Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours hazy amber with an average off-white head. Aroma of caramel, yeast, banana notes, citrus, peach, cloves and corriander and some funk too. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry a close to tart and with bitter notes. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and soft carb. A very nice and complex Saison.
Dunt (283) - Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. Received in a trade with jsquire, thanks a bunch for the great trade Jeff! No discernible vintage found on the bottle, but it has the old paper labels typically seen in the early to mid 2000’s. Pours a murky brown in color with a ring of soapy off-white head around the glass. Nose shows very little oxidation, more along the lines of malt, citrus, orange peel, and some slight metallic notes. Flavor is malty and somewhat cocoa-y, with a fairly pleasant tart, citric finish. Very well rounded flavor. Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering acidity. Much better than I expected, quite a pleasant surprise on the day. You need to make this again Dany!
Swans (127) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The original is better! Similar taste and aroma with some metallic hints and special malts.
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of julian, pours a dirty, cloudy amber / mahogany with a tiny beige head. Aroma seems a tad oxidized and very malty, with dry cherries, some tannic qualities, and a bit of red wine vinegar. Flavour of red wine vinegar, tobacco, and leather most dominantly, and some dry caramel or toffee a little later. The oxidized qualities certainly show as well but definitely don’t kill it. While this has certainly passed its prime, the leather and tobacco notes help save this. Doesn’t strike me a saison, more like a Belgian amber ale. Very interesting one.
PhillyCraft (3143) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a couple years back. Hazy golden pour with huge and ultra fluffed out white head. Lacing was small to medium. Aromas of lemon rind, and other citrus dominant fruits. Other notes of belgian spice, vinegar, and light cocoa powder. Taste is similiar with a green apple and lemon flavor with honey, malt, and hop bitterness. Somewhat dry but worked well with the beer. Nice and woody. Will try again.
callmemickey (2564) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden-amber body. Large fluffy white head. Spotty lacing. Nose if full of lemon, wheat, yeast, and mild earthen notes. Flavor is similar but a bit less successful. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, a hint of acidity in the finish. Another interesting offering from Dany.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Man, I’ve sought this one for a very long time after losing my rating from long ago. The pour yields a cloudy, dark, orange-amber body with a small, foamy, eggshell tinted blanket for a head. Minimal spotty lacing marks the glass. The aroma is quite spicy and complex, suggesting of peppery grasses, herbal tea, and orange and lemon skin, all over a base of candied amber cereal grain. Yeast is slightly tart and minty, as per the Fantôme norm. Flavors follow suit, very herbal and peppery, showing plenty of citrus pith. Candy sugar is sufficiently dried by the minty-tart yeast. The palate sports moderate body and carbonation. This one really came together for me. Nice stuff....a very solid Fantôme.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011… Cloudy golden ale with a small, quickly vanishing head. The bouquet is spicy and funky with notes of leather and citrusy lemon peel. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. Finishes crisp, tart and lightly sweet. Bottle courtesy of the always-generous Beerlando!
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old 750ml bottle shared by Sylvain. 2004 vintage.
Appearance : Dark amber with small head.
Aroma : Some herbs with light oxidation. Light soy sauce with light sourness. A bit vinous.
Taste : Light sourness with lots of herbs. Sharp vinous finish with herbs. Light alcohol. Soft carbonation.
Overall : Very weird (as usual). Firsts sips are quit disconcerting but you slowly get used to it. Quite complex and very original but in the end it’s not really my thing.
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2003. Pours a bit murky and amber in color. It’s somewhat sour with a definite vinegar note. A little sweet malt aroma of toffee, maybe some apple. The flavor is sweet and malty with a decent amount of bread. A weird herbal flavor, perhaps spruce.