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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 48
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, deep ruby red. Creamy off white head initially stands at a three finger height, but eventually settles to about half an inch. Patches of foamy lacing remain.

S: Tart green apple skin. Candy apple, caramel. Musty and funky. Toast and brown bread. Orange peel. Baseline of herbs and spices. Very herbal, actually. Like thyme or oregano or something of that ilk.

T: Sour, slightly puckering green apple and lemon up front. Crusty brown bread and toast contributions from the malt. Caramel also. Musty and funky on the mid-palate. Herbs and spices are not as apparent as they were on the nose, and they support nicely. Garden herbs. Mint. Orange peel. Finishes a bit subtly with lingering herbs and a receding sourness.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth enough. Very mild carbonation. could use just a little bit more dimension, but it isn't bad.

O: Strange indeed. Not quite sure what they have in here for spices, but it's interesting. It works well enough, but it's nothing mind blowing. A good food beer for sure, it could make for some more esoteric pairings.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before July 2013. Pours slightly hazy and cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cherry, strawberry, apple, pear, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, caramel, leather, light funk, and herbal earthiness; slight oxidized cardboard note, but not bad. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity and spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, apple, cherry, strawberry, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, floral, caramel, bread, light leather, light funk, and herbal earthiness. Lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, floral, caramel, bread, light leather, light funk, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick, fairly crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice farmhouse ale. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: Best by June 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

After a string of Fantome beers that I didn't find particularly enjoyable, I'm glad to have sampled the entire bottle of Strange Ghost, as it was a delicious amber saison with odes to the Flanders oud bruin style. Rich with tart strawberry and raspberry flavor, with hints of ginger and Belgian brown candi sugar, this is a Fantome that I would not hesitate to pick up again.

Pours a 1cm head of beige foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, retention being average in duration. The head falls to a thin ring around the glass with a modest amount of lacing clinging to the glass' sides. Body is a wood-stain brown color with reddish tints, somewhat hazy. Light brings out stronger reddish and orange hues in the otherwise brown body.

Aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, slightly spice-like, and a bit tart. The sweetness is reminiscent of mildly tart raspberries, strawberries, and some brown Belgian candi sugar blended together; the spice is akin to ginger; the tartness is very mild acetic acid/vinegar. Someone mentioned Flanders-style ales, and I would agree that this has similarities to Flanders oud bruins.

The flavor of Strange Ghost is tart and fruity, similar to a Flanders oud bruin, and quite enjoyable: definitely not a typical saison. Front of palate is sweet and tart with a hint of soured strawberry-raspberry juice mixed with a brown Belgian candi sugar liquid. Mid-palate picks up ginger, tart strawberry and raspberry flavors, with the fruits and tartness being most assertive. Back of palate detects moderate to light tartness with residual strawberry and raspberry fruits. Lingering aftertaste of crisp, tart raspberry with a hint of Belgian brown candi sugar.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that leads this to foam up slightly on the palate, but never feels fizzy or prickly. The result is a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that's a pleasure to partake of. Closes fairly dry with medium to medium-high stickiness across palate.

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Photo of jlenik
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: dark amber, slightly ruby. finger and a halfs worth of tan head.

s: kind of reminds me of a funky smelling fruit roll up. sweet fruits are coming through along with some hop aromas.

t: tastes like it smells. cherries and strawberry flavors. sweetness of the beer is balanced by the tartness.

m: nice amount of carbonation, creamy mouthfeel overall.

o: after trying a few other Fantome beers I was excited to get my hands on this one. I've also never had a "bad" bottle of Fantome yet so I consider myself lucky. I don't know if I could consider this a saison but whatever it might be, it's damn good.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Binny's. 750mL for $16.99

Capped and corked 1pt 9.4oz bottle, Lot D, poured into chalice.

A: Hazy, muddy brown with a thick off-white head. Nice lace cascades down the sides of the chalice.

S: Smells rustic and of dark fruits, cherries, and spices.

T: Whoa! This one tosses the kitchen sink at us! Intricate doesn't even begin to describe this. A nice potpourri of spices up front: mint, rosemary, lavender, and other floral notes. A bit of cherry and other assorted dark fruit sweetness peeks through after that, along with a little bit of barnyard funk. Washes away with a nice bit of chocolate candy-sweetness and a kiss of...well...some kind of herb. I'm not an herb afficienado by any means, so I can't really tell what's on the ass-end of this, but it sure is pleasant.

M: Great! Fairly medium with a nice feeling from the carbonation. Washes down the flavors very nicely.

O: I can't begin to describe how interesting and complex this beer is. There is a lot of flavors going on. Even after taking many sips, I'm still discovering new things. Every bottle of Fantome is different, so what I'm tasting may not be what anyone else tastes, but hopefully it's something close ;)

Gotta knock points off for the rather uninviting color of this brew. It looks like the water left at the bottom of the kitchen sink after washing a bunch of dirty dishes.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for the hookup here. I'm not sure if this one ever makes it out this way. Poured in a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter. Lot d, best before July, 2013 according to the label.

A: Garnet hued body, good clarity, minimal beige head with a decent glass ring. No lacing, some legs. Appears to be one of the more viscous Fantome's I've come across. 4/5

S: Vinegar, aceitic acid, vanilla, stone fruits... smells like a Flanders (looks like one too). 4/5

T: Vanilla and cherry from the nose are not lost here. A nice dose of bleu cheese funk up front is exciting. Vinegar is not as strong in the taste as the smell, lemon acid notes, woody tannins could be from the use of some wood in the brew process, but of course I have no idea since this is Fantome. Some secrets are best unrevealed. 4/5

M: Light on the palate with fizzy biting carbonation. Slightly sticky finish doesn't get in the way of enjoyment. 4/5

O: Looks like a Flanders, smells like a Flanders, tastes like a Flanders. I'm calling this a Flanders. Not as complex and deep as Rodenbach, but better than most American examples of the style I've come across. 4/5

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feared this beer, for no good reason. Shared at a uber-Fantome insanity whale epic tasting party with some other gents where we slayed Fantomes so quickly (something something something)...oh no I didn't.

Beer is dark, sort of brown, dingy like dishwater with a lazy wispy head of small bubbles, hazy, low retention, low lacing. Looks a little odd.

Beer smells like a Fantome, a little earthier, but mostly floral and yeast.

Beer does not taste like tomatoes, which is good. I held onto this beer for a long time because I feared drinking it alone, but it was sweet, floral, earthy with a nice finish. I enjoyed it, maybe because I held onto it for a few years, but this was quite good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice dark brown with light ruby highlights that popped up around the outside and edges of the glass when held up. A nice sized tan head pops up on the top of the glass and sits there for a nice bit of time before settling back down and leaving a good amount of lacing around the sides.

Aroma is dominated by raisins and dark fruit early on. A really nice blend of light spices, roasted malts and almost a Smokey note start to permeate the air as it warms up and starts to come around full circle. Light notes of chocolate even find their way into the mix along with earthy malt notes and touches of figs. This carries over very well into the flavor as the first sips just spill dark fruits and spiced run notes all along the palate and a rich roasted malt note really starts to let itself be known. Really nicely done and a great blend of flavors. Especially as it starts to warm and fully opens up. Small hints of dark spices finish off the flavor as it rolls off the tongue and a nice and smooth

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is full of cherries with some spices and toffee mixed in. There is a little bit of pepper and some yeast mixed in.

The flavor has some lightly tart cherry notes in it, as well as some toffee and a little bit of funk like you get in some of the Fantome saisons. There is also some earthiness in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears a rusty, orange brown color. Mild haze with a small tan head after a careful pour. The aroma offers herbal, floral, funk, fruit, vegetable, and yeast scents. A lot of stimulus for the olfactory senses. The taste brings some apple notes, along with a light spice, though not with the same intensity as La Gillmoir or BBB Dark White. Candied apples and a fruity sweetness are balanced by a light funk. Medium to light bodied. Good feel. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Very rich aroma wtih notes of grape, raspberry, and some florals. Nice, I like the start of some sourness followed by dark fruit sweetness. The head leaves lace as I drink this. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. This is a pretty tasty Fantome, probably one of my top.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy brown yellow color, nice lacing, light brown head, decent lacing.
S- There’s a candy mint/lime aroma to this beer, malt backbone, spice, slight floral notes.
T- Sweet candy flavor, slight apple taste, lime, slight sour notes, dark fruit notes are present as well.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, well carbonated, clean finish, with a spicy aftertaste.
O- Solid brew from Fantome, nothing special that would single this beer out above the rest that we tried tonight, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color with a half finger of off white head. Has decent retention and lacing.

Smell: A bit sweet from the malt, mildly funky. Somewhat fruity, hints of mellon.

Taste: More sour and bitter than the other Fantome offerings I have had. Herbal and funky, again, I'm picking up what reminds me of mellon and some strong citrus notes. The finish is bitter, perhaps a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was pretty good, but didn't like it as much as the other Fantome beers I have tried. A bit too bitter in the finish.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy tea coloration. Nice bubbling carbonation. The head is a finger high biege coloration.

S- A very funky blend of berries, fennel / anise, juniper berries, a bit more herbaceous but I cannot pin it all down.

T- The flavor has a nice fruity tart cherry, mixed berries an odd turn grape vinegar ranging into rootbeer notes. Wierd but I like it. The flavors vary for the better the warmer the beer gets.

M- Medium bodied well carbonated beer. The alcohol is well incorporated.

O- This beer is yet another fine example of the funkyness I know and love from Fantome. Well done!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, Lot "d", best before end of July 2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet and fruity, the brew smells like strawberries, raspberries, caramel malt, various herbs, and some tart cherries. It tastes like raspberries, tart cherries, strawberries, lemon peel, herbs and a bit of vinegar and funk. The tart flavors are somewhat stronger compared to the sweet ones. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I didn't know what to expect with this one before I tried it but I liked this beer a lot. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lee for this one. Always appreciate a new Fantome beer.

A: The pour is an opaque, dark amber color with a huge off-white head.

S: A very spicy and herbal nose with a lot of rosemary, sage, and perhaps even a little juniper. There is some fruit to it, too. Mild aromas of tart cherries and definitely a good amount of raisins.

T: The flavor starts off sweet with a light tartness. There are sour cherries and raisins, and even a bit of dates. Some sage and juniper gives is a strong herbal quality and there is a little bit of tart lemon on the back.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the high side of medium.

O: Not surprisingly for a Fantome beer, this was a little bit different. I enjoyed it, but could have done without such a strong herbal presence.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with some friends. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a darker than expected color of burnt red to caramel-like copper. A khaki head forms about 2 fingers strong very rich and creamy in appearance. The cap slowly recedes leaving patches of lacework on the glass. All together, the retention is pretty solid.

The smell of this brew is fruity with a suggestion of limes mixed with grass and garden herbs. Almost minty at times with a hint of pine and lightly funked yeast aspect. As it warms up, it smells quite tangy from a combination of the yeast, alcohol and fruited quality. Once warm there is a faint note of diaper.

The taste is fruity with limes. A touch of medicinal character with some herbal quality. It is quite tangy and fruited as the aroma suggested. Some caramel malt backing is evident with a residing sweetness on the tongue that mixes well with the fruited notes. The 8% abv is warming down the back of th throat. The aftertaste is a combination of toasted malt flavoring mixed with a hint of funky plastic but that is only after the brew has exceeded ideal temperature.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy amount of carbonation. It is warming down the throat with a touch of yeasty spiced aspect. The lime flavoring was an interesting mix but it was well integrated and enjoyable. Almost tart at times but excessively drinkable. Fantome certainly revitalized my interest in the saison style with my last couple of experiences.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't even know what to call this color...dirty reddish/brown, sort of muddy looking, with a huge, fluffy, everlasting beige head.

Big herbal aroma, reminding of evergreen/spruce trees. Lots of succulent fruit character, especially young and nearly unripe berries of all sorts. A different sort of mineral tone, and a good one at that. Perfume-y and flowery as well. This is an incredibly enticing, enjoyable smell.

The taste doesn't come off quite as complex as the smell, but there's nothing to regret on the tongue. Mostly berry sweetness, big lemony citrus, a very earthy character (presumably the yeast) and very strong herbal tea. A slight pucker in the finish, also fairly dry and quite crisp. Maybe a tad over-carbonated/tingly for my liking, but not abrasive.

Yet another Fantome beer that is fully satisfying, unique, totally drinkable and, well, just plain wonderful. And delivered with the naturalness and old-school artisan craftsmanship they're known for. That's how they roll over there, apparently.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark golden orange, almost copper with yelowish orange hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind with nice legs.

Nice earthy, funky aroma with barnyard notes, especially straw and wet hay.  Subtle vegetal earthiness with a bit of mushroom along with some caramel malt and peppery spice.  

Medium bodied with a good balance of dry earthy spice and barnyard funk.  Slightly earthy, vegetal character with lots of zesty spice up front, especially pepper and coriander.  Nice malt backbone and subtle citrus fruit but the earthy funk flavor dominates.    

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Photo of Bubba83
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. One finger of off white head tops a rust brown body that is quite hazy and difficult to see through. Good retention and barely any lacing.

Cherry pie with a lemony zing to it. Smells like it is going to be sour and zesty. A little bit of medicinal hint to it but it is not detracting much. Maybe some vinegar bite too.

A pretty refreshing flavor, plenty sour and a bit funky as well. Some fusel alcohol in the finish mixes with a vinegary bit and some lemony funky cherry. Not much sweetness.

Pretty damn dry, lovely texture and consistency, well carbed. Best aspect of this beer.

Overall a nice beer and one of the more odd beers this odd brewery brews. Strange indeed, worth a try.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue wax, and a "best before" date of July 2013. Batch d.

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy, deep amber with a light tan head of about three fingers. Head is mostly, tight, little bubbles. Head slowly drops.

Aromas of herbal (sage?), grassy, slightly medicinal.

Flavors of herbs (again with the sage), grassy, a tang of sourness, lemons and lemon zest. A hint of oakiness too. A bitterness on the fade, but not a hop bitterness, more pithy like citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Mouthcoating light bitterness.

Overall very nice. I still don't care for spiced saisons, even from Fantome, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

Pours a large layer of beige head head. Good retention with thick lacing. Color is a clear copper bronze.

Aroma: Really unique. Some roasted malts, a lot of spice. Brown sugar and mint. Some chocolate. Kind of malty.Lime. Very light farmhouse funk flavors.

Taste: Minty or lime flavored. Yeasty and bready malts. Some fruits. Kind of sour flavored. Sour apples. Astringent kind of. More sour than funky. Not big on the farmhouse area.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and soured. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit too much spice.

Overall, I enjoyed this, but it had a bit too much ‘strange’ spice. I wish it had a bit more farmhouse funk. The sour flavors were kind of enjoyable however.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9-22-2010 from a very fresh bottle.

How fresh? Standing next to the store clerk as he fills the shelf with a newly arrived case of Fantome Strange Ghost fresh.

Fresh Fantome is just awesome, and this beer did not disappoint! The beer poured with a huge, creamy head of foam. Cloudy, a rusty metalish brown color, close to home-brewed ice tea. Almost light cola, with a old brick red tinge to it. The nose was wild, with lots of spice & herbs in it. I'm picking up cloves, nutmeg, thyme,
even some cardamon. Fantome funk is there too, tart and fruity. Cherries, and figs like a spiced Christmas fruit cake! Strange indeed.
It taste like it smells. A inter-mix of spices and herbs, with a wonderful fruity tartness in the mouth. High carbonation at first then becomes soft and creamy. Good barnyard funk mixing in as the beer warms. There's just so much going on here, holiday spice, cherries, figs, fruitcake, fresh baked pie, candied fruit. Spice/ herbs all the way through the beer, not overpowering everything is in balance. Earthy, tart-funk, spice, fruity bubblegum in the finish. 8% abv is hardly noticeable as usual with Fantome beers, I'd call this a Spiced Saison.

Update: tasted this beer again a couple months later and the spice & herbs had dropped out the beer considerably, still there, but not as much as when I first tasted it. Became more tart/ sour with that barnyard funk and fruitiness present. Still damn good though.
Fantome beers are so delicate in the nose and palate, they transform rather quickly. I've got 2 more bottles in the cellar I'll see how it's tasting later this summer. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy and ruddy tea and cola color with a nice head trhat recedes to a ring of foam after the pour and first half hour of sipping.

The aroma is viney, soft barnyard, leather, and the herbal, earthy equivalent that gives Red Bull its disctinct aroma. Very cool mix of smells.

The taste is even more in-depth and multi-faceted than the smell. Herbal, toasted mnalts, grass, earth, and viney all roll around the mouth and interact well with one another. The palate is a dry, and a little chalky, but does not take too much fom the overall interesting nature of this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, darker toasted auburn brown color, murky.

Nose is sweet toasty malts, light saison malts, light spices, light herbs, bit of dark fruits and Belgian yeast.

Taste is toasty malts, little sweet, very slight wild barnyard funk, light tinny flavor, saison malts, some fruits like fig etc, light spices maybe cardamom, nuts, cinnamon (?), some spices at least, a dry finish with light funk.

Mouth is medium bodied with lighter but decent enough carbonation.

Overall I was a little disappointed, I know their beers are usually really good, but this was a little flat and sure strange. NOt a bad beer, but doesn't live up to the Fantome name.

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Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.