Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
30
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Knapp85
2.18/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treycotton
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
1.45/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Has a paper ribbon over the pry-off crown cap bearing the logos of both breweries involved. The crown cap covers an internally housed cork (in classic Fantome fashion, though breweries like Schneider Weiss and Cantillon also do similar things with packaging). Green glass (ugh...). 1 pint 9.4 fl oz format. Purchased at BierCaB's shop in Barcelona. Abundant yeast/lees are plainly visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as saison per the label. Given the breweries involved, I couldn't be more excited to try this.

6.50% ABV. Brewed & bottled at Fantome. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Doesn't gush upon opening. Good sign.

HEAD: Off-white colour. ~3cm wide. Not the most robust or thick consistency I've seen, but even throughout. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes only a disappointing ~1.5 minutes.

BODY: Murky and turbid, revealing its lack of filtration. Looks a bit like stale orange juice given its dull orange colour. Not a vibrant body by any stretch.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a saison - especially one from the best saison producer on the planet (i.e. Fantome).

AROMA: Funkiness is evident - brettanomyces is in charge of this beer. Faint acidic character is evident, but I don't detect any lactobacillus, pediobacter, or other bacteria. Has a bit more hop presence than most Fantome beers - plenty of subdued fruity notes. Tangerine, melon, maybe orange juice. The coupling of funkiness and acidic character almost indicates brettanomyces lambicus in addition to the requisite brettanomyces bruxellensis, but I'm not willing to make that leap given the lack of any sourness. Hints of cedar, dry fruit peel, white pepper, yeasty spiciness, Belgian ale yeast esters, and faint apple.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Suggests a balanced acidic dry brew, but what I'm really missing is Fantome's signature complexity and intricate spice profile. It is adequately complex for the style, sure, but it isn't on the stratospheric level of Fantome's finest aromas. Let's hope the taste delivers...

TASTE: Fruit-forward instead of spice-forward, this flavour profile emphasizes apple, pear, dry fruit peel (tangerine and orange come to mind, minus any bitterness), zest, and melon. Cracked grain. Malt backbone is definitely on the paler side. Hints of white pepper and some yeasty spiciness hang in the background, staying subtle but never delving as deep as spices tend to in Fantome's best saisons. Cedar character is present throughout, lending the build a natural unity and cohesion. Hop character is fruity.

Funkheads might be a bit let down; there's some mild brettanomyces (bruxellensis) funkiness throughout, but aggressive descriptors like "gym sock" wouldn't be appropriate for it.

Barnyard notes abound, but they're all rather shallow. Hay/straw, rustic spice, cedar planks left to weather in a barn (if you'll excuse the pretension that description verges on). Somewhat grassy, though not in the classic Hallertauer hop sense of the descriptor.

I can see why some would venture to say "horse blanket," but - as always - I shy the fuck away from that.

A blip of mild lactic character finishes out this somewhat complex saison.

TEXTURE: Acidity is higher than in most good examples of the style. Medium-bodied yet nevertheless refreshing. Subtly prickly (probably from the peppercorn), but not coarse on the palate per se. Dry, absolutely, but never parching or dragging on the palate. Very approachable. A biteen overcarbonated, which is rare for Fantome (especially an aged Fantome) - but I've heard reports to the contrary from many drinkers online.

OVERALL: No, it's not as intricate as Fantome's (or Hill Farmstead)'s finest work, and it seems - as is often the case with collaboration beers - that putting two great cooks in the same kitchen hasn't yielded a better dish. Still, it's a worthy addition to Fantome's lineup (even if it tends towards the bottom of Fantome's range in terms of quality). I'm glad I tried it once, but at its price point (and it's import price point is all we can go on based on its lack of ubiquity in its country of origin) I wouldn't want another. Certainly drinkable, but it's best treated as a table beer for pairing with food, not a world-class saison you should savour every sip of.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Fabianno
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lpayette
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Such a strange beer. If I had another bottle I'd like to try it again in a couple of years. The flavors seem to be moving in the right direction.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SteeleWright
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
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 scottfrie
2.37/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: No pop to the cork; bad sign. This beers pours a clear apricot color with no head. Well, there's a few soapy bubbles from my rough pour, but overall this doesn't sit well in the glass.
S: Smells of earthy and musty funk with a hints of sticky cheese, cooked vegetables, apple cider vinegar and horse shit. Band-aid pokes through as well.
T: Follows the nose. Flavors of vegetables, tart funky bugs and mild wheat. Band-aid, dirty mess of spices , sour mash, earth and wood. Aftertaste has a touch of fruit to it.
M: Flat as water. Medium body, light tartness.
O: A mess of a beer. I tried to power through a glass, but didn't even get half way. This is the second expensive Fantome drain-pour I've had recently.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.46/5  rDev +27.1%
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 crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of funkyaudio
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of benbazi
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -14.5%

The beer appears golden with a thic white head. Aromas of spice, malt, oddities, well water, funk, earth. The beer definitely seems more Fantôme than Hill Farmstead. Weord, earthy, herbal. Flavors do not cooperate well. A jumbled mess of odd spices. Cracked black pepper with some fruity notes. I am not a fan of this one.

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Fantome / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer from Brasserie Fantôme
3.51 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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