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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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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.59%

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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 jaasen64:
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
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