Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,962
Reviews:
829
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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527
Gots:
257
For Trade:
17
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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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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%

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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%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip, marked best before January 2013.

Golden with a dollop of foam on top that quickly dissipates into a ring. Spotty, tiny bubbles rise to the top feeding and rejuvenating the foam. The beverage gets more and more hazy as the bottle is drank down as well.

Tart citrus zest, grain sweetness, and funky barnyard aromas greet the nose. Moves further into the citrus zest and tartness with hints at tangerine, pineapple, and more tropical fruits. Musty hints at canvas, hay stacks, and a subtle cheesey quality.

Opens with sweetness on the tongue that can be compared to a lemon custard but then quickly moves into more tart, sour flavors. The sourness is not overwhelming in the slightest but with the introduction of these, you get more of a zesty, prickly citrus flavor. Again, funky notes of hay and a bit cheesey. Excellent stuff.

Crisp and medium body with a bit of drying on the end.

A beautiful blend of grain and tropical fruit sweetness, tart citrus zest, and funk. Almost a saison-lambic or wild ale hybird. World class stuff and a must try for anyone that is into Belgian beers or wild ales.

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Photo of joex444
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of groovy24
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a medium sized wine glass.

Straw yellow in color with plenty of visible carbonation.

Nose has earthy or grassy characters, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and some barnyard notes to couple with that unmistakable Belgian yeast character.

Taste is powerful and yet delicate. There is a sweetness, lightly toasted bread note, and then sourness but just a light hint of sour. Whoa! It blends so beautifully that it is hard to describe. No one things stands out yet at each moment you can draw some character that is so amazing.

This finish is dry and slightly puckering but not overpowering. It really screams for another sip. There is a Belgian yeasty character throughout that would be amiss to forget, yet it doesn't take away from the overall beer. Hops are subtle and add some grass and probably spice. Just another dimension to this delicate saison.

I have had this beer a couple times and whether it is summer or the dead of winter, this saison is appealing and not just that, deliciously wonderful.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

Beautiful cloudy gold color capped with a massive white head that spews lacing. I use 'gold' to describe the color of lots of beers, but this is as close to the real thing as it gets. Wow, the nose is striking. I expected some funk, but it smells more like a gueuze than a saison initially. Musty basement, damp earth, and bright citrus up front. More traditional saison characteristics aren't far behind. Fresh lemon, some light tropical fruit, and floral spice come through.

The flavor, while very similar, is even more complex than the nose. It's driven by smooth, well-rounded funk (more Curtis Mayfield than George Clinton). The somewhat tart fruit component is unbelievably layered, and could be described by a grocery list of citrus and tropical fruits. There's also a distinctive "pink chewable Tylenol" note that I really enjoy. Some phenolic bubble gum and a host of other spicy Belgian yeast flavors sustain the wave of taste. Very little alcohol. A nice soft but decisive hop bitterness tightens up the tail end.

Fine carbonation tends toward the upper end of the scale, and the body is a bit lighter than medium -- actually on the higher side for the style. But hey, that's what residual sugars from an 8% beer will do, and I'm not complaining. Fantome just easily leapt into my top 10 beers ever, probably top 5. This is one of a few that I would buy by the case (if I could). Truly a spectacular example of what beer can be. Fantome is an immensely unique beer; top tier by any measure.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,962 ratings.
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