Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.84/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
01-25-2014 15:14:33 | More by Chico1985
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-18-2014 01:29:10 | More by cbutova
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-29-2013 04:11:26 | More by jlindros
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-12-2013 16:46:52 | More by Damian
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
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