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Fantôme De NoelFantôme De Noel

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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.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 bigfnjoe
2.34/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Merry Christmas!

A- pours a dark, murky shade of amber with a paper thin offwhite head that quickly fades away to nothingness. Well...that's a very disappointing start. Just an ugly looking beer with no head at all.

S- nice aroma of grapes comes through, but not much more than that. Again, disappointing...I expect more nuance from Fantome

T- very one dimensional. Some light grape and apple, and not much else at all. Disappointing

M- flat as a board. Thin bodied. Dammit.

O- this one went down the drain after a few sips. Flat and bland is no way to go through life

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle opened on 12.19.12

A - Pours a cloudy, carmel brown with a fizzy one inch tan head that fades rather quickly.

S - Carmel, spices, toast.

T - Belgian yead, Christmas spices, Cinnamin, nutmeg, etc and a sweet bready malt.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body.

O - Nice Christmas spice with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of WynnO
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


Cork numbering 086/477044

This vintage is a RADICAL departure from 4 years. This one pretty much an Imperial IPA by taste and mouthfeel, but its cloudiness mimics the older recipes.

Gosh folks. I hate to write this, but if you are looking for a Fantome saison avoid this---it's not even close.

If you want proof that Danny can make a home brew grade IPA then go ahead.

Damn. I have 4 more of these to deal with.

Expect a long lasting hop aftertaste with this one. The hops overpower every other thing in this beer. I would even put it in the pallet wrecker category.

This batch shouldn't have been bottled.
Before new evaluation
L 5
S 4
T 5
F 4
O 5

Consumed at the Redlight Redlight, Orlando, 8 Dec 2012.

Poured into a mid-size snifter, this beer settled to a tan, opaque, cloudy affair. Head was light and frothy.

Danny's special conglomeration of spices were present on the nose as usual, although not as strong as I would like. That problem would have solved had I allowed five minutes to pass before dipping my schnoz into it.

Taste? Incredible I think. Balance is fantastic. Not a single taste bud is insulted as this one flows from bottle to stomach. It's just a tremendous Saison.

It was slightly gritty on the tongue, however this was anticipated given its look, and it fit the bill.

Overall---a world class Saison. Fantome RULES.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, no specific bottled on date but it's the 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep garnet color, only a bit of light gets through, topped with a couple fingers of creamy beige head, which has good retention and lacing.

S- An interesting blend of spice (cinnamon, allspice), dark fruit and a slightly tart candied apple aroma. Also some yeast and funk.

T- Similar to the aroma, has flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and a tart apple flavor that's a bit more prominent than in the aroma. Dark fruit and caramel provide some sweetness. There's also a ncie amount of yeast and funk. Has a dry tannic finish with some wood and grape notes.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth feel with a very dry finish.

O- An interesting beer, while it isn't their best, this is another solid showing from Fantome.

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

Consumed 12/9/12

Appearance: Cloudy, light brown - frothy, off-white head - nice head retention, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Classic Fantôme yeast and funk - Belgian yeasty funk with some general weirdness - clove, pepper, and some other spices - some grainy sweetness, some honey, and some light fruits - nice level of sweetness overall - lightly grassy

Taste: And, surprisingly, it tastes like a Fantôme beer - vaguely musty, yeasty - Belgian yeast flavors including bananas, cloves, and pepper - lightly spicy - some light fruits, such as apples and pears - spicy, yet clean for the style - lightly sweet, very mildly bitter, no alcohol flavor - lightly grassy and earthy, with some damp basement - perhaps a bit watery overall, which is odd

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Yeah it's Fantôme, but what makes it "Noel"?

This is a solid beer. But I don't know what makes it particularly ... seasonal. Perhaps it's a little sweeter and spicier than the "average" Fantôme, but I realize that statement isn't particularly meaningful. Ultimately, it's good, but not the best that the brewery has to offer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, burnt amber/orange. Hazed. Ruddy. Head is off-white/dirty-white, Starts with a solid cap. Dense, creamy, with some solid bubbles. Drops to a wispy cap and loose bubbly collar in short order. Retention after that point is decent.

Smell: Honey, hay, ginger, and caramel malts. Backing biscuity sweetness coupled with some slight funk. Grassy. Sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, and apricots. Very mellow malt influence. Nice punch of yeast through the middle. Tiny hints of spiciness. Some clove and ripe banana.

Taste: Faint peppery spiciness. Very light caramel malt sweetness. Yeast is a bit more aggressive than the nose would indicate. Big pushes of clove and overripe banana. So much fruit going on. Ripe, mealy pear and apricot mixed with a dry red apple. Some tannic apple skin. Lemon zest, hay, musty basement, and grass. That typical Fantome funk. Very damp and musty. Green apple skin. Some overall malt sweetness. Building spiciness as the beer warms. Maintains a slightly tart edge on top of it all. Something akin to nutmeg in the back as well. Winter spices.

Mouthfeel: The usual dry, slightly light side of medium body. Carbonation is on the higher side of medium. Drinks like a Fantome.

Overall: Hi, my name is Fantome and I make a beer with spices. You should try it.

One of the less awesome takes from Fantome. I genuinely believe they make the same beer with minor tweaks. This minor tweak is not necessarily a good thing. The spice compliment tends to clash with the yeast and malt body I've come to associate with Fantome beers. It's almost there, but falls short.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle purchased just a few days earlier. Ive been meaning to have this for a while, so what better time than now. Fantome is one of my favorite breweries so this is already biased.
First thing that shocked me was the lack of cork??? WTF? I love the 2nd backup cork in the less step to get to the good stuff.

Poured into my crooked stave tulip. Pours a burnt orangey brown with a finger of tan head. Tan lacing and a nice rim remains throughout the duration of the glass.
Very nice caramel and brett funk, hay, earth...nice.
Taste is just awesome. Nice sweet caramel nutty toffee up front but followed by a great sour brett funk, ending with some peppery spice notes.
Nicely complex..better as it warms.
Like any Fantome, more than worth a try. Love this brew...well worth the $14.99.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 11/27/12

The color is a dark copper with brown and plum hues woven in. Dense; can't see through this critter. Fizzy three finger head dissipates slowly, leaving no lace. Second pour has some floaties.

There are all sorts of things going on in the aroma. In no particular order: Scorched brown sugar, maple, raisin, hints of dark cherry, dark berries and skins, ripe fruits, pollen and honey, faint ginger, peppermint, pine forests, candied sugars and layers of sugars. Mild tartness to balance out the sweetness.

The flavor is both less tart and less sugary than I was expecting. While there are both to some extent, there is much more of an earthy, musty funk. Raisin, plum, over-ripe apple, cobwebs, old paper, spiced bread and some residual dark sugars. Has something of a toasted, dry finish despite the sugars.

The feel starts off riddled with ample carbonation; however, it opens to an easily medium body with lingering sugar stickiness, especially toward the end of the glass when carbonation is low and the beer is particularly warm.

There is much to take in and enjoy here; complexities and layers abound. It's captivating throughout. I was so inclined to swirl up the dregs and dump them in the last several ounces; this results in a more prominent spiciness. Good stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L in Redwood City, CA around a year before reviewing. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable in Sydney during our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a lovely slightly hazed red-amber colour with a fine but subdued head of yellow-beige. Minimal lacing, and really surprisingly little retention given the other Fantôme beers we've had today. Body is solid and heavy, with a pleasant effervescent but fine carbonation throughout. Looks very good indeed. A bigger head would have given it a 5.

Nose is sticky and sweet, but with an underlying earthy funk and a hint of acidity that really lends some oddity and some depth to it. Strawberry jam laced with sawdust, or sweet fermenting fruit. Some dustiness comes through, suggesting a pleasant age that has perhaps integrated the characters a little more.

Taste is deeper and darker than the other beers we've had today, with the malt taking a more prominent role, and the yeast providing a more deep dark fruit and pudding character. Some pepper and a hint of antiseptic towards the finish, along with a wash of funk and organics that sets this apart from another big dark Belgian brew.

Feel is lovely. Smooth and rich, but with a lightness from the acidity which allows the beer to express itself, and lightens the load of the complexity.

Overall, this is really good, and a very nice diversion from the regular Fantôme range. The depth is very, very good indeed, but the omnipresent acidity really cuts it back and makes it accessible and refreshing. Really very good stuff indeed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped and corked bottle, I believe it's at least a 2011 bottle since I bought it last year. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, bready malt, yeast, sweet spices, caramel, and some wood. It tastes like dark fruit (mostly cherries), caramel, bready malt, sweet and peppery spice, and some chocolate. I think it's mostly sweet and spicy tasting, but there's a slight tartness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has a good amount of soft carbonation. It's a good brew and is also easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy red orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, cherry, pear, rock candy, brown sugar, toast, caramel, earth, hay, pepper, coriander, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. The nose on this is very unique and interesting. Taste of apple, cherry, raisin, pear, pepper, toast, earth, hay, grass, coriander, caramel, honey, and yeast spiciness. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, earth, hay, pepper, coriander, caramel, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity; nice malty/peppery flavor balance; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a slick, creamy, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! Very interesting and unique; but this is very nicely complex and well balanced; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up this past winter. Tasted 1 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours fairly dark for a saison, a medium-dark amber. Clear and bright, despite the dark color. Big dense cream-colored head, pillowing and cratering as it subsides. Good lacing, too. Nice.

Smell is oddly fruity, and slightly honey-sweet. Has the melony character that I've encountered in many Belgian-style beers, but not usually in actual Belgian beers (the most obvious example of this flavor is Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Wild). Maybe those places are getting their yeast from Fantome. Bit of spice, but mostly it's pulpy fruit. But somehow it really pops, filling the nose with its essence.

Taste isn't bad, but it's rather dull. Doesn't have much that really feels like a saison, or anything to make me really like it. Some fruity almost-sweet, a bit of spice, some pine needles (spruce?), and a bitter fade in the end. Okay, but uninspiring.

Mouthfeel is fine. Feels viscous, despite being relatively light. Looks more carbonated than it feels - a little lower than I'd like, but I can still drink it just fine.

My first beer from Fantome, and I'm not overwhelmed. Not really what I was expecting, and drinks more like a BSDA than a saison. So I'm reviewing it like an unspecified Belgian. Based on that, it's meh, maybe meh plus. Fruity, but lacking depth and complexity.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark amber body. Small off white head, but no retention.

Smell - Yeasty. A little funky. Overpowered by booze and caramel malts, though. Just seems really big for a saison. None of the delicate aromas are coming through.

Taste - Bready and yeasty immediately. Sweet and boozy as I drink it. Again, it's lost some of the saison qualities because of the sweet malts and alcohol. Sweet and slightly sour finish. Interesting, but not redeeming.

Mouthfeel - Thick, not saison-ish. Not what I was looking for when I opened this beer. The sweet and sour finish becomes more off-putting as I drink it.

Overall - Not a good offering from Fantome. I don't get any spices, which I imagine this Christmas saison is supposed to have.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy browish amber with a fizzy off-white head that recedes quickly. Little chunks of yeast are evident in the glass.

S: Aromas of baking spices, oak, tobacco, lactic yeast, and dark fruits are apparent on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, tobacco, leather, oak, black pepper, honey, fennel, anise, clove, dark bread, and lactic yeast wash across the palate. The finish is oddly clipped for a Fantome beer, with notes of holiday spices, oak, and lactic, funky yeast very apparent.

M: Medium-to-full in body, very dry, and chalky. Carbonation is quite heavy. Alcohol presence is muted. This one can sneak up on you fast.

O: This is a very good saison, but it is likely not Fantome's best effort overall. This year's version of Fantome de Noel is oddly clean and quite a bit breadier than expected, foregoing the brewery's trademark yeastiness and funkiness in favor of a maltier, spicier, more subdued character. In the end, Fantome de Noel is a very good ale, but likely won't win over fans of the brewery's more idiosyncratic brews.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JM03 for the bottle!

Pours a muddled brownish color. Towards the end, with yeast poured in, it's even more opaque and brownish. Head was tan, and about a finger or two, but didn't stick around for too terribly long. The aroma had a very minor acidity to it, some funkiness and earthy notes, spices and a slight brown sugar quality. The taste is a bit more sweet, again with a slight brown sugar-type sweetness. There's little bits of funk, acid, and wet hay notes, complimented with some earthy spices and Belgian yeast notes. There was a slight bit of slickness to the feel, but the carbonation had a hair of prickliness to it, giving it a nicer feel.

This is rather high abv-wise for a Saison, but unlike another high ABV Saison that I've had from Big Sky, it was well-hidden aside from giving it a bit more body for the style.

I've heard that Fantome can have some variance issues bottle to bottle, but it looks like I got a good one and in the end, It's an enjoyable one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange tinted brown color, fluffy off white head. Scent brings toasted malts, light dark fruit backed by earthy and woody funk, faint spice. Taste follows scent, notes of cherry mingle with the lightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, faint spicy, earthy funk - mild overall compared to other Fantome beers, bready. Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation. A little more dark and malty than most Fantome beers, loses a little bit in the musty funk category.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle, firdge temp, poured into a snifter.

pours out kind of a burnt orange/ light brown color, a huge billowy, off white head, takes up more than half the glass. very nice head retention with lots of sticky lacing. some cloudiness.

initially i get some lemony citrus, maybe a touch of cherry. as it opens a bit of musty funk comes out, kind of subdued. also some toasted malt, some yeasty esters as well, phenolic. hints of dark fruits.

bitter sweet toasted malts, plum, fig, grape, berries, a bit wine like. just the slightest hints of funk. it seems like a rich maltiness is kind of hidden by the low finishing gravity, seems a little dry as a result.

a pretty high amount of carbonation, prickly on the palate, and a very light feel for 10%. some tartness.

a pretty interesting beer, a real subdued funk that makes it pretty drinkable, especially for 10%. seeing as its my first beer from fantome, i must say i am a little let down, but i wasnt really expecting to be wowed considering the other reviews. not really something i would recommend but it was a nice change of pace for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $8.00 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown body, thoroughly hazed, with a tall, foamy, though brief, beige head.

Smell: Initial notes of toasted, brown sugar sprinkled bread, heavy dose of farmhouse cider, iced champagne mignonette, and a few stray golden raisins. Then, a bit of berry chutney, vanilla sugar, fragrant gentian, allspice, alligator pepper, and spiced honey candies.

Taste: Toasty malts, a thin sliver of caramel, light-colored brown sugar, but not too terribly much in the way of overall sweetness. Sips of sharp champagne vinegar, a few bits of shredded mint leaf, then more alcohol tossed, chopped fruits tasting of apples, berries, and peaches. Prickly spicy accents balanced by some hints of amber honey and vanilla, so, you've got all this stuff going on without anything overstaying its welcome. Acidic, cidery, lightly spicy but also a bit lightly sweet on well-carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation, crucial to keeping the proceedings moving along fine fashion, without anything become cloying, just languishing on the tongue.

Overall: I'll admit, I was more than a bit hesitant towards purchasing this one. I find many of the X-mas brews to be overtly spiced, more than I'd prefer and some being so heavy and cloying that you're still wrestling with the flavor like hard-shell plastic electronic packaging hours later. Not the case here, as the effusive carbonation is really the key. I was surprisingly delighted.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme De Noel is more like a christmas ale than a saison. The only saison quality is the unpleasant spicy vapour that gets up into your nose.

A: Amber colour and a 4 mm head that fades to nothing pretty quickly. 3.5

S: Yeasty and spicy with green apples and a little acidity. 4

T: Sweet and malty up front with some warm roasty flavours. A little funk in the finish. There is a spicy almost minty vapour that got up in my nasal passage. Not really pleasant. 3

M: Pretty thick and not that carbonated. 3.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of jktedder12
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a tulip. This particular bottled was both corked & capped. Appearance is a hazy coppery brown with bit of yeast. 1/2 inch head with nice lacing. Smell has a hint of soured, or spoiled fruit. Taste of roasted malts and sour apples with a bitter dry finish. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice unique brew overall.

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.75 l bottle poured into a tulip
No born on date

A: beautiful amber red with a big 3plus fingers of khaki colored head. Dissipates moderately,to an outer rings, leaves effectively no lacing

S: white wine, Brett, sour fruit including apple a peppery spice, sour cherry, a strong swirl of the snifter brings out a bit of hay like barnyard funk, banana

T: sour, caramel malt sweetness caramel only noticed on the first couple sips, Belgium yeast on the back end with accompanying banana, sour white grapes, more subtle cherry. initially a malt taste, then later mostly sour fruits and Belgium yeast. Really great taste at first then later on a negative aftertaste, but overall quite good and complex

M/d:  aggressively carbonated, medium body, no hint of the double digit abv, moderately good drink ability, limited by the heavy carbonation mostly

O: overall pretty damn good, sourness present but not overwhelming, I enjoyed the sour, fruit, and Belgium yeast flavor combo.  Would have again

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Forgot to open this for Xmas, so the Super Bowl was the next best time. I won my parlay bets, so celebration time!

Porus a murky, dirty water, caramel color. Big head up front, off-brown. Some lacing. But this all dies down half-way through.

Spicy aroma. A bit hot. Caramel. Phenols. Some clove and coriander. It'll clear a nasal passage. Light banana. Not getting the 'dancing' complexity of other Fantomes. No biggie, let's drink!

Well, the complexity misses a bit here. Caramel is sugary. There's an apple presence, but more like crab-apple. There's some nutmeg and some clove. The coriander and any hints of banana are gone.

Thin mouthfeel. Nothing really staying put. Burning end, a bit hot.

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Photo of stewart124
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared again amongst a few aficionados at Dutch's in East Hyde Park.

Pours a medium brown with some off-white head.

Nose is more barnyard with some toasted bread notes. Really tough to describe these.

More brown malt notes and some dark candied sugar characters but still finishes very dry. Spice is more than I expected but then again this is the Christmas version. Some earthy notes and wood characters to play off of as well.

Tasty but the darker or roasted characters don't do it for me with the saison feel. 10% alcohol is well hidden but every things seems a little muddy with this one.

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Fantôme De Noel from Brasserie Fantôme
3.92 out of 5 based on 632 ratings.
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