continue to smell it. Lightly sweet, with a soft crispness. Funk is in the background, but rises up more with warmth. Just a bit of spice. I like it.

Taste is funkier and spicier, still with plenty of fruit. Balanced and interesting, but I want more from it. Drifts from sweet like a riesling to a dry bitter in the finish - a surprising transition.

Mouthfeel is top-notch. Medium-bodied, with a ballooning feeling that I always have a hard time describing - like it's expanding off my tongue to fill up my mouth. Tingly carbonation to start out, becomes more mellow as it goes.

Very nice beer. Not the best saison I've had, but definitely up there. In the balanced group for the style, with no element really standing out, though it's definitely a shade towards the fruity side. (1,242 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -10%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have not had this in a while....pours into a chalice wiht a small 1cm head.

nose is very fruity, almost fig-like, yeasty, almost a hint of bitterness or sourness in it as well. Somewhat barnyard, reminds me of the saison series from the brewery that makes darbyeste, etc.

taste is quite bitter and slightly sour, almost too bitter. Barnyard taste, musty and leathery and grassy, makes me think of a barn, literally. .some complexity here is missing compared to his other beers, though as far as style, this is an excellent saison.

The more bitter elements are dulled quickly by the palate, and this beer becomes far too easy to drink at 8%. (650 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Best before date panel was not notched. I have had this bottle for 6 months. Corked and capped. No pop when opened but the cork was in good condition. When gently poured I received a rich golden, slightly hazy body and a bright white cap of head. Soapy lace clings to the side of the glass. My last pour created a huge head that lingered.

Smell was fruity and sweet. Not as "farmy" as I anticipated. Hard candy breath. Stale bread aroma.

Taste was rich sweet malts. Apple flesh. Hints of apricots and pears. Nice and tangy. Bread dough. Sweet-tarts. Belgian yeast richness surfaces in the last pour. The addition of some yeast improved the complexity. Pleasant bittering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. Somewhat slick in the mouth. This actually tasted more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale rather than a Saison. I really didn't experience any funkiness or spritzy carbonation. (995 characters)

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light, golden amber, pale, nice thick head.

smell: hmm, kinda spicy, gingery perhaps? also a floral fruity bouquet to follow.

taste: wow, being that this was my 1st saison i wasn't sure what to expect, but man was this a shock to my taste buds. i got a slam of fruit and spices that was almost overwhelming at first. very nice hint of hops, light malt, and the delicate taste of booze.

mouthfeel: light, crisp, and bubbly. sweet dry finish. very refreshing

drinkability: i wished i had another on hand. (526 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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! (391 characters)

Photo of roughsax
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle served in an oversized wine glass. Best by dates were not notched.

A- hazy golden hue, white head with some good lacing that persisted

S- skunky, earthen yeast, lemon citrus, faint apple

T- honey, light sugars, lemon/orange citrus, earth, clove, pepper/spices, tart, dry bitter finish

M- light to medium, not too much carbonation, coats the tongue and mouth

D- good. alcohol slightly noticable but not detracting. complex. starts sweet and ends bitter/dry. was expecting more earthiness. one bottle was good for me in a sitting, but will drink again. (585 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from magnum into Chimay chalice.

A - Very cloudy and murky orange haze with minimal head. Lacing is moderate.

S - Very sour fruit with strong yeast scent. Nice biscuity aroma with slight alcohol zip.

T - Mouth puckering sour yeast with nice malt sweetness. This one really makes your palate reel as sour is main sensation with a bit of peppery spice.

M - As above, sour pucker that stings lips and pleases minds.

D - Gets stupid sour as it warms, and the alcohol becomes more evident. Not my favorite saison so far. (537 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tip: let this breath and warm up a bit before serving.

Pours cloudy, orange/golden with high carbonation. Nose is tangy, brett champagne funk, with some nice belgian esters and phenols. Flavor is slightly tart melon, though a bit thin, a phenolic finish, with a lingering tang on the mouth.Mouth is refreshingly bubbly like a champagne. Finishing the bottle is no problem; purchasing another is.

Overall I'm lightly underwhelmed based on the reputation. It is enjoyable but it doesn't really work for me. I see it like this: I enjoy lemonade, and I enjoy water, but water with a few lemons in it is the worst of both worlds. Fantome lacks the enjoyable tartness of the lambics. (679 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle labeled best by July 2013 into a tulip glass.

A. A light pour nets a finger of bubbly, fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the top. The body is the color of apple juice. No real lacing noted.

S. The fist impression is of apple cider, but the smell of champagne quickly takes hold of your attention. Finishes off with a slight funkiness.

T. A funky grape flavor similar to a white wine starts off the flavor experience. Slips into a sour apple cider flavor with a dry apple aftertaste. A pear flavor becomes apparent in the aftertaste after a bit of warming.

M. Holy carbonation Batman! Its a medium bodied beer but the carbonation really bites your tongue starting out. (708 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky yellow orange beer with a big head that collapses after several minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is citrus and tart with some musty and funky Brett smells. Some green apples. There is a hoppy smell, but this dominated by the tartness.

Taste is complex and so to speak really Belgian, a tart funkiness of the yeast or Brettanomyces, that also gives the beer a fruitiness of apricots and tart fruit. This sourness really dominates the beer and every other taste comes in second or third. OK, there is a hoppy note but I am not sure if this citric hoppiness is just caused by the hops or in conjunction with the yeast or bacteria. Drinkability is not great, the sourness is really getting in the way.

I am not a big fan of sour/tart beers, but I think this beer is a nice example of a beer where the sourness balances the beer and makes the beer not acidic, but 'fresh'. (896 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Relating with a new bottle, corked and capped from Tipples. This is the rating that the score reflects. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. Musty funky yeast aroma, hay, light grassy hop, sweet fruits like apples. Flavor follows with light hay and grass, a little pilsner like malt, some apple fruit and lemon peel, funky yeast, and some wheat on the finish. There is an interesting flavor in here that I can’t identify any more than some vague spice. Light bodied with medium to high carbonation z much better than the last bottle and very different from anything else I have had but a nice changeup for the spring and summer weather.

Old rate: Poured from bottle into a tulip. Hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is bandaids and more bandaids. Am I at the doctor’s office? Flavor is more bandaid funk with some hints of fruit and spice. God this is effing awful. Light mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. I hope this is a bad bottle, otherwise I have lost all faith in ratings... (1,046 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a damn good beer. Appearance and smell are just okay, but the funkiness of the taste makes this beer the best in it's style. Nice mouthfeel with outstanding drinkability. I was shocked that this beer is 8%. Very nice. (258 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a thick white head that leaves massive lace. The nose is very pretty with passion fruit, light hay, and light malt. Flavors are some tart lemon with tropical fruits, light hops, with some hay and bread. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long tropical and bitter finish. (358 characters)

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my secret fav tasting glass! Best before July 2013, but it's double labeled...hmmm!

A- Beautifl dark golden, orange hazy body with an inch of pillowing head that has great head retention and great lacing.

S- Definitely a younger Fantome from my experience. Alot more fruity than I expected or wanted. It does have the signature Fantome nose of funk and barnyard, but just more fruitiness.

T- Lots of dried fruit, stoned fruit, especially apricots and golden raisons, little funk. I actually after having dozens of Fatomes for over 6 or 7 years now, expected more funk and barnyard. The last several I have had have been to fruity. :-?

M- Good clean mouthfeel.

Overall- Maybe I need to let this beer rest longer. This was once my favorite Saison and/or Farmhouse. Now it's coming in still in top 10. (813 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantome Saison pours into my oversized wine goblet with a hazy orange gold color and a just off white head. The head fizzles to a ring around the glass and leaves very little lace. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity (ripe apples) with a hint of spice. The taste is rather sweet up front with a fruity touch. The finish is slightly tart, but certainly not inappropriate for the style. What is odd is the rather full body, cloying sweetness, and lower carbonation that the style would normally dictate. A bit of yeast spiciness is present and conveys perhaps a bit of a citric edge. Overall, I find Fantome Saison to be a tasty beer, but it rather misses the mark for the style. I would prefer a more refreshing and dry beer, with a strong yeast spiciness and lower sweetness. Either way, give this a try, it is a nice beer. (826 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjgardner for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with huge gobs of sediment. Good head formation, but not so great on sustain or lacing.

S: Slightly skunky with aromas of orange zest and floral hops.

T: Fruity yeast flavors up front followed by huge hop bitterness and flavor in the finish. I've never had a saison anywhere near this hoppy, but it's not quite a bad thing.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Typical of the style.

D: Not outstanding, but still very nice. Quite different from other saisons that I've had and worth having again. (576 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a La Trappe goblet. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a cloudy honey-orange body with a generous gushing white fluffy head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing. Some sediment.

S- Upon opening the bottle the first whiff I got was somewhat skunky, but that quickly disappeared once I poured it. Once poured I got ripe bananas, clove, belgian spice, some citrus, and a definite smokey aroma.

T- This is where this beer fell off a cliff. Upfront I get some fruity banana and grape notes, but this is quickly dominated by a sugary, honey-like, overly sweet taste. It's almost like it isn't mature enough and some sugar and unfermented malt is still present in the beer. There's a pretty nice smokey aftertaste, but I just can't get over the cloying sweetness of this beer

M- Overcarbonated. Nice light body though, and very little alcohol detected (I don't believe it's 8%)

Underimpressed with this beer, especially since it's ranked in the top 250. Maybe something was wrong with this batch? Either way not worth the money. (1,085 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Fantome beer. From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Parker Pie. This is a well-made beer, but way too spicy for me. Glad I tried it, but would not get it again. (165 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with hints of amber. Big foamy white head that takes it's time settling down. Not overly carbonated; mouthfeel is decent but is a bit off.

I can see why folks dig this beer, but definitely not my kettle of fish. Big floral/yeast/lemon notes to the nose, the taste is much the same. There's a sweetness lurking in the background. It's not malt, almost like some sort of apricot or melon.

I wouldn't revisit. (430 characters)

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
96 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.