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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

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 & 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

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

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!

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 ethanol 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 pons 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 before...

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

750 mL, capped and caged bottle. Green's, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. Slight gusher on opening but nothing too great. Fantome is usually pretty interesting and I don't suppose that Chocolat is likely to be any less! Bizarre color on the pour, it looks like liquid Butterscotch, with a murky thin body (that's why I gave it a "5", not because it was particularly "good", but because it was "exceptional"). The initially vigorous head does fade but leaves a thin film of foam on the surface of...

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 Fantome. It lacks some of the excessive funk that one often finds and whilst certainely "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

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

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 Fantome 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

$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

$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 orabge, chill hazed body that looks like a classic IPA. Nice sweet, horseblanket 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 the beer which is contrasted by a...

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 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

Capped and corked 750 mL bottle. Poured into the oversized wine glass. Hazed and clouded orange body with a delicious looking head. The head is dense and deep with wonderful retention and lacing. The usual funk and rustic manure type smells and apples in the initial up front tastes. Lots of dry, pineapple in the nose and the taste, in fact all around a little drier than I expected. Drinkability is high, and before I know it the 750 mL has gone. Tasty, refreshing and creamy.