Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A special bottling and considering that I am very much a part of the Burgundian Babble Belt I feel quite special to partake in this Fantome.
Hints of cherries, mixed nuts, Fantome Funk, deep roasted malt and odd spicing.
A nice blend of malt, spices and hops. Notes of maple, apple, wood, spices and citrus fruits. A nice beer, but this is lacking the usual Fantome magic.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt malt ashes embedded in the littoral core of this funky sweet river of candied prune juice…A top-hatted gentleman gazes upon this beautiful natural occurrence and, in his drunken stupor, drops a shot of whisky and a butt of his cigar into the fruity current…A citric sand taints the otherwise sweet and roasty fruitiness and carries the tastebuds even further into the brewer’s convoluted imagination…
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown color. Very funky aroma. Much more winey and malty than the BBBrr that we previously shared. Lots of Belgium dark candi in this one, plenty of spices too! I’m guessing coriander, pepper, mince. Flavor is slightly bitter. Sour, dry finish. Enjoy in the company of MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour. Almost no head which is a shame for fantôme. Just a thin light brown cover. Big aroma of dark malts, caramelic and brown chocolate reminding. Rhubard and grassy hints. Gentle rhubard-like acidity on dances on the tongue. Very yeasty flavors whih are matched with a high quantity of candi sugar and spices (ginger, cloves, mint). Sweet chocolate and toffee flavors here may be even weirder than the atypical yeastiness considering the marriage with acidity. Honest bitter finish. Rather thick body, lower than average carbonation for fantôme. It makes me think of a more bitter and less sour black ghost.. which is, needless to say, a praise!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alcohol-spiked clovey oranges with dark candi sugar in the aroma. Opaque brown body with light tan head that recedes to cover. Slight sourness and roasted malt character in the background. Very spicy up front with decent bitterness. Spiciness lasts on the tongue. Body is lighter than normal for a Fantome but still very nice in the mouth. Refreshing and very easy to drink. Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Acidic fruity nose, this is going to bite you. Dark, mean initial flavor palette, acid and citrus and heavy spiciness...currants and raisins help smooth it out and sweeten towards the end, but this is one tough bitch and I’m not entirely sure I’m up to the task. Another unique beer from these masters, whether you like it or not.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a small light tan head. Goldenrod, dust, pineapple and red wine aromas. Spicy red wine flavors. Interesting spicy brew. Pepper, cumin, coriander and allspice found adrift in this one.
obxdude10 (2175) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive Belgian ale, reddish brown in color, very sweet & malty nose, fruity flavors with a very crisp & smooth body, very tart & tasty
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle...holy jeez! It’s like Rodenbach Grand Cru’s little brother. Very prominent apples, very crisp. Clean finish; enough alcohol to declare its presence but it’s not overpowering. Ultra-sweet-smooth, my highlight beer of the night.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany with a big tan head. Sour, brett-y nose with underlying sweet hints, apricot, caramel, apples, light phenols. Tart, bitter, musty, oaky flavor, hints of chocolate, some sweetness. Complicated--a jumble of flavors with little balance, but still an interesting brew. Oddly watery.