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Brasserie Fantôme
DMB Target Bond Ale Fantôme Version

DMB Target Bond Ale
Fantôme Version

I approached this with a lot of trepidation, expecting little hoping for the best. Firstly this is lot 2 c N 16 Best Before End of 2020. Of course, that's not necessarily an issue for Fantôme per se, since the whole thing is likely to be all over the place anyway, but nevertheless with it being over three years on, it certainly plants a seed. More importantly, I see lots of reviews - admittedly mostly from 3 years ago - that describe a phenolic, band-aid mess. But with Dany you just never know...

Fantôme Light Spiritus Spring Project

Fantôme Light Spiritus
Spring Project

lot 19 02 22. Best Before End 2026. Golden, lightly hazed body underneath a broken, wispy head that has some light lace and a little retention. Floral hop bitterness in the nose. The tastes follow the tastes initially, and then breakout with some more elderflower or dandelion bitterness. Very clean. Grainy and light. Gentle bitterness is cumulative but manageable. This beer feels young and fresh even though at this stage I think it's almost two years old. As in warms the bitterness backs off a...

Fantôme Blondinette de Printemps

Fantôme Blondinette
de Printemps

lot 04 02 23 Best Before end of 2027. Lightly hazed, orange creamsicle body with a high, rocky and broken head. Head retention above average, lacing the same. Thin film settles on the surface of the beer. Acidic, grainy, musty apples on the nose with some herbal notes. Typical Fantôme with a ton of grassy, medicinal bitterness and light funk. A ton of hoppy bitterness that is quite green, but the beer still showcases many citrus-based herbs. There's no doubt that the beer remains bitter, but...

Fantôme 5 Monkeys Somewhere

Fantôme 5 Monkeys
Somewhere

Opening the capped and corked bottle (the usual Fantôme presentation) fails to produce much pop or gun smoke which is a slight worry. However, a decently aggressive pour leads to a nice, 1 inch rocky white head, with some decent retention and lace. It settles to a thin film across the surface. Lightly hazed orange body. Nose has some clean grains, and some generic citrus. Controlled and steady. General bitterness throughout the beer, but again it's restrained. Some Fantôme beers exhibit a lot...

Fantôme d’Automne 2022

Fantôme
d’Automne 2022

Best Before End of 2025 Lot 18 Nr 22 ABV is not noted on the bottle. BA has the 2019 bottles at 7.0%, Rate Beer has 8.0%. Very pretty golden body. Head average, retention not incredible (some spotty lace and some spotty film on the surface of the beer. The second pour with the yeast sediment brings the murky orange body. Nose is surprisingly fruity. I mean really fruity. Almost some estery-like pineapple. Wasn't expecting that! First tastes seem very bitter but with time and warmth that evens...

Fantôme Lea’s Journey

Fantôme
Lea’s Journey

750 mL bottle, corked and caged in the usual Fantôme fashion. Purchased on a recent trip to Portland, ME. Quite a gusher, but I didn't lose too much. With the carbonation comes a good looking, high head. It's wispy, but persistent. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Mid-amber body with good clarity, and with strong light there is a bright orange color about the beer. Nose doesn't offer much more that some light bread at first. On warming, a touch more sweetness. Tastes are some bready malts and then...

Fantôme in Flowers

Fantôme
in Flowers

lot c10 oct 18 best before end 2022. Bottle purchased and consumed at Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME. First visit for me to this much lauded beer Mecca. Possibly the least Fantôme-like beer I have ever tasted. To keep it simple, there is a distinct lack of typical Fantôme yeast here, very little funk, and the trademark botanicals are really flowery, light and easy, and not as herbal as one usually encounters. Bitterness is also missing. Is it the name, or the label that creates an illusion, or is...

Fantôme Rare BarleyDark Project

Fantôme Rare
BarleyDark Project

The usual presentation, 750mL corked and capped. Chestnut brown pour - conker like. Thick, ice-cream, cream colored head. Well retained, some decent lace. Head nice, color less so. Nose has mainly a slightly cheesy, funky acidity. Nice horse-blanket notes. Tastes offer a little of the nose, plus some fruit that seems overripe and dark. Medium bitterness, some herbal medicinal notes in the finish. As it warms we get some more fruit elements that are hard to nail down, but a little, woody cherry...

Fantôme Esprit Valdotèn

Fantôme
Esprit Valdotèn

Pour is a butterscotch colored body with a nice, substantial white head. Decent retention and lace. Nose has a lot of banana and pineapple for me. Quite surprising. very topical that I was not expecting. Lively beer, good carbonation. Solid bitterness throughout the beer. The back-end is surprisingly fruity, that I first thought was a hop bitterness, then some kind of grapefruit note, and then finally a cross between some kind of tropical fruit and some pithy citrus. There is a distinct lack...

Fantôme Garden Ghost

Fantôme
Garden Ghost

33 cL bottle. 2d batch. Etre Gourmet. Thickish looking, hazed orange body with a magnificent, ice-cream-like head. Body color is not particularly attractive (has a NEIPA look about it which I absolutely HATE). Head is resplendent. Retention and lace are great, not surprising given the colossal initial head. The first aromas that drift across on opening (and even before the beer is poured) are a tangerine, orange whiff. On closer inspection this turns out to have a lot of mango qualities. Quite...

Fantôme Santé-25!

Fantôme
Santé-25!

750 mL, corked and capped, the usual presentation. Brewed 19-20 August 2022. Modest pop on removing the cork. Pour gives a lovely tangerine, marmalade color with some light haze and a nice, rocky, white head. Head is only moderately retained, and leaves little lace. Nose has some tangerine, orange based bitterness that is not particularly perceptible, but just about is. Tastes are mostly citrus bitterness initially, and they largely stay that way even as the beer warms. It's not really a hoppy...

Fantôme De Tous Les D’iâpes

Fantôme
De Tous Les D’iâpes

Best Before End 2020. Healthy pop on opening, with an initially high, white, wispy head that dissipates quite quickly. Not a lot of lace, but a thin film left on the surface of the beer. Deep orange colored body. Nose is all marmalade with some grapefruit that then gives way to a lot of floral character. Tastes follow the nose with signature, Cinzano Bianco herbal notes. Quite bubbly and lively in the mouth that build to give a slightly carbonated taste amongst the herbal elements. Marmalade,...

Fantôme Straight West Coast Ghostin’

Fantôme Straight West
Coast Ghostin’

Light, golden hazed pour with a white head that when forced out of the bottle, is good. Decent retention, some lace. There's a lot of raw cereal malt in the nose. Tastes are really clean with a strong lime undercurrent. Really light with some underlying funk but it's not strong. It's slightly light for a Fantôme beer in all respects. Mouthfeel is thinnish, and the beer exudes a serious cereal note with that persistent lime background. Definitely citrusy, zesty and sharp, but this is not a...

Fantôme Sante 24!

Fantôme
Sante 24!

Label has (what I assume is) the original brewing date of Friday and Saturday 14-15 August 2020 changed to 13-14 August 21, and the 24 asterisked. My guess would be because of COVID changes to the production occurred. Having had a bad experience with Sante 23! I'm a little wary. Of course, these beers are so individual, that perhaps there's no point in even thinking about that, but I guess it's just natural to wonder. Opens with an encouraging pop, and the pour really is something special. A...

Fantôme DMD Cascadian Dark Ale

Fantôme DMD
Cascadian Dark Ale

750 mL corked and capped, lot D-1-4-15 best before end 2019. I approach with a fair degree of trepidation. Labeled as a Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA) that I don't much care for, coupled with the Best Before date of "end of 2019", and the relatively low ABV, I am wondering what's likely to await me. Add Dany on the top of all of that, and well, you get the idea! Corked jammed in hard, and comes up with a good pop. First problem alleviated, this IS carbonated. Pour is great. Beautiful jet black...

Fantôme Refreshing Summer Spiritus Project

Fantôme Refreshing
Summer Spiritus Project

Well, here we are, back to utter insanity with this Fantôme offering. A darkish, lime green pour with a decent head, some thin film lingering, and an acceptable, if not incredibly well-retained head. The green color doesn't bother me (it's Dany), and the beer looks pretty solid out of the bottle. Nose has some lemon, and then a healthy dose of green herbs, that may or may not be recognizable as single entities. In the tastes there are some menthol notes, a bit of mint and eucalyptus, some...

Fantôme Fantôsma Patagonia

Fantôme
Fantôsma Patagonia

At the very best of times Fantôme beers can be tricky to pin down, to categorize, and to understand. That's their beauty and indeed their point in many ways. Then from time to time you get one that defies even that 'logic'. This is one of those. Golden body with a nice, relatively finely bubbled white head. Some lace, and a thin film across the surface of the beer. Looks strong. The nose offers some light, lemonade shandy notes, with a very slight hint of something else in the back end. That...

Fantôme d’OR

Fantôme
d’OR

lot 08 07 22 best before à consommer avant fin 2026 14° Plato. Mid-range orange pour after an encouraging pop on removing the cork. Beautiful, beautiful pitted head, Stunning retention and lace on the second and the third pour. Oh my gosh. Initial impressions are that of a great mellow bitterness, smooth and easy drinking, some light spice and oddly reminiscent of a Rochefort 6. Eventually the spicy notes and bitter bite do build, but it takes a while and prior to that the beer feels very...

Fantôme Desert Ghost Sonoran Saison

Fantôme Desert Ghost Sonoran Saison

Capped and corked, the usual Fantôme 750 mL presentation. Clouded, deep orange body with a fizzy initial head that disapates immediately to leave no film and no lace. Light carbonation remains in the mouth. Not great looking, but no panic, it’s Dany! Nose offers not much more than a sweet, light citrus tone; little else. No bad, just not complex. Tastes start with a herbal note up front that fades pretty quickly. This is then replaced by the citrus elements. There’s a floral note about the...

Fantôme Cocoa Ambreé

Fantôme Cocoa Ambreé

Fantôme & Fermentery Form adorns the label. Capped and corked, the usual Fantome presentation. Lively pour with a light, high, fine-bubbled head that is good effervescence but that fades pretty quickly. Body is a lightish brown, dark butterscotch heading toward orange affair. Cloudy. The body of the beer is not particularly attractive TBH. Nose is mainly a relatively non-descript, yeasty bread note with a touch of something fruity. Light tartness (very light), with similar almost...

Fantôme Dark Spiritus Winter Project

Fantôme Dark Spiritus Winter Project

I’m pretty experienced with Fantôme, so I know what to expect (i.e., the unexpected), but lately I’ve had a couple of less than stellar experiences. This beer gets me back to more familiar territory of the brilliant madness. Pour is a slightly reddish, brown pour, with a creamy, light tan colored head. Nose offers a lovely, deep bready, yeasty note, with a little herbal element. Mouthfeel is lively. Nice. The tastes are a mid-sweet, very lightly herbal bitterness with a paradoxically dry...

Fantôme Rock The Farmhouse

Fantôme Rock The Farmhouse

750 mL, corked and capped, the usual Fantôme presentation. Big gusher, with a ton of very light, wispy foam cascading from the bottle. Needs a very quick inversion toward a glass to save the good stuff. Mmm … pour is frankly, ugly. It has a butterscotch haze and resembles the thing I most hate in my (beer) life right now, a NEIPA. Ugly, ugly, ugly appearance, that looks like a glass of orange juice. I can’t tell you how much I hate the appearance of this. Looks like the wort, or perhaps more...

Fantôme Sante 23!

Fantôme Sante 23!

750 mL, capped and corked bottle. Pour offers a frankly unattractive, murky, reddish-brown body with little to no head. Some acidic fruit on the nose, and a bit of malty bread. The first couple of gulps are full of ethanoic acid and it burns a little. As the beer warms and the palate adjusts, there is a slight backing off of that initial assault, but to be honest it does linger down the whole glass. The finish is dry, but the acidity hangs around, and in the end this basically drinks like a...

Fantôme Red Spiritus Automn’ Project

Fantôme Red Spiritus Automn’ Project

750 mL, corked and caged. There’s very little information about this beer, I’ll have to ask Dany. Lot 03 b 21 best before a consommé avant fin 2025 A pinkish head that is huge sits a top a reddish-brown body after a tremendous pop on opening. This looks special. There’s some mild fruit in the nose, but not much. As it warms, that increases. This is lovely. It drinks like a fruit beer, with lots of strawberry notes, and almost no sweetness up front. It’s balanced, has a light herbal note, and...

Fantôme Silos and Summits

Fantôme Silos and Summits

750 mL capped and corked green bottle. Pour is a clouded orange, with a medium head that fades quickly. No lace. Nose offers a kind of diluted orange notes, and little more. This is odd, and not great. Some orange notes up front, with a bitter, drying, finish. The spices seem bitter, and obviously the hops are old. I believe that this was brewed in 2019, and it’s showing every inch of its age. Touches of oxidation, plenty of cardboard, and not much else. I hate the fact that I’ve come to this...

Fantôme Blanche

Fantôme Blanche

In the absence of any other information I am going to assume that this is the same (or at least a similar) beer to the De Hotton Witbier that was last seen about 5 years. I’ll try to get the word from Dany on this. Pour is a hazy orange body with a HUGE head with pleasing lace, and decent retention. The color I’m not mad about, but the beer as an entity in the glass looks magnificent. Nose offers a lot of dry lemon notes. There’s some promise of some white pepper too. The initial tastes offer...

Fantôme Macaquincoing

Fantôme Macaquincoing

Occasionally one will come across a beer where there is a single, overriding experience that dominates just about all other aspects of it. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer one-dimensional, because at the time the subtleties may be possible to discern, but the further removed you become from the beer, the more singular the experience becomes. This was one of those beers. Bitterness. That’s it. Now that bitterness was not an American, IBU, hoppy assault, but rather the far more predictable...

Fantôme (The) Coffee Ruby

Fantôme (The) Coffee Ruby

I’m generally not a fan of coffee based beers. I love coffee, but as usual with my beer, I have little or no need for a bunch of adjuncts or any extra, infused flavors. Having said that, I’ll never, ever pass up a chance to try a Fantôme that I’ve not had before. It’s always a thrill. Pour is a pretty, brown body beneath a solid inch of light tan brown bubbles. Better looking than I was anticipating. The nose offers a hint of the promised coffee, but the dominant element for me is a lightly...

Fantôme Strange Ghost

Fantôme Strange Ghost

A special beer. Label declares, ‘1 brew Dark Triple Version’, lot 02 f a 21, best before end of 2024. Pour offers a chestnut brown body with a deeply impressive, mocha/tan colored head. It’s rich looking in every aspect of its appearance. Nose almost seems like a lightly spiced Christmas beer. The aromas are not especially strong, but they are easy to pick up. A bit of cinnamon, some mace, maybe a touch of nutmeg? Then the taste … WOW! Essentially it’s a herbal explosion of many elements...

Fantôme Vertignasse

Fantôme Vertignasse

Additional notes: 10/02/2022 In late 2021 I found a few of the older (presumably 2017) vintage bottles languishing at Little Five Bottle Shop in Athens, GA, and although I knew I was taking a huge gamble I went for it anyway. A mistake (usurpingly), as they had all gone completely after 4 years of sitting around, and resembled a murky algae ponds and were completely undrinkable. Fast forward to a new shipment that recently came to the USA, these notes are associated with lot ac 6 21 best...

Fantôme Fantôme Saison

Fantôme
Fantôme Saison

Extremely surprised to see this back on the shelf at Green's in early August of 2012 - extremely. Distribution to GA seemed to have stopped for quite a while, amidst rumors of Dany Prignons' demise. $12.99 for the 750 mL corked and capped bottle. The usual Fantôme cork is extracted. Batches of this beer are basically impossible to date, and there can be such variation that oftentimes comparisons are extremely difficult to make sense of. I suppose this is a relatively recent batch unless Adam...

Fantôme Pissenlit

Fantôme Pissenlit

Additional notes 09/09/2022 (bottle pictured) I have no idea on the age of this bottle, but it's well carbonated with no oxidation. There's a really sweet, herbal nature to it, absolutely unique as ever. This has no tart, apple or cider character that was evident in the 2009 bottle reviewed below. In fact, this bottle is unrecognizable in terms of what's written below. I *think* this is an older bottle, so maybe it has evolved over time (I think it came form the 2:1 offer at Knightly Spirits...

Fantôme Chocolat

Fantôme
Chocolat

Additional notes 12/03/23 (pictured) lot 3md 23 et best before end 2027 A little more clarity on the first pour these days (14 years on), but as the yeast adds the butterscotch noted below. Still some drying acidity, still some tannin, still no cocoa or chili to speak of for me, other than the drying notes, and still typically Fantôme. Little to report here that wasn't recorded in 2009. Original notes 07/30/09 750 mL, capped and corked bottle. Green's, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. Slight...

Fantôme Black Ghost

Fantôme
Black Ghost

750 ml, capped and corked from the latest batch to make it to GA. Delighted to see this back in GA after a fairly lengthy absence due to production and distribution inconsistencies. I think it's worth saying right off the top that this beer is fairly atypical of Fantôme. It lacks some of the excessive funk that one often finds and whilst certainly "spiced", it's in a herbal manner which is somewhat out of the ordinary for them. Pour is a turbid, murky brown Dubbel like body (not very...

Fantôme La Dalmatienne

Fantôme La Dalmatienne

Additional notes: 10/02/2022 (Pictured) - Lot Nr 12 F21 best before end 2026. This is 6%/14°, and not the original review's 8.0% Well, when you look at the notes below, and you consider that some people have considered this beer almost a Tripel in the past, this 2022 version has almost no resemblance to that at all! As you can see from the ABVs as well, this is now a different beer to what it used to be. As pretty as ever (pictured) this is very bitter. Good, but bitter, and it appears to give...

Fantôme Brise-BonBons

Fantôme Brise-BonBons

750 mL capped and corked bottle. $12.99 from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. I don't really know why, but for years I've just not bothered to pick this up, but having been told that the Fantôme distribution in the USA is becoming increasingly spotty (something I've informally noticed for a long time), I thought I'd better pick one up before it disappears for good from the market. Golden orange pour with some nice snowy white, fluffy head. A few yeast floaties come with the first pour....

Fantôme Spéciale De Noel

Fantôme Spéciale De Noel

$10.99 for the 750 mL bottle that is capped and corked from Cheers in Carrollton, GA, USA. Bottle has dates for notching but no notches! This pisses me off a bit. If they are there why not use them?? Poured into the Duvel tulip after an initial promising pop, the body is a slightly murky, reddish chestnut brown. Head is large initially and looks deeper and richer than it actually turns out to be. Fades quickly with no lace on the glass to leave a fine, mocha foam on the surface. Nose is a...

Fantôme Saison D’Erezée – Printemps

Fantôme Saison
D’Erezée – Printemps

Picture is from sometime in 2014. $9.99 for the 750 mL capped and corked bottle from Cheers, Carrollton, GA, USA. Massive cascading streams of bubbles on opening that continues into the glass. Head slowly recedes to not much, and the lacing is scant. A dark orange, chill hazed body that looks like a classic IPA. Nice sweet, horse-blanket funk in the nose, with plenty of grass notes. Light mouthfeel is cut across by a definite acidity and a lingering, sweet and sour finish. A cleanliness about...

Fantôme Brise-BonBons

Fantôme Saison D’Erezée – Hiver

750 mL bottle shared with BA brickstoredave and Miles at the Brick Store. Poured into a small goblet the beer has a very Dubbel like appearance. Very cloudy and typical brown, I'm afraid that is not at all attractive. Aroma has a LOT of herbal content. It reminded me a lot of the Cinzano Bianco dry vermouth that was so popular in the 1970's. That drink has a number of herbs and spices listed as artemesia, gentian root, clove, and cinnamon mixed with notes of agrumes. The beer has a very...

Fantôme Brise-BonBons

Fantôme BBB Dark White

Fantôme BBB White, $9.95 Green’s Atlanta, GA, USA. 750 mL corked and capped. Nice orange, slightly clouded pour with excellent high head in the Duvel tulip. Head retention and lacing is not great, but OK. Aroma is very peppery and this is a pre-cursor to a MASSIVE pepper flavor. There is a mixture of mild funk, light grapefruit, slight hops and perhaps a little cilantro but the white pepper is what prevails. It’s a very prevalent taste and feature of this beer. It even extends to the...

Fantôme Saison

Fantôme Saison

Additional notes 02/25/23 (pictured) Fantôme is of course, a confusing 'thing', period. So many highs, the occasional low, the journey is ever interesting, never dull. When things go up and down so much, it's great to get back to basics with Saison, It's such an amazing beer in terms of its simultaneous complexity and simplicity. The pour is second to none with the orange body and the rocky head. Soapy funk permeates every pore of the beer, and the bitter and sweet backbone compete for ones...