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
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantome Boo pours a cloudy orange(...or pumpkin!) colour with minimal head. Smell is wonderful. Caramel, all-spice, coriander and apricot all come through along with delicious fresh pumpkin. Taste is classic Belgian. Very little hop character. Medium body. Some sweetness. Pumpkin is really nicely balanced, not too overwhelming. This is my girlfriend’s favourite beer!
beastiefan2k (2430) - 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.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Gingerman. Outrageous aroma, all over the place: allspice, lemon, cider vinegar, violet, squash, lemon candy. Unique and crazy complex. Burnt sugar flavor, some pumpkin and warheads, nutmeg. A bit harsh but still lovely.
ineedbeer (736) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must have won the Fantome lottery because this bottle was excellent.
Aroma is full of spice and fruit. The spice includes cinnamon, coriander, clove, allspice and a bit of mint. There is citrus - lemon and tangerine, pear and apple cider. No hop or alcohol aroma.
Pours a cloudy orange with a pillowy white head that has very nice retention. There is really nice lacing and minimal legs. This bottle was a gusher but after the initial gush it was fine.
Flavor is full of citrus and spices. The citrus is mostly lemon but there is a hint of orange. The spice is mostly clove, coriander and cinnamon. Medium low bitterness. Some nice acidity helps cleanse the palate. Not much of a barnyard character. The mint shows up in the finish along with a nice citrus character.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low to no astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Like I said at the start, I won the Fantome lottery. This beer is excellent. A great spice character with nice palate cleansing citrus an acidity.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThirstyBird (1566) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - 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!
Garrold (1332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. On Halloween! Clear amber colour. Minimal, but lasting, white head. Has the Fantome over cooked veg thing going on. Lots of barley sugar. Some spice, definitely clove. Some ginger, maybe. Hint of ripe dessert apple. Nice body, carbonation helps cut through any overt sweetness. Taste is apple dry and toffee sweet, all at the same time. Finishes medium dry. Mouth filling Autumnal goodness. Not the best, but you can’t deny it’s interesting!!
Dunt (285) - Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1 purchased from Etre Gourmet a year or two ago. Been sitting quietly in the cellar since, figured I would give it a spin tonight. Pours a relatively clear amber/orange in color with about a finger and a halfs worth of off-white head. Nose is comprised of cantalope, pumpkin spice, and honeydew melon. Flavor mirrors the nose in that it’s predominately cantalope and melon with some backing pumpkin and a light tart finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slight sweetness, a little sticky, and a long finish. Big step up from the last bottle I opened about a year ago. The smoke is nonexistent at this point and this has morphed into an extraordinary beer. I worry that bottle variation will prevent me from picking up more of this in the future, but I would love to see how this develops.
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/XII/12 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ my parent’s place - BB: n/a (export I guess) (2012-1351)
Little cloudy orange to light amber beer, small off-white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, pumpkin pie, spicy, orange peel, fudge. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit smoky, sweet caramel, sugary, quite some alcohol, bit of citrus, spices. Aftertaste: pretty smoky, sweet caramel, bitter hops, bit dusty, even more smoke. Love this beer!
Brigadier (2975) - 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.