diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Bottle (1997 Vintage) at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Deep amber to brown body. Creamy, brown head with a good lace. Aroma of orange, hops, esters, wood, ... Moderately sweet, lightly bitter estery initial flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet finish. Fruity flavour. Quite nice old beer, but misses some guts to go into hops or sweetness, the flavour keeps on waiting to make a decision and makes none afterall (but could be due to age). Anyway, nice, but could be better.
bierkoning (10147) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color of a stout (almost black and opague), but with a less dense head. Malt, licorice, nutmeg and pepper in both aroma and flavor. Some sweetness, but that is overpowered by the spicy character of this beer. Reasonable balance, but too spicy for my likes.
MiP (13577) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strong liquorice aroma. Cloudy, almost black colour. Aroma is mostly sour with a hint of liquorice.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Dark brown colour with a medium baige head. Light sweet light roasted spicy aroma and a sweet malty taste. Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy brown. Aroma is of Roasted malts and bread. Taste is sweet, roasted malts, and some sourness.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wonderful full bodied saison. with lush fruit and spice palate and a wonderful nose that just pleases in so many ways. just a lovely beer from a very adventurous brewer.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ugly as hell. Muddy, sceptic tank brown, with zero head, and plenty of weird sediment. Reminded me of the mixtures I used to make with apple juice, 5 different food colourings and half of my mother’s spice rack back when I was a kid. Horseblanket aroma, frankincense, plums and/or mincemeat fruit, minty freshness.
Very acidic, tart with raspberry and blackberry tang, milk chocolate, oak and an all around aura of funkalishiousness, if you don’t mind the expression.
GonZoBeeR (2916) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:Sour and plum...
Appearance:dark brown no head...
Flavor:sour,fruity,acid and rasberry...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acidic, licorice, citrus-lemon, herbal, coriander and faint barnyard scents in the nose. Opaque brown coloured body with shy and diminishing tan head that recedes to ring. Strong acetic flavour is vairly vinegary with some notes of spice and wood that are somewhat akin to a Flemish Sour. Medium-light body with low carbonation. Somewhat astringent and puckering. Doesn’t have the usual unique Fantome mouthfeel. Bottle sampled at the Voyager par des Papilles group tasting Feb-05.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very muddy brown color with a lot of yeast sediment and no head at all. Aroma of fruits, BBQ sauce, with a farm quality and some acidity. Very good sweet and acid flavor of fruits. Light to medium body, very soft carbonation. As usual, here’s a weird but very good beer from Fantôme.