Fantôme Magic Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

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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 womencantsail on 04-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
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162
Gots:
62
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4
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Photo of Anatole
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaasen64
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and crowned. Poured into HF "Fest" wine glass.

A- Pours a translucent slightly hazy lime green with a little bit of light grey and a foamy white head that has nice retention and leaves some light layered lacing. Interesting color, unique and kind of cool, still holds the qualities of a nice saison, and I think they nailed exactly what they were going for- a greenish ghost-like ectoplasm.

S- Star fruit, kiwis, limes, green tea, some saison yeast, a light tartness, and a slightly di-acetyl buttery aroma that kind of gives off a green-tea fruity greek yogurt aroma. Interesting but weird. In my opinion the combination of aromas don't really work that well together but it isn't anything off-putting, just unusual.

T- Passion fruit, green tea, limes, star fruit, finishes with a little bit of di-acetyl butteriness mixed with a little bit of tartness and some tea. Very fruity, but not a fan of how the green tea mixes with the fruit and saison qualities.

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable, not overly carbonated, nice feel for a saison.

O- This was a very interesting and unique beer that I just didn't really care for that much. Personally I thought the appearance was really cool but the flavors kind of clashed and didn't really make for the most appealing beer aroma or flavor wise. I had trouble just finishing off a third of a glass. It reaffirms my belief that tea and beer should not be mixed together. I enjoy them separately, but every time I've had tea in beer it's been terrible. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this beer and the concept, but it isn't something I'll be looking to try again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and capped bottle. Served in a tulip. Pours the color of lime-green jello with a translucent clarity (reminiscent of Hi-C Ecto Cooler as pointed out by several in the tasting group). I have to say that I've never seen green tea this color, let alone a beer. Head is fluffy, and half an inch in height with a green tint to it. Nose expresses green tea and oak. Taste reveals more green tea, tannins, band-aids and chemicals. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Definitely one of the weirdest beers I've ever had, in both appearance and taste. It wasn't bad, but I'm not sure it's something I need to experience again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Neon green-yellow, lots of bubbles but no head.

S: Funky Fantome nose. Green tea shows up as an earthy note. Funky mushroom, horse blanket.

T: Lightly tart and acidic. Not as strange to taste as to look at or smell.

M: Good carbonation, light bitterness and astringency

O: Less than the sum of it's parts and a bit hard to finish, even sharing the bottle.

(Aside: the dregs of this one were the scariest thing I've ever seen someone drink. The sort of thing you'd expect to give someone mutant powers.)

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous luminous Ghostbusters green with webs of green foam. Very fresh herbal and lemon nose.
Sugar wafer, marshmallows, light lemon, some funk and slight herbal ting, with lingering basil.
Light, soft, crisp.

Pretty mucky funky woodruff beer. There some wild yeast tang, and the beer is green, of course, but nothing really special underneath it all.

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Photo of dar482
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a rich leafy green color is that very strong for beer.

The beer is quite strange in flavor. There is a poor quality matcha green tea, or Starbucks Chai tea latte. There's heavy herbal, green grass, and some mint.

There is complex, but not exactly in a good way. There is that strange muddling of flavor that is like many others from Fantome. Depends on the person probably, but this did not hit the spot it for me.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely one of the strangest beers I've had. Slimer green in color. Nice aroma - musty basement, elderflower, Flintstone vitamin. Tastes is reminiscent of Sake. Notes of overripe pear, green tea, cantaloupe, white pepper. Slightly unpleasant medicinal finish. Soft mouthfeel. Bottle says it was best before February 2014 so I'd love to try a freshie to compare. Not great, but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on agt´11. Pours amazing kiwi light green in color. Haze. Off-white close & dense froth , crown shows pretty nice lacing & good retention. Subtle malty with yeast hues to the nose are covered by a peppermint storm with notes of tea. Sour/sweet slightly tartar at first sip. Citric flavors – lima & lemon- , quince hues, complete tasting profile. Dry bitter in the middle. Medium body, correct carbonation. Slightly buttery & spicy mouthfeel. Rough finish – granny Smith apples & kiwi notes. ABV well hidden by crispy fruit flavor. Green apple zest provides a remarkable acidic aftertaste, tea flavor arises a little later. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours an absurd unnatural green - fluorescent lime/ecto cooler to be exact - with a small white head. Aroma is lemons and limes, or lemon-lime soda, with some coriander and clove. Flavor is key lime, green tea, lemon candy, ginger, orange peel. A ludicrous beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DustinSWB
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of nrs207
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TallSaint
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Fantôme Magic Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
4.09 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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