Fantôme Magic Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Magic GhostFantôme Magic Ghost
BA SCORE
86.4%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 337 ratings
Fantôme Magic GhostFantôme Magic Ghost
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 womencantsail on 04-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,452
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
337
Liked:
291
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
12.68%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
62
Trade:
4
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of JealousChalice.

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a murky bright green with an off-white head that fades to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, light fruits, spices, and a slightly chalky aroma. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour and tart quality in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with one of the most interesting appearances I have ever seen in a beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up two bottles of Fantome Magic Ghost. Big mistake...I should have picked up as many as I could! I'm not reviewing many beers here, only the really great and perhaps the really bad.

This one may well be my favorite Fantome. My favorite,....not the best since I don't even know what that means when talking about beer...it is, however, my favorite.

I also suspect it's my favorite since it's relatively new, I'm told, and just full of fresh, full, floral, assertive and wonderful character in all respects.

Color is the only crazy thing about it. Green. Yes, it's made with green tea. And, it's green. I heard that food color was added but I don't know if it's true or urban legend at this point. Suffice it to say it's green. No head.

Nose is pure floral, elegant and fruity green tea and sweet pepper/tea elegance. The fruit tones and sweet floral quality are just really inviting and full of perfume.

Mouthfeel is medium but fresh and with light carbonation. The mouthfeel has one of my favorite characteristics in that it feels "bright" and fresh in the mouth. It is uplifting and exciting in the mouth, almost inviting one to gulp.

Flavors profile is sensational. I've only just learned that the proper way to make green tea is to use only warm water - not hot water. I'm told that in Japan those in the know actually use water that is only as hot as body temperature. In that way, one gets the fresh, elegant, sweet, floral and perfumy character of green tea. I've learned that the tannic bitterness characteristic in some green tea is that the tea is actually burned by the hot water.

Well, Fantome makes great green tea! Clearly. This beer demonstrates a flavor profile of "properly brewed" green tea. The green tea flavors are just bursting and fresh. There is a floral, perfume sweet green tea character all around with none of the bitter or tannic character.

Finish is likewise elegant, fruity albeit short.

A complete winner. One of the few brews where I'm really regretting not getting more bottles when I had the chance. One left and it will be consumed soon, fresh, at an upcoming beer tasting. Aging will only take this wonderful fresh, sweet, elegant perfume out of the beer. I'll not age this one. I'll drink as many bottles as I can find.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light lime green and yellow in color and poured with a thin off white head. It becomes less hazy as the beer warms up. The head gradually died down but consistently left swirls of lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose—lime seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong flavors of limes and other fruits with a light amount of funky yeast. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up and also has notes of dill and creamed spinach in the flavors along with some hints of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very refreshing change of pace that is unique and interesting and goes down very easily.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limeade and ecto cooler do indeed come to mind when this beer pours into a glass. Slighty murky, some flashes of gold in the green. First couple pours yield a two finger head of white foam. Some dark seed-like floaties visible, if this were any other beer, that would be odd to see. Pond water algae with bubble bath soap suds.

Signature Fantôme citrus funk, lemon lime zest, cheese rind, candy wafers, wet straw.

Tangy, tart, fruity. Definite citrus, passion fruit or hibiscus, lighty sweet segueing into a crisp green apple tartness in the middle. Dry bitter apple skin, then a clean dry finish. Feels pretty light, certainly refreshing and easily drinkable. Wacky color aside, it's not wildly different from the "standard issue" Saison.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright green, but it's not really fluorescent green. There is a finger of off white head that fades to a ring over time. Really cool looking beer for halloween.

Smell: Fruity and slightly herbal. There is a mild tartness as well. As with most Fantome beers, the smell is quite refreshing.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There are fruity notes, reminds me of light citrus and a hint of mellon. Along with the fruity notes is a slightly herbal flavor. It all goes together well and tastes quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a finish that has just a hint of dryness.

Overall: This is a really cool beer. I wish I had thrown a halloween beer dinner just to pull this beer out with a crowd. I would have liked a bit more dryness in the finish, but overall this is a really nice beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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

Bottle: Poured a bright clear green (?) color ale with a huge bubbly pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light green tea notes and loads of ginger – very reminiscent of ginger ale. Taste is also a very unique mix of ginger and green tea with semi-sweet Belgian malt base. Body is quite full with a very spritzy-like carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is quite unique (like a few other beers form this brewer) and something I would like to have occasionally again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part 4 of the Fantome tasting

Pours a green tea colored green. One of the coolest looking beers I have seen. Pours a white head. Leaves some white lace rings.

Aroma: Green tea and citrus. Lemon-lime again... or maybe the color is playing with my head.... :S Some straw flavors bringing out the barnyardness in this one. A touch of spice in the background.

Taste: This is another very unique saison. This one has some sourness. Green apples and green grapeskins. I taste the green tea which adds another level. Lemon-lime citrus with some straw flavors. A bit of malt here. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Slight sourness with a touch of tartness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight smokey flavor.

Overall, this was a tasty beer. Easy to drink and it had a lot of flavor. Very enjoyable and unique.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked at the Stouts and Spiders tasting with dfclav.

Pours a huge fizzy 1.5 finger head, with a light lacing that fades quickly, and a bright minty neon green slight yellow tinge color. Crazy looking!

Nose has nice saison aromas, saison yeast, hint of wheat, lemony citrus kick, hint of tea and some interesting herbal spices, light yeasty aroma, light sweet malts, light spices.

Taste has light sweet malts, saison light malts, bit of saison like spices but also some interesting herb like spices as well, hint of tea from the same source I think. Then a light citrus, lemon/lime like, and almost mint flavored. A nice dry demeanor overall, but slightly watery, and all that with some fruity flavors, candied apple, hint of apricot, a nice saison base overall. it finishes with dry spices, more fruit, some bitter light floral lemony hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good almost too much carbonation.

Overall interesting and nice, drinkable, interesting spices, fruits, herbal spices, tea, saison, crazy but tasty.

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

Picked this bottle up at the brewery when we were there last month. Served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours a nice bright green Ecto-Cooler color with a thin green-tinged head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The color gets greener and greener toward the end of the bottle. The nose carries nice light notes of green tea plus a bit of citrus. Mild earthiness and a bit of hay. Some "Fantome character" there as well. Flavor isn't quite as integrated with the tea coming through as well as a bit of yeast. Really nice dryness in the finish plus a bit of green-tea tannin. Light earth. Really quite tasty and unique. I was hoping for the best with this one and it really did deliver.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle I brought to share at Stone Soup '13

Poured looking like Ecto Cooler, bright green with a slight haze. Gotta love that. A small off-white head topped it off, and that sank to a thin ringlet. The aroma was unique and interesting, green tea, buttered popcorn, apple skin and melon juice, a touch of earth. Based on other reviews, I don't know if the popcorn was an off-aroma/flavor or not, but it didn't really matter, I still liked it. You never really know what you're going to get with Fantome, after all. The taste was a bit more laid back, but there were still some tea and grass notes, a bit more funkiness coming through, there was still a popcorn/butterscotch element present, but not nearly as intense as the aroma led me to believe. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, tantalizingly drinkable. Unique and fun overall.

Upon a subsequent tasting, the buttery taste was non-existent, leading me to believe it was an off-flavor the first time I had it. More of the farmhouse funk came out, vegetal notes, and the other flavors listed before were more pronounced. I liked it a lot better this time around, and it even bumped my "taste" rating up a notch.

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Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 86.4% out of 100 with 337 ratings
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