Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Sampled at the Pre-GABF Babblefest 2004] An unclear dark brown beer with a nice brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of yeast and spices. The flavor is also sweet with notes of yeast and spices - here coriander stands out, but it also has some hints of sourness to it.
bu11zeye (11740) - 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.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown colour, few head, deep aroma of dark fruits, the cork is noticable (God I hate corked beers !), too much carbonation, tart, vinous, moderate maltiness, sweet with a moderate fruity finish
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, no transparancy. Full, brown head, disappearing. Nose brings coffee, spices, chalk first. Later lactic acid, a bit Flemish oud bruin-like, but more roasted malt. Taste is spiced coffee immediately. Sweet base, sourish character, bitterness surrounding; interesting balance. Then the chalk from the nose comes back, with some tobacco-wood notes. Palate is a bit harsh. Full bodied, pappy even. yet reasonnable refreshing. Harsh bitter finish, as rootspice (horseradish, turmeric, arrowroot,...) Typically Prignon. I call him an artist, rather than a brewer. Interesting - no doubt.
MartinT (7307) - 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…
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour, malty aroma. Pours a cloudy brown with adaquate head. Medium bodied, spicy flavor with a touch of chocolate malt. Slightly sweet finish which hides the abv well. A very unique style and beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by The_Beer_God. Thanks! Cloudy chocolate brown color with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Sour funky aroma with notes of chocolate covered cherries, bourbon and nuts. Sour taste full of funk and some chocolate and nuttiness. Effervescence present but soft. This is very nice.
Rastacouere (6103) - 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!
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is murky dark reddish-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard), moderately malty (coffee, caramel), with notes of cherry, cask wood, lemon peel, clove, licorice, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. It's difficult for me to enjoy dark beers that are relatively sour but not quite Flanders Red sour, or if there's a lot of bitterness to go with it. This is such a beer. I like the aroma a lot, sort of a cross between a Flanders Red and a porter. The flavor balance is decent, but the mix of sourness and bitterness don't work well together for my tongue...either give me all sour or all bitter.
Glouglouburp (5867) - 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).