merc7186 (2329) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Orange/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Some Lacing
S: Belgian Yeast, Mild Orange, Mild Lemon
T: Tangerine, Banana, Lemon, Grapefruit
M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter
Overall, this is a pretty great biere de garde, the mouthfeel is like chewing on a grapefruit rind, awesome.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2607) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting at KyotoLefty’s place. Thick cloudy amber color, vanilla, honey, spicy - saison reminiscent aroma. Medium-full bodied with a bitter, funky & incredibly earthy taste. Interesting but too bitter & funky for me.
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Honey, cake, biscuit malt, Juicy peach, mango, spicy, light vanilla. Orange amber, lace. Very malts, tangy orange and stone fruits, caramel, light chocolate. Dries out, some bitterness in the finish. Full body.good, not great.
brokensail (12002) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ MJ’s house. Thanks! Hazed copper pour with a white head. Straw, rubber, and grass on the nose. Tart orange, lemon peel, and yeast. A bit of malt sweetness. Slight fruity esters. Flavors of pear, orange, and lemon. Tons of grass, a touch of rubber, banana, and sweet caramel. Not bad.
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL 2011 from Etre Gourmet. Pours a full haze murky orange. Soapy white foam. Higher champagne carbonation. Fresh and fruity nectarine nose with cantaloupe, honeydew, fresh valencia orange. Taste is quite malty, dough, nectarine, fresh oranges. Finishes dusty and minty with a ton of body from remaining sweet roll. Almost Biere de Garde in profile.
DedicatedToFun (3413) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow with a big white head and good lacing. Tart peaches, yeasty, citrus and spices.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, batch 2.
3.5 A: Well hazed amber peach color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good given the ABV, but just a few whisps of lacing are left.
3.5 S: Wildflowers dominate the nose. Big floral throughout. Underneath there is a dry herbalness and citrusy orange and bitter orange peel. Mild peppery yeastiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat tame for a Fantome beer, but good enough.
3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Floral with a dry herbalness. Plenty of orange and orange peel. Mild bitterness. Moderately spicy yeastiness focussing on pepper. Toasty malts with just a light booziness. Again, tame for a Fantome beer.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Lacking creaminess though. Overall, good enough.
3.0 D: Some categories were borderline 3.0, so that’s why this is. It’s not bad, but I hold Fantome to a higher standard when they are dealing with this type of brew. The fact that it was super expensive doesn’t improve the situation. Give the brew a try if you have some extra money laying around, but don’t expect to be impressed.
Serving type: bottle
t0rin0 (72) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Fantome-a-thon 2013. Batch 2.
Pours bright golden with nice white head. Looks about like most other Fantomes.
Aroma is sweet and maple-y, loads of caramel.Some citrus also.
Flavor is very sweet and like maple syrup, weird. There are hints of orange peel and hints of that classic Fantome funk. As it warms the maple calms down but it is still one of the weirder Fantomes I’ve ever tried.
Medium body, nice carbonation.
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@HBF2013 (Fantome Clos Preal 2011). Hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is mild spices, citrus, some floral notes along with mild mold and caramel. Flavour is mild yeast, spices, some wooden and resiny notes. Good, but still a slight disappointment for being a Fantome...
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled@HBF 2013) Hazy golden with a small head. Anise and licorice in the nose. Licorice, yeast, smooth alcohol, light spiciness, some metal in the flavor. Medium to full body, soft CO2. Not very interesting for a Fantome; clean and unmemorable.