Cornfield (5570) - 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...
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy auburn with a full, but quickly diminishing, off-white head. The aroma is quite unique and seemed to really need to breathe to allow for full enjoyment. Strange diacetyl aromas that reminded us of dissolved Wurthers (sp?). Over time, I either got used to the diacetyl or it dissipated and revealed understated hints of sweet red delicious apples, some berries, a bit of earthy funk and some herbal, slightly piney, aromas as well. The body is pretty smooth and creamy, especially after adding the sediment. The mild flavors were enjoyable but didn’t reach the normal Fantôme levels of bliss. In a weird twist, this is the first Fantôme where I was able to stand the sediment, and in fact, enjoyed it more than without. Perhaps it’s a bit presumptious on my part, but this seemed like it was aiming at easy transition from traditional bitter. Good, but a little underwhelming. I hope to try another bottle one day to see if the diacetyl issue is any better.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. La Chouffe tulip glass. Pours rich red amber, with a thin, tightly-packed almond colored head. Aroma is rather bland at first, with vague jellybean, bubblegum, belgian yeast and herbal (heather or lavendar flower?) notes. Flavor is well balanced, however kind of on the boring side, with a continuation of the jellybean sweetness with earthy and herbal notes. Good mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable at the 8% abv.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to EDA. Hazy orange/amber color with a good sized off white head and lots of floaties. Spicy(black pepper, coriander), fruity aroma with some fresh herbs. Flavor was mildly tart and bitter grapefruit, fresh cut grass, coriander and just a touch of malt sweetness. Not my favorite Fantome beer but still enjoyable.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of floaties and "junk" in the beer. Orange body, with a large head. Orange peels and citrus abound. Slightly sour and very yeasty. Some interesting twist of caramel malty sweetness too. An interesting beer from Fantome.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing this out to the Heavyweight Open House - I’ve often discribed beer as being "chewy," but I never meant it literally until now - I swear there were chunks of herbs floating in this (and it wasn’t just my glass; I looked in others) - whether they were herbs or not, my brain registered a strong herbal/spice character in this beer (rosemary, coriander, even some white pepper) - barnyardy, but not really funky (if that makes sense) - hay, grass, earthy characteristics - another interesting brew from Fantome.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a large, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, faint spices, funky barnyard, and orange peel. Taste of tart citrus, nuts, earthy yeast, caramel malt, some lactobacillus, and a dry finish. Very faint alcohol.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy auburn, nice carbonation, thin head. No lacing. Nose of grassy hay, coriander, light funky yeast and subtle wheat. The flavor is citrusy, nice crisp carbonation, not too fuiny, clean and subtle. Not bad.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs a ruddy deeep brown, with hints of amber coming through as well, and an ample off white topping. Spicy white pepper nose, with some nuttiness going on as well. Flavor is a bit dusty and earthy, with some caramel and toffee and apple pie spice. Enjoyable.