Fantôme Saison
Brasserie Fantôme

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From:
Brasserie Fantôme
 
Belgium
Style:
Saison
Ranked #89
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,797
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 12.91%
Reviews:
857
Ratings:
1,200
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2022
Added:
Jul 24, 2002
Wants:
  527
Gots:
  262
SCORE
95
World-Class
Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison
Notes: This is a delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale. It is bright gold in colour with citrus notes. It is reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I am so happy I finally got to have this beer! Wonderful beer! So smooth and full bodied. Funky and sweet, great taste! Nice hoppy bitterness. Lemony and spicy. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. Beautiful foamy, creamy head atop a hazy golden yellow body. Excellent curtain lacing. Hope to get more!
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Aug 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Aug 25, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml green bottle. Corked and capped.
Mostly clear, pale gold colored body. Lots of pillowy white head; it takes a few pours to get a full glass. Keeps the foam as the beer is consumed.
Aroma is clear with Belgian yeast, with green apple and citrus.
Taste is similar to a champagne but with more yeast (slightly sour, but in a good way). Citrus and pear. Long fade out in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel with some effervescence. Hints at dryness, but this is from the yeast. Very expressive carbonation.
Thirst quenching, and has that yeast bite. Yummy.
Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper with a large fluffy white head.

S- Wonderfully funky, apricots, pears, some oak, musty, cloves, earthy spices, some lemon zest, touch of wheat.

T- Funky, musty, pears, some wheat, hints of apricots, cloves, earthy spices, touch of lemon zest.

M- Smooth, lively carbonation, light body.

O- Best Fantôme bottle I’ve gotten so far, taste doesn’t live up to the nose but still a great saison that gets better as you drink it.
Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.71 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by hockeypuck from Maine

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Rated by Deano_53 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Awesome. Very tasty!
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by Solargrin from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.62 by CAcker from California

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.66 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.43 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Jan 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 2.66 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 30, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.4 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Aug 12, 2020
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.67 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

May 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Jan 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -7%
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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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (or at least a narrow range on the recipe), 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.

10/26/22 Seven years later, had again on tap at The Beer Temple... a pretty reliable source for this mysterious micro. While this is Fantome's flagship, this saison also seems to vary its recipe every year. While this is somewhat the nature of the saison, Fantome's variations seem more like extreme outliers. But that is part of Fantome's cult. This micro's eccentricities are put in perspective by MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" for which the Master gives an insightful review of what might go on in this micro's mind. Sante'!
Nov 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by hopley from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Sep 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Brob245 from Missouri

Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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
Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2057 ratings