egajdzis (6014) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of lemongrass, herb, light skunk, citrus, and a bit of pine. Taste of citrus, lemon, pine, and light spices, with a crisp finish.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a murky golden straw, small whitish head to a ring. Aromas are decent coriander, light tartness moves into big lemon. Light lactic acidity, funky brett, light wheaty malts and bread. Initial is different, light and Belgian yeast slanted with a touch of spice, touch of estery pear, dry zest, light bitterness and a nice big dose of grapefruit juice, touch of lemony tartness grows on me at the backend. Coriander lighter than anticipated, with that telltale and lovely Fantome sourness that grows on the palate. Different, and probably my favorite Witbier for what it’s worth. Sourness is nice, with a touch of coriander and what seems like white pepper.
Nickls (2336) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Old BA rate - bottle shared by Maxxdaddy)
Looks like freshly squeezed light orange juice; didn’t really have much of any head really. Pure fresh grapefruit; sour; and a bit musty aroma. Grapefruity; white pepper; bit of a twang. Thinner overall; very subtle carbonation. Nice drinking; intriguing and at a very low abv which made for easy down. Overall, perhaps one of the strangest in the style that I’ve tried, but certainly enjoyable.
beastiefan2k (3377) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Dany!
Color is clear pale yellow.
Aroma is strong with "I can’t pinpoint what but its an herb/veg and its strong." I am going to guess sage and its awesome. Plenty of citric earthy coriander. In general its strong, green, and natural.
Flavor is spicy of course, not intense on the palate as expected. Has a nice lemony finish from the coriander. Finishes with a good tartness. Its strong and dry coriander. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with a lemon kick at the end. I really liked this beer.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy pineapple/piña colada gold color with a small bubbly white head that disappears fast leaving some thin patchy lacing.
S - Huge amount of grapefruit jumps out of the glass. Some orange citrus, pineapple and tropical fruit. Very light wheat and spice aroma. Strong, intense, and enjoyable fruity aroma.
T - Similar to nose, but the fruitiness is a bit more subdued. Still a lot of grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. Gives off some tart flavor. Some floral hops along with the wheat base. Hints of pepper in the background.
M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and fizzy with a touch drying finish.
D - Very drinkable with a nice mix of different citrus and fruity flavors paired with the wheat and pepper taste of a typical witbier. Easy to drink and refreshing.
Notes: A nice witbier with plenty of citrus. Packs a lot of flavor, especially for the ABV. Definitely not like a typical witbier, but a very enjoyable. Another great beer from a great brewery.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a milky yellow color. Smells like nature. Grassy and with a big sweet musky component. Really pretty. Soft hay and wheat on the body. Light soft bitterness to finish. This was very tasty.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is friggin insanity. Absolutely pure grapefruit rind, pith, and flesh aroma matched with gnarly old gym socks funkiness. Intense aroma, but a light flavor that that evaporates from the palate rapidly. An absolutely unique beer.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Amazing nose, with notes of herbs, funky yeast, lemon citrus, coriander, sugary malt sweetness and a hint of straw. Really nice blend. Cloudy pale yellow in color, head fades rapidly. Flavor is gently tart, citric, sweet and spicy, herbal and very lightly bitter, mild yet complex, with notes of lemon and that ever-present Fantome yeast funk. Palate is light, nicely effervescent, very refreshing. Body is light-medium. Certainly one of my favorite examples of this style. Cheers to beastiefan2k!
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - FEB 17, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Pours a vibrant, slightly verdant yellow with a minuscule ring of white, small-bead foam. Nose is tart lemon-skin, honey-candy, soft flowers, and a restrained haunting of Fantome funk. Flavor reveals fresh lemon meringue pie, white sage, pepper, and honeycomb/beeswax. Absolutely stellar for such a ’simple’, ’light’, and ’straightforward’ brew. Carbonation is minimal, but certainly sparkles enough to lift the flavors for an outstanding, subtle, salty, and earthy finish. 4% seals the deal. Wow.
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml capped and corked bottle generously shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is a light hazed yellow golden with a one inch white head that falls really fast. Aroma is big and brightly citrus and acidic yeast along with an herbal element that is hard to define (Eugene said sage, maybe - it is earthy and bright). I get a hint of grass in the back, maybe coriander (power of suggestion with a Wit perhaps?). Taste is the really brightly citrus acidic elemnt of the nose, though its an acidic minerally citrus, not a fruit citrus taste. Following the initial shock, there is a great dry leathery taste, followed by the grass and straw of the nose. Palate is medium, oily a bit, with lighter carbonation. Aftertaste is the yeast and citric nature. As alway with Fantome interesting, weird and completely fun to try. Thanks for sharing Eugene.