Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light)Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light)
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3.85/5
Very Good
26 Ratings
Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light)Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
26
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WellRested518
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Brutish, hazy, copper-gold. Huge head that dwindles to a nice crown quickly. Floaties.

S- Intense nose. Musty- tart apple, sweet orange peeel, grape, kiwi, lemon & lime. Coriander, honey-mint, white pepper, thyme, oregano. Old cedar furniture.

T/M/O- Honeyed sweetness up front with notes of Vin Santo, apple, and caramelized sugars. Big herbal characteristics. Drying with a medicinal astringency that reminds me of elderflower & carnation.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

these are cool beers, and it was fun to have the light and dark side by side, but they probably dont need to cost 20 bucks each. that said, fantome sort of always has my attention, and i am always intrigued by what they do, so they have probably earned the right to charge whatever they want for these. this was an interesting one, insanely gushy and bubbly from the bottle hard to control the pour, dull of sediment and a light amber color, super lively. aroma is earthy and spicy, a little green bottle oxidation, a mature and weird saison yeast strain i can always expect from these guys, and a strange nuttiness that doesnt seem to come from the malt. the story i heard on these is that they were a collaboration with some brazilian brewery, and may have some crazy adjuncts, but like with all the fantome stuff, there is basically no information and its hard to find out. flavor is great, i love this yest strain, and the oxidation doesnt really ruin it for me. maltier than others, but still very dry, and soilesque. the mouthfeel is insane, like its almost hard to keep in and swallow because the carbonation is so explosive it wants to expand. as fully active as any beer i have ever had, and i think thats a cool feel for this type of beer. it seems super rustic and old school to me, nuanced and different, and i liked it a lot, although i think side by side i preferred the dark version. really neat and weird...

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Photo of CSO
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a goblet. A mildly hazy golden-orange color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma popped out of the bottle at uncorking and was complex: herbal and spicy, also with oranges, dough, nutmeg, and hay. The first sip brought a flash of citrus followed by grassy notes and then a nice spiciness. Nutmeg, allspice, and a peppery finish. Bready malt lurked in the background. A mild funk surrounded the beer, and there was a dry finish.

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Photo of jkrug5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDarcy
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sheppard
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours more reddish than blonde. Yeasty, estery aroma. It's soft, but very flat. Not a lot of complexity. It's refreshing, but there's no edge to it. It's kind of sweet. May be a faint smokiness to it, but that could be skunkiness. I think it's smokiness more than skunkiness. Either way, it's faint. Not my favorite saison.

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Photo of Eman17
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lloydboss
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed October 2016

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

PACKAGING: Green glass bottle in the usual 750ml format. Fantôme's trademark usual shenanigans: an unbranded crown cap over an internally housed cork. Predominantly white label.

6% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No style indicated on the label.

Foam starts surging out almost immediately upon opening - a sadly common trait of many a Fantôme brew, and a harbinger of overcarbonation. Have an overflow glass or three available when you pop the cork on this one.

HEAD: Long-lasting and initially occupying a good 90% of the glass, this off-white head suggests dire overcarbonation and possibly a bone dry texture (if I had to guess). Somewhat thin, but not cobwebby or stringy. Lasts a good 10+ minutes, which in this case isn't necessarily a good thing.

BODY: A murky dull copper with plainly visible floating yeast particulate. Suggests a lively brew but the colour and vibrance could use some work.

Looks decent at best for a Belgian ale or saison (it's not immediately clear what this is exactly). Overcarbonation is almost a guarantee based on the post-pop foam gush, head dominance in the glass, and unnaturally prolonged head retention. At least it's obviously a live ale.

AROMA: Hints of dry starchy notes, dry Belgian (saccharomyces) ale yeast with biscuity and slightly earthy notes (but no yeasty spice, apart from possibly coriander), a hint of subtle downplayed funkiness, clove, wild yeast intangibles (such as hints of attic must, pretentious as that may sound), muted blips of cedar wood inseparable from the general barnyard vibe running through the aroma, dried citrus peel (orange absolutely, lemon I suppose, possibly lime), and just a hint of surprisingly fruity hop character (bending a bit more to American influence than the usual floral hop presence you'd find in a Belgian-brewed saison). Indeed, were there a tasting kit for brewer's (bitter) orange peel, a sample of this beer would be at home in it.

Aromatic intensity is average for a saison. The spice profile isn't as intricate as I'm used to in Fantôme's saison style beers (assuming this is indeed a saison as the aroma indicates), but it's a generally inviting lively aroma for the style and I'm eager to try it. Suggests a bone dry brew with a pleasant balanced taste but no heavy funkiness or complex spice.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Musty cedar vibes throughout with a hint of vanilla. Any spice character (even from the yeast) aside from the usual saison white pepper is muted and reticent, but I think I find some clove when I really search for it. Dried biscuity ale yeast. Dried apple skin. Maybe dried lemon peel.

Or maybe I just keep saying derivatives of "dry" when referring to flavours because the texture boasts a classic Belgian ale dryness without being parching on the palate or dragging. Not coarse nor scratchy either, but it stops short of refreshing in spite of being relatively smooth (and on the lighter side of medium bodied).

Is there funk here? Not really, at least not to the extent most Americans seem to want it. There is a subtle barnyard funkiness throughout (clocking in at maybe a 2/10 in terms of pungency), which suits the balance of the beer nicely.

And the beer is indeed balanced, though it does lack Fantôme's usual dazzling spice profile. I'm relieved there are no "foresty" notes (given the beer's name) like off-putting vegetal or herbal flavours, but I will say this build seems to straddle the line between saison proper and Belgian ale. The cedar tone that dominates will likely determine whether or not you enjoy this beer (whether you recognize the note or not), but the second-in-command bitter orange peel plays well with it, and Belgian yeast is celebrated in this beer - even if its nuances aren't as committed to as would be ideal.

Not as overcarbonated as I feared, but as much as I adore and respect Fantôme, it's got to be said that Dany Prignon has got to get his carbonation issues under control. This isn't as egregious as, say, Fantôme Artist (but then what commercially available beer is?), but the times of giving Fantôme a pass for basic quality control issues has passed in my book.

OVERALL: The vanilla distracts from the cedary and orange peel flavours that I love in this beer, but it's a more than competent Belgian ale-cum-saison that will delight discerning drinkers with a keen respect for Belgian brewing tradition. I'd like to see the spices ramped up, the yeasty notes committed to, and the vanilla taken out, but it's well worth trying once as-is. Far from Fantôme's finest, but enjoyable fare in spite of the Shelton Bastards' high price.

Low B- (3.31) / WORTHY

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Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With little authenticity left when making traditional farmhouse saison, is refreshing, rustic and respectable to have classic ones like those from Fantome to grace the tastebuds. A slightly elevated color, taste and toastiness gives Forest Ghost its advantages.

Burnt orange with a goldenrod haze, the beer's expressive carbonation builds a spirited and rocky cap. Its bubbles deliver a host of spicy perfume across the nose. Dried herb, pepper, wine, clove and citrus carries a light toasted bread scent before lying on the tongue gracefully with bread crust, pecan, steely caramel sweet and savory taste.

But then the taste explodes on the middle palate as the tongue's nucleation sites bring the carbonation popping on the tastebuds like pop-rocks. Sweetness rapidly expels and dried fruit charges in- orange, apple, grape, lemon and papaya replace the malt while a late charge of black pepper, white pepper, clove, coriander, cumin, curry and vinous rosé wine spice.

Finishing dry, crisp and characterful, the refreshing ale carries a cellar-type cedar wood mustiness and fragrant nuttiness with a sharp grassy bite to close the taste like dry hay and cork. Lightly winey in finish, its peppery yeast character trails long after other flavors are done.

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PerHops
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one looks great. Nice copper color almost golden orange. Great carbonation and a frothy head.

It smells a bit sweeter than I expected with some banana, clove, esters, but has slight funk and minerals as well and just a touch of citrus.

This is one of the more unique and complex fantomes I've had fresh.
It actually starts off fairly funky with a hint of cheese, but then develops more into following the aroma in that it tastes like banana and cloves. It has a very long finish giving way to honey, citrus, caramel and a medium bitterness.

The body is nearly perfect as it's medium to full but has a nice spritzy finish. I actually like this one quite a bit and I think it will age very well.

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Photo of ptmoore82
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After reading the mediocre reviews so far on this beer I was not expecting to be impressed. I am impressed. Less bitter than dark forest ghost, way more yeasty spiciness. I am enjoying it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled date. Green glass bottle, "Product of Belgium" printed overly large and apparent. My first beer from Fantôme - acquired this beer and it's dark counterpart as part of a recent shipment to the local bottle shop. Excited to try it, and i have absolutely no idea what to expect.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep candied caramel orange; amber. About a finger of frothy white head that leaves sheets of fluffy bubbly lacing. Unfiltered; lots of sediment in the glass. A bit darker than expected. Appears decently carbonated. Looks good.

S - Aroma is musty, fumey, estery. Notes of bananas, peaches, n' cream, mild alcohol fumes, & yeast / yeast-derived fruitiness.

T - Fruity, yeasty, estery. Notes of banana & mild clove, lots of indistinct yeast-derived fruitiness that feels a bit like pears and apples. Yeasty & fruity. Definitely unique, I will say that. Sort of a woodsy / caramel malt flavor in there, very sticky & sweet, with an aftertaste reminiscent of the syrup in canned pears. Not particularly "funky", nor tart / sour.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Very dry, bready, & yeasty on the finish. Sticky, medium-full-ish in body, and sweet. Nor sour, funky, or tart.

Overall, an interesting first beer from Fantôme, will be interesting to see how the dark version of this beer turns out. Altogether, i'm looking forward to trying more from Brasserie Fantôme.

Fantôme Forest Ghost -----4/5.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Aaron for the assist, quick review from written notes.
Amber color with a light haze, no lace, thin foam layer that fades fast.
Smells like saison yeast and wort. Straw and indistinct spices.

Phenolic and spicy, florals and yeast. Dry bitter finish. Maybe lime? Its all pretty muddled.
Body is slightly undercarbed and malty sweet. Overall not a big fan.

I fully appreciate experimentation, but if it doesn't work, don't put it out. Do a small batch and test it out.
This really didn't seem like a finished beer, let alone a Fantome creation.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Fantome is too "young" right now. Needs another 6 months or so. Will re-rate then.

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Fantôme Forest Ghost (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 26 ratings