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Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

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3.91/5
Very Good
634 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,910
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
634
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
87
Trade:
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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eric5bellies
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip 2009 Vintage.

A - Pours a mahogany brown color with a white foamy head that laces and stays around.

S - Aromas of dark fruit and yeast

T - Plenty of stewed dark fruits and spice. has a real yeasty flavour to it as well as an earthyness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A very nice saison that is a little different.

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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage split with Chico1985. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours with a very murky, brown body. An off-white head forms with a foamy texture and has decent retention. Small bubbly ring crowns the beer but no lace seems to form significantly.

S- Has more of a tart feel than I would have imagined. Tart apple almost sour notes hit me first with spices, dark fruit, grape and some funky notes following.

T- The tart fruit feel from the nose isn't as prevalent here but there are still notes of apple, white grapes, raisins and lemons. It seems like Fantome always has a plethora of fruit feel going on in it's beers. The yeast has a Saison feel bringing pepper, lemon, dark fruit and spicy floral notes. Definitely has an herbal feel and almost ends up being like a Saison/Gueuze/Flemish hybrid.

MF- Light and dried out body with a creamy/foamy feel overall. Lower end carbonation but the foam factor still exists. Slightly bitter spiciness and some tarts.

Very interesting and complex. I always have a harder time describing Fantomes than anything else. This beer gets better and better with each sip as layers of flavor seem to unfold. I guess it's not surprising that a Fantome beer seems to be a hybrid of styles and ages well.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- when I popped the cork on this baby it literally knocked the hat off my head. Upon pouring, my tulip immediately filled with an expanse of airy beige foam. So far this is pretty intense. It slowly settles down over a hazy burnt reddish body with massive drippings of lace.

S- funky, spicy, earthy and fruity. All the things I love. It's big on peppery spice and and brett type barnyard funk with a nice background of sour cherries. Somewhat woodsy with suggestions of leather and just a hint of clove.

T- it's got that same indescribable "fantome flavor" as the others. Almost smoky but not quite. Almost petroleum like yet not really. Almost lavender but not so flowery. Almost cantaloupe and almost plum but neither of the two. A definite leading metallic edge gives way to a mild fruity tartness that magically transitions to a sweet chocolatey finish with only a whisper of roasted grain. Peppery spice pairs with leafy herbal hop bitterness in the end to balance the sweet. Even at 10%, there is only the slightest evidence of alcohol. Spooky.

MF- juicy and amply carbonated with a very dry finish. Residual very yeasty feel as well as the perception of tannins. Leftovers in my beard taste floral.

D- what a wholly unique flavor these fantome beers have. Hard to believe this one has such high abv the way it's going down. And a jingle jingle jingle

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This capped and corked bottle pours out a dirty penny colored copper with hints of ruby redness. Dark cream colored head tops off this bubbly brew. This saison is a bit darker than many others I've enjoyed. Intriguing to say the least.

Smells very funky of horse blanket and earthy mustiness. Less hay and hops than something along the lines of Saison Dupont or Hennepin and more sweet malts. This is certainly from Belgium.

Tastes similar to its smells with a tart funk that is difficult to describe, but easy to enjoy. I'm not entirely certain what qualifies this of its seasonal title, but it does contain subtle hints of spice that unless focused upon can easily pass unnoticed. Nice sour wood-like tones with tart fruits.

The mouthfeel comes off as light and effervescent. This is not a big and powerful winter warmer as the label could lead you to believe. Dangerously drinkable and nearly comes off tasting like a sessionable ale. Winter and saison style can be a tough combination to pull off and while this may not have done just that it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cork pops out rather eagerly. Attractive garnet brew, with a loose, 1-finger tan head that recedes in about a minute to a ring.

S: Malts and candy sugar. A little pepper, citrus rind, and cloves.

T: Sugar and spice and everything nice. Honestly, more like a quad than a saison. Some candy and fig. Finishes with a nice orange note.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Nice long linger.

O: Very enjoyable. Not at all what I expected based on other Fantomes, but delicious.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a large caramel colored head that eventually settled down to a nice foamy covering that left fantasctic lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate mixed with spices followed by some sour dark fruit notes.

Taste profile matches the aroma. Cocoa sweetness that is nicely mixed with some subtle spiciness and finishes rather strongly with a pronounced sour cherry tartness. The mouthfeel is interesting. It's very light on carbonation but still feels medium bodied with a nice silky character that slides over the tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% beer, the only trace being a faint one in the nose.

Fantome comes through with a another beer that once again makes a huge impression on me. A warming and immensely drinkable personality and eclectic mix of holiday flavors as only Fantome can do make this a holiday sipper to savor.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Served at about 55 degrees.

I may not be a fan of all Fantome beers, but I have to admit they all look really amazing and this one doesn't disappoint. A real gorgeous kind of brick red with a classic rising column of fire of carbonation in the middle. Slow thin tan bubbles come on the edges of the glass. Head is kind of shampoo foamy but holds real well, and leaves sudsy speckled lacing on the glass. A real looker.

Nose is a bit of sweet malt, but a nice bit of sour sensations. . Dry and mild brett character. Little bretty heat too but some candy like Belgian sugar as well. Pretty interesting.

Bready finish giving dryness along with the bread with hints of sourdough. Peppery a bit with a good sting on the tongue. Hints at a quick fast white pepper. Sweet malt action, low acidic bent kind of like rice vinegar, with a light body, and very smooth carbonation.

Overall a real easy drinking and flavorful saison, full and varied with real nice balance in the palate. I can enjoy more of this, and I think I will make it a regular for the holidays.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark cherry color, with heaps of creamy, khaki colored head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. The nose is a confusing interplay of sweet and sour. Wild berries, honey, sweet caramel malts, white wine grapes, chocolate and clove. It sounds crazy, but all these flavors work together. The first sip hits the palate like a hot mess, not offering too much in the way of individual flavors. At first this beer comes across as muddled and overdone. But after a few sips,individual characteristics become more clear. There's a push/pull dynamic that makes for very interesting drinking. The lightly tart acidity versus the medium bodied, malty base. The Christmas spices playing against the earthy funk. Random bursts of pomegranate sourness, smoothed out by subtle touches of oak. This beer is the work of a mad scientist. Beware the 10% ABV, it's very well hidden.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, two finger-head that goes quickly leaving no lace, pour slowly. Some yeast left in bottle. Deep ruby color. Very good carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts malty and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt. $8.55 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights with a half finger of head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. The nose had tart like characteristics which consisted of slight brett, faint vinegar, and acidic notes but also had some spiceness that was made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, slight vanilla. It had a little underlying fruit, and oaky notes. Upfront the taste was a tart for sure like the nose but was a little more dominate over the rest of the ingredients. There was still some christmas style spiceness but it also had some charcoal smokey characters that were a little weird for me but was not bad that added dimension and was surprisingly tasty. This brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet, spicey,smokey and tart finish. It drank well and was thrown off by the the smokiness from the beer but it ended up being a good trait that made the brew that much more complex and flavorfull. I honestly enjoy beers like this one that have lot of flavor that contrast each other. It could easily be a hit or miss for other people.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Giving Fantome one last chance after nothing but infected bandaids. Bottle is corked and capped. Pours very dark red with a creamy one finger off white head that stays on for a good while. Aroma of hay, grassy and lemony hops, some other floral aromatics, more farmhouse funky yeast and some light spice. Flavor is sweet up front with some brown sugar and plums but balanced by some grassy hops and funky yeast. There is light spice to this as well. This is like a Belgian Strong Dark that somehow is light and funky like a Saison. A really really interesting and unique flavor profile. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and pretty easy drinking, but also sweet enough to be happy with a small bit. This almost redeems past failures for sure. What a beautifully crafted brew.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Delerium Cafe in Brussels. This seemed to be another reimport. It had the US label and said Imported by Shelton Bros.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with an amber tint when held up to the light. It's topped by a thick, light brown head with excellent retention and nice lace.

Smell: Light roast, sweet raisins and cherries.

Taste: Cherry fruitiness with a lambic like sourness. The finish has a nice chocolate and coffee bitterness with spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting mix of flavors.

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Photo of VerbingNouns
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

July 25: Christmas in July!
750mL poured into an Allagash tulip

A - dark cherry wood brown with thin taupe head made of very fine bubble

S - fruity and oaky, some sour aroma reminiscent of brett

T - creamy tart taste, only mild hints of oak. no brett to speak of, but plenty of saison flavor. it actually reminds me of a very smooth, rich wine

M - hearty mouthfeel, plenty of weight and body. very smooth

D - rich, flavorful, easy to swallow

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of azorie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lot E 07 Enjoyed Christmas Eve

Poured an effervescent mahogany/ebony with purple tinges & 2 fingers of tan head. A bit of lacing & no head retention

S: Vinegar, sourness, leather & mushroom funkiness. I also get oaky notes& compost

T: Tartness, raisins, oaky dryness a touch of medicinal/licorice flavor up front. Then warming booze along with figs & dates once this warms along with apple skins & brown sugar. Finishes slightly fruity ( dates & apricots), dry with appleskins & balsamic vinegar

MF: Slick, medium bodied with low carbonation & much dryness

Drank very easy for the abv, but too dry to session on. All in all, a pretty good saison, a lot of complexity here

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ddedhed
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a small tan head that falls to a ring with some sparse lace. Thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

Aroma is somewhat subdued but good light tartness with some fruit notes. Lots of spice and earthy notes on malt base.

Taste is earthy malts sprinkled with brown sugars. Nice tart fruits that linger and finish with light spice clove, nutmeg even hints of vanilla which seems kind of strange.

Mouthfeel is nice smooth medium with perfect carbonation to make it very drinkable.

Overall very favorable even with the subdued nose. Never know what to expect form Fantome but its always enjoyable.

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Photo of csustar001
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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