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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:03:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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malcontent

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 06:48:50 | More by malcontent
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky, burnt orange with a huge 2 finger pillowy medium tan head that sported light cinnamon hue swirls. The head receded to firm, foamy layering with micro-bubbles compliments of the strong initial carbonation. There was a huge turbidity of micro speckly bran like yeast flakes suspended in the drink.

S: light with some spiciness of musky tangerines and celery hopping.

T: sweet and sour with musky tangerines, celery, applesauce and a lemon juice like flavor. There was some apple cider alcohol, basil, mint and light peppery notes as well detected. In the finish was a light lemon juice acidity, sourness, and zestiness that was clean with a short duration. Overall a very smooth tartness providing a well rounded smooth drinking saison.

M: very light, oily with a lemony sour acidity lacing on the tongue. The carbonation was very soft providing a smooth texture.

D: A very interesting drink that will keep you coming back sip after sip to identify the strangely unique and intriguing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 23:36:51 | More by beerthulhu
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JDV

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Dewbrewer. Thank you!
Pours a rich brownish color. Smell is mint, rosemary, sage perhaps, and very herbacious and floral in general. Taste is perhaps lighter than the nose, but still minty, slightly sweet and full of unique herb flavor. Towards the end turns almost lemony in flavor and reminds me of sweet tea with lemon. A bit thin bodied. Very interesting, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:34:38 | More by JDV
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML, corked bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $8.99... "2004 Edition - Belgian Ale Brewed With Spices and Herbs" on the logo sticker...
A rough pour yielded a murky, hazy, ruby-red colored hue with an enormous foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly receding...
Faint, subtle aroma replete with a strong, yet mellow earthiness, including grass, yeast, lemons, citrus, and herbs...
Mellowed-out taste included in this one with a small spike of carbonation present as well... Very earthy, citrus and lemon-like flavor... The herbs and spices seemed more apparent in the aroma, although there were some distinctly evident strange spices to be found on the tongue... Although the taste was more subtle than anything, the flavor was overall pretty appealing and refreshing without being cloying or overbearing...
Light, slightly carbonated mouthfeel with a pretty good level of drinkability without any alcohol detected at all...
Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 18:54:41 | More by dsa7783
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PEBKAC

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 11/08/07

1) It pours out like Nestea. Especially convincing with the lack of any real head. It sloshes back & forth for a few seconds, before settling just a quarter inch from the surface. Its legs gravitate down in uniform, never breaking formation. Lace is an extinct species.

2) Rosemary & bubblegum, teriyaki & ginger, with cayenne & cinnamon warming things up. Not too far from a heather ale in this department. Well, the closest thing my memories take me back to. A tad less floral & a whole lot more herbal, but first impressions got me thinking. It IS strange.

3) Spearmint, ginger, & bay leaf. A fragment of roasted malt leads into huge bushels of bitter greens that dominate the middle & tail end of the beer. There's a little steely mint hiding in the finish(maybe more so the numbness on my tongue). The alcohol is medicinal(if anything). This is still a beer right? My inner child does not want to finish his spinach. Would someone please pass the diacetyl. :P

4) Soft, fluid, well carbonated, & just the slightest urgency to get it all down before it gets too warm. It does not get sticky though, in fact, it melts apart & just settles into layers. Cold is definitely my preferred way of having it. Paella goes pretty nice with this stuff; extra scallops, extra mariachi. :)

5) It is quite satisfying with the right compliments. Alone it might cause motion sickness. Sit down to a meal, share, & pour generous servings. It is really easy to do with the right accommodations.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:53:41 | More by PEBKAC
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:20:31 | More by FtownThrowDown
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle in a trade with Dave (BuckeyeSox). Typical green Fantome 750ml bottle with cork and cap.

The beer is red colored with a very thin head. The smell is, well, complicated. There are a lot of aromas which I don't normally associate with fine malt beverages. I think some eastern spice was involved, this was a little like patchoulli incense. Maybe cedar chips, possibly ginger, almost definitely some coriander or allspice, and a bit of sour funk reminiscent of sour apple juice. On the whole a spicy and floral nose which translated to a perfumy taste, hard to accept. Fantome standard saison is so delicious, but this stuff was just strange.

I was happy to have tried it, but there's a limit to how much funkiness I can really appreciate in a beer. Fantome went a little too far for my simple palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:37:13 | More by TurdFurgison
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ntillemans

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, sour and a small maltiness, a touch fruity. In the taste, sour and spicey, hints of green apple, spruce and even lemon grass. A smooth sourness in the mouthfeel and a semidry sour aftertaste. A nice sourness and spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 15:43:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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nesta

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 05:39:10 | More by nesta
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 15:23:36 | More by tavernjef
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Patrick999

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish amber into my tulip glass - little head, not much retention. I noticed this with the regular Fantome as well...slightly disappointing.

Sour musty attic aroma up front, with some mint and unripe apples and pears. Not mouth-wateringly appetizing, but highly novel...you want to keep dipping your nose into the glass for a whiff.

Taste is citric sourness over a clean malt bill, a little medicinal hop, also a definite spiced cooked veggie overtone. It's herbal, even - who knows what they put in here? It tastes a little like they raided the herbal tea section at Whole Foods.

Feels really light on the palate...perhaps the strongest point of this beer.

It goes down easily - odd taste, but you want to keep swigging it in an attempt to figure out what's in it. An oddball, for sure, but I actually didn't find this any more odd than the regular Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 17:10:11 | More by Patrick999
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2007 release. Not my cup of tea at all. I place this beer in the same category of Cynic, Avery 12, and Rabid Rabbit. It’s just too damned herbal. The aroma and flavor are just completely overbearing with Italian Seasoning. Seriously, this beer is a thyme bomb, it’s a rosemary baby, it’s oregano origami…well you get my point. In addition to the Italian herbs it’s also spicy: cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even a little cumin or curry. Wtf? Beyond the herbal/spiciness is a miniscule amount of barnyardiness and a lot of lemon but that’s a bout it. About the time I notice the lemon, I’m starting to sneeze. There must be chamomile in here too. The color is great, pale yellow straw with thick white head, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly creamy body. Drinkability is terrible. This is the only Fantome beer I don’t like. In fact, this is the only Fantome beer that I don’t love.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 21:04:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:25:14 | More by Bighuge
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John_M

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 18:07:49 | More by John_M
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Chouffe tulip glass.

Huge, light brown, frothy head. Left good lacing around the edge of the glass. Color was cloudy amber.

Aroma had aspects of a farmhouse ale and aspects of a flanders red. Bread, hay, molasses and ginger were all present, along with a mild hint of sourness. This was a weird one. I spent a long time trying to detect all of the different aromas present. This might sound crazy, but I also picked up on oriental ramen noodles and chicken broth. It took me forever to pinpoint what I was smelling, but I know it was there. Not what I expected at all.

Alcohol is hidden well. Very mild hop flavor. After picking up on so many different aromas, I felt a little let down by the relatively flat taste. There was ginger, herbs, pine and apple present, but all were subtle. Went down really smooth.

A really strange beer. I liked it, but not enough to go out of my way to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 04:10:46 | More by drumrboy22
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at Eulogy. When it was opened the overwhelming smell of poultry seasoning hit me. The beer literally smelled like a large amount of poultry seasoning. The beer had a redish/amber color but I only looked at it briefly becasue the smell of poultry seasoning mad me whince.

The taste was complex. As much as it smelled like poultry seasoning, it didn't taste like it at all. The taste was spicy and flavorful. As like all Fantome products, the taste changed each time I took a sip. The carbonation was minimal so the mouthfeel was also minimal

I am not certain I could drink another but this one was deffinetley one of the more memorable beers I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 19:01:10 | More by mymrnngjckt
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:31:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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jakon

Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml. bottle purchased for 13.99 on 6-24-07 at Whole Foods Portland.

Pours a murky dark reddish hue, with a forced 2 inch head which hates life and decides to kill itself immediately. Aroma isn't quite as funky as I had hoped. It's faintly herbal with a bit of barnyard in there. I also detect something resembling root beer candy. First sip yields disappointment. Considering the robust color of the beer, I had expected a bit more flavor. Something to make me say wow. I tell myself I now know why they named this beer strange ghost. It is indeed strange, and it feels as though the spirit has left the body. It's kinda watery, and reminds me of plain green tea, but with a bit of funk. There's also a hint of mint, and some other herbs or spices that I can't identify. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. I'm glad I tried it, but can't help but wish I'd spent the money on something else.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 06:44:53 | More by jakon
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/orange, like swamp water, thick tan head forms, settles to a thin ring and layer, few lace spots. Smell is very Fantome, but really spicy, cinnamon, cherries, caramel, yeast, apples, alcohol, trademark Fantome funk. Taste is very appley, spices, yeast and bread, wheat, watery, very light. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not too sure I like this one, very light in aroma and flavour.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 21:52:14 | More by Viggo
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dfried

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark murky brown color with some lighter toffee notes around the edges, thin off white head.Candy sugar and caramel in the aroma, some musty farmhouse in the background, cotton candy, and there was an array of fruity notes from darker plums and raisins to lighter apricot and citrus, with the citrus running running right into the very spicy character of this beer, coriander, white pepper, ginger and more I wish I could name.

The taste is also has quite a bit of spicy and citrusy zest upfront, sour and acidic like brettanomycetes notes. The candy sugar like malt body reminded a lot of cotton candy again too. Sour apple skins. Some musty framhouse lingers in the background but isn't all that apparent. The sugary body balanced the sour notes well. Very spicy and tangy mouthfeel.

Overall: truely is quite a Strange Ghost, spicy sour notes all over the place. It reminded me a lot of a Flemish red. I have liked other beer from Fantome more, but this one is atleast worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 20:11:35 | More by dfried
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ccrida

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle (with a very cool label) into a tulip glass, the Strange Ghost is a hazy reddish brown, with a tight bubbly tan head that lingers to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace.

The fairly strong aroma is apples, cinnamon, ginger and clove, a touch of grain, sweet and very appealing, with a touch of barnyard but not as much as the Saison D’Erezée series.

The taste was much more subdued then the aroma, mainly lots of ginger, which fades to pretty much nothing. Not bad, but none of that funk I love from Fantome, and ultimately disappointing, especially in light of the yummy aroma. It almost drinks like fountain ginger ale with too much soda water in the mix.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side, but a nice active carbonation.

The drinkablity was pretty high, as the Strange Ghost is thirst quenching and light, and went down easy. But it's really nothing to exciting, and much to expensive to session with.

For fans of the brewery, give it a try, otherwise maybe save your money. Also, not sure why this is listed as a BSPA, if anything stong Dark!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 07:00:41 | More by ccrida
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scott

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

V.07

Fantome is Fantome. Unique, unleashed and unafraid. Sometimes dangerously inconsistent. I love them. This last batch (portfolio 2007) has left me unimpressed. To me, the signature has been duplicated by someone.

Very expressive pour, with a billowing head. Fluffy/medium-tightness/enormous.
Dark amber with passive carbonation lingering in the background.
Smell is of spruce tips and herbs followed by a light malt backnote. Minty and pleasant in the mouth. Lime.
This is easy to drink. Refreshingly crisp due to the lime highlights. A unique twist, but nothing to twist my panties into a bunch over. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 00:29:30 | More by scott
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml corked bottle into a wine glass. Body is an opaque golden-amber color topped by a small, lively white head. Aroma of typical funky Fantome Belgian goodness - spicy, with a touch of mustiness. Palate is a fairly sweet malt character up front, tempered by a mild herby character (licorice, sweet basil). Towards the back of the mouth some astringency develops, followed by a strange finish that is heavy on notes of spruce and wintermint. Body is again typical Fantome - nicely carbonated, with a lightly creamy character. Quite interesting, and enjoyable, but not the easiest-drinking beer around.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 06:45:56 | More by ElGordo
Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.