Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Brasserie Fantôme
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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
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
4.53/5 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
3.38/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-30-2012 19:23:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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
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
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
12-10-2012 20:07:13 | More by cpetrone84
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-26-2012 23:10:21 | More by brystmar
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.