kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
muddy brown, whispy tan head, disappearing drippy lace, light spicy chocolate aroma, nice light chocolate flavor, nice light spices, nice bitterness in the finish
picking up lots of the signature Fantome funk in the aroma, dry caramel flavor to go along with the chocolate, with lots of spicy character,
sweet lemon in the aroma, more caramel than chocolate in the flavor
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 3/26/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a nicely-lacing frothy off-white head. Aroma of earthy slightly musty, sweet caramel malt with a touch of bready notes and some horseblanket character. Body starts fairly full with a touch of malty sweetness and mild funk with earthy grassy notes and some bready balance. A good saison.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This orange/amber ale poured with a massive beige head that filled half of a tulip glass, and there it stayed until I sipped it off the top. This is an unusual saison in that it is quite malty and dark. However, the flavor is pleasantly complex with tastes of malt, flowery hops, treacle and coriander, with a harsh peppery finish.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Knightly. Pour is off-white colored head, deep orange to brown color. Head thins to a few mm after a few minutes, but has excellent retention. Aroma was spiced grapes, spices which I certainly can’t place (coriander, pepper, cardumum among them?). Flavor followed the aroma, cherries mixed in, citrus, a heartily malted beverage, spices playing a supporting and accenting role, much more so than in a normal Fantome beer, yet of some degree of complexity. Mouthfeel was hearty, silky, creamy, airy feeling. A nice brew if you’re looking for a malty saison.
TheEpeeist (3053) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Hazed brown with a trace of bone head. Faint cherry and plum; mild yeast. Sweeter than other Fantômes i’ve had. Tingly spiced cantaloupe with a touch of sour gingerbread. Dry finish with a slight herbal pucker makes you crave another sip.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a vibrant ruby highlighted deep amber hue with a small but lasting frothy ring and good lace. The aroma has notes of passion fruit and other tropical pleasure, clove and cardamom, funky barnyard and musty yeast esters, moderate Belgian sugar, and a almost brett/gueze like sourness. All in all very inviting nose.
The taste profile is equal parts sour acidic fruit (think Flemish Sour), sugary Belgian Ale, and classic Saison wildness. Changing at every turn this beer has a unique flavor profile that is challenging and yet oh so enjoyable. The finish is a subdued spice and winey splash. The mouth feel is strangely watery but yet sustainable bulk. The finish is woody and dry per the genre. Another wonderful creation from Dany and a great way to celebrate the springtime renewal of Mother Earth.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque amber with small, off-white cover. The aroma is light funk, cheese, light yogurt, celery seed, floral and vinous. The flavor is lightly tart, lactic, candi sugar, herbal, spice and golden raisins. Medium body is very soft.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you ever wanted to read my thoughts on a Fantôme beer, well, here’s your shot.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown body with a tall, beige-colored head that fizzed out fairly quickly.
Smell: Caramel and cinnamon enveloped in Fantôme’s typical mustiness as well as some spices and a bit of white wine.
Taste: Mildy sweet taste with flavors of caramel and crispy toffee with a pinch of sea salt and a tart-sour twang similar to a 50-50 blend of a dry white wine and ginger ale.
Mouthfeel: Thinnish body with a somewhat oily texure and only a light amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Though decent, it seems fairly toned down when held up against some of the other Fantôme beers I’ve tried.
scoobyluv (503) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
cloudy amber color. i also agree that it smells like sweet potatoes. very sour. it had quite a bite but i’m not a huge fan
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A murky orange appearance. Aroma is spicy with some cherries, pears, apricots. The flavor is kind of funky with some citrus, brown sugar, and sweet potatoes. This was prettty good and unlike any saison Ive had. Oh and yes Gez I got the bottle.