Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of frazbri
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Fantome Saison poured cloudy and golden with a slight orange hue in my chalice. The aroma had notes of apples, pears, and cider along with a very distinct barnyard smell. (more to come) Fruity and earthy in flavor with hint of Vernor's ginger ale and a spree candy aftertaste. Body was light and highly carbonated with a dry, woody finish.

That smell. There's something in the nose. It's not overpowering, but it's omnipresent. A familier farm aroma. Hog manure...

That was it for me. I just couldn't get past the smell, but I still was intrigued. I will revisit this some day. Strictly because of the smell, this Fantome was a bit too funky for me.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, great brew! I like Saisons, and this one is exceptional. Hazy, near copper yellow hued with a decent cap of foam that didn't last quite as long as I'd like. Aroma was a bit muted, but stillenticing. Malty sweetness and a bit of funky yeast behing a fruity, floral scent. Taste is amazing. Fruity, tart, sour, a touch of sweetness and a hint of grainy malt. I could drink this all night, 8% or not.

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

Shared amongst friends.

Rocky off white head with retention like no-one's business. Once the head settled after about four minutes, ringed lacing was carried throughout the snifter. The color is a tangerine/pear with noticeable sediment floating around the glass.

Rather sharp tartness with a range of spices including pepper, a touch of clove, and corriander. Light fruit aromas: pear, green apple, and lemon zest. An underlying mustiness throughout the range of fruits and spices.

The flavors are just as the aromas indicate: a predominant sour quality from lime, lemon, pear, and grapefruit. This is peppered by some corriander and a hint of diacetyl. The mustiness and alcohol are most felt in the aftertaste, but the 8% abv is noticed at every moment of the sip. Mustiness lines the tartness and spice giving this saison its earthy roots.

A touch heavier than light bodied; very carbonated, obviously. Settles well on the palate with the spice and sourness.

This saison drinks like a light wine; a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc; not in terms of flavor, but re: the alcohol presence. A classic for the style, and one that I will continue to share with friends.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the Godfather of all Saisons, this beer never disappoints. As soon as the bottle is un-corked, a steady flow of carbonated beer flows from the neck of the bottle and seemingly never lets up. As the beer is decanted into the snifter, it releases a dull, rusty, hazy peach color and a film of foam sustains itself atop the beer. Active carbonation puts on quite a show. Good aromas of floral, spicy, and tart. Flavors of oranges, peaches, lemons, and pears. Spiciness of cinnemon, corriander, curraco, and pepper. Vineous and almost wine-like. Remaining tartness that doesn't become astringent or sour. Tartness weaves into out out of the fresh spicy hop bitterness and flavor. Light malt with wheat sweetness and texture give a much needed breadiness and creaminess. Soft texture that is slightly scrubbed. Medium body. Dry finish with mild phenolic alcohols throughout. Well balanced and easy drinking. Generally, I can expect Saisons to show a bit more sweetness but this one is as dry as a bone.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*Corked and capped 750 ml

Appearance: A somewhat less-than-overwhelming chalky yellow. The head, however, is out of this world, super thick, dense, puffy pure white with some of the thickest, most sticky lace I have ever seen. Unreal. Retention is great. The tiniest of tiny bubbles race from the "D" in the Duvel glass.

Smell: Ka-BOOM. Jeez, Louise, this is massive. Barnyard must, rainwater, honey, solvent, gardenia, mild pilsner hop, and an overall fruity sweetness so dense you could dip it out with a spoon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Oh my, so, so, so nice. Fools you with an initial touch of buckwheat honey, but soon comes in hard with a lemon-lime tartness, and an otherworldly funky spiciness. The sides of the tongue register grapefruit rind, but the center finds a smooth fruit cocktail of sweetened citrus and mild white pepper. Finishes long and dry. Burps of honeyed spice. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy end of thin, a bit creamy, even, with perfectly restrained carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh dear lord, back up a tanker to my house and turn on the hose. This is what beer drinking is all about. One of the most drinkable saisons -- if not beers, period -- I've yet encountered. Scary good.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy golden color with very little head and no lace. Aroma of citrus, yeast, herb and earthiness. It had a very complex flavor, including a smorgasbord of fruits and a slight spicyness that I really liked. A slightly bitter (citrus wise) comes through in the end as well. Smooth and crisp, slightly juicy.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did a double-take at the Brea BevMo when I spotted a capped and corked 750ml bottle of Fantôme on the shelf in their Belgian section (usually rather small). I snatched one up and decided today's dinner would be a good opportunity to try this saison out. Poured, per the recommendation, into my trusty Duvel tulip glass.
The pour resulted in a glass of clouded over amber-hued brew, no small amount of suspended particulate matter and a huge thick white head that never fully departed the scene and left webby lace.
The smell reminded me of walking through an orchard in late summer or early fall. As a kid, I lived on an orchard and the smells emanating from the glass took me right back to being ten years old and the orchard smelling heavily of rotting fruit that fell from the trees before we could pick it. Peaches, nectarines, apples, and the like, all overripe and rotting. Touches of honey and mild spices added to the trip down memory lane.
The taste only further enhanced the journey. Right away, like a truckload of overturned and crushed fruits on the freeway, the smell so thick it turned into taste, the sweet flavors of peach, nectarine, apricots, and, more mildly, apple and pear all swarmed over the tongue. Then things got more complex as the bitterness of hops broke through, producing a satisfyingly potent herbal counter to the fruity sweetness. This saison doesn't have the biting acidity and real, well, "barnyard" funk to it like others of the line but that doesn't diminish the quality of this saison one bit.
The feel was surprisingly full and creamy thanks to the heavy volume of carbonation.
Overall, this saison by Brasserie Fantôme is one of the best I've had, period, full stop. Highly drinkable, with an aroma that simply kicks ass, and a complexity that just begs you to keep on sippin'. Fantôme Saison went very well with the seasoned ahi tuna and seasoned noodles I had for dinner. A definitive example of the style; a beer any beer enthusiast should be seeking out if they want to experience a first-rate saison.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bear with me, this is my first Saison.

The Aroma hit me like an herbal freight train. Extremely heady and sharp. Sharp tones of green olives and vinegar.

A golden brew with a good fog and a tight, clean, cotton head. The head stayed tight and you can see yeast floating in the glass.

On the tasting I was hit with an overpowering coriander and citrus zest. I can taste the superior craft in this beer, but wit the spice in it, you might as well add a lemon to a hefe weisen and call it even. The mouth feel is light and nice with a silk finish. If you like heady HW's, then go for it.

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Photo of Paddez
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this at the beffely hills café in Beffe; a small village just south of Soy where the brewerie itself is located. I was surprise to find the café inhabited by numerous Dutch tourists. The waitresses were all Flemish and Dutch too. Peculiar. Nonetheless, the beer was served at the proper temperature in the proper glass.

Appearance: Golden & hazy with a big, slightly off-white head. Some sediment. Quite a lot going on inside the glass.

Smell: Hmm, what's that smell. Grains, malts & citrus fruits and lots of odd farmhouse aroma's. It's hard to point out what it is exactly.

Taste: Again, the farmhouse aspects overwhelmed my palette. Lots and lots of odd & classic flavours comingtogether; beets, tropical fruits, lemon, spices, roasted malts, candy, ...
Ridiculously complex almost.

Mouthfeel and drinkabillity: Pleasant mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidded, but once you try to get up you'll notice this is a hard-hitter. Quite fuddling.

Conclusion: This brew is both everything and nothing. It's just how you interpret the tastes and aroma's. For me personally though the huge 'barnyard' aspect was a bit too much. 'Artisanaal' is ok, but this was too much. One thing's for sure though: it's got character aplenty.

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Photo of battlekow
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. This beer doesn't look like much, a cloudy golden color, not much more attractive than the Spotted Cow I'm used to drinking, which is to say, pretty mundane. The smell and the taste though--amazing! The best smelling/tasting beer I've ever had. Smells very much like tropical fruit and bubblegum, with a little bit of sourness in the mix as well. It's a very sweet smell, but somehow not cloying in any way; in fact, it's downright alluring. Tastes initially lemon peels, citrusy and sour, with a sweet bubblegum finish. Again, I can't explain it--you would naturally think that a bubblegum beer would be awful, sweet to the point of undrinkable, but this was not. It was perfectly balanced by the very pleasant sourness, and had a very nice, dry mouthfeel. Fucking amazing beer.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer in a 750 ml bottle that comes with a cap and a cork. took me a while to get it open. I worked up a good sweat but it was worth it.


This beers pours a cloudy lemon color into my tulip glass. The white head is nice and healthy with staying power.

Aroma: a funky smell..grassy and slight.. umm… barnyard

Taste: oh my..this is freakin delicious. A little tart but ending sweet and with a yeasty sensation.

A bit tingly.

Very enjoyable

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Photo of TPSReports
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hit from Fantome! Sampled this citrusy brew on a hot and humid summer evening. A perfect choice!

This brew pours a nice head into my tulip -- a cloudy straw color with some yeast floaters for giggles.

The taste is highly citrus. Not too much hops here, but a bit of malt hanging around.

This a wonderful summer thirst quencher by the pool or watching the sun set while swatting mosquitoes.


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Photo of ypsifly
2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Undated 750 that is capped and corked.

Very loud pop when the cork was yanked. Loud hiss from the bottle, I'm letting it breathe a bit bit before decanting into a tulip.

Hazy, slightly blonde amber with a white head that boils up without going out of control only to fall to a ring in a minute or so. Still very loud.

Smells tangy and funky. Lemon zest thats been in a basement for a while. Overall very dry and tart, with that earthy dank aroma.

The taste is too tart for me. Almost like those big size Sweet Tarts, too much of a bitter jolt. I don't taste the abv, and there's a nice champagne like effect from the carbonation, but the lemon notes are over the top.

I'm going to drop another $10 and give this one more shot as I will admit this isn't a style that I get into, and this could have been a bad bottle.

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Photo of Crotor
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, caramelized orange juice with a four-finger high dollop of semi-soapy white head with excellent retention.

The aroma is all big sours at first, then a dose of sweat and brett-like barnyard funk.

Completely dry in the mouth. Starts off a little bit tart, then there's a big, broad funk. Weird slight spice notes and grass fight to be recognized, but the massive funk overrides all. At the end the tartness may morph into a slight bit of tropical fruit? Mystic and magical...

Light and dry and scouringly funky in the mouth. Magnificent.

The envelope has been pushed until breaking. Damn fine.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew.. a bit less full-flavored than I expected, or is it just my palate today? Fantome Saison pours a nice golden amber color w/ a steady 1/4" head and lacing. Smell is fruity, yeasty, with just a hit of alcohol. Taste is similar, but shows the presence of spices. The taste also carries a strange sourness wholly unfamiliar to me. I like it.
Carbonation is low-medium, which suits the style perfectly. As it begins to warm, lemony, citrus, woody flavors make themselves known. This thing (!) is growing on me (!).

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Photo of fisherman34
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach in colour with lots of carbonation. Fantastically fruity and yeasty in both the nose and the mouth. There are minor notes of barnyard, and various spices which enhances my overall impression of this beer. Light and refreshing on the palate, without compromising its complexity. Highly drinkable stuff. It's just too bad I can't get this locally.

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Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden slash oragne mixture with a nice full white head that lasts and laces well, looks great.

Aroma is wild crisp fruity citrus aromas peach, white grapes and lemons mixed with funky musty hay, compost pile aromas. Very wild and this is my first Saison so didn't know what to expect.

Taste is full nice carbonation bringing the fruit esters out mixed with what almost seems like bubble gum flavor and texture. Grassy funky flavors come out and mix with some light hops and light spiciness peppery coriander. Taste is unique from my point of view but very nice.

Mouthfeel is around medium but is chocked full of flavor nice feeling and tasting beer.

Drinkability is good wouldn't mind having this again if I could find it. A nice brew hope it represents this style because I will be looking for Saisons in the future. Thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this with me.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold color. Looks beautiful in the glass with a white small dense head. The gold really stands out. Smell is grassy, orange? FIrst sip reveals a sour tasting beer. Hints of orange in the aftertaste. Kind of like an orange sweettart. Slightly acidic. Pretty drinkable stuff. A few sips in reveals a slight peppery taste. This aspect is pretty mild. Moslty sour citrusy taste. Taste rings on the tongue leaving a slightly malty aftertaste. This is good.

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Photo of merlin48
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, capped and corked. The recessed cork was difficult to remove, even with a good corkscrew. Served into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy, golden body with a gigantic snowwhite head that nests in the tulup glass. Good lacing.

Aroma: Much like a lambic, with musty cherry and lemon notes. Spicy, herbal, and fruity, with funky horseblanket yeast. Well spiced, with coriander, white pepper, rosemary, and lemon zest. Fruit esters are exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Funky yeast lends a heaviness to the mouthfeel.

Taste: Citrusy lemon with tangerines in the background. Lots of funky barnyard yeastiness, grassy and floral hops, and some floral character. Spices are somewhat bitter, with coriander and white pepper. Earthy, grassy, lemony citrus, and yeasty. Evokes a spring meadow, grazing with sheep. Long finish is yeasty, spicy, and lemony bitter.

Drinkability: I'm becoming a big fan of Saisons, and this one sets a nice standard for the style. I've been keeping a small stash of Ommegang Hennepin on hand to slake my desire for this style, but an excellent Belgian Saison like this one is a special treat. Truly exceptional drinkability. I love grazing in the meadow with sheep, taking in the grassy, herbal, floral, and funky earthiness that is contained in a bottle like this one. The citrusy lemon character really adds an inviting component to the drinkability. Nice and dry, with a long finish. Lovely!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard lemonade.
With bubbles.
A good amount of bubbles.
Reminds me a bit of Saxo... or a mix of Hennepin and La Fin Du Monde...
But way lemony.
Both in smell and taste but definately in taste.
Has that distinctive, homesquoze lemonade pucker factor.
You no like lemons this no for you.
I think you can gather what you might think.
Oh, the alcohol is quite sneaky in this.
Well hidden in the flavors.
750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a chalice.

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Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an extremely carbonated bright hazy orange juice looking color. Huge frothy head is controllable on the pour but barely. Tons and tons of lacing. Aroma is of musty yeasty funkiness I come to expect in good saisons. There's also fruits and spices involved with the yeast. Granny smith apples along with more tropical fruits then some anise. I'm getting some freshly cut grass in there as well. Taste brings more fruityness upfront. Really fresh whole strawberries and watermelons. More of a floral element comes in with a garden vegetable taste. Yeasty depth underneath. Spritzy in the feel. I'm tasting the carbonation a bit. Finish is dry and holds well. This could be confused for many other styles and to me is reminiscent of champagne. Whatever, the complexity and depth of flavors in this beer make it truly a great beer.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like homemade lemonade without the pulp. It has a bleached bone froth that is quite hig, but you don't have to wait long for it to become manageable. It smells like pre-digested grasses (chewed cud) washed in a cast iron pot with white wine vinegar, and rubbed with fresh sage.
There's an immediate taste of horse leather (recently worn). It's surprisingly dry, for recently worn horse leather!! This must have been stirred by a horse with sugar on it's hoof, and horehound, mint and miner's lettuce on it's breath. Wild!! Man, it's crisp and refreshing overall, with funky burps. It's quenching and interesting, and does't seem anywhere close to 8%. It gets drier as I progress down the bottle, but there's just enough sweetness to keep drinking. This is complicated enough to keep talking about, but hey, it's fantastic. It is now my goal to drink every Fantome beer I can get my lips on, and I'll steal yours if you're not watching.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured to a bright and solid mix of yellow and gold. The head is of moderate size and lace is minimal.

It smells like there's noble hops in here. Light pepper and spice hints come through in the smell, and it goes along very well with the other characteristics of the style. The taste brings excellent combinations of fruit, spice, and malt in different layers. The mouthfeel is brilliant and drinkability is outstanding.

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Photo of carln26
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into an oversize wine glass a bright gold, very hazy with a thick white head that receded quickly into the glass. The smell has bread dough, grapefruit, and a couple of layers of spice. The finish on the nose has more orange than grapefruit. The taste has a pleasant tanginess up front delivered in the form of the citrus. The spiciness I detected in the aroma blends into sweetness delivered by the malt. The yeast/bread dough character disperses all together in the flavor. Finish has a mild peppery bite that lingers and blends with the alcohol to generate a little heat. The mouth feel is light and slick and helps to produce a decent drinakbility.

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Photo of dauss
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: There it is, the elusive Fantôme Saison, sitting right in front of me. 750ml champagne style green bottle, corked and capped. A ghost is on the on the label and on the back is a blurb about the Fantôme and not giving it secrets to what makes this brew so special.

The cap was larger than your ordinary bottles. It took 3 different bottle openers before we could find one that would work. Second was the cork underneath. That cork is in there really tight. My friend wanted to show off and use his two prong ah-so wine opener for this beer. It was quite a struggle. As soon as the prong wedged past the cork breaking the seal, the bubbles were building fast. It was a long struggle to get it out, way tighter for that wussy two prong opener could handle. After what felt like an eternity, the beers was coming out of the bottle, past the narrow little hole the prong had made, but the cork was out.

Appearance: Poured a very cloudy dark mustard orange. A ginormous(yeah, it was gigantically enormous) off-white head forms. Even trying to sneak it down the glass, the height of the head alone was a lot taller than the beer sitting in the bottom of the glass. Excellent retention and the lacing just coats the entire glass with its spectacular head. Even after a few minutes the head was still strong, rock steady and "egg crating". Tons of carbonation, hundreds of little champagne bubbles just streaming endlessly from the bottom of the glass. Nearing the end of the bottle, as I was drinking it out of the glass, a layer of yeast had settled down to the bottom.

Smell: A myriad of fruity aroma. Coriander with some mild clove phenols. Yeasty, spicy, peppery, and some orange-rind. The malt is faint, with just a touch of horse blanket.

Taste: High carbonation, but doesn't sting the tongue like a soda. Wonderfully complex, light and airy. Starts off with this sweet malt and fruit. A touch of that Belgian funk gives it another dimension to the taste. Strong phenols midway with a light citrusy tartness in the bone dry finish.

Notes: The best saison I've ever had. Its a lot more balanced that other saisons that I have had, just perfectly blended malt, hops, spices, and funky yeast. Amazingly drinkable, even though its warmed up way past it serving temperature. So light I could drink this on a hot summers day. The 8% ABV not detectable in the smell and taste. This beer is truly ethereal.

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