Fantôme Artist 2
Brasserie Fantôme

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 14.1%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
15
From:
Brasserie Fantôme
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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mynie from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles were still for sale at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Considering the style and elevated ABV, I wasn't too worried about spoilage.

The swig-top bottle opens with a tremendous pop and heavily carbbed saison comes streaming out. After a slow and careful pour into a goblet, however, the fizziness went down surprisingly quickly.

The pour is quite dark for a saison: tawny and beautifully effervescent with a retentive brown head.

The aroma is rustic and crisp with wonderful yeast complexities. Pleasant mustiness mingles with sharp nodes of clove and white pepper.

The flavor is great. Age has treated it wonderfully. Very old school saison yeast dominates throughout, with mild and pleasant nodes of horseblanket must against nutty grain and very complex spices on the finish with some light wisps of horehound and molasses balanced out against some light-but-sharp fruit complexities.

A rather intense beer, and not really in line with the styles that are popular in the US in the late twenty-teens, but it's rather exquisitely brewed and I strongly recommend you pick it up, if you should happen upon it.

Oct 07, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

you have to like weird old worldy saison stuff to appreciate this, and most of the musty yeasty bizarre beers they make. this is a cool one though, i just wish i knew what was in it! pours a rusty reddish color from the swing top bottle with some chunky sediment in the bottom half and an incredibly active head, pure white, permanent, as thick as shaving cream. i smell spices and old belgian saison yeast, white pepper, clove, even things like ginger and anise, there almost has to be some added ingredients, i just cant quite place what they are. the malt is rich but dry, fuller bodied, creamy feeling, with a biscuity tasty and a light honey note. the yeast has some real funk, but its not the cultured brett complexion we are all so used to now, its a different kind of wild. decomposing wood, mulch, paper, its very earthy. white wine, raisin, even cinnamon for a second, there is just a whole lot going on here. the mouthfeel is amazing, so carbonated and lively, so delicate for how strong it is, and a real well hidden alcohol strength. hearty and special saison, worth the very steep price if these are your thing. fantome continues to hold my attention and surprise me with each unique beer of theirs that i encounter. i wish more of it came around! this was perfect with a saint louis style pizza and a new friend! wholly original!

Aug 03, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours dark amber red brown with a creamy off-white light khaki colored foam head. Smells like red apples, grapes, some cherry, chocolate, nutty caramel, molasses, dark brown sugar, toffee, dried dark fruits, some spices, with floral earthy herbal woody grassy pine. Tastes like red apples, grapes, cherry, chocolate, nutty caramel, molasses, dark brown sugar, toffee, dried dark fruits, some spices, with floral earthy herbal woody grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and unique farmhouse ale.

Aug 01, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Took a while to pour a full glass carefully. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and light herbal/woody/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/dry, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great dark saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the big ABV; thanks to the high carbonation. Great presence and overall complexity of yeast/malt flavors. Never acrid/astringent on roast/hop notes; or overly prickly/foamy/drying from the carbonation in the mouthfeel. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 18, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Swingtop 750ml bottle poured into a pint -it erupts and gushes everywhere filling the glass with foam and about a finger of turbid, brown yeast filled solution. The head is brown and rediculous in its excessiveness.

Aroma is citrus and carbonic/mineral filled. A little roasty and citrusy/herbal with hops. By Fantome standards this is a dud.

Taste is carbonic, excessively bitter, hoppy and almost feels like a brown ipa thats over-carbonated but with warming alcohol thats mildly fruity.

Medium in body and excessively carbonated. Not a big fan of this but its not that bad either if you have the time/patients to decant this erupting volcano.

Dec 12, 2016
Fantôme Artist 2 from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 15 ratings