Fantôme Santé 15!
Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Santé 15!Fantôme Santé 15!
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Belgian Saison
4.21 | pDev: 7.36%
Brasserie Fantôme
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fantôme Santé 15!Fantôme Santé 15!
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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.99/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one immensely. My favorite Fantome. One of the absolute highlights of my beer drinking life.

Smells tart, quite funky, barnyard. An underlying hint of the classic Fantome apricot / green strawberry yeast character. I wonder if this was barrel aged. Smells like a stellar gueuze, more than a saison.

Taste is perfect. Moderately sour, balanced, tiniest bit sweet, wonderful long, long, long lingering finish of tart funky deliciousness.

Mouthfeel is spot on. No harsh tannins, no viscous body, Just beautifully light and drinkable. Could not be improved. I will go to great lengths to acquire more of this. One of the best beers I've ever had. Transcendant.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two finger head. Poor retention and lacing.

S: Strong stone fruit, lemon peel, and light lactic acid. Musty funk adds to the complexity. Quite funky.

T: Apricot and musty funk work very well together. Lightly sour, the funk mellows this beer out. It stays quite dry, yet stays funky and fruity. Extremely good.

M: Medium thickness with a nice, strong carbonation.

O: Such a good balance of dry, fruity, and funky. I really enjoy this Saison.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Lightly tan foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and minimal lacing. Hazed apricot body.

S - Aroma is very complex, with a mixture of dirty, funky, and spicy yeast notes, sharp grains, loads of citrus, peach and apricot malt character, perhaps a touch of candi sugar, and the Pez-like note I get from many Fantôme offerings. Weird, and not entirely cohesive; sometimes I'd smell it and it seemed awesome, and then other times it seemed terrible.

T - The taste is largely dominated by juicy orange flesh and tangerine zest flavors, with a light caramel, bready, and candi/Pez malt backdrop. There's some lactic sourness developing that lends this a quasi-Berliner quality to it, but I don't think there's any wheat in the recipe. Doesn't have the same earthy and funky character as the aroma, but I think that's a positive actually. Sean said it reminded him of a mimosa (more so than Mimosa), and I don't think that's far off base.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, medium body with a juicy texture, sticky citrus finish, and a strange burn that seems wholly inappropriate for a 7% beer. Not sure if it was lactic acidity of alcohol, but I started to get reflux symptoms almost immediately.

D - Letting this warm up improved it significantly, as some of the sulfur and dirty yeast character dissipating and let the citrus and stone fruits come out more. A puzzling and enigmatic entity, but on the whole enjoyable. We finished off the bottle quite handily.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. From 2011.

2.5 A: Moderately hazed light orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that fizzes away quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: Like Sante 12 and 13, this has notes of lime and pithy rind, which I really enjoy. Like 12, this has a lime margarita vibe - a strong one. Aside from that, there's lemon, apple, and plenty of funk and floral. Outdoorzy funk featuring wildflowers and apple orchard. Herbal floweriness if that makes sense. Jasmine and lilac. Some hints of wet, rotting wood and forest after a rain. All in all, this smells fucking great.

4.0 T: Lemon and lime lead the taste with apple fruitiness secondary. Again there is a strong lime margarita vibe, but this vintage leans more toward beer than 12 did. Hay and grassiness. Apple orchard and woody funk. A touch of basement must. Moderately tart, just enough to give a light pucker. Not as flowery or as herbal as the nose, but this there underneath. Quite tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Light, spritzy carbonation. Incredibly smooth without really being crisp or creamy. Somewhere in the middle I guess.

4.5 D: Another fantastic beer from Fantome. They truly are the masters of the style. No faults other than the head retention and more than solid everywhere else.

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Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light peach/apricot with nice head

Smell: light citrus, wheat-y malt, earth, leather, funk light

Taste: very nice, light and citrusy with wheat-y malt, earth, funk light, and leather. Good bit of lemongrass.

Mouthfeel: medium body; light carbonation

Overall: delicious; perfect for the warmer days.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, I don't want the review of this beer to be interpreted as my supporting the homeless.

Beer is amber with a nice white head, medium and small bubbles, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is funky, oaky, mild sulfur, earth, smells like a Fantome to me.

Beer is super light in body, very dry finish, light in flavor, mild citrus, some sulfury earthiness on the midpalate, minimal pilsen malt on the front end. Overall interesting beer, a decent offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled picked up from the people at Etre Gourmet while in Belgium. Shared at the recent Fantome mega-tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light caramel color with a bit of a head. The nose brings some faint malt, a bit of lemon, earth, and a nice rustic Fantome character. The flavor has some light citrus and earth with a moderate amount of light bready malt. Light to medium body with a dry finish. Tasting nicely right now.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Thorpe429 at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of slightly sour fruits, spices, lemons, citrus hops, wood, funk, floral and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of lemons, citrus, yeast, spice, funk, sour fruit, fruity malts, light earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison; one of the better Fantome beers at the tasting. I liked the slightly sour fruit notes and the funk; would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears extremely hazy (agitated the yeast, it seems) and yellow hued, with a small, white head. Very pleasant and enticing aroma, offering a bouquet of citrus, funk, yeast, bread, floral notes. Flavor is smoother and more well balanced than most, possibly all, other Fantôme beers sampled that night. Nice and light on the palate, I would not have guessed this was 7% abv. Overall, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a slight light head that quickly settles. Banana, clove, and some sour citrus notes. Slight sour/tart flavor upfront with some medicinal, then goes to a fruit like flavor. Wheaty. Some spice like notes. Overall, pretty decent, I like the light sour bite followed by the rich caramel notes. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: poured a hazy light amber color ale with small fizzy head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with light funky yeast notes. Taste is a mix between some sweet rustic Belgian malt with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Body is quite full with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It doesn't really taste like nothing else I've tried before but very god though nothing I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat ruddy orange copper with a white head that loudly and quickly fades into a thin ring. Behaves like a berliner weiss in the glass. Nose is lactic acid with a bit of peach and sour citrus fruit. Mouth is peach, peach, meats and skin. Clean lactic acid on the finish. Mouth is soft with medium carbonation. Even has a rather earthy note that also reminds me of eating peaches. This is interesting, weird, and singular at the same time.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my freshly acquired Fantome tulip glass. (Thanks a ton for that by the way Dave!) This brew appears a type of very hazed light peach juice. It is a clouded sort of orange colored elixir. A yellowish to orange stained head swells atop the brew as it is being poured and very rapidly and audibly fizzes away to nothing. It doesn't take long before the brew looks nearly still except for a faint line of bubbles that rise to the surface and just barely hang around the edge of the glass. It takes a violent swirl to bring forth a finger of head composed of rather large bubbles that again rapidly fades.

The aroma of this brew is fruity sweet and spicy smelling at the same time. It has a rindy character somewhat reminiscent of lemons and orange zest mixed with pulp and a touch of coriander. The spiced aspect is somewhat peppery with a mixture of clove included as well. There is an herbal touch present as well and when swirled a note of sulfur and earthy tones come out. Once warm, a funky aspect of this brew comes forward that was initially completely hidden.

The taste of this brew is all over the place. It has a fruited aspect almost like pear and apples that is faintly sweet yet it has a spiced inclusion of clove and pepper that finishes dry and lightly bitter. Focusing on the sweet aspects, there is a mild bready grain base with a touch of lemon yet tangy with alcohol and more fruits that transitions you perfectly into the bitter side of this brew with herbal to fruited hops and rind to pulp character. The fruited aspect comes across sweet at first but turns bitter like pulp and rinds somewhat like oranges and grapefruit yet it continually flip-flops back and forth between sweet, bitter, spicy and savory. Once warm, some dry earthy tones come forward with funk.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation yet, despite looking flat, fizzes inside the mouth with a very active amount of carbonation. The 7% abv is integrated very well inside this brew. It leaves a film inside your mouth like you just finished eating a banana which is interesting. This was a very enjoyable and easy drinking brew. However, it pretty much has me downright perplexed. If I was served this brew blind, I don't know what I would be thinking. The best way for me to describe this experience is caught halfway between a wit and a funky/wild/sour saison. It displays the best characteristics of each style very well. I acquired this brew based off of hearing this brew was comparable to a berliner weisse meets geuze. I don't think that is the case at all with this particular bottle yet it was still very enjoyable in it's own right.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing another Fantome oddity, Richard.

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a small white head.

S: A somewhat mild nose to this, which is not something I'd expect to say about a Fantome. It's somewhat sweet with a fair amount of yeast and bread. Some sweet citrus with a light tartness, mostly of lemon.

T: A very light tartness is balanced out by a rather intense candied orange peel and Smarties sweetness. A touch of grass and even a bit of green apple and lemon.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is just on the low side of medium.

O: A really interesting one. A bit too sweet for me, but not quite as good as the Pietrain Ambree.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- The appearance is very similar to some of the other Fantomes from tonight, cloudy yellow brown straw color, really nice lacing and retention.
S- Really nice aroma, slight funky presence, spice, fruity notes, peach, citrus, apricot.
T- I love the taste in this beer, sweet fruity notes, nice sour funky taste as well, peach, citrus, really tasty, peppery spice.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, clean finish.
O- Really tasty offering from Fantome, one of my favorites of the night if not my favorite, a lot going on, easy drinking, refreshing as well.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part 5 of the Fantome tasting.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a hazed golden orange, much like some of the others we have had tonight.

Aroma: Sour and funky. Much more barnyard funk than the others. Lemon citrus. Very little spice. Almost gueuze or berliner weisse like.

Taste: Berliner weisse meets gueuze. Lemon citrus flavors, coriander, pepper. More funk and sourness than the other Fantomes from the tasting. Some light caramel. Wheat flavors and some zest. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, crisp. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, my favorite of the night so far. It was a combination of a few unique styles that went well together. Very drinkable. Solid offering from Fantome!

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