Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

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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#739
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836
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1,994
pDev:
13.11%
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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOBEERFB
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On Draught at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
A:Massive, creamy 3 finger head, hazy deep straw gold body
S:Subtle berry and funk aromas (very understated)
T:Somewhat grainy and a tad sweet with hints of fruit and some white grape with a hint of astringency and funk
M:Very dry and somewhat silky
O:The sweetness is off putting to me and I would really call this a saison in the traditional sense, I mean it is, but a lot of the typical characteristics don’t manifest themselves in an obvious way. It’s not bad but doesn’t appeal to me.

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Photo of Andrew4321
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, semi-opaque orange with two fingers of hearty white head that retains exceptionally well. Aroma is light bready malts, fruit hops, and yeast. It smells bright and lively. Flavor profile is bready and biscuity malts, with fruit, and herbal hops. It finishes with a strong yeast taste. Mouth feel is slightly effervescent, with a foaming, medium thickness. Overall, a great saison with a straight forward aroma, flavor, and feel. It looks the part, and, well - nails all the other aspects of a saison.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Fantôme "Fantôme Saison"
1 PT 9.4 FL. OZ. green glass bottle, corked and capped. The cork reads "Lot 09 086/477044".
$15.56 @ The Beer Yard (The Beverage Store), Wayne, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is not my first encounter with Fantôme Saison, it's one of my favorite beers, but I've never reviewed it. It pours a hazy golden orange body beneath a finger thick head of pillowy off-white. Unfortunately this bottle is a little skunked as they usually are unless you get it out of a sealed case but that will pass as you get used to it. On the other hand, maybe that, along with some cork is nice mixed in with its bright fruitiness, soft earthiness, and subtle spice. There you go, I just gave you the aroma profile except for one thing, there's a little bit of funkiness that's kind of reminiscent of the smell of old beer on a bar room floor if that makes any sense. It's sweetish and grainy but a little sour as well, and to be honest that's a pretty good description of the flavor as well - I keep getting ahead of myself. The fruitiness is the real star of the show here, although keeping in line with its spicing it's not overdone. There are notes of apple, sweet pear, white grape, apricot, and soft lemon. I wonder if lemon zest is part of the spicing. There's a hint of pepper as well, but that's probably from the yeast, and some mild clove. There might be a very little bit of star anise in there as well, but that very low level, nondescript spicing is what makes it work so well. At this point I've added the yeast pour which really softens it up. I prefer it with a little more sharpness but at the same time I hate to waste even a drop. It's medium bodied and gently effervescent, seemingly completely natural with very fine tiny bubbles - smooth. Overall it's complex without being overdone, really nicely rounded and balanced, and soft, supple, and remarkably easy to drink - the alcohol never shows, not even to just to give the impression through its presence that you're drinking a strong beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Buttered popcorn fart aroma and purely apple juice and mild dust flavour. A wildly boring and foul saison. Not sure how this is 'supposed' to taste, but god damn it was not good.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duncian
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 for oz poured into a tulip glass, a very murky orange with a half finger head that moves immediately to a thin lace. The aroma initially starts off slighlty skunked, yeasty and metallic, but that fades into an earthy lemongrass scent. The taste is funky, some doughy yeast, dill, some mild clove on the finish. Pears and pepper. The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation modulates between slightly fizzy and smooth. Overall, an interesting blend, been wanting to try this for a while, glad I did.

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Photo of samEBC
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy orange-brown with a thin white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Lemongrass, damp hay, green apples, whole grain bread, baked apples, farmhouse funk, dried apricots, allspice, clove, white pepper, and baked pear. Smells musty like grandmas house when she’s cooked an apple pie.

Taste: Whole wheat crust smothered in pear chutney on the attack. As it moves across the palate notes of apple cider, clove, nut meg, spiced pineapple, Gewurtztraminer wine, pears poached in white wine, rye, preserved lemon, and Belgian candied sugar linger on the palate. The finish is long with notes of baked apples, French bread, floral hops, and farmhouse funk.

Feel: Medium bodied. Quenching and slightly sticky on the the palate. Soft natural carbonation. Light bitterness. Mildly tannic. Finish is dry. No alcohol present.

Overall: Absolutely brilliant. It’s so complex. Layers upon layers of flavor. Everything plays together from the soft natural carbonation to the quenching body to the dry finish. From first sip I was blown away by this beer. The new benchmark for saisons to me.

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Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coryhk
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of festizio
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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