chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2006. Looks like pineapple juice. Musty, slightly clammy aroma. Even smells a bit like pineapple. Tastes like fruit juice - Robinson lemon barley water springs to mind. Thin mouthfeel. Atypical for a Belgian wheat, although bucking the norm is par for the course for Fantome. In this case, I don’t think non-conformity entirely comes off, for me at least.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Hazy yellow-golden golor with a medium, quickly and completely fading, lemonadey head. Sourish, lemon-orange-peel aroma with yeast and witbier spices. Quite sour and dry, almost lambicy flavor with wheat and lemony fruit. Light to medium-bodied, fizzy-carbonated and sour, refreshing palate. Maybe not the most enjoyable brew, but quite refreshing and interesting one. The yeast smoothens the flavor, but doesn’t make it better - and also brings some stingy eggs to the aroma. I’d leave it out and drink it separately.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 #1400. St George’s Thing. The first pour was very clear yellow. Aroma is full of lemon juice and very sour. To taste this is bitter lemon, very sour and dry in the most concentrated flavour I have tasted in a beer, very interesting and nice. When the yeast goes in this becomes a different beer, much softer and more rounded but still full of lip smacking sharpness. Nice.
anders37 (19112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy pale yellow colour with a small white head. Spicy aroma with hints of yeast. Yeasty spicy flavor with some hints of sourness. Sweet finish.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. OK, you have to pour the sediment in otherwise this tastes very thin. With the yeast, the wild Fantome character comes through, mixed with the spicy characters from the coriander? and a nice lemon, clove and wheat characters come through. Not my favourite Fantome, but still quite pleasant.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (London Drinker 06): Brett and spice dominate nose and flavour. Some sweet citric lemon in the flavour too. Yellow flat appearance. Enjoyable and moreish.
harrisoni (14994) - 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 (4420) - 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 (4545) - 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 (6159) - 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.