Fantôme Desert Ghost
Brasserie Fantôme

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.92 | pDev: 7.65%
Brasserie Fantôme
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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mynie from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting, sad and unloved, on the shelf in a Vermont cheese and wine shop. I didn't know it was particularly rare or discontinued, just that it's rare for me to find a Fantome that I haven't had before, so I took it home.

Green glass wine bottle, cork and cap. The cap pries off with such little resistance it can be re-used for home brew. The cork comes out with a regular pop: no strong fizz. That's absolutely appropriate for this style.

Pour is a dull orange with minimal fizz. Nothing to write home about. Were it from a less august brewer, I'd maybe be a little worried.

But the aroma is exquisite. Bold yet delicate. Dry, sweet, sour, and spicy, yet somehow well balanced and very clean-smelling. It's got a wonderful floral aroma that doesn't come across as cloying or perfumey. Just, incredibly deft yeastmanship going on here.

The flavor is likewise excellent, although if I had to bet I'd say it's faded from age and was probably a year or two ago. It starts out gently floral and lightly sweet, picking up strength and complexity as it gets a bit more sour and fruity near the middle. The finish is A+ saison yeast: dry and lightly bitter like a very nice white wine.

Aug 27, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is absolutely not for everyone, nothing from fantome ever is, even their saison, but it is astoundingly unique saison, and for me, i love that. this is a beer highlight of 2017 so far in the early going. the annoying thing, which instead of lending the cloak of mystery, just pisses me off a little, is that "the fantome never gives up its secrets" so we have no idea whats ever in these beers or how they are made, so we are left to speculate, try to identify things. this beer is orange and hazy, heady and effervescent, dry but enormously round bodied, and is made with the weirdos from arizona wilderness, who also has my attention. apparently they brought some stuff from the desert to make this beer in belgium, hence "sonoran saison". well, its great, whatever they brought. the nose is pure white pepper, like, right from the spice rack, almost makes me sneeze or cough, i swear its white pepper. there is also a fruity element, and something lush like cactus or aloe or something, some botanical even medicinal element, but the complexity here puts pinning it down well below the capabilities of my feeble palate. i stop trying after a few concentrated sips and sniffs, and just relax into enjoying one of the more unique saisons i have had in forever. the fantome yeast is there, and the green bottle stink drops out after it sits for a second, dries apricot, leafy vegetal matter, not hops, a touch of a wild element, white wine, fallen leaves, dried citrus peel, and a wheaty malt base that has not deteriorated with age. not quite tart in the finish, and not funky in the brett sense, just really unique all over from the yeast. spices and fruits, this feels autumnal to me, super inspired and an amazing glass of beer that keeps getting better with every taste. far and away my favorite fantome beer so far...

Mar 14, 2017
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Evahflow from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep burnt Orange with a frothy white cap that dies down into a ring around the edge. Leaves a good amount of lacing
S- Floral/Lavender,Coriander, Pear, Musky Orange
T- Taste is much more pronounced than the smell. Anjou Pear, Tart Oranges, A bouquet of unknown spices. Some sort of Mesquite /Lavender thing going on.
M- I'd say medium to Medium/Low carb for the style. Fairly thin body but this enhances the drink ability. Very Bright.
O- This is a great bottle of Fantome. Normally collaborations just taste like the Brewery it was made at but this one really feels like They got some local Arizona flavor by doing what Dany does best which is working his beer around spices/yeast. It could use some more carbonation to up the crispness/drinking factor but other than that this is fantastic.

Feb 21, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share.

Orange-yellow hazy body with fluffy head

Smells very flowery, stemmy... a hint of spice and Belgian yeast.

Flavor trades the floral notes for spicy ones, incorporating Belgian yeast and spices with a nice, dry finish with minimal hopping.

Light, airy, finishing dry.

Not a bad beer, glad I could try it!

Oct 28, 2016
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MarioM from California

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Hazy yellow/orange with a nice white fluffy head but minimal lacing.

S: The nose is dominated by spicy, Belgian yeast and that very distinct Fantome character. Hay, lemon grass, very fruity and really earthy. Almost reminiscent of the Dupont yeast strain but with a little more earthy funk.

T: Lightly tart, very citrus, dry with a decent amount of spice. Definitely coriander and who knows what else. Bitterness is tame compared to other Fantomes but balanced.

M: Not too dry but extremely refreshing and drinkable for a 7% abv. Carbonation is medium but very satisfying and makes for an easy drinking saison.

O: One of the better Fantomes I've had from the most recent batches. Very refreshing and very characteristic of a Fantome beer. Even though its young it was a tad bit less strange than Fantome a few years ago but still unique and enjoyable.

Sep 27, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

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, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of melon, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, coriander, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big melon, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, coriander, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness, herbal bitterness, and slight tart/tanginess on the finish; with lingering notes of melon, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, coriander, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming for 7%. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This doesn’t seem to have the Fantome House yeast character I am familiar with, so I think they may have used a strain from Arizona Wilderness; seems much cleaner. Quite heavy on coriander/grains of paradise-like spice flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 26, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Fantome tulip appears a hazy golden orange color with a white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma suggests orange, cracked pepper and young, clean yeastiness. Slight clove and pear. As it breathes, it gets a little soapy.

The flavor on this is surprisingly muted. Faint orange rinds, clove, pear, cracked peppercorns and a slight, young green yeastiness. As it warms, a mild orange juice tartness emerges along with some solvent alcohol and phenols.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Not a bad brew by any stretch but by fantome standards this is pretty plain. Perhaps this is just too young and underdeveloped.

Sep 22, 2016
Fantôme Desert Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings