Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

822 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 822 | Ratings: 1,933
Photo of sketchpunx
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden-yellow with a one inch white head that recedes in about a minute. Look is nice with tons of microbubbles racing towards the surface. Smell is strong and different. Champagne and apples come to mind. The taste is very interesting. Sour and champagne like at first with some citrus and sour apple flavors creeping in. There is a distinct gueze like quality here with a warm alcohol finish and a bready aftertaste. This is a complex brew with many layers of subtle flavor to wade through. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with medium body. This beer combines a nice array of flavors for a balanced and very drinkable product. It's not sweet, but not super bitter either. It is sour, but not over the top. I will be having this again!

 752 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky light straw yellow with a half inch of off-white head. Smells fruity - grapefruit, orange, and hints of apple, as well as hints of caramel malt. Tastes sweet, with strong orange notes, as well as apple, pear, lemon, pith, and malt. Wonderfully complex. Fairly dry and clean toward the finish. Medium in body with ample carbonation. Super tasty, wonderfully rich and complex, yet light and very drinkable. This beer disappeared well before I thought it would, and I'd gladly have this on hand at all times.

 591 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Large bottle, capped and corked, pours apricot, orangy amber, cloudy.,Head is reserved, light, airy, tiny bubble, white.Leaves classic lacing, fine, well developed and stringy

Nose: Funky,musty, earthy,horse blanket, barn yard, flowery, peppery..

taste: A rainbow of flavors and assualts on the senses. Spice, fruit,anise, citrus, fresh hops, sour, tart, intrigue in every sip...COMPLEX

Mouthfeel: smooth and lucious, drying late.

Drinkability; exceptional creation, wish I bought two bottles. Worldclass, gonna buy more and enjoy it with my next BBQ

(how can anybody drink Middle of the road brew after sampling this nectar of the gods??)

 668 characters

Photo of dpasotti
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful cloudy gold color capped with a massive white head that spews lacing. I use 'gold' to describe the color of lots of beers, but this is as close to the real thing as it gets. Wow, the nose is striking. I expected some funk, but it smells more like a gueuze than a saison initially. Musty basement, damp earth, and bright citrus up front. More traditional saison characteristics aren't far behind. Fresh lemon, some light tropical fruit, and floral spice come through.

The flavor, while very similar, is even more complex than the nose. It's driven by smooth, well-rounded funk (more Curtis Mayfield than George Clinton). The somewhat tart fruit component is unbelievably layered, and could be described by a grocery list of citrus and tropical fruits. There's also a distinctive "pink chewable Tylenol" note that I really enjoy. Some phenolic bubble gum and a host of other spicy Belgian yeast flavors sustain the wave of taste. Very little alcohol. A nice soft but decisive hop bitterness tightens up the tail end.

Fine carbonation tends toward the upper end of the scale, and the body is a bit lighter than medium -- actually on the higher side for the style. But hey, that's what residual sugars from an 8% beer will do, and I'm not complaining. Fantome just easily leapt into my top 10 beers ever, probably top 5. This is one of a few that I would buy by the case (if I could). Truly a spectacular example of what beer can be. Fantome is an immensely unique beer; top tier by any measure.

 1,503 characters

Photo of MarioM
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A: Very nice dark yellow almost orange in color with lots of carbonation and a head that dissipated quickly with a constant flow of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very clear considering the amount of yeast and critters on the bottom of the bottle.

S: Very aromatic, wow, this is an awesome smelling beer. Aroma kept hitting me while writing the description above. Lots of strange things going on... Fruity, good phenols, grassy hayness, citrus maybe, a light smokyness but very faint. This is easily one of the most tasty, interesting and complex beers I've smelled. Hard to pin point what I'm smelling but its damn interesting and I can't get enough. Its very strange but obviously in a good way. Slight plastic like but smooth and fruity, if that makes any sense. Can't wait to taste this puppy.

T: Very very nice tartness, fruity with a faint smokyness that is quite pleasant and not as upfront as the somokyness I've gotten in other bottles of Fantome, so I must have gotten an extra good bottle. I get some tangy citrus, lemon and earthier citrus characters of lemon grass. Also a tad sweet and a very nice phenolic smoothness that is very thirst quenching and refreshing when coupled with the tartness. Damn good f-ing beer! Really balanced and just good!

M: Not as carbonated as I was expecting but is very refreshing and easy to drink considering the 8% abv, can't notice it at all. Nice dry smoky finish that follows and lingers after the tartness resides. Very smooth and has a nice light body from the high attenuating yeast.

O: This has got to be one of the tastiest, most complex and satisfying beers I've had. My new favorite Saison, easy. Great balance of flavors with a great aroma and refreshing drinkability. Dany Prignon is an f-ing genious! I'm having this on my b-day and could not have had anything better. I recommend this to anyone curious about Fantome without worry or risk of getting a bad bottle. Great beer and one of my new favorites. A must have!

 2,055 characters

Photo of hyuga
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An apple juice colored brew on the first pour from this 750 ml bottle. What an appropriate color... A medium-sized but thick head forms on top, and retains well. Second pour: looks like an aquarium that hasn't been cleaned in months, even though I Ieft a good amount in the bottle. Floaties galore. If you don't like yeast sediment in your saison, leave quite a bit of this in the bottle. Wow, the aroma! Very unique and powerful. Super-tart sour apple and candi sugar, making it similar to a sour apple candy, like others have said. Some barn-like or "horse blanket" aromas are present as well. Spicy yeast undertones too, almost Christmasy. The taste, although very different from the aroma, is also unique and wonderful. First in at the front are malt and yeast characteristics. The maltiness is bready and caramelly. The yeast provides some spiciness and more of that sour apple and candi sugar, but it's much more subtle here on the palate. As the beer gets closer to the back, it gets more hoppy. That muted hoppiness that is present in many Belgian-style beers. You know what I'm talking about, right? Now I'm starting to think in musical terms describing this. You know what that means? It means that this is a damn good beer, and I love it, therefore it's influencing me to be more creative with my review. Anyway, back to the description. The tart fruitiness stays all the way through as an undertone. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, almost sticky, which fits with the sour apple theme. Smooth and thick finish. This beer says "why didn't you buy more bottles of me?" to me. It's expensive, but it's definitely worth it. I may have to cheat and forget my rule of buying only beers I've never tried before next time I'm on a beer run. Give me more, now!

 1,763 characters

Photo of ckeegan04
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright sweet potato orange with a thin, bubbly white head. Head fades to a thick ring around the top of the beer. Very active carbonation constantly rising to the top.

S - Sour fruit, especially lemon and a hint of grain. As it warms a very earthy aroma begins ot dominate. Sourness does carry throughout though. Light funk as well.

T - Tart fruit flavors initially, almost like a mix of orange and pineapple juice. A more sour lemon taste begins to come through as the beer warms a bit. Light taste of white pepper provides a touch of spiciness.

M/D - Light and crips. Sourness does not linger too long after the drink. Very easy drinking saison. Almost has hints of lambic in it. Very very good.

 705 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750ml bottle(room temp) a cloudy medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly but left a fine layer on the beer and...this one loves to stick to the side of my glass! Hehe..

The smell is all spicy and much going on, I can't give it proper justice with mere words.

The taste is a wide mix of flavours...I note lemon tartness, a yeasty earthiness, some pepper and a bit of clove, there's even a touch of sweetness that grows in strength with subsequent sips and everything works together *so* darn well, I'm finding it hard to believe! And the 8%abv? Not even in the picture! Can you tell I really like this stuff? :^)

Bottom line: This is a world class brew that I would buy often if it was available to me locally. I'm glad that I make periodic trips to Ft Collins. ;^)

PS: Now, when I think Saison, I think Fantôme.

 877 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage bottle, label reads "biere artisanale sur lie".

The cork is extracted slowly with an audible pop, producing wisps of emerging smoke. Upon pouring, a haze remaining on the glass inside of the bottle becomes visible, indicating where the level of liquid once was. A quick pour produces brief foam, which soon ebbs to a skim over the peach-toned saison. Tiny bubbles & sediment are suspended in a hypnotic floating dance.

Spectral fruit charged aroma, ephemeral with apricot at the forefront. A light and dusty yeast is also present. Dull spicy citrus is mostly what I smell. Very subdued and pleasant overall...

Taste is sublime, with slightly puckering apricot flavors at first, tempered with a mellow and light yeast. This is unlike any other bottle of Fantôme i've ever had. It's fairly dry, but no hops to speak of (or much carbonation), just a mellow fruitiness that becomes addictive after the first sip.

I could drink a bottle of this everyday, and would feel spoiled. It's super easy to drink, but is best savored over time. An outstanding and unique saison...

Over the years, I have rarely had a Fantome Saison that came close to the old label vintages in the mid '00's. Yesterday we shared a "new label" batch, and it tasted like sweet tea, smoke, and "pears rolled in dirt". Probably would rate it a 3.5-3.6. Very disjointed and nothing at all like the "old" Fantome. Around 2010-11 I had one that just tasted very plain and grainy with no fruit esters, spice or anything. It's always hit or miss, and lately it's been more in the "miss" category unfortunately.

 1,594 characters

Photo of Kmccabe33
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A very beautiful orangeish hue, looks like an unfiltered(which I think it is) as it is very hazy and is quite inviting and just asking me to drink it.

S- Smell is well again just fantastic. There are floral notes, earthy notes, just wow. I can't say much more aside from that.

T- Not sure if it is because this bottle has a bit of age on it, the beer has a sourness on the first taste that is well quite amazing. Absolutely love the taste of this beer. Heading straight to the store to buy some more tomorrow.

M- Mouthfeel is smooth with a late drying effect, love this beer. Perfect.

O- Amazing beer, easily one of my favorites without a doubt.

 652 characters

Photo of jzmaxson27
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 12/29/11 from a 750.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Poured the color of golden straw with about 2.5 fingers of frothy pure white head. Carbonation is plentiful and effervesces from the bottom of the glass like champagne. Head leaves sticky lacing all the way down.

Nose: Classic Saison smell, hay and wet grass, lemon zest and maybe just a hint of pepper. The hay is predominant enough here that it recalls brett, but it's not really funky. As it warms a little bit I start to get some green apple, and it reminds me of being in an orchard just after it rains.

Taste: Taste is sweet up front, and finishes a little sour across the back of the tongue. The finish is quite dry, but pleasant. The esters actually unlocked at a higher temperature than I expected. It took a little longer for this to warm up to perfect temperature, but when it did... wow. Green Apple shows up right across the middle of the tongue, and bridges the sweet notes up front and the dry sour hay or lemongrass finish perfectly. Do yourself a favor and let this warm a tad longer than a typical saison, it's a knockout if you do.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is plentiful and fantastic for the style. Beer finishes dry, and the mouthfeel is neither thin nor thick and chewy, but some perfect middle ground of refreshing.

Overall: An absolute stunner of a beer. I was hoping this would have a slightly tarter characteristic to the taste, thus the .5 downgrade. I'm, as of yet, undecided as to whether or not I prefer this to Saison Dupont but those two are definitely the finest saison's I have ever had the pleasure to drink. I will be on the lookout for this eternally.

 1,670 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a super thick 3"+ head that stays around most of the session. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: very intereting as the citrus tones are covered by lemon zest and sweet orange slices. Yeast and a genereal fruitiness are also detectable.

Taste: loads of oranges and lemon, spicy yeast, pepper, ripe fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness level is wrapped in a very soft musky tone. Lightly dry too. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp from start to finish, and the aftertaste is brief with a blast of dry citrus. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: the wife and I could have drank several bottles of this. Full flavored and satisfies the tastebuds. A must buy if you see it.

 734 characters

Photo of mschofield
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a color reminiscent of cloudy grapefruit juice, topped with a marshmallowy white head.
The aroma is outstanding, very fruity . Sweet and tart, lively and sour, a bit of a medicinal note. Perfume like.
It tastes as it smells, sweet and lively, cotton candy, grapefruit, ripe strawberries, grape, pomegranate, curaco orange peel.
Light to medium bodied, the ABV doesn't hide in this one either.

 401 characters

Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a medium sized wine glass.

Straw yellow in color with plenty of visible carbonation.

Nose has earthy or grassy characters, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and some barnyard notes to couple with that unmistakable Belgian yeast character.

Taste is powerful and yet delicate. There is a sweetness, lightly toasted bread note, and then sourness but just a light hint of sour. Whoa! It blends so beautifully that it is hard to describe. No one things stands out yet at each moment you can draw some character that is so amazing.

This finish is dry and slightly puckering but not overpowering. It really screams for another sip. There is a Belgian yeasty character throughout that would be amiss to forget, yet it doesn't take away from the overall beer. Hops are subtle and add some grass and probably spice. Just another dimension to this delicate saison.

I have had this beer a couple times and whether it is summer or the dead of winter, this saison is appealing and not just that, deliciously wonderful.

 1,020 characters

Photo of ryrust5301
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A little darker than most saisons. A sunflower yellow color with a deep golden hue to it. Head is what steals the show. A huge puffy white cloud of froth billowed up to a supple length. Little chunks of yeast found their way into the glass and float around the bottom. Huge rings of white cream adorn the glass surrounding it.

Smell - No hops or really any sweetness to speak of, just that little farmhouse funk familiar to all saisons. A faint bit of creaminess finds its way in, but just a touch. A beautiful soft flowery smell is what soothes the mind. This is the softest and most well crafted nose i've ever come across.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Fantome tastes like no other saison i've ever had! The flower and herbal tastes are really a thing to behold. That little bit of sour belgian yeast seems to take a hold in the end. The way it goes from sweet lemon, orange, and flowers to a gentle sourness is something that cannot be matched by another brewer. Feel is medium bodied to light and finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkability - Never has a saison made me sit back and think "How did they do this" until this beer. So different, so soft, so easy to drink, so complex, so well crafted. I'm just gonna sip this for awhile and let it all wash over me.

 1,265 characters

Photo of Jarod
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 4-6 oz. Aperitif glass w/ stem

This beer was served to me a hazy lemon yellow color that when held to the light had a golden glimmer to it. The head was creamy and rich and the color of cloud white. It had the consistency of a sticky rich whipped cream. It lasted fairly long, ½ glass, then, eventually fell to a ring around the edges. It produced a sticky lace that clinged the sides of the glass and stretched almost the whole way to the finish. The aroma was of a giant fruit market, fresh fruits everywhere. I nosed bananas, pears, apples, sharp grapefruit, fresh melons, strawberries, sweet honey, floral hops (lite as it warmed), spices (cloves, pepper), and yeast. The aroma was alittle on the tart side but not sour, balanced nicely. Let’s just say that my friend who is a macro drinker loved the aroma. The tastes that came from the glass were just as pleasing as the nose if not more. Flavors of strawberries first hit me, then bananas, then a whole cornucopia of fresh and tart fruits, then spices (pepper, cloves), herbs, floral hops, some earthy flavors, yeast, tad wisp of alcohol, and a hint of a malt. Ends fruity with a hint of hop. Medium bodied. This is one smooth and complex beer. I would never expect so many flavors out of one little glass. This is one incredible beer, words cannot give it justice. One of the best beers that I have ever had. All I can say is that my senses thank the brewer for this beer/gift.

 1,457 characters

Photo of jampics2
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 bottle, Red letters, shared by Brandon - thanks, man!

Pours a cloudy mandarin orange. Nice head sticks around for a bit before subsiding. This is a great looking beer.

Smells amazing. Fresh cut apples, strawberry, yeast.

Taste is so perfect! I wish we could rate batches of Fantome, as Danny makes some of the best beers ever, but every once in a while a bad-ish batch shows up (probably more due to the trip across the pond than his craftsmanship). After being a bit dissapointed with the last black label batch I picked up, I am thrilled to report the red letters batch is the bomb. Sour apple, puckering sour watermelon, strawberry and peach all sit atop a flawless light malt body, sealed into one cohesive flavor ride by the classic Fantome yeast. Mild spices and a slight cork flavor, but it all makes it better!! More and more flavors in the same vein emerge as this warms up.

Carb is lively as it should be for a lighter, fruity saison. Body is perfect.

Drinkability is off the charts. This is a killer beer, one of the best in the world, and something I will always keep a bottle or 20 on hand. World class, glad to finally start rating these Fantomes - I have a closet full just waiting to be rated :)

 1,221 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

 970 characters

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and capped bottle, with their typical goolish label. (Thanks Wolf) into a tulip glass. It poured a golden yellow and orange with an incredible head and significant lacing as it drops, sadly quicker than I would hope.

Smell is fresh and fruity and sweet with some yeasty funk to it. That continues right into the taste which is surprisingly more sour than sweet and that is probably opposite from the nose of it where sweet dominates. Probably the most funky sour saison I can remember drinking although balanced with sweet apples and spice.

Medium body and carbonation and well balanced sweet and sour which hides the 8% abv. The dry finish makes you want another sip right away.. which i kept doing until the bottle was empty :)

Great, great interesting beer. Was a delight to drink and looking forward to it again.


 850 characters

Photo of pitasoup
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: Hazy golden-yellow. Fine two-fingers of head that subsided with little lacing.

S: A bit of funk, lots of citrus - lemons and oranges. lavender and honey. Champagne yeasts

T: Tart lemons - almost lemonade like with green apples and pears. Faint saison yeast funks, but a dry champagne finish and a floral breathy aftertaste. A tiny bit of wheat in the aftertaste, but significantly less than that of other saisons.

M: Light to medium body, fine carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. The 8% is almost entirely hidden. There's a beautiful aftertaste of pollen and wildflowers on your breath. It is as if they took the best smells/aftertastes of a well made single-flower mead and transplanted it into a berliner-weisse.

This beer was fantastic. i'm almost certain champagne-yeast was repitched in this. The saison-yeast tastes were well hidden. This was the first one I've had in a quite a few years and it has not disappointed. I remember previous batches being sweeter, more candy-like, and without the champagne-like qualities. Either way, I'd have a taste of this every session if I could.

Bottle was dated best by May 2012, batch b.

 1,183 characters

Photo of orfeu
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a bit of struggling, the cork releases with a resounding POP! Poured into my Ommegang cervoise. Shimmering gold with several hundred suspended particulates and a fluffy eggshell white head. Incredible aromas: mown hay, fresh strawberries, slight rubbery phenols, apple cider. Phenolic flavors surround a mouthfull of fruit: the aforementioned strawberries, tannic green grape skins, apple juice spiked with powdered ginger. Fine grassy hop bite at the finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel; dry, despite the fruit-inflected sweetness. Less carbonation than perhaps I'd prefer. Medium-thin body. Sweeter than I prefer for a regular drinking choice, but a masterful saison all the same.

 683 characters

Photo of alpinebryant
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden crystal clear yellow/marigold on the pur into a small tulip glass. Just from looking at it, I can tell it is going to be a refreshingly good tasting spring beer even on a rainy overcast day. There are tiny white bubbles around the edges.

Smell of brett/ sourness, lemon zest, citrus and tartness.

Taste is right on par for a saison farmhouse. After Saison de Lente within the past two weeks, this is what i had expected upon opening it. No gushing head, nice settled clear looking saison with some sourness that has developed to a perfectly palatable level including a very tasty lemon presence. After three sips of this, you already know why it is a benchmark in the farmhouse ale / saison category. Whats that you say, there is 8% abv in here? very well played....

Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. this is a easy drinker and a keeper.

 861 characters

Photo of quinnsi
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750ml at Map Room in Chicago

A: hazy, light straw color

S: Hard mineral water was the first thing that hit me, followed by sour strawberry and almost a washed cheese rind characteristic. wonderfully layered and complex. One of the best noses I've ever had on a beer.

T: Great light flavors of tart strawberries. The tartness comes on slowly washing over your mouth instead of assaulting it. Remarkable.

M: Superbly balanced. Light and well carbonated.

D: Refreshing and thirst quenching. I could drink this for quite a while and be very happy.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted, and bar none the best saison. Do yourself a favor and pick this up if you see it.

 700 characters

Photo of hawks10
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip...

Pours a densely hazy pale golden orange...even with a somewhat vigorous pour, I only managed to squeeze about a half finger delicate soft white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a bit of film on top of the beer and a tiny bit of lacing...

From the second I popped the cork I could smell that delicious Fantome aroma. Super sweet in the nose, citric, slightly lemony. Musty with a great barnyard funk mixed in with a bit of Belgian yeasty spiciness...very complex, incredibly appealing...

Fruity, slightly tart with a lemony, citrus taste. Other tropical fruits mix in...then you get a bunch of that musty, funky taste in the background. A bit of a bitter citrus fruit peel taste with some spicy yeast flavors, clove and peppery. Complex and very refreshing...

Medium bodied and very slick/creamy on the palette due to lower than average carbonation....

One of my favorites for sure, tangy, fruity, sweet and refreshing...tastes lighter than an 8% beer and is supremely easy drinking while still being incredibly complex and intriguing...

 1,102 characters

Photo of wahhmaster
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-brown color. Has a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly down to a thick film and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells fruity (almost citrusy) with that strong musty, yeasty aroma so common to saisons.

Taste: Starts off mildly bitter and finishes sweet and fruity. The yeast is always noticeable in the background and there is a good bit of spiciness as well. This is a damn fine saison, perhaps the best I've had.

Mouthfeel: Has a very natural feel to it with only just enough carbonation to give it a nice bite. Has a very refreshing feel to it.

Drinkability: An exceptional saison, perhaps the best I've had. This was a gift from a friend and what a gift it was! This is a very complex beer with many layers that express themselves differently as the beer progresses. Despite it's relatively high ABV, it drinks very easily, making it enjoyable and complex at the same time. Never pass this one up!

 994 characters

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,933 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.