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Fantôme Strange Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

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3.91/5
Very Good
183 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:
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Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

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#8,203
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
183
pDev:
14.83%
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Photo of julian
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into two duvel snifters.

A- a steady pour yields a good three fingers of off white head that holds for a bit then settles leaving a nice spray of sticky lace, a solid foamy ring, and a thing skin on top. Hazy dark orange red in color with a awesome glow in the light.

S- tons of fruits and musty yeast bring a kinda mixed fruit cobbler feel to it. Light funk and a touch of tartness. I get peaches and apricots mostly with some lemon zest.

T- much like the nose the fruits and big and bold with peaches taking the lead. There's some other fruits in the mix as well. The funk is killer and play off the fruits and brings things to a new level. Light sour and tart hits with a background honey like sweetness. I get some super dry biscuity malts and a sweet baked good touch.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a smooth yet bright carb that really works well with the brew. Light pucker that gets the juices going.

D- this is a super cool beer. As with all of his brews this one is very different then anything else out there and its a good thing.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown in color with a nice off white head. Smell is spice and funk. This is an absolutely wonderful beer. Taste is complimented perfectly between the spice, cacao, and some tartness. I love the Fantome Saison, but this has eclipsed that as my favorite. A great beer.

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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 westcoastbeerlvr
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice dark brown with light ruby highlights that popped up around the outside and edges of the glass when held up. A nice sized tan head pops up on the top of the glass and sits there for a nice bit of time before settling back down and leaving a good amount of lacing around the sides.

Aroma is dominated by raisins and dark fruit early on. A really nice blend of light spices, roasted malts and almost a Smokey note start to permeate the air as it warms up and starts to come around full circle. Light notes of chocolate even find their way into the mix along with earthy malt notes and touches of figs. This carries over very well into the flavor as the first sips just spill dark fruits and spiced run notes all along the palate and a rich roasted malt note really starts to let itself be known. Really nicely done and a great blend of flavors. Especially as it starts to warm and fully opens up. Small hints of dark spices finish off the flavor as it rolls off the tongue and a nice and smooth

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Photo of francisweizen
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled at the 2005 Mondial. I was super happy to see this and even happier when I tried it. This used to be the rarest of rare Fantome brews, but now it is in the states, flaoting around in quite a few local establishments. Although it does command a hefty price tag, this beer can almost be used as a benchmark beer in artisinal-wild-craft-saison-micro-brewing! Dark ruddy amber coloured with a small head of off-white that doesnt do much in terms of head or lacing. Not the nicest looking brew, but what Fantomes are? I give it a 4, as it looks good to me, cuz I know what is waiting for me inside! Aromas are out of this world! Ever hear that song "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" by Simon and Garfunkel ya know that one with the line "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" from the LP aptly titled "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" oh, you have? Well obviosuly Dany has as well, since this beer pretty much reaks of the above mentioned spices, especially thyme, I also get white/black pepper notes, and maybe even a hint of garlic mixed in with some funky yeast notes and maybe some buttered brioche bread malts. Taste is funky with yeasty, peppery, hoppy saison notes and bread as well as the crazy spices that were used in this brew. I heard a joke that Dany took all of his spice rack, and perhaps little dregs of almost every beer that he brews and he just threw it all in the kettle for this one. That may not be too far fetched of an idea after trying this one! mouthfeel is a bit acrid and strange due to the cooking spicies used in this and wierd lactic twang can also be felt in the mouth. Drinkability would be awesome for me, but after a while this one is just *TOO COMPLEX" now how often do you hear a seasoned BA say that. It is still quite drinkable, but a 750 by yourself may be a bit much for some, not for me though...so it still gets a 3.5 there. "Strange Brew" indeed!!!! Hot Damn!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rusty orange. Extremely foamy head, sticking on the glass like there’s no end, beautiful lacing capacity. Awesome core pencil shavings yeasty nose. Granite rockiness, overwhelming wood notes. Incredibly complex and jumping at you. Lime and pepper yeasty interplays. It smells like chips, it smells like cedar resin and spruce. Very green aroma, tea like chamomile notes with more spice depth reminiscent of sage and thyme. Very fun to sniff and decorticate, but there’s no way you can figure what’s in there. Rooty greenish flavours. Mellow chillies, spice blend, cumin and maybe even salt. It is very dry in mouth, campfire like or moreso sawdust like dryness, earthy and highly pleasant, just not as enticing as the fiery aroma. Creamy palate, light carbonation, perhaps not as lively as most Fantôme.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Binny's. 750mL for $16.99

Capped and corked 1pt 9.4oz bottle, Lot D, poured into chalice.

A: Hazy, muddy brown with a thick off-white head. Nice lace cascades down the sides of the chalice.

S: Smells rustic and of dark fruits, cherries, and spices.

T: Whoa! This one tosses the kitchen sink at us! Intricate doesn't even begin to describe this. A nice potpourri of spices up front: mint, rosemary, lavender, and other floral notes. A bit of cherry and other assorted dark fruit sweetness peeks through after that, along with a little bit of barnyard funk. Washes away with a nice bit of chocolate candy-sweetness and a kiss of...well...some kind of herb. I'm not an herb afficienado by any means, so I can't really tell what's on the ass-end of this, but it sure is pleasant.

M: Great! Fairly medium with a nice feeling from the carbonation. Washes down the flavors very nicely.

O: I can't begin to describe how interesting and complex this beer is. There is a lot of flavors going on. Even after taking many sips, I'm still discovering new things. Every bottle of Fantome is different, so what I'm tasting may not be what anyone else tastes, but hopefully it's something close ;)

Gotta knock points off for the rather uninviting color of this brew. It looks like the water left at the bottom of the kitchen sink after washing a bunch of dirty dishes.

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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 Budlum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

purchased a 75cl corked bottle and served in a glass.

to me the taste is very strongly characterized by ginger, almost to the point where it is the only taste i can pull out. also a number of other herbs and spices, it seems like coriander, possibly some earthier spices like cumin, perhaps some thyme or rosemary as some others have suggested. a refreshingly citrus like quality exists, which compliments the ginger/herbal flavor nicely.

the head is virtually nonexistant after a few seconds, it is a relatively dark copper color, and it smells absolutely wonderful.

i really like this beer, but i couldnt drink it all the time and could understand other people not liking it particularly well.

all in all i think its as much of an artisinal beer as anyone could hope to brew, and i think its magnificent, but i could also say its not for everybody and not for every occasion.

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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 Goldorak
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rusty copper, with a creamy, condensed milk head.

Smell: The most varied mix of spices as I have ever smelled...You got mint, ground pepper, basil, thyme, lavander, cloves, it's like he emptied his spice rack in there! And it was something new at every whiff. Unbelievable stuff.

Taste: Pretty complex, quite heavy on the spices. In fact, it reminded me of my Dad's spaghetti sauce! The aftertaste had the bitterness of dandelion leaves. The alcohol was nowhere to be felt, an impressive feat for an 8%. I thought I'd get tired of it after a while, but not at all. I'm glad I have a few more to cellar.

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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 Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bloody red/scarlet red. The haziness evokes a glowing quality. Thin and airy beige head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma: Dry cedar planks. Flowers. Bubblegum esters. Candy like maltiness. Honeyed malts.

Taste: I get the same dry cedar like qualities on the palate. Like a sauna. Just a little bit of tannic tartness. Some sweet malts and a little candy like quality. Quite reserved in all aspects, yet still quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and quite dry. Alcohol presence is minimal....make that barely detectable. Very light prickle of carbonation tickles the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall, this is really quite enjoyable, and it goes without saying that this is yet another Fantome brew that is quite unique.

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Photo of easement
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up strange ghost when they didn't have what I was looking for. The label was pretty funny and I hadn't heard of the brewery brfore so I thought I would give it a go.

The flavor starts off very citruis and finishes off very woody and spicy. It's orangy and okay. The wood flavor resonates for a great deal of time. It just keeps going.

I detect hints of nutmeg and sage.

It had a good inch of head the entire glass. I expected it to wither away, but it held on strong.

I paid 12 bucks for the bottle, which I think is a little overpriced. but it would be right on the money for 10 dollars.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Light orange body with a tall light tan head that leaves a light lacing around the glass. The very potent and odd hits you hard on that first sniff. A whole lot of spices and herbs are going on in the aroma with a lighter underlying sweetness from fruit. They definitely emptied the spice rack in this brew with all the different spices going on. The flavor was equally interesting with the onslaught of herbs and spices taking center stage. The light fruit sweetness complements the crazy mix of spices quite well. Not really any noticeable funk through all the spice. Smooth and pretty drinkable after you get used to it. This definitely the most spice packed beer I have ever had. Unique and tasty I will have to pick up some more.

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

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a hazy tea coloration. Nice bubbling carbonation. The head is a finger high biege coloration.

S- A very funky blend of berries, fennel / anise, juniper berries, a bit more herbaceous but I cannot pin it all down.

T- The flavor has a nice fruity tart cherry, mixed berries an odd turn grape vinegar ranging into rootbeer notes. Wierd but I like it. The flavors vary for the better the warmer the beer gets.

M- Medium bodied well carbonated beer. The alcohol is well incorporated.

O- This beer is yet another fine example of the funkyness I know and love from Fantome. Well done!

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

Thanks for the bottle split oglmcdgl, poured into duvel snifters.

Strange ghost boasts a dark brown mahagony look kinda like dirty pond water but a nice semi off white foamy head up above about two inches leaving some sticky lace. Smell is dried out fruits, plums and the like. A dry bready scent from the yeast and of course a whole lot of spice from the Fantome. Grapes as well, this is not on the sweet side. Taste is something different than what Im used too. Lighter on the malts and higher on the spices and a different taste as well than most saison's dark dried fruits, spice, light malts, wine characteristics, dry finish. this one is a winner. Feel is lighter than medium with a crisp but tamed carb going for it. I could down a whole bottle of this stuff, very well executed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is full of cherries with some spices and toffee mixed in. There is a little bit of pepper and some yeast mixed in.

The flavor has some lightly tart cherry notes in it, as well as some toffee and a little bit of funk like you get in some of the Fantome saisons. There is also some earthiness in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Fantôme Strange Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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