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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Beerzebub
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive bright hazy orange color. Modest egg shell head and lace.

Smells of dried apricot, blood orange, lemon, sultana, coriander, cinnamon, honeysuckle, slight damp earthy funk and musty leaves. Ripe and inviting.

Plenty of acidity, crisp and refreshing, fairly dry. Fruit similar to the nose, with amplified juicy blood orange and apricot. A moderate dose of hop bitterness like bitter greens and citrus. Restrained funk in the background, and subtle coriander and cinnamon. Delicious.

Light but grippy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy ruby amber in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam that lasts forever. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: pepper and clove spices wrapped in a earthy goodness. Just a nice spicy aroma.

Taste: spicy yeast, pepper, clove, green apples, and a nice bitterness are based in a solid malty profile. The earthy features make this an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, less prickly at the finish. Short aftertaste is surprising based on the bold flavors.

Drinkability:overall this was one enjoyable beer. I could have cracked another bottle of this stuff, but this would not be considered a session beer at all.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork is extracted with a pop, and a waft of smoke.
Pours with visible carbonation into the tulip glass, with 1/4" of foam capping the clear amber Saison. Tiny champagne bubbles rise through the high-clarity liquid.

Aroma of overripe fruit, with a metallic mineral note at first. The bottle is 2 years old at least, so this could be attributed to some degree of oxidation.

Initial taste of mildly tart fruit (lemon rind) and malt/grain, most likely the Spelt listed as an ingredient. Mild Gueuze funkiness. Dry earthiness is fleeting in the finish. Carbonation enhances the mouthfeel, its understated but keeps it velvety.

One bottle is no problem in a sitting, this is a nice seasonal that may be best enjoyed in the springtime.

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Photo of Foxman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy and carbonated, visually resonant reddish amber. Three fingers of pithy beige head swell and dip soon to a surface film. Ghosts of lacing schmoo the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries sweet toasted malt, with caramel and berry, along with clove, pepper, currants, and crisp apple. A passing horse-hair earthiness drops away to allow a mellow rill of alcohol to flow through.

Upon tasting, a light toffee malt sweetness joins a rounded acetic tanginess reminiscent of tart citrus. Spicy esters deliver clove, pepper, a dash of coriander, and a more general yeastiness. A very muted drift of alcohol ventilates the middle. A soft bite of biscuit carries through to a crisp green-apple cleanliness. The finish lingers just-so dry and gracefully bitter. It's Fantome, and that certainly says a lot.

Between light and medium bodied, it coats nicely, but knows when to move along dryly.

It's about saison with a twist, and Fantome, as usual, makes it happen. It's clean and refreshing, as the style entails, and it has a touch extra to keep the interest high. Drinking this bottle is a wonderfully easy thing to do. Finding Fantome on my local shelves is simply inspirational. Maybe South Jersey isn't the black hole I've been complaining it is.

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Photo of Ego
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the unhaunted fantome...

big soapy head calms down rather quickly, very dark compared to most saisons, dark brownish with ruby hues, a tad murky even on the initial careful pour. good

sourness and funk, not quite a geuze but it wants to lean in that direction, apples with a hint of cinnamon, just a touch of that strange barnyard-ness manure-ish odor.

taste etc...
carbonation is like almost flat soda, this might be one of the less extreme fantomes I have ever tasted, we have slight apples, green pears, a hint of sugary sweetness, mind you, most of this is subdued, if I tasted this blind I might think it was a watered down cantillon product. This isn't bad but I suppose they have set the bar so high themselves that an average beer for them seems disappointing to those who rave about their products.

not worth going out of your way for but maybe a good one to pick up for neophytes to slowly introduce them to various styles of belgian beer wizardry.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a fluffy head tha declines quickly to 1/4" and then persists, leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Green apple, lime, lemon and funk aromas

Taste: Starts with a spry blend of lime, lemon and green apple that grows increasingly tart, mid-palate; after the swallow a cedar flavor perks up that blends with the tarty fruit flavors; the finish is startling, with a peppery blast that comes out of nowhere

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite Fantôme, I did find this grew on me; very subtle and, ultimately, delicious

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangy color, some carbonation, the head fizzles away quickly, very light lacing around the edges. Scents of yeast, malts, slight hops, spices, apples, and grapes. The taste is slightly tangy, slightly bitter, citrusy, with a nice dry finish. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Alcohol content is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a totally different kind of saison compared to Saison Dupont. Highly recommended will buy again if available.

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

Whoah..unexpected aroma. Woody, almost cedary with lots of spiciness, citrus zest, hay must and fresh mown grass. The body is a brownish/orange but fairly bright. The head is a fluffy two finger thick Belgian classic that is constant as the northern star....immovable indeed. Slightlyt woody in the fore...very spicy...lemon peper seasoning almost...citrus and pepper are very concentrated. Sweet orange, apricot jam flavors throught the middle. Some apple notes. If you can work up a burp you’ll notice some mildewey/funky aromas lingering in the air in front of your nose....nice! I love how Fantome beers can seem so low key and yet still sooo damn concentrated and full of range. That cedar like woodiness lingering into the far aftertaste is amazing.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy orange-golden color, has very little head that did not retain or lace well

S-has the typical belgian farmhouse aromas, semi tart, a little citrusy, not as spicey as other saisons but still nice

T-complements smell, citrus flavor is very present, not too spiced, has a somewhat bitter sweetness to the finish

M- light in body, low carbonation for a saison, moderate dry feel

D- goes down very easy, a nice saison, not my favorite one (for either the style or the brewery) but still very nice, would probly drink/buy again

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine tangerine with fewer bubbles than I'm used to seeing in a Belgian saison. No surprise that the cap is thing of beauty. The pastel orange foam is a little too firm to be called mousse-like, a characteristic that allows it to persist seemingly forever. Very little lace graces the glass and even less manages to hang on.

I don't drink beer from this brewery as often as I'd like, so it's hard to remember what each one smells like. It seems to me though that each offering's nose is slightly different (and very good), while retaining a 'house similarity', for want of a better phrase. This one is mildly farmhouse funky, warmly spicy and a little herbal.

I wondered how a wheat saison would taste and now I have my answer. La Gourmande is impressively sour while retaining the spicy yeastiness and orchard fruitiness that Fantome is known for. Each sip is an exercise in puckeriness and acidity that would make many a Flanders red proud. In fact, I wonder if this beer uses a different yeast strain since it's hard to believe that this degree of tartness is completely wheat-related.

To be more precise, spelt is the grain used (epeautre on the label), not the typical wheat that most wheat/wit/weizen beers use. While it's a simply another species of the same grain, who knows, maybe it tastes vastly different when used in brewing. In any case, something is giving the beer a dizzinging amount of sourness and makes it stand out from the rest of the Fantome line.

Green apples, unripe pears and lemon zest make up the bulk of the flavor profile, as the usual yeasty spiciness takes a backseat. I'm not sure if this beer is brewed year-round or if it's a seasonal, but it seems to me to be a perfect summer beer. The body favors the lighter end of the spectrum even without a ridiculous amount of carbonation. Fewer bubbles means that 750 ml should be no problem at all on a hot day. Or any day at all.

I appreciate what the brewer attempted to do with La Gourmande. It's just that the sourness is cumulative and is beginning to wear on me now that I've entered the final third of the bottle. Less than average Fantome beer is still light years ahead of average. If that isn't the mark of a world-class brewery, then I don't know what is.

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Photo of dgallina
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml dark green capped and corked bottle. No bottled-on or best-before date.

Pours into the tulip deep and clear golden straw. Huge thin foamy head that recedes rapidly to a blanket of cream and nice lace. The aroma is big with musty earth, leaves, dry powdery yeast, lemon and orange rind, white pepper. Flavor is sweeter than you anticipate from the smell. But the initial malty sweetness is overtaken by earthy funk, white pepper, bitter orange peels in the center. Finishes with a combination of dry toasted malt and leafy earth. Medium-light body with strong carbonation. Mellow and complex, but probably not for the beginner due to the strong strong earthy vibe.

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Photo of Gusler
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer before decanting pours from the 750ml green capped and corked bottle a clear gold with a perfectly sized cream white head, the lace a thin silky sheet to cover the glass. Nose is spicy, hints of orange peel, crisp and fresh, with a tart backing; start is sweet, like carbonated fruit juice, light profile, back tart, and the top light in feel. Finish is burly in its acidity, with the tart sweetness carrying all the way to the chalk dry aftertaste, a yummy for the tummy.
(Note): After decanting, the nose has more earthy tones, and the color become quite cloudy as one would expect, I don’t know about you, but I love the “dregs”!

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

Murky tangerine with a large and distinct head of foam. Aroma is heavily spiced with hints of orange peel, curacao, cocoa powder along with a touch of sour fruit (tangerine especially) and strawberry jam. Flavor is bursting with fruit and spice; the fruits being a blend of peaches and nectarines while the spices are loaded with orange zest (coriander, bitter orange peel), along with a suprisingly dry and herbaceous blend that I can’t quite identify. This is my 13th different Fantome beer and this has by far the most spice character. Very delicious.

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Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy gold in hue with some bronzy amber interwoven, I can see a steady stream of animation dancing northward to the white head. At its highest point the foam was three fingers tall, head retention was very good. The bubbles slowly faded to a cap, which as still a finger high. A smaller cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing didn’t cling to the glass all that well, every time a little residue built up, it slid back into the head. While the appearance is typical of Fantome I still haven’t tired of looking at their gems.

I smell marshmallows, orange candy, lemongrass, and tropical fruits primarily. Secondary aromas consist of herbs, coriander, an old fruit cellar, a dilapidated barn… somewhere in the distance. The bouquet is soft and delicate. While the nose is layered and lovely while it is not the widest Fantome nose I’ve enjoyed it is still complex and inviting. Moderately low potency; I can’t wait to take a sip.

The palate is bright, much livelier then the nose indicated. First of all, where did this acidity come from? It is very much welcomed. Invigorating citrusy notes, lemonade, orange zest… followed by a sprig of herbs. In the middle, the malt is found, hints of grain and caramel, crackers. At the finish a woody residue develops; as does some light funky barnyard notes, tropical fruit and pepper. The alcohol is very well hidden; I can feel it in my belly but not in the taste. The aftertaste is juicy… fruity and herbal. Ho hum, yet another really good beer from Fantome. I love Saisons. I love Fantome’s Saisons. What really shines in this beer is the low acidity, moderate bitterness, faint malty notes, and huge fruity/candy qualities. All this adds up to a tasty, well-rounded and passive aggressive beer. Yummy!

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and soothing to swallow. It fits the flavor profile very well. I think this beer would pair well with a hearty salad topped with a mild bleu cheese dressing.

Wow, this beer is super drinkable! 750mls are like 7oz nips; way too small. I’m sipping away my bottle all too fast… I just can’t set my glass down. Subtle goodness abounds. I purchased my bottle in Lincoln, NE… of all places. Anytime I see Fantome locally (which is like never) I buy some. This might be my favorite brewery in the world. Recommended.

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

I picked up a bottle of this at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale. The pour is a hazy orange with gold hues. The white head leaves thin lacing. A zesty lemon sourness combines with the citrusy, peppery, yeasty saison aroma. The taste is as if a Belgian strong pale ale and a tripel went to a barnyard and got loaded on gueuze. Glory B, da' funk's in La Gourmande! I wanted to go out New Year's Eve, but this Fantôme and a Curb Your Enthusiasm marathon is pretty, pretty, pretty good.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle for my New Years party.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head of foam. Nice foamy lacing.

Smells nice with hints of sweet malts, coriander, citrus fruit and yeast. This sample had that musty aroma of a green bottled beer.

Nice nutty malt sweetness with a tea-like flavor of mint, corriander, and citrus fruit (orange peel). Very nice and smooth.

Nice beer, very smooth and balanced. Awesome brew!


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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

shared a bottle, poured into nicey wine glass.
pours with little to no carbonation, no head retention [no head to retain!!], due, likely, to the high acidity of the beer. boy, was i surprised with this one!! i was expecting something along the line of the blaugies spelt saison, judging by the name of the beer. i was mistaken. this certainly is, at first impression, a pseudo lambic....the fantome yeast character is still present in the nose and the taste, but it appears that some sour barnyard character has blended with the house strain. is it lactic? brett?
a highly drinkable [for the style] sour. color is about the same as the standard saison - an amber orange - this one smells of earthy funk, musty, lemony citrus...some sort of shampoo like character [i'm using the nature's gate organic].
i'm impressed with this one, but not enough to return to it time and again. one bottle is enough for me...there is one more waiting for me in my basement, perhaps the carbonation level and the appearance will fare better.... i would prefer to return to their other it just me or are people's scores for this one inflated like the grading scale in some ivy league university?
to class this as a gueze, perhaps, may be a better style orientation. i understand that saison is an 'open' and interpretive style...but...??

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy peachy color with a finger of head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Very nice color. Nose is light lemon and spice and light barnyard mustyness. Nothing too heavy here. Flavor is definately more spicey than the nose. Almost a spearmintyness and tea in the finish. Very nice. The mustyness is there, but not heavy. Very nice beer. Feel is moderate with an active carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I realy enjoy the minty tea quality. I dig it.

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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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Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 107 ratings