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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark Extra - Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark ExtraFantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark Extra

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 03-27-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown swingtop bottle into a pair of matching fantome glasses. The brew appears a very dark brown color almost like cocoa with a rich 2 finger cap of yellowish tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving some webby lacing effect sticking to the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface that displays solid retention.

The aroma includes a pleasant amount of roastiness almost like what you would expect from a porter with notes of chocolate, earth and tobacco. There is an underlying fruity note similar to coriander mixed with lemon juice. Some crushed black pepper mixes with a hint of green bell peppers and a familiar note of classic fantome funk.

The taste is quite perplexing but in a good way. The roastiness is felt with a flavor of chocolate and earth that gets immediately countered by a flavor of lemony tartness. Some earthen notes of bell peppers, fresh cracked black pepper and funky to yeasty spice that is mildly dusty fade in and out into the aftertaste. Faintly across the backend as the brew warms up you get a slight note of tannic tea quality. When bigger sips are taken, more of the fruity tart character shows itself.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is strangely perplexing and actually very enjoyable. In true Fantome fashion, the alcohol is masterfully hidden, this never felt like a 10% brew at any point during the drinking experience. Fans of the original extra sour original creation will want to seek this out. It is not that 'extra sour' so to speak but it is quite funky and lemony lactic like the previous batch but with a strange porter twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:58:12 | More by stakem
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:57:19 | More by laituegonflable
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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

07-08-2014 12:32:14 | More by ShanePB
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

07-08-2014 12:08:43 | More by fbc24
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3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Blind tasting.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 05:33:50 | More by Rifugium
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2014 21:53:51 | More by BucketBoy
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-19-2014 18:45:49 | More by thufflife
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

06-19-2014 03:24:21 | More by tykechandler
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-10-2014 00:40:48 | More by Farnswurth
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

06-01-2014 03:15:24 | More by Holland
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-23-2014 13:35:55 | More by BuckTuckian
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-22-2014 14:37:43 | More by wrw5031
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-21-2014 00:08:57 | More by jkball01
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-09-2014 03:06:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-24-2014 02:50:00 | More by Jordy777
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 09:33:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:40:07 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-03-2014 18:50:12 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-19-2014 17:58:49 | More by scottDC
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Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/15/14

I purchased this bottle in Vermont a few months ago. I'm guessing I should also thank Shaun Hill?

Appearance: Definitely dark, but I wouldn't call it "black dark" - really more of a medium brown, with some clarity around the edges - pours with a medium-sized head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Tons of Fantôme funky weirdness and some genuinely strange burnt aromas - tons of funk, with some wet, dirt basements - some roasty aromas - some burnt/smoky aromas, kind of smells like a burnt cardboard box that was abandoned in a flooded basement... in a good way - some yeasty esters, pepper, and dirt

Taste: About as bizarre as the smell, with some charm - funky, weird dirt/stone basement - very earthy - lots of Fantôme yeast weirdness, with some clove, spice, and straight up yeast - the burnt character here is pretty strange - smoky, burnt, kind of roasty - kind of tastes like the aroma of musty cigarettes (not ideal) - some tartness and sourness, but I wouldn't really label this as "extra sour"

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes nicely dry and clean dispite some the weird flavors

Overall: Smoking is bad, mmmkay

This is probably the most bizarre thing I've ever had from Fantôme. This kind of reminds me of the Fantôme/Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences, except it's even weirder. There's a lot of smoke. And funk. I'm not sure what to make of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 20:49:33 | More by angrybabboon
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to angrybabboon for procuring this for Christmas.

Appearance: Hazy reddish dark brown on the pour. Sits a little darker in the glass. Loose bubbly off-white/light tan head drops to a few wisps with a small loose collar. Minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour which is a bit shocking for Fantome.

Smell: A good bit of roasted malt. Chocolate and dark cocoa notes. Carries the typical Fantome damp must barnyard through the back. Some fresh cut grass and hay. Slightly tart with tobacco thrown in for good measure. Some ash and cigarette as well. A bit waxy with some vague dark fruit. It's all rather soft, but complex. A touch of dried flower petal. It's a damp fire pit.

Taste: Beef jerky, a touch of teriyaki, cigarette ash, chocolate, straight tobacco leaf, and cocoa. A ton of stuff going on. Meaty campfire. Slightly tart with an acetic vinegar push. Some tart cherry, plum, and dark berry. Slightly earthy. Some grass and hay. Damp and musty. Warming pushes up the damp ashes and tobacco leaf. A touch of roasted malt with some slight sweetness. Some cocoa as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a touch creamy. Slightly dry. Drinks like a Fantome.

Overall: Doo wop dat riddle grim.

It's unique. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 20:48:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-20-2013 15:25:40 | More by bradfordjohnson
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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation - Black Dark Extra from Brasserie Fantôme
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