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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1,951
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at TJ's while I was there for the anniversary party. Best before January 2013. Poured into a tulip and reviewed real-time right out of the wine fridge at 55F.

Orangey brown and hazy in color and clarity, streamers pour upwards nonstop even 45 mins after the initial pour. A big fluffy head comprised of fine bubbles reaches about 3 cm in height before reaching steady state at about 1/2 cm.

The aroma is great. Sweet and funky berries (strawberries, raspberries, cherries), some earthy and dry funk. Fruit skin tannins add some good contrast. The flavor is similar. Delicate tart berries and earthy and dry undertones, but there is certainly some delicious residual sweetness from the added fruits. Between hints of spices, phenols, and the funk, the sweetness is beautifully balanced. I am not sure what could be done to make this any more perfect.

This is seriously farmhouse ale perfection. Silky and creamy on the palate, a good balance of sweetness, tartness, funk, and spice. The alcohol is completely absent from the flavor and feel. Incredibly crafted. I want more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased for $15.99 at Half Time in Poughkeepsie. Best before July 2013 marked on the side of the label. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – Gorgeous golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head that pours out of the glass. Great retention with characteristic Belgian lacing dotting the glass. Picture perfect.

Smell – Lemon peel tickles the nose followed by a roundhouse kick of candied tropical fruit. Pineapple, passion fruit, mango, papaya… It’s impossible to pick it apart. It almost reminds me of lemon pez. Richly sweet with really tangy/tart fringes. After some time becoming acquainted with the fruit, the musty funk becomes noticeable underneath. Nice peppery phenols as well. Light notes of grain are also noticeable, but you have to dig.

Taste – Right up front, my tongue is hit by tropical fruit. Sugary sweet and intense, but with such a perfectly dry base it never becomes cloying. After this initial burst of juicy fruit, there are some crackery malt tones that make an extremely brief appearance and balance out the sweetness. The finish is dry, a bit funky/musty, and has some light bitter notes as well that mix with residual fruit notes. This is also where the peppery phenols reappear.

Mouthfeel – Medium body that leans towards the lighter side of the spectrum. Really soft carbonation that adds a nice slickness to the body.

Drinkability – This is an outstanding saison. Extremely unique and dangerously drinkable. The 8% is hidden completely by the fruitiness. It is easily the best saison I have ever had. I expected a bit more of a funky edge based on what I had read, but I have three more bottles from this batch and will make sure they spend a bit more time in the bottle. Absolutely wonderful.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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