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Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thrasher on 07-24-2002

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pDev:
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Photo of Chico1985
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoked to pop this one open, I've wanted to try it for a while. 750ml into my oversized wine glass.

A nice hazy light orange with a very attractive bubbly white head. It's not very big but great retention, leaves very nice lacing all over the place. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell is pretty damn incredible. I don't think I've ever come across fruit scents that are so fresh in a beer. Lots of ripe orange, lemon, and strawberry.

Taste is a seriously incredible taste explosion. The aforementioned fruits in the scent, peach, mango, banana, hey why not? - every fruit you can think of, incredibly bright and fresh in the taste, amazing. Wheat and a nice musty wood-hay-barnyard funk mix with fruit in the aftertaste, awesome. Spicy Belgian yeast and some hops. I expected it to be much more funky and less fruity than this, but I am not complaining. Pretty low on the sour scale, but has a bit of tartness and zesty kick to it. Wheat and funk seem to take over a bit more towards the end.

This is very carbonated, which I'm usually not a fan of, but it works with the light, playfulness of the flavors well here. Very refreshing. Alcohol taste is not an issue, covered up well.

Drinkability is the main (maybe only) flaw here, though many seem to disagree. The flavors, although excellent, are a bit overpowering and tiring, especially towards the end of a 750ml. Although it drinks light it feels really heavy in the stomach. Maybe the high carbonation is to blame? And the price is kinda crazy ($15 in these parts.) This may be best to split with someone. But, those really are minor complaints when it comes to this beer. It really blew away my expectations, the fruit tastes are incredible.

**more notes 7/27/13**

Opened a 3+ year old bottle tonight which held up nicely, still a nice pop from the cork, healthy carbonation and a good mix of various fruit/funk/farm/mustiness. The fresh bottle (late '12/early '13) I opened afterwords however was off, as expected. Slow gusher, weird looking foaminess hinted towards infection. Had big smokiness and just an oddball veggie/pizza/spice feel to it. Drinkable, but barely. Unfortunate that most recent Fantome beers suffer from this, the unaware are probably getting the wrong impression about an otherwise great brewery.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Saved for review #500. Thanks to my sister for lugging this back from Colorado for me.

Poured a corked and capped 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy straw with some yeast particulates floating around and a sizeable 3-inch head that leaves soapy lacing. As with most Fantôme beers, once I popped the cork, a slight sourness starts permeating the room. Under the tartness comes a slight bit of sulfuric twang, yeasty spiciness, fresh lemon zest and just a slight bit of grassy hops. The flavor is remarkable similar. Up front fresh grapefruit and lemon zest. Followed closely by spicy yeast. Just a hint of white pepper and coriander. Hay and grass underlie the sulfuric twang. A slight bit or earthy dampness. Also just a slight bit of tart green apple skins and Lemonheads candy. The mouthfeel probably is the most disappointing aspect about this beer for me. Saisons should finish dry, and for me the drier the better. This beer has just a bit of residual sweetness. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I absolutely love the tartness. If it would just finish drier I would be in heaven.

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Photo of Phelps
2.81/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd been waiting a long time to crack this one open, but my patience was far from rewarded. Read on...

Pours a hazy, pale wheat to brilliant dandelion yellow in color. Tiny particulates of white and gray dance about the glass, filling it up. The head is of the purest bleached white, the consistency of frothed egg whites, leaving some sticky stripes of lacing as it goes. So far, so good.

In the nose, sour grain is backed up by an enticing fruitiness, though it's a bit muted. Pears, sourdough and white grapes all make appearances, as do coriander, lemon rind and pepper.

...And here's where it all falls apart. The flavor is so subtle it's hardly noticeable. The slightest burst of the fruity goodness of orange spice and coriander is immediately followed by a pithy dryness. But this tastes almost like a pale wheat ale. If I'm judging by style, this is an abject failure of a beer.

The body is equally disappointing: medium-light body, with a feel just a shade above watery and some wickedly high carbonation. Yikes.

I try not to let a beer's hype affect my perceptions too much, but I was very excited to try this one, and extremely disappointed at the result. Everything I've heard and read about this beer leads me to believe I've received a bad bottle, so I look forward to a second attempt changing my mind.

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Photo of BTPete
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden in color. Thin head dissipates to almost none. Thin lacing.

S: spicy and slightly fruity. A little bit of skunky character.

T: light and fruity. I'm getting some skunk and funk in the taste. Nice dry finish with some nice yeasty middle.

M: good carbonation, nice mouthfeel overall, this is obviously a great saison and they know what they are doing.

D: shared with a couple friends but would certainly grab more if it was available locally.

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

Poured from a bottle into a few tasting glasses with friends. Picked up at Granite- thanks John!
A load pop of the cork and we get a gusher. Pours out a murky but bright yellow. Tons of floaties, even some black ones which a few thought might be dirt ;) Smell is musty, funky, almost dirty. Interesting. Taste is completely different, though. Very light and airy with light fruity flavors- soft lemon, strawberry, banana etc. What a different and fun beer. Soft medium mouthfeel makes this a summer winner.

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

A:Dark golden cloud with some nice head that dissipates. Some sort of sediment on the bottom and floating around a bit. It looks a bit ominous and being a farmhouse, I'm upping this .5
S:Peppery lemon spice and some funk.
T:Phantasmagoria of spice, sour citrus and fresh flowers & fruits. I swear the mustiness tastes sort of like cheese at times when i drink Fantome. Very interesting and the flavors swirl round and round - sour, sweet, musty, complete. I think I figured out the secret ingredient: ectoplasm. Really though, no idea what's going on in here.
M:Medium high carbonation and medium light feel work well with the citrus and spice. Fits the farmhouse style
D: You could drink this all day. drinks like its 4% abv

Downed the bottle and glad i got another one.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy bright orange, yellow carbonation with a pretty two finger off white bubbly head.

S: funky, earthy, spicy, barnyard, hay, grass, lemon zest, citrus fruits

T: a lot going on here. a lot of what was in the nose comes through in the taste. spicy citrus notes, with lemon peels, earthy hops and pepper. funk is there but balanced perfectly with everything listed. a great complex mixture.

M: lively carbonation that pops and and tingles the tongue. very crisp and dry

D: super refreshing. perfect balance of all the things going on in this beer. at 8% abv the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. could probably drink all day

Overall, very wonderful beer. One of my favorites Saison's I have ever had. A bit pricey but worth every penny IMO. Highly recommend to anyone.

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Photo of hawks10
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip...

Pours a densely hazy pale golden orange...even with a somewhat vigorous pour, I only managed to squeeze about a half finger delicate soft white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a bit of film on top of the beer and a tiny bit of lacing...

From the second I popped the cork I could smell that delicious Fantome aroma. Super sweet in the nose, citric, slightly lemony. Musty with a great barnyard funk mixed in with a bit of Belgian yeasty spiciness...very complex, incredibly appealing...

Fruity, slightly tart with a lemony, citrus taste. Other tropical fruits mix in...then you get a bunch of that musty, funky taste in the background. A bit of a bitter citrus fruit peel taste with some spicy yeast flavors, clove and peppery. Complex and very refreshing...

Medium bodied and very slick/creamy on the palette due to lower than average carbonation....

One of my favorites for sure, tangy, fruity, sweet and refreshing...tastes lighter than an 8% beer and is supremely easy drinking while still being incredibly complex and intriguing...

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

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a hazy deep orange with a slight white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is funky, citrusy, and acetic all at the same time. The flavor has lots of funk in it, and lots of sweetness. It is very complex, sweet notes overlapping citrus overlapping with sour notes. It has a very dry finish. It is full bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. A great saison, my only regret is I waited so long to try it.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantôme Saison. | 750 ml. | 8.0% ABV

"Biere Artisanale Sur Lie."

Appearance:
Surprise: There's a cork under the cap! Pours a turbid, glowing orange that froths at the top. It sits heavy in the glassy and has a "goopy" characteristic that isn't all that appealing. There's a lot of bubbling and a moderate whitish-straw head.

Aroma:
Very pungent and offbeat. It has a rustic/barnyard cider aroma that blends with toasted malts and a thick, unidentifiable mélange of spices. Theres also an acetic quality that runs through the aroma presaging a similar taste.

Taste:
In many ways (not surprisingly) the taste perfectly mirrors the smell. Yet in aspects where the aroma was bold but manageable, the taste seems overpowering. The palate opens into an expansive range of succulent tropical fruit flavors including mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. It regresses into an overly tart and astringent citrus spritz that overwhelms the other fruits. There's also a distinct floral note laced with a light dose of honey that's wandering around in the background. The finish is dry, segueing from tart citrus to pleasant tropical sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Good lord it's thick. While it is medium bodied in aggregate, the initial sip opens the floodgates, pouring forth a torrent of sticky liquid. Carbonation is low, which is perhaps what gives off the impression of viscosity uncharacteristic of most saisons.

Harmony:

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The acetic (lemony) flavors are overpowering. Otherwise the funkiness, exotic fruits, and rustic character of the drink create a beverage that is more intriguing the more you drink.

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

750 mL bottle corked and capped. Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip glass. Label reads "Biere Artisanale Sur Lie."

A: This beer pours a murky, deep, dark yellow with a one finger of light, sudsy head. Head recedes immediately with spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of lemon sourness, pineapple and apple sweetness, and light malt.

T: Taste starts with a nice light apple sweetness. Then come the hints of malts mingled with a nice grapefruit/lemony citrusy tartness that then moves right on in to a pineapple and mango flavoring that lingers well in to the aftertaste, perhaps a touch more of granny apple here as well.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, dry at first and then becomes somewhat creamy.

D: Well blended, very good representation of the style, goes down easily. This one doesn't drink like an 8% - dangerously good and would love another for a nice hot summer day.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden orange honey color with a slightly below average sized white, bubbly, creamy head with good retention and a nice full, thin creamy lace left.

S - Funky lemony citrus and lemongrass aroma is prominent. Also a good amount of candied tropical fruit is in the background along with some spice (coriander prominent).

T - Similar to the nose. A good amount of fruitiness including, peach, mango, lemon, orange, and apricot amongst other golden and tropical fruit flavors. Zesty, funky, citrus flavors along with some grass, floral, and herbal taste. Reminds me of a warm spring day. Good amount of spices (especially coriander as well as some clove and pepper). Fair amount of yeast and malt comes out as well. Very complex and balanced flavors with some sweetness, some zestiness, some funk, and a touch of bitterness with none of them dominating the other.

M - Medium, starting to head toward full, body with slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and drying and slightly fizzy.

D - Very nice drinkability. Complex and balanced flavors make me want to drink more. Very crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable to drink, I could drink it all day if not for the ABV (which is well hidden).

Notes: Very tasty beer. So complex but balanced. Spiced, sweet fruit, grassy floral and herbal, a touch of bitterness, and some funky zesty saison flavors. Truly nice beer, that reminds me of springtime. Wonderful beer that is definitely worth trying.

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

Pours a golden crystal clear yellow/marigold on the pur into a small tulip glass. Just from looking at it, I can tell it is going to be a refreshingly good tasting spring beer even on a rainy overcast day. There are tiny white bubbles around the edges.

Smell of brett/ sourness, lemon zest, citrus and tartness.

Taste is right on par for a saison farmhouse. After Saison de Lente within the past two weeks, this is what i had expected upon opening it. No gushing head, nice settled clear looking saison with some sourness that has developed to a perfectly palatable level including a very tasty lemon presence. After three sips of this, you already know why it is a benchmark in the farmhouse ale / saison category. Whats that you say, there is 8% abv in here? very well played....

Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. this is a easy drinker and a keeper.

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Photo of billab914
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Stemware. Poured a cloudy and slightly murky with a golden amber hue to it. It started with an active one finger dense white head but settled down to a thin lacing covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a little citrus and lemon with some floral and spicy, almost peppery notes. It gives off a very appealing, complex, light and refreshing aroma that is very nice. All the flavors are very nicely in balance in the nose.

The taste has a tangy lemon rind citrus to it but also has just as much sweetness coming through in the finish. It's both moderately bitter along with a slightly dry finish. Really the best way to describe it is to highlight how balanced it is between all the flavors. Everything blends so well together to create an excellent tasting and complex beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very good tasting and well balanced. I haven't ever been a big fan of Saisons but I think I am now after this one. Best Saison I've had by far and rating to style definitely benefits it.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a light peach with some floaties. The head is white rises about a finger and a half of thin head that is gone besides a rim. The lacing is pretty good.

The aroma is pretty sweet apple juice with a light floral finish.

The taste is really nice. It starts off lightly sweet then has a great brust of floral hoppiness with a light sour kick finish. The exact saison test you expect.

Overall, this was great. The taste is spot on for the style, but a little boring on the nose. Certainly seek this out.

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

750 mL bottle, capped and corked. Poured into a tulip, no problem removing the cork.

Pours a pale straw golden color, glowing against light, but hazed and translucent. Forms a large sturdy rocky ivory head that has average retention and fades to a thin cap with minimal Belgian style lacing. Aroma is distinct, initially earthy and acidic with lemon citrus notes. However there is also some spicy sweetness that reveals itself as the beer warms and sits with a mild fresh alcohol pinch.

Flavor is rich, with a complex blend of lemon zest, peach tart, sugary spice, earthy hops and strong toasted malt in the finish. The sugar sweet and peach tart grip the front of the palate and as the soft, effervescent body moves across the palate the mild earthy hops appear followed by the surprisingly potent toasted malt backbone. Finish is relatively dry and toasted, with lingering fruity acidic and sweet flavors. The alcohol detected in the aroma isn't apparent on the palate but this is surprisingly warming for a saison. Very unique, complex and enjoyable. Aside from the price, I'm always happy to have this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robert at State Line for finding me a bottle AFTER he sold everything he had!

Strangely, the cork comes out with no effort or pop, resulting in a turbid, orange pour with a light, frothy head, white in color. This looks like a pour from a firkin, especially the haziness (despite the fact that I'd held onto if for 2 weeks before cracking it open). The nose is, as with all Fantome beers, unconventional. Modestly rustic and barnyard-like with a pronounced cider character, this has plenty of honey sweetness, some acetic character, a toasted malt character and a plethora of other aromas. I get a fermenting/mildly rotting citrus character and plenty of fruit with apricot and peach juice. Quite excellent, really. Spiciness is low. As it warms up, I get a prominent floral character with chamomile and hibiscus.

The palate opens quite juicy and fruity, very tropical in character with passion fruit, mango, peach and some pineapple. Spice character is quite remarkably low in this, I do not get any of the typical flavors I get from saisons. Sweetness is moderate with honey and floral character (from the nose) quite noticeable. A touch of tart citrus is present, modestly lemon rind in character, especially towards the finish. The finish is mildly drying, though there is a definite sweet honey character, along with the citrus and tropical fruit character. Medium in body with low carbonation, this is highly unconventional and absolutely not what I expected. One could argue that the mouthfeel is a little watery too. In any case, though, this is still an enjoyable beer. I will most certainly revisit this. I've had this beer a couple of times before this, and those experiences were significantly better.

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

750 mL at just-under cellar temperature poured into a wide-mouthed wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy, golden yellow body with a frothy yet delicate head formation.

S - Lots of fruit: apricots, peaches, and clementines. Slightly floral (jasmine? chamomile tea?), and a touch of spice (coriander, fennel pollen). Just a touch of basement funk. Everything comes together well, and the nose is delicate and inviting.

T - Beautiful progression: starts out sour and tart, then moves to a juicy fruity sweetness, then the finish is back to sour. I'm back to the floral notes that I picked up on the nose, still jasmine and chamomile. The finish is incredible - I'm still tasting this beer minutes after I've swallowed.

M - Spot-on carbonation. This brew is light-bodied, but the depth and complexity of flavors would have you think otherwise.

D - What a beer. I'm amazed by how floral this brew is, but also by how well-tempered the floral character is. It's just right. I'd love this beer with a creamy fresh-ripened goat's milk cheese. Yet another reason to love the Fantome beers.

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

As the curtains recede a dark yellow body, with a large billowy head appear. Too stubborn to exit, they persist throughout the engagement.
Reeks of Gueze! Smells sour with big buttery fruit (Mango).
Sure enough this beer is a huge butter bomb. Loads of Diacetyl covered pineapple and mango with a slight sour finish. A subtle grassy character also makes a cameo in a musty basement.
Great mouthfeel, a little big for the style but all playing its part to the bigger role.
A fantastic Saison, Encore!

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Photo of Mavajo
3.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a mild white head. Fair amount of lacing.

I'm not sure what I smelled here. To be honest, my first reaction was "This smells skunked as all hell." But I don't know if I'm simply too rookie to distinguish between skunk and barnyard funk. I'll say this though - I've smelled plenty of skunks in the area before, and this smelled just like that. Behind that, there seemed to be a bit of a lemony zest. The skunked/barnyard smell was just overwhelming though - extremely potent. Despite all that, there was an oddly enjoyable quality about it, and this style does tend to be funky to begin with, so I won't deduct too hard.

The taste had a nice tart/sourness to it, but there was an odd robustness that I didn't enjoy. Kind of earthy I guess, with a bit of spiciness or zestiness. Again, not impressed. The first couple sips were interesting, but it got more and more tedious as I went on. There wasn't a lot of depth of character here in the taste - basically, earthy and tart. Unpleasant aftertaste that lingered a bit on that tongue.

Mouthfeel was fine. Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation. No qualms here.

All in all, I did not enjoy this beer - and considering the price tag, I won't be buying it again. Very unimpressed and disappointed. It just seemed like a skunked beer.

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Photo of jdklks
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed by this one. Pours a shadowy golden color with a bright off-white head of small bubbles. Lots of carbonation, which is to be expected. The smell is mostly of belgian yeast, and perhaps some citrus fruit, but not nearly as pungent as I would have liked.

The taste was very impressive at first, but my palate was conditioned to it immediately and it became rather dull. It was very sour up front with the first two sips, then all of a sudden it died down. The yeastiness wasn't as apparent as in the smell, and the dominant flavor was green apple cider-like, with lots of carbonation and a little alcohol burn in the finish. Not very complex at all, at least not enough so to keep the palate interested.

The mouthfeel is okay: well carbonated but a little thin. The drinkability is fine, and it was easy to get through, but I do not see any reason to pay 18 dollars for another one.

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Photo of nectar14
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 mL.
A: Nice yellow gold color with a bit of cloudiness. Fluffy bright white head that piles up nicely and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S: Lemon, dried grass/ straw, touch of white pepper. Smells refreshing and a bit rustic.

T: Lemon, malt, and a touch of funk. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Smooth.

D: Very, very easy drinking. Love this. Great springtime brew.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 740ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous golden straw color with some nice orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that is white and very dense. It recedes slowly and has some stickiness to it.

S - Absolutely delicious aroma. Nice yeast notes with some sweet clove and other nice spices, like pepper. There is also a nice malt sweetness in the aroma, almost like pineapple or pear. Very nice.

T - Delicious beer. Nice yeast character and flavor with some smooth sweet malt hints. For a saison it is very sweet, pear and pineapple notes are perceived. Still has some good tartness. As the beer moves along there is some nice spice character with some earthy and grassy like qualities. It finishes with some mild tartness and then with some nice dry bitterness. Nice Saison.

M & D - Dry and crisp with medium body. Very delicious and refreshing.

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

Now this is what I imagine a beer coming from a farm house would taste.

Appearance is kinda darker than other saisons I have seen. Sort of a dark orange with a thin white head. No lacing.

Aroma is funky. Kinda citrusy tart.

Taste is great. A little sweeter than expcted but awesome. Some tartnes like lactic acid. Little funk and spicyness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little viscous I think for style. I like a dryer saison a little better. Great carb.

Overall an awesome beer. Glad I can get it by me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a capped and corked 750 into a pint glass.

a - Pours a pale golden color with about a finger of white foam that disappeared quickly. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - First smells were sour and citrus, which was followed by smoe sweet fruits for a nice sweet and sour mix. Also a little bit of funk to the smell as well. Very nice.

t - Again,a nice mix of sweet and sour. Some fruit taste to it, but very sour apple like as some people have noted. Lots of tart and sour citrus like lemon as well.

m - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

d - Admittedly not my favorite style of beer, but I thought this beer was great. The sweet and sour mix in both taste and smell made this very enjoyable, and it was still very easy to drink. I would definitely like to try this one again.

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