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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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88
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 43
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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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Very rich aroma wtih notes of grape, raspberry, and some florals. Nice, I like the start of some sourness followed by dark fruit sweetness. The head leaves lace as I drink this. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. This is a pretty tasty Fantome, probably one of my top.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy brown yellow color, nice lacing, light brown head, decent lacing.
S- There’s a candy mint/lime aroma to this beer, malt backbone, spice, slight floral notes.
T- Sweet candy flavor, slight apple taste, lime, slight sour notes, dark fruit notes are present as well.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, well carbonated, clean finish, with a spicy aftertaste.
O- Solid brew from Fantome, nothing special that would single this beer out above the rest that we tried tonight, but still enjoyable.

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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy tea coloration. Nice bubbling carbonation. The head is a finger high biege coloration.

S- A very funky blend of berries, fennel / anise, juniper berries, a bit more herbaceous but I cannot pin it all down.

T- The flavor has a nice fruity tart cherry, mixed berries an odd turn grape vinegar ranging into rootbeer notes. Wierd but I like it. The flavors vary for the better the warmer the beer gets.

M- Medium bodied well carbonated beer. The alcohol is well incorporated.

O- This beer is yet another fine example of the funkyness I know and love from Fantome. Well done!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, Lot "d", best before end of July 2013. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet and fruity, the brew smells like strawberries, raspberries, caramel malt, various herbs, and some tart cherries. It tastes like raspberries, tart cherries, strawberries, lemon peel, herbs and a bit of vinegar and funk. The tart flavors are somewhat stronger compared to the sweet ones. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I didn't know what to expect with this one before I tried it but I liked this beer a lot. I'd definitely buy this again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't even know what to call this color...dirty reddish/brown, sort of muddy looking, with a huge, fluffy, everlasting beige head.

Big herbal aroma, reminding of evergreen/spruce trees. Lots of succulent fruit character, especially young and nearly unripe berries of all sorts. A different sort of mineral tone, and a good one at that. Perfume-y and flowery as well. This is an incredibly enticing, enjoyable smell.

The taste doesn't come off quite as complex as the smell, but there's nothing to regret on the tongue. Mostly berry sweetness, big lemony citrus, a very earthy character (presumably the yeast) and very strong herbal tea. A slight pucker in the finish, also fairly dry and quite crisp. Maybe a tad over-carbonated/tingly for my liking, but not abrasive.

Yet another Fantome beer that is fully satisfying, unique, totally drinkable and, well, just plain wonderful. And delivered with the naturalness and old-school artisan craftsmanship they're known for. That's how they roll over there, apparently.

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.    

Photo of Bubba83
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. One finger of off white head tops a rust brown body that is quite hazy and difficult to see through. Good retention and barely any lacing.

Cherry pie with a lemony zing to it. Smells like it is going to be sour and zesty. A little bit of medicinal hint to it but it is not detracting much. Maybe some vinegar bite too.

A pretty refreshing flavor, plenty sour and a bit funky as well. Some fusel alcohol in the finish mixes with a vinegary bit and some lemony funky cherry. Not much sweetness.

Pretty damn dry, lovely texture and consistency, well carbed. Best aspect of this beer.

Overall a nice beer and one of the more odd beers this odd brewery brews. Strange indeed, worth a try.

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

Blue wax, and a "best before" date of July 2013. Batch d.

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy, deep amber with a light tan head of about three fingers. Head is mostly, tight, little bubbles. Head slowly drops.

Aromas of herbal (sage?), grassy, slightly medicinal.

Flavors of herbs (again with the sage), grassy, a tang of sourness, lemons and lemon zest. A hint of oakiness too. A bitterness on the fade, but not a hop bitterness, more pithy like citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Mouthcoating light bitterness.

Overall very nice. I still don't care for spiced saisons, even from Fantome, but this one is pretty good.

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.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9-22-2010 from a very fresh bottle.

How fresh? Standing next to the store clerk as he fills the shelf with a newly arrived case of Fantome Strange Ghost fresh.

Fresh Fantome is just awesome, and this beer did not disappoint! The beer poured with a huge, creamy head of foam. Cloudy, a rusty metalish brown color, close to home-brewed ice tea. Almost light cola, with a old brick red tinge to it. The nose was wild, with lots of spice & herbs in it. I'm picking up cloves, nutmeg, thyme,
cinnamon
even some cardamon. Fantome funk is there too, tart and fruity. Cherries, and figs like a spiced Christmas fruit cake! Strange indeed.
It taste like it smells. A inter-mix of spices and herbs, with a wonderful fruity tartness in the mouth. High carbonation at first then becomes soft and creamy. Good barnyard funk mixing in as the beer warms. There's just so much going on here, holiday spice, cherries, figs, fruitcake, fresh baked pie, candied fruit. Spice/ herbs all the way through the beer, not overpowering everything is in balance. Earthy, tart-funk, spice, fruity bubblegum in the finish. 8% abv is hardly noticeable as usual with Fantome beers, I'd call this a Spiced Saison.

Update: tasted this beer again a couple months later and the spice & herbs had dropped out the beer considerably, still there, but not as much as when I first tasted it. Became more tart/ sour with that barnyard funk and fruitiness present. Still damn good though.
Fantome beers are so delicate in the nose and palate, they transform rather quickly. I've got 2 more bottles in the cellar I'll see how it's tasting later this summer. Very refreshing brew.

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

Muddy and ruddy tea and cola color with a nice head trhat recedes to a ring of foam after the pour and first half hour of sipping.

The aroma is viney, soft barnyard, leather, and the herbal, earthy equivalent that gives Red Bull its disctinct aroma. Very cool mix of smells.

The taste is even more in-depth and multi-faceted than the smell. Herbal, toasted mnalts, grass, earth, and viney all roll around the mouth and interact well with one another. The palate is a dry, and a little chalky, but does not take too much fom the overall interesting nature of this beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of cjacobsen
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.