FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a muddled amber color that shows a hazy, orange / bright-amber hue when held up to the light. As I pour this aromas of fruity leaning, lightly spiced, pumpkin like pie. A more focused inspection of the aroma also sees me noticing a light smoky note. At times a soft candy like note comes through; what kind of candy I am not sure, a bit honey like, almost something like a peppermint candy cane, but without the peppermint if that makes any sense. This last, may in fact some sort of light herbal character.
Lightly sweet, with an even fainter tartness, the beer has a nice effervescence (quite lively actually), and the body has light medium texture to it. There is a squash like flavor here somehow (leaning towards butternut or acorn), this is accentuated by the light, perhaps honey leaning sweetness, and a soft fruitiness. The fruit character is fairly non-specific, perhaps leaning toward hints of melon, some apple, some floral plum, and maybe even some tropical fruit character. There is a smokiness to this beer in the finish, a light phenolic character, and even some clove like character, and perhaps even a touch of plastic at times. The plastic and other phenolics seems to be accentuated by the carbonation, as the carbonation dies down these get more subdued. The spice character is fairly pronounced here, at least for a Saison, but it is still at a level that it keeps you guessing quite a bit; theoretically it could be all yeast derived, but I am pretty sure that is not the case. Teased spice notes of cinnamon, perhaps some ginger, nutmeg, hints of cardamom, and even some touches of fennel. Touches of maple couple with the smoky notes and the sweetness to suggest at a woodiness. The malt character is quite soft here, but provides a touch of whole grain cracker notes, some soft brown sugar notes, and perhaps a touch of chewy spice bread.
Quite nice, I wasn’t quite too sure what to expect from this, but I am quite enjoying it and it strikes a nice balance between the spice, fruit, phenolics, and other notes. This definitely lives up to the label quite well, definitely evocative of the fall / Halloween season.
brokensail (14590) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Explosive fountain of beer upon pulling the cork. Hazy orange/amber pour with an off-white head. Opens up with a nice lemony tartness and some spices. Intense herbal qualities, very phenolic with a lot of smoke and bandaids. The flavor is just not enjoyable. Smoke, bandaids, and overwhelming herbs. A light tartness, some sweet bread, and a lot of yeast.
kraddel (5204) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle split with and thnx to 77 ships ( who i had to cheer up after getting sad for the little ghost that got scared by the evil pumpkin)
pours orange, hazy, looks like a real good brew for fall/ winter , cause it reminds me of a nice warm fire...
the foam is fast fading
the smell is like a saison
taste is totaly unexpected ( after the smell) pure pumpkin. carbo is good , i dont realy get much more out of this than calling it a liquid pumpkin !
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Blij dat ik deze heb. Prachtige etiket - het spookje is terug, het is Halloween en de griezelige eenogige pompoen maakt het arme spookje bang, oooh :( 75 cl. fles gedeeld met Kraddel. Helder oranje amber, witte kraag rond de randen. Ruikt naar muffige rottende pompoen ingewanden, zwaar boerderij, hooi, lichte infecties, kruiden, zwaar groenten,... Smaakt naar pompoen ingewanden, lichte bbq, rook infecties van Fantome, hooi, veel boerderij, heel zware groenten smaak, wat zoete snoep, rauwe vis, vis bitter op het einde, wat kruiden. Tikkeltje te veel gas, mogelijk een infectie. Niet slecht, enkel Fantôme kan uiteindelijk met dit soort bieren weg geraken - een van de beste brouwerijen ooit, punt uit. //// Nog eentje kunnen proeven dankzij Mathieu87 & PriorL. Dit spul is echt achteruit aan het gaan, te veel smaken nu die aan infecties doen denken, meuk, rottende pompoen, kandijsuiker, wortels etc. Ik zou niet te veel moeite doen om het nu te proberen & het was al niet super om te beginnen. Ik laat de score voor wat het was.
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75 Litre bottle: brewed and bottled by Dany, but with ingrediant ideas from the Burgundian Babble Belt website, many of whom are regular home brewers as well as being Belgian (and other) Beer lovers.
You never know what a beer from this brewery is going to be like: a Secret Santa sort of excitment can prevail, will I get something I like or will it be a huge disappointment?
Well this bottle delivered the goods. Opened with friends on 23 Nov 2012 @ home and poured into three chalice glasses: dull, hazy hue to the orange/dirty dish water looking body, on top a thin layer of off-white bubbles sat around for a minute then disappeared completely.
The smell was orange, cinnamon, sugared water sprinkled with yeast and a bag of shelled mixed nuts (salted).
The taste was a concoffany of flavours in my head: sweet and sour, spicy, herbie (no, not the little car, the other herbs) and buckets of sugar, sun dried on lemons: the grist poured into a forth glass had the smells and tastes intensified greatly and warmed me up somewhat.
Fairly ’fizzy’ start to the mouth feel, it did calm down as the tasting progressed and although there was plenty to dislike about the whole thing: overall I enjoyed the strange flavourings and I bet no two bottles will taste the same. At £9.99 I didn’t get another bottle, but I might if our paths cross again, just for the shit and giggles.
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer is hazy and amber colored with a thin head. The aroma brings citrus, odd funk, grain, yeast. The flavor is interesting. Not particularly tasty, but I didn’t loathe this to the same extent as some others in the group. Lots of citrus and a chewy, bready mouthfeel. Some yeasty funk notes, but also some displaced floral hops and some medicinal and vegetal notes as well. This is just an odd brew. I suspect the bottle variation has a wide range, from excellent to not so much. I just found this to be rather weird and off-putting. I’ve had some great beers from Fantôme, but unfortunately, just as many duds. This is a dud.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served in a Fantome tulip. Nose has some banana and spice and a bit of plastic, which ten comes more through in the taste. Dry herbal bitterness. Quite odd.
JorisPPattyn (8920) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very carbonated, fully hazy amberish orange beer under a huge, irregular yellow to orangeish head. Heated citrus, orangesauce, grains, pumpkin in the nose. Sharp toasted flavour, spicy & yeasty. Again some vegetable as pumpkin, heated; faintly bitterish with a vegetable-sweet underbuild. Finish has something smokey-sulphury, but not disagreable. Faint hints at clove, white pepper, horseradish and other dry spices. Warming up, however, a very clearly defined taste of liquorice appears, and truly as when chewing the wood. Sharpish MF, very spritzy, very slick and medium bodied; very faint alcoholimpression. Not unloveable, special (as expected...), but it is not one to keep drinking.
yngwie (16065) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 75cl, wine corked. It pours a hazy, golden body and a small, off-white head. Bubblegum, yeast, citrus hints, white sugar and some burnt plastic. Not the best one from Fantome, at least not aroma-wise, but the flavor is a tad better. Still there’s bubblegum and yeast, as well as the citrus, but the burnt plastic seems to be gone. There’s a flowery touch too, and some bitterness towards the end. Full to medium body, with a strange carbonation, almost stinging. Certainly not a favorite of mine. 121109
chrisv10 (13839) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 8% @ FOneFan. Hazy amber/orange with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, hop and spices. Flavour is malt, yeast, phenols, little plastic, medium sweet, spices, little earthy, hop and a little bitter.