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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 04-11-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
320
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20.49%
 
 
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164
Gots:
62
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lot D, best before January 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy green with a lot of floaties. Big soda-like fizzy tan head that disappears fast. Zero lacing and zero retention. Possibly the ugliest beer I have ever seen but I'm leaving room for future contenders.

S: Kind of a funky, dusty aroma. Cloves, citrus and melon. Floral.

T: Hmph. A little citrus and flowers up front. Kinda weird and funky in the middle, hard to ascertain - kinda tart almost. Pretty sweet throughout which is odd for a saison. Spicy, heavy on the cloves and a little bit of white pepper too in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

O: Odd beer and not in a good way, much like other Fantomes I've had. I really don't understand why people buy this beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.87/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, I'm gonna give this a 5 rating because of how cool/toxic the color of this beer is. It is, without a doubt, the most unique looking beer I have ever seen. Radiator cooler antifreeze green. I probably wouldn't drink this if I didn't see it poured directly from the bottle uncapped in front of me. Nice whiteish head on the top, close to 1" in height.

Aroma mostly lemon, green apple and a bunch of other fruit and unidentified spice and pepper additions that amount to a weird aroma, but not offputting.

Taste, there is something weird in here that IS offputting. Very unique, I really can't describe it other than to say its bitter with a weird spice accoutrement. The appearance constantly has me wondering if this is containing something weird, like carpet, canned vegetables and tea additions. Keep picking up clove and coriander in the mouthfeel. Plenty carbonated.

Glad I got to try it at triple rock's sourfestival, because spending 15-20$ on something like this and having to drink a 750 of it would not suit me well.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Its probably widely variant, but I bet people either love or hate this beer; starting right with the appearance, the antifreeze green I thought was dope as hell, but you know how some of them mark ass bustaz be all like "oohh that's nasty" or some shit like they ain't never fucked with some hardcore shit from the streets.

Aroma is a trip. Its like a bunch of belgian saison spice racks, lemon, apple, pepper and copper. Its unusual, but not as much as that lime green look it is rockin'.

Taste, not a fan, bitter, some real different spice rack phenols going on. Mouthfeel is equally disdainful because the taste isn't all that, so how could the mouthfeel. . .

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped 750ml bottle with a best before January 2013 indication on the label. Poured into a Fantome tulip, this brew appears a hazed color of light lime green. Come on... I heard this brew had a green tint to it, but seriously this is ridiculous! Quite strange but intriguing looking with it's coloration that is reminding me of algae. 2 fingers worth of white froth sit atop the brew supported by constantly streaming bubbles of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of lace stretch across the glass where the head once resided. A light swirl brings back a finger of head.

The smell of this brew is very fruity reminding me somewhat of limes (perhaps this thought is exaggerated by the look of this brew in my glass?) The fruited quality is mixed with the expected saison yeast scents that includes mild clove and banana characteristics. Outside of the fruity lime quality, the rest of the aroma is familiar with a similar Fantome character. When the brew gets warmer, it has a mild sulfuric quality when swirled. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature and some sediment is included in the pour, a little bit of funky herbal aspect comes out.

What follows into the taste is also making me think of limes. There is a fruited quality very similar to lime juice but without the acidity. It gets a bit bitter like lime rinds and pulp. Through the body is some cereal grain-like sweetness and some yeasty quality that is mild with an aspect of clove and pepper. The aftertaste is faintly reminiscent of green tea with a very mild astringency that dries out the mouth a bit. When the brew warms up, more of the focus is drawn towards the yeast and it's spicy character. A little touch of sulfur and very mild funk is evident. I bet if this brew was aged this wonderful fruited quality would give way to more funky aspects. Once this brew goes beyond ideal temperature, the alcohol comes forward with almost a solvent kick yet it is still very enjoyable. The flavor also changes a bit to include a very mild apple skin aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 8% abv is integrated in this offering perfectly. It isn't too bold that it problematic in looking for a second pour but it is evident with a warmth down the back of the throat. This is another fantastic offering from Fantome, I want... no, I need more bottles of this. Straight across the board this brew is well executed. Granted it looks quite funky with its unique green coloration, but don't let it fool you. This is no gimmick, this is a solid take on the saison style. I am not sure what gives this brew it's green color, I hear green tea thrown around a lot about this brew. At times it has a very mild sweetness that reminds me of woodruff syrup. Regardless, get yourself some of this.

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Photo of Moon2Goddess
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: A murky neon green, like toxic waste or nickelodeon slime. Also reminded me of seaweed and I half expected a swamp monster to slowly emerge from it. Its unusual appearance was quite intriguing.

Head: A bright white short layering of head that for a few moments, morphed the appearance into green jello- with whipped topping.

Aroma: Laughter ensues, gasps and twisted faces as cat nip and skunk attack your senses. Nearly enough to stop you from trying the damn thing.

Texture: Actually quite nice, full bodied, rich and creamy, carbonation is very balanced.

Flavor & Balance: I have to give the brewers kudos for complexity on this one. Initial flavor is powerful-tart, reminiscent of rhubarb and sour apples, there is slight chemical residue that makes you wonder if it really is toxic waste. Aftertaste is grassy, like alfalfa, and stems of dandelions. When the sourness subsides you can detect remnants of green tea and a more sweetened green apple.

Sustained Taste: The aftertaste subdues it to the point that you want to take another drink, and lingers in your mouth for a very long time.

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First one to rate this beer, interesting. Always happy to try a new Fantome beer.

Tried from a 750 ml bottle that was recently shared by bu11zeye. The beer pours a hazy green color with a white head. One of the few beers that is truly green colored, I guess this comes from the green tea that the beer is brewed with.

The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of wheat and lemon notes, as I expected, but I also get some green tea. Very interesting.

The flavor is more of the same. Green tea and oranges dominate the flavor with some wheat hiding in the background. There are also some pepper and tannin (from the green tea) notes and the beer is slightly sour with a little bit of funk.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rob133
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped & corked bottle poured into a tulip.

It. Is.vGreen.

Nose is earthy and funky with a herbal note.

Taste : sour and tart lots of fruit and tea notes very good with a crisp and sharp carbonation. Really very good. The finish is light and tangy and a bit if candy.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Hazed, murky, nearly toxic green. It looks like Chartreuse. A pretty exciting, show-stopping appearance. Thin off-white head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

A sweet and floral aroma consisting of Granny Smith apples, pears, earth, and grass.

The aroma is a bit more impressive than the flavor, though this beer still definitely tastes good. There's a significant amount of apple, pear, grass, some tea flavors, along with some sweet simple sugars.

Light to medium bodied. Appropriate for a saison.

This beer is not only a show-stopping, unique sight to behold, but a damn good, flavorful beer in its own right. Though I bought a bottle a week later to conduct this review, this beer was the big (surprise) hit at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of 05Harley
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before Date: 1/2013

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead (Harvest Festival 10/1/11) Greensboro, VT

Price - $15/bottle

My first thought here is "Why put this in a green bottle!?

Pours a hazey straw yellow with a single finger soapy white head (no green). Average retention with spotty lacing. I heard this was suppose to look green but I'm not getting any green whatsoever. Streams of carbonation are visible and help maintain a thin film which covers the top.

The nose is lemon and lime with some earthy notes. An underlying musty foundation from the Belgian yeast authenticates it's style.

The flavor is surprisingly sweeter than other Saisons I've experienced, but still balanced. This example has a strong citrus backbone which I dig. Zesty flavors of lemon, green apple and kiwi dominate the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with a low carbonated feel which is perfect for the style. The body is light and refreshing with a mild tartness. In the end it's noticeably dry.

Overall a pretty impressive example of the style and my favorite to date. If I come across more in the future, I'll certainly buy it. Quite sessionable and maybe a little dangerous @ 8%.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL green glass bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Shockingly, this has an intact best before date! (namely, January, 2013).

Hazy, novelty, ectoplasm, asparagus green topped by a bright white highly active finger of merengue, fed by a furious upthrust of micro-bubbles. Soapy lacing, light glassy legs.

Apples, grape skins, floral yeast notes, and maybe some Pils malt and wildflower-esque hops in the nose.

Fruity, floral palate entry with a singular funk from the yeast. Kiwi, white tea, tarragon mustard, and other ill-defined tart notes bloom out into the finish. Well balanced, fruity, yeasty and smooth.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, and bright. Despite the color, one of the less strange offerings from Fantôme. Maybe cellar a few bottles for St. Patrick's Day?

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Photo of DrewShal9
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, I love every offering I've had from Fantome....now to review...
A: key lime body with a pale lime green head. Looks like key lime pie!
S: funky, citrus, hay, slightly earthy, sour apple
T: literally tastes like sour green apple to me! has a funky aftertaste that is delectable and refreshing. Very crisp.
M: champagne like when posted initially. Consistent tiny little bubbles that tickle the tip of your tongue
O: very tasty and very dangerous because the alcohol is hidden so well. I love fantome and definitely recommend this if you want to try a saison!

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Photo of MADPolo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oldp0rt for this one. I've always wanted to try this. 750ml capped and corked bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger frothy light lime green head with decent retention. Lacing is thick and web-like with good stick. Beer is a clear BRIGHT GREEN! Excellent! And such a novelty!

Sugary sweet nose with hints of barnyard, tea leaves, hay, Brett and just the slightest sprinkling of tartness. Bready too. Real aromatic. I like it.

Opens sweet. Hints of peppercorn, spice, and yeast. Some barnyard funk and cane sugar sweetness in the middle. Floral at the end with another big dose of yeasty goodness. Finishes sweet with a spiced aftertaste. Flavor is a bit indescribable but pretty good.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively and filmy in the mouth and goes down aggressive and prickly. Accented finish with a briefly lingering aftertaste. Real refreshing and certainly drinks lighter than 8%.

I really like this beer for the novelty factor but the fact that its actually a well-made brew is just icing on the cake. Drinks much easier than 8% and the flavor is just interesting and pleasant enough to keep me going back for me. I'd love to keep more of these around to introduce to company!

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