nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 750ml from the Bstill-ery vaults, thanks Brian. Bottled in 2004, sampled in 2008. Murky orange-brown color. Very interesting subtle tastes going on behind the smooth malty body. Mild yeast character helps smooth the beer out. There is an earthy, almost vegetable flavor in there it seems. The aroma has deteriorated significantly, perhaps the taste has suffered as well. Nonetheless remains quite enjoyable and drinkable.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brian for this one. Hazy amber with tall fluffy white head and lots of fluffy lacing. Aroma is kind of dry with brown sugar. Flavor is slightly maple, brown sugar, dry finish, no stickiness, and a bit of candy sugar mellowness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of bstill. Thanks, Brian! Pours a bright, golden-amber color; off-white head with good retention and glistening, mixed-bubbled lacing. Musty, tea, and stalky floral notes and light citrus in the aroma; maybe a touch of dried parsley; really nice, interesting, musty nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: toasty breadiness, tea-like malts, and floral notes upfront; solid amounts of characteristic Fantome funk, dry toasty malts; very drinkable, funky, and dry. Lengthy finish: dry toasty malts, breadiness, hints of spice and floral notes.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of bstill. Cloudy gold/amber body with a small white head. The nose is malty with caramel and light herbs. The flavor is lightly sweet with toffee, graham cracker, herbs, flowers and honey. Medium body is very soft with high carbonation.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Seriously kickass aroma. Very unique, even for Fantome. Very woodsy. Lots and lots of dusty cedar. Maple syrup laced oak chips. Honeysuckle dripping in morning dew. Just the smallest hint of earthy funk. Pours a dark and slightly hazy copper with a very fluffy white head. Flavor is rich and full bodied for a saison. Toasted nuts, cut grass, dusty basement. A touch of aged cheddar. Becomes very yeasty as the beer opens. Wet wood. Honey and maple syrup. The smallest hint of yeasty funk. Dried citrus peel. Very nice. Fluffy carbonation with a lasting dusty and cedar finish. Nice! Thanks a ton for this rare treat Markus!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a fairly hazy amber color with a large off-white head. Moderately yeasty, dusty, floral and spicy. Also some sweetness and notes of Swiss cheese. The flavor had mild malt, but on the short side, with dried flowers and spice toward the finish. Light to medium body.
BeerandBlues2 (10827) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle received via trade with elmatador00. Pours hazy orange with a large, fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of grape, pineapple, pepper, and chalk. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: Dry and dusty rustic Saison like no other. An acquired taste. Fantastic to me but not for everybody.
How: Vintage 2+ year old bottle from elmatador00. Thanks a lot James
The look: Cloudy orange copper body with a large beige head.
In long: Nose is like opening an old wooden chest is a old dusty attic. Very rustic and I like it. Tastes is pretty much what the nose hints on. A bit wild/funky but this beer is more dry and dusty than anything else. Fluffy body, graham cookies, dry wood chips, some crunchy caramel. Quite a bit of acidity, not fruity tartness, just pure acidity. A little spicy touch. A light oxidation kind of works well with the dry dusty nature of the beer merging together into a rusty flavour. Barely any fruity notes except maybe some dry orange peels. Lively carbonation. One of a kind. Fantôme BBBrrillant.
beastiefan2k (2861) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL shared by notalush, thank you. The beer pours a mud thick brown with a small head. aroma is signature Fantôme with that spicy and lightly funky thang. Spicy, funky, and woody. Taste is much more plain with a malt driven, thicker Saison. Above average carbonation, as usual for Fantôme .
notalush (5385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from elmatador00 - cloudy pinkish beer, with huge carbonation - funky, cheesy aroma, with a nearly bacterial quality, light fruitiness, and lots of earthy cobweb and mustiness - cheesy and fruity in equal measure, reminding me of eating apples and blue cheese - quite leathery and earthy, with a wee hint of smoke - not really sour, but quite funky - a bit past its prime, but I loved it anyway.