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Fantôme Boo! - Brasserie Fantôme

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 119
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 11-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.34/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden to light amber in Fantome tulip with abundant, thick white head that lingers forever. Lots of lacing.

Smell is mild malt, apple, floral, and acidic citrus characters.

Nice fruit in the palate up front. Lots of apple, peach, plum and muscadine. Tart sourness comes in nicely and is then balanced by a mild bitterness. Plum type fruity aftertaste lingers on the palate long after.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Very refreshing and not too dry.

Overall this was excellent. I love this brewery and this beer in particular. Not sure why this beer doesn't get better reviews.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and capped green bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8% ABV, best before end 2015

A - Good thing I saw the gusher warnings and knew what to expect. Foam rose out of the bottle as soon as the cork was pulled, but having expected the high carbonation, a quick pour kept all the hazy goldenrod beer in the glass. Tall, tightly packed bubbles create a formidable head with great retention and moderately sticky lace.

S - Calling Fantôme's Boo! rustic is an understatement. This musty, earthy, dry beer reeks of an unfinished, rarely maintained basement, but isn't that how the breweries keep over there? Careful to protect the natural environment that creates their beers? Plastic notes are the only thing in this fresh pumpkin rind-filled nose that come close to offending me but, even then, it's not terrible and seems to stem from subtle smokiness. Is Boo! Weird? Sure. Out there in terms of a pumpkin beer and/or saison? Definitely, but it smells like an interesting brew and, damn it, at the core I'm just happy it's not skunked.

T - Delicately smoked malt is a wonderful compliment to freshly lobotomized Jack-o-lantern with classic rustic yeast overtones completing the ensemble splendidly. Clove with a dash of white pepper adds spiciness to the finish while suggestions of lemon bring in subtle tartness. From start to finish, this beer is quite tasty.

M - Despite the gushing, it's carbonation is under control, dancing on the tongue joyously as this surprisingly light-bodied beer finishes as absolutely dry as they come. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, just lingering smoke and spice characteristics remain on the palate.

O - Fantôme's Boo! combines lightly smoked malt and pumpkin into a very rustic saison for complexity and uniqueness that demonstrates a true step out of the box. A one-of-a-kind distinctive beer that might be polarizing - love it or hate it - Boo! is one that won't soon be forgotten by those who try it.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. The brew appears a very clouded light brown to burnt copper color. Dare I say it looks like a mild pumpkin puree of sorts or maybe more along the lines of fresh pressed cider. Cider is definitely a fitting description. An initial surge of nearly 3 fingers of off-white froth forms atop and slowly tapers to a half finger sitting atop. A light swirl reforms a finger and produces some spotty patches of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, there is a lighter golden to yellow coloration seen around the edges.

I want to say the aroma is different but seriously we are talking Fantome here and that is a given. Quite frankly I had no idea what to expect going into this and no matter what preconceived notion I might have had, this really is just...different. However, it has a familiarity about it like some other recent Fantome offerings. Smoke and earthy leather are the first things that strike my mind. Think rich smokey and earthy brett character. If you read white lab's description of Brettanomyces lambicus, that is exactly what this smells like. When taking a deep whiff of this brew, there is an earthy sweetness across the back that is somewhat reminiscent of pumpkin/yams/sweet potatoes with a hint of a very mild spice like cinnamon, nutmeg and a fruity quality faintly like lemony ginger. When looking at the label of this brew, you really want to think this is going to be a pumpkin beer. However, it is a very smoke heavy sort of saison in the Fantome way.

The taste is very much like the nose but in a much more intensified way. A rich smoke flavoring lays across the tongue. Instead of being the typical smoked malt flavor, this is much more deep and has a bit of pete'd presence and phenolic character that is borderline like plastic mixed with fresh cracked black pepper. That faint hint of plastic blends into a more funky and earthy aspect that leads me back into thinking of things more like vegetative pumpkin flesh and seeds meets leather and tobacco smoke. Each sip seemingly yields a bit more character that you completely missed out on with your last sip. Some sips yield a bit of focus on residual sugar like toffee/caramel and still other sips transition into a bit of fruited quality like lemon and ginger. As the brew comes up to temperature, the aftertaste leaves you with traces of typical pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg but with a strange jerk who wasnt invited the party but showed up anyway unannounced: black pepper. Who is this guy and what is he doing here? Who cares, it works with the smoke and earthen tones. Side note: as I pour a second glass, there is certainly a warming aspect in this like spicy peppers that intensifies the alcohol content and leaves a lingering spiciness on the tongue.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For the list 8% abv, this is very much atypical of Fantome in that you really feel the perfume-like alcohol presence and it almost feels like it is stronger than whats listed on the label. Whereas the usual Fantome saison is 8% but drinks like it is 3, this is totally opposite of that and you know you are drinking a big beer. This brew was an absolute awesome ride. I started off thinking it was peculiar and the smoke was weird and out of place. Half way through my glass I started to love it. By the end of my glass I am totally confused, perplexed and just want to drink more. This is the most crazy complex beer I have drank this year. Seriously, its not every day that each sip you take is completely different from the last.

After the fact thoughts: this is going to be a very polarizing beer. People will most likely either love it or hate it. It is very different and while my first impression was not the most favorable, im glad I had the time to sit and enjoy it as it evolved in my glass.

Edit: 10 days after this review, we opened a second bottle and it was a completely different experience. Most of what I described above was absent. No smoke inclusion but instead a pretty significant tartness and fruity lemon quality.

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Photo of PerHops
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S- Bottle (newer batch)

A- This looks exactly what I would picture an autumnal saison to look like! Really great dark orange color with beautiful lacing and white head. (The bottles from a year ago poured with a much more agressive head, one was a total gusher)

S- Definitely has the signature fantome nose! No smoke as there was on the last batch. Smells funky, a little hoppy and very pleasant

T- Wow does this taste better than the last batch! Great balance between hops, spices, funk and just a touch of tartness. I could see this being even better in a year or two.

M- Much better than the last batch as well! Beautiful carbonation that I would describe as near perfect.

O- Dany did an awesome job on this batch of Boo! This is exactly what I was hoping for the first time around. And like always the 8% abv is not detectable at all. Time to buy another bottle to stash for a future halloween!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Haven't reviewed a Fantome beer in quite some time.This bottle has been staring at me for the last three months..so decided it was time. Cold night, Catch 33 playing in the background..Bottled August 25, 2012.
Pours a murky cider-like tone.burnt orange color. Bottle was a gusher and continues to gush even after pouring some out. Head is really active, frothy, and champagne like in carbonation.
Smells of root veg, fermenting apple, pumpkin I can detect, sweet potato, lemon, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, pepper, clove, allspice, all draped in a really musty cellar-like dustiness akin to a farmer's cellar. Lots of spiced drying boozy/sour finish.
Flavor is more pumpkin forward..but if your're looking for it. Sweet potato, pumpkin, root veg, spices, brown sugar, rye, all coated in a sour/sweet dusty character. Sweetness-touch of candy sugar-spice, pepper almost cinnamon..If the Halloween grab bag was being replicated..then amazingly so.Candy corn, pumpkin, sourness, cinnamon all in one Sourness and pepper intermingle to create a really interesting brew.
There is no smoke flavor that previous reviewers noted..so is the magic of Dany Prignon.
I am a huge fan of Fantome. Mr. Prignon is a quirky genius that has some of the most interesting beers I have ever tried in my life.
Sour pumpkin/harvest Halloween beer?... I think BOO! turned out excellent and always look forward to my next Fantome brew.
I think given the list of ingredients and theme...this beer is brilliant

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Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one opened with a huge geyser of beer. I must have lost about 1/4 of it. Anyway, it pours a fairly opaque orangish-dark golden color. There was quite a bit of an off-white head, but it didn’t linger long or leave too much lacing. Lots of aroma to the nose. Bready, yeasty and spicy, and then the fun starts. I get some pumpkin and clove, as well as some other more garden type aromas. An interesting taste. Tart, spices, some of the pumpkin, a bit dry and bitter also. An interesting brew. I’d definitely have another!

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darker amber with thick soapy white head that settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: peach, leather, herbal and spicy, lots of pale malt in the back with some woodsy/fruity brett-ish notes. Taste: juicy peach, caramel, triple levels of pale malt, spicy hopping. Medium bodied, chill carbonation, tons of sweet but slightly tart peach everywhere in this one. As a Fantome + malt focus, perfect for a late fall seasonal, and still delicious in summer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer once again by fantome. The color is a nice amber, a bit hazy with generous amounts of head (slow dissipation). Medium in body with medium carbonation.. A nice spicy (spices.. Sweet..) saison with hat fantome funk! Skunky, white pepper, vegetal, with a. Nice English/Belgian grain bill. A really enjoyable beer and well, you do not feel the 8% til it's too late!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle into my travel tulip...yes I have a travel tulip.
Purchased at Plaza Fine Liquors for $15. You know I love me some Fantome...so when I saw this, i jumped.
Poured a burnt orange with nice 2 finger foamy head.
Nice citrusy peppery funky aroma. You can really smell that Fantome typical aroma.
Taste is big vegtable funk up front; but its a nice autumn type...squash, pumpkin, earthy vegtable. But its followed by nice spice, some citrus, and of course the Fantome funky barnyard typical/classic flavor - the reason we buy Fantome. Crazy pumpkin pie/gourd aftertaste. Also has an intense dry-ness as most saisons should.

Its really easy drinker, and just nice balanced flavor. Yes its veggie...but its balanced with some great funky peppery spice, which makes this a very very unique Saison. I cant believe im in Tucson Arizona and came across this beer...and im only the 9th review. I live in NYC area and have never seen this...lucky find. Not sure why this is one of the lowest rated here. its really fantastic. I think its the pure pumpkin flavors in it, but I think it works extremely well and well worth every penny spent.
It would really be a treat to brew with Danny...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger off frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and bready malts, pumpkin, clove, spices, squash, other vegetables, lactic acid, Belgian yeast.

T - Sweet grainy and bready malts, sweet pumpkin, squash, other vegetative flavors, clove, brown sugar, other spices, Belgian yeast, lactic acid.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, vegetative, and spicy finish.

D - Interesting and complex saison.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Corked and capped bottle from Tipples. Lot number 25-8-12. Pours mostly clear orange with a small off white head. Funky yeast aroma, spice, lots more funk, light hops, hay and grass, some fruity sweetness. Flavor is light hay, fruit sweetness of apples and pears, peaches/apricots, bananas, some spice, cloves, lots of farmhouse hearty funk. Has some tripel notes and Saison notes. Prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I am really enjoying this one and wish I had it in the fall as it would make a nice autumn seasonal. Not sure why the ratings are so low here unless they made a bunch of bad batches before this (I guess characteristic of Fantome).

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Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Hazy burnt orange with a large near-white head that leaves messy, thick, lines of lace down the glass. Gorgeous saison--typical of Dany at Fantome.

A strangely inviting, interesting aroma. This is more citrus forward than most any Fantome I've ever had before. It truly reminds me of a strange combination of Lemon Lime Gatorade and a gin and tonic. There's some pine notes along with definite lime. As the beer warms, more grass and wet hay elements emerge, along with a strange tire/rubber character. I like it.

The lemon/lime/gin/tonic notes are present in full force. Definite lime and pine combining for an interesting take on an old-world style. The finish is the strangest part of the beer's flavor, with a burnt rubber/race weekend tarmac character emerging. Strangely...marvelously drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

And before I know it...the 750mL is nearly gone. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I've never had anything like it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hunger Mountain Co-op on a trip through Vermont. Bottle of 86/477044

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip with a nice crystal clear, full of effervescence , coppery pumpkin golden hue with a massive almost three finger white head that slumps down to leave thick, rocky head and nice clumpy lacing.

S - Interesting on the nose. Some nice typical fantome notes of yeasts, belgian spices, malt sweetness, then some faint smoke and light meatyness. Pretty strange after repeated nose dives.

T - Wow, thats, different. So, initially there are your typical fantome belgian notes. Then..okay, smoke..I can deal with that, then..wtf...meaty pork/bacon notes. Okay..I can deal with that too...then musty gourds and some like nuttiness. Flashes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweet potato? Light candy corn type sweetness..this is just weird. Lingering roast veg notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is your typical solid fantome. Champagne level of carbonation here as would be evident by how the cork POPPED.

O - Overall, this was quite the strange beer. Its not bad, and I can kind of see where he was going with this beer, just not for me. Glad I got to try it, wish I had someone to share the bottle with as a 750mL is a bit much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've come to accept that fantome beers in the united states can be hit or miss, packaging and time and green glass and whatever else, but this one is a great success, at least my bottle was. an odd and rarer amber style saison, not enough of these around, hazy and muted in color, but with a positively massive white head with great retention and spider web lacing everywhere. it smells a bit funky, feet and socks meet weird ale yeast and summery harvest season funk, all in a good way. its yeast driven for sure, like all fantome beers, but it has a great grain profile. luxurious in feel too, but i taste the caramel color of the beer all the way through, along with a more meaty wheat profile that sticks all over the palate. carbonation is really intense, but can hardly penetrate the malty density of this, which i love, but its also dry as anything, crockery and crisp for a saison, and the yeast leaves a funky sensation on the tongue. just top quality beer, as interesting as they get, love the yeast and the heavier grain bill on it. expansive and large, but a very well hidden 8% abv. well worth the price.

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Photo of MarioM
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a SN tulip glass.

A: Nice orange color with a white head composed of creamy to large bubbles mixed together. A little cloudy but had only refrigerated the beer for a few hours after having been sitting at room temp for a few weeks if not months. Head dissipated to a thin film of bubbles in a minute or less.

S: Very earthy and classic Fantome with that grassy almost lemon grass character. Also get a slight sweetness but mainly yeast fritiness. A bit perfume like also, Fantomish definitely but not as profound as other Fantomes.

T: A lot of spice straight away. Definitely a fall or Halloween beer from the pumpkin like spices. Interesting but a little strange to have during mid spring. Still, very interesting and a definite treat to be tasting this tonight.

Also, this is more malt forward than their Siason or Brise-Bon Bons where they are aromatic yet bitter. This is nice and bitter but the spices highlight the malt more than the yeast.

M: Dry and spicy but a little bitter in the background.

O: A very very interesting brew and definitely encourage anyone to give this a try especially during fall or Halloween. Actually quite refreshing from its dryness but more malty and spicy than hoppy or fruity like most other Fantomes but still really tasty and worth every penny.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Seriously hazed. Burnt orange with a bright-white creamy bubbly head. Some splotchy lacing. Tiny cap. Solid carbonation.

Smell: Squashy. Pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash. Sweet and earthy with a massively nutty and vegetal component. Something vaguely toasted and meaty. Some citrus. Loaded with Fantome funk. Hay, earth, damp wood, and grass. Some floral elements. Some nutmeg and allspice. So much fall. Campfire.

Taste: Campfire roasted squash. Butternut squash and sweet potato. Vaguely meaty. Floral funk. Some Belgian spice. Clove and some ripe banana. Damp basement. Super musty with grass and hay. Cooked pale malt sweetness. Some pepper. Touches of smoke. Crazy squashy pumpkin. Vaguely leafy. Crunchy leaves. It tastes like outside during the fall.

Mouthfeel: Almost full body that I've come to expect from Fantome. High, almost champagne-like, carbonation. Clean with some lingering dryness.

Overall: The fall ghost is something special.

For a brewery that's known for it's odd beer, this just might be the weirdest. It distinctly reminds me being outside in the middle of fall. Tons of odd and competing flavors, but they work well together.

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Photo of doktordebris
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So yeah, this is a weird one for sure. But I'm almost CELEBRATING right now just because this is one of the first Fantome odd-balls I've had in a while that didn't smell like doritos. That's a plus immediately! I'm so elated that--this time--I'm not one of those unlucky victims of Fantome's botched batches.
Because instead, I'm sitting here confounded, and totally intrigued by this shit. At least the appearance seems normal, with a substantial head and retention, but it all stops there. It smells like shaved fennel and oranges, and a little bit of tequila. The taste is like a belgian blonde on pcp that can't decide what it wants to do; orange juice and cinnamon rolls? Jicama and gin? A wild ale and a mojita? The mouthfeel seems to hold its own, depositing it's citrusy signature deep in the cracks of your tongue.
It took me and my friend a bottle of this to get this far, now I want another. Gimmicky perhaps, except probably nobody knows what the gimmick actually is. This stuff is definitely a one of a kind, which is completely worth it for me.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a great deal of anticipation owing to the many user's posts about this beer on the Burgundian Babble Belt, for whom Danny P made this beer, the bottles finally arrived at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco and I snagged a couple. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A modest white head formed above a hazy light amber body and quickly dissipated to a ring, leaving some traces of lacing behind.

The aroma of this beer is FUNKY. There is wet horseblanket, pumpkin, orange, spice, and some band-aid.

It is hard to describe this beer, as there is a lot of different tastes one can get from it. But it is a mildly sour beer with pumpkin on the front palate followed by orange zest which lasts into the spicy finish, and I get notes of cinnamon, coriander, and ginger. The orange flavor seems more prominent than pumpkin, especially as it lingers into the finish. On the other hand, it can also resemble some sort of beer cocktail.

Medium body and low carbonation, has a slight creaminess and is a little sticky.

At first, this is quite funky with an off-putting aroma, and I wondered where it was going, but like many Fantôme beers, it grew on me. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and am looking to open the other bottle on All Hallow's Eve 2013, when it hopefully will have become more sour.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - it pours a hazy/opaque murky brown orange with a big foamy white head.

S - It smells clean... Yet, funky. Some orange peel, clove/allspice, lemon, pine, and honey. Smells like a tasty sore throat remedy.

T - There's some interesting earthy funk that lingers around for awhile. Very interesting in flavor... It has a bit of ginand tonic flavor going with some citrus peel and slight fresh mint.

M - A solid medium body with medium carbonation.

0 - Wah-wah-wee-wah... What an interesting brew... Yet another strange brew from Fantôme. I love trying their oddballs. I wasn't sure what I was getting when I bought this one, but I am glad I sprung for it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.75 Litre bottle: brewed and bottled by Dany, but with ingrediant ideas from the Burgundian Babble Belt website, many of whom are regular home brewers as well as being Belgian (and other) Beer lovers.

You never know what a beer from this brewery is going to be like: a Secret Santa sort of excitment can prevail, will I get something I like or will it be a huge disappointment?

Well this bottle delivered the goods. Opened with friends on 23 Nov 2012 @ home and poured into three chalice glasses: dull, hazy hue to the orange/dirty dish water looking body, on top a thin layer of off-white bubbles sat around for a minute then disappeared completely.

The smell was orange, cinnamon, sugared water sprinkled with yeast and a bag of shelled mixed nuts (salted).

The taste was a concoffany of flavours in my head: sweet and sour, spicy, herbie (no, not the little car, the other herbs) and buckets of sugar, sun dried on lemons: the grist poured into a forth glass had the smells and tastes intensified greatly and warmed me up somewhat.

Fairly 'fizzy' start to the mouth feel, it did calm down as the tasting progressed and although there was plenty to dislike about the whole thing: overall I enjoyed the strange flavourings and I bet no two bottles will taste the same. At £9.99 I didn't get another bottle, but I might if our paths cross again, just for the shit and giggles.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy, nice orange color - nice range of orange and gold tones, kind of squash-like or pumpkin-like - big, bright white head that keeps a big, fluffy cap

Smell: Particularly bizarre, even for a Fantôme beer - highly vegetal with lots of squash - yeasty with some notable phenols - kind of like someone stuffed some Band Aids in a pumpkin - earthy, with some spices - funky, with some damp musty concrete cellar (typical Fantôme weirdness)

Taste: Funky squash with some fruits and spices - sweetened butternut squash, cinnamon, and some dirt - damp, wet, dirty basement - yeasty, funky, kind of herbal - some lighter fruits in the mix, probably esters from the yeast - medium level of bitterness - quite confusing to drink at first, but it grows in its charm

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, prickly carbonation, very smooth, nice, dry finish

Overall: Fear will find you

The aroma is legitimately, objectively bizarre. But the actual flavor is charming in a unique way. There's a lot of flavors going on, but the grab bag mostly works.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and capped 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. I opened this while it was still pretty cold, but I let it warm up a lot before finishing it.

A - The cork comes out with a huge POP! Pours out a beautiful golden / light orange color with 2 big fingers of off white head.

S - Smells like bananas, spices, lemon, and funk. Lots of different smells going on here, so I wasn't sure what to expect at all.

T - Crisp and tart up front (a little hoppy too) followed by a banana-ish Belgian yeast taste and Brett. There's really a lot of things going on here - and this is one of the more interesting beers I've ever had. As the beer warms up, it gets a little bit less tart / dry and more funky.

M - Very nice mouthfeel with a dry, almost champagne-like carbonation. Light bodied

O - I really enjoyed this offering from Fantome and I would definitely suggest giving it a try if you are a fan of their other beers. It might not be everyone's favorite beer, but it is an interesting experience.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with gold and red hues. Large white head that goes down rather quickly. I am very interested to dive into this beer after reading the reviews. Scent is...probably one of the most interesting aromas I've ever gotten from a beer. From first whiff, I immediately thought of the powder used to mix with water for certain thirst quenching sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc). Then I get some very veggie-like aromas...squash, cabbage, spinach, cherry tomato. The more I smell it, it kinda reminds me of a red beer or michelada. Yup, definitely smells like a michelada. A little bit of celery with some oregano, salt, pepper, and just flat out FUNKY! Taste is just as funky. Although the beer does not taste like a michelada, it definitely follows through with the veggie flavors. Picking up tomato, celery, and cabbage. Definitely getting rosemary and oregano in the flavor, with a spicy, peppery finish. Somewhat medicinal notes as well...with a slightly off-putting band-aide flavor. Some lemon zest and grassy flavors throughout, with the slightest bit of pine and bitterness. Some may say this is a bit tart as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is one of the strangest beers I've ever had. Not my favorite Fantome, but also not nearly as bad as some people are making this out to be. Go into this beer with low expectations and forget everything you know about Fantome...it may surprise you...or scare you...BOO!

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3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3/5: Warm amber color. Slightly cloudy. Firm white head that lasts well.

Aroma 3.5/5: Honey and hay. Peaches and rye crackers. Forest floor moist leaf tannic. Slightly piney.

Flavor 4/5: Pilsner saltine cracker sweetness. Boozy sweetness like invert beet sugar syrup. Pepper and pine in the astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel 4/5: Medium bodied and slippery to start. Astringency develops around the edge of the tongue, the creeps to envelop the palate. Finishes dry with a long lasting resiny sticky bitterness.

Overall Impression 4/5: This very complex beer sits strongly on a tripod of Belgian Golden Strong, aggressive Czech Pilsner, and American Double IPA. It confidently expresses the stronger characters of all three of these styles while remaining balanced on three sturdy legs – clean malts, complex DIPA style hops, and warming alcohol. The yeast characters are in the honey/fruit background and peppery mouthfeel. Very good beer, but why “Boo!”?

Maybe because it’s scary delicious?


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3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Bottled 8/25/2012, best by 12/2015
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Fantome's Boo! is an experimental saison that features intriguing smoked flavors alongside baked squash sweetness and saison yeast esters/phenols/flavors. The body is somewhat heavy, which melds well for the anticipated fall/early winter release of this beer. While I'm not sure I'd reach out for this on my own again, if the beer was being shared, I don't think I'd hesitate to partake of the weirdness again.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white foam, average retention of about a minute. The foam falls to a thick white ring around the body of the beer and a few scattered islands of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is present, moderate in amount, some good washes and dots, but also spots on the inside of the glass that are barren. The body is a deep, cool orange color, light bringing out golden-orange hues. The beer is about 95% opaque despite my attempts at not pouring in sediment, so viewing carbonation is difficult, and other than seeing a few streams running up the sides of the glass, I notice little.

Aroma is of smoked malt (or pumpkin, whatever gives it that aroma), which brings out a more pork/bacon scent than campfire or toasted wood. I enjoy rauchbiers, so this isn't a problem for me, but definitely not what I was expecting. As time progresses and the beer warms and the scent changes, one can pick up Belgian saison yeast and some phenols against the smoked pork, as well as some sweetness.

Overall, the flavor is seriously experimental, a mix of baked-beans-in-pork-molasses-sauce with Belgian yeast, toffee-like sweetness, and some phenols and esters going on. A strange saison, but amazing how well this works together as well. I didn't have much difficulty getting through the 75cl bottle. Front of palate tastes some substantial toffee-esque sweetness and burnt brown sugar with additional flavor of significant baked butternut squash runnings. Mid-palate finds smoked malt with modest tartness, a sort of tart pork baked beans flavor, with hints of light molasses, clove, toffee-like sweetness, and Belgian saison yeast. Back of palate finds stronger, lighter toffee-like sweetness, saison yeast, clove-like phenols, and some fruity esters. Aftertaste is of smoked malt with a pork, molasses, and spice flavor one typically finds in a can of pork baked beans.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with low to medium-low carbonation, resulting in a smooth mouthfeel that has light tingling from the carbon dioxide. Closes quite dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering across the palate and lips. A fairly heavy late fall saison may have been intended.

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Fantôme Boo! from Brasserie Fantôme
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