Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mocktm
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to MikeytotheB for sending this my way in the NOOB BIF 5. It seems like this beer has been as elusive to me as the ghost that haunts the bottle's logo. Really psyched to finally try it. 750 bottle, Batch B, best by May 2012, into my Duvel tulip.

If first impressions are everything, consider this the epitome of positive ones. Opaque and murky, yet strangely, glowing orange hue with mounds of loose sediment and an abundance of carbonation bubbles. A fizzy white head quickly builds up to about a finger's worth and then quickly settles down. Absolutely gorgeous, the hot blonde bombshell of the Saison world.

Nose is incredibly complex and intricate, releasing aromas of musty basement, hay, lemon tartness, bread, woody oak, sour apple, earthy floral elements and peppery spice. Really really well meshed, both fruity and funky.

Tastes about as one would expect from the nose, slightly sour on the palate with a pleasing barnyard funkiness from the yeast. Possesses a mildly bitter twang on the back end with some biscuit like characteristics and spiciness present throughout. Just amazing, that's really all I can say.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, dry, effervescent and highly drinkable.

Simply put, this is one of the best beers in the world, and truly deserving of the recognition it receives, including my first perfect review. I can't wait to track some more down, Cheers!

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Photo of goochpunch
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soy 086/477044

After a loud pop, this pours out a beautiful brass color with tons of champagne-like carbonation, and a thick, soft whipped egg white head made up of tight bubbles. The head does not quit. When drunk, this leaves gigantic lacing all along the side of the glass. Smells like orange blossom honey, light berries, lemon, earthy funk, sweet orange, earthy, dirty hops, and herbal hops that give this almost a minty edge. Grain and alcohol are ever so slight and merely act to round this out. An acidic tartness hits the tip of the tongue initially and then washes over the entire tongue while light stone fruits, spicy yeast, and sweetbread become present. The funk doesn't jump out at you so much as it plays it relatively quiet, so as to accompany the tartness. Remains fruity all the way to the end (and on into the aftertaste) as the beer dries up and the hops come into the foreground bringing flavors of perfumey flowers, mint, and earth. Alcohol is subtle. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very active on the tongue. This certainly does not drink like an 8% beer. It is at once refreshing and enormously complex.

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Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this while on vacation in Vegas and was blown away. I opened it at a beer tasting and I think I speak for everybody at the event that it was one of the highlights.

A: light orange in color, very little head. I am a guy that likes to look at a beer under light and when done with this beer you can see the yeast float around the bottle. It looks pretty awesome.

S: it has an earthy smell and a hint of apricot.

T/M: spices and citrus, almost perfect carbonation.

Overall one of the best saisons I have ever had. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This saison is flawless. Such a nice flavor profile, that has the cleanest finish of any Belgian beer I've had. Great funky cheese smell as well that improves as it warms. So flavorful and no aftertaste or dryness at all. When I saw it was 8% ABV I was shocked and thought this beer was no higher than 6%. If you had high disposable income you could roll through this beer and get in trouble in a hurry.

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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The weirdest beer out there, try two bottles from the same batch and they will both be noticeably different - a fantome for sure.
All the labels say the same thing on the Shelton imports, so you don't really get any info aside from alcohol content, batch and best by if you are lucky.
One thing that carries over in the taste is the taste of sour tangerine candy - you know, sour gummy worms and such. It's like that, holding the torch for the most heavy unicorn blanket taste out there.

Moderate carbonation with a pretty pure white head.

So inconsistent but consistently wonderful saison.

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Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw my 200th review approaching and was struggling to decide what to review. Then I saw it. At KJ Baarons for $17.50, a bottle of Fantôme Saison. Finally, I had found my bottle. Bottle number 87/477047

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a gloriously light crystal golden straw hue with a big, fluffy two finger head atop. That head, man oh man. Never faded to less than a thick (quarter inch) white blanket leaving wonderful side lacing. Just wow.

S - Yeah, this is a saison alright. That wonderful funk, yeast, and super fresh lemony sourness.

T - Sweet mother of mercy! This is everything a saison is supposed to be! That spectacular funk is potent throughout, but that lemony sourness. Man oh man is it good. Just the right amount of spice and twang too.

M - Theres just enough of natural carbonation here. Wonderful dry, crisp finish. Incredibly refreshing.

D - Yeah, theres a reason why this is one of, if not the best saison's out there. Its simply spectacular and deserves every bit of recognition. Simply put, see this bottle in store buy immediately.

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Photo of STEG
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never thought I'd be able to give a straight 5 but this stuff is unreal. Poured from a corked and capped bottle into a duvel tulip.

Beautiful orange yellow color, a bit cloudy as well, like an overcast summer sunset. Starts with a nice fluffy initial head receeding to a collar that with wonderful lacing that shimmers and leaves some tiny amorphous shapes as the beer goes away.

Smell is ridiculous, its like a tropical fruit sorbet with a very slight yeasty undertone. Tons of fresh fruit up front, guava, mango, pineapple, pear, apple, lime, orange, there all here.

Taste is very fruity as well, getting all of the aforementioned fruits with some sour cherries added. With a sour and very very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry, you get this light mouthfeel combined with the fruit for just a second and then its gone and bone dry makes you keep coming back for more.

This stuff goes away way too fast the light mouthfeel makes you want to keep going back for more and the alcohol is non existant if it were cheaper and more readily available i'd have this as my staple/beater beer.

Well done Brasserie Fantome, truly a masterpiece.

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Photo of inebrius
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Your senses resonate with Fantome. Spun lavender candy aromas spring from a pillow capped rousing yellow. Immediately dry and tart and lush, a childhood memory inducing drug that will keep your brain dancing while there is still liquid left in the glass. It's difficult to believe a high percentage of alcohol when a bottle drains so quick. Required drinking for anyone that says they like beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. I want to say I bought this about six months ago and no idea how old it is. The "best before" chart has not been utilized.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Some small particulates throughout, but still lovely especially given how nice the head is.

5.0 S: Wonderful bouquet! Lemon, lemon grass, candi sugar, candied peaches and apricots, papaya, and mango. Tons of herb and spice (or perhaps flower is more appropriate), but it's hard to pick out individual aromas. Flowery, a touch yeasty, and a bit funky with wild apples and pear. Easily the best smelling saison to date.

5.0 T: Just outstanding in the taste as well. Lemony tartness and papaya, herbs and flowers, spices galore including black pepper and corriander. Grassy hops. Wild apple and pear. Candi sugar is plentiful. Pretty much the same as the nose, only with a stronger emphasis on tart lemon and papaya. Cracker like graininess.

5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Active levels of spritzy carbonation. Just creamy enough and super smooth. Pretty much perfect here as well.

5.0 D: This is the first time I've had this. I heard there's a lot of variation between batches, but the bottle I have is a near perfect beer. I'm going to have to buy this often and hope I get more bottles like this one. Really amazing in every aspect. Exceptional smell, taste, and mouthfeel. The 8% isn't detectable in the least, allowing the drinker to focus on the many flavors present. Super complex with everything working together and no faults.

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Photo of Luk13
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, very fresh according to our barman at the Lion's Pride, without a vintage on it though. Pour is homogen troubled yellow with some thick white head. Aroma is at first, very fruity and aromatic. I got hit by a wave of strawberry aromas along with fresh lemons and rose petals, followed closely by an underlying farmyard/funkiness. Some underlying grainy/bread dough/yeast notes complete the aroma. Taste is fruits, flowers and yeast, with a nice light sour lemony finish. It tastes pretty much like it smells, a feat such a bouquet left me thinking impossible. Palate is just beautiful as well, nice lively belgian saison carbonation that is not overdone. The yeasty components provided a rich taste, full palate and a fine balance which made this one so drinkable despite being very intense, aromatic and complex. The best beer I've ever had thus far.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich golden hue with a vibrant white head that mousses to the top of the glass and then drapes the walls with lace. Smell is full of lemon, ripe pear, green grapes, loads of pine apple, white cake, hints of tropical flora and earthy, fresh cut hay. Taste begins with a mix of pear, pine apple, and green apple and finishes with a beautiful array of farmhouse style hay, green grapes, pine apple, and lemon. Mouthfeel is very champagne-y. Magnifique!

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Photo of cichief
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice gold color, but quite hazy, nice off-white head dissipates too quickly.

S- Lots of champagne scent, yeasty, but clean.

T- Lots of dry fruit, very dry finish, very champagne like.

M- Rushes over he tongue, very effervescent, Very good dry champagne like finish.

D- Wow!!! I didn't think a beer could be so much like champagne! This beer is so much like a dry champagne it is scary. I love Saison beers, this may top any I have tried.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An utterly fantastic beer, just a near perfect Saison. The original is still the best in my opinion. Pours a cloudy golden with a nice initial head that fades to a thin cap with great lacing. The smell is a heavenly mix of apricots, banana, and bubblegum, perfectly balanced and integrated. More echoes of that fine aroma in the flavor, but a little heavier on the aapricot and with some spritzy lemon juice and zest as well, followed by a little pleasant waxiness and apple in the finish. The mouthfeel is beautifully creamy and tangy- you want to keep drinking and drinking this, and you don't notice the alcohol at all. For the style, nearly perfect.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber while brewing with my buddy DJW (Brewing a tripel "Burning Charlie")

A-Straw yellow-orange with a yeast sediment backdrop. Fluffy, weightless, pure white head never wanted to leave. Immense Brussels lacing.

S-Wonderful, wild, farmhouse funk rolled up. The malt, hops, and yeast were all wrapped into an explosion of Belgian Artisanal brewing. Once you smell the cork that is pulled, you will know it is a truly special beer worthy of Fantome status.

T-Crispy and dry with loads of yeast complexity and funk. Can a Saison get better than this? The yeast (both primary and wild) add depths of taste sensation that is enjoyed from start to finish. The semi-sour Farmhouse funk adds a unique sharpness.

M-This beer is supremely unknown in taste, but fits in like you drink it everyday. The crisp, but full bodied beer hits all areas of the mouth and leaves the taste buds satisfied. The 8% abv is definately nowhere to be found.

D-I am floored after drinking this (by taste not drunkeness). I agree that this may not be for everyone, but this is one of those "wow!" beers that you take a step back and try to imagine how it was created and brewed. Unreal in my eyes!!!

Next step...achieve dream of tasting Fantome at the source. Can't imagine cruising the Ardennes Forest region on a bike and stopping in for a fresh chalice of Fantome.

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Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from draught into a LaChouffe tulilp, Fantome is hazy burnt gold/apricot color, with a 2 finger, eggshell colored head that is quick to subside to a hearty skim, leaving thick foam lace. The head is easily revived with a quick swirl, which I find myself constantly doing to savor the wonderful aroma. So tempted to give this a 5, because I really think it's the perfect beer, but objectivity reminds me I could use a rockier head with better retention - hopefully the bottled version will fulfill this for me!

This is my favorite smelling beer ever, wow! Funky and wild, sweet candi sugar, tart lemon zest, cereal grains and a little chalky.

The taste is very tart, a real mouth puckerer, which can be a turn off for some or a source of extreme desire for those like me. The Fantome is all about the yeast and bacteria, expressed at their finest. There is a soft sweetness that is like no other, minerals, lemon citrus, noble hop spice and the slightest hint of alcohol, leading to a clean dry finish. Trying to break this down too much doesn't do the final product justice. Quit analyzing and savor the experience!

The mouthfeel is creamy and on the lighter side, dancing on the tongue, which is puckered from the Brett.

Fantastic taste and complexity and eminently quaffable, as my favorite beer of all time, it doesn't get any more drinkable then this! I tried for a while to get a barrel of this for my wedding to no avail. Had I been successful, I probably would have drank it all myself, so it probably worked out for the best!

This has been my favorite beer for some time, although I've only had it on draught, and not in about 2 years. I try as many as Fantome's other offerings as I can, and while some are quite good, none of them touch the wildness of this one, which is a shame. How much of that is reflection of having only had this on draught, and the others only in bottles, I don't know...bottom line, the Fantome Saison is my vote for best beer in the world!

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Photo of goschool
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, this is my 100th review... 750 ml corked and capped bottle with a ghost and the default description of their brewery on the label. If the head, which started out big and frothy, were to have stuck around a little while longer (it faded to thin lacing after a couple of minutes) this would get a perfect score. There is a good bit of yeast floating around in this beer's apricot body. I don't think I can pick out all of the different aromas. I'm detecting peach, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pear, pepper, herbs, Belgian yeast, and funk. Every Fantôme I've ever tasted has been delectable- the Chocolat that didn't taste like chocolate was the only one that wasn't amazing. The spicy bitterness, the fruity sweetness, the tart fruitiness, the funk, the floral notes- this is unbelievably delicious and it's very refreshing even though it has a dry mouthfeel. Totally worth the $12.

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Photo of deapokid
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #200! I'll rate a personal favorite for occasion's sake.

GUSHER CITY! Luckily, I'm in the mood for a little fanfare on this monumental occasion.

Liquid is a golden amber in color with boisterously heavy carbonation and meaty sediment intermingled throughout. The head is small, but firm and the lacing stays for a moment. Look is rustic and traditional.

Smell is dry, musty and acidic. Mild floral notes also linger somewhere underneath. It's reminiscent of the scent of a used bookstore, combined with a new lemon air freshener. I mean this all in a good way (fans of the beer will know what I mean).

I love that this is an ever changing beer and this particularly model takes on a creamy consistency, with heavy lemon flavoring and a hint of apple. Taste is bright and fresh with a dry woody conclusion and notes that remind me of tannic acid in red wine. There's also a wild, apricot-infused burst of flavor just before the dry notes, which mingles with pepper and a slight alcoholic burn. Simply put, this is a really unique and special ale.

The citrus peel notes are explosive and you can immediately sense this on the tip of the tongue. The dryness at the conclusion perfectly balances the preceding flavors. A new experience for my palette every time around.

Its originality certainly makes it drinkable and there's little to make this beer stay in my glass (despite the often large price tag). Simply put, this is a delicious and groundbreaking Belgian farmhouse ale. It is the beer by which all other Saisons are measured.

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Photo of rsawyer
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insane beer- I think this is my favorite brew.

The smell is dominated with wild hints of pear, green grape skin, and pineapple. The taste matches the smll, with more intensity. The earthy / hay taste comes around also. The beer feels very champagne like in the mouth, with intense carbonation and dry light body. I could drink this all day long!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EDIT merged from Fantome Biere Artisanale Sur Lie

Poured into wide mouthed snifter from 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. No date found. Here goes. My first Fantome:

A- Pours a brilliant gold with an ivory head, very active. Tiny carbonation bubbles line the underside of the snifter. A very nice looking beer. Head is strong at first but settles after a few minutes. There's lacing from an aggressive pour, even before the first sip. As I drink, no lacing beyond the first ring sticks.

S- Yeasty funk is in full effect. There's a sweetness behind it, but the doughy, slightly sour yeast takes center stage. One could identify this beer's country of origin simply by smelling this brew.

T- Holy f'ing s... this is a great beer. There's a fruity richness to this that I've never tasted before. Tartness, like biting into a green-skinned apple. The funk is in the nose but not really in the taste, although a sourness comes through after a bit. This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had.. the flavor profile is a 10 out of 5. Seriously, seriously, seriously.. I'm blown away by the taste of this beer.

M- The fun doesn't stop here. Slightly acidic, slightly tart, slightly sour, but expertly blended. This is an amazing mouthfeel. Healthy carbonation helps this along, but this beer is a joy to drink. Simply perfection... I can't imagine a better balanced beer.

D- High. Higher than high. At $14 a bottle, it's expensive, and yet I can recommend this to you whole-heartedly. I think I'm swooning for this beer. I will buy more of this, regardless of the price.

World-class. My highest review to date.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-20-2009 03:25:21

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: hazy golden yellow with an ever present thin white head
S: apples, citrus, strawberry, funk, so inviting and pleasant
T: as the nose depicts with a great peachy flavor. So tasty!
M: medium to lighter bodied with a drying to watering tongue left yearning for more. I could drink this all of the time. No hint of alcohol but it goes to your head.
O: Definitely the best saison I've ever had and I want more!

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Photo of MJR
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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 bennorthenor
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the BEST beers that I have tasted. I don't know all the adjectives I'm supposed to use, but It was a beautiful color with an amazing taste. I will be buried with this beer. I bought all the bottles I could find and hope to get more soon. THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD!!!!

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Photo of dougfir
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful hazy gold, plenty of carbonation and head.

Smell - Straw, orange, citrus, slight funk to it, plenty of that good yeast.

Taste - Wow...starts of very crisp and fruity, then becomes slightly sour, almost a little lambicy, and finishes with a nice dry, straw taste with a good amount of alcohol. Definitely some interesting yeast in this one.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation, with a very good balance of fruity tartness and alcoholic smoothness.

Drinkability - Excellent...could drink this all afternoon...perfect for a nice spring/summer day, staring at the blue sky and listening to the birds.

Overall this is an excellent beer, one of the best I've ever had. It's not cheap, but if you find it, be sure to try it. It's an unusual combination that I would describe as saison, lambic, and funky Belgianess that you're sure to enjoy.

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Photo of Gitspe
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had three bottles of this beer. The good one was the best beer I've ever tasted. The other two were badly spoiled and were among the worst I've ever had. I rated the good one here. I'm glad I tried the Fantome, but for my money, I'll take Saison Dupont because it is less expensive and definitely more consistent.

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Photo of Gatch
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"biere artisanale sur lie"
Lot n "a" & "c"
Best before end: "J 13"
I was a bit nervous picking this up because I knew it had been at the store for a long time and was exposed to artificial light all the time. Most likely temperature variations, as well, because it isn't the cleanest or newest store I've been to. But it turned out to be a great bottle.

A: Gorgeous, hazy, bright golden-orange with a massive head. Bright white, foamy, super fine bubbles. The layer of foam moves as one entity around the glass without leaving much lacing. Almost oily. The thick, pillowy head lingers forever. So awesome. Higher than a "5."

S: Explosion of wild yeast, fresh air, bright citrus, cedar, flowers, barn. I honestly picture a bucolic farm in the Belgian countryside when I smell this. So complex and so enticing. I can't take my nose away. As in the appearance, this is higher than a "5."

T: Oh my goodness. Everything in the nose but the citrus is much more pronounced. The yeast really shows itself. Very earthy, barny, fruity. Incredibly effervescent.

M: So damn smooth and so damn tasty. The carbonation is perfect. The finish is absurd! I really want to give this beer a perfect "5" but the yeast and finish can be a bit cloying as the beer warms.

O: It isn't fair comparing beers like this and Dupont's Saison to the American attempts at the style but all is fair in love and beer. The only two Saisons that can come close to this are anything from Dupont and Hill Farmstead. Everything else seems to be a Belgian IPA or while a "good" American Saison, it doesn't even come close. And I've had a lot of American-style Saisons. This is phenomenal, top-class stuff. I would drink this every day if I could. I will most certainly drink this on a summer day in Belgium one day soon.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,940 ratings.
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