Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

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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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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Appearance: Amber, thick 3+ inches of off-white head that fades slowly. moderate lacing.

Smell: barnyard, citrus, earthy, grassy, lemon grass.

Taste: saison, spicy, earthy, citrusy up front, and some tobacco/leathery notes towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, heavy carbonation, crisp, zesty.

Overall: A tasty saison. The tobacco/leather finish is very unique but enjoyable. Drinkability is high. Fairly complex.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atomeyes
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a large bottle in Buffalo and drank it the following day.

Poured a beautiful strawberry blonde colour. nicely clouded with a head that quickly dissipated.

Its bouquet was fruity; hints of cherry with some lovely but not offputting funk.

Taste: I dig this more that most typical saisons. It had a funk or tongue-hanging bitterness to it that also carried traces of cherry. Sourness was minimal, but its there. The mouthfeel was slightly coating - almost cream-like - but I don't mind. I paired it with a home-made okra and tomato stew that had 2 chilis in it. It was a great yin to the spicy yang. Its slightly sweet, but the bretty funk keeps the sweetness to a minimum.

You cannot taste the 10% alcohol in here. Well hidden.

If you're looking for Saison Dupont, then no, this is not in the same family. Its funkier, fruitier, yeastier but downright delicious. We really enjoyed this drink and hope to stumble on it again.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantome Noel

Appearance: reddish-gold, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, nutmeg, and malty fruit base.

Taste: faint yeast, cherries, slight raisin, and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice brew. The fruit flavor is good without being overbearing. Cherries are nice. The full flavor of a cherry is captured fairly well.

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Photo of harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Unknown lot (no notches)

pours a good looking dark garnet with brown hues. A fine light latte foam sits atop. Fleeting sheets of lace fall. I'm smelling apple skins, nutty yeast, some nougat and a little metal.

The flavor follows with a bit more of the yeasty character and a hint of a raisin layer. A relatively doughy character, the beer is really yeasty. Even the mouthfeel is heavy, but with excessive carbonation and a dry finish.

This beer is interesting, but I'm likely not to purchase a second bottle. I've only had one other Fantome, and that was fantastic, but this one is not impressing me.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a large off-white head. Not quite what I was expecting from the nose. A bit of sour dark fruit and herbal notes to go along with various spices, especially pepper. There is some sweetness of malt to it and maybe a bit of yeast. The flavor is sort of sweet and sour with a pronounced prune and raisin flavor. Some more of the herbal notes are there as are somewhat faint spices. Weird. Not really my favorite Fantome.

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Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. This was opened during a New Years Eve Tasting.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity characteristic. The fruity notes remind me of banana, cherry, and some citrus. There is also a hint of tartness/sourness.

Taste: Light and sweet, there is a ton of fruit in this one. The cherry and banana from the smell are present. I'm also picking up some spices and the mild tartness. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I love the fruitiness of this beer. Light and refreshing, I would definitely have another. This brewery hasn't disappointed me yet.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this should be a 2010/11 release.

pours a deep ruby reddish brown. very little creamy head.

some faint cherry and raisin with a slight booziness.

sweet, quite sweet. light fruit, such as raisin and maybe fig. light spice and funky malt.

moderate bite on the tongue

not much else to say about this, very subtle through out. could use some more boldness. for 10% ABV, seems a bit boring.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky red orange with a reddish head.

Smells of strong spices, some raisins and bready graininess. A little bit of tartness as well.

Flavor somewhat follows although everything kind of seems disjointed. Spices seem to fight with the normal grainy funky flavors.

A bit too light with a bit too much carbonation.

Some good stuff is present here, but this beer is very confusing. The flavors don't work especially well together.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, murky orange pour with a moderate six=zed white head. The aroma is citrusy, spicey, light barn yard quality. The flavor is non offensive, light citrus, light grass, some spices, light funkiness, drying finish. The body is light, good carbonation(below average for a saison), no noticeable alcohol. A decent saison, although for $15 I am expecting beter than decent. I think I am just going to stick to his original saison instead of the differnt varities.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
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