Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
08-28-2012 20:11:46 | More by ehammond1
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
07-31-2012 23:38:35 | More by smakawhat
4.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
08-07-2012 00:37:11 | More by Richard33
4.78/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
12-23-2012 22:53:09 | More by cfrances33
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.