Dorwart (2392) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin beige head of fine and creamy bubbles. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel malts and herbal notes. Not as yeasty and grassy as most of their brews. Color is a slightly hazy dark mahagony brown. Flavor is a little thin and much sweeter than typical fantome brews. Very little of the dry grassy palate. More herbal notes and a little funky sourness. Kind of flat in the mouth. FInish is slick and semi sweet with more light sour notes. Not a very good fantome brew.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 A big frothy Fantome head adorns a murky brown body with mahogany hues. Retention is good, lacing is three dimensional, jutting over the surface area of the head. Aroma is more reserved than I am used to encountering in a Fantome barnstormer. Nonetheless complex scents emerge, including semi-sweet malts, scorched grains, herbs fresh from the garden, caramel off in the distance and yeast that is neither funky nor tame, possibly just a little tired. I have never known Dany to skimp on the funk. Moderate sugary sweetness is the only addition to the flavor. Palate is not very engaging but pleasant enough. Finishes with a touch of yeast and toasted grain and a wave of alcohol. Extra point for being so unmistakably identifiable as Fantome, I love that, and in good condition, it seems like I’m always guaranteed a great quaff. Cool.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Beer is murky, medium caramel colored with a larger-than-average, beige, mostly diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is distinct—pointed and piquant. It’s malty with a moderate-to-heavy note of deeply toasted grain, light notes of creme brulee and dark caramel; Hoppy with a light note of pine, moderate herbal note of rosemary and thyme; Yeasty with moderate note of horseblanket, trace of gorgonzola/blie-veined cheese; Moderate miscellaneous note of aspen tree bark, decaying leaves, light note of smoke.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter with a long warmish, lightly sweet, moderately bitter, trace acidic finish. Ends with a heavily bitter whip and a trace of astringency.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is fizzy.<P>
Glad to have had it.
beastiefan2k (2526) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Pours copper/amber with a strong, big fluffy head. This head just doesnt want to go away. Aroma is all herby and spicey. I mean I like Fantôme for these aspects but it can be a real hit & miss kind of thing. Here it isnt as much of a hit compared to lets say Dark White. Lots of rosemary, just think earthy, dry and green, mixed with beer. Taste is spices mixed with a rather strong Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Nice but nothing special and their are better examples from the brewery in similar beers.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown, clear with little head. Aroma is mildly spiced, yeasty, with light funkiness. Taste is well spiced, alcoholic. Pronounced woody, earthen flavor which lingers through the finish. Medium bodied, good balance with carbonation.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of autumn (dead leaves, bark), straw, leather, minerals.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Only 3 beers on RateBeer have "circus" in the name, oddly enough, and this completes the trio for me. I hate to sound tired, but if you like Fantome, well...you’ll like this. It’s got all the characters that make Fantome unique, and this bottle was in good shape, so...delicious. Kinda in the same ballpark as the Pissenlit or Automne...amber colored, scents of autumn (leaves, trees), etc.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muddy, dirty pale orange. Musty, some vinegar, a bit sour, some orange peel. Palate is dusty, tongue feels coated with herbs while drinking. Strange stuff.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Sleepy Bear tasting 09/30/06 - Aroma is citrus hops with typical Fantome yeasty funk. Pours red/brown with a slight head and lacing. Flavor is chewy carmel, spice, and subtle barnyard. Palate is sticky. Not bad, but not a standout in the Fantome lineup.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from demolayfire, Thanks David.
Poured a rusty copper color with a bit if white foamy head. A weird brew with some damp cardboard notes along with a bit of soured fruit,what kind is impossible for me to say as the aromas are so damaged by the fermenting.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very strange Fantome beer...it was pretty good, though. This was way mor red than I every expected out f a saison, but then again, it is Fantome. Aroma was biased to the fruit side of things, there was bit of funkyness in the aroma. Not very sour overall, there was a sweet sense, and as JK says a bit os balsamic vinegar, kind of reminds me of the aged balasamic vinegar steak from The Capital Grille. It was quite enjoyable.