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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Strange GhostFantôme Strange Ghost

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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


Brewed by:
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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very murky, translucent brown hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger soapy off-white head. Head retains very well at 1-2 fingers.

S- Nose is tart and funky. An acidic tartness-like in a lambic or gueze hits the nose first. Behind this is a good amount of lemon and barnyard funk. A hint of breadiness is there as well.

T- Flavor is good-but not as interesting as the nose. Upfront is a very mild tartness with a muddy-slightly funky and slightly bready backbone. The finish adds some yeasty funk and left to linger is a slight metallic note a hint of bitterness and a light funky note.

M- Low carbonation and full thick, slightly bready, slightly gritty, slightly metallic body.

D- Overall this is a very well done brew by fantome. The main downful is that the flavor isn't nearly as colorful and intersting as the nose. The 8.0% ABV goes by virtually unnoticed. Very well done and very interesting, slightly tart brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:00:46 | More by PittBeerGirl
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by July 2013. I picked this up at State Line a while back and am finally getting around to drinking it on this pleasant, rainy night.

Decanted into my Duvel tulip, this beer is a clear, ruby red with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention. Plenty of carbonation is visible. The nose is, uh, a strange beast. Herbal and spicy, this really does smell like a mild berbere spice blend (think Ethiopian food). There's a mild paprika-like heat, with some cinnamon and mace. In addition, there's some floral character and some honey. Sweetness is mild, and the tartness is unique, mildly sourdough-like and again, I am really reminded of Ethiopian food.

The palate opens tart, quite herbal and tea-like. There's flavors of cinnamon, mace and a raw, rustic rising bread-like character. A little cocoa, a little fruit (plums, prunes), this is endlessly complex. A little grape-like, mildly musky. The tartness is mildly fruity (grapefruit?) and mildly lemony and lactic. Drying on the finish with some herbs and moderate tannins, there's the spice and fruit that linger on into the finish. Medium-light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation that still remains smooth and creamy, this is a pleasure on the palate. While this isn't my favorite Fantome, this is still a very unique and very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:31:37 | More by DefenCorps
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:33:39 | More by BARFLYB
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: westmalle chalice, medium amber in color, nice off-white head

s: mild bacterial aromas join with white grape and green apple to produce a tart/sour aroma - you might call it funk but it's more mild and yeasty than most, lightly caramelized malt sugars, pear, underripe strawberry and rhubarb, aged herbal hops

m: carbonation lively, moderate-high, but not rough, light and crisp in body

t: great green apple and white grape tartness brought on by a dose of bacteria, the swallow opens up more green fruit flavors, subtly toasted sugars, papery aged hops, rhubarb, green strawberry, stale dried herbs, yeasty, an interesting take on the style

d: easily drinkable, plenty of flavor and finishing crisp and refreshing

750 from Chuck's in Chagrin, OH

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:13:32 | More by blackie
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:50:24 | More by yourefragile
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 23:32:44 | More by oglmcdgl
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cjacobsen

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy brown with about an eighth inch of head. Reddish tints to it, almost a maroon.

Smelled sweet and fruity. Decent amount of plum with a wine sense to it. There's a lot of spices in here. It almost has a fake nose of a sour.

There was a lot of taste up front but it diminished almost as quickly as it hit with the mid taste and ending being almost nothing. There was a lot of citrus peel and spice and fruit, but it really blands out.

The beer was kind of tart on the tongue, kind of like a more sour saison, but it was flattened out and not at all what I expected.

This beer is weird. I'd go beyond strange on this one. From a brewery that I hear a lot of great things about and have had some great stuff from, this wasn't really much of any awesome shock. It was actually kind of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:39:58 | More by cjacobsen
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:28:37 | More by nhindian
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. Thank you goes to cjacobsen for sharing.

(A)- Pours a cloudy sienna color. Produced a good tan head that dissipated after awhile. Lacing all over the place. Rather dark colored for the style, but that does not bother me.

(S)- A really dry yeasty cocoa-like lemon/orange peeled earth.

(T)- A heavily spiced profile. Maybe thyme and or cardamon? Dry, with very mild apple cider-like malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather over the top with spices and that apple cider aspect. Almost bitter.

(D)- A confusing beer to say the least. Not really quite sure on what direction they were going with this one; it fits its name perfectly: 'Strange.'

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:22:22 | More by sweemzander
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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:29:38 | More by mdfb79
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dan (mdfb79) for this one.

Hazy brown to red color with nice lacing on the glass and a smallish ring of head.

The smell is interesting, I can see that there is definitely some herbs and vegetables in there, mainly tomato and basil like notes. Seems like veggie juice like V8 with a little added maltiness.

The taste follows the smell but is even stranger, it really is like drinking pizza sauce. sugary too, which is strange. Some beery fruit and celery at the back of this. hm.

Medium feel, lots of carbo. This is not a beer I'd like to have a gain.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:56:47 | More by Dreadnaught33
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JLeege

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Fabled Dark Saison. 750 into a tulip. July '13 is notched on the label.

Appearance- Pours a deep amber color with a bubbly 2 finger off white head. Good retention. A little lace.

Smell- Dark fruits and earthy. Picking up some light apple and I think cinnamon.

Taste- Slightly tart overall. Lots of vinious grape notes. Some cola flavor as well. Cherry. There are earthy and light leathery notes as well. Fairly dry at the end.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly in the mouth. It is a "saison", but could be thicker.

Overall- Deffinitly "strange." A good beer overall, from one of my favorite breweries, but not my favorite. Seems almost like a lighter Oude Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:42:23 | More by JLeege
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pop the bottle had a slight gush, slow rise of carbonation. Pours a creamy, perfect cap that never goes away. Long lasting above the burgundy, maroon body. Moderate amount of lacing. Almost impenetrable to light and a slight evidence of carbonation ( hah! )

Strong spice note to this. Astringent and sharp. Cloves? Ginger? Orange rind for sure on this one too. Possibly allspice too. Nice lemony citrus hit as well on the backend for the nose.

Flavors are very similar. Opens with that earthy spice mixture all across the board, middle is a burst of sour and sweetness from the orange and lemon perspective. Bit of the tart fruits... dark grapes... bit of apple. Finish is a tad bit of funk, little bit of sour on the faintest of levels. Altogether very balanced and spot on.

Creamy velvet presence. Bit thin and mild. There is a clean dry feeling on the finish that I think is from the abundance of spice character. Easy drinking, no complaints, and for an eight percent this felt like a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:41:00 | More by Khazadum
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 2013

Poured into a wine glass. Dark, clear, chestnut-red body with about a finger of white, creamy head. The body has almost a maroon hue to it. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Malty, spicy, corriander notes mixed with cloves on the nose. Musty wood and berry fruitiness also come into play. Slightly earthy with a hint of grape.

Fruity and somewhat acidic on the tongue. Light sour notes mix with a hint of smokiness. Lots of berries. Blueberries, raspberries and red grapes. Picking up some tannins and random herbal notes. Quite interesting. Definitely one of the stranger Fantome brews.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic and dry. On the lighter side of other Fantome offerings I've had. The finish leaves you with some light herbal bitterness.

Drinkability is pretty good. I wouldn't mind having this brew again, but half a pint is about all I would want in one sitting. I really like the fruitiness and light sour notes, but it is definitely a sipper for me. Fun stuff. I always look forward to a new Fantome brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 21:58:42 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass, revealing a slightly murky brown body with some mustard and crimson tinges to it under a finger of dense head sustained by lively bubbling. Pretty lacing. Looks just a little thicker than the regular Fantôme. Smells light and a little fruity... cherries or raspberries in tartness, possibly persimmon. Some sweet and warming spice, cloves and hay. Less of the barnyard and more of the sunshine on this nose.

Tastes very different. Some dry fruitiness up front, something like a dark grape in tannins and sour-touched persimmon, with a finish like licking worn river rocks dried in the sun. A little earthiness and roughness to the flavor as well, though not so much of the farmhouse funk or brightness. Mouthfeel is decently dry and lively but not aggressively carbonated with a heavier light body. Decently drinkable.

Overall it's not my favorite of the Fantômes, however it is an interesting one to try. I could see it going well with darker meats.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 21:55:02 | More by abuliarose
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Verecund

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. Opened on 12.30.2010.

Pours a red-hued umber, like the color of clay, with a slightly vanilla head. There's some lacing, but it's thin and recedes down the side of the glass quickly. Second pour is cloudy, like muddy water.

Lovely nose. Some lemon acidity, a strong aroma of green apples, some light fruitier notes, and some herbal spiciness. Surprisingly sour on the nose.

Some acetic character in the mouth, but a stranger mixture meets the tongue; I get some ginger, pepper, old mint, grassiness, muted muskiness, and other earthy notes. The sourness is more muted than on the nose, but I do pick up on some maraschino cherry and apple. Medicinal bitterness runs throughout the palate, which can be off-putting, especially early on, but the tongue grows accustomed to it. An interesting combination.

Herbal, slightly dry finish.

Just a little thin on the tongue, but it drinks easily for its ABV. I like this, particularly in the nose, but the odd bitterness distracts, and the spicy, herbal notes are indiscriminate and run together. It tastes a bit like the kitchen sink; though this was partly my expectation, I wish the clean sourness in the nose came through more in the mouth. Still, very different and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:49:20 | More by Verecund
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:05:16 | More by dgfair
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Beejay

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Like a deep brown maple syrup. The head is a light tan color, and if very full, and solidly fluffy.

S: Slightly sour and funky, a little bit of an earthy note in there as well. Behind the earthy scent is a nice caramel and caramel note. There is almost a raspberry smell in there as well.

T: Sour and sweet. There is a nice raspberry thing going on that is really delightful. It almost comes off as a little watery, especially considering the alcohol content.

M: Fairly light in body, slightly dry, and fairly high carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking which makes it quite dangerous. Well put together, although it does feel a bit watery it is certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 20:09:10 | More by Beejay
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prototypic

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange Ghost pours a dark amber or copper color. It's very hazy, but has really nice garnet highlights when held to light. A vanilla colored head caps it off and stands nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly, but holds there for a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is interesting. It's earthy, herbal, and spicy up front. There's a little pepper, light cinnamon, and ginger. It's a little musky and grassy throughout. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn't nearly as prominent as I'd hoped. There's a hint of sour cherry, but it's very subtle. Other secondary flavors include leather and tobacco. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just...a little out there.

The flavor is similar to the nose. It is spicy and a little herbal up front. Light ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon mix well with pepper. Earthy notes are strong throughout. There's a bit of a grassy flavor, but it's not vegetal. A little sour cherry and tobacco are noted at the secondary level. There's a little Belgian yeast, but more would be better. A light hoppy burst kicks in late. It's a little bitter, but adds some zeal. That alone kicks the flavor score up a notch. Alcohol is damn near absent completely. Finishes spicy, herbal, bitter, and slightly dry.

Strange Ghost has a body that's on the very light side of medium. It feels too thin. A little more of a malt presence would probably resolve that issue. Nonetheless, it's not bad by any stretch. Carbonation is low, and it's nearly smooth. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty good, and is definitely interesting. The 8% abv is deceptive. For a beer that size, it goes down easy.

Strange Ghost is interesting beer. I wouldn't call it a BSPA. It seems more like a Saison, but it's not quite that either. It's...strange. It's not my favorite Brasserie Fantôme release, but it's still good beer. I'd prefer a little more Belgian yeast and more body (malts?). Not that Brasserie Fantôme cares what I think. Good beer in any event. Definitely worth picking up a bottle. Do it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:55:11 | More by prototypic
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty looking brown with a medium head and good lace. The aroma is perfumey and peppery with plenty of rosewater. There is some stinky socks and a bit of citrus and a bit of maltiness as well. The flavor is spicy and tart as well as peppery throughout. There is a bit of cooking spice and citrus rind but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on any single spice, rather just a pleasant mixture. Complex, confounding, yet approachable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 16:58:27 | More by BieresDesMoines
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crossovert

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green corked and capped bottle.

IT pours a murky brown with hints of plum and lots of sediment. The head is foamy and of white and rather large. It recedes pretty slowly but with not much lacing.

The smell is hard to pinpoint. It smells a lot like strawberries. There is perhaps some currant as well. It has a noticeable funk that almost brings up acidic vomit. It also has some lemony acidity to it. There is also a decent amount of spiciness to it.

The flavor is utterly bewildering. It is like mint berry. It has like a mintiness about it as well as some fruitiness, mainly tart currant/cranberry. There is a mild sourness and also some cherry. It has a very medicinal flavor as well. It isn't too sweet, but has a lingering sweetness amidst the funk and sour. The other component here is the spices, it tastes a lot like maybe some sage, nutmeg, ginger, and definitely mint. It definitely has a holiday tinge to it.

Overall it is a quirky beer that I can't say I will ever go back to but it was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:28:01 | More by crossovert
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:44:53 | More by LordAdmNelson
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The words that come to mind after having this are raw, untamed, tart, prickly on the tongue, and slightly vinegary. This is an unpasteurized, unfiltered Wild Ale, less a Belgian Strong as the BA style guide states. The beer pours a very cloudy, dirty water amber brown with lots of particulates floating about. The nose at first reminded me of a Flemish Red, with some wild yeasts. There is a touch of vinegar in the nose maybe a bit of ginger too.

The taste is very prickly, slightly fruity, very untamed, yeasty, with a fairly full bodied musty apple cider like vinegary flavor, maybe a little bit of ginger underneath. The beer is reasonably complex, but not over the top. It is an interesting beer well worth trying if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:55:39 | More by albern
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:50:46 | More by emerge077
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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