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Fantôme La Gourmande | Brasserie Fantôme

89 Reviews
Fantôme La GourmandeFantôme La Gourmande

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 107
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 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 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 stuff...mint?].
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 products...is 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 womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012

Bottle from 2002, I believe. A cloudy golden orange color with a big white head. Really an interesting nose. Lots of perfume and melon notes. A hint of cork, unfortunately. A fair amount of citrus and some white grape. Decently sweet on the palate with good fruit notes (mostly citrus and grape, though there is some sweet melon). A touch of bread and yeast without much in the way of cork as there was on the nose.

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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 Joss
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Citrus, peaches and yeast notes for the nose.
Attractive cloudy orange and a creamy head for the eye.
Fruit (oranges prominent), a bit bubblegum (when the beer warms up) and spice for the palate.
Prickling dryish mouthfeel, light to medium body, slightly bready aftertaste.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly citrus. A medium bodied beer. Malty, yeasty and slightly grainy. Some fruit flavors, peaches. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Not the typical Fantome label.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a hazy medium beige color ale with big foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma is quite sour with some funky yeast also discernable. Taste is a mix between sourness and some oak as well as some light funky yeast and it finished on some dry notes. Body is full with some great carbonation. Another interesting experiment from this brewer which doesn’t meet all my expectation (a bit too dry and more funk would have improve this beer) but it is still enjoyable and wouldn’t mind having another go at.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork capped bottle:

Pours hazed dark caramel-colored, brownish amber with a thick off-white head that immediately settles to a small bubbled cover that vanishes. Some trailing lace slides down the glass without much stickage.

The smell is sour and vinuous with caramel and a light spicing almost reminiscent of a pumpkin pie spicing.

The taste is sour - vinegary. Caramel is mixed in. Tart fruitiness and sour apple mix with a yeasty breadiness. Herbal spicing is there, but subtle. Finishes sour with a bit of sweetness. Slightly warming, though alcohol is pretty well-covered.

Understated carbonation leaves it a bit underwhelming, while maintaining a lighter side of medium body.

Not nearly as impressed with this one as with the other three offerings I've had from this brewery (Fantome, La Dalmatienne, Chocolat). A bit too sour - bordering vinegary - masking some of the potential spiciness, and a bit weakish. Still, it would pair well with certain foods. Oddly, cheesecake came to mind, though I didn't have any on hand to try it out. Might also replace a Flemish sour ale that is mildly sour for style, or a gueuze that is not quite as funky.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that goes quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color with some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty/hoppy nose. Flavor is mild spice and woody herbs. Clean finish. $18.00 for a 750ml corked bottle from Ebenezer's Restaurant and Pub Lovell, ME.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tthomas for this in a trade!

A- Body is a slightly hazy translucent murky tarnished gold hue. Pours with a big foamy white head that eventually fades almost completely. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic.

S- A ton of vinegar is upfront. Underneath this is grain, some funk, must, caramel, and a slight floral hoppiness.

T- Taste is much like the nose and its hard to get past the vinegar-though it is not extreme (like in Duchesse). Beneath this is apples and pears upfront with a spicy accent. A hint of hops come through for the finish but is masked by a vinegar tartness. Some funk lingers.

M- Nice full carbonation and a thick yeasty body. Pretty smooth.

D- Decent beer overall but a little bit too much vinegar for me. The complexity behind it isn't really enough to make up for it either. ABV is undetectable.

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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 tai4ji2x
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from an awesome trade w/ rbald42

750ml green bottle, cork+cap. no date. label notching scheme not utilized.

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

very hazy, coppery honey orange color. 1.5-finger off-white head of fine foam, recedes to thin wispy layer. a couple thin rings of lace.

aroma: funky tropical fruitiness, grapefruit pith and rind (but not like american hops). overripe pears. musty hay, hint of grapefruit juice w/ lots of rind... almost acrid... spice and mild phenols, but it's all just weird.

taste: tart, fruity tropical weirdness again, w/ that acrid grapefruit rind bitterness (yet not like fresh american hops). funky. some bread, yeast and spice peeking through. but that weird character from before still dominates.

medium body, but thin at times. acidic and astringent into the finish, mellowing out slightly in the end. mild to moderate carbonation has slight tingle, some body, but in the end just accentuates the acidity and the acrid grapefruit/tropical weirdness.

dammit, fantome, what happened?

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Fantôme La Gourmande from Brasserie Fantôme
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