Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Artist: Gaelle BoulangerFantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger
60 Ratings
Fantôme Artist: Gaelle BoulangerFantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BEERchitect on 04-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Commemorating artist Gaelle Boulager, the "Strange Beer" painting is captured in taste by who's likely the most rustic, most authentic, and unadulturated raw brewery of Fantome.

This first in what's hopefully many in the "Artist" series is rusty in color and in shade as its yeasty haze further emphasized the browns, reds, coppers and garnets that make up its rust appearance. Billowing above is a rocky lather of foam to cap the beer like meringue. Its slight tarnish stain gives the ale a somewhat dirty appearance, yet beautifully so.

Fruit and spice waft about the glass with the character of plumb, apple and cherry. A balance of toast, peppercorn and slight clove works to perfection as this aromatic dance plays out on a toasted, caramel and nutty foundation.

Its bold caramel taste is steely and minerally as the taste of bread crust rise above its sweetness and gives dry impressions early and often. As the apple, plumb, red grape and cherry invite rose wine acidity, the middle palate counters with fresh-cracked black pepper, clove, coriander and fennel. Finishing with a growing vinous wine presence, the beer is spicy-bitter with grass and straw.

Medium-light in body, the ales malty weight is fast-fleeting, allowing the fruit-spice balance to play out on an arid malt structure, highlighting its acidic taste and chalky texture. Its champagne-like effervescence heightens the impression of alcohol heat yet keeps the ale dry, drinkable and crisp.

Playing out with a malt taste that's similar to Belgian Dubbel, this farmhouse ale might be loosely in the Belgian "amber ale" world but with a slight tilt to the dry and effervescent spice over that of fruit or candy- making it rustic, raw and unrefined. That classic clumsiness and regal refinement is what Saison is all about

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Photo of PerHops
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Swing top 750ml bottle into Snifter. May 2014

This is one of the prettiest fantomes I've seen. It's a dark red almost brown, but not quite with a near half inch head that hangs around for days. The nose is different than I expected, but pleasant nonetheless. Very fruity and smells sweeter than I would've guessed, but that fantome funk and earthiness and minerals are there in the background and keeps inviting me back. I must have spent a couple minutes smelling this beer before I realized I hadn't sipped it yet. It is not as sweet as I expected (but in the same breath sweeter than most fantomes) and is incredibly complex. Dark fruits, candy sweet, but also there's layers of spices, bitterness, pepper and a slight tartness. This is actually awesome and I will buy more for sure as it should age quite well.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: Best before end 2018. Swingtop with a paper ribbon strip over the cap. (NOTE: This is one of the only Fantome swingtop bottles I've ever seen). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Purchased at the Barcelona BierCaB shop. Brown glass (finally, Fantome!). No size is indicated on the label, but it appears to be 750ml.

8% ABV.

Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison in absence of any designations on the label (and given that Fantome's usual output is the saison style).

SWEET MOTHER OF FUCK THIS IS A GUSHER! I've never seen such an egregious explosion of liquid from a bottle before. Easily 80% of the beer was lost upon popping the fliptop; I intend to write Fantome for my money back - which is something I've never done for a beer in my life. Insane. We ended up having to clean a wall, floor, desk and ceiling because of the champagne-on-steroids blast of beer that resulted after popping this swingtop. BEWARE.

HEAD: Surprisingly, overcarbonated as it definitely is upon opening, no head forms upon pouring.

BODY: Murky turbid brown with plenty of yeast particulate plainly visible.

Looks alive, but not amazing for a saison.

AROMA: Caramel. Minerals. White pepper. Faint funkiness. Slightly spicy estery Belgian yeast. Red apple (but no cidery notes). Apple skin.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Metallic. Mildly funky. White pepper. Coriander. Caramel. Spicy yeast. Doughiness.

Simple, but balanced I guess.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, Unrefreshing, medium-bodied. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: It was hard to get past the disappointment in seeing 80% of this bottle explode on my friends' wall (and end up ruining my laptop's keyboard), but it's not a bad brew. Certainly well below par by Fantome standards.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blabaer
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle. Pours with a ridiculous head. Deep amber body. Smells of black pepper, light green pepper, toasty malt profile. Tastes very bready, black pepper again. Kinda slick and fruity. High carbonation. Very blah.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NateF90
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Thishops4u
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma of white pepper, orange peel, other spices, stone fruit. Taste citrus fruit, spices, orange peel, yeast. Different!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of WynnO
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +15%

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml fliptop bottle poured into a Fantome squiggle glass. The brew appears a dark amber color with orange clarity around the edges and a khaki head 3 fingers tall. A full wall of lace coats the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a pronounced herbal to citrus hopping to it. Some mineral component brings out a snap of fruited aspect. As far as Fantome offerings go, this has a somewhat clean nose that is very linear - malt, hops, carbonics, repeat.

The taste is herbal with a modest bitterness and snappy carbonic bite. Compared to how sweet this smells, the taste is surprising. It opens with caramel malt that blends to a breadiness and apple fruits and solvent alcohol before finishing bitey with bitterness as carbonic acid.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lively amount of carbonation. It is strangely hoppy and carbonic yet mineral filled and fruity. What a strange hodgepodge concoction. I finished the bottle and still couldnt tell you if I liked it or not...ill need to revist this unique brew again sometime.

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SweetChicken
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabianno
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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