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Fantôme Magic Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 161
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-11-2011

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Photo of Rifugium
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle I brought to share at Stone Soup '13

Poured looking like Ecto Cooler, bright green with a slight haze. Gotta love that. A small off-white head topped it off, and that sank to a thin ringlet. The aroma was unique and interesting, green tea, buttered popcorn, apple skin and melon juice, a touch of earth. Based on other reviews, I don't know if the popcorn was an off-aroma/flavor or not, but it didn't really matter, I still liked it. You never really know what you're going to get with Fantome, after all. The taste was a bit more laid back, but there were still some tea and grass notes, a bit more funkiness coming through, there was still a popcorn/butterscotch element present, but not nearly as intense as the aroma led me to believe. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, tantalizingly drinkable. Unique and fun overall.

Upon a subsequent tasting, the buttery taste was non-existent, leading me to believe it was an off-flavor the first time I had it. More of the farmhouse funk came out, vegetal notes, and the other flavors listed before were more pronounced. I liked it a lot better this time around, and it even bumped my "taste" rating up a notch.

Photo of drabmuh
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 drewone
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First one to rate this beer, interesting. Always happy to try a new Fantome beer.

Tried from a 750 ml bottle that was recently shared by bu11zeye. The beer pours a hazy green color with a white head. One of the few beers that is truly green colored, I guess this comes from the green tea that the beer is brewed with.

The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of wheat and lemon notes, as I expected, but I also get some green tea. Very interesting.

The flavor is more of the same. Green tea and oranges dominate the flavor with some wheat hiding in the background. There are also some pepper and tannin (from the green tea) notes and the beer is slightly sour with a little bit of funk.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stormking47 for sharing this one with us.

A - Pours ecto-cooler green with a small half finger tall white head leaving light lace down most of the glass. A good beer that is supposed to be green.

S - Smells of green tea, herbs and spices, bready malt and some light funk. The funk gets a little stronger as it sits in the glass but the herbal quality continues to dominate.

T - Starts off with a small zesty fruit kick quickly giving way to hints of green tea, light sweetness, chewy whole wheat bread and some of the typical Fantome saison funk. The finish is dry, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and slightly herbal flavor with moderate carbonation. This one is pretty dry toward the end of each sip.

O - I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, I have not had very many Fantomes, but the ones I have had have been pretty good, this one is no exception.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BBD Feb 2014, 0.75 litres: uncapped and cork removed on 24th Feb 2014 at the second ever Shrewsbury bottle share (four of us on this occasion). This was one of my gifts to the group.

It's flourescent green and my senses wouldn't allow it to smell or taste of beer, my eye's deciding it was a green tea (which I believe it has infused somewhere during the brewing process) and Lincoln Pea Soup mixture with extra food colouring added.

Different and a real talking point: where does the 8% ABV go for instance and why does it look like thin Pea Soup?

I enjoyed it but can't give you a proper review or tasting notes because it's just 'strange' and beyond my realms of reasoning and writing. My scores don't make sense either!

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped 750ml bottle with a best before January 2013 indication on the label. Poured into a Fantome tulip, this brew appears a hazed color of light lime green. Come on... I heard this brew had a green tint to it, but seriously this is ridiculous! Quite strange but intriguing looking with it's coloration that is reminding me of algae. 2 fingers worth of white froth sit atop the brew supported by constantly streaming bubbles of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of lace stretch across the glass where the head once resided. A light swirl brings back a finger of head.

The smell of this brew is very fruity reminding me somewhat of limes (perhaps this thought is exaggerated by the look of this brew in my glass?) The fruited quality is mixed with the expected saison yeast scents that includes mild clove and banana characteristics. Outside of the fruity lime quality, the rest of the aroma is familiar with a similar Fantome character. When the brew gets warmer, it has a mild sulfuric quality when swirled. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature and some sediment is included in the pour, a little bit of funky herbal aspect comes out.

What follows into the taste is also making me think of limes. There is a fruited quality very similar to lime juice but without the acidity. It gets a bit bitter like lime rinds and pulp. Through the body is some cereal grain-like sweetness and some yeasty quality that is mild with an aspect of clove and pepper. The aftertaste is faintly reminiscent of green tea with a very mild astringency that dries out the mouth a bit. When the brew warms up, more of the focus is drawn towards the yeast and it's spicy character. A little touch of sulfur and very mild funk is evident. I bet if this brew was aged this wonderful fruited quality would give way to more funky aspects. Once this brew goes beyond ideal temperature, the alcohol comes forward with almost a solvent kick yet it is still very enjoyable. The flavor also changes a bit to include a very mild apple skin aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 8% abv is integrated in this offering perfectly. It isn't too bold that it problematic in looking for a second pour but it is evident with a warmth down the back of the throat. This is another fantastic offering from Fantome, I want... no, I need more bottles of this. Straight across the board this brew is well executed. Granted it looks quite funky with its unique green coloration, but don't let it fool you. This is no gimmick, this is a solid take on the saison style. I am not sure what gives this brew it's green color, I hear green tea thrown around a lot about this brew. At times it has a very mild sweetness that reminds me of woodruff syrup. Regardless, get yourself some of this.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by Jeff. Happy Birthday bro.

The color is incredible. I'm not sure how you give this appearance anything other than a 1 or 5. Bright, cloudy near St. Patrick's Day style green with a tall foamy off white, mint tinged head. Excellent retention, settling to a thick film and rings of clumpy lacing.

Aroma is reminiscent of many other Fantomes, slightly sweet and estery yeast, clove and spice, and dry green tea leaves.

Flavor is a little sweeter than expected initially, with a stronger citrus presence than the nose and a little more green tea and mint. Slight funk but not as much as a typical Fantone saison and actually less spice or earthiness than most saisons as well. Finish is tart and mildly sour.

Body is my only complaint, slightly thin and watery in the finish. Strong fine carbonation and a dry, slightly acidic finish.

As this warms more of the tea presence comes out and I start to enjoy this even more. I can rationalize the body with the ingredients used, but it's still the only part of this I'd change. An unique experience, which I'm probably scoring higher than I should by virtue of that, but highly recommended.

Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fluorescent slime green color that's reminiscent of ecto cooler with a thin white head that quickly fades not a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Very earthy and funky aroma with lots of barnyard must/horsey notes along with some earthy oak and a mineral/vegetal tea leaf presence. The green tea compliments the funky yeast very well, resulting in a very unique aroma.

Light bodied with a ton of earthy funk and green tea flavor. Not sour but musty and earthy with hints of straw, wet hay and grass and funky bugs. This is nicely complimented by the herbal/mineral green tea presence, creating a very odd, yet very flavorful, funky beer. Unlike anything I've had before.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part 4 of the Fantome tasting

Pours a green tea colored green. One of the coolest looking beers I have seen. Pours a white head. Leaves some white lace rings.

Aroma: Green tea and citrus. Lemon-lime again... or maybe the color is playing with my head.... :S Some straw flavors bringing out the barnyardness in this one. A touch of spice in the background.

Taste: This is another very unique saison. This one has some sourness. Green apples and green grapeskins. I taste the green tea which adds another level. Lemon-lime citrus with some straw flavors. A bit of malt here. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Slight sourness with a touch of tartness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight smokey flavor.

Overall, this was a tasty beer. Easy to drink and it had a lot of flavor. Very enjoyable and unique.

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 afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first few ounces appeared golden - nothing out of the norm. But the liquid gradually turned minty, then a light olive green tone, and by the end it was impregnated by a near neon sediment that, contrasted against the neutral white background of a thick foam, made it look like it could practically glow in the dark. Magic Ghost is a green beer - yes, I said it, a green beer!

How did it get this way? Green tea, apparently. That's all I know (and that's more information than is usually revealed about Fantôme beers). My best guess is matcha, that would explain the intensity of the colour. It would also account for the expressively herbal and grassy bouquet - this smells as 'green' as it looks, with notes of lawn clippings, mint leaves, and garlic scapes.

All those flavours continue onto the palate and have accompanying texture to match: garlicky spice, minty refreshment, and the distinctly 'earthy' or 'herbal' sensation of chewing on blades of wet grass. There's also an enormously creamy quality that lends it a remarkably likeness to a green tea ice cream, something enhanced by its almond milk-like mouthfeel.

By now it should be obvious not to expect a typical, everyday farmhouse ale. Still, the actual 'beer' elements of this beer are not entirely lost in all the matcha flavouring; there's still the fresh-cracked peppercorn, orchard fruit, and cereal grain tastes of a typical Saison, and it drinks with the same spritzy carbonation and quenching acidity. It's different but every bit as wonderful.

Magic Ghost is an eccentric offering even for an infamously eccentric producer. A green beer sounds like a simple novelty (or worse, a gimmick) but, in truth, this is one of the most interesting offerings I've ever tried. What exactly makes it so astounding (aside from the surprisingly complimentary matcha flavour) eludes me, but take my word, it is certainly that.

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/31/2011

Bottle shared by Nate at Lost Abbey, thanks!

A: Green in the snifter. The beer is hazy light green, like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles green. Crazy. Nice white head. Very interesting appearance.

S: Rustic farmhouse notes meld with a prominent green tea profile and a sugary sweetness. Citrus is faint and floral notes are apparent.

T: Strong green tea presence with a sugary sweetness. Lightly bitter and only a touch of astringency. The beer possesses a lower moderate sourness. 

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation and a sticky, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A unique, interesting, and enjoyable beer. Recommended.

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.

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