Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and super easy to drink.
09-11-2012 01:45:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Big thanks to a generous trader for this one. Served in a Fantôme tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy light golden with a big, fizzy white head. Nose is fairly pepper heavy with a bit of Brett & very mild lactic. Some tropical & citrus to flavor. Highly carbonated. Better after swirling out some of the carbonation. More lemon, light lactic, and faint funk after that. Overall, nose is too peppery and flavor is similar to a good batch of the regular Saison.
02-24-2013 16:12:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
The uncrimping of the cap and the popping of the cork builds the anticipation that's higher than should be expected, even from the masterful brewers of Fantome. Their normal rustic farmhouse ales takes a backseat, as they step into the sour ale world.
And like most well-built sours, the beer pours with exuberant and turbulent activity. The lively ale erupts with a billowing cotton head that's slow to recede and offers up spotty lace. The underlying goldenrod ale carries its inherent yeasty haze that allows a soft glow to penetrate. Though pretty standard for a sour, its champagne effervescence impresses.
Sharp aromas of sour candies, tart fruit, and must fills the nose with all of the goodness that's wanted from a sour, but none of the off tones. Dried limes, sour apples and grapes, white wine vinegar, weathered wood, musty dusty cellars and attic spaces give a rich and complex earthen scent that's all fairly mild without going too far into the fungus-mold realms. Saddle leather, straw, hay, and lemongrass herbal notes only add to the fruit, spice, and earth scent.
The flavors deliver the faintest grain sweetness that dissolves quite early and unleashes the sheer tartness to the taste buds. With all the "bugs" at work in the beer, the commanding lactobacillus notes gives the beer a crisp dry tartness that's super clean and highly refreshing- it's this scalpel-like precision that cuts through the soft wheat bread flavor in much the same way that Berlinerweiss do. Old lemons, old limes, lemongrass, white pepper, and sea brine all offer an earthen element of depth that's countered by bright and acidic tartness- right down to the lasting aftertaste of the final sip.
Medium-light in body, the carbonation both keeps the beer zesty and expansive to the mouth, but creamy and powdery just the same. It's as if there's two types of textures going on at the same time. But the conclusion is the same and it is quick! With little in the way of alcohol presenting, the vinous acidity and white oak tannin forces a mouth puckering dry tartness that's slightly imposing on the palate, yet makes me yearn for another sip.
I'm absolutely impressed by how clean the beer is. I don't think I have encountered a beer of this size and magnitude that eludes the medicinal phenol complexes that often accompany higher alcohol sour ales. This guy is crystal clean, ultra complex, and is an absolute honor to drink!
02-01-2013 06:17:23 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
12-23-2012 07:12:12 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle generously shared by Sean. Thanks man! Served in a Cantillon tulip.
A - Giant white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Pour carefully as your glass could easily spill over. Opaque orange-gold body.
S - Farmy saison, with perhaps a hint of sulfur and lactic acidity in the periphery. There's a mild seltzer character, possibly from the excessive carbonation level. Stone and tropical fruit flavors, with a bit of spicy yeast. As this warms up the alcohol starts to peek through but I'd never guess this was 10%.
T - The taste is significantly more sweet, with the stone and tropical fruit flavors dominating the palate. There's a hint of lotion, and some vanilla pale malts. Not as sour as I was expecting from something called 'Extra Sour'. There's a nice strawberry-esque acidity here but nothing very assertive. Alcohol is masterfully concealed.
M - High carbonation that is excessive at first, but thankfully can be diminished by swishing the glass. Body is perhaps a bit thin for 10% - more on the medium side of things. Very dry and champagne-like with masterfully hidden alcohol.
D - Once you get past the ridiculous carbonation level this is a very nice Saison. It's incredibly easy to drink considering the ABV - the bottle was empty before we knew it. Just not as 'Extra Sour' as I was hoping or different enough to warrant the high trade cost. I'd happily buy this if it made it to store shelves in Chicago though.
10-29-2012 14:03:54 | More by MasterSki
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
District of Columbia
3.89/5 rDev -8.5%
75 cL bottle shared by Thorpe in a Fantome tulip.
Pours a hazed, milky dark golden color with a large frothy white head that fades to a thick white collar. Smells like Fantome but a little more peppery than usual; also yeast, straw, grass, lemon and orange. Medium full body, strong carbonation, full bodied with a clean dry finish. Initially sweet and slightly sickening citrusy and tomatoe acidity. Green apple, lemon, pear and other assorted fruits throughout before a tangy, bready finish. Tastes like a good batch of regular Saison but less tropical, more boring and a touch more acidity. I don't get it.
02-23-2013 19:14:01 | More by yourefragile
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. The cap comes off and the cork pushes itself out with a loud pop. The brew pours a clouded amber orange with a mountainous white sudsy head that settles to a finger strength and retains throughout the entire duration. Spotty lace creates some finger-like strings of lace upon the glass.
The aroma opens up quite yeasty with a fresh scent of crushed black peppery spice. A bit of musty cork and plenty of tropical fruit quality. Apricot and pineapple are hinted. Think classic Fantome Saison with a greater focus of tropical fruit and freshly cracked black pepper.
The taste is yeasty but with an immediate tart lemony quality. Through the middle is a flavor of tart greek yogurt. Suggestions of earth, grass and mildly bitter rind elements break things up. A bit of wet cork or leathery quality is present before the onset of more fruit flavors like apricot and pineapple. Some solvent alcohol creeps up the back as it warms which is uncharacteristic of most Fantome offerings but im not complaining.
This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescet level of prickly carbonation. My only gripe about this brew is the excessive carbonation. It is a bit too prickly on thr tongue but luckily it an be swirled out in the glass. The alcohol inclusion is perfectly hidden for 10% initially but becomes more pronounced especially beyond ideal temperatures. It really reminds me of the classic Fantome saison but stepped up with the fruited quality I like most about the normal saison and with a contrasting tartness. "Extra Sour" might be a misleading descriptor here for true wild/sour fans. But it is certainly more tart than the normal Fantome offering. If given the opportunity, I would drink this regularly. This is a must try for anyone who likes Saison or anyone who is a fan of Dany's work.
10-09-2012 14:09:30 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to Thorpe for sharing.
The beer is hazy and yellow with a small white head. The nose brings tropical fruit and citrus with a touch of spice and pepper. The flavor brings mango, melon and pepper. Some tartness with herbal and grassy tones. Rally nice. Easy drinking. Juicy and delicious. Definitely one of the better beers I've had from Dany.
04-06-2013 02:38:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
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