Fantôme Coffee Ruby | Brasserie Fantôme

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3.76/5
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49 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by yourefragile on 06-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,116
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
49
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
3
Trade:
1
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml green glass bottle with a BB of End 2016, so this is well out of date. Purchased from the Brewdog webshop ages ago and stored in a box. The label says it all really - I presume this is a coffee saison (with a bitter taste).

A: Sealed with a crown and cork. Poured into a tulip (twice). Bottle conditioned. A rich coppery-marmalade hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before slowly subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of vinous sourness with hints of bright roasted coffee, tart berries, subtle funk, mustiness, earthy yeast and faint blue cheese. Pretty good coffee character and nice balance - undimmed by age.

T: Tastes of rich, fruity coffee with notes of roasted coffee beans, mustiness, earthy yeast, mild funk, faint sourness and a touch of blue cheese. Very dry, followed by a substantial coffee-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted coffee, earthy yeast, mild funk/mustiness and a twinge of sourness.

O: An interesting effort, though I'm not sure coffee and saison yeast were meant to be combined. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are an intriguing blend of coffee notes, earthiness, light funk and a subtle tart quality. Nice body. Drinkable but strictly for those who love coffee. Also, there were some interesting gelatinous blobs in my glass but I probably swallowed them. An unusual beer that is worth sampling.

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Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave1999
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with an enormous slightly off-white head that doesn't seem to want to quit (and doesn't...it stayed the entire time I was drinking it). The smell is roasted coffee, and then I am picking up some elements of the base saison, some spices and a touch of grassy funk. The taste is almost entirely coffee. What little else I did pick up was some grassyness. Feel was not the best, it was an extremely active carbonation that detracts from other elements of the beer. If you could get past that, the beer was on the thinner side and perhaps a little watery.

This one was a bit of a disappointment, but then again, a coffee saison seemed a little improbable from the start.

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Photo of peensteen
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of liamt07
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentusaurus
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.81/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i wanted to like this a lot more than i did, a paler colored coffee saison, looks like a murky light brown ale, with some sediment in there and less head than many of their others i have had. just a patchy thin white layer on top. it smells real bitter, but as much from hops it seems as coffee, which aside from a little earthiness in there, is pretty well covered up by malt, funky bread yeast, and green bottle skunk. at first its harsh on the palate and not just bitter but also sharp, tastes old but i dont see a bottle date here. tons of gunky yeast, tastes totally spent like cleaning out a fermenter, and the coffee just really doesnt add much except bitterness and acidity. despite all that negative feedback, there is somehow a fruity flavor that develops in here that i really like, and in the end, like all fantome beers, its somehow justifiable to spend the money on it for me because it forces me to consider something unique. the beers i have had from them lately havent been very tasty to me at all, but they have certainly been original. im not sure thats always an okay stand in for something i actually want to drink, but for now its keeping me entertained well enough...

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Photo of tbryan5
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red that lives up to its name. Well, part of it at least. Not getting much coffee on the nose or on the palate. I'm guessing that it is adding more bitterness than actual coffee flavor. Pretty good. Different but very drinkable.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A mix of typical saison notes (yeast, spice, bread) and some bitter coffee. The coffee, although present, did not overpower the saison flavours, which was nice, however the flavours didn't come together well at all and it was difficult to drink more than a few ounces. An interesting style to attempt, but probably not worth revisiting IMO.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westmalle318
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fabiand
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a nice amber/copper color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some very good amount of lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt base with nice caramelized notes is quite enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some Belgian malt base, some residual candi sugar with caramelized notes and alight bitter finish. I don’t get the coffee name since I could not detect any coffee notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Nice mix of drinkability and complexity but maybe a bit clean for Fantome.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Preliminarily, I have to admit that I am prejudice towards Fantome. I love Dany; I love the what he does and I love the inconsistencies and quirks of these beers. Now, having said that, I'm not even sure how to grade this one!

Pours an amber with a super fast fading head. Medium carbonation but a decent mouth feel, highlighted by what I think is a perfect balance for the the beer purports to be, and is.

Nose is weird English bitter, carmel, hints of coffee but a bit more like a light bitter chocolate or cocoa, roasted grains and layers of smells that are bitter, burned and earthy. There is even sweet character that comes and goes.

Flavor profile is simply not very saison like - at least to me. Label warns that the beer is bitter. Believe the label - it is. Not so much a hop bitter as a coffee or chocolate bitter. And, like the nose, a hint of sweet with the bitter. Strange one this.

Finish is all very strong English bitter tones.

This is not typical Fantome. However, in the lexicon of beers, this is worth trying.

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Fantôme Coffee Ruby from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 49 ratings