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Fantôme Magic Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 156
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-11-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

08-21-2012 00:18:58 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of BrewerB


4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Rare Beer Club for including this in a prior selection. Lot number "d" with a best by date of Jan 2013.

Pours a clear kiwi green with 1-2 finger cap of white foam that collapsed down thin but retains atop the beer. On the nose there's a refreshingly fruity mix of peaches, raspberries, and lime. Also picking up a bit of herbal spice, perhaps dill. Slight earthy funk. Flavor profile includes an upfront orange and peach coupled with sweetened green tea and kiwi. Dry finish leaves traces of lemon-line and saison yeastiness. Medium-light in body with a bristling carbonation. This is the first time I've sampled a Fantome beer though I can see why some craft beer fans are so crazy about the brewery. Really interesting mix of flavors makes for a very refreshing, complex session.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:21:10 | More by BrewerB
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a very bright Mountain Dew green color with carbonation and sparkly carbonation to match. The bottom half of the bottle has some darker green sediment, so the second pour creates a darker swampy green color. Truly a striking color to behold in the glass. It has a brief moment of tall head but it dissolves away in less than a minute, without lacing.

Smells like a blend of lemon and lime, a kind of generic "green gelatin dessert" fruity aroma, strong amounts of honeydew melon (rind included), and a lesser amount of green herbals and light straw.

Tastes similar to how the nose plays, but with an additional strong granny smith apple juice sort of astringent tartness and a soft-pedaled yeastiness in the background. ABV is very well hidden.

Medium body and soft texture.

Well worth experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:21:12 | More by WastingFreetime
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-09-2012 19:03:12 | More by Snarf103
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-06-2012 22:12:50 | More by cfh64
Photo of woosterbill


4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Gladly I got the last (and therefore greenest!) pour at the tasting. Huge thanks to whoever brought this one, a long-time want.

A: Deep, intense, vibrant lime-colored body beneath an inch of tight pale green foam. Verdant, vibrant, vivacious.

S: Rich, soft, fruity, perfumed, herbal, grassy. Incredibly floral, complex, and integrated. Fantastic in every way.

T: Fruity, vegetal, herbal, spicy. Really high in minerality, really dry, really complex. Amazing Saison.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, rich. Perhaps a bit heavy for the style, but luxurious.

O: What a beer. While I would usually see a neon-green beer as a worthless gimmick, the Fantôme origin promised better - and delivered. Unique, and uniquely amazing.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:22:38 | More by woosterbill
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-24-2012 00:03:04 | More by drewone
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South Africa

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 8,0% ABV
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Hmmm, when I imagined a green beer, I thought it would be a natural greeny-yellow. I could not have been more wrong! Magic Ghost pours a bright, toxic waste green that almost seems to glow! The body is very murky and is topped by a massive, green tinted head. The head retention is average and it leaves a little lace as it recedes.

Smell: After the appearance, I was expecting something crazy from the nose, but it is actually pretty standard for a Fantome offering. Notes include: Green apple peel, lemon grass, a tart lactic note, a floral note, fresh cut grass, an earthy character and a touch of green tea leaves.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose quite well with notes of green apple peel, lemon, a herbal note, fresh cut grass and a distinctive green tea character in the finish.
The beer is very lightly tart and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of fairly smooth carbonation. The yeast adds a slightly chalky character to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Magic Ghost is a solid saison, clean and refreshing. It would go down very well on a hot day. I did however find it a little disappointing as after the crazy appearance I expected a little more from the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 08:48:54 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clean yellowish green. This was the first pour from the bottle. Subsequent glasses were very bright green. Small white head.

Smell - Lime gatorade. Green tea? Tart. Kinda like a lime berliner.

Taste - Bright lime flavor that fades to yeast. Grainy malts. Not as much green tea as the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light. Deliciously drinkable. Good lingering flavor of lime without the tartness.

Overall - Really good. Maybe not as complex as other Fantome offerings, but a nice dichotomy of saison and sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 22:37:46 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-06-2012 12:27:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-01-2012 16:30:34 | More by chrispoint
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-24-2012 15:12:45 | More by sammo
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours ecto-cooler grean with a thick, very pale head. i would be far less amused if this wasn't a great beer.
the aroma is a funky lime kiwi. the yeasty funk prevents it from smelling "juice-y." touch of tea.
the taste is somwhat less fruity than the aroma suggests. there's a healthy yeast derived tang, with the same fruit undercurent, but with lemon added. there also seems to be some herbal qualities that are difficult to put my finger on, followed by some tea. theres clearly some bittering hops drying things out a bit (along with the tea flavors), but I'm not getting any hop flavor. there are also faint notes of hefe yeast. aftertaste of melon rind. overall sort of difficult to desrcibe beyond the fruit. and the 8% abv is incredibly well masked.
the mouthfeel has an overall soft effect with a slightly oily body and fine carbonation.
overall, as i said, a real handful to try and describe beyond the fruit. very unique and a great beer for a stormy night after a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:40:40 | More by kmo1030
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous luminous Ghostbusters green with webs of green foam. Very fresh herbal and lemon nose.
Sugar wafer, marshmallows, light lemon, some funk and slight herbal ting, with lingering basil.
Light, soft, crisp.

Pretty mucky funky woodruff beer. There some wild yeast tang, and the beer is green, of course, but nothing really special underneath it all.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:58:18 | More by StJamesGate
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-14-2012 07:00:45 | More by errantnight
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my Cantillon tulip a neon green ecto cooler color. Massive white head with neon highlights, a huge head that left sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Yeasty biscuit with saison yeast aromas, bready and stale horse barn aroma.

T: Light crisp refreshing , perfect for a memorial day cap off of lawn mowing, pool prepping, woodchip spreading and a long bike ride. Feels and looks like summer in the 90's here today in CT. Light granny smith taste with a very subdued malt bill, all pilsner malts? I cannot believe that this has 8% abv but I would get more of these if they were available anywhere around here. Green tea mixing with some sour and light brett flavors popping though. This really is amazingly refreshing, I will have to seek out more of these or brew a few batches of saisons this summer and hope for the best. Mild bittering is present, and mixing perfectly with this delicious saison.

M: Light crisp refreshing, good high level of carbonation, huge head.

O: I can really enjoy the complexity of this saison. I would never say the color is a gimmick as no mention is made of it on the outside of the bottle, and the glass is green so you could never tell otherwise until it was poured. Funny that for a brewery this old, most other breweries would probably be taunted for brewing a beer this color.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 00:01:00 | More by alpinebryant
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Neon green-yellow, lots of bubbles but no head.

S: Funky Fantome nose. Green tea shows up as an earthy note. Funky mushroom, horse blanket.

T: Lightly tart and acidic. Not as strange to taste as to look at or smell.

M: Good carbonation, light bitterness and astringency

O: Less than the sum of it's parts and a bit hard to finish, even sharing the bottle.

(Aside: the dregs of this one were the scariest thing I've ever seen someone drink. The sort of thing you'd expect to give someone mutant powers.)

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:56:02 | More by kscaldef
Photo of Ultraman9000


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-21-2012 07:39:06 | More by Ultraman9000
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 21:47:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours like some ectoplasm from ghost busters and is crowned by a thin white head. No lacing and a bit of dark green sediment. There is a slightly metallic, bitter nose with a touch of yeast.
The beer tastes slightly sour with a semi-dry finish. It doesn't scream green tea, but it's marginly herbal and adds just the right touch of bitterness to the Saison. Great beer, a little weird and expensive, but I haven't tried anything else like it.

I gave it a 4.5 overall because of the sheer creativity factor...love the use of green tea in a classic Belgian saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:41:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 6oz. sample glass at the Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY...

A: Cloudy bright green like just cut grass.
S:Hard to pick up in a bar , but saison yeast, slight green apple sour.
T: Definite green tea finish, slight green apple tartness. Very green leafy vegetable taste. Nice saison holding it all there

M: Light refreshing easy to drink even with the odd look.

O: I liked it I'm not sure I could drink the whole 750 but I'll never see one anyway, very glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:49:05 | More by sliverX
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 6oz. sample glass at the Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY...

A: Yup, it's green. Like wheat grass shake green. Like Fenway Park Green. There is a good amount of head that settles nicely over time.

S: The nose is lemon peel, funk, and I suppose some green tea. I get more subdued spice than green tea. Honestly, I'm missing the earthiness that I expected.

T: It's has a nice lemony citrus bite right away. The spices shine through next, with a nice mix of earth and herb. The taste had more dirt/grass taste that I would have expected from the nose. The finish has a mild funk that I'm really enjoying.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out with a mix of bitters and sweetness, but finishes funky and dry.

O: This is a pretty decent beer. I still can't get over how green it is. I'd love to try this beer again (to have more than 6oz.), but I doubt I'll ever actually see a bottle of this on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 00:57:05 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before date of January, 2013, lot no. d, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a cloudy lime green color, topped with a finger of bubbly white head, good retention, leaves minimal lacing.

S- Funky, citric, lemon rind, some green tea, lots of spice.

T- Surprisingly bitter, has a powerful citrus rind bitterness that sits on your tongue for a while, lemony/apple fruitiness, funk and lots of spice. Green tea leaves are there and become more noticeable as the beer warms.

M- Medium-bodied, well carbonated, has a long, dry finish.

O- An interesting beer to say the least, my first green beer, taste is interesting and strange, anyway it's a tasty beer that is absolutely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 22:06:19 | More by WillCarrera
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy completely green beer with a big nice head that leaves no lacing but has some ok retention. Aroma is very fruty, midly funky, I actually do notice some green tea in the nose. Also get a pretty mild funkiness. As it warms I get a bit more tea, fruitiness, citrus rind. Flavor is pretty bitter, heavy lemon rind, lots of green tea and midly sweet. The sweetness does not impact the mouthfeel which remains dry and effervescent.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:44:10 | More by Agold
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-23-2012 21:44:14 | More by ygtbsm94
Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.