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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#686
Reviews:
830
Ratings:
1,975
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Blanco
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a murky yellow color with a hint of brownand white head. Honestly, not a lot to see hear. The smell is potent even just from the bottle. Funky, fruity, spicy. Hints of citrus and yeast. Complex and inviting, yet completely light. Flavor follows the nose. The flavor is fruit forward, slightly acidic, and tart, with funky and earthy undertones. Delicious and screams "rustic." Despite all the fruitiness, it's still has a nice dry finish. Light bodied, which works with the flavor and the nose. A tremendous beer and classic saison.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are funky earthy and sour aromas in the nose along with hints of aromatic cheeses. The funkiness dies down a little as the beer warms up and the beer smells a little more like Swiss cheese.
T: The taste isn’t as funky as the nose and has flavors of apples
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and has some refreshing properties but would be more palatable if the nose wasn’t as offensive.

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Photo of jtdolla911
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served this in a tulip.

Appearance- The pour is a light golden-straw color. The head easily reaches three-fingers of chunky, white foam. The retention is great, and what does disappear leaves behind really chunky sheet lace.

The body is a bottle-conditioned, cloudy number, dark marigold in color. It looks great!

Smell- The first impression is of zesty lemon with a slightly earthy character. Also some grass and hay thrown in for good measure. It is on the subtle side, but sublimely so.

Taste- More of that lemon zest from the nose shows up here immediately, backed up by the musty and earthy flavor. As the drink travels over the tongue, there is a little more sweet going on.

Honestly, it closely resembles fresh raspberries. In the finish, there is a strong blast of sweet corn that is absolutely wonderful! As it warms, I even detect a slight vinegar character.

Mouth feel- A solid, medium body for this beer. There is a good amount of carbonation, enough to give it some tingle, but not enough to make it creamy. It drinks very easily.

Overall- This is a great beer with wonderful, complex flavors. And the great look of it is just icing on the cake. One of the main detractors is the nose, which is not nearly as complex as the taste.

The mouth feel also could be tuned a little tighter to make a creamier drink. If you like saisons, this will not disappoint.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/16/10

Appearance: Cloudy, light golden color with some orange - kind of like a light Creamsicle color - nice head, nice lacing

Smell: In a word, complex - damp, musty, some Belgian yeast, some spice, some horse blanket, some hay - funky barnyard, but actually pretty mild - some sweetness, some citrus and light fruits, becomes fantastic one it hits room temperature

Taste: Really interesting - kind of sweet, kind of tart, spicy, with a lingering dampness - tastes like a damp, dirty basement smells, in a good way - a little sour, some funk - transforms from good to magic when it reaches room temperature - more fruits - apple cider? - gently, delicately sweet, tart, nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, great

Overall: Perhaps the best saison I've ever had

For many months, I saw a number of bottles of this on the top shelf of one of my local bottle shops. One day, I just decided to buy one. Then I learned it was excellent. Now, all the Fantome bottles are gone. Typical.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-07-2011
Freshness: Best by 07-2013 (Lot d)
Packaging: 750 ml green bottle
Glassware: Fantôme tulip
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

The first few pours reveal a clear, bright golden colored beer. The last pour is much more hazy from the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The head is about 2 fingers high and off-white in color. Retention is low but the Belgian lace on the glass is good.

Aromas are strong and complex, with a fruity and dry wine-like quality. I smell musty and spicy Belgian yeast funk. The fruit notes are at first apple, then lemony, and finally orange as the beer warms and I get to the bottom of the bottle.

The taste is dry and vinous, with fruit flavors of apples and lemons. The citrus character makes this a tart and almost sour beer. I get some earthy, hop bitterness, and spices. Not much in the way of malt character or sweetness.

Crisp and highly carbonated, the body is light and aftertaste is dry and tart.

Overall, I found this to be a very complex and interesting beer. Not a beer I'd reach for frequently due to the tartness, but I'd like to try other offerings from Fantôme and compare them to this saison.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,975 ratings
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