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Fantôme Boo! - Brasserie Fantôme

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-07-2012)
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Photo of FalconA
3.25/5  rDev -5%

FalconA, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

TrappistJohnMD, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
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

czfreeman, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Amalak
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Amalak, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

readbaron, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of impending
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
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

impending, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of nathanjohnson
2/5  rDev -41.5%

nathanjohnson, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

cnbrown313, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of mrandypandy
1.65/5  rDev -51.8%
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.

mrandypandy, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of redblacks75
3.25/5  rDev -5%

redblacks75, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

pirmannt1, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of mcc1654
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

mcc1654, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

DovaliHops, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

chippo33, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

kojevergas, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +17%
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...

DrinkSlurm, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ZombiesAteMyDog, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Beerenauslese, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

ehammond1, Nov 30, 2012
Fantôme Boo! from Brasserie Fantôme
79 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.