Fantôme Coffee Ruby | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Coffee RubyFantôme Coffee Ruby
BA SCORE
3.76/5
48 Ratings
Fantôme Coffee RubyFantôme Coffee Ruby
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 06-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,761
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
3
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 13
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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Photo of MarioM
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Poured into generic tulip glass.

A: Beautiful crisp and transparent amber color with a slight off white head with a combination of medium sized bubbles around the rim with small creamy ones in the center. Decent lacing and it seems like medium carbonation as well, which dissipated after a few minutes to a thin sheet of fine bubbles.

S: Sweetness comes to mind immediately. There’s a touch of caramel and crystal malts with a very faint toastiness. There is no yeast or Fantome funk, no hop or coffee character either.

T: Nice and malty, slight fruity sweetness and a very gentle Fantome yeast character. Definitely needs some age to really shine and come through as a Fantome funky weird beer. Too clean at this moment but still an amazingly great beer. There is a gentle (I’m being ambitious here) coffee note but note sure. Its mainly just a slight berry fruit character mixed with malt sweetness. I get no coffee… But it’s a nice dry amber-ish fruity kinda-saison… yeah… I like it but it feels like a confused beer…

M: The beer finishes with a slight bitterness but also a little sweet and fruity. The late aftertaste kinda reminds me of a slight roast character but mainly darker crystal malts…

O: An interesting but too clean beer from Fantome. I bought this ‘fresh’ and will buy another and try with some age. Typically Fantome brews have much more character with some age if they seem to neutral/clean at first. But we’ll see. Again, not a bad beer at all but I just expect the Ghost to be Strange, that’s all. This is a very well made beer but unfortunately I don’t get any coffee… I do, however get the ‘Ruby” part of the name. This beer is a beautiful amber color with a nice malt character. If you’re a Fantome fan boy/girl like I am, it’s definitely worth a try.

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Fantôme Coffee Ruby from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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