Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel
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Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ever-evolving offering is said to be spiced with honey, caramel, black pepper, coriander and (per usual with Fantôme) a number of other special secret ingredients. A rich, dark-flavored beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavor in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character.

Added by taez555 on 12-03-2001

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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rvisgaitis
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SoCalSuds
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Wizzman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LegalBrew87
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of w5baron
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierReise
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked bottle with 086/477044 on cork. Can't crack that code. Dark amber colored and showing ruby red when held up to light. Short lived head and minimal lacing. Great aroma of fruity malt with a slight sour earthiness. Nice smooth medium body with alcohol masked better than Gene Simmons. Nice flavored ale with a slight bitterness. Malty and yeasty with a sweet and sour fruitiness. I'm impressed with this one. Very nice.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the green, corked 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 8, 2014. I had to use a corkscrew.

The pour is a slightly hazy bronze-brown with a long lasting cream colored head. A slight fog to the beer. It has been sitting for a few months.

The aroma is of dark toasted malts, pear, apple, and a little spice. A modest earthy hop note in there too that reminds me of something more boozy than I expected.

The body is medium to full. It is also smooth.

The taste has many of the Belgian malty and yeasty characteristics I enjoy. There is a kind of toasted biscuit note too. The finish tends to be dry and bitter. It lingers. It is really well balanced.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Big tan head on a cloudy dark colored body. When held to light you can see amber and brown hues.
S- Very interesting smell. You can smell the european hops and the yeast through a chocolate malt character. Maybe even a hint of coffee and roasted malts also. Pretty big in the chocolate malt. I am sure I am missing a few aromas too.
T- Once again a interesting flavor. It is almost like a stout or porter saison. There are roasted malts that come through pretty big with some light European hops also. The yeast comes through too. Very light spices but are there. Hint of alcohol on the tongue with a very light warming in the back of throat. Light hop and malt bitterness lingers on the tongue. Few other flavors I just can't seem to put my finger on. Very complex brew. Maybe even a light dark fruit. There might even be a hint of mint chocolate in it?
M- Medium to thin body with low carbonation.
D- This is a truly unique beer. Never tasted anything like this. Totally different than all their others (that I have tried so far). I just don't know if it's the kind of difference I like or if it's a bit to weird.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle capped and corked. It pours a murky mud puddle brown, with a light caramel spot glowing near the bottom. The four-finger beige head is volcanoes up quite intensely, creating some foamy craters, but receds rather quickly.

The aroma is dominated by apple, toasty malt and yeast, and a flare of spices. The flavor is quite tart, the yeasts combining to deliver a strong presence of apple, pear, grapefruit, and strong doses of fruity sugar. Some ginger, light cinnamon, and other less defined spice elements also make appearances. The alcohol is merely a ghost on, flaring slightly on the finish.

It is light bodied. The tartness somewhat overwhelms the brew, which somewhat lacks in complexity and weight. I wish the malt was a bit more assertive. It is rather drinkable though, once geared toward the high sugar content. Solid but not spetacular.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green capped and corked bottle.

It pours a murky magenta brown with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is intriguing for sure. It has a port/sweet white wine type smell to it with also some berries. There is both sourness and funk in the smell as well as some spiciness and herbal character.

The flavor carries the port. It is caramally, rich, malty, raisiny, slightly boozy. There is still a good amount of tart berry and spices. The sourness is medium to high and the funk is abotu medium. Plenty of lemon acidity on the back end. Vinegar in the aftertaste.

Interesting one. Fantome has some really strange flavors but they are interesting.

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Photo of veinless
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, murky, cloudy brown tobacco color with lighter tan edges and thick foamy head that did not lace at all.

Nose was of barnyard funk, hay, lemon peel and coriander.

Taste was a blend of that lemon and coriander to form a nice curacao taste initially. This was followed by more of that coriander/belgian yeasty taste, which ended with a boozy finish and a bit of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is very light, which isn't say the body is thin (it isn't - it's quite creamy at times), but it definitely doesn't linger for too long. Finishes funky, dry and clean. Drinkability is decent, but the 10% abv and soy sauce/booze finish might be too much after a couple glasses.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, cloudy but bright. Beige head, dense and thick, good retention. Lacing is decent.

Smells odd. Very sweet, with poached apple, cherry notes and merlot. Hint of barnyard funk on the midpoint. Otherwise, sweet.

Taste is more fruity again, with cherry, blackberry and some hints of peach. slightly dark, and mildly funky on the back with light phenolic notes. Coffee on here as well, otherwise all dark fruits and tart. The sourness comes as a bit of a surprise, but it's a welcome one.

Smooth enough, bit of fizz, bit dry, but alright.

Weird beer, no doubt. But balanced enough to be enjoyed.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the holiday ale. But, I'm less sure this is a saison.
I taste less sour than other reviewers. And I also liked the dry finish.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Patrick (kingkong) for this great extra. Cheers! Shared with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Poured into a tulip with a rather hazelnut color and about two giners of slight off white head.

Smell – Saison like as expected: apple, white pepper spice, slight pear and barnyard funk/wet hay. Sweet fruits and just a hint of cocoa.

Taste – Similar to the taste. Something is a bit off here though I can’t explain it. Tastes like apples mixed with raisins and off-flavored barnyard funk. To be honest the tastes do not meld together that well.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – An interesting beer and one that I will probably not visit in the future. As with all Christmas seasonals (since I’m a dork and love trying them all) I am glad I was able to sample this. Thanks again Patrick!

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Clear, mahogany color with a lot of ruby in it. Large tan head. Nice legs.

Belgian scent (earthy). Spices - corander and orange. Caramel and chocolate. A bit of alcohol.

Hoppy - citrus/orange/herbal which lingers into aftertaste. Raisins, bittersweet chocolate. A cracker/bread taste in the middle. Alcohol well hidden, but does pop through. A bit of a medicinal note. Finally, some pepper at the finish.

Medium + in body, with medium carbonation. Rather drying. Alcohol warming starts early.

Quite complex, I probably only "got" about half of what was going on (maybe giving myself too much credit). Enjoyed it, but not as much as the Hiver version.

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Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish red without much of a head. Nose is fruity with some musty sour tones (way more fruit and malt than spur). Taste is similar. Surprisingly nice maltiness fades to a subtle sour tone. Some small funk also comes into play at the end with some dey, dark fruits. Nice mouthfeel complements the beer well. Pretty good Christmas ale, worth a shot but maybe not worth the price point.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/11/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that persists. Aroma of sweet/sour fruits (reminds me of a sour ale, like Duchesse de Bourgogne), also maybe some raisins. The flavor was a surprise, based on the aroma, very much of coffee and roast initially, as well as some sweet and sour notes. As the beer warmed, the sweet/sour notes became more pronounced. This is an interesting beer and not exactly what I expected from a saison (I have had exactly one beer that is similar to this--Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak Wine barrel, which is a porter...). Anyway, its blend of sourness and roast/coffee is fairly unique, so it was interesting to try. However, as I had more of it, I didn't really care for it anymore, so in the end it was just ok.
8/4/7/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 72.9% out of 100 with 634 ratings
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