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Fantôme Saint-Roch | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saint-RochFantôme Saint-Roch

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PMR on 10-17-2006

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mdfb79
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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.

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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.

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Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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