TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hazy amber golden color. Floaties (that can’t be good), really random carbonation. Sour lemon zesty, oranges, barnyard and a very very faint whiff of smoke. Slightly tart wet leather, oranges, yeasty, cardamon mouth. Dry bitter, mildly tart finish. Interesting stuff.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, marzipan, vanilla, and tobacco-like, somewhat subdued wood in the fruity aroma. Opaque cloudy yellow-tan with shy white head that diminishes to ring. Pit fruit, vanilla, cedar, and coriander flavours with a dough-like yeast character and some herbal hops. Nice balance between malts and bitterness. Medium body with fair carbonation. Hmm, I’m not finding the chocolate. Quite drinkable. Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 June 2005: Sample at the Mondial de la Biere. Hazy, thick luminous gold, smallish lasting head...chocolate? not in the color...in the nose, yes there is the faintest hint of dry chocolate powder, overwhelmed by sweet cherries and other fruits and light yeast...fairly sour throughout on the tongue, bitter cigarette ash in the finish disturbs the creamy mouthfeel...touches of dry wood.
November 2005, 750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. This sample was generally similar, but a bit juicier, with a touch more cocoa essance (still hardly enough to justify the name), less chalky and ashy. Bump up a point or so.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sedimented deep golden, very foamy, long lasting-head. Sweet creamy nose. Accessible banana esters makes way for mango and various passion fruit. Extremely doughy nature which doesn’t feel so fantôme-ish. Coriander and sage hints remain light, but it has indeniable rustic charms that are quite appealing. Light flavours, diplomatic and easy to drink. Herbal, honeyish and doughy. Very soft hops, drying the palate a beer in a sawdust fashion. Smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation than average Belgian beer. Slightly oily tang. Good stuff, but hardly marginal in the fantôme line-up.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty, sour nose. Burnt orange body with only a slight head around the snides of the glass. Herbal and earthy qualities are strongly evident. Nutmeg yet a bitter grapfruit flavor to it. I’m not sure if I taste anything like chocolate. Nice, gentle hops lead to a small bite in the finish.l
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantome makes beer that’s easy to like, but difficult to love - if you don’t pay attention, really "focus" your palate, you miss all the great stuff the beer has to offer - this beer is a classic example of this - Golden color with a bit of copper, foamy ring of white lace - light aroma of wheat, dried herbs, grass, hops, mild bready sweetness, earthy tones - very soft on the palate for such high carbonation (quite characteristic of Fantome) - woody and spicy up front, making way for herbal, tea-like qualities - some hints of honey, maybe caramel, that mix surprisingly well with the herbal tones - one begins to wonder where the chocolate is, when all of a sudden, it swells up in the finish, combining with dry hops to create a cocoa-like flavor - very interesting stuff, but, as with all of their beer, so subtle that it’s easy to miss what is going on.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur déroutante (considérant le nom!) ambrée tirant vers l’orangée. Belle mousse blanche abondante et persistante ne cessant de recouvrir le verre en entier. Levuré et herbal, arômes timides et à tendance non expressif. Flaveurs très herbales, bonne présence de grain en bouche, quelques notes d’abricots et de cerises. Partiellement huileuse en bouche, corps d’épaisseur moyenne. Aucune référence au chocolat à mon sens, c’est plutôt hilarant comme concept d’appellation. Échantillon mondial de la bière, Juin 2005.
asheft (2427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[from a big bottle at "the Mondiale]
Surprisingly light brownish orange with really not much of a head; only a ring (maybe the bottle was open for too long before the sample was poured). Winey, wood-grape aroma with some yeastiness and a hint of higher alcohols. Definitely some malt in there with caramel notes. It’s clear that they have a house yeast when comparing this one to the Saison. The flavour is a strange combination of fruit, hops, and chocolate that mix to make a refreshing, almost celery flavour. Pleasantly unusual and very refreshing even with the 8% alcohol. Lemon and caramel notes and perhaps some corriander with siginificant bitterness. Light body and medium carbonation. Clean finish.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’une bouteille verte de 750 ml) au Mondial de la Bière 2005 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Malheureusement je ne perçois aucune trace de chocolat. Odeur de fruits. Apparence: Couleur blonde-ambrée légèrement voilée. Aucun col. Faible densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruits et très subtil de chocolat. Court arrière goût. Palette: Corps mince avec une texture minérale. Légère amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #166)
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle at the Mondial. Extremely hazy, rusty-copper-yellow-orange, very muddy. Creamy white head, well-retained, half a finger high. Good lacing. Flavor is plant-like, very yeasty, chewy texture. Cant get much aroma out of this. Some veggies, light hops nuttiness, very yeasty and dry. Light earthy tones, slight honey. Quite oily on the texture with a medium body. Very dusty and lightly astringent on the finish, quite herbal-like. I find no chocolate, maybe some light fruit notes overall (cherries, green raisins). An oddity for sure.