Fantôme Magic Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Magic GhostFantôme Magic Ghost

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 04-11-2011

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Photo of Retsinis
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here's a beer I've heard of, never pursued, but was certainly curious about, and was excited to try when it was brought out at a tasting.

Review from notes

A: Green! 5 oz pour into a FW tasting snifter, Hazy, white bubbly head, rose about a quarter of an inch, then settled to a ring of bubbles. High marks alone for the color, since there is very little to compare that too.

S: Macha, green tea, and cream.

T: Low sugar apple ice cream, and green tea.

M: Champagne like mineral quality, medium carbonation.

O: It's good, and very unique in my opinion. Alcohol barely registers, and it's an easy Saison/Farmhouse Ale to drink. It's also pretty rare to use "green" to describe a beer appearance (dyed lagers on Saint Patrick’s day don't count to me)

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of BullDurham
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH signature glass

Appearance: Olive green, cloudy, nice fluffy 1.5 finger white head which reduces to a nice white cap.

Smell: Wheat, Citrus, Saison yeast.

Taste: Starts off sweet, moves on to tart. Lemon. Bread, a bit of funky saison goodness. Lime? Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly where I want it. Feels light. Very Dry. Plenty of Carbonation.

Overall: This is a great brew, looks odd and taste great. Unique and very worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a pale green color with a white head that collars around the glass. Lemon and lime like notes in the nose with a slight funkiness. Nice level of sourness upfront with a slight smokiness in the back end. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Slightly astringent. By far this is one of the best Fantome beers that I have had in a while.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for chracking this one open for my 500th review. Poured into a tulip. This one pours green. Kind of a yellow green but this one has an olive green hue to it. A finger of fluffy white head sits on top.

Kind of a sweet green apple aroma here with a bit of lemon sourness in the finish. A little bit of must here but this pretty nicely sweet and tart. Herbal grassy flavors with apples and a little bit of tartness. Grassy and musty on the pallet.

The body is light with soft carbonation. A little dry on the finish here.

This one is simply unique. Great to see a brewery try something a little different and have it work out.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster glass. The color is lemon-lime green, and is nice and clear. There is a small layer of white head. I have to give this high points for the novelty of drinking a green beer.

The aroma is slightly fruity, with a dose of bready malt. There is also a lot of grassy green tea flavor. This is great!

The taste is fruity with some tartness. The fruit is nice and juicy. There is a good doughy aftertaste.

The body is light to light medium. There is a lot of carbonation.

This is amazing. It has all the qualities of a Fantome with the added novelty of a unique presentation and some nice grassyness.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for the share.

A - Really cool looking beer, a nice green color with a big white head that faded to a nice ring and left some lace behind.

S - Smells more tart than anything to me, which is kind of surprising. I reall don't get much vegetable in this, maybe a little bit of spinach if I'm being imaginitive. Nice funk, some banana and yeast notes.

T - It's a bit sweet with some nicely unexpected tartness. Little bit of tea, slight fruit sweetness, fairly refreshing. Some slight medicinal notes, but the sweetness overpowers it a little bit.

M - Pretty refreshing, lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Nice beer, good taste, don't get much alcohol on it at all. Pretty unique, and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well.... this is not what i was expecting. pours a slime lime color, hazy green with a great fizzy white head that retains well.

mainly apple up front with a hint of lemon and grape. hints of yeast and malt deep in the back.

sweet and spicy through out. has flavors like white wine, white grape, light green apple, and bread. finish is very reminiscent to a dry white wine. bit of oak in the back.

very tingly in the mouth with a spike of carbonation, that eases out as it fades. light and easy.

pretty tasty, i could see a 750 getting tiresome if drinking it alone but overall enjoyable.

glad i picked this up

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Photo of hawks10
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip...

Not very green at all like the other reviews...strange, but I always throw expectations out the window when drinking a Fantome...Cloudy and hazy, more of a green tea color than a green color, dark yellow with just hints of green. A bit of white head forms and quickly recedes...

Smell is slightly tart and full of funk. Earthy, bits of wet hay and lemon. Aromas become more full as the beer warms a bit, the beer becomes mostly musty, but with a distinct, crisp, almost pilsner like quality...

Taste follows the smell, slightly tart with earthy and floral flavors. A sweetness emerges after a few sips and has a somewhat 'sweetened green-tea' flavor. Mildly bitter in the finish...

Medium bodied with light, but spritzy carbonation...

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer and one of the better Fantome's I have recently tried...

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to Chris (spycow) for opening this one. I missed out buying any so I'm glad to tick it. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a Slimer green color, white head, spotty lace, thin collar, wisps. Very cool...perfect Halloween beer.

S - Funk, spinach, slight banana, some medicinal notes. Smells like your average Fantôme beer for the most part, which is a good thing.

T - Very funk-foward, slight herbal notes, some of the veggie spinach notes but not too much. An excellent Sasion with a twist of herbs and spinach.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A really nice Sasion that looks cool is basically how I sum this one up. I would def have again but there's so many other excellent Saison's out there it's not mandatory and have any of this in the cellar.

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Photo of craytonic
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What color is this? Green? Lime? Algae? This is a first. It might be glowing?

Smell: Very different, definitely some tea, spinach and brussel sprouts. I'm curious if this counts as a serving of vegetables. Some tea as well.

Taste: Very similar to the smell; lots of green tea and spinach with some nice citrus additions. It is really weird but it works. Also the typical fantom elements with a bit of earth.

Overall: This one is incredible weird but interesting and well done. Green beer. Who knew?

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 0,75 l/1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and capped bottle purchased at Berman's Wine & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Lot no d
Best before end: J(anuary) (20)13
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, brassy yellow in appearance with a slight green tinge. A one-finger head of creamy, bright white froth topped the liquid. The crown faded to a resilient layer of foam. Sporadic chunks of lacing trickled down glass. When the beer was finished, the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle poured an intense, pea green color.

The aroma was crisp, fresh and bright with a distinct floral quality. Grassy, wheaty and a bit tart. Straw-like. A dry, powdery, Belgian-style yeastiness was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the nose became even more floral. Tea-like notes came out strong. Overall, very interesting.

Like the nose, the taste was complex and rather unique. Snappy, bright and lemony on the front end. The malt bill seem to mostly, if not all, pilsener malts. Crisp, crackery and grassy. Semi-sweet in the center, yet balanced. As the beer opened up, some bubblegum and cotton candy notes came out as well. Flowery and tea-like on the back end. Slightly tannic. Quite spicy and peppery as well. The finish was bone dry and contained a generous dose of smooth, grassy hops. At 8% ABV, this beer buried its alcohol content remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with a lively, bubbly effervescence. A bit airy for my liking, yet still quite smooth.

The creative minds at Fantôme have produced another brilliant oddity with Magic Ghost. Although my bottle was neither as brightly green colored nor as intensely green tea flavored as other reviewers on the site described theirs as being, I still enjoyed this beer immensely.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this was actually supplied by Chris (Spycow), but I'm not totally sure. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a thicker collar, and a touch of lace. The body is a lightly hazed slime green color. Not super-attractive, but bonus points for originality I suppose?

S - Smells like Fantôme, but it's one of the more tame ones in recent memory. Lightly herbal and medicinal, with some peppery farmhouse yeast, hint of suntan lotion, a bit of green peas, and some stone fruit malt character as it warms up. Only a faint hint of "ghost pussy".

T - Taste is slightly more phenolic and zesty, with herbs, medicine, and peppery yeast. I don't get any overt spinach, and only a touch of tea. A solid Saison for sure, but I'm not sure I could pick it out of a lineup with a blindfold on. Alcohol is well-hidden, but I never know if any of these Fantôme beers are actually 8%.

M - Zesty, higher carbonation, smooth medium body, and a surprisingly clean and dry finish.

D - It's pretty hard to capture the experience of any Fantôme offering in regular tasting vocabulary. The beer was a bit tamer than I expected based on the appearance, but it was one of the more enjoyable Fantômes I've had in recent memory. Looking forward to having this one again and perhaps spending a little more time contemplating it.

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the UFC tasting, shared by Nate (I think). Poured form a 750 ml C&C bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy green with a pure whit head. Reminds me of a elementary school punch bowl on Halloween. Leaves some splotchy lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Notes of grass, herbs, and tea up front. There is some fruity sweetness in there with faint hint of cough drops (but in the best way possible).

T: The taste is herbal and grassy with a slight citrus funk and tartness on the backend.

M: Very clean and refreshing. Nicely carbonated with a high drinkability.

O: A very strange brew indeed, but it sat very well with me. I enjoyed the herbal like qualities to it immensely.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. Amy is skeptical, but I am pretty damn excited about this brew.

The beer is green. Ectoplasm. Wow. Can't say I have seen a beer this color. Curiosity is piqued.

Herbal, floral, tea, funk, spice.

Wow...funky green saison tea. Unique for sure. Not as odd as the appearance would lead you to believe. Big herbal character. Vegetable qualities (not to be confused with off vegetal flavors often found in less than stellar beers), reminiscent of a summer garden.

Medium carbonation with a lingering herbal aftertaste.

Overall, unique, fun, tasty. I definitely recommend this. Appearance alone is worth your time.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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 pdoran10
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magic Ghost pouts out a hazy slightly green golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly. Slight ecto cooler resemblance in a good way.

The smell is fresh bright tea leaves and slight citrus mango tartness. Very inviting lively smells.

Taste is citrus tea that blends to a slightly bready wheat note. I get a hint of tart citrus bite in the finish. Very complex with many nuanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate with normal carbonation levels. More dialed in carbonation levels than most Fantome beers I have had. Perhaps this is because it is so fresh.

Overall I am really impressed with this beer. One of my favorite breweries put out a great product here. I would buy this in bulk if it were in Minnesota.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I don't know how to rate the appearance on this one. It's frigging radioactive green! Only Dany would make a saison like this. That said, there is a moderate sized off-white head and stray lacing left in the glass.

S: One of the more fruity Fantome's I've had the pleasure to drink. Generic soft citrus and a little sour apple. Earthy green tea and delicate spices.

T: Green tea / herbal notes are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose. A little lemon, lime and earthy-green apple. Light must and funk.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Gentle but adequate carbonation. Lingering herbal finish. Would be a tad better if the finish was drier.

O: An exceptional Fantome--among their best.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky lime green. Looks like watered down slime. A bit of white head. Not sure to rate this.
Smells sweet and light. Smells maybe fruity? Not sure..
Tastes sweet and fruity. A nice touch of funk. Overall a bit odd.
Well carbonated but the colour is still throwing me off. Very odd

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ptykozoon
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's green. Strong fluffy head. Thousands of bubbles. 5/5 in my book. GREEN.

Grass, earthy, salty.

Lemon, lime, pear, floral notes, complexities I can't place. This is a beer that is downright appealing, the taste is both instantly pleasing and complex.

Light, crisp, refreshing, dry, very carbonated. 8%? It really seems to be lower.

Great taste. Great drinkability. In a perfect world I'd buy this by the case.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 provided by LSUPT. I've been really looking forward to this one since I heard news of it. Thanks Alex.

Enjoyed with my girlfriend in a pair of Fantome tulips.

At first, it pours yellow with a white head that boasts a very faint hint of lime green in it. It was very interesting.. As the huge 3 finger head died down, the color of the beer changed color. It became more and more green. Kind of like the color of your pee after drinking an energy drink. It leaves no lacing but the head on this one actually stuck around for quite some time especially for a Fantome brew.

Smell was mostly of green tea, green apple, and a hint of soy or edamame beans. I can't pick out which it is. Very floral with the nice tart zing at the end like most Fantome saisons have.

Taste is outstanding. I am a big fan of green tea and this beer definitely highlights it. Big green tea leaves with a drying floral finish. That nice Fantome tartness is on the finish as well. Kind of a dried seaweed taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly high in carbonation but it makes this way too easy to drink. My girlfriend is sucking it down like nothing and thats amazing for a beer with a 8% ABV.

This was a really good Saison. Very different from anything I've ever had, but I wish more breweries would try and mimic something like this. Fantome was very adventurous with this beer, but as always, they made it work.

Thanks again Alex.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
4.09 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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