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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original CreationFantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation

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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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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-19-2013 17:38:10 | More by MarkIntihar
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StarRaptor

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-11-2013 18:29:58 | More by StarRaptor
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:17:23 | More by BEERchitect
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-28-2013 02:57:03 | More by popery
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Franch

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%

01-25-2013 00:17:38 | More by Franch
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-22-2013 17:23:59 | More by phingdong
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VaTechHopHead


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-21-2013 23:28:30 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-21-2013 03:40:22 | More by Rochefort10nh
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-17-2013 13:56:43 | More by CypherEnigma
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2013 00:46:38 | More by spycow
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-13-2013 06:41:47 | More by Anonymous1
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-08-2013 18:31:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-08-2013 14:33:54 | More by Sean9689
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rmaste6282

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-06-2013 18:49:38 | More by rmaste6282
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:23:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:53:09 | More by cfrances33
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 07:12:12 | More by largadeer
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-21-2012 03:49:11 | More by chippo33
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-21-2012 02:08:45 | More by ADTaber
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is slightly hazed golden orange with tons of fluffy off white head and an explosion of bubbles rising through the inside. Nose is dusty Brett and rather minerally. Faint salt note as a fair bit of citrus takes hold. Taste is a bit different, more dusty up front with less of the Brett and mineral, citrus in back with a fair amount of malt, which is uncharacteristic. sweeting through the finish. High carbonation, semi dry and light airy body.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:07:13 | More by cpetrone84
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beeruser

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-04-2012 02:49:52 | More by beeruser
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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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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-20-2012 03:48:38 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking one of my 3 bottles for my birthday. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 48 cases total came to the US. Amazing. 576 bottles came to the US!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light honey hue with a massive three finger fizzy white head that resembled soda. That head though sank down into a one finger head that was nice and creamy with some nice slick lacing. What initially was okay became something quite nice.

S - Bright citrus notes with strong lemon, lots more funk than usual. A classic Fantome with more funk/sourness

T - A wash of basement/musty funk. Not really super sour, more like candied lemon and the faintest of alcohol. Faint, faint apples. Mostly just candied lemon and wet hay. The faintest hint of peppercorns too.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional with lots of bright, sharp carbonation. Works excellent with the tarter Fantome beer.

O - Overall, this was a solid beer. I wouldnt say its the be all end all that some have made it out to be, but it is damn tasty. Might be worth checking out if one can find it reasonable. That said, seeing how limited it was and the bottle price ($30) its probably unlikely.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:07:22 | More by rudzud
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:41:35 | More by angrybabboon
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.