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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#686
Reviews:
830
Ratings:
1,975
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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529
Gots:
258
Trade:
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Photo of MagicJeff
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed a beer in years--figured it's time to get back on the train! Got this from Hop City Krog Street and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Look: Deep old gold body. Leaning to the orange-gold side. Nice egg-white head retained throughout drinking; initial pour was over 2 fingers of head now it's receded to about a centimeter. Solid web-like lacing on glass.

Smell: Lemongrass, candied lemon. Some grass clippings and funk.

Taste: Aspirin-y lemon and grass. The funk you smell from the inside of a barn after it rains. Some white pepper notes mid sip. Yeasty pear as the beer warms up. Some slight tannins on the back end, but it isn't tart.

Feel: Light-medium bodied. Very drinkable on a hot day.

Overall: A flat out awesome saison. I'm glad this is back in GA. Very complex yet approachable at the same time. There are many layers to this beer once you get past the initial lemongrass/citrus smell and initial taste. I want to cellar one and see how much funkier it can get. Great stuff.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mdlb44
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BNarc
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brought this bottle back from a trip to Europe. Capped and corked. The funky/cat piss aroma was evident upon opening even before I poured. Cloudy (I let the beer sit for ten days before opening) but with a great head and lacing. Dry, dry finish. Maybe the funkiest of all saisons I have ever had.

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Photo of KT123
2.37/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy light orange-yellow color, almost a little bit like grapefruit juice. Pours a white creamy head that dissipates a little quickly but leaves a small bit of lacing on top.

S: Notes of white wine grapes, peach, and some light tropical orange, nice sweet cereal malt in the background and some notes of spice from the hops and yeast. A very subtle aroma with lots of complexity.

T: White wine grapes, with notes of peach and some light orange, a nice sweet cereal malt, balanced out by a slight bitterness from the floral and spicy hops and some notes of the Belgian yeast, while I like the aroma a little better, this is still a very nice Saison.

F: Medium-light body, with some higher carbonation.

O: This is a very subtle beer with the flavors but it is a very good Saison.

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Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a lot of brett smells in it with some floral, fruity and spicy notes. The taste is a lot on the peach and the orange. It's also floral with edelflower and spicy with some nutmeg and cinnamon but no pepper. Dry mouthfeel but never acidic nor astringent. Overall it's a perfectly balanced and crafted saison. Quite complex.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Supergenious
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of steverx8
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2018. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light tart/tangy fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, strawberry, pineapple, pear, apple, white pepper, clove, citrus peel, hay, straw, floral, herbal, grass, funk, wheat, honey, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic saison. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/spiciness. Amazing yeast complexity and balancing malt character; while still remaining nicely drying, spicy, tart, and funky; despite having modest carbonation for the style. A highly enjoyable offering all around.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle.

Finally, the Fantôme no longer eludes me. It's not too often I get this excited to try a beer for the first time. This has been a long time "want" of mine and I found a bottle in NY. No special occasion needed, let's crack this baby open!

Medium amber color with a small head containing big bubbles. Hazy off the initial pour and the turbidity only increases as you get towards the bottom.

Loads of fruit in the aroma, namely apple and peach. There's a funky earthiness to it that screams Belgian farmhouse ale. The taste follows suit, and while there's the impression of sweetness in the flavor from the fruit it actually finishes bone dry. Medium bodied. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall, my expectations may have been too high but rightfully so after the excellent bottle I had of Pissenlit a while back. This is a very good Saison. While often referred to as THE Saison, I will wait for other opportunities to try it before determining that. Dany Prignon, don't stop doing what you do!

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