Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison
BA SCORE
90.1%
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4.27 w/ 1,967 ratings
Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#677
Reviews:
829
Ratings:
1,967
Liked:
1,773
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
13.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
528
Gots:
258
Trade:
17
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Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The weirdest beer out there, try two bottles from the same batch and they will both be noticeably different - a fantome for sure.
All the labels say the same thing on the Shelton imports, so you don't really get any info aside from alcohol content, batch and best by if you are lucky.
One thing that carries over in the taste is the taste of sour tangerine candy - you know, sour gummy worms and such. It's like that, holding the torch for the most heavy unicorn blanket taste out there.

Moderate carbonation with a pretty pure white head.

So inconsistent but consistently wonderful saison.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to xnicknj for the bottle.

Hazy golden bodied saison. Three finger bone white head is produced after a moderate pour. The head recedes slowly. A one half finger cap remains seated atop. Thick lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is rather complex. Very earthy, musty aroma upfront. A bit of a floral fragrance and light citrus is set just behind. The combination of dirty Belgian yeast and funk and light citrus makes for and interesting pairing.

Slightly tart, almost a nectarine flavor upfront. There is a lot more fruit flavors coming through than I expected. There is a notable brettiness to the beer. Dry, dusty, earthy flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. Subtle pale malt sweetness lies beneath. There is a slight hop flavor, rather floral bitterness, but it is less than assertive.

Light bodied saison. Carbonation is a shade under moderate, a little lower than I expect but works very well for the style. The finish is very dry, very pleasant.

Fantastic beer all the way around. The aroma and flavor are impressive, though do not equal the drinkability. I could easily go through several pours in an evening. It is unfortunate we do not see Fantome in West Michigan, this would be a regular purchase.

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a two-inch white head on a golden-bodied beer. Head recedes to a thin cover with a little lacing left.

S- Citrusy, with a bit of spice.

T- Very well balanced between apples, peach, and orange flavors. Crisp. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well.

M- Well carbonated, fills the mouth with bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Hard to imagine a more widely available saison with a better flavor profile. A real treat, would like to try other Fantomes.

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Photo of brystmar
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours orange-yellow with ample amounts of thick & creamy head. Tons of white head -- more than I've ever seen on a saison -- but it leaves precious little lace. Decent retention; a quick swirl awakens the ghost once more.

S: tart fruits, wild Belgian yeast, grassy and earthy. Wish it were more bold.

T/M: a surprisingly full-bodied brew! Sour fruit and funky yeast are strong enough to be interesting, yet still smooth and not overpowering. Dry finish. Perfectly carbonated too. I'm finding difficulty writing more than this; it's just so refreshingly good.

D: the 8% is virtually nonexistent. Smooth and dry on the back end; leaves you craving more.

I've had saisons that were crazier with more funk & spices but none that brought everything together so well. Maybe it's the thick, creamy body of Fantôme, or maybe it's something else. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this is the best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow appearance, great virgin white head, good retention. Aroma was mild dry tart notes to it, citrus.

Great tart/sour notes in the taste, comes off like a bretted imperial berlinerweisse, like a steroid hottfordavidleeroth. Dry, hides alcohol like a champ. Citrus undertones. Lemongrass and morning dew. Probably the best fruit/citrus taste aspect I've ever come across in a saison. Green and sour apple too. Most seem to just be dry, refreshing, this bad boy had some depth to it.

Pricey though at $15 a pop, it'll prolly be one of those 'once a summer' type of beers, but at least I won't be let down.

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Photo of mocktm
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to MikeytotheB for sending this my way in the NOOB BIF 5. It seems like this beer has been as elusive to me as the ghost that haunts the bottle's logo. Really psyched to finally try it. 750 bottle, Batch B, best by May 2012, into my Duvel tulip.

If first impressions are everything, consider this the epitome of positive ones. Opaque and murky, yet strangely, glowing orange hue with mounds of loose sediment and an abundance of carbonation bubbles. A fizzy white head quickly builds up to about a finger's worth and then quickly settles down. Absolutely gorgeous, the hot blonde bombshell of the Saison world.

Nose is incredibly complex and intricate, releasing aromas of musty basement, hay, lemon tartness, bread, woody oak, sour apple, earthy floral elements and peppery spice. Really really well meshed, both fruity and funky.

Tastes about as one would expect from the nose, slightly sour on the palate with a pleasing barnyard funkiness from the yeast. Possesses a mildly bitter twang on the back end with some biscuit like characteristics and spiciness present throughout. Just amazing, that's really all I can say.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, crisp, dry, effervescent and highly drinkable.

Simply put, this is one of the best beers in the world, and truly deserving of the recognition it receives, including my first perfect review. I can't wait to track some more down, Cheers!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Opaque. Super hazy from the sediment. Yummy. Deep gold with a bright-white, bubbly, dense head. So much sediment it's crazy.

Smell: Weed coupled with an old cellar. Lots of earthiness and something floral. Bananas, horse blanket, and hay. Touches of lemon. Any hops that might exist are old and withered, giving off a musty and earthy bite. The malts are nuances, slightly sweet, but leaning toward a dank earthiness more than anything.

Taste: Slightly sour. Dirty basement, horse blanket, and stale weed. Oddly sweet. Something like grapefruit and must (as in musty) play through. Super complex. Apple cider. The horse blanket really works with the light sourness and the damp earthiness. Everything going on is present and assertive, but nothing dominates. So very delicious.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Dry on the back, but solid overall. A little rough on the tongue from all the sediment, but damn if it isn't nice. Faintly carbonated.

Overall: If this isn't one of the best saisons out there, I don't know what is. I was sure I disliked the style before I tried this beer. It's a mind-altering experience. I'm just sad it disappears from shelves as quickly as it does.

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Photo of hooplehead
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, deep straw. Solid, lasting head.

Smell: Lots of funk on this. Otherwise expected semi-sweet malt nose with a very restrained hop character.

Taste: Slightly sweet, some funkiness, tart, but well balanced. A little astringent. Odd for the style - perhaps a poorly traveled bottle.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, velvety, almost over carbonated. I have a feeling this bottle was stored somewhere very warm for a while.

Overall: Good beer, enjoyable. More funk/tartness than I was expecting. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a straw color with a good bit of haze to it. The aroma is slightly funky and a little spicy with a noticeable malt presence. The flavor is less funky than the smell but still detectable the beer is light and very well balanced with good carbonation. Overal one of the better saisons I have had to date.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with one finger eggshell colored head.

S: Apple cider, vanilla, lemon and a bit of barnyard funk.

T: Lemon, pear, apple, some fermented apple, champagne yeast and a nice dose of funk. A really great saison. Not sure it's my favorite, but it's a keeper.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 Poured to my Fantome tulip.

Absolutely stunning beer. Body is a very light orange that is murky and somewhat see through. Patches of glowing gold from light hitting the brew. Huge 3 finger pure white head that leaves very nice lacing throughout. With light shining behind it you see the carbonation bubbles dancing around like crazy. Superb.

Smell is upfront with some lemon zest, slight cherry and strawberry, definite oak notes, and subtle barnyard funk at the end.

Taste is upfront with a nice tartness. The most tart saison I've ever had, actually. It bleeds into some lemon and pinecone. Those lead to the darker cherry and strawberry notes and you're left with the funk lingering on the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel is spot on. The ideal summer brew with its slightly light mouthfeel and its slight tartness makes it seem even lighter. A clean, almost champagne like feel to it. Extremely drinkable even though it clocked in at 8% ABV.

I have had this a few times, and my love for it keeps growing. One of those beers I could drink every day and never get tired of.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a medium yellow/orange. Hazy. Fizzy white head with good retention. Looks similar to the other Fantome I had the other night.
S- Yes. Fruity and sweet with a touch of barnyard and funk. Almost like sniffing a fruit roll-up in the middle of a barn.
T- Winning. Sweet, with fruit notes of cherry and strawberry. Slightly tart (not sour), refreshing.
M- Good body. Medium to light, zesty carbonation, smooth.
O- Impressed. Very much so. Reminds me more of a wild ale than a farmhouse ale, but fantastic nonetheless. The fruity tartness is a nice compliment to the funk in the aroma, and the only complaint is the overall sweet nature can fatigue the palate towards the end of the bottle (don't judge me). Recommended.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.

My first saison - not quite sure what to expect.

Appearance: The initial pour yields a lightly clouded honey golden body with a large white head that receded slowly and left good lace. Subsequent pours resulted in a much murkier body with some large yeast pieces.

Smell: Wow, now this is a strange nose. The initial aroma is lightly tart fruit - lemon rind, oranges and peaches. It reminded me of the Drie Fonteinen Gueuze I had a few weeks back (just nowhere near as tart). The nose opens up with warming and becomes unfathomably complex. It smells like being outside on a highveld farm - earthy, dry grass, wild flowers, touches of lavender, manure/stables and dust. Some lactic character, hint of old cheese, some over-ripe fruit and light spices are also noted.

Taste: As with the smell, the taste takes a while to open up, but once it has is superbly complex. Lightly tart, fruity (citrus, white grapes and over-ripe peaches), earthy, some barnyard notes and light spices. Wonderful flavour, but a very hard one to describe. The style Farmhouse ale works very well though. Everything about it feels rustic and it seems as though it should be drunk in the middle of nowhere, sitting in a field with some homemade cheese.
Perfect Abv. cover, not even a hint of the 8% was noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a medium/high level of smooth carbonation. Quite dry, but easy drinking. I needed a lot of self-control not to just gulp this one down.

Overall: Wonderful beer, I loved everything about it. Amazing to have such a complex beer that is so easy drinking. If I could buy this beer in SA, it would most certainly become my summer staple.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped poured into Duvel tulip. from notes.

A - Pours a nice, hazy straw yellow/orange. Puffy, bleach white head with lots of bubbles. Leaves behind some sticky web lacing

S - Floral (lavender, hibiscus), fruity (lemon, oranges, some lime) and funky (bretty, yeasty, grainy)! The 3 "F's"!

T - Tart lemongrass backed by a subdued orange, pineapple, granny smith apple citrus. There is some peppercorns intermingled with the farmhouse funkiness of the yeast. Quite funky and tasty and the floral notes add a unique component.

M - Crisp, dry, effervescent

O - A delicious, refreshing beer perfect for the summer, or anytime of the year really...

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A - A cloudy hazy yellow gold color with some orange hues. The head is very big and white in the begining and the head dies to half a finger. There is a very nice amount of bubbly carbination that is constant throughout!

S - Amazing nose. It starts off with some funk and yeast breadiness and then it opens up to a very complex bomb. There is an incredible citrus and candied fruit undertone to the farmhouse funk that was in the front. There is balance and a depth of flavor. The sweet tones are a fantastic balance to the farmhouse and some spice throughout. Awesome.

T & M & D - As much love as I gave to the nose - It is right here in the smell. Great balance mixed with the smoothness of the medium bodied brew. Perfect level of carbination. It all mixes together and the funk once again is balanced by some good candy notes. Very easy to drink.

O - One of the best I have had of the style. Balanced, smooth, funky, sweet, peppery. A must try.

-Cheers

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Photo of stx00lax
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a murky pale orange with a great foamy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet navel oranges , apples, lemons, grass and funk that hits you in the face immediately.

T- Lots going on with more of the oranges and cream appeal. Pears, grass, mellow belgian spice. The funky sour is definitely there which really integrates well while leading to a nice long melony finish. Really good. Certainly hides the 8% really well.

M- Very crisp and creamy at the same time. Lots of small tingly bubbles which leaves a nice tart impression in the mouth. Very refreshing and a perfect brew to drink on a lazy summer afternoon.

O- Im impressed. Its unlike any other saison ive tried to date. I would recommend this beer to someone who says they dont like saisons.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky straw yellow with a tinge of orange.  Thick, white, foamy head with good lacing.

Strong citrus on the nose, mostly oranges.  Almost like an orange and cream smell.  Smells like spring and grassy fields, and floral.  Some funk.

This is so complex, I don't know if I'll be able to describe this accurately.  Up front grass, straw, and earth.  Slight belgian spice.  This is followed by some citrus undertones and finishes dry with a whole lot of funk.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.

Incredible, complex beer.  I can't believe I waited as long as I did to try this, but this is because the Fantome labeled as "biere artisanale sur lie" was the classic Saison.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml green bottle, corked and crown capped. Best before July 2013. $16 from Bruisin Ales.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange. White head with average retention for a saison. Good lookin lacing.

Smell: I could smell tart and funk emanating from the bottle as soon as the cork popped. In the tulip, there's an amazing mix of fruit-- apple, strawberry, peach, pineapple, and tart lemon. There's a musty yeast smell in the background and some phenolic spice. The mix of sweet fruit and tart funk is incredible.

Taste: Surprising tart lemon flavor, just short of puckering. Balanced by fruity and pale malt sweetness. Similar mix of fruit flavors as above. Very fruity. Funky outdoorsy flavors that aren't quite "barnyard." Spicy and peppery. Maybe the sourest saison I've had yet-- in a good way, but unexpected.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tingly, and dry. Maybe the most refreshing 8% beer ever.

Overall: Just an outstanding beer. Worth every penny of the $16. Cant wait to try the Printemps thats in the fridge.

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Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (lot no. b-c, best before Jan. 2013) - thanks tai4ji2x! - poured into a Hennepin glass. Watching a replay of le Tour de France from earlier today, Col du Galibier and Alpe d'Huez - happy belated Belgian Independence Day!

Slightly hazy straw color with a 1-finger head, very minimal carbonation - like almost zero. Huh.

Aroma is typical saison funk, apples, pears, grass, and pepper. Nice and bright.

Taste is very dry and clean - almost like a white wine. Lots of fresh fruit, especially white grapes. Not picking up any Belgian yeasty mustiness, just a dry champagne sweetness, with a lot fewer bubbles.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, just great.

Now as I get toward the bottom of the second full glass, I'm picking up a Bretty tartness - maybe if I'd cellared this for a year or so there would be more of this.

This saison is extremely drinkable. The only disappointment is the near total lack of carbonation, but even that does not significantly detract from the experience.

It's hard to believe this beer was made with barley and not grapes. It really blurs the line between beer and wine like nothing else I've tried.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantom Saison, 7% abv, Saison

A: Huge grapefruit juice hues, great tiny bubbles, and archipelago lacing rounds out this beer. It has a solid pineapple and orange juice hue with murkiness to it that enhances the glow.

S: There’s huge Belgian spice, nutmeg, clove, and almost brettanomyces funkiness to it. It almost has a wet cardboard muskiness to it. A bit of tartness on the finish that makes this both complex and interesting.

T: Wow, this is unlike any of the other musky spicey saisons that I have previously encountered. This almost has a wild ale character to it. The initial taste is a sweet biscuity hefe taste with some honey notes, the spices kick in and give it the taste of a tart apple baked good. I love the incredible funky sour finish. It is really impressive for the style and imparts an incredible citrus note at the end.

M: It has a great murkiness that expands with a funky wheat tone. The coating isn’t overly aggressive but its has a great wheat profile that expands into a biscuity chewiness.

D: I usually am not a huge fan of this style but I must tip my hat and admit concessions to this amazing saison. I gave this to my girlfriend and she noted that it was “pretty good” which is the equivalent of a gold star on her scale. I could give this to any, single, person and rest assured that he or she would enjoy it immensely. The universal appeal is off the scale.

Narrative: Lakitu loved the cloud life. Day in day out, tossing refreshing spined monsters down upon the earth. “HEY THERE OLD LAKITU! STILL RUINING PEOPLE’S SHIT?” Lakitu gave a knowing nod and proceeded to throw a spiked beast from 300 feet shattering the small dry cleaning business below. Some would say “hey lakitu, why not just be a refreshing cloud, you know, water the crops and all?” Maybe for a standard refreshing cloud, but Lakitu was born with bite. His acidic temperament fueled his anger and made it rain, not unlike Yung Dro in an Atlanta strip club; notwithstanding instead of dollars it was hateful monsters showered upon the masses below. Life could be worse, you could be an asshole like that Bullet Bill.

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Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle. Slightly different label than the one listed, this one has red text "belgian saison ale brewed with spices" under the bold grey colored Fantome label. The green bottle opens with a loud pop as the natural cork comes out. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed color of interesting looking melon juice. It is a creamy looking mixture of yellowish orange perhaps this is what cantaloupe would look like if you could make juice out of it? A pour down the middle of the glass produces a finger of white head that quickly recedes. However, as the brew warms up, carbonation continually rises out of solution and forms a layering atop the brew and half a finger around the rim of the glass that lasts throughout the entire duration of the experience. Some spots and finger-like patterns of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is initially quite lemon-like with pulp and zesty qualities maybe a slight indication of orange as well. More smell of the brew reveal more of a deep fruited indication somewhat like melon. There is a sweet floral note about this brews nose and a faint spiced aspect of the yeast. This beer smells pretty fantastic. As it warms up, it picks up a scent that is caught somewhere between strawberry and guava juice. A swirl releases a faint amount of sulfur and some stinky cheese notes.

The taste is fruity like the previously described lemony aspects. More sips reveal a more deep layering of tropical fruited flavors, guava maybe along with strawberry. There is a spiced yeast flavor that is minorly reminiscent of pepper mixed with a light herbal characteristic tasting of fresh garden herbs and a light grassy tone. There is a minor tart candied character to this brew that is somewhat like lemon sweet tarts or pez. I dont know what goes into the making of this brew but I am hooked.

This is a medium to light bodied brew. It has a very slick almost creamy feel that coats the mouth with what I suspect is suspended yeast. It coats the mouth yet finishes tart. The carbonation is a very strange experience in this brew. While it looks to be low to modest at best, it is very prickly and lively on the tongue. Maybe just a bit over the top. The alcohol is masterfully hidden in this brew, I cant believe it is 8%. This is an absolutely outstanding brew, if the carbonation was turned down just a notch it could be better. As-is, this is a must try, outstanding.

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with an orange tint. There is a finger of off white head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: Quite crisp with some mildly sweet fruity notes. I'm picking up some mild citrus and pear. Also notice some spices as well.

Taste: All I can say is wow! Super complex. There is a very mild hint of sourness to this beer. I'm also picking up some rather strong fruity notes. The finish is quite bitter and the spice flavors really come out at the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly high carbonation and a super dry finish.

Overall: Just a joy to drink. Complex and very refreshing. I don't know that I can compare this one to anything else I've had. I'll definitely search this one out again in the future.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. cork - 036/477044
Lot#dJ - best by: 13'

A: A bit of a vigorous pour brings a one finger head formation. The head slowly retreats to a silky layer. The lacing is left in a thin pattern. The body is a murky straw color with a chalky hue. Carbonation is moving rather slowly.

S: The aroma shows notes of funkiness, with a good level of esters yeast character. The level of intensity on the aroma is medium, but still shows good presence.

T/M: This is one smooth, creamy saison. The sour notes are just perfect. A bit of funky acid, but still allowing other spice come through. A bit of a candi sugar found. The mouthfeel is great, silk and great lingering funk. A good lemon character.

O: Overall this is perhaps one of the finest saisons. Nice developed funk and very well hidden ABV.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle. Lot number is AC with a best by date of January 2013. Poured into an Allagash tulip glass and enjoyed slightly chilled.

Appearance: Big foamy white head, over three fingers, on an aggressive pour. As it recedes, it leaves a brilliant sticky lacing around the glass. Cloudy lemon yellow in color. Sublime.

Aroma: Big barnyard funk notes (horse blanket and wet hay) followed by some nice fruit notes. Green apple skin and an almost berry note. Very unique and nicely layered. Great mix of rustic, funky, and fruity.

Taste: Tart green apples and a touch of berry are apparent at first taste. There is a nice balance of sweetness and tart. After that initial rush of fruit, there is a nice underlying, complex funk profile. Also has a bit of a rustic character throughout. really balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing on a warm day.

Overall, my favorite saison to date. Definitely deserving of its spot as a classic. A definite must try for everyone.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle ($14.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 01/2013.

A: Pours a brilliant, almost fluorescent opaque straw-gold with melon highlights. 2-finger stark-white head settles VERY fast and doesn't leave any lacing. Rugged.

S: Mint, citrus, funk and subtle berries. Sweet and grassy.

T: Starts out very floral and tart with notes of honeydew melon and spice. Malty center transitions into a finish that is heavy on strawberry, with a touch of mint. Unbelievably gorgeous.

M: Carbonation is moderate, with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel. Could benefit from having a bit more body, yet drinks fairly creamy for how thin it is.

O: Can't believe I haven't reviewed Fantome yet, which is undoubtedly my favorite saison on the planet. It's not perfect, and the batch variation makes it somewhat unreliable (I had a bad bottle once that required a return), but the flavor is so mysterious and harmonious that it deserves a spot at the top of anyone's list.

Unique and wonderful.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 1,967 ratings
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