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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

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.35%
Wants: 150
Gots: 19 | 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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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-10-2012 14:13:15 | More by AdamP
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:48:28 | More by jaasen64
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MordorMongo


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-09-2012 19:39:24 | More by MordorMongo
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claaark13

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-09-2012 00:46:38 | More by claaark13
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-04-2012 07:14:05 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:03:54 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-28-2012 01:04:27 | More by AgentZero
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 14:09:30 | More by stakem
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-05-2012 23:44:07 | More by portia99
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into dfh snifter

A: first thing I notice is that the carbonation is out of control here, even with a gentle pour I get three fingers if fluffy slightly yellowish head that disapates nicley and leavs some good lacing.... The body of the beer itself is lightly brownish golden amber... You can see a constant stream of carbonation leaving the bottom of the glass to the 1/4 finger film that remains or the entirety of the glass.

S: funk, lots of funk, also some white wine vinous character, a slight bite of sour lemonyness, a bi of apple and pear, deffinatly smells like a saison w/heavy yeast influence and a sour bite... A very complex aroma.

T: yum, very tasty, I was expecting a ton of yeast spicyness from the nose but it is nicley tammed in the flavor, I am reminded of white wine and champagne right off the bat. Nice tart lemon right up front into a more vinous character, almost like Sauvignon blanc, a very nice level of tartness here, very well balanced taste profile.

M: light medium body with High brisk slightly champagne like carbonation, dry on the finish

O: this is really nice, very well balanced nice light citrus and a hint of spice, beautiful vinous character, seems like it would be a perfect substitute for a New Years toast and am excellent companion for food. Worth the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 20:45:47 | More by PeterIngemi
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-29-2012 18:29:08 | More by JAHMUR
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-26-2012 19:22:22 | More by kaelingirl
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +17.6%

09-26-2012 02:50:37 | More by HopsMatt
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BTPete

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-16-2012 23:11:44 | More by BTPete
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-12-2012 13:20:54 | More by nathanjohnson
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:45:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

09-03-2012 17:58:45 | More by yeahnatenelson
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gn0sis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-31-2012 18:56:17 | More by gn0sis
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

08-30-2012 23:53:06 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color, produces three fingers of bubbly off-white head, good retention and leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing.

S- The aroma is awesome, very fruity with lots of sour lemon, apple and pear. Earthy, musty cobweb funk along with some yeast and black pepper.

T- Incredibly complex flavor, similarly very fruity with citrus and apples/pears, a really interested earthy, musty funk lies beneath this, sourness is present but not as strong as I expected, it blends nicely with mineralic flavors. After a while some citrus rind, nectarine and candi sugar flavors emerge. Booze is barely perceptible and can really sneak up on you at 10%.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is excellent, bubbly and effervescent.

O- Easily one of the best saison's I've had, it's extremely flavorful and drinkable, I really, really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:12:38 | More by WillCarrera
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ehammond1


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:11:46 | More by ehammond1
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-28-2012 01:05:52 | More by BillHilly
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-27-2012 05:52:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Pdrufo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%

08-27-2012 01:17:21 | More by Pdrufo
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seeswo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-25-2012 00:07:40 | More by seeswo
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.