Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences BeerFantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer
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Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences BeerFantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 04-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.46/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice, first time it was nothing special....after 6 months of age all the flavors came bursting out....super funky and bright with lots of yeasty notes. Real solid with age!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Slightly hazed, but bright orange. A glowing, beautiful color. Moderately thick near-white head. Nice retention and pretty, sticky lacing left down the glass. Very pretty saison. I had heard about some bottles having carbonation issues, but this one is spot-on perfect.

I knew this beer was going to be special the moment I first smelled it. There's a lovely combination of lemon and lime notes, along with dried hay and grass, and some earth and very mild funk. Nothing is overpowering or dominant, and it all comes together really nicely. There's a mild apple character as well, but this smells like a Sprite saison, if there ever was one.

The flavor follows a similar path as the aroma. Subtle, earthy, but mild yeast combines nicely with lemon and lime esters. Again, this resembles a Sprite, but in the form of a saison. Low bitterness and no alcohol presence, whatsoever. Some mild berry and apple notes as well complement the bright citrus notes. Incredibly drinkable, and a wonderful beer for the hotter summer months.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

Fantastic. I had major concerns going into this bottle, knowing that some were fantastic and others were dreadful, at least according to reports. Happy to report that this bottle was fantastic.

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Photo of Skrip
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Pemi Cabin wine glass.

A~ hazy copper, orange. very still with no head.

S~ tart up front, followed by peppery yeasty Belgium goodness!

T~ ohhh tangy! kind of like a oude brown mixed with a flanders red. all that plus the obvious peppercorns and Belgium yeast. more tart then most "regular" Fantome's.

M~ not carbonated at all lol still very delicious, drinks a lot like a mead and theres nothing wrong with that. i'm gonna try with another bottle to add a fizz drop and rebottle it, we'll see how that goes.

O~ i think this would be a 5 if it was properly carbonated. i'll update this review with the results of the fizz drop.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the rustic time-honored roots of Fantome Farmhouse Ales and the innovation of Hill Farmstead, these brewers of high quality put their heads together for a collaborative ale like no other!

The ale erupts with a slow separation between a tawny, redish brown beer underneath and a creamy arid froth above. Fairly well saturated in its hue, the slight visual density is aided by significant yeast haze. The rocky head sprinkles with yeast sediment as is shows strong persistence and clumped lace on the glass. The ale simply gleams of Belgian quality.

High spice aromas tingle the nose as they approach distinctive scents of fresh cracked black pepper, light smoke and rubber notes. A dusting of old attic-like wood, horse hair, and dried citrus peels introduce complex earthen notes. Underlying it all is the tart scent of dry fruit, berry juice, and wine must. But even with pronounced fruit notes this is a very spicy scent.

Just as dry in taste, the beer zips to the tongue with cracked peppercorn (both black and white), sharp white wine tartness, and a plethora of wood spices. Dry fruit juice, citrus pith, and wine must bleed into a light apple sulfur taste that's backed with tart blackcurrant, blackberry, plumb and prune. But the beer's return to spice in the finish continues to deliver exotic earth notes including cumin and aniseed.

Its supreme dusty texture and racy carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue and glides it toward a quick, fast-fleeting finish. It's as if the beer is best explored in aftertaste because of its high drinkability and ease on the palate, throat, and stomach. Only hints of dry fruit peak through the prickle of spice, alcohol, and almost capsasin character.

It's an extremely complex, extremely dry, and extremely spicy Saison that doesn't entirely ignore fruit and earth influences. This beer exhibits what's best about Farmhouse Ales done right and refusing to ignore the rustic taste of days gone by. It's a superb ale of any measure.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fantome dominates this collaboration. Unmistakeable Fantome wet basement, tobacco funk. It's funky as hell but also really clean. Nothing off about this. Deep and unique.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/8/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. I'm shocked that we ended up each acquiring a bottle of this unusual collaboration.

Appearance: Opens with a big pop (which stuck me as unusual, considering I was informed that this beer was virtually uncarbonated when I bought my bottle) - hazy, cloudy - kind of a creamsicle color, deep orange with some gold - creamy white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks

Smell: Light fruits, some citrus, and an undercurrent of Fantome's typical musty basement aroma - berries, apples, and some ripe oranges - some interesting floral notes - earthy, musty, and damp-smelling funk, which appears to be a common denominator across everything that Fantome is involved in - some tart notes - something like smoked funk as well, which is weird

Taste: Very, very weird, maybe even weirder than the aroma - a nice variety of fruits - light tart berries, berry skin, apples, and some citrus - lightly sweet - loads of funky Fantome yeast - earthy, musty, damp, and dirty... yet slightly cleaner than the average Fantome (perhaps thanks to Hill Farmstead?) - some pepper - smoky, in a way that barely makes sense - it's simultaneously smoky and juicy... what?

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely crisp, nice carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Probably at least 4.25 Sciences

Maybe I just have an odd fascination with Fantome's musty, damp funk, but I'm surprised more people aren't being blown away by this beer. It's extremely, extremely weird. And unique. And tasty. I feel truly lucky that I will have at least one more chance to drink this beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam Jackson for this unsolicited box after seeing my ISO.

750ml bottle corked, capped and labeled, poured into 1000ml Erlenmeyer Flask.

Pours an interesting ruddy clay color with tons of fluffy white head.

The smell is pure Fantome yeast. Very distinct dirty, musty, mushroomy smell up front that gives way to layer and layers of aroma. A slight bit of smokiness that turns into ham. Some definite bright acidity like a fresh lemon in there too.

Taste is a nicely refreshing. Good malt body with a touch of acidity to even it out, nice dry grain flavors that make it no problem to work my way through this entire 750ml bottle.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery. Full flavored but refreshing enough to keep me coming back for more.

At first when it was cold this beer leaned a bit too heavily towards the dirty mushroom flavors but as it warmed those toned down and were cut better by the acidity leading to a wonderful drinking saison. If you like Fantome yeast, you will like this beer.

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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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