Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and capped bottle, snifter glass. Overcarbonated, but not gushing out of the bottle- it blows up as soon as I start pouring it into the glass. Yikes. Took a while until it settled down appropriately. Cloudy golden yellow body, slight orange hue, two finger frothy white head, good retention, bit of lacing. Smell is mineral, isoproterenol, touch of clove, not quite hefeweizen, but it has that nose to it. Mildly acetic acidity, quite a bit of leathery funk. Awesome. Big lemon peel. Flavour follows, a bit more muddled than the nose would suggest, very bold. Sweet caramel, grain, big leather. Touch of spice. Hay. It is all a bit crazy, muddled even, but in a modern impressionist sort of way, it works pretty well. Wonder if this would round out with time on it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, quite dry, leathery with big hay. It's like eating a handful of moldy hay, although in a good, drinkable way. It's certainly unique and indeed a classic flavour.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Really amazing that I have never had this. This is one of those old gems that the longer I go without trying it, the more I think it's going to be awesome. As the cork pops, the stinky, earthy, skunky, rustic Saison aroma emanates from the bottle. The flavor was surprising though. It was much sweeter than expected. There is a little bit of funk in there too and some of those rustic elements found in the nose. It's a bit of a let down; I was expecting a drier beer. Finally had it though.

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Photo of pants678
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange, plenty of head foam.

Tart fruit.

Sweetness is more than I like. Very slightly floral, apple cider stands out -- perhaps I wanted sharper.


Not airy like the 3%ers I've had, not crisp, not sticky.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grapeshops
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drh88
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Spaten454
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOBEERFB
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On Draught at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
A:Massive, creamy 3 finger head, hazy deep straw gold body
S:Subtle berry and funk aromas (very understated)
T:Somewhat grainy and a tad sweet with hints of fruit and some white grape with a hint of astringency and funk
M:Very dry and somewhat silky
O:The sweetness is off putting to me and I wouldn't really call this a saison in the traditional sense, I mean it is, but a lot of the typical characteristics don’t manifest themselves in an obvious way. It’s not bad but doesn’t appeal to me.

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Photo of Andrew4321
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, semi-opaque orange with two fingers of hearty white head that retains exceptionally well. Aroma is light bready malts, fruit hops, and yeast. It smells bright and lively. Flavor profile is bready and biscuity malts, with fruit, and herbal hops. It finishes with a strong yeast taste. Mouth feel is slightly effervescent, with a foaming, medium thickness. Overall, a great saison with a straight forward aroma, flavor, and feel. It looks the part, and, well - nails all the other aspects of a saison.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Fantôme "Fantôme Saison"
1 PT 9.4 FL. OZ. green glass bottle, corked and capped. The cork reads "Lot 09 086/477044".
$15.56 @ The Beer Yard (The Beverage Store), Wayne, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is not my first encounter with Fantôme Saison, it's one of my favorite beers, but I've never reviewed it. It pours a hazy golden orange body beneath a finger thick head of pillowy off-white. Unfortunately this bottle is a little skunked as they usually are unless you get it out of a sealed case but that will pass as you get used to it. On the other hand, maybe that, along with some cork is nice mixed in with its bright fruitiness, soft earthiness, and subtle spice. There you go, I just gave you the aroma profile except for one thing, there's a little bit of funkiness that's kind of reminiscent of the smell of old beer on a bar room floor if that makes any sense. It's sweetish and grainy but a little sour as well, and to be honest that's a pretty good description of the flavor as well - I keep getting ahead of myself. The fruitiness is the real star of the show here, although keeping in line with its spicing it's not overdone. There are notes of apple, sweet pear, white grape, apricot, and soft lemon. I wonder if lemon zest is part of the spicing. There's a hint of pepper as well, but that's probably from the yeast, and some mild clove. There might be a very little bit of star anise in there as well, but that very low level, nondescript spicing is what makes it work so well. At this point I've added the yeast pour which really softens it up. I prefer it with a little more sharpness but at the same time I hate to waste even a drop. It's medium bodied and gently effervescent, seemingly completely natural with very fine tiny bubbles - smooth. Overall it's complex without being overdone, really nicely rounded and balanced, and soft, supple, and remarkably easy to drink - the alcohol never shows, not even to just to give the impression through its presence that you're drinking a strong beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Buttered popcorn fart aroma and purely apple juice and mild dust flavour. A wildly boring and foul saison. Not sure how this is 'supposed' to taste, but god damn it was not good.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duncian
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 for oz poured into a tulip glass, a very murky orange with a half finger head that moves immediately to a thin lace. The aroma initially starts off slighlty skunked, yeasty and metallic, but that fades into an earthy lemongrass scent. The taste is funky, some doughy yeast, dill, some mild clove on the finish. Pears and pepper. The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation modulates between slightly fizzy and smooth. Overall, an interesting blend, been wanting to try this for a while, glad I did.

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Photo of samEBC
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 2,002 ratings