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Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
80
good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-09-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky light reddish-orange that pours with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, hay, chalk, yeast, and lots of funky aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with some odd aromas and flavors that are pretty disappointing coming from both brewers.

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the rustic time-honored roots of Fantome Farmhouse Ales and the innovation of Hill Farmstead, these brewers of high quality put their heads together for a collaborative ale like no other!

The ale erupts with a slow separation between a tawny, redish brown beer underneath and a creamy arid froth above. Fairly well saturated in its hue, the slight visual density is aided by significant yeast haze. The rocky head sprinkles with yeast sediment as is shows strong persistence and clumped lace on the glass. The ale simply gleams of Belgian quality.

High spice aromas tingle the nose as they approach distinctive scents of fresh cracked black pepper, light smoke and rubber notes. A dusting of old attic-like wood, horse hair, and dried citrus peels introduce complex earthen notes. Underlying it all is the tart scent of dry fruit, berry juice, and wine must. But even with pronounced fruit notes this is a very spicy scent.

Just as dry in taste, the beer zips to the tongue with cracked peppercorn (both black and white), sharp white wine tartness, and a plethora of wood spices. Dry fruit juice, citrus pith, and wine must bleed into a light apple sulfur taste that's backed with tart blackcurrant, blackberry, plumb and prune. But the beer's return to spice in the finish continues to deliver exotic earth notes including cumin and aniseed.

Its supreme dusty texture and racy carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue and glides it toward a quick, fast-fleeting finish. It's as if the beer is best explored in aftertaste because of its high drinkability and ease on the palate, throat, and stomach. Only hints of dry fruit peak through the prickle of spice, alcohol, and almost capsasin character.

It's an extremely complex, extremely dry, and extremely spicy Saison that doesn't entirely ignore fruit and earth influences. This beer exhibits what's best about Farmhouse Ales done right and refusing to ignore the rustic taste of days gone by. It's a superb ale of any measure.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, visible rising carb trails, about two fingers of foam on top. Minimal spotty lacing, some arcs eventually stick to the glass, surface has a creamy texture as the bubbles disperse.

Musty aroma, horse stall hay, mushrooms, orange peel, phenolic pepper. Bread dough. Odd but somehow appealing...

Grainy malts, tart dried citrus fruit, finishes dry and pretty clean. Not overly spicy. Pretty drinkable, a simple saison with some light pepper and dried orange peel happening. Rustic, slightly tart and a little funky. This is more like Fantome than the last bottle of Fantome Saison I've had.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud. Batch 2

Decent creamy smaller head decent lacing, light hazy mostly clear straw honey orange color.

Nose is pretty good, light sour funk, tart lemony, mild sweet malt, straw, lemongrass, little lemon candy and cereal, little peach like sour fruit, and some lacto funk way underneath that gets stronger as it warms. Little floral like almost dandelion.

Taste is not as good, but decent, a mild sweet candy malt starts, sweet increases and almost toasty caramel syrupy candi sugar. Then grassy notes, floral with little elder flower and hint of chamomile, and dandelion like again, mild horsehair funk and yeast, mild phenols, dry with touch of apricot like sour fruit. Mild gassy bitterness too, floral grassy flavors, just a bit earthy. Finish is dry and a bit bitter, mild sticky with light grassy floral flavor lingering and hint of funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, bit crisp.

Overall not bad, not worth the price, bit pretty enjoyable unlike batch one supposedly.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Ray for the share!

I'm not sure exactly what Hill Farmstead contributed to this brew, but I got mostly Fantome in everything. I'm also curious as to the exact spice bill on this one.

Hazy coppery color, with a good-sized, foamy, white head that retained well and laced the glass. Grassy funk in the nose, pretty typical of a saison, toasted grains, peppery spice, and possibly juniper berries? The taste was largely herbal and spicy--not quite Saison Printemps spicy, but still pretty spicy. The wife suggested juniper, and I think that was a good call, and I also detected possible notes of rosemary, dandelion, and green tea. Leafy, grassy, some wet hay, dry earthy finish. Crisp mouthfeel, light-medium body. Not something I'd want a whole bottle of for myself, but it was definitely a good one for a sharing.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.05/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Batch 1

Pours a cloudy, bright golden orange color with apricot hues.  Completely still and even a very aggressive pour yields only the slightest bubbles that quickly fade into a vanishing thin ring.  No lace.  

Herbal, phenolic aroma with earthy flowers and a strong musty funky/wild yeast presence.  Slightly soily and earthy with damp, rotted wood, wild mushroom and decaying flower petals along with light and citrus fruit esters.  Subtle peppery spice as well.  Weird but I sort of find it oddly appealing.  

Light bodied and almost flat with faint carbonation and a very unpleasant dirty, phenolic flavor dominating the palate.  Rubber band and band aid notes are prominent along with subtle spice, dead/dirty flowers and bong water along with bread, green apple and banana.  Dry and somewhat chalky in the finish with a strong dirt/phenolic, rotten yeast presence killing off most of the flavor.   Very harsh and tough to drink.  A complete mess of a beer to be brutally honest.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer from Brasserie Fantôme
80 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.