Fantome SaisonRated 3.693 by BeerPals
Brewed by Brasserie FantomeSoy-Erezée, Belgium
8% Alcohol by Volume
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23 Member Reviews
SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
rated 3.6 10 years ago
Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8
really dug this one, and would score it higher if i didnt lose half the bottle upon opening. Farmhouse to a tee, lightly skunked and also slightly sour, fruity, dry, yeasty, with a hint of hops. Dug it, but ended up paying a buck an ounce for what i was able to drink. wasn't THAT good...
LENUSIK 2067 reviews
rated 4.2 12 years ago
Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8
I always cringe when given a saison because I never know exactly what to expect. This is no different. A hazy golden pour with a generous white head. The aroma is earthy, funky, skunky, and pleasantly so. A lot of nature in the aroma. The flavour is just as muddles with a lot of earth tones in the flavour, yeast, dirt, grains, etc. An enjoyable beer if you like saisons.
SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
rated 3.1 13 years ago
Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7
Finally get to try this brew.. . Pours with a crazy good head .. . is a murky gold, good haze .. . sour fuk .. . weird .. . odd sourness, some horse .. . did the mexicans get money today too??
JLOZIER 671 reviews
rated 3.6 14 years ago
Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7
OK, my first saison, and this is the winner for the strangest packaging I've ever seen: a cork unconnected to a bottlecap. Pours with a big fluffy head, leaving a lot of real lacing behind (now I know why they call it that!). The head dissipates into a slight cover, but the blizzard of tiny carbonation bubbles doesn't stop. Doesn't smell like anything I can recognize, maybe yeast-is musty smell?-so I rated it on account of it being neither really unpleasant nor pleasant. Has some spicy notes, some yeast, some barnyard(?) tastes. Sour finish (what exactly is lactobacillus, anyway? I recognize that taste in other beers I've had). Golden orange color. Man, that sour flavor lasts for quite a while; it makes you smack your lips quite a bit. I don't know if this was worth the $10, even though I see I paid less than some other people. It's an interesting style; I would like to see a few different examples of it.
PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
rated 3.2 14 years ago
Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7
hazy gold with quite a lot of particulates and no head to speak of. I question the integrity of this bottle. Light citrus in the nose with some yeast. Mouthfeel is medium-light, unexpectadly thin but smooth. Refreshing fruit and malt flavors with a tart, spritely finish. Unremarkable and disappointing. MUSIC: Missed the Boat by Modest Mouse
SAP 999 reviews
rated 4.5 15 years ago
Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9
2007 Release to the US; Sampled February 2008
As I pour this a distinct, interesting, loud, tropical fruit note comes through. The beer is pretty well carbonated as a careful pour easily produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a honey color, but shows a lightly hazy, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. Upon closer inspection the amped up tropical fruit note continues; it is perhaps a mix of mango, pineapple and papaya notes. Underneath the dominant tropical fruit note is a dusty, cracker like grain character, some toasty grain notes, a touch of spicy pepper, piquant young ginger, notes of citrus honey and a green, herbal-lemon note with touches of nettle and a substantial lemon character that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up.
Soft up front, but a fizzy, yet somehow light carbonated froth kicks in towards the middle; strangely this is well carbonated, but the bubble size seems fine enough that it does not make this seem excessively foamy. Only lightly sweet, which seems to reduce the amped up tropical fruit notes from the aroma to an almost equal billing with the rest of the flavor components. This has a very light body to it; it is quite the quaffable brew and drinks way easier than its 8%. This has quite a bit of spiciness to it at times, it can be much more piquant, like black pepper, than is contributed by the carbonation, this note especially lingers in the long finish were it lingers on as a spicy tickle at that back of the throat. There is a very light herbal note here that is slightly green, with an astringency to it as well as a light bitterness and a grassy note, these flavors balance out the noticed tropical fruit flavors that lightly dance around the flavor profile here. A touch of cracker like malt and grassy grain character comes through just a touch towards the finish.
As the beer loses its carbonation the tropical fruit note becomes a bit softer. The second pour of the bottle restores the carbonation and the accompanying tropical fruitiness though. This really is fantastically intriguing; the interplay between tropical fruit, spice and funky herbal notes is quite engaging; somehow, despite the light body and quaffable character, this beer is actually quite contemplative. Apart from the characterful, single yeast strain that is purposefully use in this beer, this is pretty clean. It has not picked up any funkiness yet, but it is still young. As usual, this is a fantastic brew; I am really digging the interplay between tropical fruit and spice found in the flavor.
Sampled May, 2004
Pours a hazy straw color with lots of carbonation that generates a cream colored thick head. A lightly sour/ acidic aroma wafts from my glass, mixed with notes of apple, strawberry, flowers, and a certain mustiness. The taste is lightly sour as well, with some interesting tropical fruit notes, that are picked up by a light sweetness, and some unspecified spicy notes. Typically light bodied, which is just perfect. A soft wonderful beer this time around.
Sampled Sept 7, 2003.
The cork explode from this bottle like a champagne. This beer aroma is one of cider and sweetness, there is a bit of mustyness in the nose as well. A very cloudy straw colored beer that is well carbonated and has a thick off white head. The taste is very complex with competing flavors all over the place; cider, off dry sweetness, an acidity, and yeast character up the wazoo. This beer is just world class, and I love it.
I had this beer with a cheese platter that included some Stilton, and aged funky Brie, a young Brie, a mushroom brie, sharp Irish cheddar, and edam. This beer was able to hold its own with each of these cheeses (though perhaps overpowering the edam). It acted as a nice contrast to each, a palate cleanser so to speak.
This beer can have wildly different flavors depending on the year that one tries it, in the past it has been much more acidic and lacking in the fruit character, but still world class.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
OH6GDX 8392 reviews
rated 3.2 16 years ago
Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6
Hazy yellow colour with mediumsized whiute head. Barnyardish aroma with acidic fruity hints. Acidic citric flavour with earthy hints. Very dryish and a bit sticky in an acidic way in the aftertaste.
PHILB 2479 reviews
rated 4.2 16 years ago
Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8
Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured d own a slightly hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is dominating with some Belgian malt and some floral/fruity notes. Taste is also dominated by yeast with some sourness and brett like characteristics. There is also some sweet and floral note4s that provide much enjoyment as well as some light spices. Taste is quite complex but easily enjoyable with a full body and great carbonation.
DOULOS31 1349 reviews
rated 4.2 16 years ago
Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8
Straw color, beautiful huge head. Aroma was fruity with a touch of barnyard funk. Flavor had really just a tinge of barnyard funk but dominated by a peach/apricot fruity flavor with maybe a touch of pear. A touch of hop bitterness kept the very sweet nature from being overpowering. Not "crisp" and maybe a tad thin, but excellent nonetheless.
ANTE 2674 reviews
rated 4.3 16 years ago
Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9
Hazy golden, rich white head. Pepper, leaves and hay in aroma, notes of ctric fruit, watermelon, mango and bretts. Very fruity and spicy flavour, watermelon, lime, sweet pears and white pepper. Lemon and spices in the refreshing aftertaste. Nice one!