Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smakawhat on 07-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
13.88%
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 28
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and super easy to drink.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color, produces three fingers of bubbly off-white head, good retention and leaves lots of thin, delicate lacing.

S- The aroma is awesome, very fruity with lots of sour lemon, apple and pear. Earthy, musty cobweb funk along with some yeast and black pepper.

T- Incredibly complex flavor, similarly very fruity with citrus and apples/pears, a really interested earthy, musty funk lies beneath this, sourness is present but not as strong as I expected, it blends nicely with mineralic flavors. After a while some citrus rind, nectarine and candi sugar flavors emerge. Booze is barely perceptible and can really sneak up on you at 10%.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is excellent, bubbly and effervescent.

O- Easily one of the best saison's I've had, it's extremely flavorful and drinkable, I really, really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this one with me, Tim!

Hazed, golden and yellow with a quickly forming, persistent, near-white, fairly large bubbled head. Eventually this leaves thin ribbons and irregular lines of lace down the glass. Gorgeous saison in every way imaginable.

The aroma is surprising because it doesn't give any hint to the beer's sour flavor: huge amounts of white fruit present in the aroma. There's a good mixture of green apple and white grape, along with big notes of juicy pear and a mild lemon character. There's just a bit of grass and an earthy funk character. Complete.

The flavor is simply superb. The aroma doesn't prepare you for the level of sour in this beer, though the name certainly gives it away. Good amounts of previously noted white fruits, mild barnyard and grass, some pepper, and earth combine with the delicate sourness. I couldn't imagine enjoying a beer more.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--crisp, refreshing, disappearing, airy. Marvelously drinkable.

One of the finest beers I've had to date.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jgagne
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Richard33
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cork pop is dangerous to say the least. No spillage but I expected there to be.

Pours a hazy golden with super active carbonation. Bubbles are racing to the top.

Smells of all things that are great in a saison. Starts with tart lemons, moving to funky earth, and finishes with black pepper spice.

Taste starts with Earthy funk. Stop... this i one of the most interesting beers I've had the advantage to sip on. Part black pepper and earthy roots followed by some tart sour notes. By no means the sour adventure I expected from the name of the beer but actually better than I expected... and I expected a lot. Super spicy and fruity, dry and with a depth of flavor that I don't often encounter.

Ultra crisp carbonation and mouthfeel just add to the experience of this beer. Dany has, yet again, created a truly amazing beer.

One of the most interesting and enjoyable beers that I have had this year. God... I really wish there were more than 48 cases in the US and the bottles weren't 30+$.

That being said, if you see it, grab it.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks kindly to Ed, poured from the bottle at Churchkey DC into a snifter glass.

Gusher a bit on the opening with a big solid pop. A white head is produced and falls fairly quickly to a thin top and crown. Body is opaque but a real nice orange and yellow glowing hue, with lots of super fast carbonation rising.

This nose is unreal. What a bouquet on this beer. Peach, dirt, sour nectarine, a wonderful sweet smell of juicy fruit and off funk aromas, super fruity juiicy with a sweetness that dominates eventually while still maintaining a little tartness. After some warmth there is egg yolk.

Taste on the palate is massively crisp in feel, super carbonated and playful with and incredible fruity finish almost like a serious champagne but far sweeter and dense. Lemon sourness, sweet tasty penny candy, and then a big aromatic mix of funkiness. Cream character comes in with the fizz soda giving an almost perfect cream soda like taste and feel. Aftertaste even manages some toasty malt and grain bread finish. At 10% ABV there is no heat on this, you can't even get any sense of alcohol even, zero, zilch, zip, NADA.

I am speechless. This is probably the best saison I have ever had.

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Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
4.25 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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