Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 1162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold colour, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 This is fantastic stuff. Some where in between a lambic and a saison. Smooth very drinkable, spicy, complex. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - APR 11, 2011
Bottiglia da 75 comprata da ilbeershop.it. Fantastica. Naso acido, quasi lambiccoso. In bocca un bouquet di aromi e sapori che spazia tra diversi tipi di frutta. 8% e non sentirli. Pare sia una roulette russa comprare questa birra... ho avuto fortuna, era in formissima. Mamma mia che goduria.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yannickh (16) - on, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2011
bière sur lie avec un superbe goût au palais de pomme-poire, saveur unique vivement conseillée.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Very good and very unique. Great spicy nose. Very hoppy with perhaps some burnt resin (couldn't pin point). Hay and grassy. Alan brought a big bottle from whole foods. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2012
I don’t know what to say....this is my favorite beer of all time, and I just cracked another one tonight (who knows what # this is) and I’m finally getting around to rating it. From the first pour, you’re presented with a lovely golden/orange colored substance that yields a nice snowy white head and some awesome sticky lacing. Aroma is amazing. A blast of citric acid, strawberry puree. It’s fruity, tart, clean, crisp, refreshing all at once. Absolutely no noticeable alcohol even though it’s 8-8.5% ABV. Beautiful. This is beer perfection. A lot of people give Fantome crap for having bottle variance and this may be true for some of Dany’s other beers, but this regular Saison is solid. I’ve probably drank over 2 cases of this stuff in my life and it’s always been the same and always been epic. Every bottle makes me love this stuff that much more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jrt (62) - USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Smells like cotton candy, strawberries, and cereal grains. Basically it’s a beer version of Frankenberry cereal, although some bottles are more peach/apricot than strawberry. There’s tremendous variance bottle to bottle, and the overall impression can range from decent to killer. I’m re-rating this to reflect my most recent bottle. This last bottle was absolutely 100% amazing. The pleasant fruity aroma was detectable from several feet away from the glass. The head was dense and creamy, but settled down rather quickly. When I opened the bottle it was quite the gusher. Had this after a Saison Voisin and it just blew that beer away.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JulienHuxley (5606) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Bottle, very fresh according to our barman at the Lion’s Pride, without a vintage on it though. Pour is light yellow with some white head. Aroma is super fruity. I got hit by a wave of strawberry aromas along with fresh lemons, followed closely by an underlying farmyard/funkiness. Some underlying grainy/bread dough/yeast notes complete the aroma. Taste is surprisingly fruity, with a nice light sour lemony finish. It tastes pretty much like it smells, a feat such a bouquet left me thinking impossible. Palate is just beautiful as well, nice lively belgian saison carbonation that is not overdone. The yeasty components provided a rich taste, full palate and a fine balance which made this one so drinkable despite being very intense, aromatic and complex. The best beer I’ve ever had thus far (rating no 447).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Poured into a tulip. I want to say I bought this about six months ago and no idea how old it is. The "best before" chart has not been utilized. 4.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Some small particulates throughout, but still lovely especially given how nice the head is. 5.0 S: Wonderful bouquet! Lemon, lemon grass, candi sugar, candied peaches and apricots, papaya, and mango. Tons of herb and spice (or perhaps flower is more appropriate), but it’s hard to pick out individual aromas. Flowery, a touch yeasty, and a bit funky with wild apples and pear. Easily the best smelling saison to date. 5.0 T: Just outstanding in the taste as well. Lemony tartness and papaya, herbs and flowers, spices galore including black pepper and corriander. Grassy hops. Wild apple and pear. Candi sugar is plentiful. Pretty much the same as the nose, only with a stronger emphasis on tart lemon and papaya. Cracker like graininess. 5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Active levels of spritzy carbonation. Just creamy enough and super smooth. Pretty much perfect here as well. 5.0 D: This is the first time I’ve had this. I heard there’s a lot of variation between batches, but the bottle I have is a near perfect beer. I’m going to have to buy this often and hope I get more bottles like this one. Really amazing in every aspect. Exceptional smell, taste, and mouthfeel. The 8% isn’t detectable in the least, allowing the drinker to focus on the many flavors present. Super complex with everything working together and no faults. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-11-2010 23:41:10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - APR 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Cervesa ideal per a l’estiu. Molt afruitada i extremadament refrescant tot i tenir 8 graus, que per cert, no es noten. En nas gerds, maduixetes... Increïble. De gran qualitat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 750ml bottle shared by jsprime. pours hazed golden with a lasting white head. unbelievably complex in its elegant simplicity. best saison ive ever had.

this beer is basically perfect when you get a good bottle, but this brewer is highly variable and bad bottles do occur and are truely dissapointing. buyer beware.

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