Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewwed from notes. While I’ve had both batches of 5 Sciences, I will rate the 2nd batch since the 1st batch had the obvious infection problems. Opened at Fantomefest 2014, thanks Patty. Pours a cloudy orange in color with a finger and a halfs worth of off-white head. The nose is comprised of dank herbal notes, the type I remember in Sante! 14. In other words, this smells like weed...really dank weed at that. The flavor also has the weed present, but it’s also complimented by floral notes, spices, and some citrus peel. Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a moderate finish. Really happy this beer was remade after the first batch because the first batch was kind of a disaster.
Iphonephan (4424) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Beer Heads MeetUp bottle share event in October 2014. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Herbal nose. Flavors of tropical fruits and coriander. Clean finish.
Theydon_Bois (12684) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at home with James on the evening of my 40th, 11/10/14.
Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white covering that retains.
Nose is bitter tropical fruits, orange pith, pineapple, straw, bready notes.
Taste comprises orange & pineapple squash, light spice, bitter tropicana, sweet mango.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light farmy haybales.
Decent enough saison.
ShivanDragon (2254) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 75cl fles, meegenomen tijdens Devoxx uit Antwerpen, eindelijk de tijd gevonden om hem op te drinken, waarop zo lang gewacht... tja 75 cl en een saison... nou niet Ã©Ã©n van mijn favoriete stijlen... maar na deze moet ik het wellicht iets bijstellen. schenkt mooi gouden in met witte kraag. aroma van een funky boerderij, hooi, gras, stro, kruidig, hop, gist. smaken zijn die van matig zuurtje, maar niet in een vervelende manier, citrus, sinaasappel, lekkere fruitigheid, redelijk kruidig, zwak/matig bitter, matig zoetje, glad en zacht, lekker fris, maar ook wat taart achtig over zich hebbende. heb ik best van genoten de hele avond tijdens een spelletje Magic The Gathering.
Inbreak (2869) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
08.10.2014, 0,75l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Big creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is fresh spiced, flowers, weeds, yeast, camomile, cloves, sap, herbs, light malts, old cellar, citrus, citrus peel. Taste is slightly sour-ish floral, citrus peel, flowers, yeast, sap, bark, weeds, camomile, light malts, herbs. Medium bitterness, slightly harsh floral mouthfeel. Fair enough, kind of interesting.
ej (976) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Funky aroma with loads of orange peel, sage and citrus. Taste is spiced with a light sour touch. Sage and citrus peel. Fairly dry with medium co2. Nice.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l corked and capped bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks really nice in the glass this with a big bright white lasting and lacing head over a near glowing orange cloudy body. Not bad. Smells aged, but I don’t think it’s a particularly old bottle. Kinda herbal and spicy in a way. I get dried clementine zest and wheat. Grapes and green plums. Traces of grass and lemon zest. Yeah, I like this aroma. Funky flavors. Not directly sour but it has a mild tart funkiness. Near gliding oily in the mouth and it’s just below average on the carbonation. There’s slightly sour fruity gooseberries, a herbalness hard to describe. More clementine bitter zest. Some wood hints. All in a a somewhat complex beer. Mild dandelion bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad one at all this. 08.10.2014
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Cloudy amber pour with pale rose highlights and a small, wispy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is an interesting blend of smokiness, fresh bandage and lemon peel. Medium-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is mildly tart and a hint smoky. Finishes tangy, tongue-numbing and fairly dry. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
Huhzubendah (2994) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer appears golden with a thick white head. Aromas of spice, malt, oddities, well water, funk, earth. The beer definitely seems more Fantôme than Hill Farmstead. Weird, earthy, herbal. Flavors do not cooperate well. A jumbled mess of odd spices. Cracked black pepper with some fruity notes. I am not a fan of this one.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled April 2014
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a slightly murky, light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, light straw color. The aroma smells earthy, lightly tart, and lightly funky, definitely Fantome like. Slightly musty, tart with a bit of apple cider vinegar character (strangely without the acetic focus though), with a soft, dried straw like, and pale cracker like grain aroma to it in the finish.
The beer is light bodied, but not thin, with a spritzy carbonation and a dry, slightly musty finish. The beer has a solid bitterness to it, with an herbal, woody character that seems evocative, if not from hops. Up front the beer has a touch of grassiness, and there is also a black pepper like spiciness that melds well with an earthy, grainy, pale malt character that tastes of dried hay, and raw grain crackers. There is a light tartness here that accentuates a citrus zest character (leans towards lemon), as well as suggesting of star fruit. This has suggestions of floral honey notes to it, but without any sweetness.
This is a really nice beer; I like that it is only at 6.5% rather than at the typical, Fantôme 8%. There is still lots of character here, and the beer finishes lighter and drier, which is a bonus. The bitter, herbal character is the dominant note in the flavor, but it is nicely accented by the soft tartness, suggestion of citrus, and light, earthy spiciness.