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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1193   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.

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thomashall (994) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle at WTWBA. Hazy golden pour. Aroma is funky citrus and yeast. Taste is dry white wine and citrus. Not my favorite from them.

Vighals (3981) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2016
Lys brun klar med høyt hvitt skum. Lukter korn, åker, noe eple. Søtlig fruktig lett bitter i smak. Kort.

anstei (2247) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, many thanks! Best before end 2019. Pours hazy orange-ish yellow, but the haziness is mostly through me stirring up the bottle a bit too much. A truly marvelous saison with a fruity punchy nose as you could get it from a fresh IPA but also that yeast character that only saison has. Fizzy carbonation adds to a beautiful soft texture and brings out more fruit flavours, orange and mango and a bit of citrus. Lightly acidic and a hint tart, making for a fresh taste. Outstandingly tasty!

darbeer75 (902) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Aroma: dry and fruity; slightly sour; Appearance: thick orange pour with little head that dissipates quickly; Taste: follow nose; light and fruity with dry finish; Overall: pleasant, like white wine.

unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Orange color, cloudy. Aroma has dairy cheese and framboise with hops shining trough. A bit of sweetness in the flavor, but overruled by a sour creme sourness. Goats cheese! There are hops present, but on the background. Citrus. Very interesting beer, probably hasn’t the flavor that it ought to have, but I really liked it.

Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Tap. No head. Hazy burnt orange rust. Sweet passion fruit and some sourness in the aroma as well, almost a candy note. Some nail polish thatbreallypissesmeoff. Flavor is strawberry, acetone, touch of seer earth. Meh. Medium droopy body. Bad batch?!

GarageBrewer80 (527) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2016
Importerad från Brewdog Skottland. Tjock, orangefärgade med lätt smutsvit skumkrona. Kraftig doft av lätt förmultade äpplen och vinäger. Sötsyrlig kropp. Smak av vitvinsvinäger, äppelkart, tart, apelsinzest, äppelmos och citrus.

fantti (1017) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2016
Pullo @ The Bottle Shop, Brugge. Kaatuu tulppaaniin oranssinkultaisena ja sameahkona, noin 2,5 sormen paksuisen vaahdon suojaamana. Tuoksussa on raikkaan happamaa sitruunaisuutta, makeampaa hedelmää, vahvasti pippurista mausteisuutta ja hiven karviaismaista marjaisuutta. Maku on iskevän happaman sitruunainen ja yrttinen, vähemmän pippuruisuutta ja karviaista, joka yhtyy sitruunaisuuteen. Suutuntuma on hyvin hapan (saisoniksi), kuiva ja melko hiilihappoinen. Monipuolinen ja yllättävänkin hapan saison, todella paljon yhdessä paketissa. Hivenen raskas saisoniksi, mutta sopii paremmin syksyyn.

wombat23 (1417) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Shared bottle. Murky orangish-brown with virtually no head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, yeast, alcohol. Taste is citrus, white wine, alcohol, spice, and yeast. Good.

ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2016
On tap @ Sunset Grill March 2004.
Pours a lovely thick hazy straw yellow, with light ambers and golds galore.
Even on draft it had a wonderful complex smell. Very grassy, wet straw and dirt, with some sharper herbalesque hops and grainy barley. Medium amount of funky old yeast smell which after warming smelled more thick and sweaty.
Flavor is powerful, tart, complex, dry and spritzy with a strong yeasty/doughy texture but still pleasant enough for a casual drink. Lightly spicey, flavorful herbs, like a wonderful old gueueze but a bit more hoppy and finishing less tart. Some lemon zest on the finish, but doughiness and cobweb flavors persist. Very good, perhaps a bit loose on the overall mouthfeel. 9/5/8/5/18

Rerate, bottled 2016, drunk 9/1716.
I’d been trying to track this down, since the classic from Fantome is near-impossible to find in Massachusetts any more. It’s basically just the seasons, Bris-bonbon and Pissenlit. I feared this had fallen off in recent years, based on every Fantome I’ve had in the past 3 years being mediocre at best.
Sadly, my fears were true and this was a mess of specialty malt, weird vegetal flavors and maybe some metallic notes, as well. Spoiled fruit delivers the death-blow and this is just barely drinkable, especially disappointing given how amazing some bottles of this were back in the 2004-2007 era. I think some batches stand out as some of the best brett/mixed-ferm/truly rustic saisons I’ve ever had.
Sadly, consistency is a big thing in brewing, and Dany seems never to have strived for it, much less attained it. While everyone’s entitled to their lulls and off years (see Dupont), I just don’t have any confidence in this ever regaining its former, rather fleeting glory. Rating is for this most recent batch.

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