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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,952
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
257
For Trade:
17
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Photo of mscudder
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours beautifully cloudy, nice head retention, smells of continental European hops and signature Fantome funky strawberries. Smells sour but is just barely tart on the tongue, like apricot juice. Spices too - maybe coriander. Hoppy bitterness. Full mouthfeel and moderately high carb.

I dunno why, but while I'm a huge fan of Fantome this one never does it for me. Having had vintage 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016...I continue to find the aroma and flavor a bit off putting. The mouthfeel, carb, and appearance are absolutely perfect, but that strange mix of strangely earthy spices, creamy strawberries, and often noticeable skunking results in a product I now pass by, in favor of Dany's other creations. I can see why some enjoy it so much! Just not my favorite 'Tome to dome.

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

Photo of Nunya
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bigdoc91
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Consumed on 10Jul16.
SMELL: Big aromas of cantaloupe, honey buttered biscuits, and fig jelly intertwine with mild pear, white grape, banana, cloves, brown sugar, and orange marmalade aromas. Subtle aromas of hay, salty minerals, and earthy yeast with hints of sour green apple present an additional complexity to the multifarious profile of the smell.
TASTE: The smallest of sips gives way to strong flavors of cantaloupe and fig jelly. The sweetness is immediately balanced and augmented as mild honey buttered biscuit flavors flow on to the taste buds. Mild flavors of banana, pear, and white grape further increase the fruity goodness as the honey flavors grows slightly stronger. The sweetness of the continues to grow as mild brown sugar orange marmalade flavors caress the palate while mild flavors of clove present a balancing spice. A slight funk develops as subtle flavors of hay and earthy yeast enter while clove flavors grow to strong. The symphony of flavors ends with subtle salty mineral flavors and hints of sour green apple as all prior flavors persist, except for cantaloupe, which fade to mild.
NOTE: I have had my fair share of complex, multifaceted beers, but this one took the cake. I was in disbelief at the bombardment of all the flavors that combined together to create this majestic work of art. Everything intertwined in such a way that nothing dominated, yet each flavor had its moment in the spotlight. The clove flavors could have been toned down a bit to decrease the spiciness, but that is just me nitpicking.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trailers over dark gold. 4
Dough, clover honey, flowers and a bit of Band-Aid and grass. 4.25
Sweet round grain, hint of lemon-lime, spicy pepper hit, some herb, grass, ringing minty linger bitter linger. 4
Crisp, halfway to medium, fizzy. 4

Archetypal. Luscious nose, like that Chilean honey I like. Lemon-pepper, lots of dough, and a bigger hop hit than expected. Not as razor-sharp as Dupont -maltier, with some powdery graininess - but proper. 4.25

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stolenface1
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Deep gold with a slight orange tint colored. A meandering crowd of carbonation rises in support of snow white cap. Lacing is loose knit and traces the experience on the glass.
S - Sweet orange blossom, resting in a pile of fresh grass clippings, that signature green glass kiss on the nose. There is honey, apricot jam, warm biscuit green grape skin and musk melon. Delightful and complex nose.
T - With all that is going on in the nose, the flavors don't stray. Sweet malts start the party, some straw, a bit of chalk, cheese rine funk. The ever so slight tartness is well executed, just enough to keep the palate guessing. Warm melon, and honey blend to challenge that tart element. there is a fruitiness that runs through the entire palate. White peach and apricot are the center of that component. There is so much to enjoy about this.
M - Surprisingly soft water feel, the body is a bit heavy, a high viscosity, likely supports the 8% ABV. A full coating of the palate is instantaneous, slick and then the tart enters and shift gears. That carbonation persuades that sweet tart to move on. The linger is at the back edge of the tongue, just taunting for another sip.
O - A well crafted and cared for offering, I assume this is a relatively recent import, the fresh feel and flavors are on display. Fruity and a bit funky. The offering is a full experience. The ABV is well hidden, in a big body yet delicate saison. So glad to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of tylerstravis
2.49/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bad 2014 bottle.

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Photo of sankykid
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Fantôme Saison from Brasserie Fantôme
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,952 ratings.
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