Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison
BA SCORE
4.27/5
1,969 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:
#675
Reviews:
829
Ratings:
1,969
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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528
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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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Photo of FanofHefe
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The "best by" date is not clearly notched on the label. Hazy yellow body with about a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Nice sharp aroma of spice from the Belgian yeast combined with tart apple and pear notes. Not much else but it does smell very good.

Very tasty mix of flavors that follow the aroma very closely. Nice tart apple flavor combines with the funky Belgian yeast notes to create the signature Saison experience. Some light malt notes in the background.

Light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Excellent offering and glad this was my first Fantome. Looking forward to many more.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Marked "best by" date of July 2013. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Fantome Saison pours a mildly hazy lemon yellow. The foamy white head comes up to about 2.5 fingers in height before slowly falling off. Substandard lacing (very spotty) is the only thing keeping the beer from looking great. The nose is pretty good, a funky brett note that only intensifies as the beer warms, and some earthy, lightly spicy hop notes are the main attraction, with a faint bit of light fruit also present. That fruity sweetness is a bit more prominent in the flavor, and it's quite good. It almost reminds me of biting into some kind of tropical Starburst. The slightly musty brett note is probably next up in terms of relative potency, and manages to take over the lead position as the beer finishes warming. That soft, noble hop character from the aroma is definitely the support player here, but adds a nice touch to the beer. The brew is surprisingly dry/light bodied for how solid that fruity base is, the mark of a truly great Belgian beer. The carbonation is similarly excellent, bubbly and lively without giving the impression of being fizzy. I've seen Fantome brews on shelves a couple times now and passed them up. After having this outstanding beer though, I won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head that quickly clings to the glass, great lacing throughout. Aroma of champagne and hay, yeast and funk in the back. Taste follows the nose and more, fruity, tropical fruits with grapes, nice spicy notes, not as funky or sour as expected. Alcohol is not apparent. Smooth and refreshing, amazing saison!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and long Saison, with a deserved iconic reputation based on its quality.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and capped green bottle. Front black and white label with a simple and somewhat lazy illustration of the ghost over what one assumes is the brewery/town. Back label offers a history and context of the brewery. Shows a notched best by date (d July 13), and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold body, rich and towering frothy head with good retention, fair surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Fresh nose, yeasty with a nice fruity touch, apple, light spices...

T - The range insinuated by the nose expands remarkably in the palate with a rich blend of yeasty notes, a bit grassy and spicy, with a marked fruity sense. Surprisingly a tart apple, almost like cider predominates and rounds up the brew rather nicely. Sweet touch as it finishes.

M - Medium body, with initially generous carbonation, subsiding quite a bit throughout.

O - Unusual and fresh Saison, great standard and quite the beer pleasure.

Notes: Very nicely rounded and memorable, the "apple" edge is a bit assertive and surprising but in a rather stimulating way.

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

From notes, 5/26:

A - Dark amber, very cloudy with a 2 and a half finger head.

S - Savory, buttery popcorn and some fruit like pear or apple.

T - Dry with a hint of tropical sweetness. Some savignon blanc grape flavor as it warms. Very little funk.

M - Light and very refreshing. Dances over the tongue.

O - Something that is approachable for many types of people; especially wine connoisseurs.

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Photo of DCon
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a 0,75l bottle of this brew from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $13.99. Poured from the bottle into my Schlafly Tulip Glass and enjoyed thoroughly! Says "FANTOME bier artisanale sur lie" on the front and was very hard to find which beer this was from Brasserie Fantome! Also has a 48265 date on the side with a sticker and Bottle #086 on the cork.

Aroma- Starts with a Chardonnay aroma and then clove like. A hint of sour in here as well. Spicy but no real characters of hop or malt... Very great smell though!

Appearance- Pours 4 fingers of bubbly head that has decent retention. Pale orange color body that is hazy and a lot like a Hefeweizen would be. The lace is HUGE and while reading more on Saisons, may have this "Belgian Lace" I'm hearing about. Very effervescent.

Flavor- Starts with a nice sourness and hint of orange peel. As the drink continues, there citrus flavor comes out and you can taste the strong yeast used. Nice bitterness at the end, not too overwhelming but still carries this sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation (maybe too much for the style), Low Alcohol taste even though its a 8% beer, and has a tart finish. Very refreshing!

Overall Impression- Now I know what people are talking about with this Saison! Perfect! Very great example of this style while having a great drinkability behind it! Will be trying more from this brewery soon.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle labeled best by July 2013 into a tulip glass.

A. A light pour nets a finger of bubbly, fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the top. The body is the color of apple juice. No real lacing noted.

S. The fist impression is of apple cider, but the smell of champagne quickly takes hold of your attention. Finishes off with a slight funkiness.

T. A funky grape flavor similar to a white wine starts off the flavor experience. Slips into a sour apple cider flavor with a dry apple aftertaste. A pear flavor becomes apparent in the aftertaste after a bit of warming.

M. Holy carbonation Batman! Its a medium bodied beer but the carbonation really bites your tongue starting out.

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Photo of output01x
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. bottled (Best By May 2012) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head of large, energetic bubbles that quickly fade to a thin foam ring. The body is a cloudy, yellowish cider with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rushing upward along the edges. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

A peppery spiciness starts the aromas with a kick. Apple cider and white wine aromas mix with a tart funk.

Mixed light fruit flavors including green grapes and pear as well as a little funk start each sip. A dry sourness soon takes over and fades slowly to a fruity sweetness that accompanies the sour into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is refreshing as well as easy drinking. The carbonation really helps to move the flavors through their stages while allowing them to last for appropriate amounts of time.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw beer with a white head that left behind some chicken scratch lacing. Smells of some hay and funky notes, not particularly sweet, but nice and dry. Taste is on par with the nose and very good. If is medium bodied with bubbles and a dry finish. I really like this beer a lot and will buy more bottles as I find them.

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Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cork comes out of bottle with a pop.
served in large tulip glass.
pours a golden hazy yellow. ample amount of carbonation and 2 finger white fluffy head. head does not fully recede. ring of bubbles stay around the edge of the glass.

smells of dried citrus fruits dominating (orange and lemon). and some strawberries! light tart funk on the nose. very nice smelling beer.

taste: peppery and a bit dry. some hay and barnyard. slight bit of tart fruits, but not as much as on the nose. more lemon than other fruits. a bit of funk, as well. the yeast is not as dominant as other saisons, which for me is good.

very enjoyable saison. the best from fantome that i have had so far.

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Photo of dfclav
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy golden yellow color with about a finger and a half head. Head leaves quickly and the small bit of carbonation keeps a thin ring around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cobweb/must, funk, coriander and peach. Intense!!

T - mildly tart but refreshing citrusy flavors overwhelm the palate at first sip. Leaving it sit to pick out flavors I notice granny smith apples, ripened apricot, and peach with a splash of vinegary brett and bubblegum. Odd spices and herby notes linger toward the finish. Alcohol is masterfully hidden and not noticed at all. Delicious!

M - light bodied, borderline medium with plenty of malt to provide extreme complexity. Very well balanced but on the lighter side carbonation wise. Finishes dry and very nice.

O - this is an excellently crafted beer and a very good pick by me on a hot, humid night. I definitely recommend this to any fans of Belgian beers and would love to treat myself to another bottle soon. I'd like to get a bottle with some more carbonation next time, though.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison is straw colored and murky with a rather vigorous head after I give it such a gentle pour to avoid the half-inch of yeast on the bottom of the 750ml bottle. I recently had a bottle of this beer with which I took no such care and the initial beauty of this libation was irrevocably changed from perfect to pulped orange juice with extra added calcium - to call it chalky and ultra viscous would be an understatement. Thankfully I avoided such a fate this time.

Notes of pepper, coriander, lavender, super-sweet quality corn and a slight bubblegum nose waft out of my snifter.

The taste carries the nose through to fruition with accents of hay, peach and under-ripe strawberry joining the party. This particular example of this ever-changing and fluid brew was on the mellower side in the funk department. Other bottles I've had over the years have been much less delicate;)

With a careful pour, mouthfeel is spot on for a rustic saison - not ultra smooth but enjoyably hearty with no rough edges and certainly not the nightmare I experienced with the bottle I described before.

Overall this and Saison Dupont are at the top of the saison category for good reason. Dupont is more consistent, but when Fantome is on, there are few better beers in the world.

Dany Prignon is a genius!

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Photo of Brew33
2.99/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've been dying to try this beer. Luckily I was able to score a couple of bottle recently.

The appearance is average for the style. A glowing, light gold color. TONS of sediment in the second half of the 750 ml bottle.

The aroma was good. Fruity and fairly funky. Bretty and tart aroma. Really good.

The flavor craps all over the aroma. The funk is gone. I get a ton of spices. Just a melange of random spices that seem out of place and unnecessary. Tons of fruitiness in the flavor. Fairly dry. Tripel like fruitiness. Out of balance. It tastes like something is missing. I'm missing out on the complexity of this one. IDK if it's because of the overwhelming amount of spice or because it's just not there.

The mouthfeel and carbonation were excellent. The best part of the beer by far. Overall, I didn't love it. It's kind of a mess. Not something I'd revisit, especially at the price point.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and capped bottle with batch/month/year strip on the side of label but no punches to indicate the date, poured into snifter at Brouwer's on 5/15/11

A: Pours a clear golden orange with some suspended particles and thin white head. Second pour is significantly cloudier than the first with lots of suspended particles.

S: Very unique aroma, lots of funky and fruity notes. Sweet malts with some yeast aromas, grapes and apple aromas in there as well.

T: Very light with pale malts, grapes, cherries and some funk. Some peppery notes as well. Nice blend of flavors, pretty unique tasting saison.

M: Light and refreshing, lower carbonation, vinishes very dry.

O: Very light and refreshing yet packed with diverse fruity and funky flavors. Great and unique saison.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my secret fav tasting glass! Best before July 2013, but it's double labeled...hmmm!

A- Beautifl dark golden, orange hazy body with an inch of pillowing head that has great head retention and great lacing.

S- Definitely a younger Fantome from my experience. Alot more fruity than I expected or wanted. It does have the signature Fantome nose of funk and barnyard, but just more fruitiness.

T- Lots of dried fruit, stoned fruit, especially apricots and golden raisons, little funk. I actually after having dozens of Fatomes for over 6 or 7 years now, expected more funk and barnyard. The last several I have had have been to fruity. :-?

M- Good clean mouthfeel.

Overall- Maybe I need to let this beer rest longer. This was once my favorite Saison and/or Farmhouse. Now it's coming in still in top 10.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy deep orange color with a big vanishing white head. Aroma consists of light sourness and balance between malt, yeast and hops. Notes of flowers, grass, citrus, with hints of pepper too. The flavor has the same balance and acidity of the aroma and a very pronounced fruitiness (citiric and tropical fruits), and grass, flowers, hops and some peppery spiciness. Medium body, decent carbonation, very dry long finish with medium bitterness. Nice complexity and decent drinkability. I kind of expected more out of this well embraced beer. A little bit disappointing.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy Mayday everyone! It's a beautiful warm and sunny spring Sunday afternoon here, making a saison sound like the perfect beer right now.

Fills the glass with a cloudy but bright orange body. A dense and frothy pure white head fills the upper portions of the glass and slowly fades to leave some sticky lace behind. Tough to find any faults with such a beautiful pour.

Aroma greets you with a strong presence of tropical fruits with notes of mango, pineapple, and orange making a great first impression. Lemon tartness alongside some flowery and grassy aromas add to the complexity of this aroma. Finally, though it takes a while to show up, a pleasant yeasty baryard funk lets you know this really is a Saison.

Like the aroma, Tropical fruit notes provide a sweet and slightly tart flavor initially. Slowly but surely as the carbonation dissipates, these step aside to make way for some underlying herbal and flowery notes mixed in with some peppery spice. As with many good saisons, the farmhouse aspects of this beer also make themselves known with some yeasty and earthy funk characteristics.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation but does not finish as quite dry as I would have expected. Overall, this beer has instantly become one of my favorite Saisons and I know understand why it is ranked as the #1 saison on this site. I see myself drinking this one as much as possible this summer.

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Photo of foogerd
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky orange body with some white head that disappeared right away.

S- Fresh banana's that are spiced and diced with some crackers. Tons of yeast character that lends a nice bit of spiciness.

T- Sweet banana and a bit of a sweet acidic green apple quality, a bit of herbal and grassy hops provide a nice balance, a malty cracker taste emerges more as the brew warms up.

M- Very much alive with moderate carbonation.

O- Unparalleled complexity and taste in the Saison market.

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Photo of danielplainview
1.72/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

So I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but I really didn't find this beer to be anything special.

Looked about like what I expected. Little darker in color than some Saisons I have had. dark yellow but you could see through it.

S: kinda fruity but not in a way I perceived to be correct for the style. Something funky lurching on the nose. Maybe this suffered heat damage?

T: Tasted like a bland hefe. I expected more tartness to this.

M: Seemed very thin to me

I would not try this again. Especially at the price. I expected much more given all the hoopla around this beer.

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Photo of tewaris
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and capped bottle with best by date not marked, poured into three Saison Dupont glasses.

Murky amber hued with plenty of "stuff" floating in it even when poured gently. I poured this beer into three glasses and the amount of sediment was drastically different, with the last glass many times murkier than the first. A layer of sediment settled on the side of the bottle after pouring and at the bottom of the glasses as well.

The head on this beer was surprisingly disappointing: tiny soda bubbles formed and left really fast even though the glasses it was poured into favor good retention. Only thing left was a tiny ring of finer bubbles, and no lacing whatsoever.

As I was pouring, I could pick some hops. When I brought the glass closer, I got the dubbel like dessert notes of toasted dark fruit but once I sniffed, all I could think was massive funk. Horses - scores of 'em. And then some faint tartness lurking somewhere. It's amazing how many things are going on in this ale!

Tastes like it smells, only stronger. Moreover, the taste is strongly dependent upon the part of the bottle the pour is from. Strong notes of dark fruit, lighter fruit, lemony tartness and bitterness. Perhaps the most complex beer I have tasted, if not the most delicious. Tastes more like a blend than an individual beer. The best comes when it warms up and starts to taste like honey with a few drops of lemon. Nice!

Quite dry and slightly bitter with a long fruity finish; although I am sure that my bottle wasn't properly conditioned given the poor appearance. And even then, this is the best beer I have had in its style. I would buy much more of it if (a) It was cheaper than almost ~$15/bottle (b) Didn't come in green bottles and (c) Fantôme was known for putting out a consistent product.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot d, best by July 2013

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a quickly receding, fizzling head

S: Very distinct barnyard-like yeast (not sour, though), light fruits such as lemons, apples, and berries. Slightly spicy, but very clean

T: Same as the smell, very barnyard-like, along with those tart fruits and spice. Alcohol goes unnoticed except for in the finish, where it adds nicely to the spicy and fruity notes

M: Medium-light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation

D/O: A great spring/summer beer that is quaffable for an 8%er. This one makes me want to try the seasonal varieties, and see where they can go. I’ve only seen the winter version in my area, but I might just try to seek out the other 3 as well

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Photo of nickhiller
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw-yellow, big head settles to a frothy ring, scumming the sides of the glass

S: strawberry and apricot jam, it smells like candy--pink Starburst--with some grassy parsley in the background

T: very fruity, that same strawberry candy from the nose, raspberries, but it still manages to remain a beer through the addition of lager-y malts and hops

M: full bodied, good carbonation

O: very interesting and very drinkable, it's really surprising to me that I liked this but I would happily drink another

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Photo of Spider889
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled during the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting.

I forget whose this was, I want to credit MpgBugeye though since Fantome is one of his favorite breweries.

Cloudy wheat color - quite golden, with a tall cap of white head.

I was told about the smell, but nothing could quite prepare me for it - strawberries! Holy cow, how does this happen? Definitely the most interesting natural saison (no added fruit or other extreme adjuncts) that I am familiar with. Semi-sweet low fat whipped cream makes for a pseudo strawberry shortcake type of aroma. Doughy malt, but very light.

Slightly tart with hints of lemon. The funk here is super active. Stinky cheese - like Gorgonzola and dry attic dust with barnyard hay make this a very traditional, and extreme, saison.

Dry, very yeasty, with high carbonation. This bottle was enough to wake me up to the world of Fantome, and I am now curious to sample more.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,969 ratings
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