Fantôme has long been a favorite brewery of mine, but when Shelton Bros stopped distribution in NC it went MIA for several years. Thank goodness it has returned and I purchased the first bottle I spotted. This one was so fresh it had not developed any tart characteristics and the hops were still grassy and resinous. At 8% ABV Fantôme Saison is a bit higher in alcohol than most Saisons, but they have always been that way and always will be that way. I cannot recall one of their beers which was anything less than 8% ABV. I’m certainly glad to see them back on the shelves and plan to make it a point to work my way back through the lineup as they seasonally appear on the shelves. If you’ve had Fantôme in your area without pause and haven’t been sampling them regularly, you truly don’t realize what you had until it is gone. Be sure to give them a whirl.