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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
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 158
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
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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: womencantsail on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright green color with a thin green-tinged bubbly head which leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with nice light notes of green tea plus a bit of citrus. Mild earthiness and a bit of wet hay also emerge. As it warms you get more green vegetable (not off or vegetal) notes and some Fantome yeast characteristics.

The tastes are not quite as integrated as the nose. It begins with the green tea coming through, then apple, pear, melon, cucumber, then a bit of Saison spicy yeast in the background. Really nice dryness in the finish plus an increasing amount of grassiness, herbal notes and light earthiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish has a lingering herbal and grassy aftertaste.

Overall I surprisingly really enjoyed this. It's looks, smells and tastes weird, but somehow it works. This would be stellar with a nice spring or summer salad. Not something I could drink excess of by itself but a taste was great, or like I mentioned, a stellar food beer for sure.

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.

Photo of PerHops
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S- Bottle, best by 2016

A- This one is a gusher! There are literally pieces of green (leaves?) in the foam. I have never seen this in a beer before. The color is also unique, an almost army green.

S- This is one of the funkier fantomes I've had the pleasure of smelling. Fruity, but mostly super funky, dank, catty. The smell is (almost) off putting. I can see where some people would not like the aroma at all. But for those who seek that signature fantome funk, this will impress.

T- Sweeter than I expected from the aroma. Overripe pear, some funk, vegetal and herbal notes.

M- Nice medium full bodied mouthfeel maybe slightly less carbonated than I would prefer.

O- Second time I've had this and so glad I have more to try in the future! Thanks Mark!

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

Picked up 2x 750 ml bottles today. Aging one, drinking one today. As mentioned by the other reviewers, this beer pours a hazy lime green with a massive soapy white head. Sticks all over the glass as I swirl it around.

Aroma consists of yeast funk, pepper, lemon, and green tea. Some other earthy, spicy characters in the nose as well, but not easily described. Flavor has a sweet malty/grainy backbone with other flavors following the nose; lemon zest, orange, ginger and green tea. Finish is rather tart and dry. Bubbly on the tongue with a rather light, refreshing body. Very different but enjoyable brew.

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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
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.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

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

Great beer from Fantome they really did a great job on this.

I had this beer at Amesbury Alehouse after reading a lot about it online. Being a Fantome fan I had to try this out and see if the beer really looked as Green as they said it would when it poured. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed. It was a murky green with yeast swirling around the glass like a tornado.

The smell definitely had a fruity/funky aroma with apple like smell to it. Pretty complex aroma to it much like most Fantomes have to it.

The taste had was intense than the aroma of the beer. It had the fruit sweetness like apples and honeydew mixed with the tartness and tang. The more I drank the more I enjoyed it.

I have to say however the after effects I was feeling the next morning for a hangover were awful. I didn't feel right for two days after drinking this ale in combination with a few other beers.

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only the crazy foks at Fantome would make a beer like this. Shared at the recent Stone Soup event.

The beer pours a a light greenish gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is very bit as hilarious on the nose, as I get popcorn and fruit punch, with some underlying citrus and tea. The nose is just a tease, as of course it doesn't taste anything like that. The beer was fairly dry with some decent underlying hoppy bitterness, on a very light frame. There's also some tea flavor and herbaceousness, which just adds to th weirdness. Alcohol is nearly undectable.

I doubt I could drink a lot of this stuff, but I was very glad to have the opportunity to try it.

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)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oldp0rt for this one. I've always wanted to try this. 750ml capped and corked bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger frothy light lime green head with decent retention. Lacing is thick and web-like with good stick. Beer is a clear BRIGHT GREEN! Excellent! And such a novelty!

Sugary sweet nose with hints of barnyard, tea leaves, hay, Brett and just the slightest sprinkling of tartness. Bready too. Real aromatic. I like it.

Opens sweet. Hints of peppercorn, spice, and yeast. Some barnyard funk and cane sugar sweetness in the middle. Floral at the end with another big dose of yeasty goodness. Finishes sweet with a spiced aftertaste. Flavor is a bit indescribable but pretty good.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively and filmy in the mouth and goes down aggressive and prickly. Accented finish with a briefly lingering aftertaste. Real refreshing and certainly drinks lighter than 8%.

I really like this beer for the novelty factor but the fact that its actually a well-made brew is just icing on the cake. Drinks much easier than 8% and the flavor is just interesting and pleasant enough to keep me going back for me. I'd love to keep more of these around to introduce to company!

Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AshleyMiller for this one! 750ml bottle split between a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Key lime green colored beer with a finger and a half of paper white head. No lacing to speak of, but the nice green color is pretty unique and appetizing. 4/5

S: Fairly basic saison profile on the nose. Specifically this is the profile I associate with Wyeast 3711 French saison yeast, one of my favorite. Black pepper, white pepper, coriander, cumin, and an abundance of spice defines the 3711 aroma and that's what comes through here. Solid. 4/5

T: Nice and fruity with a pepper backbone. Banana, melon, cucumber, and... Spearmint? The guessing game about what makes this green continues! A cool refreshing mintiness is appreciated. Not sharp like peppermint either sooo, spearmint is my final answer. Very interesting stuff. 4/5

M: Full and heavy with a crisp finish. 5/5

O: A provoking beer. I'm glad to have tried this because now I'm inspired to make something similar. A simple pilsner/wheat malt profile, with noble hops, French saison yeast, and some spearmint in secondary sounds like a plan for a homebrew. Very glad to have tried this and hope to make something close to it soon. 4/5

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.

Photo of 321jeff
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sômeône already mentiôned this, but this ône pôurs an Ectô-côôler green with a massive green-tinted head. Is it St. Patty's day? nôpe, it's Fantôme day! The head quickly fades tô a thin côllar that leaves sôme spôtty lacing.

The arôma is as unique as the côlôr, sôme Fantôme funk with sôme Belgian yeast and I'm getting sôme hints ôf green tea as well.

Taste is slightly tart with sôme hints ôf green tea and a sweetness that reminds me ôf a gummy bear, but it's môre mild than that. I alsô get sôme hints ôf ôther spices, but I can't put my finger ôn what they are.

Môuthfeel is a little ôn the thin side but with môderate carbônatiôn. Anôther interesting ôffering frôm Fantôme, that wôn't be fôrgôtten anytime sôôn.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
No bottled on date, but assuming 2011
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

The Magic Ghost is another good Fantome brew, definitely in the upper-middle tier of their efforts, but not, by my palate, the fourth best Fantome I have tried as other BAs have rated it so. Granted, my expectations for the beer were high as I enjoy green tea very much and was hoping to find aspects of it in the beer. Still, the aroma was truly delightful and delicious, and the taste only slightly less so for me. If this was the Fantome my beer store had available, I would definitely pick it up again.

When pouring, the head is about 1cm tall at maximum, even with a hard pour. Its color is white with a slight green tint. Body is a murky deep green if yeast swirled in, much lighter green if yeast is withheld. When pouring, the intensity of the green color of the beer is directly proportional to the amount of yeast you swirl into it. The addition of yeast makes some flavors more apparent (slightly tart apple tinge) while others become more distant.

Aroma is sweet with slight tang/tartness, minute "funk," and complex fruity esters and phenols. Fruits: consider green apples, Meyer lemon, and unripe mango. Spices would be coriander. Perhaps some wheat malt and potential adjunct sweetness giving this complexity. A fairly complex, interesting, and pleasant aroma. No green tea components noticed, though.

Taste is rather different from the scents, less expressive, though it is based around a similar sweetness with mild tartness, fruitiness (green apple, honeydew), yeast, and herbs (thinking more chamomile or lemongrass, not getting the mint that some have suggested). No green tea components noticed. Initially I was disappointed with the taste, at least compared to expectations based upon the aroma, but over the course of sipping this one, I grew to enjoy it. Aftertaste is of slight tang, sweetness, and faint fruit esters.

The beer is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation creating a fairly crisp, though still smooth, mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry.

Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.