arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. into footed glass. Kind of underwhelming. Nothing about this beer stood out to me. After reading the description, I now know that the occassional spiciness underneath the dark, non-sweet chocolate malt is black pepper, but that flavor never came to mind while drinking. Smooth and quaffable, surely, but without any of the stand-out uniqueness I’ve come to expect from Fantome.
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2018. Pours hazy reddish orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery/spicy bitterness and lightly tart/tangy yeast on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing thorough the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is and excellent dark saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, funk, banana and clove. Malty and funky flavor with some booze before an estery yeast finish.
Johnstledger8 (781) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy bright orange with a fading off white bubbly head. Aroma is of caramel, clove, spice, hint of blood orange. Taste is of caramel, brown sugar, pepper, clove, bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
kraddel (6363) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours unclear blonde, good white head. Smell is fine, bitter, malty. Taste is rather bitter, malty. Bit dry. Nothing weird about it, which makes it a very weird fantome. Some peppery background. in balance. Not extremely good, but I like it.
alteregoo (980) - POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pana duża, dość gruba, szybko opada do chmurki. Barwa pomarańczowa, mętna. Aromat dośc słodki i funky - dojrzałe pomarańcze, morele, siano, pieprz... W smaku lekko kwaskowy, lekko słodki, do tego co w zapachu dochodzi brzoskwinia, czerwona porzeczka, zatęchła słoma... Goryczka niska, przyprawowa. Wysycenie średnie, grube, półpełne i mdłe w odbiorze, lekko rozgrzewający pieprz na finiszu, który sprawia wrażenie podwyższonej alkoholowości.
Reasumując piwo nie jest złe, brakuje mu tylko rześkości, świeżości, a co za tym idzie większej pijalności. Po kilkunastu łykach zwyczajnie męczy...
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle from Dany at the brewery in Soy. Pours cloudy deep amber, frothy effervescent off-white head. Aroma is earthy, saison-esque spice. Taste is rich spice, red wine oak, mild sherry. Tastes a lot richer and stronger than 4.7%. Extremely flavoursome, kinda tastes red wine barrel-aged with added bretty complexity. Another cracker from Dany!
Maakun (4063) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Clear golden with big fluffy off white head. Grassy, quite some bitter herbs, lemon, orange, soft caramel, touch of spices but I don’t get much black pepper. Under medium sweet and medium bitter. Almost medium bodied with nice carbonation and light spicy finish. Quite good.
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
~10 years old. Copper orange clear color with foam layer. Sour and light acidic and salty nose. The taste is sour and milky salty with hints of soapy touch. Very weirdly clean offset in the aftertaste and a layer on the tongue.
Ritzn (521) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber, a little red-brown with long lasting tan head. Aroma is clove, vanilla, nuts, a little pine cone hops, some spicy booze as well. Taste is mostly champagne-like sour and a little aclohol warmth. Smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation, long sour and a little bitter finish. Overall Ok, but a the complexity is more like an awkward combination of random stuff for me.
SinH4 (3176) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2016 Bottle, about ten years old. Nice amber-orange color with eggshell head. Aroma is horseblanket, dusty yeasts, a bit fruity, desinfection spray, nice funk. Taste is slightly oxidized (but it fits), fruity, tart, dry finish. Good!