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Fantôme Strange Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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very good

121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 47
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 164
Photo of easement
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (611 characters)

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

Light orange body with a tall light tan head that leaves a light lacing around the glass. The very potent and odd hits you hard on that first sniff. A whole lot of spices and herbs are going on in the aroma with a lighter underlying sweetness from fruit. They definitely emptied the spice rack in this brew with all the different spices going on. The flavor was equally interesting with the onslaught of herbs and spices taking center stage. The light fruit sweetness complements the crazy mix of spices quite well. Not really any noticeable funk through all the spice. Smooth and pretty drinkable after you get used to it. This definitely the most spice packed beer I have ever had. Unique and tasty I will have to pick up some more. (734 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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! (662 characters)

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

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

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

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

Bottle labeled Lot D, best before 1/2013

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with half inch head that disappears fairly quickly. Opaque for the most part, but can see steady stream of bubbles rising beautifully from the glass.

S - Spice and herb scent prominent. I know the votes are always split on the mystery herbs added to this beer, but I get cilantro that melds nicely with the phenolic nose of the yeast. Hugely complex. Just wonderful.

T - Sweetness foremost. Very fruity, almost juice like. Complex spice medley again apparent. Pepper? A nice bit of tartness on the finish, but sweetness still lingers. Get a little of the Fantome quinine-flavor there behind the sweetness and the spice.

M - Medium bottle, which accentuates the overall sweetness of the beer.

D - Body has me sipping on this slowly, which is probably a good thing, as its just me and the 750 tonight. Still, very glad I have another couple pours ahead of me.

Overall: Another great beer from Fantome. Had a religious experience with a bottle from a batch two years back, and I must admit that it does't quite recapture my memory, but I'm still very happy to have found it again, and I'm really looking forward to trying a second bottle in a year with some funk on it. (1,244 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is full of cherries with some spices and toffee mixed in. There is a little bit of pepper and some yeast mixed in.

The flavor has some lightly tart cherry notes in it, as well as some toffee and a little bit of funk like you get in some of the Fantome saisons. There is also some earthiness in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (469 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark golden orange, almost copper with yelowish orange hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind with nice legs.

Nice earthy, funky aroma with barnyard notes, especially straw and wet hay.  Subtle vegetal earthiness with a bit of mushroom along with some caramel malt and peppery spice.  

Medium bodied with a good balance of dry earthy spice and barnyard funk.  Slightly earthy, vegetal character with lots of zesty spice up front, especially pepper and coriander.  Nice malt backbone and subtle citrus fruit but the earthy funk flavor dominates.     (639 characters)

Photo of mjc410
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a large-bubbled two finger head, in which the bubbles pop quickly, unfortunately causing the head to drop quickly to a still-thick surface lacing. The head's color is just barely tan. The Belgian lace is quite fine. The beer's color is a translucent ruby-gold. The nose definitely suggests cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and quite possibly pumpkin (yes, I've been corrupted by previous reviews). There's also a lemony smell, perhaps a bit of anise, and maybe some pepper. This smells simply phenomenal with its myriad of odors. The taste is first of lemon pepper, then perhaps a slightly meaty note (odd, I know). I think I might be picking up some salt, although not enough to make me pour it out, like the only gose I've had. There's a flowery, grassy taste that fits well with the herbal character. The beer has a quick finish. This beer seems like it would be good with stuffing. I wonder what they tossed into the kettle? The mouth is medium, with a smooth but very active carbonation. This is a unique beer that is quite interesting, but I wouldn't reach for it again, unless I used it for Thanksgiving. (1,144 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with some friends. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a darker than expected color of burnt red to caramel-like copper. A khaki head forms about 2 fingers strong very rich and creamy in appearance. The cap slowly recedes leaving patches of lacework on the glass. All together, the retention is pretty solid.

The smell of this brew is fruity with a suggestion of limes mixed with grass and garden herbs. Almost minty at times with a hint of pine and lightly funked yeast aspect. As it warms up, it smells quite tangy from a combination of the yeast, alcohol and fruited quality. Once warm there is a faint note of diaper.

The taste is fruity with limes. A touch of medicinal character with some herbal quality. It is quite tangy and fruited as the aroma suggested. Some caramel malt backing is evident with a residing sweetness on the tongue that mixes well with the fruited notes. The 8% abv is warming down the back of th throat. The aftertaste is a combination of toasted malt flavoring mixed with a hint of funky plastic but that is only after the brew has exceeded ideal temperature.

This is a medium bodied brew with a fizzy amount of carbonation. It is warming down the throat with a touch of yeasty spiced aspect. The lime flavoring was an interesting mix but it was well integrated and enjoyable. Almost tart at times but excessively drinkable. Fantome certainly revitalized my interest in the saison style with my last couple of experiences. (1,480 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: Best by June 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

After a string of Fantome beers that I didn't find particularly enjoyable, I'm glad to have sampled the entire bottle of Strange Ghost, as it was a delicious amber saison with odes to the Flanders oud bruin style. Rich with tart strawberry and raspberry flavor, with hints of ginger and Belgian brown candi sugar, this is a Fantome that I would not hesitate to pick up again.

Pours a 1cm head of beige foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, retention being average in duration. The head falls to a thin ring around the glass with a modest amount of lacing clinging to the glass' sides. Body is a wood-stain brown color with reddish tints, somewhat hazy. Light brings out stronger reddish and orange hues in the otherwise brown body.

Aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, slightly spice-like, and a bit tart. The sweetness is reminiscent of mildly tart raspberries, strawberries, and some brown Belgian candi sugar blended together; the spice is akin to ginger; the tartness is very mild acetic acid/vinegar. Someone mentioned Flanders-style ales, and I would agree that this has similarities to Flanders oud bruins.

The flavor of Strange Ghost is tart and fruity, similar to a Flanders oud bruin, and quite enjoyable: definitely not a typical saison. Front of palate is sweet and tart with a hint of soured strawberry-raspberry juice mixed with a brown Belgian candi sugar liquid. Mid-palate picks up ginger, tart strawberry and raspberry flavors, with the fruits and tartness being most assertive. Back of palate detects moderate to light tartness with residual strawberry and raspberry fruits. Lingering aftertaste of crisp, tart raspberry with a hint of Belgian brown candi sugar.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that leads this to foam up slightly on the palate, but never feels fizzy or prickly. The result is a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that's a pleasure to partake of. Closes fairly dry with medium to medium-high stickiness across palate. (2,082 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml corked and capped. Small blurb on the back, but not other bottling stamps. The cork has a "086/477044"

Appearance: A deep amber color with highlights of copper. Nice clarity and very effervescent. A large light tan head forms easily, and has an incredible retention.

Aroma: Incredible aroma of spices. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom. There is a lot going on, and I wish I knew what herbs and spices they put in here. The beer and yeast character could be hidden in there, but they just meld nicely with the spices.

Taste: The same spices in the aroma continue on in the beer as well. Though predominantly upfront the spices fade into a medium-light bodied beer with a touch of cinnamon and cardamom lingers in the finish. Although it is a saison, complex and spicy yeast characteristics are muted.

Mouthfeel: Although it is medium-light bodied, the heavy carbonation plays well with the flavors.

Notes: Spiced beers always fill me with apprehension. Sometimes they just aren't done well or the balance of spices are off. There is so much going on in this beer and I am unable to determine exactly what is in it. The spices do have a nice balance to it, but it is most definitely spiced. This bottle has quite a bit of age and all the hop bitterness has faded. I would like to try another bottle that is fresher for a comparison. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Fantôme bottle with a best by date actually marked! Best before July, 2013. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Burnt umber body, cloudy but revealing a gradient of highlights from chocolate to chamoisee to copper. A fluffy mountain of mottled wheat colored foam recedes to a lasting finger of soft peaks. Dense creamy lacing clings to the side of the glass like fungus sprouting from a log.

Rye, sourdough starter, cocoa, capsicum, and humid stone (like the bottom of a well?) fragrances.

An odd ("strange"?) yet coherent assemblage of flavors on the palate ranging from strawberries and melon to cardamom, sesame, and wild yeast. Toast and maple notes are hinted at mid-palate, but a complex "barnyard" sourness along with some alfalfa-like hop notes balances out the sweetness. Faint lactic tartness and esters vie for your attention throughout. Bready, faintly tart finish but still quite smooth. [My girlfriend's assessment: "It tastes like an attic."]

Soft, pillowy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. ABV is perfect for the style.

Excellent dark farmhouse ale, though one of the sweeter offerings from Fantôme I've sampled... (1,150 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in No-BS BIF Beta from Prufrock, thanks...
Rust colored, clear, with frothy tan foam, mild carbonation. A spicy potpurri of coriander, mint, pepper, and other spices are present in the aroma, plus a hint of tangy fruit in the background. Interesting.

The taste has plenty more herbal spice, before it dries out turning nutty and decently bitter. What a combo of flavors! The spiciness of this beer is unique, making it somewhat hard to define. Is it pine, oregano, rosemary? I don't know, but somehow it works. The mouthfeel is decently smooth, medium in thickness with some light fizzy carbonation.

I thought this brew was very light and refreshing with a great depth of flavor, and it got better as I kept drinking it. You will never find another beer like it. Recommended... (806 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

holy confused hell. this beer is a rollercoaster ride of haze, a blur of consciousness that really has no words meant for description. for those of you seeking out something new, something unique.. here it is.

medium brown and clear, thick viscous cream head leaves solid lacing on the glass. nose bleeds pine resin and bay leaves. extremely.. well, strange. bizarre is actually closer to the truth.

the first sip of this beer will really throw you for a crazy ass loop. instead of tasting anything resembling any other fantome, i'm presented with what can best be described as the outdoors in a bottle. whereas many of these wilder belgian ales have a funky outdoor taste, this one has a fresh outdoor taste... pine needles, birch tree branches, green grass, flowers, and zippy spice additions. the body manages to flow down the throat in a luxurious, silky manner.. not expected for something so obtuse. there is so much going on in this beer, yet it maintains a fabulous drinkability both for its flavor conglomeration and the fact that its 8%. some licorice and thyme in the finish add nicely to the array.

by far, the strangest ghost from fantome and extremely/highly recommended for anyone seeking out something outside of the box. i dont know how much of this beer i could actually drink... but i can certainly appreciate the craft that went into it.

on a side note, i dont think this would age well. i cant imagine the mess that these delicate flavors would become over time.. drink FRESH. (1,510 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feared this beer, for no good reason. Shared at a uber-Fantome insanity whale epic tasting party with some other gents where we slayed Fantomes so quickly (something something something)...oh no I didn't.

Beer is dark, sort of brown, dingy like dishwater with a lazy wispy head of small bubbles, hazy, low retention, low lacing. Looks a little odd.

Beer smells like a Fantome, a little earthier, but mostly floral and yeast.

Beer does not taste like tomatoes, which is good. I held onto this beer for a long time because I feared drinking it alone, but it was sweet, floral, earthy with a nice finish. I enjoyed it, maybe because I held onto it for a few years, but this was quite good. (691 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capped and corked bottle from the Dilly Deli.

Poured clear light brown color with a large fizzy light brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Deep sour citrus and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet ginger finish of moderated duration.

Spicy complex standout beer. (357 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped green bottle - Best before end July 2013 - Poured into a tulip...

Wow, was not expecting a thick, muddy brown colored beer when I opened this. Pours a muddy dark brown, hazy with some gold highlights when held up to the light. Tons of cascading bubbles form three fingers of dense light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing behind...

Sweet fruits initially with just a hint of tartness. Swirling the beer opens up tons of aromas, more than I could ever hope to distinguish. Sweet and spice mix, pepper, "Jack Links" BBQ Beef Jerky, seriously. Apple Cinnamon oatmeal. Chocolate. Musty, earthy, funky, no hops...the most complex Fantome beer I have ever smelled, and that says A LOT!!

Very sweet initially with a bitter, slightly hoppy finish. Definitely a lot of spicing in this one. Peppery with some cinnamon apples, has a bit of a dry, fall spiced apple cider taste to it. Pumpkin...some cocoa, some damp basement...and about 200 more flavors I can't pick out...

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, but still a creamy feel to it. Your palette is taxed trying to pick out all the different spices, nuances of this beer...

I would never consider this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I think this needs to be put in the category of "Dany Ale", meaning, who knows what the fuck it is, but Dany Prignon is awesome and I will never question him!! (1,371 characters)

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