Fantôme Saison
Brasserie Fantôme

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #42
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #693
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 12.7%
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
2,047
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color with a significant off-white head. Leaves beautiful cobwebs of lacing along the glass.

Strong aromas of hay, musty oak, and lemon zest. Some very light coriander and apricot. Lightly skunked.

The flavor has notes of coriander, white wine grapes, bubblegum, mint, and lots of apricot and pear. There's also some lemon, honey, ground cinnamon, clove and apple slices with a bit of cracked pepper. Moderately hoppy on the finish. Grassy and herbal throughout. A lot going on here.

The feel is medium bodied with nice, bubbly carbonation. Wonderfully crisp with an incredibly smooth finish. You wouldn't know this beer is 8% if you didn't read the bottle.

So this has been a beer I've wanted to get my hands on for years. As soon as I popped the cork I got a tidal wave of skunk in my face. Naturally, I feared the worst. The aroma itself is good, but the flavor is just indescribable. There's just so much complexity. It perfectly straddles the line between balanced and muddled. Everything just works somehow and I love it.

Sep 06, 2021
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with very limited haze. Some white head. Some lemon, some pear. Maybe some dried apricot on the nose. It's got some of the green bottle skunkyness, but not a lot. The main flavor, and I'm not sure I can put wrap my head around it fully, but is kind of got an overripe basil flavor to it. Maybe some bitter green arugala/kale character as well as some minty spearment gum character as well. It's incredibly complex. I enjoyed this.

Aug 02, 2021
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pure gold body, hazy due to being unfiltered, and with yeast sediment; vigorous effervescence rapidly forms a huge, fine white head with good retention, it forms right back up with a swirl.
Fresh sweet apples, and the orchard they came from, hints of coriander, grapefruit zest, lightly floral, honey, even touches of bubblegum. It's not a particularly strong aroma, but it is interesting.
The flavour is like running through meadows and orchards - honey, apples and pears, wheat grain and hay, balanced perfectly by a spice from both yeast and hops, and a deft hop bitterness and dry finish. Champagne-like carbonation and almost buttery texture give it a luxurious, sophisticated feel.

This is irresistible. Can't stop taking sip after sip, seeking and finding something new each time. A symphony, with highs and lows, balanced beautifully. Must try.

May 16, 2021
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Solargrin from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just recently discovered that one of my favorite beers, Spotted Cow, was considered to be a Farmhouse Ale - Saison so I have gone on a search for saisons available in my area. Came across this one my local bottle shop. Honestly it is one of the best most drinkable beers I have come across in sometimes. The smell of this beer made me concern but the taste of the beer proved to be exceptional. If you like drinkable beers and enjoy cinnamon / cloves then this beer is for you. As an added bonus the feel of this beer is magnificent silky and bubbly at the same time. Kudos to brewers.

May 13, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml capped and corked green bottle, as Fantôme bière artisanale sur lie, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8%. Hazy deep golden colour, huge white head. Pleasant aroma of spicy yeast, citrus and oxidised apples. Distinctly spicy flavour, some citrus and medium bitter hops in the finish. I’m upping it a couple points. Original rating: Shared bottle at local tasting. Hazy pale yellow colour. Slightly lemony and mildly spicy aroma. Refreshing flavour, moderately lemony and mildly spicy again. Light bodied. Low bitterness.

Mar 19, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one because it’s a biggie. I mean, it’s not gonna knock Raul out, but it’s a well respected one. It’s kind of like going to the flop house and getting the madame; I’m excited, but I’m also a lil nervous. But then after brother Raul took a sip, nervous he was not. It’s just straight up clean and smooth. That’s it. This dove did not have BO!

Peace!

Jul 05, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small pour at Alefort. Cloudy, milky yellow, with a small bubbly head. Grassy aroma, lemons, floral. Taste reflects this with the addition of sourdough, yeast. Pretty full , complex.

Nov 05, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The house yeast that, then, turns dry. Different, but gives Fantome its zesty panache’ and authentic farmhouse touch.

Given how there seem to be consistency issues, I'm glad I Had this Saison on tap from The Beer Temple. The hazy yellow and inch of foam was fine but only mildly intriguing. Smells tell a different story, very fruity; mostly apples, but citrus in the background. How the yeast is working those malts sweetly is in the immediate attack, but then the spicing (yeasty pepper and hops) take over. Finishes dry, perhaps a bit too dry to let a good meal show its stuff also. But, that is part of the Fantome Panache to me.

Nov 04, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep golden coloration with an amber hue, large, fluffy, stable head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and strong fruity and slightly spicy yeast esters, with notes of green apple, pear, apricot, gooseberry, lime peel, clove and black pepper. Taste follows the nose, with some sweet'ish doughy, slightly grainy malt upfront, but being absolutely dominated by the quite complex and fruity yeast esters, with lighter spicy notes also coming through, as well as a very mellow tartness and just the merest hint of musty funk and a surprising bitterness in the finish, with notes of tart green apples, sweet pears, juicy apricots, tangy gooseberries, zesty lime peel, clove, black pepper and just a hint of star anise. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some fruity/spicy yeast esters lingering in the aftertaste. Sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and strong carbonation.

While this is not quite what I imagined, it's still an excellent Saison that is a lot more tradtional and less funky than I expected though. However, there really is a marvellous depth and balance to the estery flavor profile here that is rather impressive, with quite vibrant fruity and spicy notes as well as a mild malt sweetness.

Sep 15, 2019
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RichardFStewart from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After gently uncorking, pours a golden deeper-than-expected radiant hue. Foamy head recedes rather well flowing for the first sups. Settles nicely after awakening the tastebuds, finishes with a robust tart and peppery saturation of the palette. Better in this heat of Florida, but wouldn't turn it down around an October campfire either. Although it can come in 30 liter kegs, I cannot imagine one lasting more than a few precious hours with others nearby. Enjoy.

Jul 04, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a traditional gold, washy head that settles into a thin pool, mild carbonation. Aroma has an excellent sweet / spicy dynamic - beeswax, honey, lemon, loam, peppercorn, hint of clove & anise, vanilla. Those spices are more prevalent on the palate & borders on overpowering the classic saison notes, but it ultimately pulls it off. Anise root, wet oak, pear stem, overripe apple must, loam. Lots of interesting flavors. Feel is thin & a little oily, needs more carbonation.

Jun 17, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - definitely skunked, I am also getting some lemon, lemongrass and ginger

Taste - lemon,lime, ginger, lemongrass, clove and bit of black pepper

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly skunked upfront, lemon, ginger, otherwise crisp

Overall - decent saison here, I had no way to tell how old this bottle was, but I can tell that it was well made. Despite the fact that this is skunked due to the green bottle, There was still some classic saison flavors here. Id love to try it on draft, but at its price point I wont repurchase unless it becomes available in brown bottles

Price Point - $15.99/ 750ML bottle

May 26, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a medium white head. Lemon and hay on the nose, along with bread and grass. The taste was clean and austere. A Brett phenolic aspect with cracker, white bread, lemongrass, and faint pepper. So clean. Dry finish. Outstanding.

Apr 10, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a brilliant, golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, foamy, long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: An above average aroma of funky Belgian yeast, light fruit, spices, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of a little bit of light fruit (apples), some citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a lot of funky Belgian yeast (quite pungent), and some spices (pepper, cloves). This isn't a terrible flavor, but it's definitely a bit on the bland side. For some reason it seems to have a watered down quality - none of the ingredients really shine.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, an uneven beer, but it has some good qualities.

Mar 29, 2019
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Athina from New York

2.48/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I had such high hopes for this beer-I love Belgian beers-and especially saisons.This was so hard to get down- It tasted bitter, but also had the strange flavor /aroma of stale beer smell in a college dorm. It had a terrible after-taste too.

Feb 15, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Nov 08, 2018
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pants678 from California

3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Nov 03, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Feb 11, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Feb 01, 2018
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

2.2/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

Jan 30, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jan 13, 2018
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy orange-brown with a thin white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Lemongrass, damp hay, green apples, whole grain bread, baked apples, farmhouse funk, dried apricots, allspice, clove, white pepper, and baked pear. Smells musty like grandmas house when she’s cooked an apple pie.

Taste: Whole wheat crust smothered in pear chutney on the attack. As it moves across the palate notes of apple cider, clove, nut meg, spiced pineapple, Gewurtztraminer wine, pears poached in white wine, rye, preserved lemon, and Belgian candied sugar linger on the palate. The finish is long with notes of baked apples, French bread, floral hops, and farmhouse funk.

Feel: Medium bodied. Quenching and slightly sticky on the the palate. Soft natural carbonation. Light bitterness. Mildly tannic. Finish is dry. No alcohol present.

Overall: Absolutely brilliant. It’s so complex. Layers upon layers of flavor. Everything plays together from the soft natural carbonation to the quenching body to the dry finish. From first sip I was blown away by this beer. The new benchmark for saisons to me.

Nov 26, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Ablepsia, then Space Pilgrim Episode 4. Very smooth feel. Really balanced, with light funk notes and plenty of pear and white grapes. Even champagne-like

Oct 22, 2017
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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