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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Soonami, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sanford
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious. Spinach dust? Initial pour, into tulip, not super aggressive, but not terribly gentle either, brought a smallish white soapy head. I gave a low score for appearance not for the green color of the beer, but because the head disappeared right away, completely. The green beer with the head was interesting and appealing...without the foam, not so much. A quick swirl brings the foam back, but again it doesn't stick in any way. Great herbal fruity musty grassy nose. Supremely sniffable. The flavor follows the nose and is truly compelling. The beer is sweet tart fruity earthy and delicious. Not highly carbonated, somewhat slick, easy drinkin'. Overall, I really like this beer, but I wonder what the point of the "green" is. I was told spinach dust was used, but I can't help but wonder why?

Sanford, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by someone at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a yellow-green color with light sediment, moderate carbonation evident, and one inch of white head. Looks odd and off, though not as neon green as some bottles.

s - Smells of fruity malts, spices, light yeast, and light earthy notes. Nice fruit, but not too strong.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, spices, yeast, and vegetables. A bit odd; a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall not my favorite at the tasting, but good. Appearance is very odd looking, but luckily it smells and tastes a ton better. Would have it again, but wouldn't be my go-to Fantome beer.

mdfb79, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a e 0,75 l bottle of this from the Map Room in Chicago, IL for $30 (negotiated the price down from $35! Great bartenders here @ the Map Room!). Poured from the green bottle with a Magician scaring Ghosts off with his wand into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has Lot n: d, A consommer de preference avant fin: J (January), and Best before end: 13 (2013) on the front label. Fantômes don't always have their best by or lot letters stamped/marked on their bottles but cool seeing it here!

Aroma- Very strong barnyard aroma from the beginning with a slight peppery background. Light sour and tart aroma hangs on here and doesn't distract from anything else going on in here. Low hop and medium spicy aromas follow everything. Very complexed aroma!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that has tremendous retention. What comes next is the craziest site I've ever seen with a beer! Pours an AWESOME Hulk Green colored body that is very hazy and with this turns the body color to a more of an olive color. Leaves tons of lacing on the glass afterwards. This could not be better! The color AND everything else in the appearance is great!

Flavor- This beer can be summed up with two words; Kiwi & Tart. The drink starts out with a nice sour and yet complexed flavor lasting for the entire time. Not too overpowering either. Then the fruitiness comes in with a very awesome and distinct Kiwi flavor! Almost looks from the appearance that kiwis were brewed into this. A very light/moderate bitterness then finish off the brew. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, good sourness but then finishes on the dry side.

Overall Impression- Wow! One of my TOP Saisons and my favorite Fantôme now. A great and complexed brew that had a fascinating kiwi taste. The sourness was very appropriate and not overpowering. I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this if I see it out but am not looking to spend over $30 again... Was definitely worth it this time! Go for it if you see it!

DCon, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Neon green: stir up the yeast on the bottom for straight Ecto-Cooler. White head is pillowy with lime highlights. Low lace and ok retention.

S – Tart apple, grass, and sour melon.

T – Tart with a bright acidity. Lemon sour patch kids, tart apple, green wood, and lime. Think tart lemon-lime soda over beer.

M – Medium body with a bright spritzy carbonation.

O – Definitely on the tart side of the style. Super refreshing.

vfgccp, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here's a beer I've heard of, never pursued, but was certainly curious about, and was excited to try when it was brought out at a tasting.

Review from notes

A: Green! 5 oz pour into a FW tasting snifter, Hazy, white bubbly head, rose about a quarter of an inch, then settled to a ring of bubbles. High marks alone for the color, since there is very little to compare that too.

S: Macha, green tea, and cream.

T: Low sugar apple ice cream, and green tea.

M: Champagne like mineral quality, medium carbonation.

O: It's good, and very unique in my opinion. Alcohol barely registers, and it's an easy Saison/Farmhouse Ale to drink. It's also pretty rare to use "green" to describe a beer appearance (dyed lagers on Saint Patrick’s day don't count to me)

Retsinis, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of oline73
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
Photo of BullDurham
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH signature glass

Appearance: Olive green, cloudy, nice fluffy 1.5 finger white head which reduces to a nice white cap.

Smell: Wheat, Citrus, Saison yeast.

Taste: Starts off sweet, moves on to tart. Lemon. Bread, a bit of funky saison goodness. Lime? Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly where I want it. Feels light. Very Dry. Plenty of Carbonation.

Overall: This is a great brew, looks odd and taste great. Unique and very worth seeking out and trying.

BullDurham, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a pale green color with a white head that collars around the glass. Lemon and lime like notes in the nose with a slight funkiness. Nice level of sourness upfront with a slight smokiness in the back end. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Slightly astringent. By far this is one of the best Fantome beers that I have had in a while.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 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
Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for chracking this one open for my 500th review. Poured into a tulip. This one pours green. Kind of a yellow green but this one has an olive green hue to it. A finger of fluffy white head sits on top.

Kind of a sweet green apple aroma here with a bit of lemon sourness in the finish. A little bit of must here but this pretty nicely sweet and tart. Herbal grassy flavors with apples and a little bit of tartness. Grassy and musty on the pallet.

The body is light with soft carbonation. A little dry on the finish here.

This one is simply unique. Great to see a brewery try something a little different and have it work out.

Bendurgin, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster glass. The color is lemon-lime green, and is nice and clear. There is a small layer of white head. I have to give this high points for the novelty of drinking a green beer.

The aroma is slightly fruity, with a dose of bready malt. There is also a lot of grassy green tea flavor. This is great!

The taste is fruity with some tartness. The fruit is nice and juicy. There is a good doughy aftertaste.

The body is light to light medium. There is a lot of carbonation.

This is amazing. It has all the qualities of a Fantome with the added novelty of a unique presentation and some nice grassyness.

andrewinski1, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for the share.

A - Really cool looking beer, a nice green color with a big white head that faded to a nice ring and left some lace behind.

S - Smells more tart than anything to me, which is kind of surprising. I reall don't get much vegetable in this, maybe a little bit of spinach if I'm being imaginitive. Nice funk, some banana and yeast notes.

T - It's a bit sweet with some nicely unexpected tartness. Little bit of tea, slight fruit sweetness, fairly refreshing. Some slight medicinal notes, but the sweetness overpowers it a little bit.

M - Pretty refreshing, lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Nice beer, good taste, don't get much alcohol on it at all. Pretty unique, and enjoyable to drink.

AgentZero, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well.... this is not what i was expecting. pours a slime lime color, hazy green with a great fizzy white head that retains well.

mainly apple up front with a hint of lemon and grape. hints of yeast and malt deep in the back.

sweet and spicy through out. has flavors like white wine, white grape, light green apple, and bread. finish is very reminiscent to a dry white wine. bit of oak in the back.

very tingly in the mouth with a spike of carbonation, that eases out as it fades. light and easy.

pretty tasty, i could see a 750 getting tiresome if drinking it alone but overall enjoyable.

glad i picked this up

hooliganlife, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of hawks10
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Not very green at all like the other reviews...strange, but I always throw expectations out the window when drinking a Fantome...Cloudy and hazy, more of a green tea color than a green color, dark yellow with just hints of green. A bit of white head forms and quickly recedes...

Smell is slightly tart and full of funk. Earthy, bits of wet hay and lemon. Aromas become more full as the beer warms a bit, the beer becomes mostly musty, but with a distinct, crisp, almost pilsner like quality...

Taste follows the smell, slightly tart with earthy and floral flavors. A sweetness emerges after a few sips and has a somewhat 'sweetened green-tea' flavor. Mildly bitter in the finish...

Medium bodied with light, but spritzy carbonation...

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer and one of the better Fantome's I have recently tried...

hawks10, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to Chris (spycow) for opening this one. I missed out buying any so I'm glad to tick it. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a Slimer green color, white head, spotty lace, thin collar, wisps. Very cool...perfect Halloween beer.

S - Funk, spinach, slight banana, some medicinal notes. Smells like your average Fantôme beer for the most part, which is a good thing.

T - Very funk-foward, slight herbal notes, some of the veggie spinach notes but not too much. An excellent Sasion with a twist of herbs and spinach.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A really nice Sasion that looks cool is basically how I sum this one up. I would def have again but there's so many other excellent Saison's out there it's not mandatory and have any of this in the cellar.

Sean9689, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What color is this? Green? Lime? Algae? This is a first. It might be glowing?

Smell: Very different, definitely some tea, spinach and brussel sprouts. I'm curious if this counts as a serving of vegetables. Some tea as well.

Taste: Very similar to the smell; lots of green tea and spinach with some nice citrus additions. It is really weird but it works. Also the typical fantom elements with a bit of earth.

Overall: This one is incredible weird but interesting and well done. Green beer. Who knew?

craytonic, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 0,75 l/1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wine & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Lot no d
Best before end: J(anuary) (20)13
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, brassy yellow in appearance with a slight green tinge. A one-finger head of creamy, bright white froth topped the liquid. The crown faded to a resilient layer of foam. Sporadic chunks of lacing trickled down glass. When the beer was finished, the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle poured an intense, pea green color.

The aroma was crisp, fresh and bright with a distinct floral quality. Grassy, wheaty and a bit tart. Straw-like. A dry, powdery, Belgian-style yeastiness was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the nose became even more floral. Tea-like notes came out strong. Overall, very interesting.

Like the nose, the taste was complex and rather unique. Snappy, bright and lemony on the front end. The malt bill seem to mostly, if not all, pilsener malts. Crisp, crackery and grassy. Semi-sweet in the center, yet balanced. As the beer opened up, some bubblegum and cotton candy notes came out as well. Flowery and tea-like on the back end. Slightly tannic. Quite spicy and peppery as well. The finish was bone dry and contained a generous dose of smooth, grassy hops. At 8% ABV, this beer buried its alcohol content remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with a lively, bubbly effervescence. A bit airy for my liking, yet still quite smooth.

The creative minds at Fantôme have produced another brilliant oddity with Magic Ghost. Although my bottle was neither as brightly green colored nor as intensely green tea flavored as other reviewers on the site described theirs as being, I still enjoyed this beer immensely.

Damian, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
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
Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the UFC tasting, shared by Nate (I think). Poured form a 750 ml C&C bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy green with a pure whit head. Reminds me of a elementary school punch bowl on Halloween. Leaves some splotchy lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Notes of grass, herbs, and tea up front. There is some fruity sweetness in there with faint hint of cough drops (but in the best way possible).

T: The taste is herbal and grassy with a slight citrus funk and tartness on the backend.

M: Very clean and refreshing. Nicely carbonated with a high drinkability.

O: A very strange brew indeed, but it sat very well with me. I enjoyed the herbal like qualities to it immensely.

Treebs, Oct 09, 2011
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
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. Amy is skeptical, but I am pretty damn excited about this brew.

The beer is green. Ectoplasm. Wow. Can't say I have seen a beer this color. Curiosity is piqued.

Herbal, floral, tea, funk, spice.

Wow...funky green saison tea. Unique for sure. Not as odd as the appearance would lead you to believe. Big herbal character. Vegetable qualities (not to be confused with off vegetal flavors often found in less than stellar beers), reminiscent of a summer garden.

Medium carbonation with a lingering herbal aftertaste.

Overall, unique, fun, tasty. I definitely recommend this. Appearance alone is worth your time.

Huhzubendah, Oct 08, 2011
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
Photo of pdoran10
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magic Ghost pouts out a hazy slightly green golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly. Slight ecto cooler resemblance in a good way.

The smell is fresh bright tea leaves and slight citrus mango tartness. Very inviting lively smells.

Taste is citrus tea that blends to a slightly bready wheat note. I get a hint of tart citrus bite in the finish. Very complex with many nuanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate with normal carbonation levels. More dialed in carbonation levels than most Fantome beers I have had. Perhaps this is because it is so fresh.

Overall I am really impressed with this beer. One of my favorite breweries put out a great product here. I would buy this in bulk if it were in Minnesota.

pdoran10, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I don't know how to rate the appearance on this one. It's frigging radioactive green! Only Dany would make a saison like this. That said, there is a moderate sized off-white head and stray lacing left in the glass.

S: One of the more fruity Fantome's I've had the pleasure to drink. Generic soft citrus and a little sour apple. Earthy green tea and delicate spices.

T: Green tea / herbal notes are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. A little lemon, lime and earthy-green apple. Light must and funk.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Gentle but adequate carbonation. Lingering herbal finish. Would be a tad better if the finish was drier.

O: An exceptional Fantome--among their best.

callmemickey, Oct 02, 2011
Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.