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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1,958
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827
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Photo of TexIndy
2.86/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml corked with a crown cap green bottle into my NBB glass. It had a notching system on the right side of the front label but no notches - wtf? It was a hazy golden color with a bunch of yeast bits floating around. Excellent carbonation and lacing that slides down the sides after each drink. It had a large off-white fizzy head that quickly settled into a broken foam with a collar.

The aroma was excellent with great spicy overtones. It was very strong when poured but then faded as it warmed up and became very subtle. Was hoping it would stick around more. The taste was off for me. Not sure if a bad bottle since no date and in a green bottle or if it's just the flavor of this one. Fantomes do tend to have funky non-traditional flavors to em so who knows. It starts off good but then the extreme sourness hits you like a smack in the face. Has a strong vinegary, acidic taste which leaves a really nasty after-taste. Other reviews mention a fruitiness which I never got in my bottle which would have been great to offset the sour. The balance was way off. Without it, it's way too sour. I do love sour beers but they are meant to be sour and have the right setup. This one is sour but doesn't have the good base to begin with. For mouthfeel, the carb is great but again really bad after-taste.

Overall, either a bad bottle or a major disappointment. I hope bad bottle and will try again but for now have to go with this review as it could just be the normal flavor. If this is normal, then one and done for me. I love saisons but this one is not good at all.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green champagne bottle with no notches in the area on which to do so. It has a nice golden body with a few floaties, a good amount of carbonation, and a two finger cap of fluffy white froth that leaves loads of lacing/sheets on the glass. It becomes more opaque with subsequent pours and foam slowly builds in the bottle as I drink. In the nose there's a soft spiciness with some light hops, citrus?, tropical fruits?, an herbal, almost woody character, a big backing of yeast and some funky, almost sour notes. Spicy yeast and perfumy hops on the palate, with suggestions of orange and honey, pear, green apple, melon rind, mild alcohol, and some distracting cork flavors. Little, if any bitterness. The body begins light, with numbing carbonation that forces it to foam up a bit too much in the mouth, but when that calms down it's more smooth and dry, approaching silky, but never losing that carbonic edge. The quality of this beer snuck up on me - it was delicious from the start, but really good by the end. The only criticism I have is the pervasive cork character, but even this seems to blend well with the rest of the flavors. A highly-recommended saison.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a lot of brett smells in it with some floral, fruity and spicy notes. The taste is a lot on the peach and the orange. It's also floral with edelflower and spicy with some nutmeg and cinnamon but no pepper. Dry mouthfeel but never acidic nor astringent. Overall it's a perfectly balanced and crafted saison. Quite complex.

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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 artoolemomo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy bright orange, with two fingers of fluffy, sticky white head. Head leaves a little bit of lacing, and remains as a thick film.

Smell: Big tart lemon pith and pear skin up front. Some citrus and some green apples. A nice clean funk comes through. Maybe a slight doughyness.

Taste: Follows the nose with tart lemons and pear juice up front, and a sweet yeasty doughiness. Some light white pepper. Progresses into more sweet biscuits and finishes tart with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Great tartness, but a bit of a fuller, juicy body. Sweetness at depth and gives this beer a bigger body than I'd expect.

Overall: This beer doesn't disappoint, and is something I will regularly seek out.

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Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Unbiroue tulip.
Pours a light golden color with plenty of carbonated bubbles racing to the top of the glass.
Smell is very fruity and wine like.
Taste is very much the same with some sour/tartness coming through. It's very nice.
The mouthfeel is well carbonated and has the perfect amount of sourness to taste and not ruin the beer.
This was a very nice surprise. It's a very good beer that you'll find leaving your glass all too quick.
It's definitely I will revisit again.

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Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of nataku00
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip, cork has code 086/477044 on it. I've had the bottle for about two years though. Beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger of off white soft head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing until only a thin collar of bubbles remain. Tried to not disturb the yeast much but still a bit of sediment on the first pour. Decent number of tiny bubbles but not particularly effervescent.

Nose is heavy fruity ester, red apple, ripe pear, fresh grapes, with some lighter floral, grassy, biscuit malts, and a earthy funk. Smells very sweet, but light. As it warms, more of the brett funk really comes through, horse blanket and wet horse hair.

Taking a sip, heavy brett flavors, funky earthy, wet animal like funk, matched with sweet fruit esters, apple, pear and grape. Not much malt flavor as the funk continues through to the finish. Very drying, leaving the tongue almost scratchy, with lingering wet animal hair funk, grassy and floral flavors.

Light to medium body with a decent amount of fine carbonation. Really interesting beer that changes as it warmed in the glass. Initially more ester forward, then really brett heavy as it warmed.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden crystal clear yellow/marigold on the pur into a small tulip glass. Just from looking at it, I can tell it is going to be a refreshingly good tasting spring beer even on a rainy overcast day. There are tiny white bubbles around the edges.

Smell of brett/ sourness, lemon zest, citrus and tartness.

Taste is right on par for a saison farmhouse. After Saison de Lente within the past two weeks, this is what i had expected upon opening it. No gushing head, nice settled clear looking saison with some sourness that has developed to a perfectly palatable level including a very tasty lemon presence. After three sips of this, you already know why it is a benchmark in the farmhouse ale / saison category. Whats that you say, there is 8% abv in here? very well played....

Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. this is a easy drinker and a keeper.

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Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Foxman
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a slightly hazy and finely but densely carbonated fluorescent lemon yellow. A thin sheet of tight white head swirls down promptly. Arcs of lacing flare along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the grain is briefly sweet and fruity with berry and peach before esters deliver crisp green apple, clove, and coriander. A touch of licorice counters a note of acidic sourness.

Upon sipping, sweet grain is sugary with, well, sugar, and peach and white grape as well. Clove, a touch of banana, and a hit of lemon speak to a belt of yeast. A muted doughy sourness, acidic and mildly tart, works to cleanse the palate before a slight edge of alcohol serves to warm. Crisp and juicy apple dances with a soft push of residual grain sweetness. The finish is quite dry along with a healthy dose of closing pucker. It's fresh, quenching, and excellent.

Medium bodied, it flows with a smooth mellow feel that entices, but it drops away just a bit too soon.

The parts are impressive, but the sum ends up even greater. It's pert and sassy, clean and satisfying, and it gets better as the glass gets lower. The ABV is moderate, but no matter, because it drinks as smooth and easy as any of the style of tried, and that speaks volumes because it's my favorite style. It's standard, world-class, and an example of top-notch brewmanship.

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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 younger35
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #450

Can't for the life of me remember who traded me this beers (among others). Sorry but thanks!! This will officially be my first Beer from Fantôme. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Brasserie Fantôme Soy 086/477044 on cork.

Appearance- Pours a fairly hazy yellow with a decent enough one finger head with a really aggressive pour. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap and thin collar with a slight amount of lacing.
Smell- Slightly fruity with a tropical sort of profile. A bit of light mango, pineapple and pear with a tiny hint of sour green apples. Not as funky as I was expecting but the yeast is lightly musty and somewhat dirty. Even a bit of light banana and lemon peel as the beer warms. The malt is slightly sweet with a maize like profile and a bit of light toasty grain. Something green tea like as well going on.
Taste- Starts slightly doughy with a soft bready maltiness that is as subtle as it is light and airy. Soft notes of the same tropical fruit that are in the nose are more than present in the taste. A lightly tart note from the yeast that reminds me a lot of a Berliner Weiss. That same lemon like pucker that is amazingly awesome. A semi sort of horsehair dirt finishes the beer with a slight bit of astringency. 8% my ass.
Mouthfeel- Very light and airy with very little carbonation that gives light silky feel.
Drinkability- I do kind of enjoy a Saison every now and again. It's definitely not my favorite style but I appreciate them more than most brews. This one is unlike anything I've tried before. Simply amazing. I didn't know anything called a Saison could taste like this. Crazy good beer that will make me find more to age and more of anything marked Fantôme.

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Photo of Spider889
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled during the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting.

I forget whose this was, I want to credit MpgBugeye though since Fantome is one of his favorite breweries.

Cloudy wheat color - quite golden, with a tall cap of white head.

I was told about the smell, but nothing could quite prepare me for it - strawberries! Holy cow, how does this happen? Definitely the most interesting natural saison (no added fruit or other extreme adjuncts) that I am familiar with. Semi-sweet low fat whipped cream makes for a pseudo strawberry shortcake type of aroma. Doughy malt, but very light.

Slightly tart with hints of lemon. The funk here is super active. Stinky cheese - like Gorgonzola and dry attic dust with barnyard hay make this a very traditional, and extreme, saison.

Dry, very yeasty, with high carbonation. This bottle was enough to wake me up to the world of Fantome, and I am now curious to sample more.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. there is a whole grid meant for date and bottling information, but none of it is marked or notched off. there are some numbers on the cork: 086/477044

poured into tulip.

golden amber straw color, with slight orange tint. only a slight haze (later pours had plenty of brown, cloudy yeast). decent head fades to constant thin layer. amazing lacing - a continuous curtain all the way down the glass.

fruity peach and apple aromas. hint of citrus zest, and very faint farmouse funk and yeast. spicy (clove?) with whiffs of phenols and more citrusy orange zest.

flavor has more peach and apple tones to the fruitiness, with spicy phenolic bite. similarly sweet is the toasted malt background. reminiscences of champagne. mild to moderate hop bitterness. phenols also meld with the farmhouse and yeast flavors. semi-dry finish with refreshing tart note in the aftertaste.

smooth, creamy (esp. with yeast in later pours). gentle carbonation gives both flash of crispness and overall body.

before this, i was only just starting to truly appreciate this style of beer. but it's now official - i LOVE saisons!

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

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle bought in Belgium near the Luxembourg border, hoping for a fresh example.

A - Beer is cloudy and golden in color with orange highlights. The head is thick and rocky and off-white.

S - The aroma is rich and interesting. I get a mix of peppery spice, bubblegum, sweet fruit (apricot?) and bready grain. There is just the slightest hint of funky barnyard smells, but only if I search for them.

T - The taste is dominated by sweet fruit and bubblegum, like Juicy Fruit gum. Later in the palate there is a spiciness that could be from either hops or yeast. There is a bit of hops bitterness and a hint of alcohol flavor. The finish is very dry and crisp despite the initial sweetness. It has none of the funk that I have tasted in other examples from Fantome.

M - Medium body. No alcohol burn. The carbonation gives a smooth, fluffy feel.

O - This is a very enjoyable, complex saison. Although it is sweet up front, it dries quickly and has very little aftertaste. I bought this on the recommendation of Chris from Miorge Mihoublon, who told me that Fantome's products can be very inconsistent, but that this batch was very good. Thanks, Chris--you were right!

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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