Fantôme Magic Ghost
Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #289
Ranked #6,426
4.1 | pDev: 12.68%
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 12, 2011
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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours a syrupy-looking, green apple-hued gold with two-plus fingers of very airy green-tinged head that are short for this world and leave no lacing. Points for creativity.

It has a dry, soapy, earthy aroma.

The taste isn’t that far off. Add some oaky, woody, yeast character to the mix alongside the soap and earthiness. There’s a light flash of green tea-and-apple sweetness as well. Otherwise it’s fairly strong herbal / aspirin / earthy bitterness — twigs, leaves, dirt, fungus and the like.

Light to medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Tea lovers may appreciate this one. I enjoy the color more than the beers other characteristics. Not awful, but far from my favorite.

Apr 03, 2020
3.39 by Gasc0igne from Australia on Aug 09, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a mythical beer for me, something i have known about and seen pictures of for years, and always wanted to try, i was shocked and overwhelmingly stoked to see it on tap at bittercreek in downtown boise, the last place on earth i thought i would encounter this fabled brew. ive had the other green one, the one with spirulina i believe, this one is green tea, which must be like matcha powder or something, its way more green in the glass than any green tea ive ever had from normal tea leaves, must be a concentrate, but its like steamed broccoli green in the glass, literally an insane color for a beer to be! the head is wispy and short lived, but the beer remains effervescent. not sure i have had much fantome on tap before. the aroma and flavor are driven by the familiar fantome saison yeast, french-esque here, with a strong white wine ester and some neat dry spiciness to it, really fizzy and drying, this is almost crisp like a lager in feel. the tea doesnt have a ton of aroma or taste to me, an earthy herbal thing maybe at the end, but a ton of bitterness, i mean a ton, like this almost drinks like a big ipa or something in terms of the finishing intensity, that has to all be from the tea, i could see folks being turned off by that, but it just fascinates me even more, and i can hardly set my glass down. curious that this still has some oxidation, which i always assumed came from the green bottles they used, but here on draft its there as well, flattering in a style like this though. overall not quite as interesting in flavor as i thought it would be given the color and the use of the tea, but its hard to argue that this isnt an awesome saison. fantome continues to intrigue me and impress me, i can never get enough of their beer! this was a rare treat to discover, but i think i like the other green one better...

Apr 18, 2019
3.74 by desint from Belgium on Mar 24, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Stevedore from Oregon

2017 bottle, opened in 2019, stemmed glass. Darker brown body, slight greenish hue, looks fairly bilious. Not the koolaid green as I was expecting, but I figure oxidation played a role. I figure it'll make it more complex. Smell is yeast and mineral, a bit of an astringent leathery bite to it, mild grain sweetness, funky cobweb, moderately sweet, not particularly tart. Flavour follows, but it gets more astringent with every pour and it builds up. It's tough to finish, to be honest. Weird beer. Not really getting oxidative flavours though. Lighter bodied, a bit thin, good carbonation.

Mar 18, 2019
4.25 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Nov 01, 2017
4.14 by Antyk from Belgium on Oct 10, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by safaricook from Netherlands

I love their regular Saison but their special versions not always. This one gave me a harsh unbalanced bitterness that I did not enjoy. The green tea did not taste much but it gave be the necessary boost to stay awake a little longer

Sep 23, 2017
4.12 by peensteen from Canada (ON) on Aug 21, 2017
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dzu from Russian Federation

Poured from 0.75 l bottle into tulip.
L: Turbid unusual grass green/boggy ale with a massive white foam head. Lots of suspensions.
S: Light fruits, flowers.
T: Bittersweet, lime, spices. Multifaceted pleasant bitterness in aftertste.
F: Tight body and high carbonation.
O: Great refreshing saison.

Aug 11, 2017
3.65 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 08, 2017
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Jul 31, 2017
3.81 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jul 16, 2017
4.05 by Mike from New Hampshire on Mar 21, 2017
4.06 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Mar 21, 2017
4.2 by pau622 from Spain on Feb 23, 2017
4.02 by samEBC from Belgium on Feb 12, 2017
4.53 by Foley67 from Scotland on Feb 12, 2017
4.09 by anteater from Oregon on Jan 26, 2017
3.5 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Evahflow from Pennsylvania

Capped and corked 750 in traditional Fantome Fashion.

Appearance - Deep Green body with a light frothy cap of bright white head.

Smell - Macha green tea, Vegetal leaves, damp grass, Jazz Apples

Taste - Green tea, some apple/pear once it warms up, a baked cinnamon spice note towards the end but mostly Green tea

Mouthfeel - Medium to low carbonation for fantome. I'd appreciate a bit more carb but otherwise the mouthfeel is pretty hefty and creamy while still remaining dry.

Overall - This isn't my favorite Fantome. But it's a fun beer to open for people who haven't had it. It's a bit of a novelty and while I'm sure there are phenomenal bottles of this out there this one lacked any distinct Fantome house character and is fairly a one note riff on Macha Green tea. Worth a buy but not something I'd long to drink.

Jan 15, 2017
4.02 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jan 01, 2017
4.01 by HopBelT from Belgium on Oct 23, 2016
3.97 by CSO from Illinois on Aug 14, 2016
3.9 by squack from Virginia on Aug 05, 2016
4.06 by Stolenface1 from Virginia on Jul 04, 2016
4.27 by Farnswurth from Illinois on May 29, 2016
4.02 by Magery from Kentucky on May 21, 2016
4.25 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on May 06, 2016
4.03 by Fabianno from Brazil on May 01, 2016
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3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz format. Green glass. Unbranded pry-off crown cap over an internally housed cork (in classic Fantome fashion). Best before end 2017. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

8% ABV. "Belgian Ale brewed with Green Tea." (Note the absence of any mention of "saison" or "farmhouse ale" on the label). Reviewed live. Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Just a white floater, no real head. Recedes within 30 seconds, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: GREEN! Looks like a superhero or something. Pulverized green grass. Swampy scummy pond water green. It's a biteen dull - not vibrant at all. But it's certainly unique. Hazy and turbid; nontransparent. I see no yeast within. Talk about an eyecatcher.

Appears aptly carbonated. Definitely a special, unique appearance for a beer of any style. I can't wait to try it.

AROMA: Green tea is present, albeit faint. Some mild floral hop character. A blip of funkiness, but hardly any. Neutral pale malts.

I'm missing the intricate spice profile often found in Fantome beers, but this is certainly generally appealing.

Aromatic intensity is below average; it's a subdued aroma.

I detect no alcohol nor off-notes.

TASTE: Green tea is present throughout - undeniably. Hop profile is minimal to style, with some floral character coming through. Malt backbone is all pale malt. Cracked grains (maybe even wheat?) come through, playing into the dryness of the mouthfeel. Grassy (or maybe that's just my brain tricking me because it's green? I'd love to try this in a blind tasting). There's a hint of white pepper, but I'm not getting the intricate spices you'd expect in a great Fantome. I also find no funkiness. Maybe some ginger? A bit earthy. Some lemon-lime soda-like character (though a little better tasting than that description makes it sound). Vegetables enter in in the late second act - flavours I don't particularly care for.

Definitely more a Belgian ale than a saison. It's balanced but actually a bit simplistic. Yes, the green tea lends it a unique character, but without any other notes to complement it (e.g. honey, spices, white tea, clove, etc.) it seems a bit forced on this otherwise neutral flavour profile.

Average depth and intensity of flavour. Above average flavour duration.

Perceived bitterness and grassiness increase on the finish.

TEXTURE: No tea astringency, thankfully. Refreshing, light-bodied, smooth, and dry. There's enough heft on the palate here to support its many flavours, but it's never too thick or overbearing. Above average acidity.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Texture complements the taste decently, but doesn't accentuate specific notes from the flavour profile or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A drinkable enjoyable brew with a nice green tea character, but to be honest it's little more than that. I adore Fantome, but this is not amongst my favourites from their (i.e. his) incredible lineup. I'm glad I tried it once, and the appearance is certainly eye-catching, but ultimately it's a bit gimmicky. I've tried a few tea-infused beers with far more depth of flavour and natural integration into the build.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

Apr 24, 2016
3.94 by jaydoc from Kansas on Apr 01, 2016
4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Apr 01, 2016
4.18 by dcmchew from Romania on Mar 31, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cultclassic89 from Texas

Crazy how green it is. Plenty of reviews so skipping. Big note of bananas.

Mar 26, 2016
4.11 by Beer_lover89 from Texas on Feb 25, 2016
4.24 by Westmalle318 from Louisiana on Feb 08, 2016
4.29 by Leftofthedial from California on Jan 30, 2016
3.83 by BarleyAndBrett from California on Jan 30, 2016
Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
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