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Fantôme Santé 16! - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 16
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Fantôme
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 16
Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Shared with yourefragile. Served in a Fantome tulip. Nose is fairly fruit with a little bit of malt in the background. Touch of bread yeast in the flavor. Body is dry. Very dry. Hopefully this was just a "miss" bottle, as I really didn't care for it.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming up on the weekend of the new Sante 17 being released made me realize I havent sat down with a bottle of 16 in awhile. And well, wow I havent written a formal review either despite drinking this half a dozen times. 750ml bottle into a Fantome teku. The cork comes out violently with a pop and pours a crystal clear copper with huge pillows of white that provides patchy lace. Solid retention is displayed as well.

The aroma is initially fruity, dry like pear/apple skins and suggestions of clove. As it breaths, it morphs into hints of plastic and solvent alcohol which are not that enjoyable if you focus on them. Luckily there is as much enjoyable character as not to this nose. Earlier, younger bottles displayed a very boisterous alcohol and burnt plastic character. I am happy to see that sort of fading and blending with age.

The taste is very dry with fruity apple/pear skins, black pepper and plenty of hebal hop bitterness. The solvent alcohol inclusion is ever-present with faint notes of spicy phenolics to almost plastc notes. Some toffee malt and almost a buttery aftertaste is noted in the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent almost overdone amount of prickly carbonation. I think this beer is in a much better place now than where it was at last year. It is progressing nicely but still falls short of many fantome offerings, not just the sante series. In my opinion, I would buy any Sante if it was offered to me, if I had a choice this would be my least favorite.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared with Thorpe.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a retentive foamy cream colored head. Head fades to a thin film and thin streaks of lace. Aroma has a bready malt base with grains, grass, lemon, and cardboard. Flavor is a little more appealing and fruity than nose, cherry, lemon, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Medium thick body, soft effervescent carbonation. Not quite as enjoyable as Sante 15 was fresh, but a solid dark Fantome regardless.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Giant foam that occupies a large portion of the glass before settling to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - As usual, there's something uniquely Fantôme about this aroma. It's a bit heartier and sweeter than the regular Saison, and it features a tropical fruit melange, some Pez-esque candy flavors, pineapple funk, peppery yeast, stone fruit malts, a bit of musty attic, and some grass and herbal dandelion bitterness.

T - Again, huge stone and tropical fruits, Pez-like candy, dank basement, and a fairly hefty amount of bitterness in the finish; guessing there are some Euro hops and perhaps some dandelion or other herbs. Good balance, with the latter bitter flavors balancing the initial fruity sweetness. There's a Gala apple aftertaste the mixes flesh and skin. No booze present.

M - Soft, but active carbonation. Medium body, chewy texture, and a mildly grainy and dry finish. Quite nice, and again there's no alcohol presence.

D - A very enjoyable Saison that's a bit heftier than most, including regular ol' Fantôme (even though this is actually lower in alcohol content). Hard to compare to anything else, and I'm guessing there's significant bottle variation as the beer yourfragile describes in his review is nothing like the one I had. I'd buy it again if it were available in the US, but it's a bit too pricey to order from overseas again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Like almost all Fantome bottles, I needed a few pours to get a full glass.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed orange yellow color. Big frothy white head with great retention and tons of super thick lacing.

4.5 S: Peach, lemon, lime, pear, and apple give a powerful fruitiness. Peach is incredibly potent and thus needs another mentioning - almost like peach rings. It also has a generic citrus fruitiness underneath. This may very well be the fruitiest nose I've ever encountered in a saison. Hay, grass, and musty basement type funk secondary to all the fruit. Also a minor tartness that itself is fruity in nature. One hell of a nose.

5.0 T: The taste is almost as fruity as the nose. There's a hell of a lot of peach again, then lemon and lime (which seems to be a recurring character in the Sante series), pear, and apple. However, the taste is a lot more earthy and wild than the nose. Hay and grass, but also apple orchard, forest after a rain, and the season of fall in general. The interplay between the fruits and the funk works really well, creating a supremely complex beer that also exhibits integrating of the flavors. Lastly, you'll find plenty of woodiness, floral wildflowers, dirt, and a mild herbalness. The only thing I'd change is that I'd lower the bitterness a bit, but it's well within the normal range and I'm nitpicking. Fabulous beer and the best Sante yet (excluding the many I haven't had).

4.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation, but a few swirls takes care of that problem. My only complaint is that the carbonation is less spritzy than I'm used to from Fantome. I like the spritz and it works well in saisons in general, but it isn't as present in this as I'd like.

5.0 D: Supremely drinkable. This is a hell of a beer. Insane complexity and every flavors exists harmoniously with the rest of them. Highly recommended.

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Fantôme Santé 16! from Brasserie Fantôme
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