Fantôme La Gourmande | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme La GourmandeFantôme La Gourmande

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/30/05- Purchased at Plumpjacks in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 750ml capped and corked bottle. No dates of production revealed. Purchased earlier this year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Looking through the green bottle I can see massive yeast and sediment swirling about. Even huge penny size yeast chunks as well. The pour seems much smoother though as all the big chunks remain towards the bottom. A cloudy pour, a nice 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Scent- Very nice musty farmyard scent with a large hit of lemon rind and corriander.

Taste- Similar to the regualr Fantome Saison, but this one seemed to be more mellow. Not as sour and the lemon taste was more reserved. Everything blends together so smoothly in this beer though. Not as harsh with the spices that you find in other saisons. More like a lemondae with some extra sugar thrown in.

Mouthfeel- Medium range carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the better if not top three or so saisons I have had. Very good blend of fruit flavors and spices.

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Photo of merlin48
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this bottle on July 9 2005, with my Canadian friend, Mowog. 2003 bottling date. Used a corkscrew, and the cork suddenly exploed out of the bottle, barely missing my face. Whew! These Fantome corks give me fits.
Appearance: Hazy, apricot hued body, topped with the typical vanilla ice cream float sized, creamy head. Extraordinary retention and exquisite sheet lacing that is "world class".
Aroma: Tart lemony citrus, with dirty and earthy yeast notes. Fresh mown hay and alfalfa contribute a silage presence.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, with that unique Fantome yeast twang.
Taste: Dry and lemony citrus, dirty and earthy like the aroma, grassy hops evoke a sensation of being in a meadow. Old, wet haystack notes are prominent. Fresh cut silage rules. Slight note of yeasty chalk adds to the enjoyment, Lemony and dry finish.
Drinkability: Very similar to most of the other Fantome Saisons. Earthy, lemony, dry, and tasty. A Saison of this quality transports one into a Belgian meadow, and throws you down on a pile of soft moss, where you rise up and gaze at a herd of friendly sheep who know you have just finished off a bottle of Fantome Saison. The sheep giggle, knowing that you will not find another Fantome for several weeks.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. Whatever the subject, be it music, art, beer, etc.. I'm always drawn to things with their own originality, and this beer epitomizes that in my opinion. I've never had anything quite like it. Fairly standard appearance, yellowish gold, bright, with no head. Smell is inviting and impish. Citrus lemon and orange peel with a signature Fantome baryard funk and a wheat grass scent. Taste takes things to a whole new level. This may be a saison, but in reality it is a gueuze/saison hybrid. It builds upon the standard lemony zest found in many saisons (Fantome's regular saison, for example) and adds a very earthy, grassy, dirty flavor, with some herbs. On top of that, add the complexities of a high quality gueuze - mild sourness, wet hay, dirty sock funk. Smooth crisp mouthfeel taboot. More and more interesting with every sip, complex with out being confused and overwhelming. You gotta try this one for yourself. Every now and then, after exploring lots of beer styles, I kind of start thinking that I know what I like and then wham! something crazy like La Gourmande comes out of left field and opens a new door. This is why I love beer...

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Photo of MrSeth
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque, earthy golden yellow with a 1 1/2" white head. The comparisons with champagne are noticable even in the appearance. It begins with a very bubbly pour.

The nose is earthy, spicy, with a tomato ketchup and hard cider edge, also a touch of yeast.

It starts alot like a geuze, the slightest hint of sweetness is rolled over by a dry sourness that gives a bubbly-champagney mouthfeel and finishes quite clean. There is a fresh baked sourdough bread kind of taste to it.

This is a splendid weekend lunch brew. It has alot of potential as an aperitif. I'm sure it was made to be enjoyed over a long and easy-going afternoon.

My thanks to the crew at Federal Wine for hooking me up with another fine brew. Cheers!

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Photo of silenius
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer initially served at about 55 degrees farenheit in a Oerbier glass i brought back from Belgium.

Upon opening the beer I could smell the lemon and honey essence that comprises this beer. It pours out with a nice foam head that disappears relatively soon leaving some lace on the glass. It is a cloudy dark gold color in the glass.

First whiff is of lemon juice, lemon rind, something juicy green and sweet like aloe, and a hint of honey. The taste exactly echoes the nose. Lemons and honey, something green and sweet like mint leaves, with a long dry and bitter finish. This is a complex beer in terms of a variety of flavors, and it is a unique beer in terms of taste.


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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750 ml green champagne bottle full of a golden, rich (thick) looking slightly cloudy brew with a full, rich, creamy looking head that drops to 1/4" and stays there. Very pretty.

Aroma is first a sharp organic attack, followed by a slightly sweet, citrusy and slightly spicy

Flavor is lemony/tart orange, with a nice hop overtone, and a strong alcohol attack at the back of the throat. Spiciness is there, not subtle, not overpowering. There's a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. I'm still fairly new to Saisons, so I don't know how close to the style it is, but I like it!

Overall a pretty tasty brew- not something I think I would drink a lot of, but on the right occasion, pretty nice. Paired it with a pesto-tomato pizza- not bad combination, where the two organic flavors play off against one another.

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Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to merlin48 for getting this one for me. Had this one while brewing in the rain the other day. I removed the cap and looked away and the cork exploded out of the bottle, easily clearing the building we were near. Glad my face wasn't over the bottle. This beer poured a straw color with a tall head that had nice retention, but didn't leave too much lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of orange and lemon with some slight spice and some funk. The flavor was much the same. Lots of citrus with the Fantome funkiness that I enjoy. A little bit of sour, but not as much as some of the other Fantome brews. Also some acid in there, but again, not as much as expected. Light body and easy to drink.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy head that refused to fall but coated the glass.

The aroma was slightly citrusy with notable belgian farmhouse yeast character. A slight spiciness was present and a notable earthiness existed in the aroma. The spiciness enticed to explore further. The spicy aromas were lemon and lime more heavy on lime than lemon.

The flavor was slightly sour and acidic with a definite earthy presence. The spice was present yet restrained. The sourness at first seemed to be a detriment, but later as the beer warmed it enhanced the complexity. The fruit presence was citrus and most notably lime followed by lemon.

The finish was dry with just a slight acidity lasting with some earthiness well into the aftertaste. The finish had a slight chalkiness to it as well. The body was medium and the carbonation was just a smidge low.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. If I had rated this beer on the first sip the rating would have been much later. By a few minutes in my palate had adjusted to the beer and actually found it quite interesting.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep orange/gold with a -- am I seeing this? -- pale yellow head. That's a first. The head is massive and has great retention. Slightly cloudy. Good lace. Very active carbonation. I don't see how it could get too much better.

Smell: Interesting. A Saaz, almost pilsner, aroma explodes off the bat, with apple, orange, and honey. There's also a really odd... rainwater scent and bit of the fabled barnyard mustiness.

Taste: Woooh, that's DRY. Bitter lemon juice, spicy pepper and maybe a hint of diacetyl, which I didn't see coming. Not much sweetness, that's for damn sure, and pretty light on the spice as well. The mouthfeel is quite crisp and medium bodied. Finishes hoppy, dry and a bit bready.

Note: The yeast pour adds a TON of dimension, sweetness, fruit, and all kind of clove/corriander goodness. Wow.

Drinkability: Well, not what I expected. But quite enjoyable and -- once you get used to it -- really addictive. At $6.99, a surprisingly good deal as well.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldenrod color with a big off-white head that laces well in the Fantôme tuliped glass. Very zesty and peppery with hints at citrus and barnyard. Sour sweat. Light honey sweetness that turns into a drier, earthy, vegetal feel with a light sourness in the finish. Spicing evident with spicy ginger, coriander and I'm sure a bunch other. Kind of like a saison ambrée in flavor (better than La Choulette and Silly's). Blood orange-like citrusiness. I've had this a few times before, and although it might not be Fantôme's best offering, it certainly is no slouch whatsoever.

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Photo of marburg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a "typical" saison orange-yellow with a large and voluminous head. Spritzy nose features lemon grass, rainy days, ground coriander, flowers, and a mineral water "sparkle." Smooth, funky, and organic, there's a lot of earthy flavors in this one. Dirty, musty dired orange peel. Woody. Tart green grapes. Some grassiness in the finish. Another well-executed Fantome product.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, i'm suprised that this is one of Fantomes lower brews. Perhaps this was a truly exceptional bottle that I picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo for a mere $9.50. This is a 2001 vintage as well here, for those of you who care about such information. This is a damn nice brew, once the cork is extracted and the brew is poured into a wide mouth glass we can see that this specimen is a dark orange colour with a thick head of slightly off-white foam that leaves nice lacing throughout the drinking experience. The aroma of this beer is exceptional. Complex spicy yeast phenols, Raspberry pulp, Strawberry seeds, lambic acidity and Brett and lacto funk. A true masterpiece of funkiness. Like the best Jazz bass solo you have ever heard in beer-form. The taste is no slouch either (!) Fresh fruits, pulp, seeds, airy, flowery hops, and Belgian yeast complexities. Wow, just wow. Mouthfeel is lush and carbonated amazingly well, drinkability is out of this world. I've always loved this brewery from my first sip and the Black Ghost and "original"! Saison are hard to beat, but for me this brew may beat them. Truly a world-class original that should be saught out at any expense. Recommended Highly!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Potent tangy lemon and coriander citrus aroma with a floral hop undertone. Hazy, glowing apricot colored beer. Big creamy bright white head leaves some nice lace as it fades to thick film. Flavor is really subdued at up front, there's a bit of the tangy citrus and some of the floral qualities, but I don't know if I'd call it hoppy. Tangy flavor ramps up towards the end. There's a pinch of bitterness in the finish followed by a grassy tasting burb. Light bodied for a 7% beer with a soft mouthfeel. Smells damn good, just like the taste I love in their "plain" saison, too bad this one doesn't follow through. Definitely closer to the interpretation of saison that I prefer, just not my first choice.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml bottle, wine corked and capped overtop. Poured into a goblet glass. $14-

Appearance: Cloudy, champagne color with a thin swirl of frothy head on top. There are fine bubbles rising in the body of the beer.

Smell: The odor is generally sweet and sweet bread.

Taste: Dry wheat/barley/malt onset. Bitterness hits the back/roof of the mouth and lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: Very wet body, not heavy at all. A light and enjoyable texture that keeps this beer very festive.

Drinkability: I think if I bought this again, I'd serve it in a champagne flute. It would be better. Its a little thin in flavor, but otherwise a good beer to try. Not sure if it is worth $14.

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Photo of ADR
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sedimented and hazy light orangish appearance. Middling lop sided head in an open chalice, medium bubbles and carbonation enough to keep it in play. Lace is simple and incomplete. Yeasty aroma, slightly farmy with astringency and a black compost element with some cocoa mulch huskiness. Mouthfeel is medium but with plenty of carbonation to even it out, a bit too much for me, but well-within style. An interesting obverse main profile is going on here, starts spicy and astringent, limes and dryish hops with capers and licorice. Transitions to a slightly more mellow sweeter beer by the close, but retaining its dryness overall. More complexity on further swallows, the yeast can't be denied its impact -- and flesh fruits move in and out of the likeable tartness. Nice, nice brew.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The second Belgian I broke open for the family over T-day.
Cloudy amber
Aroma of citrus with bright lime
Umm. Citrus and more citrus in delicious layers. Lime is prevalent. Corona with lime, but on belgian designer steriods. Sour. Touch of chewy apple wood, mexican cinnamon stick. Refreshing! Stir the sediment for some spiced bread.
enjoyed this with a variety of Bingham Hill and MouCo cheeses. Especially good with the fresh cheeses.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish-copper color with a creamy white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma medicinal, floral, spicy, yeasty and peppery. It has an earthy -like quality to it. The flavor is spicy and peppery, with the earthy tones throughout. Kinda damp and musty. Smooth and easy drinking, but yet warming. Another good beer from Fantome.

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Photo of winomark
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, slightly hazy with a gigantic light tan head. Sour aromas rule the nose. Mild malt tones also noticable. Mild but flavorful palate. Malt adds some sweetness. Really smooth and round with just a slight bitterness/sourness on the finish. Light mouthfeel. Nothing offensive or overpowering. What a great introduction to the beers of Fantome. A nice, mild saison. Easy drinking and something worth a try when you start to venture into this style. Good stuff.

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Photo of aracauna
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy to cloudy amber (depending on what part of the bottle you’re at) with a large white head. The aroma is downright gorgeous. Very fruity aroma with fresh apricots, melons (honeydew, mostly), pineapple and banana. The flavor is not as sweet as I expected from the aroma (which starts picking up a bit of hops as it warms.) Instead, it’s nearing in on dry with a lingering bitter finish that seems almost out of place after the airy, bright aromas and flavors that came before it. A bit of apple peel or peach peel comes out with the bitterness. Excellent, beautiful beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POP! goes the cork, and out comes the funk!
An inelegant pour into a Duvel glass provides an anticipated result, 1/2 golden, hazy orangish brew, with considerable floaties in attendance, and bubbles rising everywhere, but the top half is full of foam, a crystalline white, delicate, lacey, beautiful...lookin' pretty nice in the glass, and the aroma wafts out liberally, so I can discern this without too much effort, while it rests on the desk..but let's bring it further for the full effect...
That certain indefinable something, this zesty, yeasty, airy effect, loaded with citrus and spice, like any saison should, but utterly ethereal, a touch sour, but still beyond that simple sense...lemon peels and coriander collide with pepper and orange...a seriously funky affair in the house, y'all...James Brown and Jimmy Smith moved to Belgium, and they took the P'Funk gang along, too...
Taste, it, too...Ooooo, weee! That first, gripping, sour, puckering, powerful sip is a motherforker...pardon my Portugese...then all is mellow quickly, and this harsh, yet quenching sensation subsides.
Each sip thereafter brings this lemony sour taste, yet not quite as profound on the palate, it still makes an indelible impression. No, wait, i take it back, just got hit again...let's try a third time...Oooof! Ahhhh!
What a weird, and wonderful beer. Somewhat light in body, more medium, with a long, drying, citric finish, and a tangy mouthfeel, a clinging flavor that nestles in the mouth, and softly slides away.
Worth the $10.49 I paid for this 750ml green bottle...oh, at least...I'm only halfway done with it, and thing can only get better until it drains. Then, what hope have we?
This is a very special ale, an incredible tasty saison, with that unique yeasty, zesty Fantome quelque chose, that je'n'aise'pas, that what the who'diddledee...never-ending taste, and thoroughly uncompromising in it's uniqueness. Cheers to Fantome, another winner!

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It changed as I worked through the bottle. First it was a hazy gold and then ended near brown.
Smell- Strong citrus smell, several undertones
Taste- Wow. It was really complex. The citrus changes to a spicy, perhaps peppery, bouquet as it goes down.
Mouthfeel- It was thick and heavy, but in a good way.
Drinkability- I'd drink it all night if I could afford it.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A glowing, hazy light orange in color, with just a thin ring of a head. The aroma is strong and sharp, lemony with a hint of barnyard funk to it -- horse piss in hay? Lemon peel hits hard in the flavor as well, with a grassy edge and a bit of puckery tartness. Sweetness waxes as it warms, with, as Venom described it, a bit of a chalky feeling to it. A bit of apricot? A bit spicy, quite dry, and acidic. Lots of common saison flavors here, but much more going on as well. Oddly, this beer leaves an aftertaste which strikes me as eerily reminiscent of smoked cannabis. Or at least, reminiscent of what other people tells me that tastes like. Ahem. At any rate, an overall refreshing, yet surprisingly complex beer.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's light orange, and it's hazy, even cloudy. There's a big poofy head that makes an appearance and evacuates before you can taste it.

Spicy, spicy, spicy. Cardamom? Chalky(?) Corriander? Yesterday's grass clippings give it an earthyness and that characteristic tartness. There's some sweetness, but it's fairly generic... like the syrup out of a can of peaches. There's some lingering floral aspect that I can't put my finger on.

The HUGE yeast pour at the end turns the muddy, now it's brown and you can't even try to see through it. At this point, it looks like nothing a sane person would drink. The spicy mellows and the fruity aspects turn more bready, like generic wheat bread. The tartness and the floral aspects are still there...

Really a very, very nice beer. That's no surprise.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sour beer that I liked but very unpopular with me mates. They thought it like a tasteless cider. Beige yellow. My mature tastebuds found it a very good yeast preparation. In the yeast peach, lemon, celery, pepper. Very good with spicy veggie food. Lambic like. Unique.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a corked green 750 ml bottle. as soon as we popped the cork the head started to build in the bottle, rising to the top of the neck champagne style. it wasn't violent or overflowing, but the carbonation was released and it was begging to be poured.

aroma was a very blunt malty pilsner-like smell. a bit of citrus but I could not distinguish any particular types.

flavor was sweet and tangy with exceptional balance. malty with a bit of a sesame taste.

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