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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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: hazy golden yellow with an ever present thin white head
S: apples, citrus, strawberry, funk, so inviting and pleasant
T: as the nose depicts with a great peachy flavor. So tasty!
M: medium to lighter bodied with a drying to watering tongue left yearning for more. I could drink this all of the time. No hint of alcohol but it goes to your head.
O: Definitely the best saison I've ever had and I want more!

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Jan 2013 notched on side of label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.99.

A: Hazy yellow-orange with 2-finger frothy, foamy white head with good retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is fruity with a twang of Belgian yeastiness and some milder spices. The pear and green apple qualities are most apparent with the yeast esters contributing an herbal, almost floral note with just a touch of phenolic flair. There are some lemon citrus notes too.

T: The flavor is less power and more subtlety, almost too under the radar. The floral notes are most prominent, with lavender and herbal qualities leading, with citrus and pear notes next. There is an almost-smoky note to the finish for the first few tries. The herbal nature then catches up. The tanginess is reminiscent of a witbier as the citrus notes reinforce this.

M: The feel is dry with active carbonation. There is still a firmly medium body there. This is a great feeling saison.

O: I really enjoyed this beer but for its feel and subtle flavors, but I wish it had a bit more power in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of claaark13
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Based on the tap adheared to the cap, I'm guessing this one was sent from mizzouguy. Thanks man. a/c/J/13 on the label, and of course I'm hesitant to even begin theorizing exactly what Dany means by that. Poured into an Ommegang tasting glass. Paired with some Cod cooked in herbs, garlic and lemon.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a nice 1/2" foam head. Looks very nice.

S - Some citrus, then an aroma comparable to a freshly sliced strawberry, a little bit of tartness and funk. Lots of fruit.

T - Some Belgian yeast that quickly turns into light citrus, notes of banana, more citrus and a slight amount of funk. Then that aroma note I attributed to strawberries comes out towards the finish. For a moment, it seemed to go towards dryness, but then the mellow flavor continues instead with fruity ending.

M - Light carbonation on the tongue provides for an almost medium mouthfeel. Seems perfect for the style.

O - I can't imagine a better tasting, more refreshing Saison. Balanced, refreshing, perfect. I've had a lot of different Saisons since the last original Fantome has been opened, and now it makes them seem terrible. I would drink this every day. No wonder some people in Belgium are so dedicated to Dany's beers.

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

A-straw yellow to orange color very hazy with nice 2 finger head.

S-orange and pepper with a sourness funk to it. get a little horse too. dryness.

T-Orange peel slightly bitter with some cardamom. Then I get a bit of smokiness which I am not fond of here. As it warms it gets fruitier and looses the smokiness. weird.

M-very light bodied and well carbed. doesn't taste like the abv.

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Photo of jkane101
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich yellow-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Nice and fruity, apples, pineapple, a little malt, yeast, and some funkyness.

Taste. Tart apples, some bitterness, funky belgian yeast. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively carbonation.

Overall. Nice saison. Tons of great flavour.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Saison I've ever had! Truly incredible.

A: 2+ fingered white foamy head that settles slowly leaving some lacing in its wake. The beer itself is a cloudy, dull yellow that looks like a tropical fruit juice.

S: Cherries, strawberries, and a bit of funk. Sugary sweet malty backbone blends very well with strong citrus undertones.

T: A slight lemon tartness makes a showing, funk is also far stronger than the smell indicated. Strawberry notes along with the underlying floral character blend seamlessly with the citrus flavors. Hints of spice begin to build as the beer warms, but never overwhelms the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, very clean finish.

O: I need another bottle and can't wait to try other offerings from one of my new favorite breweries!

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Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hays99
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jimmy82063
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wine glass

A) Nice golden hue with a little frothy head.

S) A bit metallic...phenols coming through.

T) A ton of lemon zest, peppery spiciness...the acidity disapears pretty the lemon comes right back.

M) Vey nicely carbonated. I like the champagne mouthfeel!

O) Pretty damn outstanding!

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

Pours golden into Hennepin glass. One fingered white head and some lacing on side of glass.

Smell is citrus with a little funk and grass. There is also a hint of vanilla.

Taste is tangy lemon. There is some funk in the taste and lots of sourness. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice saison. Hard for me to get but I will be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter; split amongst friends

Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white cap. Spider web lacing inside the glass. I poured a little of the yeast into my glass, so I have some big chunks floating around.

The aroma is of tart citrus, barnyard funk, wet hay, graininess, and an aged cheese quality. There is alsosome noticeable aromas from the hops: earthy, floral, and grassy.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Citrus zest with damp hay, flowers, barnyard earthiness, grass, and a powerful burst of some stinky aged cheese.

The feel is crisp, dry, and a touch sour. Medium body, creamy in all the right spots.

This is a great saison. One that everyone should drink as often as possible.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan to yellow and a bit hazy, head was white and about a finger but didn't last long, lacing was spotty. Smell is funky tartness and fruits, light fruits like apples, pears, and apricots. Taste follows the fruity and funky smell, especially the fruits. Tasty stuff! A bit low on carbonation for a saison, body is medium. Overall it's quite a tasty brew, a real nice saison.

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Photo of mdillon86
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of fehrminator
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled best before January 2013.

A - Orange body with white head that dissipates leaving a rim of bubbles around edges.

S - Some lemon/citrus, a bit tart, small amount of funk, sweet smelling, grassy.

T - Wow, blast of lemon, orange, a touch of grapefruit, very very small amount of tartness, not getting much funk.

M - Thin as expected. Carbonation is on the higher side but is nice. Dry finish.

Great beer, definitely my favorite saison.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rjschroed for sending me this beer! Been looking to trying it for a while.

A: Pours hazy golden/orange color with a foamy, white head that has decent retention - reducing to a ring of foam around the edge. Streaky lacing.

S: A little bit of funk at the beginning which is followed up by a little bit of tartness. There is a little bit of citrus along with apples and a good bit of strawberry actually. Extremely inviting.

T: Not quite has barnyardy/funky as the aroma, but keeps the tartness shows up, and I am glad it does. A fantastic combination of apple, orange, strawberry, peach, and apricot, as well as a just a hint of spice.

M: Medium bodied, but drinks very smooth, moderate carbonation. Nice level of tartness. Amazed that this beer is 8% abv, doesn't show it at all.

O: Wow, exceeded my expectations. Extremely drinkable with amazing fruit flavors. Love the slight sour/tartness it has, will definitely grab this if I see it.

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Photo of JebediahScooter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pirmannt1
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cosmonick
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev -7%

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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