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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Strange GhostFantôme Strange Ghost

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BA SCORE
88
very good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.6%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002)
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Reviews by ntillemans:
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ntillemans

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - It had a slight hint of tomato juice in the appearance and thin head.

S - There's a medicinal smell like camphor...some slight cherry fruitiness...some vegetable and perhaps rosemary also.

T - I really didn't care for the taste. It reminded me of the flavor of the worst tasting cold remedy I've ever had (perhaps an entirely subjective experience...but this one led me down that path). There's a lemon flavor...maybe also oversteaped tea...or a tea bag...very potent.

M - There was nothing especially offensive or enticing about the mouthfeel...maybe a little creaminess and astringent but mostly unremarkable

D - I drank this one a little fast, mostly to get on to the next beer. Not a total loss but NEARLY a drain-pour. I could barely finish finish half a 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 05:12:46 | More by ntillemans
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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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05-12-2013 01:35:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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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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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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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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Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
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