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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original CreationFantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smakawhat on 07-31-2012)
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally going through the notes from last Friday's tasting in Worcester and accompanying trip to Portland. How was this already a week ago?... Thanks to Cam for sharing this rare Fantome wonder.

Murky bright orange pour, lots and lots of bubbles. Small fizzy white head retains fine.

Scent brings kind of a tame gueuze feel with light tartness, earthy funk, lemon/citrus fruits, etc. Quite perfumey, some Fantome weirdness/spices.

There is an odd shampoo/lotion thing going on in the taste which is a deterrent, but this evened itself out with some time. Tartness/funk is toned down from the scent but still prevalent, intensifying with warmth. Lots of earthy fruit notes, lemon, white wine, floral, light spice.

Light spritzy mouthfeel, very hard to believe this is 10%, very light alcohol warmth.

The initial "soapiness" was a little off-putting, and I was hoping for some more complexity, but definitely a nice beer overall. Not exactly "X-TRA SOUR" but a nice variation from Fantome's regular output.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 15:14:33 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally opening my lone bottle with almost all of the main peeps around.

A- Poured into six glasses with an uber murky, putrid swamp looking cidery color to the body. Head forms to more than four fingers with an ultra foamy texture but falls down after a few minutes to nothing, resembles cider truly. Lace is out of the question.

S- Reminds me of the regular Fantome Saison (the good batches) in many ways with an extra Brett funkiness and something that leads me to believe it will be tart and lactic. Spicy Saison yeast and Geueze-like funk/tarts seem to balance each other pleasantly.

T- Follows the nose pretty much with some extra fruitiness and nuances really opening up. Spicy, peppery and lemon zesty Saison yeast in a balanced blend with tart lactic, lemon juice sourness. A decent amount of barnyard and Brett funk with some cherry and apple fruitiness.

MF- Super highly carbonated light end body. The foaminess is pretty intense but compliments the flavors nicely like a Geueze would. Finishes with tartness and slight spicy bitterness on the palate.

Funk meets a good Saison and overall it aged quite well and is probably over two years at this point. I like the extreme level of lemon juice flavor with the underlying spicy Saison yeast. Hopefully Fantome can get back on the ball soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:29:10 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracked at my cellar cleaning party.

Nice small fizzy head covering sticks around, clear honey colored.

Nose tea aroma, sour light lemony and leaf like green, little sweet candy syrupy malt, mild spices, nice sources little lactic.

Taste semi sweet, little lactic acid, juicy tart fruit, into nice spices, wheat grainy malt, lactic, lemony as Hell, mild earthy flavours, sour fruits, tart little flemmy sticky.

Mouth med bod little sticky and flemmy, nice carb, little lactic acid bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:11:26 | More by jlindros
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a corked and caged 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Bright, orangey-amber appearsnce. The hazy liquid was topped by a three-finger tall, bubbly and foamy, bright white crown. The head slowly faded to a lasting cap but surprisingly did not distribute any lacing along the glass.

The aroma was super crisp, powdery and dry initially. Rather simplistic. As the crown faded, the nose became more complex and intense. Some bretty tartness was apparent, along with strong grape-y, white wine-like qualities. Hints of oak came through as well. With time, the brett and funk intensified, as did the white grape notes.

The flavor profile was tart and slightly funky but not quite as sour as I anticipated. Like the nose, vinous notes came through strong. Somewhat Champagne-like. Bretty and crisp with a crackery malt base. Tangy lemon and hay notes appeared in the center. Hints of lime came through as well. The finish was crisp and dry and contained a sharp yet subtle, solvent-like booziness. As the beer warmed, the 10% ABV began to show itself more.

The mouthfeel was the most interesting and impressive aspect of the beer. It was amazingly light and fluffy and contained a highly effervescent carbonation that some might deem excessive. Very Champagne-like, yet distinctly Belgian.

Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation was interesting and enjoyable but not as sour, nor as complex, as I was hoping it would be. At $30 a bottle, this seemed a bit overpriced and hardly (if any) better than the original Fantôme.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 16:46:52 | More by Damian
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle on trade (thanks, John Serra!), unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 8/4/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - dark brown almost black coloration, no clarity (cannot see through), carbonation rocky burnt brown on first pour but very quickly dissipates into glass lacing , moderarte alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - lots of pungent sour (especially vinegar, barnyard and maybe sweat socks) notes predominate with such alcohol aroma to balance it out

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a strong sourness but, to be honest, with the "extra sour" moniker, I was expecting something more; in the middle of the mouth, there's more of the funk with smoke, pepper and fruit flavors and, surprisingly, some balanced offer by the malts; I taste alcohol but not overpowering

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated for a sour; the sourness doesn't linger and leaves a tart, refreshing phantom in the mind only

O: 8/10 - I must admit that I am a little underwhelmed due to the hype of the brewery and the price ($27 in the greater San Diego area), but this is still a really nice dark sour that I would return to again and piqued my interest in other beers in the Fantome line-up.

TOTAL = 40/50

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:47:23 | More by MNishCT77
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thorpe for sharing.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a small white head. The nose brings tropical fruit and citrus with a touch of spice and pepper. The flavor brings mango, melon and pepper. Some tartness with herbal and grassy tones. Rally nice. Easy drinking. Juicy and delicious. Definitely one of the better beers I've had from Dany.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:38:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can dig it - thank you, Thorpe!

Cloudy orange hued cloudy brew poured into a 3F tumbler. Smells much like the regular Saison - always such a treat, with a mixed fruit medley and perhaps a bit more lemon tartness in the aroma than ordinary. The flavor, again, is much like the juicy deliciousness of the regular Fantome Saison, though I am pleased that it does have a bit more tartness. Nice mouthfeel, with soft full carbonation that lends itself exceedingly well to the beer. Overall, I am glad to have had another wonderful brew in the Fantome lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:37:52 | More by BucketBoy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to a generous trader for this one. Served in a Fantôme tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy light golden with a big, fizzy white head. Nose is fairly pepper heavy with a bit of Brett & very mild lactic. Some tropical & citrus to flavor. Highly carbonated. Better after swirling out some of the carbonation. More lemon, light lactic, and faint funk after that. Overall, nose is too peppery and flavor is similar to a good batch of the regular Saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 16:12:20 | More by Thorpe429
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

75 cL bottle shared by Thorpe in a Fantome tulip.

Pours a hazed, milky dark golden color with a large frothy white head that fades to a thick white collar. Smells like Fantome but a little more peppery than usual; also yeast, straw, grass, lemon and orange. Medium full body, strong carbonation, full bodied with a clean dry finish. Initially sweet and slightly sickening citrusy and tomatoe acidity. Green apple, lemon, pear and other assorted fruits throughout before a tangy, bready finish. Tastes like a good batch of regular Saison but less tropical, more boring and a touch more acidity. I don't get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:14:01 | More by yourefragile
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The uncrimping of the cap and the popping of the cork builds the anticipation that's higher than should be expected, even from the masterful brewers of Fantome. Their normal rustic farmhouse ales takes a backseat, as they step into the sour ale world.

And like most well-built sours, the beer pours with exuberant and turbulent activity. The lively ale erupts with a billowing cotton head that's slow to recede and offers up spotty lace. The underlying goldenrod ale carries its inherent yeasty haze that allows a soft glow to penetrate. Though pretty standard for a sour, its champagne effervescence impresses.

Sharp aromas of sour candies, tart fruit, and must fills the nose with all of the goodness that's wanted from a sour, but none of the off tones. Dried limes, sour apples and grapes, white wine vinegar, weathered wood, musty dusty cellars and attic spaces give a rich and complex earthen scent that's all fairly mild without going too far into the fungus-mold realms. Saddle leather, straw, hay, and lemongrass herbal notes only add to the fruit, spice, and earth scent.

The flavors deliver the faintest grain sweetness that dissolves quite early and unleashes the sheer tartness to the taste buds. With all the "bugs" at work in the beer, the commanding lactobacillus notes gives the beer a crisp dry tartness that's super clean and highly refreshing- it's this scalpel-like precision that cuts through the soft wheat bread flavor in much the same way that Berlinerweiss do. Old lemons, old limes, lemongrass, white pepper, and sea brine all offer an earthen element of depth that's countered by bright and acidic tartness- right down to the lasting aftertaste of the final sip.

Medium-light in body, the carbonation both keeps the beer zesty and expansive to the mouth, but creamy and powdery just the same. It's as if there's two types of textures going on at the same time. But the conclusion is the same and it is quick! With little in the way of alcohol presenting, the vinous acidity and white oak tannin forces a mouth puckering dry tartness that's slightly imposing on the palate, yet makes me yearn for another sip.

I'm absolutely impressed by how clean the beer is. I don't think I have encountered a beer of this size and magnitude that eludes the medicinal phenol complexes that often accompany higher alcohol sour ales. This guy is crystal clean, ultra complex, and is an absolute honor to drink!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:17:23 | More by BEERchitect
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Murky burnt orange. Big white head that settles quickly to a nice collar and wisps.

Smell - Malty and very yeasty. Spicy, but I'm never good at identifying them. The maltiness makes it not smell like a saison.

Taste - Lots of pale malt. Sugars and esters. Cloves. I can definitely pick that one out. Bitter and quite yeasty. Way to big for the subtler notes to come through.

Mouthfeel - Really heavy and intensely malty. Well carbonated.

Overall - Way too heavy and, I'm sure everyone knows by now, not sour at all. The saison characteristics are weak compared the malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:23:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. Review #250.

Pour: Hazy, radient light orange, with a billowing three finger white head. Leaves a lot of sticky white lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Funky yeast up front, followed by a big burst of grapefruit and citrus. Some melons come through on the nose as well. A light doughy smell, and some funk finish.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big burst of tropical fruits up from. Clean grapefruit and melons. Lots of funk, and a very night tartness. Think Vera Mae levels of tartness. Some bready sweetness. Finishes tart with fruit, and funk. A light oak on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. It is very hard to believe this is 10%, because it drinks like it is 5%. Incredibly juicy, with a night tartness. Finishes dry.

Overall: This beer met the hype for me. I thought the tartness was fantastic. Yes, this beer isn't sour, but it taste phenomenal, so who cares.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:53:09 | More by cfrances33
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, somewhat turbid amber pour topped by a tall three finger head that recedes to nothing. The nose is vegetal, herbal, funky, a bit phenolic and mineral. Pretty mild aromatics. Tastes only mildly sour with a big grainy, doughy backbone. Herbal notes appear mid-palate, followed by a funky, mushroomy barnyard note. Mineral, almost metallic. The body is medium-full leaning toward heavy. This isn't especially sour, and it's not all that crisp or dry for a saison. It's also lacking any particularly exceptional qualities. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 07:12:12 | More by largadeer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is slightly hazed golden orange with tons of fluffy off white head and an explosion of bubbles rising through the inside. Nose is dusty Brett and rather minerally. Faint salt note as a fair bit of citrus takes hold. Taste is a bit different, more dusty up front with less of the Brett and mineral, citrus in back with a fair amount of malt, which is uncharacteristic. sweeting through the finish. High carbonation, semi dry and light airy body.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:07:13 | More by cpetrone84
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brystmar

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Walked into the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier and ordered a bottle. And people say it's hard to acquire...!

Thick, white head erupts from the hazy golden-orange body; massively over-carbed. Delicate aroma with bold funk, hay, sour yeast, dirty farmhouse fruit.

Taste is sublime. Bright green apple tartness right off the bat, barnyard funk is restrained by soured strawberries. Really opens up as it warms.

About the level of sourness I expected from a farmhouse brewery's undertaking of a "sour" beer. It's about as sour as Vera Mae, maybe slightly more. Smooth, crisp, immensely satisfying, and totally sessionable. I almost did a spit-take after noticing the 10% ABV, as it's nowhere to be found. Finish is reminiscent of a dry champagne. Waaay too much carbonation overall, but putting that flaw aside, this is a real winner.

Hands down the best Fantome variant I've had, aside from one or two very special bottles of their Saison. Unfortunately, Fantome's massive bottle variance means those are few and far between, but then again so is Extra Sour. And this is stellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:10:21 | More by brystmar
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking one of my 3 bottles for my birthday. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 48 cases total came to the US. Amazing. 576 bottles came to the US!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light honey hue with a massive three finger fizzy white head that resembled soda. That head though sank down into a one finger head that was nice and creamy with some nice slick lacing. What initially was okay became something quite nice.

S - Bright citrus notes with strong lemon, lots more funk than usual. A classic Fantome with more funk/sourness

T - A wash of basement/musty funk. Not really super sour, more like candied lemon and the faintest of alcohol. Faint, faint apples. Mostly just candied lemon and wet hay. The faintest hint of peppercorns too.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional with lots of bright, sharp carbonation. Works excellent with the tarter Fantome beer.

O - Overall, this was a solid beer. I wouldnt say its the be all end all that some have made it out to be, but it is damn tasty. Might be worth checking out if one can find it reasonable. That said, seeing how limited it was and the bottle price ($30) its probably unlikely.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:07:22 | More by rudzud
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this epic bottle

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange - pours with a giant, frothy, bright white head - keeps a solid cap, leaves walls of lacing

Smell: Sour and saison-y - some acidity, mostly a lactic sourness - very funky, farmhouse aromas - peppery yeast, and legit peppercorns - some light fruits, vaguely tropical - classic Fantôme musty basement

Taste: Sour, funky, and definitely Fantôme - wet, lactic sourness, and some nice tartness - seltzer - yeasty funk, with barnyard and musty basement - lemon, apple, grape, peach, bananas and other fruits - peppery, lightly sweet - hay, grass - earthy and damp, yet lively - the lightly tropical flavors work very well with the sour, funky elements - utterly no hint of alcohol, I refuse to believe this is 10% ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium body, highly carbonated in a good way, lingering sourness

Overall: Gloriously accurate beer name

It's like Fantôme made a beer that is extra sour! It's not remarkably sour, but the sour elements work so very well with the musty funk. Want. More.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:41:35 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy burnt gold/orange. Head is creamy bright white. Dense. Drops to a small fluffy cap. Tiny bits of lacing. Solid carbonation on the cork pop and pour.

Smell: Hay, grass, musty basement. Layers of funk. Yeasty bite. Some lemon zest and flesh. Has that distinct Fantome wild thing going on. Powdery, dry yeast. Incredibly yeasty. Citric tart. Some peach skin and pear flesh. Juicy fruitiness. Old books. Pale malts add.a cracker like maltiness.

Taste: Tart banana. Belgian yeast. Big hits of yeast drop some underlying spice. Musty basement and old paper, it smells like a storage room full of boxes. Citric edge hits on fresh squeezed lemon juice. Hay and fresh cut grass. Musty and tart. Apples and pears. Massively floral. It's distinctly Fantome but far more tart than other iterations.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Strong, but not effervescent carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Overall: You've unlocked Omega Buster.

Special Original Creation is a delicate and complex take on the Fantome line. It takes everything that made the original great and made it better. They must have had a sweet yeast capture weapon.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:29:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously shared by Adam (AdamP). Same bottle shape as the Armand series. Capped and corked. Full pour into HF stemmed glass.

Served at a chilled cellar temperature. Cork pops with a nice pop and absolutely no gushing. Poured very gently into glass.

A- Pours a light brownish golden that's mostly translucent but definitely pours with a little bit of a yeasty haziness. Initially there is an excessive amount of carbonation that quickly produces a thick white head that recedes to a thin creamy layer that doesn't go away. After a couple minutes the carbonation mellows out to consistently rising bubbles. Head leaves some spotty lacing. Overall looks great.

S- Lemons, barnyard funk, a bit of wet hay, some light sourness that has a light sulfuric vinegar quality, some subtle saison pepper spiciness lingering in the background. Has a great saison aroma, a nice balance, and definitely above average aroma strength that isn't overpowering.

T- Lemons mixed with a light lemon lightly acetic sourness balanced with a light barnyard wet hay funk presence that interplays with a subtle peppercorn spiciness that fits right in with the saison. Finishes with a lingering lightly sour lemon aftertaste. Everything is very well balanced and exactly what a saison should taste like.

M- Medium bodied saison to a tiny bit on the light side, dry champagne-like carbonation that creates a bubbly/tingly sensation in your mouth that fits well with the sourness. Extremely drinkable, I was surprised when I found out that it was 10%. Drinks more like a 6% saison. Absolutely no alcohol in the feel.

O- While this might not be my favorite saison (that probably still goes to Ann- partially because I love honey in beers), this is definitely one of the better ones that I've had. There was a nice light sourness that fit well with the fantastic saison characteristics. This is pretty much exactly what a saison should be. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance and it was definitely worth the $30 price tag if you were lucky enough to buy one (I should have bought one when I had the chance!).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:48:28 | More by jaasen64
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Thanks man! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Giant white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Pour carefully as your glass could easily spill over. Opaque orange-gold body.

S - Farmy saison, with perhaps a hint of sulfur and lactic acidity in the periphery. There's a mild seltzer character, possibly from the excessive carbonation level. Stone and tropical fruit flavors, with a bit of spicy yeast. As this warms up the alcohol starts to peek through but I'd never guess this was 10%.

T - The taste is significantly more sweet, with the stone and tropical fruit flavors dominating the palate. There's a hint of lotion, and some vanilla pale malts. Not as sour as I was expecting from something called 'Extra Sour'. There's a nice strawberry-esque acidity here but nothing very assertive. Alcohol is masterfully concealed.

M - High carbonation that is excessive at first, but thankfully can be diminished by swishing the glass. Body is perhaps a bit thin for 10% - more on the medium side of things. Very dry and champagne-like with masterfully hidden alcohol.

D - Once you get past the ridiculous carbonation level this is a very nice Saison. It's incredibly easy to drink considering the ABV - the bottle was empty before we knew it. Just not as 'Extra Sour' as I was hoping or different enough to warrant the high trade cost. I'd happily buy this if it made it to store shelves in Chicago though.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:03:54 | More by MasterSki
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. The cap comes off and the cork pushes itself out with a loud pop. The brew pours a clouded amber orange with a mountainous white sudsy head that settles to a finger strength and retains throughout the entire duration. Spotty lace creates some finger-like strings of lace upon the glass.

The aroma opens up quite yeasty with a fresh scent of crushed black peppery spice. A bit of musty cork and plenty of tropical fruit quality. Apricot and pineapple are hinted. Think classic Fantome Saison with a greater focus of tropical fruit and freshly cracked black pepper.

The taste is yeasty but with an immediate tart lemony quality. Through the middle is a flavor of tart greek yogurt. Suggestions of earth, grass and mildly bitter rind elements break things up. A bit of wet cork or leathery quality is present before the onset of more fruit flavors like apricot and pineapple. Some solvent alcohol creeps up the back as it warms which is uncharacteristic of most Fantome offerings but im not complaining.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescet level of prickly carbonation. My only gripe about this brew is the excessive carbonation. It is a bit too prickly on thr tongue but luckily it an be swirled out in the glass. The alcohol inclusion is perfectly hidden for 10% initially but becomes more pronounced especially beyond ideal temperatures. It really reminds me of the classic Fantome saison but stepped up with the fruited quality I like most about the normal saison and with a contrasting tartness. "Extra Sour" might be a misleading descriptor here for true wild/sour fans. But it is certainly more tart than the normal Fantome offering. If given the opportunity, I would drink this regularly. This is a must try for anyone who likes Saison or anyone who is a fan of Dany's work.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 14:09:30 | More by stakem
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into dfh snifter

A: first thing I notice is that the carbonation is out of control here, even with a gentle pour I get three fingers if fluffy slightly yellowish head that disapates nicley and leavs some good lacing.... The body of the beer itself is lightly brownish golden amber... You can see a constant stream of carbonation leaving the bottom of the glass to the 1/4 finger film that remains or the entirety of the glass.

S: funk, lots of funk, also some white wine vinous character, a slight bite of sour lemonyness, a bi of apple and pear, deffinatly smells like a saison w/heavy yeast influence and a sour bite... A very complex aroma.

T: yum, very tasty, I was expecting a ton of yeast spicyness from the nose but it is nicley tammed in the flavor, I am reminded of white wine and champagne right off the bat. Nice tart lemon right up front into a more vinous character, almost like Sauvignon blanc, a very nice level of tartness here, very well balanced taste profile.

M: light medium body with High brisk slightly champagne like carbonation, dry on the finish

O: this is really nice, very well balanced nice light citrus and a hint of spice, beautiful vinous character, seems like it would be a perfect substitute for a New Years toast and am excellent companion for food. Worth the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 20:45:47 | More by PeterIngemi
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:45:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color, produces three fingers of bubbly off-white head, good retention and leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing.

S- The aroma is awesome, very fruity with lots of sour lemon, apple and pear. Earthy, musty cobweb funk along with some yeast and black pepper.

T- Incredibly complex flavor, similarly very fruity with citrus and apples/pears, a really interested earthy, musty funk lies beneath this, sourness is present but not as strong as I expected, it blends nicely with mineralic flavors. After a while some citrus rind, nectarine and candi sugar flavors emerge. Booze is barely perceptible and can really sneak up on you at 10%.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is excellent, bubbly and effervescent.

O- Easily one of the best saison's I've had, it's extremely flavorful and drinkable, I really, really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:12:38 | More by WillCarrera
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ehammond1


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this one with me, Tim!

Hazed, golden and yellow with a quickly forming, persistent, near-white, fairly large bubbled head. Eventually this leaves thin ribbons and irregular lines of lace down the glass. Gorgeous saison in every way imaginable.

The aroma is surprising because it doesn't give any hint to the beer's sour flavor: huge amounts of white fruit present in the aroma. There's a good mixture of green apple and white grape, along with big notes of juicy pear and a mild lemon character. There's just a bit of grass and an earthy funk character. Complete.

The flavor is simply superb. The aroma doesn't prepare you for the level of sour in this beer, though the name certainly gives it away. Good amounts of previously noted white fruits, mild barnyard and grass, some pepper, and earth combine with the delicate sourness. I couldn't imagine enjoying a beer more.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--crisp, refreshing, disappearing, airy. Marvelously drinkable.

One of the finest beers I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:11:46 | More by ehammond1
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