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Fantôme La Gourmande

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Formerly brewed at Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Saison #4 consumed ’blind’ at the Pewaukee tasting. Very mild yeast aroma, a little citrus edge, some barnyard funk. cloudy blonde color. Sour bretty flavor, mild, refreshing. Sour funky finish. A hint of astringency in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 1, 2005
What stands out in this beer is the lack of taste. The aroma is a mild must, cobweb. The body is light and the finish is dry. The lack of flavor is a major letdown especially when compared with other Fantome beers I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
I like Fantome for the fact that their beer isn’t like everyone elses. That whole farmhouse mentality really works for me. This beer is a pretty decent one, I don’t remember the aroma too much, but it was solid, nothing special, nothing bad. The flavor was very complex, there was fruitiness and some tartiness as well. Both mixed very well and created a beer that is very fresh and interesting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
pours a hazy copper with a dense white head. aromas of apricot, orange, belgian yeast, pepper, vanilla. flavors of apple, orange, lemon, butter, peppery spices, peach with a hoppy bitterness. the body is light and spritzy and very dry. some clove, grassy, maybe anise. refreshing and citrusy like a belgian blonde but way more complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Rating#1Smelled great, and poured beautifully, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Very, very good, nevertheless, but a little plain for a Fantome. It is, however, a very well rounded and drinkable beer. If other Fantomes are a little over the top for you, this may be your beer.Rating#2 Wow. What a different beer from the last time. This is very different, with sour lambic notes contrasting an almost dubbel-like maltiness. Delicious, but a much more aquired taste. I think Fantomes may blend better with age (this bottle was from a very fresh shipment) but must be stored with alot of care to keep from going bad. I’ll never know, cuz i can’t keep this around without drinking it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0 (62) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Had this twice, once in June 2010 (quite good, thanks Jason) and once in February 2011 (not as good, thanks Spence). Notes from the June 2010 tasting. Pours brown, hazy, small beige head with little lacing or retention. Aroma is mint, earth, oxidation, pepper, and caramel. Flavor is heavy on the mint and chocolate but also has a strange wine quality.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
The second Belgian I broke open for the family over T-day. 48f Cloudy amber Aroma of citrus with bright lime Umm. Citrus and more citrus in delicious layers. Lime is prevalent. Corona with lime, but on belgian designer steriods. Sour. Touch of chewy apple wood, mexican cinnamon stick. Refreshing! Stir the sediment for some spiced bread. enjoyed this with a variety of Bingham Hill and MouCo cheeses. Especially good with the fresh cheeses.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hembryggaren (45) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2003
This beer got "the look". Orange color on the beer and light colored foam. The aroma tuch mature banana. The taste got a perfect balance. First it taste fresh citrus, then it goes to a very dry bitterness on the end. It calls for more!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2004 bottle, enjoyed on 12/19/12. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Murky burgundy, with a two fingers of light tan, soapy head. Leaves some solid lacing. Head hangs around for a while.

Smell: Up front, big lactic tones and some molasses. Gives way to figs and dates, and some lemon juice. Light caramel, and a light balsamic vinegar. Finishes on the nose with a lemony tartness.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big lactic tartness, and lots of lemon juice. Some pear skin. A big molasses comes through, with some nice caramel. A light oak (is this aged on oak for any period?). Finishes with red wine tannins and some lemon tartness.

Mouthfeel: Really light for the flavors it produces, which is really quite nice. Good carb, and the tartness is just right.

Overall: Time did another Fantome well. I’m very lucky to have stumbled across this bottle and have a chance to try it. Delicious!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle purchased today at Bottleworks. 2004 vintage. Color is clear coppery color with a bit of haze. Lots of carbonation, leaves a nice snowy white creamy layer of head upon the first pour. Aroma is of cork, cardboard, raw brocolli. Possibly oxidized over the course of 8 years. Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation. Taste consists of wood/cork, green apples, flowery hops, and on the finish an odd (yet not completely odd for a Fantome) leathery/tobacco quality. I wish I could have tried this fresh. Not my favorite Fantome in its current vintage. If you have this, I say drink it now.


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