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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Ratings:
1,956
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Hopleaf tulip. Shared by Agold and Willcarrera at last night's tasting. Thanks!

A: Pours a yeasty gold, big white head.

S: Perfumy vanilla, soapy yeast, nice herbal notes, cotton candy. Strong, really great.

T: Straight ahead pale malt sweetness, smooth yeast, pretty dry on the end, bit of bitterness, lemon rind, pineapple.

M: Soft, nice.

O: Fantastic aroma, taste wasn't amazing but still very good.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, taking care to leave the yeast behind. Best by notch on the label reads "January 2013."

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a creamy eggshell-white head. The head arises from the lively carbonation, and it has more snap, crackle, and pop than a bowl of Rice Krispies. It eventually settles into a thin quarter inch crown, but never goes away completely. Clumps of lacing slide down the glass lazily.

S: Complex doesn't even begin to describe the nose. It's everything you'd expect from a good saison, but with a zesty, spritzy, and very lively fruitiness. Apricot, tart peach, granny smith apple peel, nectarine, and fleshy mango. Touch of mustiness and funk in the background, along with that trademark saison spiciness coming from the yeast (white pepper specifically). Earthy and grassy impressions as well. This is one of the deepest noses I've ever experienced in a beer. Marvelous.

T: Tart tropical fruits on the attack: apricot, peach, nectarine, and pulpy orange. The tartness is quite pleasing. Lip smacking and slightly puckering, but humble enough not to steal the show. Eventually the tart and fruity tastes begin to drop away, revealing the rustic flavors beneath. Grassy, musty, earthy, hint of barnyard. White pepper and coriander spiciness. The finish is a long but subtle medley of tropical fruit, understated tartness, and ghost-like funkiness.

M: Light in body, but silky, slightly creamy, and incredibly smooth. Carbonation is active, but soft and caressing. Light acidity and astringency actually make it even more refreshing and thirst-quenching.

O: This is as near perfection as I've ever experienced. It's so well balanced, and it has a perfect sort of 'flow' to it. Exquisite in its uniqueness. So much of it is intangible too, but entirely delicious. A beer to contemplate if ever there was one.

Notes: I felt inspired, so I surveyed my options with the cheeses I had on-hand and paired it with Robiola Rocchetta. It was a fabulous marriage. If Charlie Sheen thinks he's winning at life right now, he ain't got shit on me.

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4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Literally the beer that makes the style. Holy cow. This is a blend of spice and citrus that defies explanation or definition.

Opened with my future father-in-law to celebrate graduation, he started by calling it "a little too much like a lager", so we'll have to work on its source. But that said, the appearance is fantastic. Blond, hazy, great big foaming white head. Wheat and citrus and coriander and cumin and grass and alcohol come pouring out of the aroma. It drinks creamy, finishes clean, and ginger and lemongrass add to the taste. I'm not even entirely sure what it tastes like, to be honest, because it's like every good quality of saisons I've had in the past was amplified in this.

Most importantly, it's worth the purchase price, and pairs exceptionally well with a variety of food. In this case it was Thai. Cheers to Fantome for their flagship brew. It's one I wish was more common.

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

750 ml from Halftime. Best by end b.may.12. So just in time.

One of the worlds best saisons. Lucky to have found it.

No head...slightly turbid blonde color, almost a pinkish hue at times.. Interesting fruit odor that seems unlike citrus; lactic acid. Apricot maybe, reminds me of kombucha.

It is only a little fizzy despite years in the bottle. The taste is so crisp, so professional. The alcohol is hidden so well. It retains a refreshing quality on par with its quality and availability. Almost as if water and taste were combined without any of the heaviness found with a beer of this ABV.

Highly recommended, but if you're reading this, you already know that.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Thanks to Chris for bringing this to our tasting! 750ml poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

Pours a nice golden honey color, bits of orange and amber are present as well. A huge thick fluffy white head appears with only a modest pour, great retention, a nice fluffy bit of head is present during the entire drinking experience. A fair amount of sediment and floaties appear in the glass as well. A decent amount of funk jumps out of the glass right away, lemon zest, coriander some other fruity esters are noticeable as well, reminded me of lighter, green grapes an crisp green apple. The flavors are superb, citrus heavy at the start, tangerine, grapefruit and lemon zest, nice yeasty funk, but not overwhelming, some tarter fruit as well with some nice soft grain flavors at the finish. The alcohol does come through a bit with the sweeter fruit flavors, but doesn't detract from the beer at all. The body is great, medium/high carbonation, nice zestiness.

Verdict: Easily the best saison I've encountered. Went perfectly with the nice sunny warm day, delicious beer.

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

Light straw gold color, pale yellow...very small bubbles didn't last long. Light aroma of banana, hay. Flavor of lemon, pear, wheat, funk, caramel, green apple. Overall very drinkable and tasty with no rough notes...not very sour or funky and very minimal alcohol notes.

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

This beer pours a light bodied, cloudy and bright sunrise gold in color with a two finger, very bright white head. The nose is light, funky, and slightly fruity. It has some orange peel and lemon zest to it with light spicing. Wowzers the flavors are out of this world! Their are loads of every citrus fruit. There is plenty of orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, lime zest, and funky, earthy yeast and a light tartness. They are soft and light while still being very flavorful. The most magnificent aspect may be the body of this beer. I've never seen a saison be so smooth before. It's as soft and velvety as any beer of this style could be. That makes this beer incredibly drinkable! Not to mention there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere near this beer. Before having this I really didn't understand how this beer has been such a staple of the Top 100. Now I know.

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

A bottle @ The Farmers Cabinet split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid. Into a tulip glass.

It's been a while since I've had this. It's always different every time, this time it was on the tart side. The liquid is a nice bright golden color with some trace shades of orange. Looks nice next to the candles. A good amount of off white bubbles with minimal sticking capabilities. The nose on this is straight fruit with some funky tones in there as well. Orange with lemon spritz, light spice and the faintest of baked bread. Not as crazy as some of Dany's other offerings. Being billed as 'super sour' by the bartender, this bottle had a nice tart punch, but not on the verge of sour. Has that berliner twang to it. Tastes include bright orange, some lemon twang, trace apple, light spice, thyme, baked bread and whatever else was thrown in here. All together a great mix and a very fruity slightly sour saison. Feel is spritzy with a nice twang towards the finish. Body is a nice medium. I could do a bottle of this in no time, a truely unique offering, that is different every time.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a hazy golden tone yielding a large 2" head; some lacing.

fruity/citrus-like; spices, a bit of funk, a bit of yeast... intriguing; some secondary notes reminiscent of a white wine.

not being a particularly big fan of the style (due mostly to my inexperience with it), i was impressed here. big citrus follow-through with lemon and grapefruit leading the way... sweet, but not overly so; crisp and tasty. a touch of tartness. pretty complex.... i can definitely dig this. for my money this is the best saison i've come across. very well done.

M: medium-heavy. medium carbonation.

D: tasty and refreshing. flavorful. simply put, IMO the perfect craft summer brew. a bit cost-prohibitive, unfortunately, but i will certainly revisit this one from time to time.

originally reviewed on: 06-27-2010

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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