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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 46
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 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 Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked bottle courtesy of bmanning.

Pours brown with a large, thick, and foamy tan head. Large amounts of lacing. Nose is quite strange. I get some mildly funky notes along with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. However, the nose is dominated by something everyone seemed to describe as akin to swtrawberry seeds. Everything was incongruent and didn't really come together. Taste was much better with the apices integrating and the strawberry seed scent fading into the funk. Good mouthfeel like nearly all Fantome beers. Nice complexity and quite drinkable. (572 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured an extremely cloudy color ale with big thick head with good retention. Aroma of juniper and rosemary are extremely easy to detect. Taste is a mix between the rosemary and the Belgian yeast with a real farmhouse taste behind it. I really enjoyed this non-conventional beer. (308 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 BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with a hint of cherry red when backlit. What an interesting color. The bleached sandstone colored crown is tight-bubbled and is turning out to be impressively persistent. So far, imperceptable meltage has led to no more than a thick collar of lace. This might be the darkest BSPA on record.

The aroma is... strange. That's pretty much a given when it comes to Brasserie Fantome and is the reason why so many of us love their beer. It's also intriguing, fascinating and mysterious. I had no luck determining specific ingredients, beyond 'brewed with spices and herbs' seen on the label. The only one I'm (relatively) sure of is ginger. Perhaps cardamom as well.

Strange Ghost isn't as good as most of its fellow Fantome ales. It's still good beer, but it isn't especially good Fantome beer. That's what happens when the vast majority of your lineup is outstanding. I'm not even sure that it's strange, as least compared to the other offbeat stuff coming out of Soy. And it isn't a BSPA. Saison seems like a better choice.

The malt backbone is on the insubstantial side and doesn't contribute much flavor. Nor do the hops. That's to be expected when there are so many herbs and spices in the house. Specifics? Whoo boy. I'll stick with ginger and cardamom and... who knows what else. SG is also cedar-like and herbaceous and citrus juice sour. This is a tough one to nail down.

The mouthfeel is fairly typical of this brewery. In other words, it's light without being thin and isn't anywhere near as bubbled as your average Belgian ale. It works well enough, but it could stand to be slightly more full and slightly more carbonated.

On further consideration, Strange Ghost is a bit strange. If you've never had one of Mr. Prignon's creations, it's bound to be exceptionally strange. For those who are new to the wild, wacky, wonderful world of Fantome, I'd suggest starting with the out-of-this world Saison or the excellent four seasons saisons: Printemps, Ete, Automne and Hiver. Especially Ete and Hiver. (2,029 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 womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Herbal (oregano?, rosemary?), spicy (coriander, cinnamon,, ...nutmeg?), fruity (orange peel), and grassy - the Strange Ghost is certainly unusual!

It pours a hazy deep amber body beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose is spicy, herbal, and a touch lemony with just a little bit of malt in the background. There's barnyard character here but it's somewhat overshadowed by the herbs.

It's medium bodied and surprisingly a bit creamy in the mouth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation. (And I'm not sure a zestier carbonation would work as it would accentuate the spiciness).

The flavor delivers the same herbal, spicy, and citrusy character that the nose does with some grassy and floral hops thrown in over a lightly sweet and honeyish malt. Surprisingly, it finishes fairly short and straightforward - dry but not bitter, with some lingering honey, herbs, and orange peel (and, perhaps, anise and cinnamon).

It's a little bit odd at first, but it grows on you; and you have to give them credit for originality. Nicely done! (1,136 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of herbs, fruity malts, spice, and yeast.

t - Tastes a little like pizza sauce, fruity malts, tomatoes, herbs, and spice.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A tiny bit weird in the taste due to the tomatoes; not my favorite fantome beer. Wouldn't seek out again. (426 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,480 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2005
Pours a slightly hazy, pretty, ruby-orange color that is topped by a light cream-tan colored head that is held aloft by a persistent, good carbonation. Wow, the aroma is quite interesting, it is fully herbal with notes of sage, thyme, rosemary & pine being quite evident. Underneath the herbs is a nice fruitiness reminiscent of plums and raisins, there is a bit of a tart citrusy note here too. Reminds me a bit of a German herbal liquor.

The taste is fairly dry up front, with just an ever so soft touch of sweetness. As the herbal qualities of this beer take hold, it dries out considerably in the finish. What an interesting beer, I really almost don't know what to say. The beer has a definite tartness to it, which is especially evident in the first half of a draught of this beer. The tartness and the fruitiness of this beer make me think of a tart orange. As this beer warms up it becomes quite a bit softer and smoother as it looses some carbonation as well. The herbal note is still quite evident though with Sage leading the lineup.

This beer is almost an aperitif, it would be perfect preceding a night of noshing on roasted lamb, but the herbal character also make it useful as a digestif. All in all a very interesting beer from Dany. I really am enjoying this, even though the balance is perhaps a little bit too much on the herbal side. (1,380 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle split oglmcdgl, poured into duvel snifters.

Strange ghost boasts a dark brown mahagony look kinda like dirty pond water but a nice semi off white foamy head up above about two inches leaving some sticky lace. Smell is dried out fruits, plums and the like. A dry bready scent from the yeast and of course a whole lot of spice from the Fantome. Grapes as well, this is not on the sweet side. Taste is something different than what Im used too. Lighter on the malts and higher on the spices and a different taste as well than most saison's dark dried fruits, spice, light malts, wine characteristics, dry finish. this one is a winner. Feel is lighter than medium with a crisp but tamed carb going for it. I could down a whole bottle of this stuff, very well executed. (787 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 yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle enjoyed over a couple of hours, served in a tulip.

Color is a murky blood ruby with a cream and tan head that has surprising retention and thick specks of lacing. Inviting, but a peculiar looking saison.

Aroma is mild and balanced considering the peculiar notes that stand out in it. Primarily this is dominated by sweet spices; maybe ginger and who knows what. This is complemented by some juicy, red fruit citric fruit like tangerine and grapefruit. Malt, hops and traditional saison aromas are non-existent.

Body is medium light, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation. Finish is immediately reminiscent of not particularly sour grapefuit juice before fading to a long slightly vegetable like tomato taste. Flavor is an amalgamation of sweet, subtle spice and mildly tart tropic fruits. Exceptionally pleasing, but a little boring by Fantome standards.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and didn't pick up any particularly offensive off notes like recent bottles of Noel, and while the flavor combination was certainly "Strange" this was lacking the complexity and depth of a typical Fantome experience. (1,118 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.     (639 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale? I think not. Pours a dark, hazed brown, with flashes of amber lighter colours. Head is full and robust, a slightly creamy off-white crown. Lacing is present, but a bit transient. I do like the colour, the haze, the creaminess of the head. Looks a good beer.

Nose is pleasantly flavoured, with notes of oak and spice, mixed with a heady aroma of cherry carnival candy. Slight aromas that suggest sourness, with a sweetness to ground it. It's really quite a lovely aroma. I could smell it all night, but I must push forward.

Taste is also good, but slightly less full-flavoured than I expected. On the front, there are pleasant notes of light acidity and a woody oak character, but the back drops off a lot, leaving a milky white chocolate aftertaste mingled with a touch of organics. Feel is light, with a slight crispness, which is pleasant enough, but strike me as slightly odd with the darker flavours on the palate.

Nice brew. Very light on the palate for 8%, and there's very little hint of this. Flavours are pleasant and reasonably well integrated. I feel like there should be a touch more of them, but it's still a very nicely crafted beer from Fantome, who genuinely have a habit of making beers I enjoy. (1,223 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to be one of the oddest beers I've ever tasted. Given that this was made by Fantome, I guess that's not a surprise.

The beer pours a murky brown color, with at best fair head retention and minimal lacing. Not a lot on the nose either; just some malts, hay and straw. Yes, this is very odd. On the palate this has to be the weirdest beer I've tasted to date. The beer is basically dry, but is interlaced with some sweet malt flavor, giving it a bit of complexity. However, I also get flavors of ginger, wheat grass and spirulina, which is just plain bizarre. The beer is medium bodied, with an adequate, nothing special finish. The abv. is not particularly noticeable, but the flavor profile still made this beer a bit difficult to drink.

OK, aside from the bizarre flavors of spirulina and wheat grass, there was nothing about this beer that was particularly special or unusual. A nice beer, but not what I normally expect from Fantome. (951 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dense but clear body that glows a reddish-brown hue like the color of ice tea. The thin yellowish-white head fades to a thin ring with micro bubbles gliding up the side of the glass to the surface.

S- The smell of spring water is strong with an earthy note but a very clean and light smell. As the beer warms there is a light medicinal herbal smell that is mysterious.

T- This beer taste of earthy beets with cinnamon and a hint of mint. The strong flavor of picojoule and licorice with a soapy flavor and tea leaves in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- I guess I could give this beer high marks for creativity but it would get low marks for drinkability. This beer is rough for one glass but I couldn't get through the whole bottle. (839 characters)

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