Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.25/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-01-2005 00:33:32 | More by Goldorak
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-29-2005 02:58:49 | More by Gueuzedude
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
08-17-2005 18:55:03 | More by Beersignal
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Clear, orange-red body, medium-fine soft head. Nose is quite intriguing. Coriander, orange peel, something like basil, and another herb or two. Rosemary maybe. Smells like heavily herbed pasta sauce. Light tartness lingers behind it all. Taste is bigtime spice rack. Lots of sage and white pepper. (Perhaps that wasnt rosemary after all.) Bitterness is very delicate and doesnt really seem to be from hops. Nice moderate body and carbonation is appropriate. Good stuff. Flavors really build, so I don't know how "drinkable" this is. Beer may even age well.
08-17-2005 02:13:19 | More by yen157
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
08-04-2005 00:35:41 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
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!
07-22-2005 19:26:15 | More by francisweizen
4.25/5 rDev +9%
I picked up strange ghost when they didn't have what I was looking for. The label was pretty funny and I hadn't heard of the brewery brfore so I thought I would give it a go.
The flavor starts off very citruis and finishes off very woody and spicy. It's orangy and okay. The wood flavor resonates for a great deal of time. It just keeps going.
I detect hints of nutmeg and sage.
It had a good inch of head the entire glass. I expected it to wither away, but it held on strong.
I paid 12 bucks for the bottle, which I think is a little overpriced. but it would be right on the money for 10 dollars.
07-09-2005 02:59:53 | More by easement
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Rusty orange. Extremely foamy head, sticking on the glass like theres 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 theres no way you can figure whats 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.
06-07-2005 02:08:23 | More by Rastacouere
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-06-2005 15:59:40 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
06-05-2005 05:58:11 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
The 25.4 fl oz had a white Casper looking ghost screened on it. A bit odd I thought but it's what's inside that counts of course.
Appearance: nice effervescence and color. The head was spritzy and piled up nicely, stayed awhile too till it sagged enough to leave behind some sticky lace around the rim.
Nose: Definite orange citrus, herbs and spice
Mouthfeel: Not the best characteristic of this style or this example of style. Still it was firm and juicy, not bad.
Taste: Peppery, dry, crisp, lip smackin some grassy herbal flavors, a little of the "horse blanket" taste and aroma. Nicely sour but not overly so. (the proprietor, a great guy, who loved Belgians did not like the sour taste... hmmmm, more for me) Finish was dry and gave me a hint of yeasty pears. Did you ever eat a grape that had a bit of wild yeast on it? A bit of that flavor came through in the finish.
Drinkability: eminently drinkable, An, the proprietor of the fabulous Mekong Restaurant at 6004 West Broad St. in Richmond VA, was so gracious. When he learned how much I love sour Belgians he proceeded to pour me three glasses of the Strange Ghost. (we kicked the bottle)
Why you should dring the Strange Ghost: Not for everyone but for those who like this style you won't be sorry.
02-18-2005 05:13:20 | More by HopDevil
Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
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