Fantôme Saint-Roch
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #494
Ranked #11,288
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Brasserie Fantôme
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Fux from France

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: yellow/orange, very murky. The head held very little.
S: Spicy nose, slightly acidic, fruity (citruses, oranges).
P: Slightly sour, yeasty, with lemon aromas. Also spicy and fruity (orangees, yellow fruits).
M: Light carbonation, light on the palate, very refreshing.
O: Nice beer, easy drinking and aromatic.

May 09, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Best by: February 2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

An apparently mildly sour-forward Fantome saison, with nods, for me, towards dried grasses, sweet herbs and lemon rind. Perhaps one of my favorite Fantome offerings at this point, one I'm wish I had another bottle of to have again later.

Pours a 1cm head of white bubbles, fizzing quite substantially, with a fairly rapid subsidence, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow-brown color, with light bringing out yellow highlights alongside the sides of the beer.

Aroma is very champagne-like at first: sweet, dry, and white grape-like. With some time and warmth, a bit of dry herbs and wild grasses becomes noticeable, along with a slight lemon tartness.

Taste is somewhat similar to smell in that it invokes dry, tart white wine for me, at times reminding me of a mild sour mixed with a light saison. Much less sweet than other Fantome beers I have had. Other flavors include some light grain and dried grasses in the forefront, slight lemon flavors, and a bit of saison yeast. Perhaps my batch had some noticeable pedioccocus relative to others, and the age may have reduced the herbal components others noted, but this was still a delicious mix of flavors and a surprise as I had little knowledge about the origins or flavors in this beer.

The beer's body is medium-light to light with a fairly medium-high to high level of carbonation. The result is a crisp and quickly drinkable beer with a satisfyingly dry finish.

Aug 26, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to assume that Saint Roch is a reference to the Saint Roch that survived a plague infection and back when he was alive not dying of an infection was misinterpreted as a miracle. Shared by Michael at a recent Fantome ridiculous tasting of epic whaleness.

Beer is brown-ish, nice little white head, small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing.

Aroma is raisins and stone fruits, with a nice malt backbone, yeast is subdued in this one.

Beer is sweet, bready, nice malt character, great finish, not too dry. Beer has some late funk in there, and some plum like flavors, interesting and I would have it again.

Nov 22, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this one. Served in a Fantome tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some faint spice and a bit of fruit. Some amber malt as well. A light bit of funk as it warms. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Quite tasty.

Nov 10, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by yourefragile at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, sugar, yeast, earthy notes, some light Fantome funk. Very sweet and fruity, which I like.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, yeast, sugar, earthy notes, floral notes. No real funk and a little too sweet for me, so a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A touch undercarbonated but easy to drink; a little more and it could be perfect.

o - Overall a good beer, but was a tiny bit too sweet in the taste for me. Would give another shot, but better Fantome's out there.

Nov 09, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy, with a finger or so of white head. The aroma is pleasant, offering citrus fruit, funk, hay, lemon zest, floral scents. Lots of citrus fruit in the flavor. I am convinced that there is some radical batch and bottle variation among Fantôme beers, as I am not picking up on a lot of the fruit flavors described in some of the other reviews. Light funk throughout. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. One of the best saisons of the more than two dozen sampled last night.

Nov 07, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a semi clear reddish brown color with a lively white head. Some lacing. Fairly clean aroma for a Fantome but has notes of caramel and some spice. Some fruit like notes as well. The taste is rather different too with notes of some light fruit (grape), apple, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Some bitterness in the end. It’s fine, but nothing too crazy.

Oct 24, 2011
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Chriscrundwell12 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark yellow brown color, ½ finger off white head, bubbles come up from the bottom, well carbonated, decent lacing and retention.
S- The aroma has sugar and spice upfront, Belgium yeast, herbal aroma, sweet malts, toffee white wine/grapes.
T- Really nice tasting brew, pretty sweet right away, white grape taste is present, sugar, hints of caramel, fruity tastes come out in the end, slight apple, grape.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, crisp/dry finish, well carbonated.
O- Enjoyable offering from Fantome, solid beer as most of the Fantomes have been, this one didn’t stand out compared to some of the others but still tasty.

Sep 03, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

768th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750 ML

Not sure vintage
@Woodshop Classix

App- A lighter looking yellow with a good head for a decent size pour. Head was about 3/4” and then slowly fades and allows for some good cling.

Smell- This was a nice saison. A lot going on in the nose. Starts out with a touch of bitter hops and then moves over to a dry hay/grass note. Finishes with a touch of zesty lemons.

Taste- The taste really follows the nose. This was much more dry than a lot of the other Fantomes I have had. It was lemony, bright and a touch of acidity on the drink. The hay notes come into play first.

Mouth- A light bodied saison with a nice high carb feel. A bit of the lemon and hay remain on this one.

Drink- I have to say that what they do at Fantome is quite amazing with just a saison to impart a lot of different nuances and flavors and even small layers on a unique style.

Aug 30, 2011
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mothman from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part 6 of the Fantome tasting.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Good retention with some thick rings. Color is a burnt bright orange.

Aroma: A herbal/floral nose. Maybe a touch more hops show here compared to most Fantomes. I pick up a grape/white wine flavor. Maybe a hint of pears. Spices and some bready malts.

Taste: Grapeskins and wine flavors. More spice flavors show here. Yeasty and bready. Apple skins and pears. Coriander. Very herbal flavored.

Mouthfeel: Dry compared to other Fantomes. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, this was a pretty solid saison. Not very unique compared to the other Fantomes, but more 'to style'. Good stuff.

Aug 27, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I honestly do not understand how a beer can pop so violently when the cork is removed yet not a single bubble of carbonation is released from the solution. Yet the beer enters my glass and erupts with 3 fingers worth of tan head composed of rather large bubbles. As the brew rests in my glass, it appears a hazy color of orange. As the cap slowly recedes down to less than a finger, it leaves finger-like strings of lacework all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is lightly cheesy with some funky tones. Quite dry smelling with minor notes of barnyard quality and hay. Through the back of the brew emerges a fruited quality smelling very much like lemons which again goes back to some cheese and spiced indications that are a little herbal. There is a faint vanilla sweetness mixed with a mineral aspect to this brew's nose once it comes up to temperature.

The taste of this brew has a pleasant lemony quality that turns bitter and pulp-like. The bitterness of this brew is very reminiscent of eating unsweetened grapefruit. There is a dry bready grain flavoring across the middle that provides a base for some herbal flavoring to come in towards the finish. Throughout this brew are some deep earthy flavors that when mixed with the rindy and herbal flavorings, it comes together to be a very unique take on a saison.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is yet again masterfully hidden as I have come to expect from this brewery. A very solid and unique arrangement of flavors here. This is one of the most dry takes on the style I have had to date without much spiced quality. Very earthy and enjoyable.

Aug 25, 2011
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muttyd from Alabama

4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw color with a big fluffy white head. Hazy body, lots of gunk at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is unlike most other saisons. Vanilla-y, earthy, funky aroma with a strong fruity (honeydew melon? cherries?) background. Not sure exactly what is going on in the aroma but its definitely more sweet/fruity smelling than most saisons. The flavor comes through with more sweet, citrusy, funky notes. Tart, but not offensively sour. Finishes rather sweet, but still very characteristic of the style.

Wish I could get another bottle of this. Amazing brew.

Aug 21, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to Andrew for sharing.

A: Dark hazy orange with a big off-white frothy head that recedes in a cavernous fashion.

S: Horsey barnyard presence with straw, vanilla, and earth. Lots of fruit: melon, pear, apple, and lemon. There's a light sugary element with spicy and floral notes.

T: The beer has an interesting fruit profile, sort of an odd mixture: raspberry, strawberry, melon, lemon, apple, and pear. Malt is bready and lightly sweet, with a decided spiciness that's peppery and earthy. Lightly funky and musty. The tartness is restrained but unmistakable. Very interesting.

M: High carbonation and lower medium in body.

Overall: An interesting and enjoyable beer. Quite an experience.

Jul 01, 2011
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brokensail from California

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Amy for sending me this bottle.

A: The beer pours a very hazy golden amber color with a big white head.

S: Definitely some funk in there. Lots of yeast and a slight mustiness. Straw, grass, lemon zest, a mild spiciness, and a lot of sweet fruits. There's also a lightly sugary note to it, almost like Smarties.

T: Sweet malts with a decent amount of bread, but still a pronounced sugar flavor. Straw, pepper, grass, lemon zest, and various non-descript "earthy" flavors give a nice complexity. Plenty of yeast and just a subtle tartness.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Since you never really know what you're getting with Fantome, I had my reservations. But, I thought this was pretty solid.

Jun 30, 2011
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB March 2012. Thanks to Rookie for opening this bottle he brought back from Amsterdam. 750mL green glass capped and corked bottle.

Quick review: Pours an orange amber and super clear with huge creamy bone-white head. Nose is very malty with some faint "fruit loops" (orange, lemon, lime, cereal grain) notes. The palate is all about pale caramel malt and pale candi sugar, very Belgian Pale Ale-esque, with an odd note of preserved lemon peel creeping out of the grain flavors. Carbonation is soft and creamy.

More focused than any other Fantome beer I've had, but unfortunately not the most interesting.

Mar 02, 2011
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sisuspeed from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March 2012

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Beautiful burnt red body that is clear with a splash of orange. A thin white head forms on top and manages to maintain well. Elegant lacing. The second pour is a bit more cloudy.

Floral citrus mixed with red and white grapes on oak. Hay and earthy grain with just a touch of funk. Reminds me of a warm summer afternoon outside. Some fruit acidity . One of the better Fantome aromas. Well done.

Oak, hay and green apple, followed by a blend of red and white grape with the skins. Earthy with some herbal spice and dusty grains. Tasty.

Mouthfeel has a slickness to it with light, but spritzy carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol comes through, mostly in the back of the throat. Slightly dry.

Drinkability is good. I've had a handful of the Fantome offerings and this is probably my second favorite behind their original saison. The nose great and the taste follows suit. Another excellent beer from Fantome. I wish you could find this one stateside. Worth seeking out.

Feb 19, 2011
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abuliarose from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by March 2012. Poured into a tasting glass, revealing amber brown body under a finger of quickly dissipating airy head. Elegant bubbling. Rosy hues. Some lacing. Clear on the first pour, cloudy by the second. Smells interesting with a decent aroma of metallic blood over some barnyard funk and some boiled vegetable. Slight citrus. Hints of white grape. Maybe not my favorite of the saison smells but certainly different.

The taste somewhat makes up for the smells. Clean funkafied malts up front with a little floral presence though no discernible sweetness. Some gentle citrus fades to a vegetal corny aftertaste with smooth light malt background. Hints of metallic flavor in the middle, but nothing off-putting. Subsequent cloudy pours bring forth more of the lemony fresh flavors and mask the metallicness. Hints of spice throughout, but not the spice presence I am used to with Belgian yeasts. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but with a velvety medium-bodied texture that captures it well and releases small, tongue tickling bubbles. Decently drinkable. The more I drink, actually, the more I warm up to the flavors. Alcohol, as always, is well-masked.

Overall this was quite an interesting saison. I may prefer the clarified regular Famtôme over it but I'm glad I got to have a glass.

Feb 19, 2011
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a hazy burnt Orange colour, with a foamy white head that reduces quite quickly.

S - Little bit of citrus and spice with plenty of floral notes. Quite pungent.

T - Plenty of citrus spice up front finished by some stewed dark fruits and maybe a little malty tea.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Very nice saison that is well disguised.

Jan 06, 2011
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BearsOnAcid from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bubbly white head that sticks wonderfully to the sides of the glass. Turbid golden color. Up front is a vanilla brett smell mixed with citric infused lactic acid. Sort of reminds me of a dulled citric air freshener. Dry, waxy mouthfeel. Tangy wheat. I keep finding this citric acid presence. It mixed nicely with the lactic acid and small amount of brett. Usually I don't find even an moderate strength brett character in Fantomes but this one was nice. Or maybe the brewer is playing tricks on my taste buds. He's pretty good at that.

Oct 06, 2010
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one blew me out of the water. THIS is why I hunt beers. This is a deserted island beer.

Slightly better with a light chill to it.

Appearance: nearly opaque rusty-reddish-copper pour with an enormous, lightly tan head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Oh it is sour? The eyebrow slightly arches. Oh it is that beautiful fantome funk with a light sourness? Eyebrow arches to the max. Elation as I madly suck in foam to try it. Also lots of fruit here, I get honeysuckle, melons, raspberries and pears. Nice faint musty backdrop. Perhaps some strawberry sangria also, but also the elements of a fruit tea with lemon? Funny how a bottle of fantome can be a moving target for the senses.

Taste: This beer is amazing. The sourness hits at first, then subsides and appears on the finish. Mid-pallate is full of light funk and must (of the typical fantome signature variety), along with honeysuckle, mellon, raspberries (and other berries) and pears. The tartness makes this one.

Mouthfeel: Rather dry, silky but a bit thin. This finish on this one is the best part. The sourness lingers with the funk, no bitter or vinegar, with a slight sweetness.

Drinkability: I tried to slow down and enjoy it but doing so was damn hard. Probably my favorite fantome, followed by strange ghost and the regular version. Why did I only have this one? I got goosebumps at one point, this is that good. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all I suppose. This is one of those beers when you set down the iPad/computer, kick back in the recliner, and relax, rolling it around on the tounge.

Oct 01, 2010
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well pour (oops I am getting ahead of myself, I meant poor) Saint Roch wouldn't fit in my luggage on the way back from Belgium, I guess I'll just have to drink him before I go. This is a very well carbonated bottle, as many a Fantome are, as a careful pour still summons forth a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has fantastic staying power, as it slowly subsides it forms deep mountains and valleys in my Cantillon tulip glass. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, wildly carbonated, light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells distinctively of Fantome with a nice fruitiness that reminds me of melons, Macintosh apples, floral nectar, lightly tart berries and super ripe red pears. A touch musty, with an earthy spiciness that is backed by a considerable, pale-toasted grain character that smells a bit like whole grain crackers.

This lively effervesces as it crosses my tongue. There is a super sort of fruit character to this beer that reminds me of things like pears, aromatic apples, ripe currants and, in the lingering finish, ripe strawberries. Nice and light bodied on the tongue, the carbonation certainly helps with this, but the body is fairly quaffable all on its own; this is certainly dangerously quaffable give its stated 8% strength. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish and also some nice soft tartness, both of which help to balance the up front fruitiness. The tartness is interesting, it is light enough that it may have come from some sort of fruit that Dany decided to add to this batch, or it might be some interesting fermentation by-product; Either way it adds a nice touch to this beer that works with the other elements. The bitterness is fairly light, but gets accentuated by some spicy higher alcohols that are otherwise not really noticed.

A very nice Fantome, there isn't any overt funkiness to this beer, but what is here works really well and harmoniously. This is definitely a tasty brew, and one that I would have loved to have a couple extra bottles of to take home.

Jul 25, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 10 Euros at Cafe Delirium in Brussels

reviewed from memory

1st off - this was my alternate choice behind a few ultra-rare Cantillons listed in the beer bible but being either "out of stock" or unavailable to tourists, who knows. the meathead bartender opened this one up and stuck his nose in it, and then thoroughly smelled the cork. he made a face but then told me that it smells great. A few seconds later when i returned to my seat i saw what i thought was a motion to his friend that suggested the opposite of what he told me. I digress.

appearance: old looking bottle with the fantome ghost absent, really muddy garnet body, loads of suspended yeast

smell: aged hops, caramel, yeast that appears to have passed its prime

taste: really messy - definitely the worst fantome i've ever had...something had come unglued here - the hops and yeast were on the descent and the normal fantome funk seems to be missing

mouthfeel: ok, but excessive floaters

drinkability: ok

Jun 05, 2010
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FreshHawk from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A little cloudy with a slightly burnt orange color, somewhat the color of an IPA. Average sized foamy white head with about average retention. Thin layer of lacing left with it being thicker and congregating to one side.

S - Similar to some other Saison/Fantome aroma with some funk and barnyard, lemon citrus, spice, and floral aspects. This has a bit of a red fruit and a little more floral/tea like aroma. Slightly musty, tea-like beer.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts out with some of the normal Saison/Fantome beers with some lemon, spice, and such. Mid sip to finish, some more barnyard kind of funk comes out along with a somewhat tart and sweet red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, and apple). Floral/tea-like flavor combines with the berry flavor on the finish. Slight malty undertone.

M - Medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation. Slight drying finish and a touch of smoothness.

D - Very drinkable and the ABV is pretty much not existent in the taste. It really sneaks up on you. Nice mix of flavors with a different take on a saison.

Notes: Nice beer, not my favorite saison or beer from Fantôme, but a good one. Unique saison taste that is a bit darker and has a bit more fruity flavor. Taste reminded me a bit of a berry flavored tea. ABV is very well hidden.

Jun 03, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of light funky ester with some dry notes. Taste is also a mix between some very funky notes with some apricot ester and a dry finish with some subtle Brett notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Nice funky notes with balanced malt backbone - probably one of the best Fantome that I have tasted lately.

Feb 14, 2010
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ccrida from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (gusher alert!) poured into my Fantôme tulip, Saint Roch is a murky burnt gold with a small off-white head that leaves sticky lace.

Smell is classic Fantôme, pithy lemon zest, some sour wheat and a bit musty, particularly as it warms, unfavorably.

Taste is a bit disappointing at first, after having wanted to get my hands on this for a couple years. There's an astringent bite from the brett, which has manifest itself in an unpleasant manner. I was hoping this would be a more tart sourness like their best efforts, but it comes off more of a dirty huskiness. There is some sweetness to the esters though, which I always enjoy. As it warms, the lemons open up, sweetens, and softens (or perhaps my palate just adjusted to the brett), and become much more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is OK. Probably my least favorite Fantôme. But it's still Fantôme, which I love. Very glad got to try it, thanks again Dstructo!

Nov 28, 2009
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 44 ratings