JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Footbalm for sharing this rare beer. This is a dark red saison. Some sediment in the bottle and glass. Considerable carbonation. Aroma has yeast and fermenting fruit and some barnyard as well. This beer is on the sour side but it is not very sour for a sour beer. Very nice, more fruit, some balsamic vinegar, weird yeasty flavors. It is a shame I will probably never see it again.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from batkins. Medium amber colored with some chunky monkey sediment floating about. Decent light brown head, fair lacing. Modest funky aroma, some fruit and malt. Seemingy sweetish for a fantome. Moderate bitterness, basement flavors. Quite nice.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty caramely aroma, some pepper, yeasty. Pours dark brown. Sour at first, yeasty, fruity, dates, tropical fruit. clean finish. so good! have i said how much i love fantome?
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Matta for this one. Pours hazy rubyish deep coppery with 3-finger tan creamy head. Aroma of funky caramelly malt, fruit, spice, vinous notes, and some brown sugar and nuts. The flavor is caramel malty, with that characteristic funky peaty note, and some figgy fruit, with brown sugary and slightly nutty finish. The taste was sweeter than the aroma might dictate. Gets a bit tarter as it warmed, but remained a complex drinking experience throughout.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry and a bit thin for fantome, I was expecting more body, but still was just as wild as most of their other beers. The herbal character came out much more as it warmed and led to a bit of a peppery finish. Light citrus fruitiness complimented the dryness well.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found a bottle of this interesting beer in Chicago. The body was a cloudy rusty red color. The head was a medium khaki color and lasted a long time. The aroma was oranges with some blue cheese and hay. There was also flowers. You always can smell a Fantome, no mistake. The taste was funky weird peaches with some hay. There were also hints of chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. As usual, Fantome has an interesting and very unique beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malty with dark fruits and a touch of spice. Body is a murky river water brown and holds a two finger thick tan head that takes its time settling down. Fore is spicy with a touch of caramel flavor and dark fruits. Has the typical substantial Fantome mouthfeel and a bit of carmelized toffee in the finish along with a musty and herbal bitterness. Not the best Fantome, but not a bad beer at all.
jrt (62) - USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Really underwhelming. I get the feeling that the Circus beers don’t hold up on the trip overseas. When I pour the bottle out, I see a ton of weird herbs in the sediment but it’s not a very intense drink. It’s kind of bland, flat, and buttery for a Fantome.
And buttery in a not-so-fresh way. Considering I’ve had four and they were all this way, I would say that this is a problem with the beer not the particular bottle. Too bad. Nevertheless, it IS a Fantome, and a good deal more interesting and rich than other beers.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tame for Fantôme, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Pouring a somewhat murky chestnut body, it’s got a huge, fizzy tan head that manages to fade away quite lacelessly. It’s got a spicy caramel aroma, slightly sour, with a dusting of talcum powder. Hot & peppery on the tongue. Just a hint of the frequent Fantôme funkiness to the flavor, "merely" some caramel, dried flowers, butterscotch, white pepper, pecans, berries, a citric-like tartness, crabapples, and a trace of alcohol. Nice dry finish. Okay, I guess.
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iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 750 mL bottle, corked & capped (sampled at the Maproom in Chicago, June 2006): dark brown-orange with a large, tan creamy foam and flecks of rust. Strong butterscotch aromatics with undertones of mashed fruit and berries. Supery dry and very creamy palate. Flavours have subtle hints of Fantome funk and earthy sweetness, but are mild in comparison to the ’normal’, rich saisons they put out...