These brews aren’t for everyone, though. Fantôme receives plenty of praise from American beer nerds (myself included), but as a brewer, Prignon is notorious for his inconsistency. He rarely brews the same drink twice, instead adding ingredients based on whim—an affectation that, while indicative of his passion, can sometimes lead to head-scratching flavor profiles. Some beer lovers celebrate these eccentricities while others write it off as obtuse sloppiness. I find it endearing and I’m always excited to try a new Fantôme—it may not be a textbook version of clean, concise brewing but there’s little doubt it will be memorable. I’ve come across more than a few Fantômes that tasted unmistakably oxidized and tainted—but even then, the flavors were complex and richly rewarding. And of course the spooky tale behind the brewery only amplifies the appeal—especially this time of year, with Halloween fast approaching.