Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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very good

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 45
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 expatsteve
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kathleen for the opportunity to try this--what a great brew this turned out to be!

Appearance: Ruby honeycomb in color; cloudy. Pours a big 2/3 inch head, leaving nice thick suds cover. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Glace ginger, lemongrass, honeycomb--golden raisins, a little vanilla in places. Some nice pine bitterness and a few grassy notes. This beer really has a unique nose.

Taste: Spruce, ginger, pineapple, fresh galanga root, apple cider, and just a little pine. The closest thing I've ever had to this was a pineapple ginger cake. Unique, amazing, refreshing. While this beer shows affinities with a number of other notable belgians--La Fin Du Monde, Duvel, on occasion LaChouffe--its flavor is unique and this beer captures a complex set of complementary and contrasting notes. A strange ghost indeed--albeit it a benign and higly agreeable spook...

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, leaving this full flavored beer completely drinkable. Low carbonation adds to the refreshing qualities of this beer.

Drinkability: Simply awesome. This is a beer I wish I could drink again and again and again. This is the kind of brew that could sell me on belgians for the rest of my days. (1,197 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 Release

Presentation: 750ml green flat-based flask. Cork and capped. Label is exactly as per the BA Avatar. Labeled as ‘Cat S 8% vol’, like most Fantômes. No BB date but for some ‘strange’ reason, sorry couldn’t resist, the bar code on the reverse label is covered in white-out.

Appearance: Rather good for a Fantôme, gorgeous red hue sits inside a fused deep orange that has a turbid stature but mysteriously seems to clear as the brew settles after a while when it develops a coppery-amber body. Crushed tan brown head quickly rises on the top up but slowly leaks like a party balloon to reveal a flaccid surface that exhibits a minimal head after only a few minutes. Carbonation is typically Fantôme, light lacing early on.

Nose: Odoriferous in the hyperbolic extreme. Immensely spicy, metric tonnes of Thyme, Nutmeg, Coriander and Oregano flakes with some Parsley thrown in for good measure, they all cloak this brew. Fuck me sideways, this just has an incredible nose….just pungently packed with a myriad mosaic of herbs and spices that form an amazing gabardine. This is one of those brews that presents a different angle each time you whiff it. Inhale away…..an incredibly obese nose.

Taste: Diabolical in a Good-Bad-Good wayl!! How can I explain this one? Well it’s like having a full 5-tier McCormick Spice Rack pummeled into your face whilst taking all of a full 12” Herbal Enema…..oh my, it starts with everything and finishes with Pumpkin Pie. I’m still coughing up fauna and pulling assorted ferns from my rectum. After a few mouthfuls it develops a gorgeous bitter trait that rises as the latter half of the 750 is demolished. Lingering hop bitterness coats the cheeks and forms a twisted mélange of seriously extremely spicy and indomitably herbal. Does this make me a Pagan!?

Mouthfeel: Pervasive, resilient and tough with a talcum soft footprint. It lasts a lifetime after the swallow. Grassy with some slick earthy tones. Scintillating bitterness tingles in and amongst the residual growing things. This really is very good.

Drinkability: Gone in 60 seconds…well about 15 minutes actually.

Overall: Hmmm…….this is a real Ghost Story, an Odyssey of sorts…..3i’s…..Infectious, Intriguing and Inestimable…..this *IS* Fantôme. Someone very prophetic and much cleverer than me (not hard) once said that “Fantôme: they are the very best of beers, and they are the very worst of beers”, Lord knows I’ve had both ends of the spectrum from Soy’s finest; but this is one of Dany’s best.

Well Worth Seeking Out, if for nothing else but just the nose.

Music: Motörhead – Iron Horse/Born to Lose. (2,665 characters)

Photo of jlenik
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Pale" ale, huh? I'll just assume BA got this one wrong or flat-out didn't know what to call this brew, as it's definitely a hazy, deep amber. A snow white ring of head circles the glass' edges.

Green apples, tarragon, red wine vinegar and dried leaves make for one of the strangest, and strangely alluring, noses I've encountered in some time.

Oh, shit, that's thyme! Manages to maintain a crazy cleanliness the whole way through considering it's rocking a major herbal theme with a hugely dry woody finish. There's even a Perrier-like mineral finish that joins up with the thyme warp-body and a bit of green tea thrown in for good measure. This is fucking great and I'll be damned if I haven't had a beer that is so fiercely original, eminently drinkable, and just a whole lot of fun.

Crisp bordering on overcarbonated but I'll chalk it up to an almost lambic-like approach to this hard-to-define brew. Gotta tell you, I love this beer so much and I'm not getting tired of it. Amazing. (991 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to find, but I managaed to finally get one. Pours a dark orange color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is just weird. Spices everywhere. Ginger, lemon, coriander ... who knows what else. Just spices and then some more spices. Smells great and very strong! The flavor is a lot like the nose. It's a funky Belgian beer basis with just tons of spices thrown in. Some tartness and slight acidity in there as well. Finish is quite dry. This beer is definately bizarre, but very tasty (and weird). (557 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour looks like cola with perhaps a touch of cherry. Enormous off-white head that leaves behind impressive, craggy lacing.

Smell: Saison, but with some additional spices - perhaps oregano (but not as strong as one or two other Fantomes)

Taste: One of the better Fantomes, light funk and spices (oregano?) with some faint figs, raisins, and dates. Also some citrus. Perhaps some pumpkin spices? This one is hard to pin down and incredibly complex. Each sip leads you in a different direction.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and light-bodied, but not thin or watery

Drinkability: Disappears, even at 8%; this one cries out to be paired with food. I'll be buying more. (668 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colour. Amazing aromas of thyme, fennel. Light-medium mouthfeel , undercarbonated- wonderful, creamy, citrus, ginger, anise, lemon Herbal tea yeast-cola . Smooth, alkcohol well disguised. Mondial 2005. Get it, drink it. Another Fantome I will have again. (260 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep darkish honeyed orange hue. Small unlasting capping of dullish white foam grows up quickly from the pour then fades to a bubbly skim and collar. Drippy and non sticky lace with only a few spots staying.

Herbal crazy nose of super high pitched bittersweet floralness and raw lemon. Dandylions, wheat grass, white grape, corriander, and other uniquely herbal aromas bring a brigade of dizzying sniffing enjoyment each time its taken in. Has just a touch of barnyard stuff buzzing about, but the spicey herbal character remains quite true, strong, and beautiful. Awesome nose!

Taste is nearly as dizzying but somehow comes across nice and mellowing with a solid herbal tone over a smallish toasted pale malt and bready doughy sweetness. Kinda honeyish really, especially as it goes, with a solid mix of raw orange and lemon ascents, all the while keeping a firm little creamy sense and a wonderfully natural spicey kick that delivers a uniquely floral, fauna, earthy, grassy effect. A surprise awaits nearly every sip that wraps up all sorts of herbs and spices that'll keep ya guessing.

Feel is about medium, actually kinda dulled in comparison to the overall spicyness it carries. Which is, again, a unique complexity to the overall, taken in conception of how the beer is moving. It has a certain yeasty grab and underscored malty tang, but the complex spices and herbs really turn it into a whole nother complexion of texture and tone.

Wow, this has an immense complexity about it that fits the Fantome family very well. I really liked how it wasn't over the top all that much as its funkyness is quite tame. The sourness well controlled and the bitterness well-rounded in earthyness of herbs and grasses. There's nothing strange about a beer this good other than trying to figure out what exactly those spices and herbs are. (1,840 characters)

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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,
cinnamon
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. (1,658 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with caramel and rusty highlights shining through the murky brew. A light tan film of foam rests lazily on the surface of the beer and sticks around for some time.

The aromas are straight from the spice rack... the whole spice rack! Everything from coriander, cinnamon, oregano, basil... the list goes on and on and is complemented by hints of freshly picked blueberries, and fresh cut pine.

The flavours are jus as diverse and complex. A bite of pine gum and rosemary strikes up front and is followed by refreshing hints of lavender and basil. The finish is dry and bitter with notes of fresh hops.

Many thanks to Goldorak for the bottle, this was a spectacular beer. (689 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

A - Pours a dark, murky brown, with the plum looking color popular from many Belgian Strong Darks and Quads. Has a big, 2-finger pillowy head, very cavernous with wide bubbles. Very smooth looking and the head lasts a long time. Can see carbonation rising on the edges of the glass. Fantastic lacing as well.

S - The smell took me for a surprise, as I had two conflicting views of what this would be like. The saison label led me to believe it would be light, grassy, with some lemon zest, but the color had me thinking more fruity, complex and alcoholic. What I got was an amazing combination of both of these, a great blend of funky and sour, like some kind of mild geuze. The lemon zest comes through strong as well, being the predominant fruit. Tantalizing.

T - The taste is similar to the nose but keeps most of the sour while stripping the funk down a bit. Lemons, oranges, some light spices, but funky and sour at the same time. A geuze with more fruit influence and without the dryness. As the beer warms, the funk does seem to resurge a bit as well.

M - The mouthfeel is light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Not mouth-puckeringly sour but it does play in the corners of the palate. Active on the tongue and keeps the flavors fresh. Finish is a bit bitter, bit sour, and a bit funky. Each taste is different.

D - Drinkability is high. While its easy to sip, this beer is also tempting to drink a lot of. I split this bottle with my roommate, but I could've easily expanded this beer to well over a few hours. (1,591 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into two duvel snifters.

A- a steady pour yields a good three fingers of off white head that holds for a bit then settles leaving a nice spray of sticky lace, a solid foamy ring, and a thing skin on top. Hazy dark orange red in color with a awesome glow in the light.

S- tons of fruits and musty yeast bring a kinda mixed fruit cobbler feel to it. Light funk and a touch of tartness. I get peaches and apricots mostly with some lemon zest.

T- much like the nose the fruits and big and bold with peaches taking the lead. There's some other fruits in the mix as well. The funk is killer and play off the fruits and brings things to a new level. Light sour and tart hits with a background honey like sweetness. I get some super dry biscuity malts and a sweet baked good touch.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a smooth yet bright carb that really works well with the brew. Light pucker that gets the juices going.

D- this is a super cool beer. As with all of his brews this one is very different then anything else out there and its a good thing. (1,099 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown in color with a nice off white head. Smell is spice and funk. This is an absolutely wonderful beer. Taste is complimented perfectly between the spice, cacao, and some tartness. I love the Fantome Saison, but this has eclipsed that as my favorite. A great beer. (280 characters)

Photo of dgfair
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice. Beer pours a deep reddish amber brown color with a nice full off white head that leaves a very nice layer on the beer and lacing all around the glass. The smell is earthy and fruity with smells of strawberry, cherry, light balsamic vinegar, and peppery grassiness with a slight fennel/licorice hint. The smell is so complex and i keep going back for sniff after sniff. The taste starts off as with a dry funky graininess and then takes a turn to a sweet tart cherry with the dryness of bite of a cranberry. Very funky with a slight sour vinegar quality in the finish. The tart cherry lingers in a very appealing way. Mouthfeel is a great balance of thinness and soft carbonation and this beer is going down very smoothly. I rated this beer on my enjoyment and not necessarily measured to BSPA as listed. A fantastically complex and interesting offering from fantome. Definitely worth picking uo if you see it. (951 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (998 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled at the 2005 Mondial. I was super happy to see this and even happier when I tried it. This used to be the rarest of rare Fantome brews, but now it is in the states, flaoting around in quite a few local establishments. Although it does command a hefty price tag, this beer can almost be used as a benchmark beer in artisinal-wild-craft-saison-micro-brewing! Dark ruddy amber coloured with a small head of off-white that doesnt do much in terms of head or lacing. Not the nicest looking brew, but what Fantomes are? I give it a 4, as it looks good to me, cuz I know what is waiting for me inside! Aromas are out of this world! Ever hear that song "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" by Simon and Garfunkel ya know that one with the line "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" from the LP aptly titled "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" oh, you have? Well obviosuly Dany has as well, since this beer pretty much reaks of the above mentioned spices, especially thyme, I also get white/black pepper notes, and maybe even a hint of garlic mixed in with some funky yeast notes and maybe some buttered brioche bread malts. Taste is funky with yeasty, peppery, hoppy saison notes and bread as well as the crazy spices that were used in this brew. I heard a joke that Dany took all of his spice rack, and perhaps little dregs of almost every beer that he brews and he just threw it all in the kettle for this one. That may not be too far fetched of an idea after trying this one! mouthfeel is a bit acrid and strange due to the cooking spicies used in this and wierd lactic twang can also be felt in the mouth. Drinkability would be awesome for me, but after a while this one is just *TOO COMPLEX" now how often do you hear a seasoned BA say that. It is still quite drinkable, but a 750 by yourself may be a bit much for some, not for me though...so it still gets a 3.5 there. "Strange Brew" indeed!!!! Hot Damn! (1,906 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rusty orange. Extremely foamy head, sticking on the glass like there’s no end, beautiful lacing capacity. Awesome core pencil shavings yeasty nose. Granite rockiness, overwhelming wood notes. Incredibly complex and jumping at you. Lime and pepper yeasty interplays. It smells like chips, it smells like cedar resin and spruce. Very green aroma, tea like chamomile notes with more spice depth reminiscent of sage and thyme. Very fun to sniff and decorticate, but there’s no way you can figure what’s in there. Rooty greenish flavours. Mellow chillies, spice blend, cumin and maybe even salt. It is very dry in mouth, campfire like or moreso sawdust like dryness, earthy and highly pleasant, just not as enticing as the fiery aroma. Creamy palate, light carbonation, perhaps not as lively as most Fantôme. (807 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange for sure... Slightly murky brown with an off-white head that doesn't hold for very long, but leaves nice lace. Nose is classic fantome (corky/funky) followed by some sour acetic notes on top of lemon and something that is like one of those really old-school style sodas that is flavored with spicy, minty (almost) herbs. the spice is very well integrated if not subtle and sour preserved (sweet) lemon cola is the name of the game here in the taste as well. i believe a lot of flavor is coming from the grain bill here, which seems to bit a bit bigger than you typical fantome beer. really strange, but as expected, works very, very well. mouthfeel is medium and not prickly at all with a pleasant aftertaste. the sour gets the top of the mouth and the back of the throat rather than being a puckering type of sour. all in all, an extremely creative experiment that is simply delicious. although i can't say i would love to have this beer everyday, i can say it spoke to me. totally turned my gears. another winner from dan the man. (1,040 characters)

Photo of nesta
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

purchased a 75cl corked bottle and served in a glass.

to me the taste is very strongly characterized by ginger, almost to the point where it is the only taste i can pull out. also a number of other herbs and spices, it seems like coriander, possibly some earthier spices like cumin, perhaps some thyme or rosemary as some others have suggested. a refreshingly citrus like quality exists, which compliments the ginger/herbal flavor nicely.

the head is virtually nonexistant after a few seconds, it is a relatively dark copper color, and it smells absolutely wonderful.

i really like this beer, but i couldnt drink it all the time and could understand other people not liking it particularly well.

all in all i think its as much of an artisinal beer as anyone could hope to brew, and i think its magnificent, but i could also say its not for everybody and not for every occasion. (881 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010: Batch variation is pretty wide for this beer, so i'm reviewing again (sour bottle). Label says BBD: July 2013.

This bottle more resembles Rodenbach, it's a dark red amber with a fluffy head. Acetic sour cherry nose, some leathery must and savory cookie spices. A touch of lactic sourness (yogurt, funky cheese rind) hits briefly too. Interesting and complex, not the spice rack saison I remember.

Tart stone fruit, cherry pits, grapes and dried fruit leather. Some peppery, earthy notes in the dry finish. Effervescent and full feeling, yet it vanishes quickly in the finish. Well balanced wild elements with malt and spices in check too. Everything works well together, and it's reminiscent of an Oud Bruin almost. Love it...

04-22-2007
A- / 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

Had this beer 3 times, now getting around to a review. This bottle is most certainly aged, according to the importer, at least 3-4 years.

Pours a reddish amber with fine clarity. Lots of lace, initially a 3 finger head, that dissipates to a generous skim. Belgian through and through.

Aroma is earthy, sweet, and herbal. Almost a licorice, with a good dose of pepper.

Flavors have mellowed somewhat in time, but still an eclectic and diverse palate. Anise, pepper, thyme, licorice, really a bouquet of herbs, with a bitter and peppery finish. Very drinkable, medium carbonation, favorable dry malty body. Check this out if you can find it. (1,460 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, capped and corked, best before July 2013 (!) notched onto the side of the label. $14.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Belgian pale ale? I dont think so, this pours murky, rudy and fully clouded medium chocolaty brown, with a medium tan head that slowly fades and then leaves a healthy splash of delicate and fine lace.

On the nose I'm picking up some ginger, some leafy spice, earthyness and of course, with a Fantome brew a hint of sour and damp mustyness.

Interesting and flavorful brew. Funky spicing, herbal flourishes, earthy, all with a hint of sour, more mustyness, a note of ginger and horseradish.

Love the Fantome brews, different, interesting, flavorful, complex and always worth seeking out and savoring. (738 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rusty copper, with a creamy, condensed milk head.

Smell: The most varied mix of spices as I have ever smelled...You got mint, ground pepper, basil, thyme, lavander, cloves, it's like he emptied his spice rack in there! And it was something new at every whiff. Unbelievable stuff.

Taste: Pretty complex, quite heavy on the spices. In fact, it reminded me of my Dad's spaghetti sauce! The aftertaste had the bitterness of dandelion leaves. The alcohol was nowhere to be felt, an impressive feat for an 8%. I thought I'd get tired of it after a while, but not at all. I'm glad I have a few more to cellar. (621 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure about this one when I saw the rating, but I love Fantome, so I figured I had to take a shot. Pours a murky muddy brown color with little head, which was confusing, but otherwise this beer is pretty awesome. Interesting herbal, apple, and yeasty notes throughout. Slightly funky, and a bit tart as well. It was strange for sure, one of those beers that took me a it to wrap my head around. I don't really want to describe it's components (others have already done that), just a cool beer that's worth a shot in my opinion. Not your normal BSPA, try to look at it as just another cool Fantome brew. (608 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bloody red/scarlet red. The haziness evokes a glowing quality. Thin and airy beige head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma: Dry cedar planks. Flowers. Bubblegum esters. Candy like maltiness. Honeyed malts.

Taste: I get the same dry cedar like qualities on the palate. Like a sauna. Just a little bit of tannic tartness. Some sweet malts and a little candy like quality. Quite reserved in all aspects, yet still quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and quite dry. Alcohol presence is minimal....make that barely detectable. Very light prickle of carbonation tickles the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall, this is really quite enjoyable, and it goes without saying that this is yet another Fantome brew that is quite unique. (737 characters)

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