Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peachy amber color with attractive white foam. Gentle kriek aroma, malty too, suggesting raisin, barleywine, and still-frozen french fries. Up-front there is the hint of a liquor, with a fruity base, warming alcohol, and a hint of grapefruit. Early on the finish had a citrus peel bitterness going on especially hard, but that mellowed quickly. And then the lambic musty quality emerged as it warmed. The palate remained good throughout while the sweetness built. Good, unsettling carbonation. All told, a confusing, weird, exciting beer. (on tap, Monk's, Philadelphia)
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium sized, white, rocky head that lingers. Big aroma of wood, yeast, and a perplexing sour tartness that is lambic like. Medium body with moderate carboantion. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a bit of crispness in the finish. The flavor is wonderfully fruity and yeasty, with wood, sour fruit, orange, and peach flavors all melting together. The finish is long and intensely fruity with peach and pear flavors. An intensely complex and wonderful beer, what a treat. I love Fantome!
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
VERY big aroma....sour grapes, yeast, barnyard....I could smell this from several feet away. Taste was very sharp and fruity, sour apples, with a slight pepper in the finish. A pretty good beer, but not spectacular.
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Completely BEAUTIFUL. Delish. Mellow rounded complexity hiding under the surface of a taste that just kept coming back to me all the rest of the day. The flavors meld so well that this little boy has great difficulty pulling them apart. Don't really feel I need a science course to know I like it this much.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy-light-amber with a big head. Typical guezeish smell with also a hint of nice apples. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a delightfully moist and lingering mouthfeel. Good stuff.
rauchbier (3732) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber orange, excellent rocky fluffy white long lasting head and good condition. First aroma is that lambic/orval note but it soon subsides and is replaced by a fruity malt and cider apple tartness with some spiciness in the background. In the mouth it is full bodied and slightly chalky with apples and malt. Yeast sediment adds a spiciness and there is a vague suggestion of hops. Finish is sweet and sour with a mouth filling dryness. Threatens to offend but is pleasant and quenchingly drinkable for 8%.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad Saison. Fruity, spicy, and tart. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just a bit darker than the Fantome Saison, as well as harsher and sweeter. The label depicts a ghost emerging from a PC monitor bearing beer, but that did not happen in my case. Somewhat spicy, but not much citrus. So-so.
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very impressive. Brillant Orange, with a huge finely carbonated head. Sour, Lemony aroma. Full sour/tart flavor, with grain (rye?) and citrus in there as well. Notes of Oak and stone, as well as some mustiness, too. Nicley bitter, but not too overwhelming. I'd call it whelming, in fact. Now what the Hell is up with the label? Did I miss something?
Ernest (7123) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy/murky medium amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (lemon, herbs, grass), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, grape, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Great stuff from start to finish...attractive farmy saison/lambic aroma, lambic-like tartness with well-matched bitterness and malt, nice mouthfeel and fabulous appearance. Another astounding creation from Dany.