thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. Pronounced the same as its sister beer, the Blanche Hotton Eau. Different label (red) and definitely a different beer (if it was originally intended to be so, is another question). This one pours with a cloudy orange golden colour with pinkish notes and a fine white head. Geuze-like aroma full of grapefruit and a hint of wood. Grapefruit flavours, dry acidity and some mild woodiness. Very dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonattion, lightish body. This is great and refreshing stuff, close to a geuze in character, and definitely the successful one of the Blanche Hotton sisters!
Earlier Rating: 10/13/2006 Total Score: 2.9
75 cl bottle. Peachy golden colour, much darker than your typical wit, hazy with a rocky white head that reduced to a minimum. Artificially sweet and fruity aroma with hints of wood and spices. Very sweet and fruity with raspberry and winegum flavours. Feels a bit like a wit mixed with artificial fruit sirup. Towards the finish woody dryness hits in, giving the beer some lambik character. The funny yellow label cannot mask a less successful experimental beer, though. Points as always for originality.
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottled (as Fantôme Hotton Blanche)] Cloudy amber. Winegum aroma. Medium sweet with loight, rounded mouthfeel. Plenty of herbs and winegum. Unusual, estery witbier, still with the refreshing qualities of the wit, but with an altogether different flavour profile.
chriso (7513) - 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 (4700) - 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 (20410) - 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 (15792) - 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...