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Review of Fantome Printemps

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying another beer from one of my favorite brewers.  Today’s tasting is of the Fantome Printemps developed by the Brasserie Fantome located in Soy, Belgium.

I’m really looking forward to trying this brew.

Again, we are going to have to revert back to ratebeer.com for the commercial description.  However, if you can translate French be sure to check out the Fantome website, fantome.be, sometime. 

Light, fruity and champagne-like. Fantôme brews special seasonal beers, never repeating a recipe from year to year. This one is for spring . . .

I’m excited to say the least.  Let’s drink.

This brew came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a hazy to golden/orange color with a white head that was very soft, fluffy, soapy and rocky.  It was sized very well and the retention time was very, very good.  The lacing looked rather solid too.  A lot of patchwork was left covering the sides of the snifter.

The nose presented some yeast as well as some light floral and fruity notes.  Hints of lemon and lemongrass.  It began with a very moderate amount of funk, however it became way more prevalent as it began to warm.  It revealed some earthy and woody tones that really peaked my interest too.  A solid dose of relaxed spices made their way through also.  All around a very pleasing and well balanced bouquet with this one I thought. 

The taste seemed to be even more entertaining and complex than the nose.  Tones of delightful musty funk along with a very earthy and herbal touch.  Spicy coriander and light pepper gave it some additional bite whilst subtle citrus of lemon and orange added some sweetness.  A modest amount of breadiness along with a minor tickle of grassy hops completed the flavor profile.  Very nice.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, dry, kind of crisp and somewhat refreshing.  The carbonation was spot on and a small bit of warmth was felt from both the spice and the alcohol.  The palate was left drenched with a good deal of flavor for me to enjoy between sips. 

Well, this is another very good and well made beer by Fantome.  Definitely worth a try if you favor Saisons.  The drinkability was outstanding because I made my way through the bottle in no time flat.  I should have picked up another one.  I don’t know that it’s quite as “loud” as some of the other Fantome beers, however it’s just as complex.  I’m guessing that because it’s a Spring seasonal has a lot to do with it being a touch lighter.  I, however, tried it back in the Summer and found it to be quite fitting for that time of year as well.  So, if you guys happen to see the Fantome Printemps next Spring at your bottle shop, pick it up and give it a go.  I think you may really enjoy it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.25 out of 5
Grade:  A-  

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Country: Belgium, Fantome

 

Review of Fantome Chocolat

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Fantome Chocolat brewed by the Brasserie Fantome located in Soy, Belgium.

I have really been digging these Fantome beers lately and the Fantome Chocolat really peaked my interest when I saw it on the shelf of my local bottle shop.

Since the website, fantome.be, is not translated to English let’s get to ratebeer.com and see if we can find some type of commercial description regarding this beverage.

A Belgian ’saison-style’ ale brewed with cocoa powder and chili pepper? Ay, Caramba! Score another first for the unpredictable brewery that was the first — and so far the only – brewery to make ales out of dandelions and mushrooms, among other things.

Time for a drink.

The Fantome Chocolat comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a cloudy golden/yellow color.  It kind of looked like pineapple juice.  The crown was very white, fluffy, soft and somewhat soapy.  It was sized greatly and the retention time was substantial and the lacing was very pleasing.  A very attractive beer I thought.

The nose brought forth a nice, funky barnyard aroma at first.  I found it to be very doughy and yeasty too.  Quite herbal smelling with a sturdy amount of peppery spice.  Very, very, very light hints of chocolate.  Just a smidgen to add a bit more complexity and create a nice little counterpoint to the “funk”.

The taste was nice, funky and yeasty.  More peppery spice added some bite, while a good dose of grassy hops added some bitterness.  I think I even detected a touch of lemon.  It wasn’t sour or acidic though.  The chocolate was almost undetectable.  Just a touch of it at the very back end when I swallowed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very dry, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was very lively.  No real amount of warmth was felt from the alcohol, yet a nice slap of flavor was left behind on the palate after the swallow though.

Overall, I thought this beer was very good.  Not particularly my favorite of the Fantome line, however I still enjoyed it very much.  It wasn’t as powerful as some of the other Fantome beers I’ve tried and the chocolate wasn’t as forceful as I thought it might be, but that very well could have been Dany Prignon’s intention.  The drinkability, like all Fantome beers I’ve tried thus far, was outstanding.  I absolutely killed this thing.  It disappeared rather quickly to say the least.  I would definitely recommend that you guys give it a try if you happen to see it.  So, with that being said, let me know your opinion of the Fantome Chocolat if you’ve had it.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment if you would like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+      

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2012 in Country: Belgium, Fantome

 

Review of Fantome Pissenlit

Hi guys.  Thanks for checking in on another craft beer review.  For today’s pleasure I’m going to be trying the Fantome Pissenlit produced by the Brasserie Fantome located in Soy, Belgium.

I have just recently been able to get Fantome in my area and I am very excited about it.  I’m really looking forward to trying this beer.  I’ve heard some really nice things.

The brewery’s website, fantome.be, is not translated to English, so I’m going to see if I can find anything on ratebeer.com about it. 

Dany, the offbeat brewer at Fantôme, will try anything, and the results are always interesting. A beer made from dandelions would be worth a try if only because no one has ever brewed one before, but the great news is that this is actually a very good beer.

Dany and some cohorts get busy every spring picking bushels of dandelions that grow in the fields around the picturesque farmhouse brewery. The yellow flowers are removed and dried in the sun, then soaked in water for a few days. The thick, dark dandelion “tea” that results is the basis for the Pissenlit, which is made also from traditional barley malt and hops. It resembles a classic saison beer – golden spritzy brew, strong and very flavorful, with a good hop bite. You may have to strain to taste the dandelions, but you know they’re in there.


It should be noted that uncooked, the dandelion has a diuretic effect and is known in France as Pissenlit (literally, “wet the bed” – this also happens to be the British folk-name) for precisely this reason.

Let’s have a taste.

This Saison/Farmhouse Ale comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a hazy, golden/orange color with a bright white head that was very soapy, rocky, fluffy and billowy.  It formed to a tremendous size.  The retention time was great and the lacing was spectacular.  It hung around for nearly the entire drink.  A very beautiful looking beer I thought.

The nose was awesome.  A nice jolt of barnyard funk was discovered first.  It settled nicely after a few moments to let me concentrate on additional components of grassy hops and grain.  Fruity hints of lemon, pear and green apple also.  A firm dose of peppery spice merged with an engaging amount of bread and yeast.  Very well balanced and even throughout the bouquet.

The taste was delightful as well.  A nice, tart, funky sourness at the start.  More lemon, green apple and fruity pear.  A touch of mustiness along with an easily recognizable Belgian bready/biscuity yeast.  The bitterness and peppery spice provided a nice kick at the back end.  The flavor matched the aroma very well.  Again, very well balanced and harmonized.  I couldn’t really taste the dandelions though.  Oh well, I didn’t miss them.     
The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, snappy, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  A lively bit of carbonation was felt without it ever becoming “stingy” on distracting.  A ton of flavor was left behind on the palate.  I was still able to taste this brew long after the bottle was finished.

I’ll tell ya.  I thought this was a beautiful beer.  It totally hit the spot on a day when the temperature hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit here in Kentucky.  The drinkability was outstanding.  I killed this thing in no time flat.  I’m definitely going to pick up another bottle before the Summer ends.  I’d suggest that you do the same if you can find it.  It packs plenty of flavor to be contemplated and studied, however it’s relaxing and soft enough to be enjoyed like a sessionable beer.  Watch out though, it’s still 8.0% ABV and the alcohol was nowhere to be found.  Just a killer beer in my opinion.  Have you guys ever tried the Fantome Pissenlit?  What were your thoughts?  Feel free to leave a comment if you wish.  I love to hear your opinions.

Thanks for reading guys.  I’m really thankful for all of the support.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.65 out of 5
Grade:  A+

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Country: Belgium, Fantome

 
 
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