Fantôme Saison | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme SaisonFantôme Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of amano_h
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

20cl draft pour at Het Molenhof (Oostvleteren, Belgium)

Tons of citrus, barnyard funk, clove, banana, and a barrage of spices I didn't anticipate from a saison. Some bread-y malt characters surface toward the back end, and also reveals a floral/herbal complexity to the brew.

Tangerine and grapefruit right off the bat, sweet caramel, followed by that array of spices that I picked up on the nose. The barnyard funk intensifies with time along side maltier notes of bread/biscuit.

Pretty viscous for a saison, unusually creamy with lower carbonation than one would expect from a saison. Overall this brew defies all traditional expectations of what a saison should be like but does it so well that you really can't call it out. I am absolutely in love with this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with 1"+ of white head, tiny bubbles. The retention was great. Aroma gives off light citrus tart and green apple notes.

Nice brett component, dry tartness, cracker pale malts, lemon notes, grass, good complexity. Just such a solid choice around the pool. Price is a little much, but I guess you're shipping these half way around the world.

Anyways, pretty much guarantee I'll grab one of these every time I see it on a shelf, which has unfortunately been a couple of years.

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Photo of pagriley
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 into snifter. No idea when bottled.

L - Pours with a half inch of head and an almost muky orange juice consistency and color
S - hints of clove spice and banana with earthy musty wet dog in the background
T - A touch of sweetness with more of the nose and some firm tartness. Some bitterness to finish
F - Medium to full bodied - solid backbone but almost no carb

Overall a fascinating beer. A bit of funky sour farmyard with big Belgian yeastiness. Can't put my finger on what it is, but I keep coming back to it and enjoying it more and more. A super complex and well crafted beer.

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

This saison is flawless. Such a nice flavor profile, that has the cleanest finish of any Belgian beer I've had. Great funky cheese smell as well that improves as it warms. So flavorful and no aftertaste or dryness at all. When I saw it was 8% ABV I was shocked and thought this beer was no higher than 6%. If you had high disposable income you could roll through this beer and get in trouble in a hurry.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran today, thanks man.

This one pours a juicy-looking orange color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty funky and cheesy, with some grassiness, and lots of musty citrus.

Fantome's yeast character is always so crazy, and it really works here. It's very citrusy and bright, with just a bit of musty funk, some cheesy farmhousy funk, and some bitter grassiness. This is really quite delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly juicy and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A paradigmatic example of a the funky citrusy saison that I love so much.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always an adventure with this beer.

Funky nose with hints of tartness, spicy pepper, and caramels. Not typical of the style but amazing none the less.

Flavors are rustic hay, little sweetness, some lemon, biscuit, and a hint of caramel again.

I have had this beer before and it been super weird with viscous mouthfeel. I've also had it be the best beer I've had in the style. It goes both ways but I'll never turn a bottle or glass down!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit hazy light gold with a monster head and good lacing. Nose is interesting. I get some taffy candy smells along with the expected yeast notes and apple skins. Not peppery like many saisons. Taste is very clean. Lemon and a little cider, but in a good way. Brightly carved. Rediculously drinkable and refreshing for an 8% beer. Super beer.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy, cloudy, fluffy head. Large carbonation bubbles, but excellent retention.

S - one of the better aspects of this beer. So complex; a roller coaster of aromas. Green apple up front, with the spices barging in once you think you're at the end. A distinct start and finish.

T - a little let down after what the look and nose promised. Tastes like it smells, but somehow feels muted. Very smooth and well-balanced though.

F - incredible. Nothing is perfect, but the feel on this one comes damn close. Rich and velvety smooth. Full-bodied from start to end. Melts off your top lip and seeps throughout the mouth, gliding like a, well, phantom! Spooky.

O - nicely done beer. Been making my way through the top 250 and was surprised I hadn't had this readily available brew. Kinda bummed that I waited this long!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Completely exceptional, refined and subtle; more than the sum of its parts. Peach hue, head for days, aroma of green apples, white pepper, hay, marigolds, alfalfa, slight lemon, crushed biscuits. Taste is more of the same with a slight bitterness dodging in and out. Mouthfeel is intensely creamy, plush but light.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Fantome beer. From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Parker Pie. This is a well-made beer, but way too spicy for me. Glad I tried it, but would not get it again.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Did I have a bad one or are they all like this? Its thick on my tongue, like whole milk or thicker. Beer is not supposed to feel like this. Its quite off-putting and makes it quite difficult to finish this or otherwise enjoy the flavor.

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Photo of WalkerHater
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a gusher. Shame too, because the beer I was able to save was great. Reminds me of a funkier version of LaChouffe. On positive side, I saved the last 1/5 of bottle for dregs for my Sour ale fermentation. Would def try again, fingers crossed no gusher!

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Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from a recent batch purchased February and consumed April 15. Pours a clear gold color with thin head and lacing.

Nose of bready malts, grain, pepper and a floral/herbal character.

Taste is of fairly clean malts up front and some orange-citrus sweetness. Then it fades into bitter grapefruit and morphs into an ashy, astringent finish. I get some mild herbal flavors such as lavender and grass.

Mouthfeel is excellent with fine, creamy carb. Less carbonated than previous 'tomes.

Every bottle of Fantome I have tried seems a little different. This one is more straightforward. It has rewarding qualities yet parts are still challenging, especially with the ashy finish. As it got a little warmer and as I got towards the bottom of the bottle, I enjoyed it more and more.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before End: "d November 2016"

Decanted from a 750mL green bottle into a huge German stein, left the yeast sediment in the bottle. Used the stein to give myself small pours into a proper glass.

Carbonation is moderate, similar to Saison Dupont, but with a less rocky less impressive head.

Almost nothing on the nose from my glass, from the empty bottle tangerine is noted.

Hops are not prominent. Tangerine and grapefruit esters are forward, alcohol is not tasted but is felt. Grapefruit bitterness but not from hops, and a more delicate tangerine taste dominates the finish. Tartness is moderate.

Overall, I prefer Saison Dupont for its delicate approach and pear-ester character. This one is more astringent due to the grapefruit flavour. Reminds me of Petrus Old Pale.

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Photo of trooperp
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light funk.. Orangey/peachy color.. Ok mouthfeel..Light lemonade.. Hay, grass, and straw.. I was expecting a World Class beer.. However, All I tasted was an unremarkable saison.. I've tasted better.. Much better

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantôme Saison pours a cloudy straw color with a nice thick white head. It is very dry. There is a little malt in the background but it has a very tart, almost cidery finish. There is also a little cidery note and Belgian yeast spice in the aroma. The tartness makes it very refreshing and combined with the body, malt, carbonation, and alcohol make it very well put together and enjoyable. Even though this comes in at 8% alcohol by volume, it is so well balanced that you do not notice it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle part of a private import

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, lemons and a fruitiness like strawberries or apricots perhaps.

Overall - A really interesting taste going on.. super complex and lip smacking good. More of a fruity flavour than I was expecting and not as much spice as I would have figured. A beer well worth seeking out to see its nuances.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours cloudy, opaque, medium orange gold color with a massive three fingered pure white head, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Lots of barnyard fun in the aroma, wet hay, lemons, and some honey.

T - Loads of wet hay, barnyard fun, wet blanket, lemon honey, and finishes with a wet blanket barnyard funkiness.

M - Medium body, active carbonation, thicker than many Saisons I've had.

O - Complex spiciness with no alcohol presence. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped 086/477044.

A: Cloudy golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of luxurious, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a light must. Pale malts bring grass, hay. Floral hops with a dank, earthy quality. Very inviting.

T: Slightly earthy, slightly tangy up front with cracker-forward malts. A nicely bitter hopping develops to finish rather dryly. Light alcohol presence. Lingering floral hops in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a creamy feel. Medium body. Excellent.

O: Really a fine beer. Balance is tilted slightly towards the hops IMO, but all the elements are present, balanced and well orchestrated. Drank like a Belgian IPA w/ a bit more tartness.


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Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Incredibly hazy golden orange body topped with a wispy cap that fades quickly. Looks like a slightly carbed glass of Dole. Only knock is the very apparent lack of carb. Rustic as fuggggggg.

S: Mellow clove, zesty lemon acidity, and crackery malt dominant. Some musty wine and brett funk round everything out.

T: Tart lemon, apple, and underripe pear layered with biscuity wheat. Brett funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Fricken great.

M: Medium bodied and slick. Very low carb. Long lingering finish.

O: So good to have a Fantome like this once again. My last few bottles tasted like a tire fire. The only area that wasn't totally on point was a lack of carb, but in a way it almost contributed even further to the juiciness with a slick/low carb body and a lingering acidity. Keep it up Dany P!

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Photo of heygeebee
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Will the beer live up to the hype?
Had been trying to find the base Fantome for a while.
Answer is such a well balanced and integrated beer it is difficult to subjectively review... The drinking whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Very true to a slightly dry saison style, with mouthfeel and carbonation to die for.
But is it better than, say, Saison DuPont... An A to B would be interesting :-)
No hint of ABV, either....

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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Has a hazy, orange yellow color, with a huge, fast disappearing head.

Smells of lemon peel, mixed with soft Belgian yeast and joung carrots, overall pointing into herbal, slightly spiced direction. Also contains hints of fermented sourness.

Begins with soft yeast, which feels incredibly smooth on the palate, then spicy, syrupy sweetness with hints of overripe sourness turn visible. Slick sourness remains in the throat and on the palate, while hot spices add a decent complexity. Medium bodied, begins with a very smooth impression, then turns hotter with stinging spices and overripe sourness. Driven by lively carbonation, finishing slightly bitter, with peppery spices still being detectable.

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

Among the best saisons I have tried. Very light bodied and refreshing, floral hops and a bit of barnyard funkiness in the aroma. The taste is very refreshing, slightly citric and floral hoppy.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. This was a gusher.

Appearance- Huge 4 finger head that left quickly and left mild lacing. Hazy orange with some floaties in the glass.

Smell- Some tart apple, grape, and lemon. Light earthy hops and a reasonably malty back ground.

Taste- Smokey, pear, flowery rosebuds or dandelions, caramel malts. Sweeter finish. No hints of booze.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, lighter body, no heat.

Overall- I've heard so many descriptions of the beer and mine seems different than the others. Interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes date April 25, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about three fingers of dense, white head. The head leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is lighter in color, a sort-of straw yellow/golden. It is hazy with some carbonation visible in there. It looks the part of a saison.

S-The aroma is slightly sharp and spicy with an intriguing bit of herbal alcohol and a light tartness. There is definitely some lemon, as well as some overripe fruit that suggests apple and pear flesh.

T-The taste provides a similar dose of overripe fruit...I get sweet pear fruit, as well as some lemon rind tartness. It is not sour or acidic, but the tartness just hangs in the background. There are some grassy, euro-style hops that provide a bit of bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. The yeast is slightly funky and very Belgian, and it dries out on the finish. Very odd...but really good.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a smooth but active carbonation that never gets too creamy, but isn't sharp or crisp, either.

O-This beer is one of the more unique I have tasted. There is a lot going on, and no one flavor or characteristic comes through cleanly. Although some might say it is scatter-brained or unfocused, I enjoyed this quite a bit because each sip seemed to uncover something new and, interestingly, no matter what flavor crept up on my palate, it seemed to fit with the other flavors on my palate. Tasty.

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Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
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