harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at London Drinker BF 2006. Cloudy gold colour with no head. Lemon aroma, very sour lemon in mouth. Quite harsh. Bit of nothing really but lots of lemon.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750 ml bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. A witbier from Fantôme? What kind of weird, musty, spicy oddity will it be, and how unlike a witbier? Let’s see: very, very light white-yellow color with a touch of a ring, cloudy...beautiful, fascinating nose, the strange plastics are overwhelmed by much more interesting notes of vanilla, almond, soft flowers and lemon-cookie-yeast....body very lemony and tart, vanilla appears again, and interestingly, fennel...a touch of orangepeel and more spice towards the finish....in the end, not exactly a typical wit but close enough that it deserve the appelation, and certainly another winner from this most unusual of farmhouses...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong coriander spiciness over lightly farmy, lemon-citrus aroma that is quite doughy. Opaque milky white body is topped by a low white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Coriander, lemon and doughy yeast character are apparent in the flavour. Full of fruits, this also features, tangy and tart, pineapple, grapefruit and orange notes. Some acidity in the finish while the wheat, though apparent is overwhelmed by the fruitiness. Medium light body with crisp, pointy effervescence. Bottle sampled at the Montreal YEHa’05.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Very light milky yellow, cloudy. Generous white ring still seems a bit shy for Fantôme. Strangely defined wheat character plunging into a heavily phenolic atmosphere where dryish spiciness and low maltiness accentuate the apparent hop absence. Curacao orangey flavours take a lot of room. Much tarter than expected in mouth, citric and lactic acids added to the oldish wheaty acids, intense and hard to define. I love Fantôme, but I’ve the haunting feeling that I wouldn’t like this beer from most other breweries, so I can’t see myself giving it really high scores. Funky, grainy, mustardy and tart coconuts suggestions mingle in a maze of loose oddities. Light bodied, not very malty nor hoppy at all, perhaps floral and surprisingly unfocused carbonation for Fantôme. Very very atypical.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. white-golden murky body with a small ring of head. aroma has some tart citrus, pear, and yeast along with various spices in the tradition of Fantôme. very interesting which isn’t surprising for them. Refreshing wheat-like character...funky and flavourful apple and lemon tartness. good stuff.
Lubiere (9102) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light golden ale with a thin white head. Spicey aroma, with noteds of thyme, and definite rubbery notes, problematic. Lemony blanche, like a lemon frapée, still quite funky in taste, and redeemed in that area. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a pair of these on my visit to the brewery, and since this one only clocks in at 4%ABV, I figured I better drink them sooner than later. What better occasion than the Montreal YEHa! gathering to pop one open?
Murky banana peel yellow, head consisting of a few spots here and there.
A citrusy, pineapple funk, with a side of passion fruits and mushrooms covered in dust. Wild stuff!
Tart and sweet like pink grapefruit juice, with a weird but good yeast flavor, with a tangerine/mandarin orange sweet finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, but cooky for a "Blanche", be it Belgian or otherwise. A bit thin, but still a classic Fantôme that I could drink all day long.
CapFlu (4254) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Sampled at TiggMTL’s Montreal Crew YEHa!05 Christmas Party on December 17, 2005. Yay! Always excited to try a new Fantome. Pours a cloudy amber body with a thin, white head. Nose is rubber and plastic. Yeasty, tart, lemony and farmhouse. This beer seemingly is off.
GonZoBeeR (2753) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma:Light flowral and light fruit...
Appearance:Hazy gold-white,light head...
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head. I agree with Glouglouburp, the aroma is very funky, it feels like I’m sticking my nose in manure, on a hot day. There’s also a nice yeasty, fruity, spicy presence, but it’s quickly overwhelmed by the dominating funk. The flavor has more balance, it feels less like manure, more like farmhouse terroir you find in saisons, there’s also lemon and spices, there’s pleasant dryness in the finish. The body is light and creamy while the carbonation is moderate.