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Fantôme Coffee Ruby | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Coffee RubyFantôme Coffee Ruby

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yourefragile on 06-15-2014

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 41
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +5.3%
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 Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
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 desint
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

750ml capped and corked bottle shared by Jason - thanks. Bottled 8/25/2012. Best before 2016.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1/2-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Roasty mild coffee, saison yeast, floral, spice, grainy, bready.

T: Funky coffee, roasty grains, pumpernickel bread, fruity, earthy.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, coffee and yeasty finish.

O: Unique and interesting. I've never had a coffee farmhouse before this.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Vylo
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PerHops
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't reviewed a beer in awhile, but this one deserves a description.

L- Dark amber, close to ruby in color. Initially it looks flat, but the carbonation becomes visible a few seconds later. It looks nearly perfect a few minutes later.

S-I don't smell too much coffee. It smells like a belgian pale ale, more or less.

T- Surprising amount of coffee up front. But then taste the taste evolves to saison yeast, hops a little funk and fairly sweet and fruity. There is a lot going on. Very unique and enjoyable.

M- There is a good amount of carbonation with a viscous finish. As many of his beers exhibit; great mouthfeel.

O- I'll chalk it up to another win for Dany. This was pretty much exactly what I hoped for based off the name. Great job per usual!

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Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a matching Fantome tulip. The brew appears a clouded amber color with an off-white head. Some spotty and patchy lace stick to the glass as the cap slowly fades.

The aroma is fruity and earthy/rindy with a little bit of cheese and funkiness. A fruity melon aspect is present from the middle to the finish which is strange but kinda works to pull it all together.

The taste is bitter and fruity with pulp/rinds. Earthen with almost a fruity melon character mid-palate but lasting bitterness and mild alcohol warmth. A spicy green pepper character comes out as it warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is nice and lively but wow is it bitter and earthy with mild fruit. The bitterness somewhat hurts the overall drinkability but by all regards this isnt that bad.

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lot: JC215. Best before end 2018.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, peppercorn, coffee bean, and burnt brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, fruit, earth, black pepper, whole peppercorn, and slight coffee ground flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has some distinct coffee aspects, but I am getting more earth and pepper qualities in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Westmalle318
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabiand
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fantôme Coffee Ruby from Brasserie Fantôme
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