maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God. Clear dark brown body with a small creamy white head. Chocolate, spicy, earthy aromas. Light sour, molassas, roasted malts, and light chocolate. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at Bier Circus. Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thin light brown head. Interesting aroma of chocolate, leather and tart, cherry-like fruityness. Very good flavor of leather and chocolate, again, tart, cherry-like fruityness is present and some acidity. The body is light while the texture is very vinous and the carbonation is moderate. The beer feels a bit old, but it’s still in pretty good shape.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of mustiness, lemon, funkiness, cork, clove, and caramel. Flavor of citric sourness, coriander, clove, some dried berries, and pepper with a dry finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dirty brown-orange body topped by an initially large tan head. Aggressive spicy nose (cloves, nutmeg, mint) along with a vinegary aroma. Something’s wrong... Infection! Infection! Acidic vinegar taste and a light ferrous oxidation is the first thing I noticed. That’s unfortunate cause when focussing and doing selective tasting I could feel the wicked funky yeast, eccentric spiciness, dry woody malts, earthy notes, etc.. The infection was light enough to avoid a drain poor but strong enough to make it hard to feel what the beer was really supposed to taste like. We all know that there’s always a remote chance to get infected bottles from Fantôme but they make such great beers that we all keep taking chances. Unfortunately I bought this one from Beer Circus in Brussels and it was rather pricey. I ended-up as disappointed as the day I learned Santa wasn’t real (I felt like I had wasted 25 years of my life).
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Le Bier Circus.Vintage 2001. Average creamy beige head that mostly diminished. Muddy looking dark brown colour. Vegetable, mouldy, caramel, spice, chocolate, wood, herbs and fresh fruit. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Somewhat bitter flavour with hint of sour and sweet notes. Wood and vegetable like finish. Belgium 26-05-2007
sunevdj (3542) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brux 07. Vintage at the BierCircus. Poursa clear brown with an average off-white head. Moderate sourness. Aromas of chocolate and mocca. Also resin and average yeast aromas of leather, earth and must. Fruity aromas of raisins, prunes and souris port all stored on cask wood. Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. Sour coffeiis finish.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well preserved by jeffc666, and thanks of course! Loud pop and a super clear pour with nice carbonation, the color and presentation here was perfect. The aroma was sour cherries and red licorice an a little alcohol. A little like Black Ghost but not as intense. Flavors were iron, leather, pepper and cherries. The whole thing was very dry in the clear pour. Nice sipping. The dregs pour was a little harsh but still a good yeasty addition.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Couleur brune, apparence trouble et brouillé. Bonne quantité de mousse beige pale rapidement diminuante. Arômes de levure, de composte, jus de pruneau, acidité. Saveurs non-propre d’infection, de vinaigre, de poullailler et de levure. Acidité prononcée en bouche, corps pleinement atténué…Très problématique. Bouteille Bier Circus, Janvier 2006.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, with Christmas Lunch. Pours a dark, murky brown, slight head. Aroma is mostly fruit with a touch of sourness and a little spice. To taste this is medium bodied, very fruity, yeasty and tart with some spice. It’s pretty good, not 90 percentile stuff though, another Fantome that I expected more out of.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown, great red hue when held to light. Small tan head. Aroma has notes of raisins, chocolate, spice and yeasty bread. Flavour is sweet, though with a very spicy finish. Slightly tart in the finish, with a peppery aftertaste. Nice stuff.