Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark Extra - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a dark brown colour, glint of colour at the edge. Head is beige, pale, nice small bubbles but decent foamy crown. Lace is nice.
Smells strong and a bit turbid. Soapy but with nice fragrant edge, frangipani with some turmeric and pepper. Caramel undertones; not bad.
Taste is tart and tangy. Dark front with a touch of roast that descends into vinegary notes with a real jam conserve edge. Strawberry balsamic, some hints of chocolate, raisins and figs. Very interesting and a lovely balance between sweetness and tartness. Well padded by malt as well, although slight sharp edge shows through.
Idiosyncratic blend of flavours, but put together very artistically to produce something pretty special.
07-18-2014 01:57:19 | More by laituegonflable
3.23/5 rDev -9%
Weird...but with Fantome, you just never know what you're going to see next. A flip-top bottle that opened with a huge *pop.* Murky pour, dark coffee brown, with a wispy off-white head that settled to a collar, and left a few strands of lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, obvious hit of smoked meat up front (I'm thinking cherrywood-smoked malts), peat, tobacco ash, dry rub spices. Smokey taste, as expected from the nose, cured meat, tobacco ash, roasty dark malts, some dry cocoa flavor, peppery spice and hints of something vegetal, with a bit of fruity astringency. Medium body. Pretty awkward and messy overall...I wouldn't come near tackling a whole bottle by myself. But it was nice to give it a try.
07-08-2014 05:33:50 | More by Rifugium
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Cheers to @headlessclown for sharing this one. Drunk with him and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a dirty dark brown colour, very hazed, but turning to a dark red when held to the light. Head is very fizzy, and forms a large crest that runs out of puff and leaves a slight foamy film. Lacing forms in large, indulgent streaks. Looks decent enough.
Nose is certainly dark, leavened with funky, bretty characters that leave it somewhere between liquorice and fairy floss. Some vegetative, herbal characters come through too, like fresh mint and crushed leaves. I don't get much in the way of actual acidity, but it's a nice melange even so.
Taste has the acidity a little more: leaving a metallic twang throughout. The toasty roast character comes through pleasantly, but with the coppery note it almost tastes meaty and bloody like a rare steak. Body is very light, meaning it leaves very little on the back palate. Some peppery and spritz is the only thing to provide some punctuation on the back.
Overall, it has some strange parts to it, some of which work, and some of which don't. I'm not quite sure it's as good as many of Fantôme's other offerings, but it's an interesting diversion.
02-26-2014 09:33:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
The building up of complexity among the separate flavors of Fantome's Extra Sour "Noire" happens layer after layer. Even thought there's balance, intrigue and challenge around every corner- it seems like there are several different beers living in this glass.
Exploring further, the ale settles into the glass with a color that suggests Porter, however there's those streaming bubbles that illuminate through the cloud and suggest something of a sinister champagne. As its creamy head builds, it simply smolders on top the beer like dense espresso creme. Trailing with broken lacing, the beer looks as much of coffee as it does dark ale.
But lifting toward the now, a whole new bouquet arises with shocking fashion- burnt toast, sour grapes, smoldering embers, hints of cocoa and coffee, crab apples and peat all waft about the nose with wonderment and confusion. Its sheer complexity in aroma creates a ton of intrigue but draws the mind in several directions trying to process what's happneing.
To taste, the ale settles down a bit- its early taste is predicated upon a short-lived vinous sweetness of both red and white grapes while wafer-thin burnt malt taste offers the most tepid of balances. What builds upon comes in waves of sharp coffee and cocoa, the of vinous cabernet and white cider vinegar, cork must, cedar and citrus as the characterful ale stampedes across the middle. Finishing with high peppercorn, game and brine- the ale remains zesty, crisp and acidic in taste even late.
With its robust "noire" character, the ale never sucumbs to richer textures- intent to start dry, continue dry and finish dry- it is simply unwaivering. Its expressive carbonation pangs away at the palate and lifts the beer off the tongue with ease, ushering in an effortless airy closure of pepper, toast and lime.
Compex? ...or complicated? This is where the beer is somewhere between masterful and madman. Where I'm charmed about its utter complexity. I am also conflicted about its use of slightly acrid char and its acidic tartness. Is it "Fred and Ginger" or is it "Jekyll and Hyde"? I seem to alternate with each sip. And that dialogue keeps me returning to the glass with glee.
02-17-2014 06:40:07 | More by BEERchitect
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark Extra from Brasserie Fantôme
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