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Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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!

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Photo of younger35
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #450

Can't for the life of me remember who traded me this beers (among others). Sorry but thanks!! This will officially be my first Beer from Fantôme. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Brasserie Fantôme Soy 086/477044 on cork.

Appearance- Pours a fairly hazy yellow with a decent enough one finger head with a really aggressive pour. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap and thin collar with a slight amount of lacing.
Smell- Slightly fruity with a tropical sort of profile. A bit of light mango, pineapple and pear with a tiny hint of sour green apples. Not as funky as I was expecting but the yeast is lightly musty and somewhat dirty. Even a bit of light banana and lemon peel as the beer warms. The malt is slightly sweet with a maize like profile and a bit of light toasty grain. Something green tea like as well going on.
Taste- Starts slightly doughy with a soft bready maltiness that is as subtle as it is light and airy. Soft notes of the same tropical fruit that are in the nose are more than present in the taste. A lightly tart note from the yeast that reminds me a lot of a Berliner Weiss. That same lemon like pucker that is amazingly awesome. A semi sort of horsehair dirt finishes the beer with a slight bit of astringency. 8% my ass.
Mouthfeel- Very light and airy with very little carbonation that gives light silky feel.
Drinkability- I do kind of enjoy a Saison every now and again. It's definitely not my favorite style but I appreciate them more than most brews. This one is unlike anything I've tried before. Simply amazing. I didn't know anything called a Saison could taste like this. Crazy good beer that will make me find more to age and more of anything marked Fantôme.

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

Pours out a pale yellow and sits a light golden color in the glass. Nice fluffy white head sits atop this majestic looking beer. Loads of yeast float around the bottle, and after rolling, mixes a bit more around the whole bottle.

Smells strongly of spices and herbs, filled with citrusy notes and light, mild fruits. Yeast penetrates throught the background and is accompanied by some mild medicinal notes. Overall, it's a very inviting aroma.

Tastes all over the board. Bready/yeasty characteristics make up the body of the beer, but are accompanied by those herbal that give much pleasure to my tounge. Citrus is only mild in the flavor, tangerines and clementines would define this taste. Apples, peaches, nectarines and strawberries come out near the end, which is dry and cracker like with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and surprisingly full in form. Not a big bodied beer, but it is far from thin. Easy to drink, as both flavor and aroma combine to make this experience one to remember. One bottle is enough to please, but a second is very tempting.

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Photo of mmva321
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

This beer is exceptional!! This is perhaps the first revelation I've had as a beer drinker with a now pretty well developed palette and expectations for every beer. I think I've gotten drunk from joy over how pleasing this beer is. The only downside is that I know hate FernMaster, who only got me one of these. Even though I only asked for one, he should have known better.

A: A cloudy orange-yellow body that is a bit light on the carbonation but does have a nice frothy white head and good retention.

S: Bright and crisp. This goes away from the earthy yeast I usually expect from a saison which are usually a bit more muddled (in a good way though). Bright and bitter hops meld with the slightest hint of yeast and vanilla smooth malts to lay a base. Over it, a cacophony of bright fruits that are too numerous to mention (maybe mangoes and apples).

T: Soooo goood!!! Once again, diminishing the earthier notes for bright hops and fruits, this saison still manages to not betray its namesake and delivers a great earthy yeast that is really essential for rounding out this beer and not making those fruits overpowering. It actually allows those apples and pears and mangoes to be strong and overwhelming without diminishing the impression this beer leaves. Also, I can't forget that a great hop bitterness is present, complimenting those fruits perfectly.

M: Light, crisp and thin with a hint of carbonation. Just fine and dandy.

D: This review is about as close as I've ever come to narrating out a blow job. So yes, it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange honey color with a slightly below average sized white, bubbly, creamy head with good retention and a nice full, thin creamy lace left.

S - Funky lemony citrus and lemongrass aroma is prominent. Also a good amount of candied tropical fruit is in the background along with some spice (coriander prominent).

T - Similar to the nose. A good amount of fruitiness including, peach, mango, lemon, orange, and apricot amongst other golden and tropical fruit flavors. Zesty, funky, citrus flavors along with some grass, floral, and herbal taste. Reminds me of a warm spring day. Good amount of spices (especially coriander as well as some clove and pepper). Fair amount of yeast and malt comes out as well. Very complex and balanced flavors with some sweetness, some zestiness, some funk, and a touch of bitterness with none of them dominating the other.

M - Medium, starting to head toward full, body with slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and drying and slightly fizzy.

D - Very nice drinkability. Complex and balanced flavors make me want to drink more. Very crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable to drink, I could drink it all day if not for the ABV (which is well hidden).

Notes: Very tasty beer. So complex but balanced. Spiced, sweet fruit, grassy floral and herbal, a touch of bitterness, and some funky zesty saison flavors. Truly nice beer, that reminds me of springtime. Wonderful beer that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. This beer pours out a brilliant hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is yeast, orange, coriander, and strawberry. Slightly tart flavor at first, then turns fruity, with strawberry, grape, orange, and lemon. This is the only beer I've ever had that tasted like strawberry. A bit musty. Finishes dry. Drinkability is outstanding. This beer is expensive - I paid $10 for this bottle - but it's one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantôme Saison
Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 8.00 %

I have been hunting this brew for awhile now, and my buddy finally found one and brought one back from World Of Beer in south Florida for us to share. 3 of us shared the brew (the other 2 were non saison fans) and all of us enjoyed the brew. It surpassed my expectations, and I am a big Saison fan. One of my favorites to date.

Appearance was a very cloudy lemon/straw color with an fluffy bright white head that lasted the entire beer. Noticeable chunky sediment.
Aroma was not as strong as I expected, but still worked very well. Tart lemon/cirtus, apple cider notes, spices and a wee bit of funk - but still enjoyable for most.
Tastes exactly as it smells on a light Pils malt base, lemon shandy, apple cider, pils malt brew, a bit funky.... This beer could fool the masses for sure as some type of apple wheat lambic or something.
Mouthfeel is medium-full for a Saison in my opinion, high carbonation lightens the beer up without weighing you down.
Drinkability surpassed my expectations. Spot on to style, and one of my benchmarks Saisons IMHO.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served to me in its correct "ghosty glass" at the Beer Circus in Brussels, Belgium. When the nice bartender told me that this was a big (75cl) bottle and asked if I needed 2 glasses, I politely said "no thanks....i'm taking this one on by myself:-)" Well, i'm glad that I did. This is a very "kick-ass" saison that is unfortunately unavailable to me locally (I can get 5 or 6 seasonal Fantomes but not the regular!?!?) This is a dark golden brew with a nice cap of white foam on top. The aromas are all across the board and definately in your face! I can smell various spices, candy sugar, yeast, hops, malt, fruits, and more. The taste is very hoppy, bitter, dry, fruity, juicy, spicy, and just GOOD. The mouthfeel is perfect, as is the drinkability. This is just a nearly perfect, if not perfect, Belgian Saison Beer!


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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- quite cloudy and very bright. This is a lemon colored beer with a big fluffy white head. Very sexy looking.

S- Fruity with a slight Belgian barnyard funk to it. This is one good smelling beer. You know you are in for a lot of oranges, peaches and apples as well as some sourness.

T- As the nose implies. Slightly sour, just enough to make your glands twinge. Light as juicy fruits like lemons and oranges, pears, peaches and apples. This is one juicy and thirst quenching beer. Very Very exceptional.

M- Slightly puckeringly sour but not over done. Very juicy and thirst quenching, this would be amazing on a hot day.

D- If drinkability could be rated a 10 on this site I would mark it that high. This beer is simply amazing. One of my favorites Ive had all year. I was sharing this bottle but really wish I had one to myself.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,899 ratings.
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