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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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816
Ratings:
1,911
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
20%
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden caramel.

Spiciness and floral in the nose with light strawberry. Some adhesive.

Flavor is spicy and floral and fruity, incorporating some of that strawberry. No adhesive.

Feel is semi dry. Nice Spiciness in the feel.

Overall a fair saison. Not bad.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle. totally flat syripy thick looking. Very cloudy with some bubbles starting to make a ring. Smells phenominal!. Tastes almost as good as it smells. Smooth and very refreshing. Subtle citrus notes. For such a thick beer it's very light. Great stuff

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Photo of jooler
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great initials smell. Good fruity taste. The taste isn't really like other saisons that I have tried before. This is the best saison I have tried. Initial taste is of sweet apricots and peaches. For the mouthfeel, amazing

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle was 2014/2015

Super hazy, slight carbonation. Looks like a NE style IPA. The aroma is band aid, banana, cut grass, subtle spice, and a hint of sweetness. The taste follows, more complex, yet with a very distinct strawberry note, and a slight hint of clove. The mouthfeel is too thick for me. Maybe a touch too much wheat. Love how these always change.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the aroma really shows what can be done with a saison - there's an absolute cornucopia of fruit. Peach, apricot, strawberry, and pineapple appear vividly next to subtle grass and black pepper. Taste follows suit, with a gently bitter opening giving way to a fruity end. I've never tasted this much strawberry in a beer before, and it's balanced perfectly with everything else going on. In spite of the creamy, soft, thick feel, it's willed down the palate by a nice effervescence and a decent dryness. This is my benchmark for the style until further notice.

4.4/5: A saison pushed to its logical extremes in the best way

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully cloudy, nice head retention, smells of continental European hops and signature Fantome funky strawberries. Smells sour but is just barely tart on the tongue, like apricot juice. Spices too - maybe coriander. Hoppy bitterness. Full mouthfeel and moderately high carb.

I dunno why, but while I'm a huge fan of Fantome this one never does it for me. Having had vintage 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016...I continue to find the aroma and flavor a bit off putting. The mouthfeel, carb, and appearance are absolutely perfect, but that strange mix of strangely earthy spices, creamy strawberries, and often noticeable skunking results in a product I now pass by, in favor of Dany's other creations. I can see why some enjoy it so much! Just not my favorite 'Tome to dome.

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Photo of Myotus
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Consumed on 10Jul16.
SMELL: Big aromas of cantaloupe, honey buttered biscuits, and fig jelly intertwine with mild pear, white grape, banana, cloves, brown sugar, and orange marmalade aromas. Subtle aromas of hay, salty minerals, and earthy yeast with hints of sour green apple present an additional complexity to the multifarious profile of the smell.
TASTE: The smallest of sips gives way to strong flavors of cantaloupe and fig jelly. The sweetness is immediately balanced and augmented as mild honey buttered biscuit flavors flow on to the taste buds. Mild flavors of banana, pear, and white grape further increase the fruity goodness as the honey flavors grows slightly stronger. The sweetness of the continues to grow as mild brown sugar orange marmalade flavors caress the palate while mild flavors of clove present a balancing spice. A slight funk develops as subtle flavors of hay and earthy yeast enter while clove flavors grow to strong. The symphony of flavors ends with subtle salty mineral flavors and hints of sour green apple as all prior flavors persist, except for cantaloupe, which fade to mild.
NOTE: I have had my fair share of complex, multifaceted beers, but this one took the cake. I was in disbelief at the bombardment of all the flavors that combined together to create this majestic work of art. Everything intertwined in such a way that nothing dominated, yet each flavor had its moment in the spotlight. The clove flavors could have been toned down a bit to decrease the spiciness, but that is just me nitpicking.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trailers over dark gold. 4
Dough, clover honey, flowers and a bit of Band-Aid and grass. 4.25
Sweet round grain, hint of lemon-lime, spicy pepper hit, some herb, grass, ringing minty linger bitter linger. 4
Crisp, halfway to medium, fizzy. 4

Archetypal. Luscious nose, like that Chilean honey I like. Lemon-pepper, lots of dough, and a bigger hop hit than expected. Not as razor-sharp as Dupont -maltier, with some powdery graininess - but proper. 4.25

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Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Deep gold with a slight orange tint colored. A meandering crowd of carbonation rises in support of snow white cap. Lacing is loose knit and traces the experience on the glass.
S - Sweet orange blossom, resting in a pile of fresh grass clippings, that signature green glass kiss on the nose. There is honey, apricot jam, warm biscuit green grape skin and musk melon. Delightful and complex nose.
T - With all that is going on in the nose, the flavors don't stray. Sweet malts start the party, some straw, a bit of chalk, cheese rine funk. The ever so slight tartness is well executed, just enough to keep the palate guessing. Warm melon, and honey blend to challenge that tart element. there is a fruitiness that runs through the entire palate. White peach and apricot are the center of that component. There is so much to enjoy about this.
M - Surprisingly soft water feel, the body is a bit heavy, a high viscosity, likely supports the 8% ABV. A full coating of the palate is instantaneous, slick and then the tart enters and shift gears. That carbonation persuades that sweet tart to move on. The linger is at the back edge of the tongue, just taunting for another sip.
O - A well crafted and cared for offering, I assume this is a relatively recent import, the fresh feel and flavors are on display. Fruity and a bit funky. The offering is a full experience. The ABV is well hidden, in a big body yet delicate saison. So glad to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of kitch
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml US label bottle with no best before date (Belgian label bottle has a best before end date). Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a lightly hazy golden colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Barnyard funk, honeydew melon, banana, clove, honey, lemon and grass.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, there is musty farmhouse funk, sweet honey, banana, clove, fleshy melon with a hint of citrus lemon, grass and a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Wow, a very nice Saison. Great aromas and mouthfeel with nice fruit and funkiness.

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A strong saison with some earthy sour like flavors to it. Highly drinkable and very refreshing. Would love to drink a couple of these but it's just a bit too strong and pricey for that. Definitely try it if u have the chance!

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Photo of Evahflow
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

* Not consumed on this date just finally posting my review
A- Peachy orange, very murky, Whip cream head that sticks out up over the rim of the glass by and inch or so.
S- Fantome funk(Melon,clove,grassyness,wet hay,stonefruit) Maybe my favorite smell ever.
T- Everything you get from the smell, clove, grassiness,citrus, wet hay, bright melon flesh, Peach, and a weird strawberry note that is unexpected and very welcomed.
M-Medium, pretty highly carbonated, there is some sweetness/breadyness I'm guessing from munich malt
O- I've had this beer when it has been the best beer I have ever had and I've had it when it was ehhh. When Fantome is on there is nothing like it. Buy a bottle and find out for yourself.

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Photo of amano_h
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

20cl draft pour at Het Molenhof (Oostvleteren, Belgium)

Tons of citrus, barnyard funk, clove, banana, and a barrage of spices I didn't anticipate from a saison. Some bread-y malt characters surface toward the back end, and also reveals a floral/herbal complexity to the brew.

Tangerine and grapefruit right off the bat, sweet caramel, followed by that array of spices that I picked up on the nose. The barnyard funk intensifies with time along side maltier notes of bread/biscuit.

Pretty viscous for a saison, unusually creamy with lower carbonation than one would expect from a saison. Overall this brew defies all traditional expectations of what a saison should be like but does it so well that you really can't call it out. I am absolutely in love with this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with 1"+ of white head, tiny bubbles. The retention was great. Aroma gives off light citrus tart and green apple notes.

Nice brett component, dry tartness, cracker pale malts, lemon notes, grass, good complexity. Just such a solid choice around the pool. Price is a little much, but I guess you're shipping these half way around the world.

Anyways, pretty much guarantee I'll grab one of these every time I see it on a shelf, which has unfortunately been a couple of years.

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Photo of pagriley
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Gus_13
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always an adventure with this beer.

Funky nose with hints of tartness, spicy pepper, and caramels. Not typical of the style but amazing none the less.

Flavors are rustic hay, little sweetness, some lemon, biscuit, and a hint of caramel again.

I have had this beer before and it been super weird with viscous mouthfeel. I've also had it be the best beer I've had in the style. It goes both ways but I'll never turn a bottle or glass down!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit hazy light gold with a monster head and good lacing. Nose is interesting. I get some taffy candy smells along with the expected yeast notes and apple skins. Not peppery like many saisons. Taste is very clean. Lemon and a little cider, but in a good way. Brightly carved. Rediculously drinkable and refreshing for an 8% beer. Super beer.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy, cloudy, fluffy head. Large carbonation bubbles, but excellent retention.

S - one of the better aspects of this beer. So complex; a roller coaster of aromas. Green apple up front, with the spices barging in once you think you're at the end. A distinct start and finish.

T - a little let down after what the look and nose promised. Tastes like it smells, but somehow feels muted. Very smooth and well-balanced though.

F - incredible. Nothing is perfect, but the feel on this one comes damn close. Rich and velvety smooth. Full-bodied from start to end. Melts off your top lip and seeps throughout the mouth, gliding like a, well, phantom! Spooky.

O - nicely done beer. Been making my way through the top 250 and was surprised I hadn't had this readily available brew. Kinda bummed that I waited this long!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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 ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Fantome beer. From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Parker Pie. This is a well-made beer, but way too spicy for me. Glad I tried it, but would not get it again.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Did I have a bad one or are they all like this? Its thick on my tongue, like whole milk or thicker. Beer is not supposed to feel like this. Its quite off-putting and makes it quite difficult to finish this or otherwise enjoy the flavor.

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Photo of WalkerHater
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a gusher. Shame too, because the beer I was able to save was great. Reminds me of a funkier version of LaChouffe. On positive side, I saved the last 1/5 of bottle for dregs for my Sour ale fermentation. Would def try again, fingers crossed no gusher!

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Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from a recent batch purchased February and consumed April 15. Pours a clear gold color with thin head and lacing.

Nose of bready malts, grain, pepper and a floral/herbal character.

Taste is of fairly clean malts up front and some orange-citrus sweetness. Then it fades into bitter grapefruit and morphs into an ashy, astringent finish. I get some mild herbal flavors such as lavender and grass.

Mouthfeel is excellent with fine, creamy carb. Less carbonated than previous 'tomes.

Every bottle of Fantome I have tried seems a little different. This one is more straightforward. It has rewarding qualities yet parts are still challenging, especially with the ashy finish. As it got a little warmer and as I got towards the bottom of the bottle, I enjoyed it more and more.

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