Fantôme Saison
Brasserie Fantôme

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #36
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #612
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 12.93%
Reviews:
848
Ratings:
2,023
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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of RichardFStewart
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
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

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of Athina
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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Photo of pants678
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Crackblind
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pushed on me by the bartender. 8 oz. serving in a Tokyo tulip glass.

Three times the bartender told me I'd never see this on tap again so I finally tried it (bonus was it was on someone else's tab).

Glad to say he wasn't messing with me! It hit every high point of the style. I can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Foggy amber-gold with a large dense white foam leaving spooky drips of lace under a solid creepy layer--I guess the cheesy Casper-like label adds to that effect. There is just a shit load of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so beware if that turns you off. It really kicks up the acidity and tartness if you pour it all into your glass though, which will most likely be during your second or third pour.

The citrus melange on the nose blows me away. This is a very complex yet balanced aroma, and I'm getting all kinds of things playing off each other, working together and making it difficult to pick one thing out of this wonderful bouquet. I'm getting grass, hay, orange, lemon, guava, golden apple, apple cider, sweet corn, and mixed grain bread. As it warms, an addition to this wild array of aromas is an abundance of fresh peach.

Wow, I mean seriously? Up front it tastes like champagne, and white wine. Actually, it would be even more accurate to call this experience a perfect mimosa, with flavors like golden apple and orange juice taking hold, yet leaving room for fresh and herbal hay and grass, with plenty of wild herbs, sweet bun, toasted corn, and bittering lemon rind. And after all that, as it warms, the same as on the nose, a bushel of fresh peaches stops by to say hi.

Fantôme Saison is really soft, with a medium-full body, and a semi-wet, round luscious drinkable finish with a slight tang.

Despite my best efforts, I honestly can't really put a finger on it--this is a flavor profile all its own and worth enjoying for that alone. This is a damn near perfect beer.

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Photo of Dzu
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.75 l bottle into tulip.
L: turbid amber with a no foam head. A lot of suspensions.
S: belgian yeasts, weak sourness, flowers.
T: Bittersweet, light fruits and berries.
F: Tight body and weak carbonation and nice afterstaste.
O: Very intersting ale. Must taste.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed a beer in years--figured it's time to get back on the train! Got this from Hop City Krog Street and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Look: Deep old gold body. Leaning to the orange-gold side. Nice egg-white head retained throughout drinking; initial pour was over 2 fingers of head now it's receded to about a centimeter. Solid web-like lacing on glass.

Smell: Lemongrass, candied lemon. Some grass clippings and funk.

Taste: Aspirin-y lemon and grass. The funk you smell from the inside of a barn after it rains. Some white pepper notes mid sip. Yeasty pear as the beer warms up. Some slight tannins on the back end, but it isn't tart.

Feel: Light-medium bodied. Very drinkable on a hot day.

Overall: A flat out awesome saison. I'm glad this is back in GA. Very complex yet approachable at the same time. There are many layers to this beer once you get past the initial lemongrass/citrus smell and initial taste. I want to cellar one and see how much funkier it can get. Great stuff.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2/22/18 - After reviewing the many Saisons I have had the pleasure to drink (not everyone was pleasurable), I have decided to raise my rating to almost perfect for this beer and the Saison DuPont.

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Brought this bottle back from a trip to Europe. Capped and corked. The funky/cat piss aroma was evident upon opening even before I poured. Cloudy (I let the beer sit for ten days before opening) but with a great head and lacing. Dry, dry finish. Maybe the funkiest of all saisons I have ever had.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy light orange-yellow color, almost a little bit like grapefruit juice. Pours a white creamy head that dissipates a little quickly but leaves a small bit of lacing on top.

S: Notes of white wine grapes, peach, and some light tropical orange, nice sweet cereal malt in the background and some notes of spice from the hops and yeast. A very subtle aroma with lots of complexity.

T: White wine grapes, with notes of peach and some light orange, a nice sweet cereal malt, balanced out by a slight bitterness from the floral and spicy hops and some notes of the Belgian yeast, while I like the aroma a little better, this is still a very nice Saison.

F: Medium-light body, with some higher carbonation.

O: This is a very subtle beer with the flavors but it is a very good Saison.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2023 ratings