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Fantôme Saison - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 470
Gots: 183 | FT: 9
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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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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
Photo of Sheaffdogg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sheaffdogg, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Soxfanmcgee
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
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
Photo of Bilco
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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few times before. Thanks to whoever brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II

A - Pours slightly hazy burnt orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of horse blanket funk, citric fruit - I get a lot of lemon - spice and some basement must. The nose of this one is simply intoxicating.

T - Starts off with some quick hints of bright citric acidity quickly being enveloped by the strong barnyard funk and basement must. Once the funk begins to pass some light spice and some fresh cut grass round things out. A touch of booze creeps in as it sits in the glass.

M - Delicate feel with a light body and moderately high carbonation. The combo of fruity and dry really works for me. Not really sour but definitely funky.

O - There is little doubt in my mind that this one is one of the best saisons in the world. It is extremely well balanced and it just plain tastes great. I need to find a few of these for myself one of these days.

orangesol, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

TMath524, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Archemedies, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ohtheguilt, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 22/3/12

A hazy bright golden yellow with lots of very tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere taking their time to reach the two fingers of bone white foam that falls to a thin film leaving several partial rings of lace

S smells pretty sexy with loads of funky apple and pear, some tropical notes, grass, hay, cereal and a little more funk with faint booze

T some faint vinous notes and peppery spice with just a little earthy wet wood, most of what I smell is still there too, not as much grass and hay but now I'm getting a little citric rind towards the finish, the booze is detectable but just, too say this ones complex would be an understatement

M full for the color and it has a little bitter bite to it, those tiny bubbles are a little prickly in the mouth and some faint heat is my only complaint

O a style I enjoy and a near perfect example of one, I don't think there's such a thing as the "perfect" beer but this guys pretty close

pretty impressive stuff here, I spent quite a while smelling this stuff and loved every sip I took. This is one of the better beers I've ever had and look forward too drinking it again, until then I need to thank chickenm for sending me this one

wordemupg, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of zhanson88
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. About 3/4" of fizzy head forms, which has almost no retention. No lacing either. 2.5

Smell: Smells of white grape, pear, and green apple most strongly. Very vinuous in that respect. A bit of mineral comes through as well, and quite a bit of must as well. Not funk. Must. Not the most aromatic, a bit hard to pick out scents, but what is there is good.

Lots of pale fruit scents here as well, and more mineral, and must. Green apples and mineral on the finish. I like it.

Light bodied and a lot of carbonation on the tongue. Very good here. Overall, a good saison. Not as good as I was expecting, but I know there is a fair amount of variation in Fantome bottles, so we'll see how the next bottle turns out.

zhanson88, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: hazy golden yellow with an ever present thin white head
S: apples, citrus, strawberry, funk, so inviting and pleasant
T: as the nose depicts with a great peachy flavor. So tasty!
M: medium to lighter bodied with a drying to watering tongue left yearning for more. I could drink this all of the time. No hint of alcohol but it goes to your head.
O: Definitely the best saison I've ever had and I want more!

DrewShal9, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Jan 2013 notched on side of label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.99.

A: Hazy yellow-orange with 2-finger frothy, foamy white head with good retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is fruity with a twang of Belgian yeastiness and some milder spices. The pear and green apple qualities are most apparent with the yeast esters contributing an herbal, almost floral note with just a touch of phenolic flair. There are some lemon citrus notes too.

T: The flavor is less power and more subtlety, almost too under the radar. The floral notes are most prominent, with lavender and herbal qualities leading, with citrus and pear notes next. There is an almost-smoky note to the finish for the first few tries. The herbal nature then catches up. The tanginess is reminiscent of a witbier as the citrus notes reinforce this.

M: The feel is dry with active carbonation. There is still a firmly medium body there. This is a great feeling saison.

O: I really enjoyed this beer but for its feel and subtle flavors, but I wish it had a bit more power in the flavor and aroma.

argock, Mar 12, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Based on the tap adheared to the cap, I'm guessing this one was sent from mizzouguy. Thanks man. a/c/J/13 on the label, and of course I'm hesitant to even begin theorizing exactly what Dany means by that. Poured into an Ommegang tasting glass. Paired with some Cod cooked in herbs, garlic and lemon.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a nice 1/2" foam head. Looks very nice.

S - Some citrus, then an aroma comparable to a freshly sliced strawberry, a little bit of tartness and funk. Lots of fruit.

T - Some Belgian yeast that quickly turns into light citrus, notes of banana, more citrus and a slight amount of funk. Then that aroma note I attributed to strawberries comes out towards the finish. For a moment, it seemed to go towards dryness, but then the mellow flavor continues instead with fruity ending.

M - Light carbonation on the tongue provides for an almost medium mouthfeel. Seems perfect for the style.

O - I can't imagine a better tasting, more refreshing Saison. Balanced, refreshing, perfect. I've had a lot of different Saisons since the last original Fantome has been opened, and now it makes them seem terrible. I would drink this every day. No wonder some people in Belgium are so dedicated to Dany's beers.

claaark13, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-straw yellow to orange color very hazy with nice 2 finger head.

S-orange and pepper with a sourness funk to it. get a little horse too. dryness.

T-Orange peel slightly bitter with some cardamom. Then I get a bit of smokiness which I am not fond of here. As it warms it gets fruitier and looses the smokiness. weird.

M-very light bodied and well carbed. doesn't taste like the abv.

danedelman, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich yellow-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Nice and fruity, apples, pineapple, a little malt, yeast, and some funkyness.

Taste. Tart apples, some bitterness, funky belgian yeast. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice saison. Tons of great flavour.

Rutager, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Saison I've ever had! Truly incredible.

A: 2+ fingered white foamy head that settles slowly leaving some lacing in its wake. The beer itself is a cloudy, dull yellow that looks like a tropical fruit juice.

S: Cherries, strawberries, and a bit of funk. Sugary sweet malty backbone blends very well with strong citrus undertones.

T: A slight lemon tartness makes a showing, funk is also far stronger than the smell indicated. Strawberry notes along with the underlying floral character blend seamlessly with the citrus flavors. Hints of spice begin to build as the beer warms, but never overwhelms the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, very clean finish.

O: I need another bottle and can't wait to try other offerings from one of my new favorite breweries!

tjkinate, Mar 05, 2012
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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