Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 115
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 4.88%
Wants: 150
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smakawhat on 07-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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!). (2,115 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,051 characters)

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1.75/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (646 characters)

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of boredalready
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Richard33
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cork pop is dangerous to say the least. No spillage but I expected there to be.

Pours a hazy golden with super active carbonation. Bubbles are racing to the top.

Smells of all things that are great in a saison. Starts with tart lemons, moving to funky earth, and finishes with black pepper spice.

Taste starts with Earthy funk. Stop... this i one of the most interesting beers I've had the advantage to sip on. Part black pepper and earthy roots followed by some tart sour notes. By no means the sour adventure I expected from the name of the beer but actually better than I expected... and I expected a lot. Super spicy and fruity, dry and with a depth of flavor that I don't often encounter.

Ultra crisp carbonation and mouthfeel just add to the experience of this beer. Dany has, yet again, created a truly amazing beer.

One of the most interesting and enjoyable beers that I have had this year. God... I really wish there were more than 48 cases in the US and the bottles weren't 30+$.

That being said, if you see it, grab it. (1,041 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks kindly to Ed, poured from the bottle at Churchkey DC into a snifter glass.

Gusher a bit on the opening with a big solid pop. A white head is produced and falls fairly quickly to a thin top and crown. Body is opaque but a real nice orange and yellow glowing hue, with lots of super fast carbonation rising.

This nose is unreal. What a bouquet on this beer. Peach, dirt, sour nectarine, a wonderful sweet smell of juicy fruit and off funk aromas, super fruity juiicy with a sweetness that dominates eventually while still maintaining a little tartness. After some warmth there is egg yolk.

Taste on the palate is massively crisp in feel, super carbonated and playful with and incredible fruity finish almost like a serious champagne but far sweeter and dense. Lemon sourness, sweet tasty penny candy, and then a big aromatic mix of funkiness. Cream character comes in with the fizz soda giving an almost perfect cream soda like taste and feel. Aftertaste even manages some toasty malt and grain bread finish. At 10% ABV there is no heat on this, you can't even get any sense of alcohol even, zero, zilch, zip, NADA.

I am speechless. This is probably the best saison I have ever had. (1,199 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -30.2%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,088 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of Anonymous1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (1,240 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
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