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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 107
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.35%
Wants: 152
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by brystmar:
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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

03-07-2014 18:53:39 | More by imperialking
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Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2014 05:16:40 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

01-27-2014 23:45:23 | More by Spider889
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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

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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

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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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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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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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drgonzo2k2

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.