Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original CreationFantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation
116 Ratings
Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original CreationFantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by imbibehour on 07-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, somewhat turbid amber pour topped by a tall three finger head that recedes to nothing. The nose is vegetal, herbal, funky, a bit phenolic and mineral. Pretty mild aromatics. Tastes only mildly sour with a big grainy, doughy backbone. Herbal notes appear mid-palate, followed by a funky, mushroomy barnyard note. Mineral, almost metallic. The body is medium-full leaning toward heavy. This isn't especially sour, and it's not all that crisp or dry for a saison. It's also lacking any particularly exceptional qualities. Meh.

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Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is slightly hazed golden orange with tons of fluffy off white head and an explosion of bubbles rising through the inside. Nose is dusty Brett and rather minerally. Faint salt note as a fair bit of citrus takes hold. Taste is a bit different, more dusty up front with less of the Brett and mineral, citrus in back with a fair amount of malt, which is uncharacteristic. sweeting through the finish. High carbonation, semi dry and light airy body.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Walked into the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier and ordered a bottle. And people say it's hard to acquire...!

Thick, white head erupts from the hazy golden-orange body; massively over-carbed. Delicate aroma with bold funk, hay, sour yeast, dirty farmhouse fruit.

Taste is sublime. Bright green apple tartness right off the bat, barnyard funk is restrained by soured strawberries. Really opens up as it warms.

About the level of sourness I expected from a farmhouse brewery's undertaking of a "sour" beer. It's about as sour as Vera Mae, maybe slightly more. Smooth, crisp, immensely satisfying, and totally sessionable. I almost did a spit-take after noticing the 10% ABV, as it's nowhere to be found. Finish is reminiscent of a dry champagne. Waaay too much carbonation overall, but putting that flaw aside, this is a real winner.

Hands down the best Fantome variant I've had, aside from one or two very special bottles of their Saison. Unfortunately, Fantome's massive bottle variance means those are few and far between, but then again so is Extra Sour. And this is stellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking one of my 3 bottles for my birthday. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 48 cases total came to the US. Amazing. 576 bottles came to the US!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light honey hue with a massive three finger fizzy white head that resembled soda. That head though sank down into a one finger head that was nice and creamy with some nice slick lacing. What initially was okay became something quite nice.

S - Bright citrus notes with strong lemon, lots more funk than usual. A classic Fantome with more funk/sourness

T - A wash of basement/musty funk. Not really super sour, more like candied lemon and the faintest of alcohol. Faint, faint apples. Mostly just candied lemon and wet hay. The faintest hint of peppercorns too.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional with lots of bright, sharp carbonation. Works excellent with the tarter Fantome beer.

O - Overall, this was a solid beer. I wouldnt say its the be all end all that some have made it out to be, but it is damn tasty. Might be worth checking out if one can find it reasonable. That said, seeing how limited it was and the bottle price ($30) its probably unlikely.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this epic bottle

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange - pours with a giant, frothy, bright white head - keeps a solid cap, leaves walls of lacing

Smell: Sour and saison-y - some acidity, mostly a lactic sourness - very funky, farmhouse aromas - peppery yeast, and legit peppercorns - some light fruits, vaguely tropical - classic Fantôme musty basement

Taste: Sour, funky, and definitely Fantôme - wet, lactic sourness, and some nice tartness - seltzer - yeasty funk, with barnyard and musty basement - lemon, apple, grape, peach, bananas and other fruits - peppery, lightly sweet - hay, grass - earthy and damp, yet lively - the lightly tropical flavors work very well with the sour, funky elements - utterly no hint of alcohol, I refuse to believe this is 10% ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium body, highly carbonated in a good way, lingering sourness

Overall: Gloriously accurate beer name

It's like Fantôme made a beer that is extra sour! It's not remarkably sour, but the sour elements work so very well with the musty funk. Want. More.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy burnt gold/orange. Head is creamy bright white. Dense. Drops to a small fluffy cap. Tiny bits of lacing. Solid carbonation on the cork pop and pour.

Smell: Hay, grass, musty basement. Layers of funk. Yeasty bite. Some lemon zest and flesh. Has that distinct Fantome wild thing going on. Powdery, dry yeast. Incredibly yeasty. Citric tart. Some peach skin and pear flesh. Juicy fruitiness. Old books. Pale malts add.a cracker like maltiness.

Taste: Tart banana. Belgian yeast. Big hits of yeast drop some underlying spice. Musty basement and old paper, it smells like a storage room full of boxes. Citric edge hits on fresh squeezed lemon juice. Hay and fresh cut grass. Musty and tart. Apples and pears. Massively floral. It's distinctly Fantome but far more tart than other iterations.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Strong, but not effervescent carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Overall: You've unlocked Omega Buster.

Special Original Creation is a delicate and complex take on the Fantome line. It takes everything that made the original great and made it better. They must have had a sweet yeast capture weapon.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously shared by Adam (AdamP). Same bottle shape as the Armand series. Capped and corked. Full pour into HF stemmed glass.

Served at a chilled cellar temperature. Cork pops with a nice pop and absolutely no gushing. Poured very gently into glass.

A- Pours a light brownish golden that's mostly translucent but definitely pours with a little bit of a yeasty haziness. Initially there is an excessive amount of carbonation that quickly produces a thick white head that recedes to a thin creamy layer that doesn't go away. After a couple minutes the carbonation mellows out to consistently rising bubbles. Head leaves some spotty lacing. Overall looks great.

S- Lemons, barnyard funk, a bit of wet hay, some light sourness that has a light sulfuric vinegar quality, some subtle saison pepper spiciness lingering in the background. Has a great saison aroma, a nice balance, and definitely above average aroma strength that isn't overpowering.

T- Lemons mixed with a light lemon lightly acetic sourness balanced with a light barnyard wet hay funk presence that interplays with a subtle peppercorn spiciness that fits right in with the saison. Finishes with a lingering lightly sour lemon aftertaste. Everything is very well balanced and exactly what a saison should taste like.

M- Medium bodied saison to a tiny bit on the light side, dry champagne-like carbonation that creates a bubbly/tingly sensation in your mouth that fits well with the sourness. Extremely drinkable, I was surprised when I found out that it was 10%. Drinks more like a 6% saison. Absolutely no alcohol in the feel.

O- While this might not be my favorite saison (that probably still goes to Ann- partially because I love honey in beers), this is definitely one of the better ones that I've had. There was a nice light sourness that fit well with the fantastic saison characteristics. This is pretty much exactly what a saison should be. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance and it was definitely worth the $30 price tag if you were lucky enough to buy one (I should have bought one when I had the chance!).

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Thanks man! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Giant white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Pour carefully as your glass could easily spill over. Opaque orange-gold body.

S - Farmy saison, with perhaps a hint of sulfur and lactic acidity in the periphery. There's a mild seltzer character, possibly from the excessive carbonation level. Stone and tropical fruit flavors, with a bit of spicy yeast. As this warms up the alcohol starts to peek through but I'd never guess this was 10%.

T - The taste is significantly more sweet, with the stone and tropical fruit flavors dominating the palate. There's a hint of lotion, and some vanilla pale malts. Not as sour as I was expecting from something called 'Extra Sour'. There's a nice strawberry-esque acidity here but nothing very assertive. Alcohol is masterfully concealed.

M - High carbonation that is excessive at first, but thankfully can be diminished by swishing the glass. Body is perhaps a bit thin for 10% - more on the medium side of things. Very dry and champagne-like with masterfully hidden alcohol.

D - Once you get past the ridiculous carbonation level this is a very nice Saison. It's incredibly easy to drink considering the ABV - the bottle was empty before we knew it. Just not as 'Extra Sour' as I was hoping or different enough to warrant the high trade cost. I'd happily buy this if it made it to store shelves in Chicago though.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. The cap comes off and the cork pushes itself out with a loud pop. The brew pours a clouded amber orange with a mountainous white sudsy head that settles to a finger strength and retains throughout the entire duration. Spotty lace creates some finger-like strings of lace upon the glass.

The aroma opens up quite yeasty with a fresh scent of crushed black peppery spice. A bit of musty cork and plenty of tropical fruit quality. Apricot and pineapple are hinted. Think classic Fantome Saison with a greater focus of tropical fruit and freshly cracked black pepper.

The taste is yeasty but with an immediate tart lemony quality. Through the middle is a flavor of tart greek yogurt. Suggestions of earth, grass and mildly bitter rind elements break things up. A bit of wet cork or leathery quality is present before the onset of more fruit flavors like apricot and pineapple. Some solvent alcohol creeps up the back as it warms which is uncharacteristic of most Fantome offerings but im not complaining.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescet level of prickly carbonation. My only gripe about this brew is the excessive carbonation. It is a bit too prickly on thr tongue but luckily it an be swirled out in the glass. The alcohol inclusion is perfectly hidden for 10% initially but becomes more pronounced especially beyond ideal temperatures. It really reminds me of the classic Fantome saison but stepped up with the fruited quality I like most about the normal saison and with a contrasting tartness. "Extra Sour" might be a misleading descriptor here for true wild/sour fans. But it is certainly more tart than the normal Fantome offering. If given the opportunity, I would drink this regularly. This is a must try for anyone who likes Saison or anyone who is a fan of Dany's work.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into dfh snifter

A: first thing I notice is that the carbonation is out of control here, even with a gentle pour I get three fingers if fluffy slightly yellowish head that disapates nicley and leavs some good lacing.... The body of the beer itself is lightly brownish golden amber... You can see a constant stream of carbonation leaving the bottom of the glass to the 1/4 finger film that remains or the entirety of the glass.

S: funk, lots of funk, also some white wine vinous character, a slight bite of sour lemonyness, a bi of apple and pear, deffinatly smells like a saison w/heavy yeast influence and a sour bite... A very complex aroma.

T: yum, very tasty, I was expecting a ton of yeast spicyness from the nose but it is nicley tammed in the flavor, I am reminded of white wine and champagne right off the bat. Nice tart lemon right up front into a more vinous character, almost like Sauvignon blanc, a very nice level of tartness here, very well balanced taste profile.

M: light medium body with High brisk slightly champagne like carbonation, dry on the finish

O: this is really nice, very well balanced nice light citrus and a hint of spice, beautiful vinous character, seems like it would be a perfect substitute for a New Years toast and am excellent companion for food. Worth the hefty price tag.

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4.5/5  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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Fantôme Extra Sour Special Original Creation from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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