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Brasserie Fantôme
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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers.

Added by Jason on 02-19-2003

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, saison yeast, honey, light fruit, especially apple, mild Belgian spicing. Flavor is light fruit with an interesting earthy character, completely defying identification of flavors, mild citrus, finishing with earthy Italian herbs; thyme and rosemary, with finishing bitterness that seems much more medicinal herbs than hops. Light to medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I've been waiting a long time to try a Fantome (the distributor was out of our state for a long time and I only saw bottles of questionable age and storage on my trips, so only got a chance now). I'm on the fence with saisons in general, not really liking the aggressively funky and/or sour ones, but enjoying well made herbal versions. This one was worth waiting for. An ale in which it is almost impossible to describe the flavor components even though it is full flavored, but everything really comes together. It invites repeated tasting to try to tease out the identity of the flavors. I'm sitting here licking my lips to taste the mildly bitter herbal flavors left over from my last sip as I type. Really enjoyable, complex and integrated. I look forward to future opportunities to try Fantome ales. This is the kind of beer that makes trying new breweries pay off.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml green glass bottle of unknown vintage (though probably the most recent). Purchased recently from the Brewdog webshop. A winter saison brewed with spices.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and fine sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, fruity yeast esters, earthiness, subtle caramel malt and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Very nice.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a prolonged dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, coriander, spice, bubblegum, yeast esters, earthiness, faint caramel malt and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated with a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A subtle, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and lovely body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of banana, spice, fruity yeast esters and earthiness.

Excellent - simple yet complex. Looks great, if rather murky. The aroma and flavour are intensely yeasty, with fruit and spice notes that remind me of a good hefeweizen (especially the banana). Great body with a perfectly judged texture. Nice and nicely done. A fantastic saison - well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with amber edges, one finger thick of offwhite foam, a few rings of lace down the glass. Smell: sweet with caramel and bread, red delicious apple, subdued grassiness comes along. Taste: caramel and overripe red apple, grainy twang, date, plum skin. Medium plus bodied and sugary but with a nice drying finish. Pretty straightforward as a saison or at worst saison-ish, but it's meant as a winter seasonal and it plays that hand well.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy and dank ochre color with two fingers of beige head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, light spice and Belgian yeast.

The taste matched the aroma with Juicy Fruit gum, light spice, Belgian yeast and caramel malts at the end.

Medium bodied and quite sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A flavorful and easy to drink Saison from Fantôme.

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Photo of JulioH
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition

I opened this bottle somewhat concerned because of previous reviews. Did I get a bust, a literal fantome?

As I was serving, I saw some yeast deposited at the bottom of the bottle. The liquid was dark yellow, almost reddish, and very little carbonation was formed. The nose was non existent at first, but after swirling, the classic scents of a saison, a wheat beer, were released. The scents kept increasing as time went by.

I tasted it and it was the classic saison taste. A little bitter, definitely hoppy, a little sweet, a little yeasty, with little carbonation that was only felt after I played with it in my mouth.

Overall, a great import, definitively something that can be had in excess. The artisanal taste is present, and that makes this beer a classic saison.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, corked and capped and served into a large wine glass. Pours a medium orange/golden with a touch of haze. A white cap shows decent retention.

Nose is a bit funky and tart with some earthy citrus perhaps hop based notes. A pleasant mustiness accompanies. A second pour after some warming yields a bit more hop spice to the aroma.

Taste is spritzy and smooth up front with light citric and malt notes. Offers a lingering finish of a medley of flavors with notable pepper spice, orange must and a nice tart character. Quite smooth on the feel, spritzy up front and segueing to a smooth malty middle and a tart and rather dry finish.

Overall a solid offering with a good amount of depth.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme Hiver ("winter ghost") actually pours like a summer rosé, at least without the sediment added in; everything beyond the first few ounces comes out looking a little like a cinnamon-doused cranberry sauce. The bottom of my glass is sandy enough to act as an hourglass. And anything that could have passed for snow quickly melts away.

What goes into a Fantôme recipe is anyone's guess; how to describe what they smell like is often just as much of a mystery. Saison yeasts are naturally full of spicy phenols and fruity esters but this bouquet also has eccentric notes of mulled apples, flowers, mint, and citrus zest.

As is also typically the case with Fantôme beers, putting a finger on exactly what is tasted is a tricky ordeal. This sample is markedly different from the previous ones I've sampled - hardly surprising given that the recipe changes every year. The flavour is oddly iced-tea-like and has hints of cranberry, hibiscus and mint. It'd make a good herbal tea.

There's no vintage stamped anywhere on the bottle or cork; it's been in the cellar for so many years that I can't remember exactly when I got it. Aging hasn't exactly been kind; a lot of folks will tell you that Fantôme beers are some of the best candidates for aging but they're not. In my experiences they are typically funkier when fresh. The cellar only oxidizes things.

Fantôme Hiver is perhaps my least favourite of Dany Prignon's creations. This may have something to do with the fact that each time I've tried it has either been at a tasting or from an aged bottle, but I doubt that: great beer is great regardless of sample size and some of my highest ratings were aged. Fantômes aren't cheap; skip Winter for a more pleasant saison.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hiver in a Duchesse goblet. Burnt orange amber color with a bleach white head of thin dimension. Lingering does the foam.

White grape, light honey, lemony tartness, nectary malt, hint of allspice and cardamom, farmhouse yeast, and a touch of vanilla.

Bright acidity without exceeding "tart" into the land of sour. Less of the funk and more of a white wine and lemon zing. Not tangy, just really bright and semi-tart. Firmly bitter for a saison. There is a light Bretty note that is understated, but delicious. Great flavors and complexity.

Tart and light and airy. An easy drink with a semi-stinging finish. Refreshing.

Very distinct. Not too showy, but tasty. The yeast doesn't steal the show.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface islands.

Smell - Citrusy and sweet. Pale malts and some earthy notes. A little cidery.

Taste - Much more cidery. Apples and esters. Yeasty. Pale malt. Minimal sweetness beyond the fruitiness. Strong earthy flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated, but not too high.

Overall - This bottle could be pretty old. Seems to be falling a little flat in the finish.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

~1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head with great retention and scattered lacing. Gold and coppery straw brew, nearly opaque.

Smell is of lemon and citrus, wheat, yeast, and some barnyard funk. Out of the bottle, there was a skunk-like aroma that happily faded in the glass.

There's some slight up front funkiness in the taste, with a good amount of sweet Belgian yeast and straw. Sweet and balanced maltiness. Finally, there's a massive dose of funk at the end, like eating a huge mouthfull of aged cheese.

Light feel with a slight carbonation sting. Still a slow sipper because of the funkiness.

This is a very complex saison with quite a bit going on. It's less drinkable because of that throaty, malty funk at the end of each sip, but it's by no means a bad flavor. Very different from any other saison I've had, and an excellent and interesting experience.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What an incredibly cool beer. It didn't tasting particularly amazing and I don't have an overwhelming desire to drink it again, but I adore it for its originality. I feel this way about Fantome in general. They want you to drink their beers, furrow your brow and go, "Huh. What the hell am I tasting?" Hiver is just like that. It's unlike any beer I have ever tasted. It's a cigar in a bottle, with an incredibly strong taste of smoke and some underlying grassy spice. I was drinking it and wondering how something that looked like that could taste like you're sitting in a cigar bar. There are flavors in there that I seriously cannot identify, but they're hanging around, and they are great. Big fan, and I am thrilled that I got to try this.

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Photo of harrymel
1.86/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A second go at it. Vint 2013 (prolly)

This is murky and light amber with a solid quilt of toasted cream foam. Smells primarily of skunk and bandaids. Then some soil, hay, clay, shit and leather. Flavor is plastic, bandaid, bitter, well, quite frankly this beer is shit, and tastes like a tack store with manure to boot. Medium bodied with moderate carb and of dry. A really shitty beer.

Reviewed 09/2012
Vint 2012(?) 3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3 - 3.35
Pours amber with diaphany and a solid white surface character. Nose with vanilla, sweet grain I get from most Fantome’s, and plenty of pepper and clay; also a surprsingly skunked character. Sweet flavor with the pepper tones and a sweet grainy character and some clay flavor. Full, over full body with not only a full body (poor for this style) and hi carb and a semi dry finish. Not that intriguing, not that great (at least for what the hunt requires in my life)

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass to the face

A: Hazy blonde golden color nice head forming

S: Fruity esters galore

T: Yes, fruity esters, spices! lots of em, peppery, a bit sour bit funky

M: Dry finish a bit spicy but nice

O: This is a real interesting saison that I thoroughly enjoyed. Everything blended together for an interesting and pleasurable experience.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml picked up at House of Brews in Mt Pleasant. Fairly dark gold pour, a thin layer of white head. Retained very well. Stuck to the glass just a bit.

Aroma, light vinegar at first pop of the bottle, but in the glass this is barely there. More citrus zest, yeast. Herbal spice and tobacco.

Taste, there is a sweet spice up front, some caramel malt and brown sugar like sweetness as well. Quickly fades to leather, tobacco, earthy cocoa. Citrus zest is prevalent. Herbal funkiness, hay and grass in the finish.

Heavy side of light body, ample carbonation but it is quite fine in nature and is almost creamy in the back of the throat. Alcohol is completely hidden. No problems drinking this for me.

Definetely no infection in this one. This bottle looked older, though I didn't look how to date these, at least 9 months old I'd say. Very intersting brew, I enjoyed it immensely. May not be to the standard of the style, but I enjoy the variants of the style even more sometimes.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, shaker.
dark copper, big head. smell is of band aids and horse blanket, in a good way. super funky taste, burnt cigarettes, stale bread, like you're drinking leather. high carbonation, medium bodied.

overall extremely interesting, not sure I like it. see what you think.

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Photo of MarioM
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

A: High carbonation, very white and creamy head with a mix of large to tiny creamy bubbles. Very transparent light copper color with many bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head mostly dissipated in about a minute down to a thin creamy film with ok lacing when swirled. Can't wait to try this puppy.

S: A smooth fruitiness with that distinct Fantome smokey funkiness that's so unique about these beers. Fruit aroma is sweet like strawberries but there's also some grassy earthiness behind the fruit and mixed well with a hint of smoke. Very interesting and unique smelling brew. Can't wait to try.

T: Wow, tad smokey with flavors I can't even explain. Fruityness is there with some great bitterness but very complex and hard to explain the flavors I'm getting. Its f-ing delicious! Its a bit sweet but dry like a saison should be, but there's a good malty backbone that supports the beer well. Hard to explain what fruits I'm getting that contribute to the great aroma and sweetness. Complex and a must try.

M: Dry and crisp with good body. Finishes dry and a bit sweet as well, but is very enjoyable and makes you want more and more and more. A strange bitterness lingers but not a hop bitterness, best way to explain is, which I heard someone say and make complete sense, that weird tonic water bitterness.

O: A very very good Fantome and unique complex beer that made me struggle to explain the flavors I was tasting, yet I'm enjoying a lot. A must have. Don't be afraid of picking one up even with all the Fantome horror drain pour posts that are common. Go for it and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yeasty orange with giant head that died at a moderate pace and left lace patches. The yeast first hits me as I smell and I get some citric notes, possible tropical but most likely some sour apple or grapeskin fruit aromas, a little bit of funk and tartness. Taste is more of the same as I am getting a yeasty beer that is fuller-bodied and smooth and gives off minor sweetness, balanced with a sour apple or grape skin taste that also give off a good amount of barnyard funk and puckering tartness at times. Really sharp due to good carbonation and spices, the ABV seems to be slightly noticeable and this beer gives off a warming sensation in the finish. I can see why this is a "winter" beer, or at least available in winter, as it seems to be less fruity and more spicy/warming and fuller bodied to complement a winter month. Anyway, I had it in the middle of summer and still find it great.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a bright orange with some floating particulates topped by a dense three finger off white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of spice, a bit of pine and some biscuity malt
T: taste is a lot of funk, some band aid, horse blanket, slight sweetness, and some herbal hops. swallow is more funk, some pine, band aid and spice as the throat is numbed like after drinking cough syrup
M: medium in the mouth with soft but ample carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: It seems like a lot of Fantome beers have a lot of that band aid flavor. I'm not the biggest fan of it but it isn't extremely one note. Great complexity and flavor overall.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, just wow. My first Fantome and this thing changed my life.

A- Beautiful puffy head with tight bubbles and lacing.

S- Smell is lemon and lime, farmhouse yeast, hay, hops, and a hint of sweetness.

T- Lots of flavors going on. There is a wonderful malt sweetness upfront, and then a huge hit of citrusy goodness, lemon-lime flavor is awesome. Hops and a dry finish round this out. There is a bit of a cidery note and the finish reminds me of Chardonnay.

M- Perfect mouthfeel. High carbonation but not overly done, and a light crisp mouthfeel.

O- I'd buy this stuff by the palate if I could find it in my area.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have finally started to find some level of appreciation of saisons, and I know that Fantome is pretty top of the line. Hiver poured a nice golden copper color with a generous white head. My God, the sediment in this beer! It looks like a snow globe hidden inside my beer! The barnyard funk aroma is pretty standard, nothing out of the ordinary. In the initial taste, lemon, tart apples, and grass are present. The texture certainly is pretty trademark so the style, being grainy and leaving a Flintstone vitamin taste in your mouth. Overall, a pretty average saison, being very drinkable. On the other hand, it is not necessarily one I need to revisit.

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Photo of gr0g
2.52/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very Brett-forward and one-dimensional. This has to be infected. Having read some reviews that mention smoke and Band-Aid notes, I get none of that. I also get none of complexities mentioned in favorable reviews.

Bronze colored, quite dark for the style, a head of about two fingers of foam. Tart aroma with acetic quality. Flavor is tart and one-dimensional, like a mediocre wild ale. This was my first shot at Fantome, and I knew the risks. Consider me another victim of their quality control issues.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #1500 - 750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, funky notes, grapes, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some yeast, green grapes, and a bit of funk. It ends with dry spicy/fruity aftertaste.

Overall - While it wasn't as good as I was expecting, it was still an excellent beer. It had a nice level of complexity that allowed me to taste different flavours with each sip. It was a touch too dry, but was still very drinkable.

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Photo of sjones5045
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First I have to admit is this isn't my style I find enjoyable. This definitely reminds me of a white wine beer. Smells very fruity and bitter and taste exactly how it tastes. Although i will say it is smooth and leaves minimal aftertaste which i guess if you like this class would be a big plus. Basically if you don't like white wine, like I don't, then you won't like this.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage... seriously...

A: Pours an almost completely transparent lemon gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam sticks around for a bit, but fades wonderfully over time. Nice bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is wonderful on this beer. I get lemon/lime citrus (almost like Gatorade), a bit of malt, and a touch of apple juice. I’m looking forward to this one.

T: The taste follows the nose almost exactly. I get a nice light malt sweetness right away followed instantaneously by that yummy lemon/lime flavor. A touch of spice enters in next with apple cider like qualities. The finish is dry, a bit yeasty, but really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It takes control of the palate straight away, the flavors dance, and the finish is just slightly drying.

O: Really enjoyed this brew. I know there are a lot of terrible bottles of this out there. But the bottle we opened is drinking wonderfully. I’d drink a lot more of this if I knew the bottle integrity wasn’t going to be an issue.

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Photo of jtladner
1.57/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

I was really excited to try this beer, it was my first (and currently only) Fantome. The beer looked great, but unfortunately I seem to have gotten one of the skunked bottles that I have seen many people post about. Both the aroma and the taste were completely dominated by something that I can best describe as burning tires.

At first I though that maybe it was meant to be a kind of smokey saison, but after reading other reviews it is clear that this is not the case. Even if the taste had been intentional (which I am pretty sure it wasn't), it was not pleasant at all and most of it ended up going down the drain.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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