JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear light amber with a large, thick head. Nose is way more pumpkin forward than I expected, with some spices and Belgian yeast kick. Mouth oddly sweet and pumpkin meat, pie spices, crust. Didn’t expect this from Fantome, basically it’s a legitimate pumpkin ale with a nicely integrated Belgian yeast component. Carbonation is really high. I thought this was going to be some weird, sour, grassy saison with a minimal impression of pumpkins, but that’s not the case. Decent, not amazing or anything, doesn’t blow me away, but a good beer.
ThirstyBird (2219) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber color with small tan head. Smell is funky, spicy yeast. Taste is tart fruit, a little spice, dry and slightly sour. Medium body and nicely carbonated....nice! Very tasty stuff!
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pours dark gold, white head. Aroma is smokey, pumpkin, medicinal notes. Taste is lightly tart, leather, pumpkin, smoke. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, smokey finish. Odd.
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Split with tastybeer this was a beer that I could not pass up when I saw it on the shelves during a beer run. It might have been a little on the pricy side but sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. If this comes around next year pick one up for a fun Halloween.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated with a stark white head, the base is the color of a candlelight carved pumpkin. Iced pumpkin, yeast, and smoke mix well. Of the three the smoke is least expected. It smells a bit like roasted pumpkin seeds.
Flavor / Palate - Imagine lighting a pumpkin on fire, putting it out with a handful of snow, throwing it in a blender, and topping it with whipped cream. This is not what I imagine from a seasonal but as a result it stands out. Throw in a couple sips of orange slice and you have the whole package. This beer is worth trying just for the novelty.
condray (3) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So bubbly!! Took a while for my mouth to adjust to the texture so I could start tasting the brew.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Boo is right, maybe Boom is more appropriate!! WARNING for this is a MASSIVE GUSHER, the kind that goes everywhere but in the glass, I lost 80% or more of the beer. The beer it self has a nice acidity but there are some off-putting phenolic activity like plastic and band-aid. I am just to pissed off to add more than that. I was a big fan of Dany’s beers with many rated 4.0 or higher but this event and other horror stories make me question of I will ever buy any more.
anders37 (19518) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Gusher. Pours a hazy yellow color ska longlasting white head. Has a fruity head. Fruity malty smoky spicy aroma. Fruity malty smoky spicy pumpkin flavor. Has fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.
beastiefan2k (2863) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am bit surprised by some of the other ratings, I did not have a phenolic or "plastic" character at all. I had a great bottle that was mostly a light, tart beer with a light herbal/vegetal squash sweetness. This was greatly interacted with a tart aspect and a spritzey mouthfeel. Tart, easy drinking, with a cool and novel pumpkin character. Real pumpkin and no over the top pumpkin-related spices. Once I feel like I am done with Fantôme something really good hits me in the face. I really enjoyed this beer, I too must of hit the Fantôme lottery. Some of us are lucky.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow to light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of vacuum cleaner bag, toenail clippings, plastic, hairspray, Windex and other cleaning products, apple, orange, cucumber.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This is just another example of how far Fantome has fallen in the last 5+ years. This is just abysmal, truly embarrassing. I would never release a beer this bad with my brewery’s name on it. The nose is a cornucopia of disturbing, phenolic horrors. I guess if you like drinking chemicals you might like this, but wow...one of the worst from this brewery I’ve ever had.
bhensonb (12582) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped/corked 750 from Bine & Vine. Opened with a major gusher. Pours hazy orange gold with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is herby and seems to have all spice - it’s a little dusty. A little furniture polish. Med + body. Flavor is musty/dusty oddly spiced - reminding of furniture polish. Finish is dry and turns towards light pitted fruit. Strange for a Fantome.