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Fantôme Boo! - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Boo!Fantôme Boo!

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BA SCORE
79
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 20.81%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-07-2012)
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:56:20 | More by facundoCNB
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dfernandez77

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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?

Santé!
=BCT=
www.beancurdturtle.com

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:04:49 | More by dfernandez77
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 18:44:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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dar482

New York

2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

s beer is a huge gusher. Lost almost half the bottle.

The color is this unfiltered hazy peach orange.

The aroma has fermented apricot, tons of phenolic and band aids. Some funk in there.

The flavor follows with this apple cider sweetness, a bit of fermented fruit flavor, again the band aid phenols. There’s lots of spice and green herbal. Actually a bit of lemon tartness going on. An extremely weird amagalmation of fruits and chemicals and herbs and spices. Strange.

A weird beer. The flavors were interesting, but it didn’t work for me. I actually had to drain pour this.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 05:50:34 | More by dar482
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:08:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle gushes when opened. Big fizzy head after eruption from the bottle, nice lacing, very hazy peach color.

Nose big funk, gourd like and sweet potato like aromas, pumpkin, weird spices, light musty, lots of spices, fair grainy sweet syrupy malts. Interesting but strange.

Taste syrupy mess, sweet weird malts, lots of strange spices, spicy like, gourd and pumpkin flavours, yam as well, toasty vegetable, vegetative in general, weird bitter spicy flavor, syrupy candy flavours that I can't really label, light booze warmth, some heat from spices. Finish is sticky sweet, candy, syrupy gourd and yam flavor, more bitter spices.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, light warning booze, spices heat too, fluffy carb.

Overall weird but interesting, although not very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 13:04:20 | More by jlindros
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Boto

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:00:55 | More by Boto
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trxxpaxxs

New York

1.73/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Pours a murky orange/light red with one full finger of just slightly off-white head. The foam lingers for a bit, but not for too long. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is latex, tomatoes, soy, and burnt. Ugg. I’m not looking forward to this one.

T: Damn. It’s just like the nose. I get a lot of tomato juice right up front, mixed with sage like spice. It reminds me of a really bad bloody mary. As the beer moves to the middle it’s latex and tire fire. No good.

M: Light bodied beer. It hits the palate with thin nastiness and maintains that level of gross to the finish.

O: This is brutal. The off flavors in here are so off putting that I have to dump this down the drain. Four sips is three sips too many. Again, I know there is a lot of bottle variation with this particular beer, and it looks like I didn't win the lottery. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:04:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:10:33 | More by ngeunit1
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:20:52 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:18:46 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:59:24 | More by rudzud
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:50:54 | More by falloutsnow
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another rustic and quality Saison crawling out of the farmhouses in Belgium. Desined with autumn in mind, the beer latches onto the spices and harvest of the season and keeps Hallow's Eve in mind.

Golden-orange in color, the racy ale erupts with intense carbonation. Like champagne, its spritzy nature fuels a light fluffy off-white froth that carpets the beer edge to edge and laces remarkably. Its bottle refermentation yields specks of yeast that layer on the bottom of the glass.

Oddly compelling aromas of dry malt, grain, wafers, and yeast rise just ahead of fermentation spice. Leading with white pepper, cumin and nutmeg, the beer rounds out with a pumpkin gourd-like pungent aroma that's vegetal and grassy.

The malt and grain medley ends up grainy-sweet with dry crackers and dough in taste. Its short-lived sweetness turns over to earthy and spicy flavors before the taste of garden variety vegetables emerge. Cork-like wood taste couples with fresh cracked pepper, earthy cumin, and cellar-like must. Remaining dry and zesty, the flavors reign in gourd and melon flavors that are somewhat dull but not unappealingly so.

Its mouthfeel is just as dry as its taste. Early sweetness is cast aside as the peppery prickle sensation refresh the palate and keep the beer light on the palate and stomach. Finishing arid, warm, and bone-dry the beer's flavors are almost enjoyed more in aftertaste than in real time.

Fantome keeps the hundreds of years of farmhouse character alive with rusticity, authenticity, and raw charm even while keeping experimental and current. I rather enjoyed this inquisitive ale although its vegetable and fruit components are a little unsettled.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 18:05:13 | More by BEERchitect
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:43:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 03:05:13 | More by czfreeman
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Amalak

New York

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a light caramel color with a limited bubbly white head and some lacing. Opaque haze to it.

S. It has a sour scent. American wild yeast scent.

T/M. It has a vegatable taste, my guess is that's the pumpkin trying to fight through, but it tastes much more like a sour. Grassy with a decent bitter hoppiness to it.

O. There isn't much of a pumpkin taste as the saison characteristics dominate. Refreshing but not my style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:34:16 | More by Amalak
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impending

California

2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

C

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed copper tang, orange tinged head is dense and retains nicely, plenty of lace.

The aroma is dominated by a peculiar phenolic combination of short circuited wiring, pcb and old sock - not in a nice way. Something nice lies below but the tulip is not its friend.

The flavor thankfully does not follow suit. Slightly tart, very yeasty, pleasantly musty. Grass and grapefruit, fairly dry with an herbal bitter finish which does have a tad of the burnt wiring at the very end. Slightly more than thin bodied prickly mouthfeel. This would taste better out of the bottle.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:06:45 | More by impending
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this oddity. Seems like we've been drinking new Fantôme offerings every weekend recently. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Generous white foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Hazed dark peach body.

S - Aroma is somewhat bizarre, with a mix of pumpkin pie and phenolic farmhouse yeast. There's some definite nutmeg or allspice in there, and perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Estery yeast, odd vegetal notes, a bit starchy, perhaps a bit of funky brett too? Not really sure what to compare this with.

T- I like the taste better, as the spice and vegetal flavors are dialed back and the base saison contributes some stone fruits, perhaps a dab of candi sugar, and bready Belgian yeast flavors. There's some nebulous squash and herb flavors but they're less distinct. Alcohol is well-hidden. Oddly enjoyable after a while.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, grainy and tannic texture, and a dry finish. No alcohol presence as far as I can discern, although I stopped believing any ABV found on Fantôme labels long ago.

D - The aroma is very weird, and I can imagine it might be off-putting to some. It's fairly drinkable, but not at the top of my list for Fantôme offerings to purchase again. I'd take a small pour if someone offered this to me, but not something I urgently need to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 07:01:19 | More by MasterSki
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 14:10:01 | More by cnbrown313
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at my tasting.

Lot number 25-8-12. Best before end 2015.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tobacco, earth, wood, and a slight sweat-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a smokey and funky flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors that get better as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:05:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mrandypandy

Georgia

1.65/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

750 ml bottle purchased in Indianapolis.

A -GUSHER! Not a slow creeper, an eruption upon opening. I lost half the bottle. No head, pours a murky orangish.
S - The best part of this beer, and that's not saying much. Some earthy funk, a hint of fruit sweetness.
T - I don't know where to begin. No funk, no sour, just a very strange earthy herbal quality. Undrinkable, and a drain pour.
M - Medium, fizzy.
O - Poor. Just a bad brew from start to finish, so avoid at all costs. I usually love Fantome brews, but this was a terrible drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 18:23:25 | More by mrandypandy
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DovaliHops

California

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 10:45:23 | More by DovaliHops
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Fantome tulip. Nose has some banana and spice and a bit of plastic, which ten comes more through in the taste. Dry herbal bitterness. Quite odd. I've had this one twice now and have not enjoyed it at all either time, though I've heard that others whose tastes I trust have had better experiences, so maybe the third time will be the charm.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 20:10:57 | More by Thorpe429
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (ugh!) bottle with pressure cap over an internally housed cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof. Acquired at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California.

I pulled it from the fridge and it felt far too cold to serve, so I let it warm for a bit. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dull tangerine-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent; opaque. Not great looking for a saison, but passable.

Sm: Barnyard yeasty funk notes. Dry crystal malt. Ginger. Dry spices. Basil, cilantro, even oregano? Buried berry fruit esters - likely from the hops. Quite herbal and inviting. Takes some acclimation, but it's ultimately a pleasant aroma.

T: The subtle spices hit me first, but I'm not well-equipped enough to identify all of them. Pumpkin, vegetables, orange/light lemon citrus, subtle barnyard funk. Basil. Cinnamon, ginger, cilantro. Maybe coriander, actually; I have trouble discerning between coriander and cilantro (after all, they're sort of the same). Well balanced, if assertive. Some pepper as it warms. It's certainly spicy - a bit from the yeast. No alcohol comes through in the flavour. Orange rind guides the second act to the finish - but it's fermented and restrained, not in your face like a hefeweizen.

Mf: Delightfully dry, with a luscious wet surge on the climax to refresh and rehydrate. More smooth than course. Somewhat milky - a characteristic I've noticed in fine saisons. Carbonation is excellent. Ideal thickness.

Dr: Quite drinkable; the ABV hardly comes through. A lovely little saison, and quite fruit-guided - a characteristic I haven't noted in most beers in the style. Very subtle and complex all around. Another delightful saison from Fantome. I don't know that I'd buy this over the superior Fantome Saison, but it's a nice variant. I'd recommend it to friends.

Low B

*I manipulated the appearance rating to get the letter grade that was fair and consistent for my rating system. Please see my profile for more information.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:02:53 | More by kojevergas
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