Fantôme Boo!
Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #852
Ranked #27,980
3.44 | pDev: 21.22%
Mar 02, 2022
Nov 07, 2012
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by augustgarage from California

lot 4 S7 17 - best before end 2019 (hmm...) Capped-and-corked 750mL bottle was a gusher, soaking half of my living room with ale! Poured what remained into my Troubadour tulip:

Safety orange/tangerine liquid, quite cloudy, with a finger of papaya whip foam. Superior retention, ropy lacing.

Rum-raisin, vintage suitcase, honey, a bit of citrus, peppery/spicy yeast notes in the nose (literally in my nose since the bottle opened so violently).

Complex, rich (though never husky) malt profile; phenol-forward yeast, and a touch of coriander/white pepper. Pumpkin/squash is present throughout, though restrained and never vegetal. Rustic, mature flavor, assertive but not as funky as you might expect. Dry, woody, not-quite-sharp elements compete with some residual sugars in the finish.

Soft, medium mouthfeel, gently warming.

Had opening it not turned into such an ordeal/event, I would possibly have ranked this higher, what I was able to salvage was an excellent and unique saison.

Aug 31, 2020
3.88 by Massbmx from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2019
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2019
1.75 by vfgccp from New York on Oct 31, 2018
4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Apr 27, 2018
3.64 by desint from Belgium on Mar 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Pours a hazy orangish copper with a big head that stays for a while and leaves nice lace. Nose has a lot of classic saison qualities, but I also get Haribo peach gummies, jasmine, and allspice. The taste is very earthy, with more bitterness than expected. The earthiness combines with cloves and pepper as well. I don't really get pumpkin as a flavor here aside from what it adds to the earthy character. Champagne like mouthfeel.
So...the earthiness was a bit off putting with the first glass. Fortunately, the bottle is 750 ml and I was able to have 4 small glasses as it warmed. I enjoyed each subsequent glass more than the previous one. By the end, I wanted yet another glass, which means more to me than individual scores here.
My guess is that some of the low scores here came from bottle shares where the person only had a small sample and didn't have the chance to really experience this beer.

Feb 10, 2018
3.88 by WormGod from New York on Jan 24, 2018
4 by BeerSifu from Texas on Jul 30, 2015
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3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma light with some fruity esters, ephemeral
Head small (< 2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, diminishing to irregular ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body light orange, clear
Flavor slightly musty, traces of fruits, ends slightly sticky; no hops noticeable, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

May 17, 2015
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2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by scottfrie from California

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a semi-clear dark golden/light amber with a fluffy and extremely dense and thick off-whitehead that took forever and a day to slowly collapse into thick film.
S: I get funky notes of apple cider vinegar and tons of cooked squash. Smells like old vegetables with some mild spice and a touch of earth. Slightly medicinal.
T: Follows the nose but thankfully not as much cooked vegetable. Hints of lemon and earth in the finish. Mild tartness, earthy and mild spice, with light tartness and light funk. Squash is still noticeable but I wouldn't call it pumpkin. Slight medicinal quality in the finish next to some peppery spices. Candy like sweetness, iced tea, and anise flavors as well.
M: Medium full body, slick mouthfeel, low and fuzzy carbonation made of tight, tiny bubbles. Not super dry, slight greasy.
O: I didn't like it. Definitely tastes like squash but the nose is off putting and the tastes leaves something to be desired.

May 09, 2015
3.63 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 25, 2015
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3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Gusher! I prepared by getting a glass ready and opening in the sink, but this one geysered out and I lost half the bottle before getting the glass in place. Once things calmed down, this poured a quite cloudy brownish orange, appropriate for pumpkin with a huge light tan head that dissipated to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma spicy, dominated by sweet potato and winter squash, lightly earthy and very autumnal. Flavor starts with light squash, saison yeast, light stone fruit, brett, mildly earthy but slightly sweet, then gets incredibly astringent, finishing with pure bitterness with little flavor. Medium bodied with active carbonation. I looked forward to what Fantome could do with a pumpkin ale and the first part of the taste was mild, but interesting in a earthy farmhouse way. The finish was too astringent, like an aspirin, overwhelming the interesting vegetable flavors. Not a fresh bottle, but stored in a cooler and labeled as good through 2015. This was a miss for me from an interesting brewery that usually pleases.

Mar 12, 2015
3.65 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado on Feb 11, 2015
3.19 by TampaRainman from Florida on Feb 09, 2015
4 by IPAIsaac from Delaware on Feb 08, 2015
3.43 by LambicKing from Germany on Feb 08, 2015
3 by mgr78704 from Texas on Dec 09, 2014
2.75 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Dec 04, 2014
3.95 by tectactoe from Michigan on Nov 30, 2014
3.5 by JasonR1975 from Michigan on Nov 29, 2014
4 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Nov 15, 2014
3.5 by pascilla from Nebraska on Nov 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
by kscaldef from Oregon

A little hammy, but okay.

Nov 02, 2014
2.21 by markgugs from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2014
3.25 by KAF from Iowa on Oct 29, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%
by earljones199 from New Hampshire

A good amount of burnt tire flavor on this beer with a slight pumpkin sweetness. Leather and burnt rubber are the headliners in this beer. Not drinkable.

Oct 28, 2014
2.75 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Oct 27, 2014
1.25 by Mike from New Hampshire on Oct 27, 2014
3.5 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 26, 2014
3.75 by BeersAndBears from Georgia on Sep 10, 2014
4.25 by Unchi from California on Jul 12, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by babaracas from Florida

Pours a hazy darker amber with thick soapy white head that settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: peach, leather, herbal and spicy, lots of pale malt in the back with some woodsy/fruity brett-ish notes. Taste: juicy peach, caramel, triple levels of pale malt, spicy hopping. Medium bodied, chill carbonation, tons of sweet but slightly tart peach everywhere in this one. As a Fantome + malt focus, perfect for a late fall seasonal, and still delicious in summer.

Jul 11, 2014
3.25 by bccocx from Texas on Jun 21, 2014
3.5 by CowsandBeer from Nebraska on Jun 06, 2014
4 by afsdan from Colorado on May 29, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MarioM from California

750 ml poured into a SN tulip glass.

A: Nice orange color with a white head composed of creamy to large bubbles mixed together. A little cloudy but had only refrigerated the beer for a few hours after having been sitting at room temp for a few weeks if not months. Head dissipated to a thin film of bubbles in a minute or less.

S: Very earthy and classic Fantome with that grassy almost lemon grass character. Also get a slight sweetness but mainly yeast fritiness. A bit perfume like also, Fantomish definitely but not as profound as other Fantomes.

T: A lot of spice straight away. Definitely a fall or Halloween beer from the pumpkin like spices. Interesting but a little strange to have during mid spring. Still, very interesting and a definite treat to be tasting this tonight.

Also, this is more malt forward than their Siason or Brise-Bon Bons where they are aromatic yet bitter. This is nice and bitter but the spices highlight the malt more than the yeast.

M: Dry and spicy but a little bitter in the background.

O: A very very interesting brew and definitely encourage anyone to give this a try especially during fall or Halloween. Actually quite refreshing from its dryness but more malty and spicy than hoppy or fruity like most other Fantomes but still really tasty and worth every penny.

May 10, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BMMillsy from Florida

Corked and capped bottle from Tipples. Lot number 25-8-12. Pours mostly clear orange with a small off white head. Funky yeast aroma, spice, lots more funk, light hops, hay and grass, some fruity sweetness. Flavor is light hay, fruit sweetness of apples and pears, peaches/apricots, bananas, some spice, cloves, lots of farmhouse hearty funk. Has some tripel notes and Saison notes. Prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I am really enjoying this one and wish I had it in the fall as it would make a nice autumn seasonal. Not sure why the ratings are so low here unless they made a bunch of bad batches before this (I guess characteristic of Fantome).

May 09, 2014
4 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on May 04, 2014
Fantôme Boo! from Brasserie Fantôme
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