Fantôme Del Rey
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
66
From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  14
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Fantôme Del ReyFantôme Del Rey
Notes: Collaboration with Brasserie Fantôme
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev 0%
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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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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superspak from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Premo88 from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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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snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-01-27
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
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
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
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a bottle after the all clear from Jester King about the ropiness. Pours a cloudy/hazy dark orangish golden color with off-white head. Funk, citrus, barnyard, spice, and some oaky notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with funk, citrus, and a little tartness.

Oct 22, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful amalgam of jester king an fantome. I know this was recalled due to "ropiness" but i did not detect this at all. The capped and corked bottle pours a tangy dark liquid. The taste is a adds eurpean tang to the jester king funk with a nice bitterness at the end. Very good

Oct 03, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one drinks a lot like a traditional Belgian saison. It has a nice little bite on the finish and the mouthfeel is perfect for the style. This is a very refreshing beer.

Jun 09, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a snifter appears a dark copper color with light khaki head. Jester King recently put sales of this on hold as it has become ropey but that didnt stop me from wanting to try it. Indeed it pours thick like shampoo.

Aroma has pleasant citrus aspect then some honey-like sweetness, slightly floral and earthy with almost a hint of butter and grain.

Taste is tart with citrus rinds, floral and slight herbal to grassiness and bitterness with a contrasting biscuit-like fresh grain/bready maltiness.

Thick in the feel with modest carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beverage, im glad I have a couple to sample and observe its progression.

Jun 06, 2016
Fantôme Del Rey from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 66 ratings