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Fantôme La Gourmande | Brasserie Fantôme

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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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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 wheaty...like 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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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 green champagne magnum that is corked and capped with no freshness date.

Appearance: Snap and crackle of the head reveals a thin white lacing. Mildly hazy deep golden color.

Smell: Lemon-lime with a musty earthy cellar aroma … peppery, vanilla bean and orange juice?

Taste & Mouth Feel: Solid rolling smoothness in the medium body. Rich earthy tones, lime rind with a tree bark and faint peppery flavor up front. Lemon-lime twang from middle to end, mild but sharp tartness. Herbal phenols and a foreign graininess that tones a mild metallic flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Devastatingly complex, my palate is ruined for the night … thankfully this is a big bottle. I went with a contrast pairing of some smoked cheddar which was perfect.

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

Hazy copper-orange color, almost no head, b/c of the light carbonation. As I pour this beer I get a sour funky barnyard aroma. There is a woodiness in the aroma as well notes of orange pith, lemon, musty leather. The taste is quite smooth, again b/c of the light carbonation. Fruity notes of lemon juice, strawberry, and apple cider are complimented by the light acidity found in this beer. The finish has spicy notes of bergamot, earthy herbs, cobwebs, and oak, chamomile & pennyroyal teas. This is quite complex, and quite tasty. As most of Fantome's beers this is very light bodied. This really seems to be a cross between a Lambic and a Saison. As with most of Dany's beers this pairs really well with the two cheesed I just happen to have on hand; Neals Yard Dairy Mongomerys raw milk Cheddar, and an Italian Asiago fresco. The only thing really missing in this bottle is some explosively enticing carbonation, perhaps the next bottle will be perfection :-)

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Gourmande was served form a capped and corked 750ml green bottle that lacked the usual US English back label and government warning. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a rich and hazy golden-orange-straw color, and was topped by a towering and hyperactive rocky white head that settled chunky and left chunky lacing. The nose was exploding with wonderful and challenging spring-like aromas: underlying lemon/lime acidity and beaming notes of crushed pepper, citrus zest, funky/musty dampness, leather, lemonbalm, rosemary, fresh herbs, and pilsner hops. On the palate, crisp and delicious peppery apricoty pale malts hit with a perfect quenching astringency, then opened up with lovely sage-like spice, cuban oregano, and notes of bitter orange-lime zest. It finished clean, citric, and bold...refreshing! The full and crisp yet smooth body and peppy carbonation were perfect for the flavors and character of the beer. As for drinkability...wow. This beer is amazing to drink, perfect. I could drink this all day, everyday. This is what saison is all about. Simply magnificent!

Big ol' thanks (once again) to skyhand for "Deliverating" this one to me!

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

Presentation: Classic 750ml green glass Fantôme bottle. The main obverse label has a brown picture on a white label, like the one shown in the BA Database. Labeled as ‘La Gourmande’, ‘Bière d’Epeautre de Hotton’. Listed as 7%. In classic Fantôme style, there is no freshness date, LOL, like Fantôme needs one!

Appearance: Pale orange gold with some peach hints. Slowly forming and building carbonation helps to produce a decent white head. A clinging, small bubbled, white head formation leaves little lace. Lots of streamers punctuate the clear skinless marmalade body and help to bolster the bone-white head. Excellent looks.

Nose: Oooh! Pure Fantôme! This is simply gorgeous. An amazing mix of lemon peel, fresh mint and zesty citrus, spicy hops, tripel-esque pilsner malts, black peppers and a touch of tropical fruits. Absolutely Incredible.

Taste: Sporadic uncontrolled farmyard yeasts mix well with the more restrained bitter hops and acidic stark citric qualities that give this Fantôme some Tripel qualities. Sharp spices and some black peppers mix with a lovely piercing lemon zestiness on the tongue long after the apricot swallow. Marmalade lingers on the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy feel, nice smooth conditioning sits well in the mouth. Bitter finish with hints of fleshy peaches and moist apricots. Bold yet light – funky yet Fantôme! Fucking superb.

Drinkability: I easily demolished the 750ml without any trouble, hints of tart 2 year old lambics and some champagne Gueuze in this one. Drinks extremely well, even for a funky Saison. Gimme more.

Overall: I once tried this on draft, it was a big disappointment. Somehow, I think Fantôme has to be from the bottle for the imbiber to experience all of the nuances that Dany Prignon and his Farmhouse Brewery has to offer. This is no let down. Not the best beer from Soy-Erezée, but it is quite superb, and supremely Fantôme!

Dare I say that this is an Artisanale Fantôme Tripel with some Gueuze flair! Maybe I just did.

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

Solid orange with golden traits. The head is relatively compact, and fades quickly, but bone-hued while it lasts.
Aromas of orange and lime and hay and mown grass with an oaky white vinous undercurrent.
Begins rather tart, but not searingly so. Lime juice and oak, with vague white wine hues. Parched apricots. Cilantro leafiness. Breadier as it sits, but never hugely. Granny Smith Cider. Gueuzey. Complexities drop out later, but it hardly matters. Ends dry, herbal and grassy, with loose mustiness. The tartness lingers for a while, then is partially masked by the ample yeast pour. Turns spicier with ramped-up, powdered cilantro notes, and earthier, herbal hues. However the lime and lemon drop connotations remain steadfast; they just lose some of their edge.
Light bodied with rushing CO2 upfront. Stays semi-perky throughout, but it seems to grow a bit stagnant (and quasi-heavy) by the end.
Fans of lambic will find some intrigue here. I did.
It's not one of Fantome's premier offerings, but there is a good deal of flair here.

Courtesy of Bighuge.

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

Lovely full gold. Large fluffy white head that settles to an incomplete cap, but erupts again with each pour.

Lots of bready malt, and a pleasant yeastiness dominate the nose. Touch of phenol and a bit of limey citrus.

Medium weight in the mouth where the copious malt combines seamlessly with the yeasty notes. Hint of hop flavor and bitterness comes out with food. Nice length. Tastes funkier, in a good way, when the sediment is swirled into the beer.

Great bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, with the sofness of the carbonation a real complement to the overall subtleness of this beer. Great to quaff in quantity, excellent with food, and worthy of contemplation on its own. Certainly Duvel-esque, but with a bit of Fantome funk. Nice beer.

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

Golden amber in color with a very small head that doesn't last at all. The smell is just like most Fantome beers. Fruity and yeasty with hints of sweet and sour coming through. I just love their beers! The taste is so crisp, clean, complex, sweet, sour, tart and very mysterious. Most Fantome beers that I have sampled are lower in carbonation, which is actually what I prefer. This one is no different. This beer also has some apple notes. Dry at the end with a little warming feeling.

Overall, I love it. Everything that I expected and more. My scores are not based on how this beer fits into a certain style. They are based on what I like and don't like.

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