Fantôme Saison
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Belgian Saison
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4.33 | pDev: 12.93%
Brasserie Fantôme
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I bought this over a year ago at Provisions, I learned about a month later that it was part of a batch that had been severely infected - indeed, it seemed that 1 in 3 bottles were suffering quite badly (according to Dany, it was apparently due to a problem with his mash tank). I had the Saison D'Erezée - Printemps some time later (also part of said batch), and while it wasn't horrible, it was ridiculously smoky and grassy and didn't embody any of the world-class flavors that I've heard Dany's beers contain. I decided to take a risk and banished this to my cellar for over a year, and decided it was time to open it tonight. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

Opens with a light pop, with no gushing problems. Whew. Still, poured quite beautifully - a deep amber orange with bronze streaks, clear as you could imagine, with a fizzy white head that rises quite gracefully yet eventually dissipates into a ring. No bubbles show. A secondary pour produces a head that's even more caustic, and eventually this leaves behind nothing but minuscule bubbles and no head to speak of. Not my favorite, but all right overall.

Holy shit! This thankfully isn't infected, and I've heard astonishing things about Fantôme's saison aroma profile - and this, my friends, defies all expectations I had. This smells so fruity and luscious, with an absolute perfection in bringing together stone fruit, tropical fruit, light spices, earth, and sweet malt aromas all together. Predominantly, this smells a lot like sweet canned peaches, but it gets better the more I dig in - white nectarines, cantaloupe, green melon, guava, lychee, pineapple, mango, and then some apple and pear no doubt from the yeast strain. So. Delicious. Smelling. With the added elements of vanilla, sugar cream, and toffee, as well as some light white pepper, this smells like the most vivid peach cream crusted pie or peach sorbet ever put into a glass. Unbelievable stuff - lives up to the hype and is easily the greatest aroma I've ever smelled on a saison.

Well, as for the taste... Not as mind blowing, but still definitely delicious. This is where the rustic qualities that Dany's brewing techniques are known for seep through. It has been over a year since I purchased this, so it's no surprise that some of these flavors have taken over the beer at this point. (However, how the hell are they not present in the aroma?) At first, the palate is blasted with a brief grainy smokiness, light lemon grass, as well as dry, yet not coarse, texture resembling toasted tobacco and light leather. Luckily, it finishes with immense stone and tropical fruit, ranging from cantaloupe (this is seriously a melon bomb at this point) to guava, to mango to extremely ripe peaches. Finishes with a wonderful lingering sweetness from the fruity phenols (pears at the end!) with the toasted tobacco note that accentuates the vanilla, toffee, and light honeysuckle - again, creating the pie sensation that really makes this the star of the show. I actually enjoy all of the notes this beer offers, but I seriously do not understand why I feel a gritty smoky flavor assault at the back of the throat after each sip in spite of the beer's apparent lack of bubbles or any infection issues, for that matter. Regardless, this is really memorable stuff - really sticks it to you on what a saison can be.

Wow, this really did deliver - it's as strange and inconsistent as you'd expect a Fantôme beer to be, but it still was very delicious. I will forever remember the aroma on this beer - it's very astonishing and transcends the style as a whole. I wish I could have bought more from this batch, but I was too afraid at the time of any inconsistencies. Regardless, I will definitely make a question to buy more from Dany the next chance I get if I feel confident enough to do so. Salut !

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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 marc77
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The turbid, light oranged hued brew is topped by a formidably thick, dense whipped cream like head that leaves intricate lace. The luscious aroma is comprised of sweet apricot and peach fruit esters as the dominate components, w/ slightly tarter strawberry and citrus notes secondary. Subdued green apple acetaldehyde exists as an undertone in aroma. Buttery malt becomes perceptible as the beer warms as well. Bittersweet dried citrus peel is perceived initially, then yields to fructose - like sweetness mid - palate, while a combination of light sour dough breadiness and coriander round out the taste. Curacao provides most of the bitterness in this brew, since hop bitterness is very mild. Although highly carbonated, there's sufficient residual dextrins and protein for a relatively smooth mouthfeel. Finishes quite clean, w/ peppery notes briefly lingering. Fantome Saison is a highly enjoyable brew. It's got tremendous complexity, yet remains soft overall on the palate. Unparalled in drinkability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the classic fantom saison, a bit of an oddity, a downright strange brew, loosely fitting what we in the states consider to be a saison, bur probably far more true to the original style than many of these that are more "conventional". hazy sunny blonde to orange color with some yeast sediment and over an inch and a half of lasting whipped cream textured head. it smells sweet and fruity, almost bier de garde style, with yeast being the main flavor agent, a sweeter malt base, and notes of apricots, oranges, apples, and spices. the flavor is as herbal as it is spicy, the yeast here is just awesome, its what makes fantom famous. the beer is pretty dense, higher gravity, it feels hearty and filling even though its body isn't much past medium and its carbonation if effervescent and tickles the tongue. notes of caramel and fresh baked cobbler on the finish, again a display of a one of a kind yeast strain. white pepper and lemongrass sit on the tongue after the swallow. farmy beer, funky and strange, but incredibly appealing to me. i know people have had issues with fan time and consistency and quality, but i had absolutely no issues with this beer.

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Photo of mophie
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first saison, so it's possible I will come back at some point and revise my score. Anyway, this is an amazing beer. Apple cider color, bubbly tan head. At first pour, the head is immense, and the incredible carbonation ensures that the head never goes away. In fact, the carbonation was almost volcanic in appearance; there were three separate mini-tempests in my glass from the eruption of bubbles rising through this brew. How to describe the smell? Imagine walking through an apple orchard in autumn while holding a ripe pineapple to your nose. Farm fragrances abound. The taste? Slices of green apples in apple cider, with a healthy amount of pepper and coriander. Spicy, earthy, intoxicating, complex. Oh yeah, this is the stuff of life.

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

One of the bottles tasted at our Greensboro tasting Saturday,poured a hazy yellow with some orange tint with a nice fluffy/sticky head.Very lemony aroma it really jumped out up front along with a clovey spiciness,alot of refreshing flavors going on alot of citrus,lemons and orange mainly but I also detected some green apple as well along with some pepper but not nearly as peppery as some others of the style.A top notch saison thanks to the mother in law for bringing it down here for me so I could share it with others.

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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 MJR
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky orange-peach that looks like cloudy apple cider. A creamy, foamy white head forms almost two fingers deep and shrinks to a small cap, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Where to begin... The aroma is a whirlwind of green apple, pineapple, orange peel, honeydew, pear, apricot, honey, hops, various spices, and an earthy yeastiness. The smell coming from my glass is as impressive as any I've encountered.

Taste: The flavor starts out sweet and fruity, with loads of green apple, pear, orange peel, apricot, and pineapple. Midway through each sip, a solid bitterness undercurrent, along with a phenolic spiciness, takes center stage, but doesn't erase the memory of the sweet beginning. Big dose of spices in here too: ginger, coriander, black pepper... There's a wonderful musty, earthiness that calls to mind the terms 'farmhouse' and 'barnyard' that is present the entire time, but really asserts itself towards the finish. A touch of alcohol on the tail end. Causes fruity, medinical burps... Fruity, sweet, bitter, earthy, and spicy all at the same time. Wow...

Mouthfeel: Starts round and full, then turns to crisp and dry on the swallow, yet manages to retain it's creaminess. Nice medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'd love to be able to drink one after another of this, but there's simply too much going on. My tongue would be numb from trying to decipher the countless flavors this brew offers. Plus, it's not exactly a weak beer either, at 8%abv. None-the-less, this is one brew I'll always try to keep on-hand.

A unique, sooo-left-of-center version of the Saison style, this is an incredible beer. It would be great to give to people who think all beer is boring and tastes the same!

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Photo of yen157
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The cork had some sticky goo on top and broke when being removed. I had to punch the bottom 1/3 of the cork in. I don’t think that the bottle had been mistreated by the store because I’ve purchased a great number of corked items (beer, wine, and liquor) from this store without and problems.

The beer was a haze orange-tinted gold with a fairly creamy white head. There was a very fruity, tart nose, like apple Jolly Ranchers with a little bit of farmhouse funk thrown in for good measure. This was an extremely delicious saison. It was fruity and tart, but not puckeringly so. For balance it was lightly hopped and had a noticeable pale malt sweetness. That sweetness is important to me in the flavor profile of a saison, and some beers have too much or too little. Goldie Locks thought this one was damn near perfect in terms of malt.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. That crazy fantome striking again!!

Real nice brass and orange glowing apricot, slight haze but with a real nice middle column of roaring carbonation in the middle, and lots of pinhead side carbonation also. Head is fluffy cream white, makes about three fingers and settles into two. Great looking beer.

Nose is a lot of fun. Huge dry yeast and barley, some cherry cough drop and menthol, with some candy sweet sensations. Almost candy cane like aromas coming off of this. Mild brett and funk, with sweetness taking more of a forefront.

First taste is great. Good thick bodied malt backbone, but some also interesting palate sensations. Hints of cherry and cola syrup, with some hot brett yeast punch on first sip. Palate washes with a very thick and egg white texture, mixing some sweetness and dry yeast character. The body is nearly syrupy. Mild sour tinge on the finish with hints of cherry, but there's just a tad of phenolic novocaine sensations on this also unfortunately but luckily it's small.

Overall though still a real nice treat and unique creation.

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Photo of pagriley
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 into snifter. No idea when bottled.

L - Pours with a half inch of head and an almost muky orange juice consistency and color
S - hints of clove spice and banana with earthy musty wet dog in the background
T - A touch of sweetness with more of the nose and some firm tartness. Some bitterness to finish
F - Medium to full bodied - solid backbone but almost no carb

Overall a fascinating beer. A bit of funky sour farmyard with big Belgian yeastiness. Can't put my finger on what it is, but I keep coming back to it and enjoying it more and more. A super complex and well crafted beer.

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

Bottle shared by Curran today, thanks man.

This one pours a juicy-looking orange color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty funky and cheesy, with some grassiness, and lots of musty citrus.

Fantome's yeast character is always so crazy, and it really works here. It's very citrusy and bright, with just a bit of musty funk, some cheesy farmhousy funk, and some bitter grassiness. This is really quite delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly juicy and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A paradigmatic example of a the funky citrusy saison that I love so much.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Gravity Head at Rich O's on 3-19-05 IN/KY BA Gathering. Arrives with a nice cloudy yellow color and hints of orange along with a fluffy, craggy white head that sticks in clumps to the side of the glass. Amazing tart lemon smell with hints of vinegar, clove and some earthy barnyard funkiness. I get a touch of green olives as well and a nice mellow white peppery spiciness. Damn!

First sip is a wonderfully tangy sweet/sour lemony vinegar flavor. Notes of spice throughout and plenty of earthy barnyard dirty hay flavors. So smooth and extremely enjoyable. There's a bit of granny smith apple in there as well...fruity, tart, sweet and bitter. It all works so damn well together. Great yeast flavors....just a freaking awesome saison. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with a small bubbly carbonation. Goes down so well. Such a drinkable beer here...I could drink it all night. Highly recommended. I will be buying a bottle as soon as possible!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Split with three others at a tasting. Pours a solid and cloudy, completely opaque and dull shade of yellow. Lots of chunky sediment particles float and swirl around the beer. The small white head, even after an aggressive pour, settles to a thin skin and ring at the edges of the beer. Pretty good looking as far as saisons go.

The aroma of Fantome Saison is simply unlike anything I've ever smelled before. So unique, different, weird, wonderful, and just an incredible combination of seemingly thousands of different things. Huge amounts of yeast; funk, cork, damp cellar, barnyard - welcome to funk town. Sublimely enough, the funk is met with an intangible sweetness; some kind of nebulous fruitiness that stands out. It smells exactly like strawberry Pez candy. Lots of grassy, herbal, and floral notes join in, along with some light lemon zest, orange peel, and a handful of spices and herbs that I couldn't even begin to put my finger on. So many different things blended in such a weird, albeit complementary way. It's different, and it works.

I take my first sip and my mouth is met with a flavor profile unlike anything else. I honestly don't even know where to begin or how to accurately describe this one. That mild, indecipherable fruity sweetness comes on right at the start. I wish I could put my finger on it, but I just can't. It follows that Pez aroma pretty closely, and tastes similarly, too. It provides a nice, light sweetness up front. Way before long, the yeast flavors start to take over - wet cork, damp celler, dare I say, horseblanket? More and more, that initial sweetness almost starts providing a light tartness - not enough to pucker, but enough to be noted.

There's a substantial hop character; slightly herbal and grassy with lots of random floral flavors popping in and out. It might be hard to pick out at first, simply due to the enormous number of things going on here. As the sweetness and fruit flavors fade out towards the end, the funk flavors become a little more prominent and other finishing flavors come out, too: mild oak, wet hay, and some warming alcohol. Despite its decrescendo, however, there still is a little bit of sweetness that lasts until the finish. Crispy mouth feel, carbonation like a mofo, leaving a super dry finish.

Fantome Saison is a wonderful display of creativity and individuality - a seemingly "it's just crazy enough to work" type combination of flavors and aromas. Traveling from sweet and mildly tart to funky and bone dry, for a super unique and refreshing saison. Everyone teased me for getting such a hard-on over this beer, but I don't care. I fucking loved it. And I don't care if nobody else does - bigger pours for me next time!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Completely exceptional, refined and subtle; more than the sum of its parts. Peach hue, head for days, aroma of green apples, white pepper, hay, marigolds, alfalfa, slight lemon, crushed biscuits. Taste is more of the same with a slight bitterness dodging in and out. Mouthfeel is intensely creamy, plush but light.

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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 BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the Godfather of all Saisons, this beer never disappoints. As soon as the bottle is un-corked, a steady flow of carbonated beer flows from the neck of the bottle and seemingly never lets up. As the beer is decanted into the snifter, it releases a dull, rusty, hazy peach color and a film of foam sustains itself atop the beer. Active carbonation puts on quite a show. Good aromas of floral, spicy, and tart. Flavors of oranges, peaches, lemons, and pears. Spiciness of cinnemon, corriander, curraco, and pepper. Vineous and almost wine-like. Remaining tartness that doesn't become astringent or sour. Tartness weaves into out out of the fresh spicy hop bitterness and flavor. Light malt with wheat sweetness and texture give a much needed breadiness and creaminess. Soft texture that is slightly scrubbed. Medium body. Dry finish with mild phenolic alcohols throughout. Well balanced and easy drinking. Generally, I can expect Saisons to show a bit more sweetness but this one is as dry as a bone.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes date April 25, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about three fingers of dense, white head. The head leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is lighter in color, a sort-of straw yellow/golden. It is hazy with some carbonation visible in there. It looks the part of a saison.

S-The aroma is slightly sharp and spicy with an intriguing bit of herbal alcohol and a light tartness. There is definitely some lemon, as well as some overripe fruit that suggests apple and pear flesh.

T-The taste provides a similar dose of overripe fruit...I get sweet pear fruit, as well as some lemon rind tartness. It is not sour or acidic, but the tartness just hangs in the background. There are some grassy, euro-style hops that provide a bit of bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. The yeast is slightly funky and very Belgian, and it dries out on the finish. Very odd...but really good.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a smooth but active carbonation that never gets too creamy, but isn't sharp or crisp, either.

O-This beer is one of the more unique I have tasted. There is a lot going on, and no one flavor or characteristic comes through cleanly. Although some might say it is scatter-brained or unfocused, I enjoyed this quite a bit because each sip seemed to uncover something new and, interestingly, no matter what flavor crept up on my palate, it seemed to fit with the other flavors on my palate. Tasty.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 086/477044.

A: Cloudy golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of luxurious, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a light must. Pale malts bring grass, hay. Floral hops with a dank, earthy quality. Very inviting.

T: Slightly earthy, slightly tangy up front with cracker-forward malts. A nicely bitter hopping develops to finish rather dryly. Light alcohol presence. Lingering floral hops in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a creamy feel. Medium body. Excellent.

O: Really a fine beer. Balance is tilted slightly towards the hops IMO, but all the elements are present, balanced and well orchestrated. Drank like a Belgian IPA w/ a bit more tartness.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, best before the end of January 2013. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is pretty nice, it smells like citrus fruits, hay, earthy funk, apples, and some apricots. It tastes like apples (both sweet and tart ones), citrus, pears, white grapes, peppery spice, and a bit of funk and hay. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink. I made the mistake of passing up this beer in the past, so I knew when I finally came across it again the other day that I had to buy it. I certainly wasn't disappointed, this is a pretty good brew! $13.99 a bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Chizoad
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was convinced by the guy at the liquor store to pick this one up. I'd thought about it for a while, and am happy I shelled out the $13 for the 750 mL bottle.

Poured gently into two pilsner glasses. Beautiful head that faded into fine lacing fairly quickly. The color was a cloudy yellow-gold that looked inviting.

I took a big whiff of this beer, and wow. The ratings on here (I gave it a 2) say "not impressed" but that is far from accurate. I *was* impressed, but more by its amazing funk! At first I thought I might have a bad bottle. Stale sweat and shoes punched me in the face. Then something else, a subtle undercurrent, managed to make me think there was something worthwhile to this beer.

The first taste proved quite sour, but as the beer warmed, I began picking up amazing things, just a rush of complexity. This beer is absolutely delicious. Too many spices and herbs for me to decipher the riddle. I did detect apples, and roquefort cheese upon exhaling through the nose. Throughout the glass it just got more amazing. I never tasted any of the sweat or shoes I smelled at first. I supposed over time, I could be convinced this beer smells good, much like a stinky soft cheese. But I think that would be merely Pavlovian, just a drooling response to how good the beer tastes.

The beer was very smooth to drink, not chewy at all, and I would love to have another one right after the first. The relatively high alcohol might have something to say about that eventually.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2026 ratings