Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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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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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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Photo of AugustusRex
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before End: "d November 2016"

Decanted from a 750mL green bottle into a huge German stein, left the yeast sediment in the bottle. Used the stein to give myself small pours into a proper glass.

Carbonation is moderate, similar to Saison Dupont, but with a less rocky less impressive head.

Almost nothing on the nose from my glass, from the empty bottle tangerine is noted.

Hops are not prominent. Tangerine and grapefruit esters are forward, alcohol is not tasted but is felt. Grapefruit bitterness but not from hops, and a more delicate tangerine taste dominates the finish. Tartness is moderate.

Overall, I prefer Saison Dupont for its delicate approach and pear-ester character. This one is more astringent due to the grapefruit flavour. Reminds me of Petrus Old Pale.

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Photo of trooperp
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light funk.. Orangey/peachy color.. Ok mouthfeel..Light lemonade.. Hay, grass, and straw.. I was expecting a World Class beer.. However, All I tasted was an unremarkable saison.. I've tasted better.. Much better

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantôme Saison pours a cloudy straw color with a nice thick white head. It is very dry. There is a little malt in the background but it has a very tart, almost cidery finish. There is also a little cidery note and Belgian yeast spice in the aroma. The tartness makes it very refreshing and combined with the body, malt, carbonation, and alcohol make it very well put together and enjoyable. Even though this comes in at 8% alcohol by volume, it is so well balanced that you do not notice it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, lemons and a fruitiness like strawberries or apricots perhaps.

Overall - A really interesting taste going on.. super complex and lip smacking good. More of a fruity flavour than I was expecting and not as much spice as I would have figured. A beer well worth seeking out to see its nuances.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours cloudy, opaque, medium orange gold color with a massive three fingered pure white head, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Lots of barnyard fun in the aroma, wet hay, lemons, and some honey.

T - Loads of wet hay, barnyard fun, wet blanket, lemon honey, and finishes with a wet blanket barnyard funkiness.

M - Medium body, active carbonation, thicker than many Saisons I've had.

O - Complex spiciness with no alcohol presence. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Incredibly hazy golden orange body topped with a wispy cap that fades quickly. Looks like a slightly carbed glass of Dole. Only knock is the very apparent lack of carb. Rustic as fuggggggg.

S: Mellow clove, zesty lemon acidity, and crackery malt dominant. Some musty wine and brett funk round everything out.

T: Tart lemon, apple, and underripe pear layered with biscuity wheat. Brett funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Fricken great.

M: Medium bodied and slick. Very low carb. Long lingering finish.

O: So good to have a Fantome like this once again. My last few bottles tasted like a tire fire. The only area that wasn't totally on point was a lack of carb, but in a way it almost contributed even further to the juiciness with a slick/low carb body and a lingering acidity. Keep it up Dany P!

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Photo of heygeebee
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Will the beer live up to the hype?
Had been trying to find the base Fantome for a while.
Answer is such a well balanced and integrated beer it is difficult to subjectively review... The drinking whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Very true to a slightly dry saison style, with mouthfeel and carbonation to die for.
But is it better than, say, Saison DuPont... An A to B would be interesting :-)
No hint of ABV, either....

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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Has a hazy, orange yellow color, with a huge, fast disappearing head.

Smells of lemon peel, mixed with soft Belgian yeast and joung carrots, overall pointing into herbal, slightly spiced direction. Also contains hints of fermented sourness.

Begins with soft yeast, which feels incredibly smooth on the palate, then spicy, syrupy sweetness with hints of overripe sourness turn visible. Slick sourness remains in the throat and on the palate, while hot spices add a decent complexity. Medium bodied, begins with a very smooth impression, then turns hotter with stinging spices and overripe sourness. Driven by lively carbonation, finishing slightly bitter, with peppery spices still being detectable.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Among the best saisons I have tried. Very light bodied and refreshing, floral hops and a bit of barnyard funkiness in the aroma. The taste is very refreshing, slightly citric and floral hoppy.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. This was a gusher.

Appearance- Huge 4 finger head that left quickly and left mild lacing. Hazy orange with some floaties in the glass.

Smell- Some tart apple, grape, and lemon. Light earthy hops and a reasonably malty back ground.

Taste- Smokey, pear, flowery rosebuds or dandelions, caramel malts. Sweeter finish. No hints of booze.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, lighter body, no heat.

Overall- I've heard so many descriptions of the beer and mine seems different than the others. Interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of babaracas
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy radiant light amber with fizzy white head, puts up a few rings. Smell: nectarine, floral, white grape and slightly champagney, clove, grainy backing, herbal as it warms. Very bright, fruity and fairly sweet. Taste: fruity upfront... nectarine, into grape skin into light lactic tartness, clove, grassy, light breadiness, bitter orange. Fruity and herbal brettness. Light bodied, slick to creamy, crushable. Sugary, semi dry finish. Delicious, majestic, all of the good things.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mverity
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a champagne color that was crystal clear the first pour and grew hazier with each additional pour. Off white head that is light and bubbly and thick (2 inch first pour, 1 inch on second). Head faded down to half a centimeter and held there. Great lacing too. Aroma is apricot, sweet grass, dry yeasty funk. Taste is sweet grass, dry earth and aged floral hops. Surprisingly full bodied for a saison, medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Fantome beers and this one is a classic. It really showcases their intensely unique yeast strain. They really get a lot out of it.

A: Light gold, very little color to this one. Towards the end of the bottle the yeast begins to cloud the beer. White, wispy head with some lacing.

S: Huge burst of mango, mellon, and tropical fruits. Not what you would expect but man is it amazing. Their is some slight musty funk and some spicy estery or hop notes. A tinge of alcohol is their as well.

T: Wow is this complex and unique. There is some traditional fruity/estery flavor from the Belgian yeast strain, but there is so much more going on. Lots of mango, pineapple, and even apple and pear here. Some spicy, slightly herbal notes are there too. The beer lingers on the tongue and as the beer warms, the alcohol makes itself a little more present.

M: Effervescent, spritzy, and light on the tongue. There is enough body to not feel thin, but the beer is very attenuated and dry.

O: One of the very best saisons out there, this one makes me want to drink everything Fantome. It is so complex and different, and each time you drink it there are more surprises. I would love to culture this yeast strain for my own brews at home.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,939 ratings.
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