Fantôme Strange Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

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182 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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Ratings:
182
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
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Photo of sisuspeed
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 2013

Poured into a wine glass. Dark, clear, chestnut-red body with about a finger of white, creamy head. The body has almost a maroon hue to it. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Malty, spicy, corriander notes mixed with cloves on the nose. Musty wood and berry fruitiness also come into play. Slightly earthy with a hint of grape.

Fruity and somewhat acidic on the tongue. Light sour notes mix with a hint of smokiness. Lots of berries. Blueberries, raspberries and red grapes. Picking up some tannins and random herbal notes. Quite interesting. Definitely one of the stranger Fantome brews.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic and dry. On the lighter side of other Fantome offerings I've had. The finish leaves you with some light herbal bitterness.

Drinkability is pretty good. I wouldn't mind having this brew again, but half a pint is about all I would want in one sitting. I really like the fruitiness and light sour notes, but it is definitely a sipper for me. Fun stuff. I always look forward to a new Fantome brew.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass, revealing a slightly murky brown body with some mustard and crimson tinges to it under a finger of dense head sustained by lively bubbling. Pretty lacing. Looks just a little thicker than the regular Fantôme. Smells light and a little fruity... cherries or raspberries in tartness, possibly persimmon. Some sweet and warming spice, cloves and hay. Less of the barnyard and more of the sunshine on this nose.

Tastes very different. Some dry fruitiness up front, something like a dark grape in tannins and sour-touched persimmon, with a finish like licking worn river rocks dried in the sun. A little earthiness and roughness to the flavor as well, though not so much of the farmhouse funk or brightness. Mouthfeel is decently dry and lively but not aggressively carbonated with a heavier light body. Decently drinkable.

Overall it's not my favorite of the Fantômes, however it is an interesting one to try. I could see it going well with darker meats.

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Photo of Verecund
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. Opened on 12.30.2010.

Pours a red-hued umber, like the color of clay, with a slightly vanilla head. There's some lacing, but it's thin and recedes down the side of the glass quickly. Second pour is cloudy, like muddy water.

Lovely nose. Some lemon acidity, a strong aroma of green apples, some light fruitier notes, and some herbal spiciness. Surprisingly sour on the nose.

Some acetic character in the mouth, but a stranger mixture meets the tongue; I get some ginger, pepper, old mint, grassiness, muted muskiness, and other earthy notes. The sourness is more muted than on the nose, but I do pick up on some maraschino cherry and apple. Medicinal bitterness runs throughout the palate, which can be off-putting, especially early on, but the tongue grows accustomed to it. An interesting combination.

Herbal, slightly dry finish.

Just a little thin on the tongue, but it drinks easily for its ABV. I like this, particularly in the nose, but the odd bitterness distracts, and the spicy, herbal notes are indiscriminate and run together. It tastes a bit like the kitchen sink; though this was partly my expectation, I wish the clean sourness in the nose came through more in the mouth. Still, very different and worth a try.

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Photo of dgfair
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice. Beer pours a deep reddish amber brown color with a nice full off white head that leaves a very nice layer on the beer and lacing all around the glass. The smell is earthy and fruity with smells of strawberry, cherry, light balsamic vinegar, and peppery grassiness with a slight fennel/licorice hint. The smell is so complex and i keep going back for sniff after sniff. The taste starts off as with a dry funky graininess and then takes a turn to a sweet tart cherry with the dryness of bite of a cranberry. Very funky with a slight sour vinegar quality in the finish. The tart cherry lingers in a very appealing way. Mouthfeel is a great balance of thinness and soft carbonation and this beer is going down very smoothly. I rated this beer on my enjoyment and not necessarily measured to BSPA as listed. A fantastically complex and interesting offering from fantome. Definitely worth picking uo if you see it.

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Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Like a deep brown maple syrup. The head is a light tan color, and if very full, and solidly fluffy.

S: Slightly sour and funky, a little bit of an earthy note in there as well. Behind the earthy scent is a nice caramel and caramel note. There is almost a raspberry smell in there as well.

T: Sour and sweet. There is a nice raspberry thing going on that is really delightful. It almost comes off as a little watery, especially considering the alcohol content.

M: Fairly light in body, slightly dry, and fairly high carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking which makes it quite dangerous. Well put together, although it does feel a bit watery it is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange Ghost pours a dark amber or copper color. It's very hazy, but has really nice garnet highlights when held to light. A vanilla colored head caps it off and stands nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly, but holds there for a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is interesting. It's earthy, herbal, and spicy up front. There's a little pepper, light cinnamon, and ginger. It's a little musky and grassy throughout. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn't nearly as prominent as I'd hoped. There's a hint of sour cherry, but it's very subtle. Other secondary flavors include leather and tobacco. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just...a little out there.

The flavor is similar to the nose. It is spicy and a little herbal up front. Light ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon mix well with pepper. Earthy notes are strong throughout. There's a bit of a grassy flavor, but it's not vegetal. A little sour cherry and tobacco are noted at the secondary level. There's a little Belgian yeast, but more would be better. A light hoppy burst kicks in late. It's a little bitter, but adds some zeal. That alone kicks the flavor score up a notch. Alcohol is damn near absent completely. Finishes spicy, herbal, bitter, and slightly dry.

Strange Ghost has a body that's on the very light side of medium. It feels too thin. A little more of a malt presence would probably resolve that issue. Nonetheless, it's not bad by any stretch. Carbonation is low, and it's nearly smooth. Drinkability is good. The flavor is pretty good, and is definitely interesting. The 8% abv is deceptive. For a beer that size, it goes down easy.

Strange Ghost is interesting beer. I wouldn't call it a BSPA. It seems more like a Saison, but it's not quite that either. It's...strange. It's not my favorite Brasserie Fantôme release, but it's still good beer. I'd prefer a little more Belgian yeast and more body (malts?). Not that Brasserie Fantôme cares what I think. Good beer in any event. Definitely worth picking up a bottle. Do it.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty looking brown with a medium head and good lace. The aroma is perfumey and peppery with plenty of rosewater. There is some stinky socks and a bit of citrus and a bit of maltiness as well. The flavor is spicy and tart as well as peppery throughout. There is a bit of cooking spice and citrus rind but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on any single spice, rather just a pleasant mixture. Complex, confounding, yet approachable.

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Photo of crossovert
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green corked and capped bottle.

IT pours a murky brown with hints of plum and lots of sediment. The head is foamy and of white and rather large. It recedes pretty slowly but with not much lacing.

The smell is hard to pinpoint. It smells a lot like strawberries. There is perhaps some currant as well. It has a noticeable funk that almost brings up acidic vomit. It also has some lemony acidity to it. There is also a decent amount of spiciness to it.

The flavor is utterly bewildering. It is like mint berry. It has like a mintiness about it as well as some fruitiness, mainly tart currant/cranberry. There is a mild sourness and also some cherry. It has a very medicinal flavor as well. It isn't too sweet, but has a lingering sweetness amidst the funk and sour. The other component here is the spices, it tastes a lot like maybe some sage, nutmeg, ginger, and definitely mint. It definitely has a holiday tinge to it.

Overall it is a quirky beer that I can't say I will ever go back to but it was interesting.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure about this one when I saw the rating, but I love Fantome, so I figured I had to take a shot. Pours a murky muddy brown color with little head, which was confusing, but otherwise this beer is pretty awesome. Interesting herbal, apple, and yeasty notes throughout. Slightly funky, and a bit tart as well. It was strange for sure, one of those beers that took me a it to wrap my head around. I don't really want to describe it's components (others have already done that), just a cool beer that's worth a shot in my opinion. Not your normal BSPA, try to look at it as just another cool Fantome brew.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The words that come to mind after having this are raw, untamed, tart, prickly on the tongue, and slightly vinegary. This is an unpasteurized, unfiltered Wild Ale, less a Belgian Strong as the BA style guide states. The beer pours a very cloudy, dirty water amber brown with lots of particulates floating about. The nose at first reminded me of a Flemish Red, with some wild yeasts. There is a touch of vinegar in the nose maybe a bit of ginger too.

The taste is very prickly, slightly fruity, very untamed, yeasty, with a fairly full bodied musty apple cider like vinegary flavor, maybe a little bit of ginger underneath. The beer is reasonably complex, but not over the top. It is an interesting beer well worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010: Batch variation is pretty wide for this beer, so i'm reviewing again (sour bottle). Label says BBD: July 2013.

This bottle more resembles Rodenbach, it's a dark red amber with a fluffy head. Acetic sour cherry nose, some leathery must and savory cookie spices. A touch of lactic sourness (yogurt, funky cheese rind) hits briefly too. Interesting and complex, not the spice rack saison I remember.

Tart stone fruit, cherry pits, grapes and dried fruit leather. Some peppery, earthy notes in the dry finish. Effervescent and full feeling, yet it vanishes quickly in the finish. Well balanced wild elements with malt and spices in check too. Everything works well together, and it's reminiscent of an Oud Bruin almost. Love it...

04-22-2007
A- / 4.2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

Had this beer 3 times, now getting around to a review. This bottle is most certainly aged, according to the importer, at least 3-4 years.

Pours a reddish amber with fine clarity. Lots of lace, initially a 3 finger head, that dissipates to a generous skim. Belgian through and through.

Aroma is earthy, sweet, and herbal. Almost a licorice, with a good dose of pepper.

Flavors have mellowed somewhat in time, but still an eclectic and diverse palate. Anise, pepper, thyme, licorice, really a bouquet of herbs, with a bitter and peppery finish. Very drinkable, medium carbonation, favorable dry malty body. Check this out if you can find it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, capped and corked, best before July 2013 (!) notched onto the side of the label. $14.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Belgian pale ale? I dont think so, this pours murky, rudy and fully clouded medium chocolaty brown, with a medium tan head that slowly fades and then leaves a healthy splash of delicate and fine lace.

On the nose I'm picking up some ginger, some leafy spice, earthyness and of course, with a Fantome brew a hint of sour and damp mustyness.

Interesting and flavorful brew. Funky spicing, herbal flourishes, earthy, all with a hint of sour, more mustyness, a note of ginger and horseradish.

Love the Fantome brews, different, interesting, flavorful, complex and always worth seeking out and savoring.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale? I think not. Pours a dark, hazed brown, with flashes of amber lighter colours. Head is full and robust, a slightly creamy off-white crown. Lacing is present, but a bit transient. I do like the colour, the haze, the creaminess of the head. Looks a good beer.

Nose is pleasantly flavoured, with notes of oak and spice, mixed with a heady aroma of cherry carnival candy. Slight aromas that suggest sourness, with a sweetness to ground it. It's really quite a lovely aroma. I could smell it all night, but I must push forward.

Taste is also good, but slightly less full-flavoured than I expected. On the front, there are pleasant notes of light acidity and a woody oak character, but the back drops off a lot, leaving a milky white chocolate aftertaste mingled with a touch of organics. Feel is light, with a slight crispness, which is pleasant enough, but strike me as slightly odd with the darker flavours on the palate.

Nice brew. Very light on the palate for 8%, and there's very little hint of this. Flavours are pleasant and reasonably well integrated. I feel like there should be a touch more of them, but it's still a very nicely crafted beer from Fantome, who genuinely have a habit of making beers I enjoy.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a louder pop than I am used to for a Fantome beer - no complaints here. Light cola brown pour with a nice off beige head - creamy and inviting. Leaves spotty lacing. Slight medicinal/herby aromas, and the taste, seems to be veering into oud bruin territory? Again, no complaints here. A bit lactic, no hint of barnyard. Not vinegary or balsamic touched at all, but still, I am reminded of a Flanders Bruin. Body is very smooth, and alcohol is a non-issue. A very nice, and unexpected taste from a favorite brewer.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Fantôme bottle with a best by date actually marked! Best before July, 2013. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Burnt umber body, cloudy but revealing a gradient of highlights from chocolate to chamoisee to copper. A fluffy mountain of mottled wheat colored foam recedes to a lasting finger of soft peaks. Dense creamy lacing clings to the side of the glass like fungus sprouting from a log.

Rye, sourdough starter, cocoa, capsicum, and humid stone (like the bottom of a well?) fragrances.

An odd ("strange"?) yet coherent assemblage of flavors on the palate ranging from strawberries and melon to cardamom, sesame, and wild yeast. Toast and maple notes are hinted at mid-palate, but a complex "barnyard" sourness along with some alfalfa-like hop notes balances out the sweetness. Faint lactic tartness and esters vie for your attention throughout. Bready, faintly tart finish but still quite smooth. [My girlfriend's assessment: "It tastes like an attic."]

Soft, pillowy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. ABV is perfect for the style.

Excellent dark farmhouse ale, though one of the sweeter offerings from Fantôme I've sampled...

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very murky, muddy, thin brown color. Lots of little chunks at the bottom of my glass. The head on this one is quite massive and stubborn. It will stand out above the rim of the glass. It leaves tons of lacing and never really goes away.

S- So bizarre. Very spicy with lots of black pepper and maybe a little bit of bell pepper. There is also some fruity stuff going on too like lemon, cherry. There is also some chocolate, tobacco, leather, wet dirt, some sour yeasty funk. Its very complex, almost too complex. I cant say that I think its one of the best smells out there but it is one of the most unique and ambiguous.

T- The taste is very much like the nose. There are tons of flavors that my mouth recognizes but my brain cant remember what they should belong to. Lots and lots more spice, pepper, allspice, turmeric, just a whole blend of weird spices. The earthy leather and tobacco is also strong here. Just before the finish there is a flash of fruits, mostly cherry and lemon. The finish is loaded with pepper.

M- This beer is fairly highly carbonated. The feel is very gritty, and its not just an illusion, there is so much stuff suspended in this beer that once in a while it feels like someone ground peppercorns into your glass.

D- Really weird, very interesting. I dont know if I would have again.

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Photo of hawks10
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped green bottle - Best before end July 2013 - Poured into a tulip...

Wow, was not expecting a thick, muddy brown colored beer when I opened this. Pours a muddy dark brown, hazy with some gold highlights when held up to the light. Tons of cascading bubbles form three fingers of dense light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing behind...

Sweet fruits initially with just a hint of tartness. Swirling the beer opens up tons of aromas, more than I could ever hope to distinguish. Sweet and spice mix, pepper, "Jack Links" BBQ Beef Jerky, seriously. Apple Cinnamon oatmeal. Chocolate. Musty, earthy, funky, no hops...the most complex Fantome beer I have ever smelled, and that says A LOT!!

Very sweet initially with a bitter, slightly hoppy finish. Definitely a lot of spicing in this one. Peppery with some cinnamon apples, has a bit of a dry, fall spiced apple cider taste to it. Pumpkin...some cocoa, some damp basement...and about 200 more flavors I can't pick out...

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, but still a creamy feel to it. Your palette is taxed trying to pick out all the different spices, nuances of this beer...

I would never consider this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I think this needs to be put in the category of "Dany Ale", meaning, who knows what the fuck it is, but Dany Prignon is awesome and I will never question him!!

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Photo of deapokid
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown in color with reddish hues when held to light. Carbonation is extremely lively, creating a nice foamy head which dissolves into a ring of lace that circles the rim of the glass.

Sweet cherry and oakey wood barrel aromas emanate from the glass. It's a rather sweet smell and the faint chocolate and mint notes only add to the candied vibe. Although it does pack their characteristic dryness, this is a bit off the beaten path for Fantome.

The initial sip smacks you taste buds with fresh mint and basement musk. Cocoa is present, but faint, but the spicy tingle manages to overshadow it. Imagine eating a bar of Hershey's chocolate while chewing a stick of Wintergreen and you're close. Certainly one of the darkest tasting Fantome beers I've sampled.

Mouthwise, the mint assault is pretty unique and pleasant, leaving behind a slight burn on the tongue. As the dry aftertaste kicks in, roasted notes resonate on the palate, reminiscent of an Irish Dry Stout.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but Fantome is the most innovating brewery on the planet and each of their beers are exciting and unique. Although this is not one of my favorite models, the 750ml bottle was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Turbid dark maroon color. Head quickly disappears. Dirt, earth, all spice, cinnamon, basil, thyme, nutmeg all-in-one aroma. Yes this is strange. Imagine root beer without sugar as the foundation of flavor for this beer. Then add that woodsy flavor the spices in La Gourmande mimics and add in some more all spice and ginger. Strange indeed. Thin mouthfeel and woody finish. Must be tried at least once. It doesn't make sense to drink alone. I would pair it with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled Lot D, best before 1/2013

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with half inch head that disappears fairly quickly. Opaque for the most part, but can see steady stream of bubbles rising beautifully from the glass.

S - Spice and herb scent prominent. I know the votes are always split on the mystery herbs added to this beer, but I get cilantro that melds nicely with the phenolic nose of the yeast. Hugely complex. Just wonderful.

T - Sweetness foremost. Very fruity, almost juice like. Complex spice medley again apparent. Pepper? A nice bit of tartness on the finish, but sweetness still lingers. Get a little of the Fantome quinine-flavor there behind the sweetness and the spice.

M - Medium bottle, which accentuates the overall sweetness of the beer.

D - Body has me sipping on this slowly, which is probably a good thing, as its just me and the 750 tonight. Still, very glad I have another couple pours ahead of me.

Overall: Another great beer from Fantome. Had a religious experience with a bottle from a batch two years back, and I must admit that it does't quite recapture my memory, but I'm still very happy to have found it again, and I'm really looking forward to trying a second bottle in a year with some funk on it.

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Photo of craytonic
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour looks like cola with perhaps a touch of cherry. Enormous off-white head that leaves behind impressive, craggy lacing.

Smell: Saison, but with some additional spices - perhaps oregano (but not as strong as one or two other Fantomes)

Taste: One of the better Fantomes, light funk and spices (oregano?) with some faint figs, raisins, and dates. Also some citrus. Perhaps some pumpkin spices? This one is hard to pin down and incredibly complex. Each sip leads you in a different direction.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and light-bodied, but not thin or watery

Drinkability: Disappears, even at 8%; this one cries out to be paired with food. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saison Dupont tumbler @ a bit under cellar temperature. Enjoyed with John Hiatt's Slow Turning (on vinyl!)

A - The body has a cloudy, rich amber color. The head is plentiful, with 2+ fingers of rocky head with tight bubble that really stick to the glass. Looks tasty, if that makes any sense...

S - Some underlying nutty, chocolatey and malty sweetness provides some complexity to the aroma, which is dominated by sourness. Alcohol is present the the aroma.

T - Lots of sourness with green apple-like tartness. The almond and chocolate sweetness again gives the taste buds something else to work with. There is a mineral presence in the finish, but almost no earthiness.

D - If I didn't know better, I never would have called that this was a Fantome product. Quite accessible actually, like some of the more exciting Alvinne products I've had (Cuvee Freddy... yum), with sourness meant to accent the other flavors of the beer. Part of me missed the earthiness that I expect from Fantome products, but at the same time, I'm not sure that would have worked at all in this beer. Short version... good beer, but don't expect this to taste like licking a mushroom and black-pepper coated horse-blanket.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked bottle courtesy of bmanning.

Pours brown with a large, thick, and foamy tan head. Large amounts of lacing. Nose is quite strange. I get some mildly funky notes along with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. However, the nose is dominated by something everyone seemed to describe as akin to swtrawberry seeds. Everything was incongruent and didn't really come together. Taste was much better with the apices integrating and the strawberry seed scent fading into the funk. Good mouthfeel like nearly all Fantome beers. Nice complexity and quite drinkable.

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Photo of timtim
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange for sure... Slightly murky brown with an off-white head that doesn't hold for very long, but leaves nice lace. Nose is classic fantome (corky/funky) followed by some sour acetic notes on top of lemon and something that is like one of those really old-school style sodas that is flavored with spicy, minty (almost) herbs. the spice is very well integrated if not subtle and sour preserved (sweet) lemon cola is the name of the game here in the taste as well. i believe a lot of flavor is coming from the grain bill here, which seems to bit a bit bigger than you typical fantome beer. really strange, but as expected, works very, very well. mouthfeel is medium and not prickly at all with a pleasant aftertaste. the sour gets the top of the mouth and the back of the throat rather than being a puckering type of sour. all in all, an extremely creative experiment that is simply delicious. although i can't say i would love to have this beer everyday, i can say it spoke to me. totally turned my gears. another winner from dan the man.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice deep amber or brown color. The head is a nice tan color and rises up to about a finger high and holds pretty steady. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= It gets strange here. Nice herbal smell. Reminds me a lot of a gruit. Loads of spice and some cola sweetness to keep it in hold. Almost smells like a good root beer. There's a nice cinnimon note in there as well as some eucalyptus manybe. Again a lot of cola in it.

T= The taste is similar to the smell only there is that subtle lemon sourness you get with Fantome beers. It tastes like the cola I got in the nose as well as the abundance of herbs in it. This beer is sort of unexplainable. Baffling in the variety of herbs. It strays more from the gruit sort of smell in that it is quite tart with the lemon.

M= Lower carbonation than most "Belgian" beers which isn't a concern because Fantome isn't most Belgian beers.

D= I enjoy the hell out of this. Fantome beers are some of my favorites. This is unique and strange. Again I reference this being similar to a gruit. I like gruits. This isn't gonna be everyones favorite but it is one of mine.

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Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
3.91 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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