Fantôme Del Rey
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Ranked #282
Ranked #7,328
4.1 | pDev: 7.56%
Nov 23, 2022
May 06, 2016
Fantôme Del ReyFantôme Del Rey
Notes: Collaboration with Brasserie Fantôme
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Rated: 4.19 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Oct 28, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
its a little peculiar to me how much i didnt love the one made at fantome when it first came out, or closer to it, like it just hit me as not super refined and more than a little strange, but how much i truly adored this one made at jester king, all of us did on our once in a lifetime jester king tasting day, a crowd favorite from a heavy lineup, perhaps a product of its age, an undated bottle but been in the cellar forever, when did this come out again? i think the recipe is pretty similar, this one a little stronger, maybe its the way the jester king yeasts worked with these ingredients compared to fantome yeasts, but this is absolute money, even in its old age now. a blend of older barrel aged saison with dark candy syrup, ground coriander, and black peppercorns, then fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey, then racked to oak and blended with young saison. an insane process and list of ingredients, and its all here. a murky amber pour here with some sediment and some body, but its also got a ton of life to it still, effervescent and holding a tall white belgian head. the nose and flavor here are almost identical, a little more boldness in the taste, struck with the green glass funkiness and oxidation, brett popping, old saison yeast to me too, light oak but very wet, decaying almost english malt, and obvious richness from the candy syrup, almost molasses to me, raisin, but its light, and it sort of serves to bring up the honey, which to me is kind of separate from the truffle mushroom component, which also pops in here, way more than it did in the one made at fantome. the honey is crazy forward for how old this is, all waxy and raw, like the sugar is fermented out but so much of its essence remains, its the most dominant flavor here, along with the yeast, and the two are magically compatible. i also love the earthy truffle aspect, which again seems separate from the honey, but its unmistakable here, especially as this warms. black pepper and coriander are all on the finish, spicy but not overdosed, and nice with the oxidized malt believe it or now. impressive complexity overall, funky as they come but not even really tart at all, although some light citrus can be appreciated late as well. golden raisin, clove, tanned leather, white chocolate, and even capers or something are all present here, and this just rules. nothing quite like it, super rustic overall and a really different side of jester king on the ferment, more fantome there, super musty and tied in with the wood, but im not sure how exactly this was done. wildly interesting and its done so well over time, still so lively on the carbonation too. radically different, and to me better, than the fantome one was, at least when it came out. id love to try that one aged this long too! not sure it can be appreciated as a blend at this point, but it doesnt really matter. one of my favorite beers ive had in a long, long time. this is exactly what i love in saison, and with two of my favorites getting together to make it, its awesome its so good. without question a highlight from jester king day! who knows what it tasted like fresh, but if you like weird old green glass saison, it doesnt get any better than this!
Aug 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 19, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Foggy honey amber with a moderate khaki foam settling to a bubbly collar leaving stalactite lace.

Smell is spiced wood, almost like rum but without any heat at all, accented by grassy allium funk, licorice, grapefruit, green apple and Werthers. I don't get the truffle myself, but my drinking companion is very sensitive to truffle and smells it all over my breath.

Taste is delicate apricot, grapefruit and orange with mild funk and a hint of spice that's kind of like apple pie. Soft aged wood and white grape come out on the exhale with hints of caramel and strawberry as it warms.

The moderate body has a soft light carbonation that finishes slightly prickly and semi-dry.

This is definitely a bit more Belgian than a typical Jester King brew, but very well balanced as an overall successful collaboration by two excellent breweries combining their skills in a way most collabs don't.

Blend #1 03/2016 vintage
Sep 24, 2018
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml cap and corked bottle, dated 3/22/16 into the Fantome modified tulip. This is labelled as Blend #1
A - Orange blossom honey color, active carbonation moves top side in Busby Burkley arrangements. The off white frothy cap lingers for a while, leaving mixed shape lacing.
S - Earthy, with hints of truffle oil, green apple skin, fermented melon white flesh, some dusty hay as well
T - Each aromatic element is represented, add chardonnay grape, some mint leave, red wheat, a bit of ash, with just an ever so slight salinity
M - Light across the palate, deft in the way flavors meander, slightly tart start , followed by a quick dry wave. linger is almost perfect sweet tart tension
O - An Excellent offering, with the touches of both breweries combining very well, Fantome earthy true to fashion saison, Jester Kings adept wild fermentation touch. Worth every effort to try and find
Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend #1, bottled on 3/22/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, orange, pear, pineapple, apricot, plum, strawberry, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, honey, candi sugar, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, slight white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, honey, oak, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, orange, pear, pineapple, apricot, plum, strawberry, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, honey, candi sugar, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, slight white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak spiciness; light lactic tartness, wheat tang, and spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, orange, pear, pineapple, apricot, plum, strawberry, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, honey, candi sugar, white bread dough, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, honey, oak, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tart/bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/sticky/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a slightly increasing warmth of 8.8% after the finish. Overall this is fantastic wild saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, spices, honey, oak, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly spicy/lactic/tannic/drying finish. Awesome mix of classic JK house funk along with Fantome character; perfectly balanced spices/malts, with nice oak barrel presence. The Brett complexity is absolutely wonderful, and extremely intense on stone fruit/tropical notes. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.
Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml capped and corked bottle, Blend #1 03.22.2016. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like lemon, apricot, coriander, earthiness, bready/grainy malt, and some honey. Taste is similar to the aroma with lemon, apricot, citrus peel, earthy, bready/grainy malt, peppery spice and white grape flavors. Good amount of tartness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, glad I picked this up! Definitely worth getting a bottle if you see one, I just bought this a month or so ago so it's still around in places.
Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Oak funk tart perfect! Wasn't expecting this to be anything like it was. If you enjoy them tart this is one not to pass up. Wish I had more...wish I could go back:/
Mar 26, 2017
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Rated by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark amber, clear color. Good balance of malt and tart finish with some mellow barrel aging. Medium to full nose. Nice malt with some farmhouse funk.
Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 4.72 by Tiernan from Texas

Mar 08, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Feb 22, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by gtermi from Texas

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by mush from Illinois

Feb 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Blend No. 1 -- March 2016)

L: misty orange-amber gold, about 60-75% clear, pushes up a dense, thick head of offwhite/beige foam formed of the tiniest bubbles; keeps a turtleneck high collar of offwhite/beige foam, and if you let the glass sit for a minute, the massive amount of activity in the glass coats the surface with a full skin; it sticks and laces some, too ... a gorgeous show!

S: funky skunky honey orange sweet oysters ... wow! there's a lot here and it's still ice cold; as it warms, tart cranberries, malty bread dough; tart raspberry cheesecake; the sweeter notes dominate, but underneath them you can detect some Jester King barn must, some old dried grain sacks -- the farmhouse notes are subdued; strawberry tart with the pastry cream

T: it's barn musty funky and abbey ale fruity at once, tart orange, tart strawberry, tart raspberry with some grain sacks and a pinch of lemon peel, spiced occasionally by some pepper, then sweeter with plum and sweet pastry cream, only a pinch of that, and a hint of Jester King's aged hop

F: end result is a perfect middleweight, but the ride to that point is amazing ... very light liquid, not watery but close, filled out by all those tiny bubbles that expand and give the quaff an outside softness surrounding an inner weight; a true Belgian-inspired masterpiece

O: honestly, I don't know what more one could ask -- this beer is a perfect union of church and farm; the standard Jester King farmhouse aromas and flavors run throughout the experience, but those notes, though strong enough to enjoy, are just weak enough and spread out enough to allow for some abbey ale sweeter notes, plum, peach, light sweet dates ... and then the pinch of tripel-like spice, pepper, something from that coriander; one might quibble with each of the four attributes but the sum of this one is perfect
Jan 30, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml capped/corked bottle served in a large snifter. Sent to me by my friend in Oklahoma. Blend #1 -- 03.21.2016.

Pours a hazy amber with medium-small head, and a moderate amount of very sluggish carbonation. Smell is pretty characteristic of saison with a stronger presence of floral notes than usual. Smells very bright. I have trouble identifying particular smells, but it's nice.

Taste is surprisingly different yet similar to the aroma. Some of the brightness is there, but there's something much heavier -- I want to call it earthiness. Definitely some lemon and something else slightly fruity, definitely some floral. It gives it a very very rich sense.

Mouthfeel is thick, a little sticky. Overall, nice beer. Currently classified on BA as a Belgian Dark Ale, but it's not that, and I'm not reviewing it as that.
Jan 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by cherche from Washington

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 18, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 3 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by Beer_lover89 from Texas

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by CSO from Illinois

Dec 25, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Zaphog from Michigan

Dec 19, 2016
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Rated by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Earthy Brett, tart, honey, hay, vinous
Dec 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Can_has_beer from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
The flavors of black truffle was what really got me here. I love truffle in my food but I thought it made the beer too savory. I also did not enjoy the higher ABV for a saison than I'm used to. It is a Fantôme saison, so I understand the weirdness a bit more...
Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4.63 by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

Nov 16, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Nov 12, 2016
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