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

This is a great saison. Pours an light orange, white haze. Love the appearance on this. Some life to it. Has a fresh fruit and citrus aroma, slight spice. Has a sweet fresh citrus taste with a slight carbonation level. Very refershing beer and nice abv. Love it. Dany is a master of his craft.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, tart citrus, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sour but not over-powering with flavors of Belgian yeast, lemon and little spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a very mild hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Saison to drink for a whole evening if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of 700Uave
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden/hazy orange color with a pure white head the dissipated pretty quickly. The smell was very fruity and fragrant. I could smell the tartness easily. Nice and effervescent mouthfeel. Wasn't sure what to expect but this was pleasant.

Taste was quite sour and tart with a slightly dry finish. I found it to be very drinkable. I couldn't place the fruits and spices exactly but I'm confident that there are apples and peaches involved in the flavor. Probably white grapes. Very bright.

This was my first experience of the style and sours in general. I very much enjoyed this beer and will definitely search it out again. I'm looking forward to tasting other sours and broadening my horizons a bit. I've read that others have experienced a "funky" taste with this beer and that it varies from bottle to bottle. I guess I was fortunate to have a great bottle. If you experience a funky one, I encourage you to try another in hopes to taste one such as I did. cheers

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Photo of gordavidson
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A clear yellow liquid with just the tiniest little floaters. The head is white, thin, and creamy with some decent retention.

S- Peaches, strawberries, apricots, lemon zest, and a touch of alcohol. I don't get any funk or horse blanket out of this. Extremely unique and intriguing.

T- Very light flavors of strawberries and peaches mingle in with a light caramel backing. Before I knew it the flavors were gone. Delicate and complex.

M- Very light and clean with just the right amount of carbonation. There is just a bit of lasting dryness on the finish.

D- Drinks extremely well considering the ABV. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden considering how light everything else is. Unlike any beer I have ever encountered. Delicious.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. I want to say I bought this about six months ago and no idea how old it is. The "best before" chart has not been utilized.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Some small particulates throughout, but still lovely especially given how nice the head is.

5.0 S: Wonderful bouquet! Lemon, lemon grass, candi sugar, candied peaches and apricots, papaya, and mango. Tons of herb and spice (or perhaps flower is more appropriate), but it's hard to pick out individual aromas. Flowery, a touch yeasty, and a bit funky with wild apples and pear. Easily the best smelling saison to date.

5.0 T: Just outstanding in the taste as well. Lemony tartness and papaya, herbs and flowers, spices galore including black pepper and corriander. Grassy hops. Wild apple and pear. Candi sugar is plentiful. Pretty much the same as the nose, only with a stronger emphasis on tart lemon and papaya. Cracker like graininess.

5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Active levels of spritzy carbonation. Just creamy enough and super smooth. Pretty much perfect here as well.

5.0 D: This is the first time I've had this. I heard there's a lot of variation between batches, but the bottle I have is a near perfect beer. I'm going to have to buy this often and hope I get more bottles like this one. Really amazing in every aspect. Exceptional smell, taste, and mouthfeel. The 8% isn't detectable in the least, allowing the drinker to focus on the many flavors present. Super complex with everything working together and no faults.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite hazy in the bottle, with substantial sediment in the final pour. Lively carbonation, sharp and prickly in the tongue. A bit earthy, with faint fruit notes. A bit of a letdown, as the depth of flavor was a bit shallow, leaving a moderately tart finish unbalanced. A good beer, but I find myself less enamored than the majority of reviewers.

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Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a thin, bubbly white head. The head crackled and receded fairly quickly. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled yeasty, fruity and of straw. There was a nice grain aroma.

T - It tasted fruity, yeasty and of grains. There was a sourness and funkinees. Phenomenal tasting saison.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting saison. The aroma is good but the flavor is fabulous.

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

750ml bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a hazy apricot tinted golden with a thick bright white head that slowly faded into a thin film that left fairly decent streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Amazing smelling. The nose is bursting with sweet light fruits, earthy dry straw, white grapes, orange blossom and apricots. Very vinous smelling.
T: Super complex flavors of sweet fruits, earthy spices and yeast. I am having a really hard time pinning any one flavor down. It is sweet, spicy, bitter and lightly sour all at the same time. Similar to wine but spicier. Aftertaste is a touch buttery but still very spicy.
M: Super dry mouthfeel with soft bubbly carbonation over a medium and clean body. Alcohol is completely masked.
D: Wonderful beer. One of the best if not the best saisons I've had. Super easy to drink and refreshingly dry. Very complex. Just drink it already!

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with a tall, fizzy, white head that fades to a ring of lace. The aroma is soft layers peach. apple, bread, candi sugar, banana, clove, pepper, and lots of farmhouse funk. The flavor has lots of light citrus zest and granny smith apples upfront with a gentle and sweet bready Belgian ester laden middle. It finishes with lots of peppery phenols and more of that great barnyard funk. Creamy medium body with delicate champagne like carbonation.

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

A: poured a murky gloden yellow with orange highlights that had sediments floating in the glass but had really good retention and a finger of head leaving lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the nose had applesauce type character with bretty oaky notes, slight spice, and some citrus aroma as well. It also had some acidic tart qualities.

T: there is definitely spice clove notes, applesauce notes like the nose tart oaky flavors from the brett, citrus character, and a little booze as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a slight sweet, spice, and tart finish.

D: it drank really good and has the signature fantome farmhouse tart qualities. I can always admire and savor these crazy experimental beers.

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Photo of sacullen
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I have had some less-than-stellar experiences with Fantôme, but this is one heck of a tasty saison. Pours gold with a creamy, white, pillowy head that lasts quite some time.

The nose is fruity, with just the right bit of funk. The taste is tart, slightly fruity, neither of which are overbearing.

I love the mouthfeel, especially the finish. Just the right bit of tartness and bitterness in the finish.

I will easily polish off a 750ml by myself and wish I had another.

As I mentioned, I have had some bad experiences with Fantôme, but this is one they got right.

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

750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a small but bright white head. Nose is super funky and tart with a bit of that barnyard funk.

Taste is sharp and tart with a good light malt but the mouthfeel is huge and carbonation that's super creamy and sharp. It makes it really tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked a 75ml bottle, labeled for export to America, bought in early summer at the excellent specialty store La Cave du Vénitien on rue de l'Eglise (sort of the main drag) in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium. It opened with a gentle pop and a gust of strawberries, honey, peach, pear and grass aromas, even before I could pour into a tulip glass. A head of light bubbles formed and dissipated just as rapidly, settling into just a scrim over the cloudy brass deceptively viscous-looking (I was wrong--it's turned out very clean in the mouth) brew. The flavor is of some dessert made with lots of yellow fruits and lightly caramelized brown sugar, with a bit of coriander or some such herb poking through. There's a wonderfully quenching and drying sourness to balance all that sweet and help the drinkability.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Fantome I've ever purchased! Pours a very murky golden-orange color with a couple little speckles floating around. Medium white head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent is somewhat funky and sour. Lots of lemons and zesty aromas along with wild flowers and sweet citrus. Such a complex aroma. Smells SOOO Good! Taste has just blown my mind! Initially I get citrusy tastiness (without hops) and some tasty lemon flavors. Then I get a light taste with a blend of delightful spices and delicious Belgian yeast. Finishes with a strong lemony tart flavor with a hint of alcohol. This beer has such a great mouthfeel for this style. Nice, full body with a crisp bite at the end. Drinkability is very high for these warm summer nights. I have to say I will for sure be seeking out more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of thekanna
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter. Gorgeous hazy apricot with about 1 finger of head.

S: Some apricots and pepperiness, with a bit of grapefruit and maybe pomelo mixed in.

T/M: Apricot, peaches and limes, with a heaping helping of tulips, that devolve into an herbal hop bite and alcoholic tinge. Slightly sour and less sweet than I would've expected from a saison. Mouthfeel is quite juicy, with medium to under-carbonation.

D: Fantastic brew from Brasserie Fantôme, and probably one of the better saisons I've ever had.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carefully poured. Hazy orange sunburst color with a meringue looking head on it that does not fall. Tiny bubbles are rising up everywhere inside the glass.

Smell is a mixture of earth, white pepper, lemon acidity and some other estery qualities. Taste is crisp and light while the acidity dances around your tongue. Orange/Grapefruit pith, white grape juice, with a very light grassy hopping. Finishes dry with a subsequent bitterness at the end. Really reminds me of a dry Chardonnay with a belgian phenolic spin to it. The alcohol is high and somewhat noticeable as expected.

I actually prefer Hiver as far as their distribution goes in the US for their more "basic" saisons. The flavor is a little bolder and cohesive with the same qualities as the regular saison. It's funny though that Hiver pretty much collects dust on the shelves around here.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, slowly declining near-white head. Leaves some chunky clumps of lace on the glass. The liquid is very cloudy. Straw-yellow color.

More sour than earthy to the nose. Holds most of the traditional Saison aromas except there's a touch of sweetness that I wasn't expecting. Intriguing, even though it is in the background.

Strong flavors of apricot, orange rind. Mildly sour. Complex swallow of the above, a touch of sugar and light bitterness. Oddly, the aftertaste is very brief, as if this were a dry beer. The body is thin compared to the style. But it is also a very smooth beer because of a lower level of carbonation. I'm noting a warming sensation in my torso from the alcohol even though I didn't detect any in the tasting.

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Photo of gford217
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright translucent golden orange with a small, short-lived white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is complex and starts with a combination of flowers and juicy citrus. Lemon rinds and light spices mixed in as well as a nice earthy funk underlying the whole thing. Wonderful smell.

The taste is almost as good with the citrus hitting up front with tart lemons but giving way quickly to an earthy backbone with wildflowers and spicy Belgian yeast. The finish is tart and dry with a bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an excellent saison with the floral and citrus character melding with the earthiness, leaving a dry vinous finish.

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Photo of sablephish
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured early in the morning (graveyard shift) from a bottle into a tall goblet
appearance : low head retention, murky golden hue... it just looks artisinal
smell : brett, wild yeast, farmey, horsey, definite apricot and peach aromas to balance the wild
taste : exquisite I can't imagine this being better without some french moldy sheep's cheese and pears to pair. Pear, apricot, peach some skunky cheesy hop action . . . but oh so harmonious. I'm a professional craft brewer and I can only dream to create something with this much "terroire"
mouthfeel : session! A hot day could get me in trouble with this one... 8%! well hidden for sure
drinkability : top notch! I could drink this all day . . . a picnic with all the accouts would be fabulous. Definitely in my top ten for sure.
I will buy and consume this whenever I can whatever the price.

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Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Folks at the beer store always rave about this one. I saw it is highly regarded on this site and the reviews made me interested. Variance in the annual recipe and other aspects attracted my attention. So, I shelled out the $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

I opened the cap only to find a cork underneath. That is a first for me.

The pour was as I expected. Aggressive pour and you get a medium head that does not want to stay around. However, the ring around the edge is substantial. Note: The second glass out of this bottle yielded a better head and the nose is stronger. Out came lots of the yeast from the bottom but it did not injure the taste of the beer!!

Nose was initially more funky. I wondered if it was due to the green bottle, but as the glass aired out the funk went away. I will say I got some acidity, funk and a hint of yeast.

Taste gets better as it is left to sit in the glass. I don't want to rush this. Overall, this is a very tart beer, not sour like gueze, etc. I would say green apple, vinegar. lemon and yeast. The more I drink this; the more the spicy lemon comes out. I also pick up some orange peel in the back ground.

Mouth feel is more substantial than one would expect; rather heavy mouth feel. Alcohol is so hidden it scares me. This is a really refreshing drink. There is something about this beer that is really growing on me. A very intriguing drink to be sure and very well done. This is the best tart beer/saison I have had.

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Photo of phishisphunk
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque,straw colored, golden orange. Vigorous pour leaves a short white fluffy head. 2nd pour left no head at all. Sticky lacing left along the rim of the glass.

S: smells like a saison, mild barnyard funk, with a hint of mild sourness.

T: this saison has got it going on! Very well rounded. Some straw/ hay taste, granny smith apples, and a mild sourness that balances out well with the other flavors. Initial taste is sweet, but as it enters the back of the palate, the sourness takes over.

M: the mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous for the style. Some light carbonation lifts the flavors off the tongue. But overall much thicker than it appears.

D: no hint of the alcohol(8%), well concealed. several glasses leave me with a hint of heartburn.

Best buy date: may 2012. This bottle was purchased early summer 2009. Certainly worth seeking out. Well worth the $14 I dropped on it.

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Photo of pitasoup
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: Hazy golden-yellow. Fine two-fingers of head that subsided with little lacing.

S: A bit of funk, lots of citrus - lemons and oranges. lavender and honey. Champagne yeasts

T: Tart lemons - almost lemonade like with green apples and pears. Faint saison yeast funks, but a dry champagne finish and a floral breathy aftertaste. A tiny bit of wheat in the aftertaste, but significantly less than that of other saisons.

M: Light to medium body, fine carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. The 8% is almost entirely hidden. There's a beautiful aftertaste of pollen and wildflowers on your breath. It is as if they took the best smells/aftertastes of a well made single-flower mead and transplanted it into a berliner-weisse.

This beer was fantastic. i'm almost certain champagne-yeast was repitched in this. The saison-yeast tastes were well hidden. This was the first one I've had in a quite a few years and it has not disappointed. I remember previous batches being sweeter, more candy-like, and without the champagne-like qualities. Either way, I'd have a taste of this every session if I could.

Bottle was dated best by May 2012, batch b.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by May 2012 date on the label.

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a towering white head that finally dies down to a thin layer of foam that clings to the glass.

S: The nose is slightly funky with excellent citrus notes. I pick up some lemons and lots of oranges and tangerines along with a sweet and bready malt base. Various spices add some extra depth.

T: The sweet citrus notes are quite vibrant on the front end. Lots of tangerine, oranges, and a hint of grapefruit. There is a mild spice note quickly behind along with a slight grassy and earthy character. A bit of alcohol comes through on the finish, especially as the beer warms up.

M: The body is medium, but really has a nice feel on the tongue. The carbonation pricks the tongue initially but becomes smooth soon after.

D: Another very nice beer from Fantome. I like some of the others a bit better, but as the "flagship", this one does a fine job.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and capped bottle, with their typical goolish label. (Thanks Wolf) into a tulip glass. It poured a golden yellow and orange with an incredible head and significant lacing as it drops, sadly quicker than I would hope.

Smell is fresh and fruity and sweet with some yeasty funk to it. That continues right into the taste which is surprisingly more sour than sweet and that is probably opposite from the nose of it where sweet dominates. Probably the most funky sour saison I can remember drinking although balanced with sweet apples and spice.

Medium body and carbonation and well balanced sweet and sour which hides the 8% abv. The dry finish makes you want another sip right away.. which i kept doing until the bottle was empty :)

Great, great interesting beer. Was a delight to drink and looking forward to it again.

RESPECT

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,981 ratings
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