Fantôme Boo! - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.35/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
02-10-2013 20:43:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4.3/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
09-16-2013 23:08:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.18/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
11-07-2012 01:08:30 | More by stakem
4.16/5 rDev +20.2%
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
02-07-2013 03:05:13 | More by czfreeman
4.15/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
04-29-2014 23:02:16 | More by PerHops
4.15/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
07-13-2013 21:00:55 | More by Boto
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
07-11-2014 06:04:18 | More by babaracas
4.01/5 rDev +15.9%
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!
04-04-2014 01:56:20 | More by facundoCNB
4/5 rDev +15.6%
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...
12-10-2012 03:46:50 | More by DrinkSlurm
4/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
05-18-2013 05:10:33 | More by ngeunit1
3.99/5 rDev +15.3%
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).
05-09-2014 00:54:05 | More by BMMillsy
Fantôme Boo! from Brasserie Fantôme
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.