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Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 816 | Ratings: 1,911
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. Sheesh..it 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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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden hazed orange with 1/2" foamy in a wide mouth goblet leaves some lattice. Yeasty scrod chunks with the 2nd pour.

Horse blanket barnyard hay musty attic. Phenolic bananas and sweaty socks.

First swigs: Airy musty light meadow earthy dandelion. Green leafy and anise notes. Dry aftertaste. Skunky good cabbage. Lime hints.

Light as air fluffy. Bit skunky.

Last swigs: 8.0 % ABV is masked and cloaked. Skunky socks good. 99/4.31

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Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 4oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. An excellent beer. Pours a very bright gold, with lots of particulate yeast. Taste is excellent for the style, light and smooth, with citrus undertones and lots of malt. Very spicy aftertaste. Lots to like here. Fun to drink, an excellent saison.

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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 Billolick
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Large bottle, capped and corked, pours apricot, orangy amber, cloudy.,Head is reserved, light, airy, tiny bubble, white.Leaves classic lacing, fine, well developed and stringy

Nose: Funky,musty, earthy,horse blanket, barn yard, flowery, peppery..

taste: A rainbow of flavors and assualts on the senses. Spice, fruit,anise, citrus, fresh hops, sour, tart, intrigue in every sip...COMPLEX

Mouthfeel: smooth and lucious, drying late.

Drinkability; exceptional creation, wish I bought two bottles. Worldclass, gonna buy more and enjoy it with my next BBQ

(how can anybody drink Middle of the road brew after sampling this nectar of the gods??)

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Photo of putnam
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mustard resins and wildy overripe dough aromas rise from this whitish orange pour. The head isn't too showy, resolving to a thin sheet in less than a minute. Penetrating the deep yeasty aromatic core are grassy, briny notes. Scented of moist cakes too, there is an approximately perfect balance between sweet and savory in this beer -- though on the nose at least, savory seems to be in charge.
On the palate it's different. Vigorous schnizzle is dulled with chewy textures and flavors reminiscent of juicy, rich breads and jams of apricot and marmelade. Slatey, powdery pepper flavors keep the finish serious, though not perfectly dry.
A ton of white stone fruits flavors, a ton of yeasty earthiness, and a ton of youth and vigor. Its a wonder this is so balanced. It's like Duvel or Fin du Monde from the bowels of the earth. It's like Dupont with chunks of pineapple and apricot in it. It's a baby.
Give it a few months to mature still.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pure white head, golden completely opaque body with masses of floaties. I hope those are yeast floaties and not someone's dandruff.
Smell: Fermenting hey, lemongrass, skunky gueze.
Taste: Complex. Drying grapefruit. Mild wheaty grapefruit. For all the yeast floaties, there is very little yeasty taste. Very dry, tart, and peppery.
Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation, fine acidity.
Drinkability: Mild and well balanced.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one seemed appopriate for review #200 after reading my man GClarkage's review.

Appearence: Pours a nice golden color with a thin, splotchy white head that stays and stays and stays. THe clarity is a little less than desirbale, but definitly acceptable.

Smell: The spicy and peppery notes make me think it's a Tripel. Does my nose decieve me? Has all the characters of Tripel, only a little more intense. Is this the little brother of a Tripel? I guess the Golden Monkey goblet was a good choice.

Taste: The flavor is incredibly sour, with the biggest dry lingering aftertaste in the world. The huge fruit notes really make the sourness even more intense. There a few sweet notes as I get down the beer, but are not in focus. The balance of this beer is truly superb, but the sourness is a bit too much.

Drinkability and Overall: While I really enjoyed this beer, I'd have to say that lemony sourish presence was really a kick in the pants. All the other flavors are gorgeous, but I just can't past that sour! Maybe I just haven't developed the palate for it, seeing as how this is my first Saison.

And a quick note: I want to thank the Alström Bros. and all the members here at BA. We have a wonderful thing going here. You've all helped me discover things I never would have on my own. This is my 200th review, and 190 of the beers I reviewed so far I never would have tried if it weren't for everyone of you out there. Thanks guys, you rock.

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Photo of dgallina
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a peach-tinged straw color with lots of carbonation and a huge frothy white head that leaves quite a bit of film and lace. Smells of peppery spices with sweetly floral tones, yeast, and a bit of horse-blanket sourness. Flavors are a delicate intermingling of peppery spice, floral notes, and strong finishing dry sourness. The tastes are very well balanced and remain interesting all the way through the bottle. Excellent champagne-like mouth-feel. Quite light and drinkable to the last drop.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,911 ratings.
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