Fantôme Boo! - Brasserie Fantôme
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4/5 rDev +14.9%
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
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
04-07-2013 17:20:52 | More by angrybabboon
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-07-2013 17:18:46 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
03-23-2013 20:59:24 | More by rudzud
3.56/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-19-2013 04:50:54 | More by falloutsnow
3.48/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-12-2013 18:05:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +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.
02-10-2013 20:43:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4.16/5 rDev +19.5%
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
3.34/5 rDev -4%
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.
02-03-2013 01:34:16 | More by Amalak
2.99/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
01-26-2013 06:06:45 | More by impending
3.5/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
01-07-2013 07:01:19 | More by MasterSki
Fantôme Boo! from Brasserie Fantôme
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