Fantôme De Noel | Brasserie Fantôme

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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
Ratings:
634
Reviews:
359
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
13.52%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
85
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ComeAtMeBrew
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClePaul
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 17/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 84/100

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantôme de Noel pours a brilliant deep garnet with a ½” bone white finely bubbled foam cap. Yeasty aromas with a blend of fresh and overripe fruit waft up from the glass with hints of spice, dark sugars and alcohol. A spicy palate combines chocolate, fruit, spice, slightly over ripe fruit, toffee, with a slight alcohol sweetness. The Brettanomyces character is just coming on board with most impact on the texture producing a very fine, soft carbonation. The sweetness from the malt nicely balances the wild yeast tastes. It is effervescent, medium bodied, and has very smooth alcohol.

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Photo of PG2G
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marqoid
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JGam115
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ripe apricots and some dates, very lite funk and unexpectedly fruity. Love when Matt loses track of bottles for a year...

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Photo of ChrisR123
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Quafftastic
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAcrossr
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cheah
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mick303
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip, slightly chilled. Colour initially is quite a dark ruddy colour. As the plentiful sediment starts to pour it becomes a muddy brown. Fairly nice lacing and retention.

S - orange zest and spruce, warming gingersnap cookies, a bouquet of holiday spices, baking spice and a herbal quality, rosemary, can almost smell the mistletoe. As it becomes engaged a really interesting complexity emerges here. Warming and festive with a fruity earthy yeast presence.

T - initial spices of cinnamon, spruce herbal notes, slick feel with a warming alcohol, earthy and dunnage, old luggage and wool blankets, mixed with a spicy winter toddy with a really sprucy influence. Cooked orange and plums, some tart berry sourness, mixed with some caramel malt sweetness, some spicy astringency to balance, leading to a herbal spicy finish, which is matched only by the warmth of the alcohol. Again a big baking spice and roasty character, takes you to a small belgian kitchen in the middle of winter, where some very potent cooking is going on...

M - big and thick, a bit slick and oily with the spruce feel and alcohol spice presence. The carbonation is potentially on the low side. Balance makes it drinkable though, but not an easy saison to drink quickly.

Overall this is a serious cacophony of holiday and yeast flavour. A beast of a beer that really bring a full compliment of flavour to play. The more time you spend with this the more flavours emerge and I really enjoyed this, quite an experience but this doesn't match the other Fantome offerings. More of the sourness emerges as it warms.

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Photo of WillemG
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EigenBeer
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heygeebee
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hmmmm.... The saison element almost gets lost in a mishmash of high ABV, malts and a dull stale taste.
Not outdated so just a plain disappointment

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, unique beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. Almost a sour component to taste. But a dryness too. Soft, delicate, smooth. Very fun to drink. Easy to go down.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apparently my ratings are considered too different than the normal distribution and I need to write a full review. I'd rather not though so this will have to do.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured a light brownish body with one finger offwhite head and contains a piney, spruce like aroma with what seems to be hints of dark fruits but I guess is the chocolate along with touches of yeast and sourness.
Beer has a bit of funk and boozy medicinalness that can be found in belgian saisons and the yeast gives it a smooth, bready feel.
A spicy, piney hop bitterness which leads to crisp finish is balanced with slightly sour dark fruit or cherry notes (can't really pick out one flavor) and with hints of chocolate/sugary sweetness.
Easy finisher as ABV is hidden and an interesting beer and one that only a brewery like Fantome would pull off (OK, maybe a couple of others).

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
3.92 out of 5 based on 634 ratings.
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