Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-brown colour. Cloudy. Liquoricey with crazy spice nose. Light pear notes, again very assertive liquorice/anise, nutmeg and spice. Probably a little too much, even for Fantome.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of sour fruit, mustiness, and florals. Flavor of sour, vinous, grapefruit, mint leaves, spruce, and herbal tea. Interesting beer, as one should expect from Fantôme.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, thanks mj) Cloudy amber body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some horse blanket, celery. Taste is medium sweet, grape, some funk/ Medium body, low carbonation.
kp (10886) - 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
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 pint 9 4 oz bottle. Cloudy red brown, explosive head that shot the cork across the bar. Light tan head. Aroma of pumpernickel bread and yeast. Taste of German black bread with sour finish. Incredible,
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Cloudy, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. Herbal, spicy aroma and flavor. Mild, Flemish acidity in both. Caramel in the nose. Bread in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and no sign of the relatively high ABV... excepting the ringing in my ears and pink elephants dancing in my head... oh, a circus! Easygoing carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Well-balanced beer all the way around. Another solid product from Brasserie Fantôme!
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and murky/muddy orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. The color darkened up as I got towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of yeast, fruity, spicey, caramel, green minty herbalness and floral. Tastes of the same herbalness, apples, pears, yeast, and citrus. Light tart finish.
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught - Beer Circus - Croydon. A dark brown almost black beer with no head at all. A sourish dark fruit aroma. There are hints of raisins in the flavour which was a lot thinner than expected. Tasted a bit ’old’?
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 750ml bottle. Smells of bell peppers and spicy grape and celery. Murky, muddy brown and orange color, very muddy with a tan and toast colored head. Creamy and slick and moderately thick up front, a bit thinner on the back, flavor is quite strange, some muddy yeast, some more celery, though it’s also crisp and pungent at times. When warmer there’s less vegetable and more grassy flavors and aromas, more grapes and pears. Just a weird beer.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Musty grapes and dry yeastiness recall that of the Black Ghost. The perfume here, while being intriguing, is rather subdued, and overall not as inviting as most Fantômes.
The sweet fruitiness of grapes and berries surrounds the small-bubbled carbonation. Sourness is present but never bothersome, as the dry finish works along quite well. All is well-integrated, but too muted to sustain pleasure.
Halloween costumes aren’t as fun if they’re mandatory.