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Fantôme Magic Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Magic GhostFantôme Magic Ghost

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

285 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 159
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-11-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of JealousChalice.

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a murky bright green with an off-white head that fades to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, light fruits, spices, and a slightly chalky aroma. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour and tart quality in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with one of the most interesting appearances I have ever seen in a beer.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the brewery when we were there last month. Served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours a nice bright green Ecto-Cooler color with a thin green-tinged head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The color gets greener and greener toward the end of the bottle. The nose carries nice light notes of green tea plus a bit of citrus. Mild earthiness and a bit of hay. Some "Fantome character" there as well. Flavor isn't quite as integrated with the tea coming through as well as a bit of yeast. Really nice dryness in the finish plus a bit of green-tea tannin. Light earth. Really quite tasty and unique. I was hoping for the best with this one and it really did deliver.

Thorpe429, Oct 08, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light lime green and yellow in color and poured with a thin off white head. It becomes less hazy as the beer warms up. The head gradually died down but consistently left swirls of lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose—lime seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong flavors of limes and other fruits with a light amount of funky yeast. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up and also has notes of dill and creamed spinach in the flavors along with some hints of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very refreshing change of pace that is unique and interesting and goes down very easily.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up two bottles of Fantome Magic Ghost. Big mistake...I should have picked up as many as I could! I'm not reviewing many beers here, only the really great and perhaps the really bad.

This one may well be my favorite Fantome. My favorite,....not the best since I don't even know what that means when talking about beer...it is, however, my favorite.

I also suspect it's my favorite since it's relatively new, I'm told, and just full of fresh, full, floral, assertive and wonderful character in all respects.

Color is the only crazy thing about it. Green. Yes, it's made with green tea. And, it's green. I heard that food color was added but I don't know if it's true or urban legend at this point. Suffice it to say it's green. No head.

Nose is pure floral, elegant and fruity green tea and sweet pepper/tea elegance. The fruit tones and sweet floral quality are just really inviting and full of perfume.

Mouthfeel is medium but fresh and with light carbonation. The mouthfeel has one of my favorite characteristics in that it feels "bright" and fresh in the mouth. It is uplifting and exciting in the mouth, almost inviting one to gulp.

Flavors profile is sensational. I've only just learned that the proper way to make green tea is to use only warm water - not hot water. I'm told that in Japan those in the know actually use water that is only as hot as body temperature. In that way, one gets the fresh, elegant, sweet, floral and perfumy character of green tea. I've learned that the tannic bitterness characteristic in some green tea is that the tea is actually burned by the hot water.

Well, Fantome makes great green tea! Clearly. This beer demonstrates a flavor profile of "properly brewed" green tea. The green tea flavors are just bursting and fresh. There is a floral, perfume sweet green tea character all around with none of the bitter or tannic character.

Finish is likewise elegant, fruity albeit short.

A complete winner. One of the few brews where I'm really regretting not getting more bottles when I had the chance. One left and it will be consumed soon, fresh, at an upcoming beer tasting. Aging will only take this wonderful fresh, sweet, elegant perfume out of the beer. I'll not age this one. I'll drink as many bottles as I can find.

GRG1313, Jun 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright clear green (?) color ale with a huge bubbly pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light green tea notes and loads of ginger – very reminiscent of ginger ale. Taste is also a very unique mix of ginger and green tea with semi-sweet Belgian malt base. Body is quite full with a very spritzy-like carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is quite unique (like a few other beers form this brewer) and something I would like to have occasionally again.

Phyl21ca, Apr 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last two beers I drank before I ended up in the hospital, this was an odd one that I grabbed from my belgian friend.

The pour is an off pureed tea green color it is really hard to describe but very un beer like for sure with a light foamy head. aroma is loaded with belgian yeast, light fruit, hints of tea leaves dominate! this is one odd beer, but it works for sure. really well done, light citrus hints, earthy, fresh, clean, unique, one of the oddest expierences ever.

overall ya got to try it. it was a so so with my brother in and sister in law. but i rather enjoyed it.

mikesgroove, Jul 31, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this interesting beer.

A: The pour on this beer is an alluring bright yet hazy green with a small, light green/white head.

S: Some tea is certainly noticeable on the nose, which is quite interesting. A fairly heavy hand on the spice notes and a mild which consists of mostly funk and straw. A light floral note as well as some cracker and bready malts.

T: I was sort of surprised by the amount of green tea flavor this has. There is a mild sweetness or bread and malt. A sort of unexpected acidity comes through on the back end and give some apple and lemon zest flavors.

M: The body is medium with carbonation on the higher side of medium.

O: With the amount of unknowns that go into drinking a Fantome beer, I was hesitant to get excited about this. Luckily, it really impressed me and I found it to be a great beer.

womencantsail, Jul 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

largadeer, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limeade and ecto cooler do indeed come to mind when this beer pours into a glass. Slighty murky, some flashes of gold in the green. First couple pours yield a two finger head of white foam. Some dark seed-like floaties visible, if this were any other beer, that would be odd to see. Pond water algae with bubble bath soap suds.

Signature Fantôme citrus funk, lemon lime zest, cheese rind, candy wafers, wet straw.

Tangy, tart, fruity. Definite citrus, passion fruit or hibiscus, lighty sweet segueing into a crisp green apple tartness in the middle. Dry bitter apple skin, then a clean dry finish. Feels pretty light, certainly refreshing and easily drinkable. Wacky color aside, it's not wildly different from the "standard issue" Saison.

emerge077, Oct 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked at the Stouts and Spiders tasting with dfclav.

Pours a huge fizzy 1.5 finger head, with a light lacing that fades quickly, and a bright minty neon green slight yellow tinge color. Crazy looking!

Nose has nice saison aromas, saison yeast, hint of wheat, lemony citrus kick, hint of tea and some interesting herbal spices, light yeasty aroma, light sweet malts, light spices.

Taste has light sweet malts, saison light malts, bit of saison like spices but also some interesting herb like spices as well, hint of tea from the same source I think. Then a light citrus, lemon/lime like, and almost mint flavored. A nice dry demeanor overall, but slightly watery, and all that with some fruity flavors, candied apple, hint of apricot, a nice saison base overall. it finishes with dry spices, more fruit, some bitter light floral lemony hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good almost too much carbonation.

Overall interesting and nice, drinkable, interesting spices, fruits, herbal spices, tea, saison, crazy but tasty.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this was actually supplied by Chris (Spycow), but I'm not totally sure. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a thicker collar, and a touch of lace. The body is a lightly hazed slime green color. Not super-attractive, but bonus points for originality I suppose?

S - Smells like Fantôme, but it's one of the more tame ones in recent memory. Lightly herbal and medicinal, with some peppery farmhouse yeast, hint of suntan lotion, a bit of green peas, and some stone fruit malt character as it warms up. Only a faint hint of "ghost pussy".

T - Taste is slightly more phenolic and zesty, with herbs, medicine, and peppery yeast. I don't get any overt spinach, and only a touch of tea. A solid Saison for sure, but I'm not sure I could pick it out of a lineup with a blindfold on. Alcohol is well-hidden, but I never know if any of these Fantôme beers are actually 8%.

M - Zesty, higher carbonation, smooth medium body, and a surprisingly clean and dry finish.

D - It's pretty hard to capture the experience of any Fantôme offering in regular tasting vocabulary. The beer was a bit tamer than I expected based on the appearance, but it was one of the more enjoyable Fantômes I've had in recent memory. Looking forward to having this one again and perhaps spending a little more time contemplating it.

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright green, but it's not really fluorescent green. There is a finger of off white head that fades to a ring over time. Really cool looking beer for halloween.

Smell: Fruity and slightly herbal. There is a mild tartness as well. As with most Fantome beers, the smell is quite refreshing.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There are fruity notes, reminds me of light citrus and a hint of mellon. Along with the fruity notes is a slightly herbal flavor. It all goes together well and tastes quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a finish that has just a hint of dryness.

Overall: This is a really cool beer. I wish I had thrown a halloween beer dinner just to pull this beer out with a crowd. I would have liked a bit more dryness in the finish, but overall this is a really nice beer.

oline73, Nov 01, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Michael at a mega-Fantome tasting recently, served in a Fantome tulip that by this point had some much Fantome in it, Peter Venkmen was asking if he could borrow it.

Beer is not bright green but kind of yellow green, methinks there is some bottle variation in here. Oh well. soft white, lazy head, low retention, low lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, sweet, tea like, leafy.

Beer is nice, I can taste the tea but it is not overwhelming, I really enjoy it overall. The finish is a little dry but the overall body is medium with nice yeast, floral, and tea notes, the tea comes up later. Overall a nice little beer.

drabmuh, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
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Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.