Fantôme La Gourmande | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme La GourmandeFantôme La Gourmande
107 Ratings
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 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 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 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 beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cranberry-burnt orange color with a thin off tan head.

S: Spicy aroma, light caramel, fresh apples, wildflowers and some candi sugar sweetness.

T: Sweet caramel, molassess and brown sugar provide a sweet spiciness against a light and creamy malt backbone. Apples, pears, and a cider like texture with some alcohol spiciness as well. Flavor is very clean throughout with a touch of chocolate in the finish. For the fade there is some spicy apples and cinnamon, pears and light caramel notes with a touch of citrus. Very good complexity and flavor.

M: well carbonated, fruity, and lively.

D: great drinkability as will most of thier beers. the hard part is breathing inbetween sips as you want this great flavor constantly on your tongue.

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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 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 zhanson88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is a 2004 vintage from what I have been told. Big props to Rbald42 for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, warm honey color that nears a copper tone. Pleasant amount of carbonation that I'm very happy to see. A huge white head forms that has extremely good retention and lacing. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Pretty nice bouquet on this beer. Some white grape and pear comes out initially, followed by some juicy melon notes, earthiness, and very light funk.

Taste: Melon notes and green apple, earthy funk, finish is dry with a touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation that is about right for the style. Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Very good vintage saison from Fantome. Really impressed with how well this held up.

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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 rye_so_serious
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Fancied myself an epicurean with this one on 5/15/2007. Veritable amphora, poured twice in a large snifter, a kind gift from Delerium.

Starting 1/2-inch of precambrial foam that subsides to a touch of halo with just a hint of lace heading south. Sort of a honey mud orange hue with a whisper from the screaming banshees of Z-space going on, as far as carbonation is concerned. Orange blossoms, honey dew melon, corriander, and a touch of allspice play rock, paper, scissors on the nose. Up front mix of lemon rind, fresh cut basil, and oozing hop combs on the tongue, all of which is shanghaid by a quick tart tangy head of chafered lime zest. Medium body, and muchos drinkibales.

For a winter, I was expecting something a bit darker and thicker, but I would welcome more winters with a similar profile as this one.

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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Auditory analysis: the 'pop' when I uncorked this bottle was so loud and unexpected that it quite startled me; for a second I thought I had it was a bottle of champagne I had grabbed!

Appearance: Beautious! Pale gold/straw color, thick and lustrous layer of cream-colored foam, tons of champagne-like bubbles, great head retention, slightly hazy, nice lace from the ever-present layer of fine-bead head; the only near-negative comment is that the sediment in the bottom of the bottle is VERY loose and it took a great deal of care to keep it in the bottle

Aroma: champagne fruitiness, sugary malt smell, a touch of earthy/musty character, yeast, caramel, cork, ethereal trace of spice

Flavor: semi-sweet malt component complicated by the rooty mustiness of the buckwheat; cork, yeast, some hop flavor, slight vinous tang; a pleasant closing bitterness which seems to stem from hops and perhaps bitter orange peel; dryish finish with a vegetal, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, champagne-like carbonation (lots of gas in this baby!), slightly mineral feel, gentle belly-warmth

Overall Impression: I don't know if I truly detect any buckwheat, but that doesn't stop this from being one hell of a gem! There is an underlying earthiness that I attribute to the buckwheat, but it could easily come from Fantome's complex yeast strain. Great beer. Get it while you can because, from what I've been told, this was a one-time release.

By the way, the picture that you see for this beer is the very bottle that I reviewed. Not that it really matters.

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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 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 callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy brown body. One finger off-white head. Quickly receded leaving a bit of sheet like lacing at first, but eventually leaving very little behind.

S: Earthy. Caramel, a little brown sugar, the slightest bit of brown sugar, mushroom, earthy hops and just the slightest bit of sour cherries. Sharp up front but becomes muted fairly quickly.

T: Like the nose this is very earthy. I think the best way to describe this saison is that it has all the characteristics of a good steak (without the meat taste). Mushroom, browned butter, and that earthy flavor from the outside of the steak. Not particularly funky. The hints of sour cherries in the nose are no longer present.

M: Smooth, medium bodied brew with a nice gentle (but not insufficient) carbonation. Refreshing in a savory kind of way.

D: I don't know how frequently I'd be in the mood for this saison (unlike the regular saison which I could drink everyday), but I have to admit I really enjoyed this one. This is a fairly old beer at this point... many thanks to stowehop

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy chestnut with a two-inch head of beige. The dense foam receded slowly leaving some decent lacework before dissapating to a partial skim-coat.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of caramel, nuts, green apples, bitter greens, freshly turned sod, strawberry tops, and cherry pits.
Hints of almonds, freshly skinned bark, and musty cider follow through.

Medium bodied, creamy and a bit crisp. Fairly dry and a finely carbonated mouthfeel.

Light malt, cocoa dust, and apple skins start the pallet. Ripe fruit and grassy undertones follow through along with lemon-spritzed caramel.

Finishes lightly tart with lingering cherry skins, fresh cut hay, and apple pulp.

I was surprised at the restrained amount of sourness and acid. Very balanced, highly refreshing and extremely quaffable.

Bottle courtesy of BA Delerium..Thanks bro!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port 12 Hours of Belgian Beer Party.

Beer arrives in the glass a rocky orange and yellow with a tall sticky head.

The aroma is enough to bowl a man off of his table, even with all the activity swirling around us, this aroma slinked out of the glass to come and pull a man into Proustian reflections of childhood and the warmth of honey and lemon gave to us in our moments of woeful health. Apricots and a Germanic grain round out the profile to make it seem like a lemon curd, apricot tart with honey drizzled over the fruit to complete the effect.

The flavor continues the honey tea aroma but this time the lemon is well in the forefront to the extent that nary another flavor can stand up 'cept some of the guar from the honey and some of the flowers.

Beer finally comes to a very dry finish with a final visit from a new player in the taste cast, chameomielle.

Very interesting beer. The two primary actors in this brew are so potent that if you don't like either, you're doomed on this quaff.

Oh and like most of the recent Fantome vintages, don't point the cork at anything you don't want to put a hole in.

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