Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MdlB05: hazy straw color with a small white head, citrus aroma (lemon and orange) with a touch of hay. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long astringent ending.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Where’s the chocolate? It’s totally AWOL! Otherwise, this is a typical, by the numbers, Saison-ish beer from the masters at Fantome. Quite peppery and with lots of cloves. Not unlike their other Saisons/Spice beers. Found no chocolate at all.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
MIBF ’05 Hazy deep golden in color with asmall white lacing. Aroma od fruit and spice. Bitter chocolate flavor with a dry and astringent finish.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clearish, only slightly hazy, orange, but I decanted the first tasting of the bottle. Aroma of hay, grass, and funk. Maybe there was a hint of unsweet chocolate in the aroma - but I don’t know if it was really there, or me just sensing it there because I expected it to be there. Flavors of grass and more substantial, but still a bit lacking, unsweet chocolate. I also got some semi-sweet fruits - taste reminded me a bit of cantelope or some melon. Herby finish of corriander, and a slight bitter bite. That said, I found the flavors a little dissappointing after the aroma. A very good beer on its own, but a little dissappointing considering it’s a Fantome.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy brownish orange color with a huge but quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma first let off some hay with a touch of skunk and finished off with bitter sweet cocoa powder and alcohol fumes. Flavor was mildly funky and acidic with bitter chocolate and a dry bitter finish. Coupled with the skunky aroma it seemed like somebody poured a little Molson Golden into my beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
slightly hazy brown. sour funk and mild skunky aroma. weird metallic taste. very fuky. barley a hint of chocolat. I love fantome, but I can’t dig this.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Translucent brown color, lasting white head. Has the barnyard, spice, and musty qualties with just the slightest hint of chocolate.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My 300th rated Belgium.
Dark mud brown color, creamy brownish head. Yeasty aroma. Chocolaty, a bit spicey. Dry hoppy aftertaste.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a large tan head, good retention and a light spotty lacing. Hazy orange glow in my glass, neat. Nose is musty with its fair share of barnyardy notes, lightly grassy also. Body is med/light, slick yet prickly. Spicey, yeasty flavors, peppery notes along with a bit of doughy malts, but where is the Chocolat??? Dry finish, surprising hop bite!
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
07.26.05 750ml bottle. Murky bornze pour with thick, pinkish-tan head and lots of lace. The first aroma impression I get is salt water soaked grass and wool. The next is Hershey’s syrup and skim milk. Huh. Also a touch on the spiced side with some pepper and dank yeast. Flavor is wildly tart right from the get-go with a sharp grassy acidity. Crazily short on the palate, its a blast of tart, bitter cocoa, grass/herb, then lingering citrus tang and hemp twine. Oh man I wish I had someone handy to share this 750 with.