Fantôme Vertignasse
Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme VertignasseFantôme Vertignasse
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
33
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Brasserie Fantôme
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  4
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting, and strange beer. This saison has been brewed with a melange of herbs that give it a strange green color in the glass reminiscent of a good absinthe. The smell and taste are bitter and grassy, with the slightly sour saison underpinning it all. Although it looks like absinthe, it doesn't have that licorice note, nor is the bitterness really intense like an amaro- just a nice herbal note. Quite good!

Jul 06, 2019
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/18/18

A: Yellow green - yes, this beer is actually a green hue - some haze - pours with a medium sized, off white head, fades to virtually nothing

S: Typical Fantome saison aromas and some extra citrus and spice - earthy, damp cellar and some Belgian funk, distinct Fantome weirdness - some citrus, hints of orange juice and lime - floral spices - some light sweetness, pale malt notes - some additional sweetness, and a vaguely buttery aroma

T: Perhaps a bit sweeter than the "average" Fantome - really nice lemon-lime flavors as well as some hints of tropical fruit - Fantome dusty, damp cellar funk - lots of Belgian funk, with some clove, pepper, and spice - some additional spices as well - medium level of sweetness, with some soft malts and some residual sugar - despite all the notes of sweetness I have mentioned, this is still fairly light and attenuated - finishes clean

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation, clean finish

O: I want the apple drink, it's green!

I was wondering if this beer would actually have a green tinge to it. Well, after months of waiting, I am pleasantly surprised that it is green. The beer itself is rather charming as well. It has that Fantome charm with an additional level of fruit and spice. Apparently this was only brewed once, but it's worth trying if you have a chance.

Aug 19, 2018
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Sammy from Canada

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nobody knows why this is green and what the secret ingredients are. Its spicy and some lime, and malt. Herbal, not too herbal. Like a sumac peppery. Unique and for experienced saison drinkers. Very nice. Private buying club

Feb 11, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

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

Had a whole review typed up for this and my computer restarted itself before I could submit...so you're getting a very truncated recollection of thoughts:

It's green. Unique. Very yeasty.

Aroma suggests grass and herb. Taste delivers on that promise, yielding a sage and mint emphatic beer. Tingly white pepper appears throughout alongside coriander seed and clove. Pink peppercorn.

Rife with spicy subtleties, Vertignasse is a treat of a spiced Belgian saison, though those after a saison with plenty of brettanomyces funkiness would do well to look elsewhere. Not quite top tier fare within the style, but one need only look into Fantome's own (other) expressions thereof to find those beers that best it. Fantome's experimentation is interesting as always; though this isn't quite as incredible as the very best Fantome saisons out there, it's still easily in the stratosphere in terms of quality and may well be the most innovative saison I've had in a few years.

A must-try for any discerning saison drinker even at $15ish a bottle.

High B (3.75) / GOOD

Dec 25, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy lime green in color. It poured with a short white head.
S: Light aromas of wheatgrass and limes are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of wheatgrass and limes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is definitely an interesting green beer. It was easy to drink and I liked the flavors of wheatgrass and lime.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 29, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer poured a surrealistic green color with minimal head and lacing.
S-A combination of spicy and sour aroma, somewhat unique.
T-The taste follows the aroma with a combination of spices and a slight distinctive sourness.
F-Light and refreshing.
O-A very unique beer with what seemed like a combination of a typical farmhouse ale and american wild ale style beer.

Aug 20, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep green color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chlorophyll and wheat malt with light spices is intriguing. Taste is a mix dominated by chlorophyll notes with light wheat malt with some spices notes that are quiet subdued (coriander?). Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting color with a unique taste profile.

Jul 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is not for beginners or intermediates, thats a fact, this ambitious and weird brew is obviously designed to appeal to a more sophisticated beer drinker, someone who can appreciate the risks taken and see this beer in a larger context. i thought it was splendidly bizarre, and would like to know a lot more about it, but information is scarce to say the least. it pours a juiced vegetable green color, really chlorophyll fresh looking, relatively thick, and quite foamy too. hazy in its green, but this isnt a tint or a suggestion of green, its full on green. the oddest part of it, i have no idea what even accounts for the color. i know in the fantome magic ghost its green tea, but i dont get a lot of tea here, i get more citrus and grass, maybe lime and wheatgrass to be specific, although im not sure lime would impact the color much. there is a distinct candied lime character in the nose and the taste, and its really nice with the weird fantome yeast, somewhat more wild and bretty than a lot of their other beers, but with the same saison spiciness. the base beers seems wheat based to me, but there is so much herbaceousness and lefty green happening here that i am distracted from the beer underneath and almost focused entirely on this strange green element. citrus for sure in the flavor, maybe an herb of some kind, its slightly medicinal, but its also really dry and clean and fresh by the end of it, a little bitter, and very well carbonated. i finish as confused as i started. you never know what you are getting with these fantome beers, and i was sure surprised to see this pour crayon green, but what a cool beer it is. if anyone has any more information about it, please share!!!

Jul 05, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Bright green with two inch white head.
Smell: Ginger, lime, and spices.
Taste: Taste follows the nose with ginger, lime, and spices.
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.
Overall: A nice refreshing saison.

Jun 26, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle

Pours cloudy murky opaque dark lime green gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like limes, lemony citrus, funky peppercorn spice, some clove, banana, pale crackery bready malt, with floral woodsy earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh limes, lemony citrus, peppercorn spice, some clove, banana, pale crackery bready malt, with floral woodsy earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique saison.

Jun 26, 2017
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bizarre green. Its almost the same green as the bottle it came out of. A bright fizzy head came out but settled to a highly carbonated white foam ring. Never have I had a green beer like this. The smell is stale earthy barnyard with straw and a bit of Meyer lemon. Taste starts earthy and mildew with rain soaked wood and straw again. A candy sugar sweetness overpowers and ends with the lemon again and a touch of mandarin orange. A grassy wheat taste and a fruity pear is there but gets lost in the sweetness honestly. Its good, but too sweet and throws off the balance overpowering the other flavors. Overall, this is a fascinating brew. Very happy I tried it, but just a little too sweet.

Jun 25, 2017
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a distinct green hue with hints of yellow about the edges. 1 inch bubbly white head that fairly quickly recedes. Definitely interesting looking.
S: Maybe the color is influencing me, but I first pick up tart green apple, quickly followed by white pepper, earthy spices, mildly funky yeast, and a hint of tart citrus (must be the grapefruit).
T: Mild grapefruit followed by stronger white pepper, clove, and an earthy mustiness. Finishes with a faintly sweet note akin to apple candy.
M: Light body. Almost no carbonation...it would have been nice to have an effervescent kick. Mild fruit sweetness and acidity.
D: Honestly, this is the first green beer I've had. It was interesting...and not bad. Glad I tried it, but don't think I'd seek it out again.

Jun 15, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a Fantome tulip pours looking like a hazy green spinach juice with a white head that is also initially green stained that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma of citrus and fruits slight veggy aspect mixed with sulfur.

Taste has a clean yeastiness slight clove and pepper with underlying fruit/citrus and mild vegetal feel.

Light in body with modest carbonation. This is unique and enjoyable. Kinda what would happen if magic ghost was blended with blanche and a young bottle of surlie. Interesting and worth seeking out.

Apr 03, 2017
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, looks like cloudy urine. Taste is on point spices and light wit flavor intermingled with exotic notes. Mother of god there is no carbonation. Lack of carbonation makes me hate this beer. Fuck off fantome. Draft US.

Mar 04, 2017
Fantôme Vertignasse from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 33 ratings