Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

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633 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
Ratings:
633
Reviews:
359
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
85
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of ohtheguilt
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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Photo of benpopper
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of emdawg
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%

Photo of ndak
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rob133
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.12/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Muddy caramel color with a large, frothy, sand colored head. Head melts like Frosty in July and leaves only a spitwad skim floating around my glass.

Brown bread, anis, and raisin German stollen aroma. Messy.

Tastes as messy as it smells. Anis, bruised MacIntosh apple and not much else. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel wipes the palette too quickly.

I've come to expect engrossing, complex masterpieces from Fantome. This is a bummer.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MrOH
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light mud with a single finger of light tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Definitely not the prettiest beer to look at.

Kinda smells like fruitcake and pfefferneuse cookies dusted with cocoa. Some slight vanilla and molassas. Rich malts. A touch of barnyard. Reminds me of my grandmother baking Christmas cookies.

Earthy, malty, a lot of spice, a touch of citron. Sweet flavors, but a very dry beer. Light bitterness lingers for quite a while. Some cocoa in the back. Seems disjointed. Less than the sum of its parts.

Very light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well.

My very first from Fantome, and while I'm glad I tried it, got what my impression of the Fantome experience could be: Aiming for greatness, but falling just short. Very disjointed. It just needs something to pull everything together, like maybe a bit of residual sweetness and a touch more mouthfeel. Then it would definitely give me some warm fuzzies from childhood. Quite a letdown at the price.

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Photo of larryi86
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear red/brown color with a very small white head the disappears quickly.

S- Tart fruits, dark fruits, caramel malts, sugar, some funk, some spices.

T- A mess, funky with a hint of vinegar in the finish, tartness and fruit from the nose are muted, some spices, 10% ABV is very well hidden. Just a mess of muted flavors that are not coming together.

M- Light to medium body, low carbonation.

O- I feel that I might have gotten a bad bottle. This is the first beer I have had from Fantôme and it was not a good one. This is a very expensive drain pour but it will not stop me from trying more from Fantôme. Still not undrinkable, but for the money it cost I feel that it should be much, much better.

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Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of OddNotion
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of IMTHOMAS
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JStep
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of hopburster
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Andrrewinski1 for sharing this one with me. Pours a copper brown color with about an inch of beige head. Nice soapy lace.

The aroma is a bit on the malty with hints of green apples and a little bit of funky yeast. The flavor has a noticeable Belgian yeast flavor to it with some apples in the flavor and a bit of caramel rounding it out. A little strange honestly.

The body is a bit on the light side with expansive carbonation. Kind of a strange saison. Probably my least favorite from Fantome.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. There is a largish off white head with some sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of tart plum and sweet malt, with some sugar.

The taste has some sugar and plum, with just a touch of tartness. This has a nice balance.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, with nice creamy carbonation.

This is nice and unique for a Christmas ale.

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
3.92 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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