Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

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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:
#7,149
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
638
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
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31
Gots:
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Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork#085/477044

A: snifter. pours an extremely hazy mahogany color, mostly red. Light tan head, with some reddish hues. great retention and mild lacing.

S: strong sweet sours. strong sour berry aromas. toms of spices. a lot of sweet malts as well, some roasted notes.

T: not as much sour in the flavor as there was in the nose. I get lots of bourbon qualities. vanilla, coconut, ans some smoky flavors. Makes me feel that it is barrel aged? Some big spice flavors, as well as some fall fruits, apples, figs, pears, and plums.

M: rich and creamy. mellow carbonation. wonderful mouthfeel.

D: all I can say is Boo-Yah!! I will be searching for this again.

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Photo of PalatePilot
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd Christmas beer - 2012

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottle cap, no cork) into a Riedel stemless goblet. Nice ruby colored beer with a lovely 3 finger thick fluffy chestnut pillow head. Great retention, but not a lot of lacing. Really great looking beer, but not what I expected from something with Saison/Farmhouse on the label. Pretty clear at first but a lot of yeast as I got into the bottom third of the bottle.

S: Interesting nose combining grapes, sour apples, cherries, a little brett funk and a strange metallic note. Doesn't smell like a Christmas beer. But it's a Belgian, for sure.

T: Taste for me is dominated by tart cherry, green apple and grape notes. Despite the Noel designation and descriptors on the label talking about heavily spiced, I just don't get much of that at all. Flavor is almost like an expressively carbonated Flanders sour. No crisp pepperiness that I would normally look for in a Saison. I was amazed that this is 10% ABV, I never noticed it in the nose or on the tongue, just a little bit in the legs, post tasting.

MF: I would say this is a little on the thin side. You get a bit of the granulairity from the yeast, but the overall mouth feel is thin to me. Missing the dry pepper finish I would expect from a Saison.

I'm not super familiar with Fantome, but I know they have quite a following. This is a nice beer, but to me, it is not really a Saison and certainly doesn't bring much Noel / Christmas spiciness to the mix. Regardless, I enjoyed it, and would certainly buy it again, I just wouldn't wait until next Christmas.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

$10.25 at my local bar, which I thought was an exceptional deal especially considering how phenomenal their straight Saison is.

The labeling of this beer says it contains only malt, hops, yeast, and refermentation sugars. No spicing for a seasonal beer? I'm surprised but Dany does work some magic with even the most base-line ingredients.

Evacuating from the bottle, this beer is a murky brown with undercurrents of scarlet. The carbonation is vigorous and stacks in multi-tiered layers, whooshing and whirring all the while. Gorgeous, and much like good seasonal beers seems to scream 'Winter/Holiday'.

The nose of the beer catches me off guard because the closest I can come to articulating it is 'ketchup'. Weirdly vinegar-y notes mingled in with biscuity malt tones and the aged/polished leather yeast consistency I find in many Saisons. Nuttiness and caramel also come to mind, but the overarching effect being 'oak' or aged wood. Sour fruit: dates, figs, raisins.

The taste is interestingly funky, as is generally par for the course with Fantome. The 'ketchup' impression I noticed on the nose is gone, replaced by wisps of vinegar. Aged wood and oak seem to rise up to the forefront of the flavor profile meeting halfway with spicy dried fruit and intense leather-y yeast.

In terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, this is a stunner. I would have called you a liar if you presented this to me as a 10% beer. Silky smooth, it coats the mouth with blissful candy sugar and fudge-like malt pressing up against the aged fruit and oak. Gets better and better as you drink it. I didn't enjoy this as much as the regular Saison but a mystery to behold.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bp123
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Truh
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found myself under the mistletoe with this one on 12/7/2004. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a glass made for Allagash.

Ghost of carbonation that piles more around the edges. Hazy, apple cider hue, but lighter, with tons of action. Sweet rock candy, light brown sugar, prunes, and gargly malt on nose. Egads, kind of a crank of juniper, rose hip, grape-like vinous notes and a spring astringency that cuts down the center of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, through the mouth to the eye, through the eye of the needle. In the end, kind of cagey and harsh.

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Photo of JRBecks
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish orange with an off white stiff head. It was a pretty beer to look at, sitting there in the glass modeling its foam, but in my opinion, that was the best part. The aroma was roasty with caramel and toffee scent and a rich malty aroma. The flavor was downright dirty. I mean, it had a dirt taste to it. A bark, earthy flavor with caramel, pepper, and a grassiness to it. Sadly, the best way to describe the flavor is a sand or dirt roastiness. Definetly not my favorite beer from the great brewers at Fantôme.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to make this the Ghost of Christmas Present. Poured from a green 750 with the Fantome spook on the label, the beer is a nice looking brownish red with a fairly thick head that leaves a thin layer on top of the beer after subsiding. The smell is barnyard funk, some fruit, a bit of spice, just detectable hops, and an undercurrent of alcohol. As usual with Fantome, the taste is a bit eccentric. It's sour enough to pucker the mouth but also sweet with ripe fruit flavors. The 10% abv is very well-hidden, contributing to the drinkability. This is another beer that will keep me looking for Fantome.

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Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of azorie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ThurmondTX
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage served chilled in 4 oz. cups at the Stephen Beaumont beer dinner at RFD's.

Appearance: Hazy nut brown color with reddish highlights. Topped by a quite sizable offwhite head which settles down to a good layer. No lacing was left on the cup. Don't think it would've stuck to glass.

Smell: Sour apple and tart cherry aromas dominate. Some oaky wood smells as well. Bracing.

Taste: Very sour, almost vinegary. Brackish cherry and tannic wood. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel: Very puckering and quite light bodied. Cleansed the palate with aplomb.

Drinkability: You really need to have food with this. The high acidity would doubtlessly give you heartburn without something to munch on. Not for the meek.

Other: Paired with a grilled venison salad of field greens and topped with a framboise vinaigrette. The woody tannins and brassy arugula played off each other quite nicely, but otherwise there was some struggle between the two. The venison was not gamy enough, apparently.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of joberlander
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

This pours a very dark brown (can't see through it at all) with a large tan creamy head which leaves excellent lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smells of dark chocolate and maybe even a bit of cherries and marshmallow.

Tastes much as it smells, with chocolate being the taste that comes to the fore. Again some cherry present, however I also noticed a slight bit of a citric taste (perhaps lemon) as well. This brew hides the alcohol very well, as I couldn't detect it at all. This one can really sneak up on you.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Medium to thick bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and creaminess. One of the best in this regard that I can recall.

This was a very enjoyable seasonal from Fantome. This was my first bottle of this, but I'll pick up another if they have any left and maybe store it for a while to see what if any differences there are when aged. Nice brew!

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Photo of metalgdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chumba526
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 vintage that aged for a year and was placed on tap for the occasion of Christmas Eve.

The ale appears amber red in color with a small white head.

It smells toasty and caramel like. There is a mild vanilla, cherry, fruity grassy and herbal flavor. I almost get a fruit punch smell, a grape smell and a plum smell. The smell of this ale is extremely amazing and is very complex.

It tastes slightly acidic/ sour; there is a nice fruity grape flavor. There is a great yeast flavor that adds a bit of a barnyard funky flavor to the beer. There is also a slight pepper flavor and a bit of a caramel flavor to the beer as well. The beer is pretty complex and there are a lot of flavors in the beer but they all complement each other very nicely.

The mouth feel is smooth and nice and the carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is really good for the alcohol percentage I can drink a few of these quite easily. The beer has a great balance to it and goes down smooth.

Overall a great beer that was really smooth and seemed to have aged very nicely. This is the best saison/ farmhouse ale I have ever had though it did not taste like a stereotypical saison. It was a great beer to have on Christmas Eve.

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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 dgallina
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked dark green bottle. The label leaves a spot for best-before date, but nothing is notched or otherwise marked.

Pours hazy reddish-brown with small tan head that recedes to a creamy blanket and light lace. Smells fantastically spicy. Full of black pepper, earthy yeast, oranges, bananas,raisins, bread dough. Something like a liquid fruit cake. Flavor follows a somewhat different course. Starts slowly with light grains and carbonation. Center is a sweet and sour blend of farmhouse funk, yeast, lemon peel, and big spices (pepper, orange, coriander, licorice). Finishes medium-dry with powdery black pepper and yeast. Effervescent carbonation and light body for a beer this strong. Quite a treat!

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 638 ratings
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