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
Ratings:
1,956
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
257
For Trade:
17
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Photo of Supergenious
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of steverx8
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 -3.7%
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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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a tulip Duvel glass.

A: The body pours a beautiful and hazy yellow and orangy body creating a nice white head. After a while the head shows a nice retention even though it lost thickness. Nice lacing.
S: This beer smells incredibly well. It's basis is very close to a Belgian Pale Ale, having tona of sweetness coming from the malts and from the Belgian yeast. On top, there's a soft fruitiness on this. Like green peaches or apricots.
T: The taste is very good - tons of sweetness coming in from the malts and yeast, some grassy and earthy tones very very very soft. In the end, just a slight touch of acidity mixing with the bitterness present. This is so well balanced it's actually stunning.
M: The body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Acidity is mild just like the bitterness.
O: My first Fantome and what a terrific beer, I'm stunned.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tripledbrew
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of junaman
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange brew. Surprisingly sweet, honeyed nose: jasmine and clove. A touch of funk.

Flavor normalizes toward the mean: a little sweet, a little spiced, a little rustic, and a little warm.

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Photo of JeffreyJ
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sets the standard for me with saisons. Pours slightly hazy amber, with a foamy head that starts to settle to a half finger pretty quickly, but leaves a fair bit of lace on the glass. Flavor balances malt, funk/tartness, hop and spiciness beautifully.

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Photo of makromaniak
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay...always a bit "different" but always an amazing beer...perfect balance...still one of the best Saisons out there. Respect the weirdo brewrssssss

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a large creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like acidic citrus fruits, banana, clove, barnyard funk, horse blanket, toasted hay, apricots, bubblegum, peppercorn spice, bready malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like acidic citrus fruit, musty banana, clove, barnyard funk, horse blanket, toasted hay, apricots, bubblegum, peppercorn spice, bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice saison.

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Photo of yancot
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_V
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ben1313
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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