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

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

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4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, I had this side-by-side with Saison DuPont the other night, and the Fantome just blew DuPont out of the water, in my opinion. Pours a nice orangey-golden color with fluffy white head that recedes a bit more quickly than I would like. Smell is a combination of peach, pear, lemon, a bit of funk, some pale malt--pretty much standard for saison, but on the fruity end and delicious.

Taste kicks things up a notch as it comes in with some powerful yeast notes, playing with the malt to provide a nice study basis for the fruit notes to play on. The barnyard funk is there, though not overdone, and there's a nice tart edge to the beer that I haven't found in saisons before. Love it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, but I think it could use a tad more carbonation. 8% is hidden very well in here, as in all of the Fantome beers I've had. One of the defining beers of the style for sure.

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Photo of cavedave
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy dark straw color, topped briefly by an off white head that recedes to a lively skim, then to pretty much a bald cap and ring.

During the happy course of a sniffing session I got overripe peach, green apple, barnyard, lemon zest, very light tart yeast and vinegar, and some other funky and herbal aspects I lack the palate to describe adequately, except to say they round the bouquet into a restrained pleasure of strong smells.

The taste is like a drum solo on a timpani. Despite a kettle drum having the ability to really be complex, you wouldn't think there was a musician capable of pulling it off. Fantome is that musician and the timpani of this metaphor is the funky aspect of deliciously infected beer. Very light in the mouth, the taste is part and parcel of that degree of attenuation, even at that there is a degree of sweet in the start of this sip, as barnyard funk, herbal straw, lemon, really tart apple, vinous, even hormonal essences, collide into a trainwreck choreographed to destroy preconception, and deluge you into new, improbable enjoyments. As it warms to room temp. tart increases, but the funk matches it . The fruity essence, and tart of this is balanced perfectly, but it is funk that stars.

Low carb. but so effervescent in flavor it sparkles on tongue, clear out is exceptional, and a highpoint finish of clarity and complexity.

Drinkability of this saison is limited by the ability of the palate to keep appreciating the funk. Some other less funky saisons obviously blow this away here.

Impression: Will be getting some more of these, as well as their seasons series, to cellar, and hopefully enjoy, with some time on them.

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Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a honey golden color with zero head ..smell was musty and funky with sour lemon juice and grass that was good..taste was the same it just had very little flavor no carbonation..i love saisons one of my favorite styles ..so many good/ reviews on this esteemed saison..i must of had a bad bottle ...but the side label said good until may of 2012 it was just so flat..will try again and do another update when i have $14 to burn

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Slightly cloudy. Two finger cloudlike head. Dark gold.

s-cotton candy. lemonaid. light barnyard.

t-Sweettart. Moderate bitterness. Slight pepper spicyness. Cherry Kool-aid type juice flavor.

m-Medium body. Slightly sweet. Low carbonation.

d-This is a beer like no other. Every bottle seems to be different. I've had some that had I reviewed them, they would have gotten a D- and others that would get A+s. This bottle had an interesting Kool-aid type quality to it. It is rumored that Danny adds fruit juice to his batches and I finally taste that it might be true. Sweet compared to most saisons, and less funky/tart than other Fantome bottles I've had.
Always an adventure.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a thick white head that leaves massive lace. The nose is very pretty with passion fruit, light hay, and light malt. Flavors are some tart lemon with tropical fruits, light hops, with some hay and bread. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long tropical and bitter finish.

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Photo of STEG
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never thought I'd be able to give a straight 5 but this stuff is unreal. Poured from a corked and capped bottle into a duvel tulip.

Beautiful orange yellow color, a bit cloudy as well, like an overcast summer sunset. Starts with a nice fluffy initial head receeding to a collar that with wonderful lacing that shimmers and leaves some tiny amorphous shapes as the beer goes away.

Smell is ridiculous, its like a tropical fruit sorbet with a very slight yeasty undertone. Tons of fresh fruit up front, guava, mango, pineapple, pear, apple, lime, orange, there all here.

Taste is very fruity as well, getting all of the aforementioned fruits with some sour cherries added. With a sour and very very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry, you get this light mouthfeel combined with the fruit for just a second and then its gone and bone dry makes you keep coming back for more.

This stuff goes away way too fast the light mouthfeel makes you want to keep going back for more and the alcohol is non existant if it were cheaper and more readily available i'd have this as my staple/beater beer.

Well done Brasserie Fantome, truly a masterpiece.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A moderately vigorous pour yields a clear pale gold body with a strong column of carbonation rising from the nucleation point to the solid 3-finger head creamy, persistent white foam. Stellar retention and some shapely lacing make this a beautiful saison.

S: Whoa - this is unlike any saison I've encountered. Starts out with a bit of rather cheesy malt (parmesan?), followed by some floral funkiness, a touch of barnyard, medicinal phenols, and mild lactic sourness. Further swirling shows off earthiness, fruit (mainly apple), and some herbal notes I can't quite identify. The funny thing is that this isn't really a strongly aromatic beer - I really have to swirl and inhale pretty hard - but every time I smell it it somehow provides a new and different layer of complexity. Not everything about it is necessarily enjoyable, but I have to give it a high score for being quite possibly the most complex beer I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Exceptional indeed.

T: A little more straightforward here, as the funkiness of the wild yeast dominates the palate with barnyard and grape-like tartness. There's significant malt sweetness, but it ends with a quite bitter finish - I can't tell, though, if that's a further transmutation of the yeast or the work of hops. Either way, the dry bitterness is a nice balance to the sweetly funky primary flavors. Overall, this beer is quite vinous, reminding me of a medium-bodied white - more minerality than fruit. Quite nice.

M: Quite full-bodied, with the carbonation only coming through rather late. Not as lively as I'd like, but not bad.

D: I finished the bottle with no problems, but by the end the malt and lactic components had gotten a little sticky and overbearing. Still, the 8% alcohol was nowhere to be seen, and every sip was delicious.

Notes: By far the most distinctive, most complex, and most enjoyable saison I've ever had. Well worth its spot in the top 100 and its substantial price tag - although the latter makes it a bit unlikely that I'll be making this a regular purchase. I'm really looking forward to trying some of Dany's other creations, though - I'm now an official Fantôme fan.

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.0% ABV, Best before space on label, no notch.

Thanks to bnieman for this awesome beer I've been meaning to have forever!

A - Hazy golden yellow beer pours fourth with a low foamy white head. Lower retention and bits of sticky lace cling to the glass. One of the other drinkers (unfamiliar with this) jokingly said, "hey, Casper is on this beer!"

S - Smooth pale malts and honey sweetness behind a bright spicy yeast aroma. Intoxicating and refreshing aroma with a light citrusy kick to the finish. Wow.

T - A hint of tart fruit on the finish balances the deliciously spicy pale malt flavor and slight Belgian yeast. Small bits of white grape and green apple.

M - Bright carbonation and a smooth but crisp texture with a lightly dry finish and a great refreshing quality!

D - A fantastic saison with superb drinkability, great flavor, and an awesome nose. What's not to like in this Belgian beauty? A saison I could have allll summer...scratch that, all year-round.

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Photo of cbutova
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Chico1985, beat out my JW Lees, reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy golden yellow with a fizzy champagne like head that leaves a nice cloud and ring behind. Good moderate lace in fairly high amounts.

S- Great balance of yeast, spice and fruit. There is some funk mixed in and it does the aroma wonders. Love the more laid back spice and the citrus peel/zest works well here.

T- Once again, an amazing blend of funk/yeast, fruit and Belgian qualities like spice. Apple notes are highly prevalent in the fruit spectrum as well as some dark fruit. Definitely get some grassy flavors. Love the funk and the fruit, very well done.

MF- Moderately creamy body with smooth carbonation. Great coat of funky fruit on the palate.

DB- This beer is worth the money, for sure. Could be the best Belgian beer I have ever tried. The balance of fruit and yeast flavors is just perfect. Hard to describe but everyone has to try this one.

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden-yellow with a one inch white head that recedes in about a minute. Look is nice with tons of microbubbles racing towards the surface. Smell is strong and different. Champagne and apples come to mind. The taste is very interesting. Sour and champagne like at first with some citrus and sour apple flavors creeping in. There is a distinct gueze like quality here with a warm alcohol finish and a bready aftertaste. This is a complex brew with many layers of subtle flavor to wade through. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with medium body. This beer combines a nice array of flavors for a balanced and very drinkable product. It's not sweet, but not super bitter either. It is sour, but not over the top. I will be having this again!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Saison into Duvel tulip

Pours a hazy light orange with a dense off-white billowing head that
leaves sticky sheeting. Great retention.

Nose is distinct earthy, clean brett funk. Lots of spice, bright fruit
(pineapple and peach), white pepper, chalky yeast. Not an overwhelming
complexity, but smells great.

Bright red apple notes, juicy peaches and pineapples, earthy funk,
intriguing spices that I can't place (maybe white pepper and
coriander). A mild tang on the finish keeps it bright and lively,
something a saison should always provide in spades. The 8% is buries
far beyond perception.

Medium body with a brisk carbonation. Maybe a touch lighter on the
body, but that's just nit picking.

Quite easy to drink. Very interesting take on a style that essentially
has no boundaries. I love the brett infuence, and find that bright
fruit, spices, and earthy notes went well together.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled onto this one randomlly, been wanting to try it so picked it up.

A - A hazy yellowish orange color with a huge head. Nice retention with a decent cap left, lots of sediment floating in the bottom.

S - Some funk, grassy smell, with some lemon zest and a bit of citrus. There are a lot of smells in this one.

T - I am not a huge fan of saisons, and while this is good, it is nothing I ever care if I have again. Bit of sweetness from fruit, quite grassy with a bit of barnyard funk.

M - Nice carbonation in heavier side of light bodied beer. Good for the style.

D - Had trouble doing the whole bottle, although it is a big bottle. This is a good saison but like with most, just not blown away.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Green capped and corked 750 Burgundy-style bottle...a date code line that could be checked/notched on the side, but nothing marked...oh well

Appearance: Hazy dark straw beer with lots of small-bubbled carbonation and a fairly dense creamy white cap with good retention

Smell: One of the more unique beers I've smelled...my first thought is underripe peaches, mixed with a kind of odd spicy funkiness, a hint of bubblegum (but not as sweet as bubblegum) and some sort of sour twang...intriguing

Taste: Quenching. Dry and crisp. It's full of bubblegum up front, but it's not sweet. But it is kind of. Just odd how it can do that. Some sweet citrus as well. Would never guess this was anywhere near 8% abv. After the initial candy/citrus is out of your mouth, there's a nice big kick of grainy pale malt. Really nice balance. This doesn't overpower you with crazy flavors (as I was kind of expecting); rather it's incredibly well-integrated and balanced. Ends with a candy sugar sweetness, a ghostly hint of vanilla creme, and a hint of funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, slightly creamy

Drinkability: Quaffable meets fall-on-your-face

Conclusion: I passed my MA defense today. This was one of the beers I finally cracked down and bought to celebrate. Definitely worth the wait, and really tasty example of the style.

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Photo of Luk13
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, very fresh according to our barman at the Lion's Pride, without a vintage on it though. Pour is homogen troubled yellow with some thick white head. Aroma is at first, very fruity and aromatic. I got hit by a wave of strawberry aromas along with fresh lemons and rose petals, followed closely by an underlying farmyard/funkiness. Some underlying grainy/bread dough/yeast notes complete the aroma. Taste is fruits, flowers and yeast, with a nice light sour lemony finish. It tastes pretty much like it smells, a feat such a bouquet left me thinking impossible. Palate is just beautiful as well, nice lively belgian saison carbonation that is not overdone. The yeasty components provided a rich taste, full palate and a fine balance which made this one so drinkable despite being very intense, aromatic and complex. The best beer I've ever had thus far.

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Photo of Knownfactor
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy copper/golden. 1inch white thicker head. Aroma: buttery popcorn, blueberry funky weed, really smacks you in the face. Taste: tart, sour, blueberry, funky/skunk. Tart sour finish. light to medium bodied.

This was an extremely unique beer like nothing i have ever had before. highly recommended if you can find it!!

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of fizzy white head that fades to a smaller layer. Some nice lace left. Color is a very cloudy pale burnt orange with a yellow hue to it.

Aroma: Lots of spices, cloves, black pepper, orange peel, lemon zest. Has some funky farmhouse flavors. Pretty solid.

Taste: Yeast flavors with a barnyard funk to it again. Lots of crisp/sharp flavors. Orange peel and bananas. Has some pepper, lemon zest, cloves, grassy hops to it. Also a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A decent amount of carbonation with a medium body. Ends a bit dry with spice notes.

Overall, a very nice saison. Lots of good flavors to it. A nice amount of fruit flavors to it. Drinking this on a hot summer day was a treat. Pretty drinkable.

Had a Belgian bottle with the title "Sur Lie" on it. Decided to put a few notes for that one as well since Fantome as so much variation.

This one was funky and fruity. Hard orange candy flavors and bubble gum. Light sour. Very enjoyable. 4.1

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Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tuliped snifter...

A - Golden hazy cloudy straw colored body with a light frothy ever so slightly off white head.

S - Wow, funk is the name of the game. Tons of funkiness with a light crisp citrusy smell to it as well. Barnyard grassiness gives it that great saison character that makes these beers so interesting.

T - Sour and tart with some great citrus coming through (lemon, orange and even some mango). VERY funky and a great grassiness with a nice dry finish.

M - Light and well carbonated. Quite nice on the palate.

D - For a beer that should be drank in the summer, this one does its job. Refreshing and I didn't even realize it was an 8% beer while drinking it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Opened this during a 4th of July celebration and split with the g/f. Poured into Night of the Living Ales tasting glasses.

A - Pours a mirky orange/yellow, white frothy head, lots of bubbles here and there, good lacing and a nice cap left on top after everything settles down.

S - Slight funk/tart, farmhouse, grassy, fruits, lemon citrus. Lots going on here, very impressive, more complex then I was expecting.

T - More funk/tart then the nose, by far. Oranges, lemon, pineapple for the sweetness. Sour/tart, farmhouse funk, earthy, grassy. All very-well done...everything just goes together perfectly. I don't detect any of the 8% ABV...none. It's like drinking a wonderfully complex fruit-juice with funk.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, dry finish.

D - So easy to drink. My g/f and I demolished this bottle. The pinnacle for this style, by a long-shot. A must-have in my cellar.

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

This beer appears cloudy through the green bottle, but the first pour reveals an orangeish brew with a nice inch or so of white foam. The second and the third pour produce an increasingly hazy--almost muddy looking--brew. That first pour, though, is quite attractive and lures you in.

The nose is pure saison with earthy funk and spice heralding the pleasure the drinker is about to experience. Sour and tart, nutty and yeasty, earthy all around is the only way to describe this. Fruit is there too, namely sour apple--maybe cherry if you stretching it. Oh so refreshing. Dry with a touch of spice end this earthy brew.

Summer is the time for this thing. Find a hot and humid eve to enjoy Fantome Saison, sitting outside as the sun goes down. That is what summer is all about.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lot b, best by May 2012

Pours a cloudy, dull orange with a bit of white, bubbly head that quickly dies off. I feel like I've seen this one with more head before, but it still looks pretty good.

Light, citrus-laden malts with a touch of funk and farm yard on the nose. A little bit of Belgian yeast, hay and straw notes. Cinnamon possibly, and other faint spices that are hard to pick out, but go together well. Sweet malts and a touch of biscuit. Quite good.

Crisp citrus, sweet malts, a pinch of coriander and orange peel on the tongue. Lemon wedge and somewhat bready. Again, quite good like the nose. Slight bit of citrus sourness/tartness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with light, yet adequate carbonation. Nice citrus tartness. Body is heavy enough to feel substantial, but light enough to be refreshing. Very well done.

Drinkability is great. I love sipping on this beer during a warm, sunny afternoon. An awesome summer beer. The ABV is unnoticeable, the flavor is very tasty and I love the aroma. Just a quality beer and a classic example of the style. Right up there with Dupont in my book.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.
55°F

$9.99 / ea.

S: Sweet apple aroma fills the glass. Slightly tart. Too many things going on to adequately describe.

A: Cloudy straw body (like apple cider) with a huge loose head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing and a thick creamy cover. Prototype for all other saison!

T: Delicate apple palate that seamlessly transitions from sweet to sour. Malt and hop flavors are virtually nonexistent, further accenting the beer's fruity character. Manages to maintain balance in the absense of malt character as a result of expert spicing.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Bitter and sour play with the tongue just long enough to encourage another drink.

D: Amazingly crisp, and refreshing. Manages a fruit sweetness without becoming cloying.

O: Absolute pillar of the the style, and one of my favorite beers period!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL green-glass capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Bottling date not indicated.

Pale, cloudy, citrine liquid with a ghost white pillowy isle of merengue. Rich soapy lacing and coruscating legs.

Tart grassy aromatics with hints of dandelion, sourdough starter, citrus, rock candy, and light herbal/spice notes.

Lemon-lime zest, bright wild yeast, spicy phenols with a touch of coriander and thyme on the palate. Winter fruit, light farmhouse funk, leading to a very dry vaguely malty finish. The alcohol suggests citrus liqueur in the aftertaste.

Rather light bodied, but with some heft and fizz from the carbonation. A refreshing acidity persists, though the alcohol is slightly warming as well.

One of the most distinctive saisons around, though I prefer the complexity and spice of Fantôme's darker offerings in some ways...

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Photo of newk340
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a solid 2 finger head, white and foamy, while the beer was left slightly opaque and cloudy from the sediment.

S: VERY fruity. couldn't even pick out which fruits it smelled like because it was different every time however there was a definite afterodor of wheat.

T: a tropical fruit/wheat explosion that quickly dissipates into little-to-no after taste...

MF/D: due to the taste, can be drunk quickly without realizing it, leaving a healthy buzz. in addition, a very smooth taste, not overly carbonated. feels warm going down the throat, leaving a slight tingle on the tongue. the smoothest 8% ive ever had...

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to first clarify, the beer I am drinking is "biere artisanale sur lie" and this label is the closest thing I can find.

So, assuming we are drinking the same thing...

The look is amber and gets very dark once you get to the absolute muck yeast at the bottom of the bottle. "Muck" is a bit misleading because it is a delicious and shapeshifting concotion.

The head is perfect at the begining and dissipates as the yeast gets thicker.

The smell is wonderful, subtlety rasberry and the flavor is mildly sour and musty and a hit sweet.

Wow. This is a good one!

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Photo of hu5om
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

split a bottle with my homeboy newk320 into guiness glasses. why not?

a- 2 fingers of barely off white foam that stuck around for the whole time. cloudy golden straw. moderate lacing

s- barn and every fruit ever: peach, orange, mango

t- it all hits at once and then it's gone! Intense whole fruit bowl of barnyard and then peace out. too clean for 8% abv, how do you do it?

m- lightening on the palate. strikes then silence. feels lighter than it is. a good tingle if you keep it in your mouth for a moment.

d- drinks way too easy for the punch it packs. could session this: very sneaky, sis.

didn't know how much i like a good saison..

yum

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,957 ratings.
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