sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of 77ships.
Couleur orangée brumeuse, col blanc généreux.
Arôme est épicé et fruité laissant un beau bouquet d’agrumes.
Palais présente un profil typique Fantôme avec ici une version proposant un alcool plus présent qui est poussé d’après moi par un ajout malté plus conséquent. Ce dernier se ressent en bouche avec un subtile caramel plus présent. L’alcool est bien prenant et donne à cette bière plus de dimension tout en gardant l’esprit saison de Fantôme évitant ainsi de tomber dans du belge banal.
Au final, belle découverte, mais trop cher pour le produit final, bien sûr cela étant le vœux de Etre-Gourmet.
77ships (3007) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl. bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Bottled in the same kind of Champagne bottles as 3F in their wake. When some brewers got the peculiar idea that it was the bottles and not the beer that were selling the 3F Armand 4 Series… maybe for a small part but they would have sold anyway. 2011 Version – so first batch? Hazy golden with a serious, firm white head. Smells of sweet peaches, floral, herbs, sharp spices, bit saez touch. Taste is bitter, floral, herbal with a lot of esters, clear fruit, peaches, very fizzy, Champagne-like carbonation, tad saez, makes me think of Duvel a bit, spicy yeast, very light funk, carbonation masks a bbit. Nice but was expeting a bit more – maybe it’s the bottle that threw me off?
Benzai (5727) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Hazy murky yellow-orange color, small white to off-white head. Smell and taste slightly sourish, a bit peachy, yeasty. Typical Fantome. Ok, but not what I like.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle @Papsoe’s. A tall foamy head, quickly shrinking to a layer of beige bubbles. Cloudy, yellow-golden body. Clean, spiced yeast aroma. A fine funky sourness, with notes of lemon. Taste is sharpish citrus-zesty with mild spices and a certain refreshing tartness. Feels light in the mouth, despite the high abv. Prickling, champagne-like carbonation. Sharp mouth-drying ending. [14.07.12]
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold colored hazy beer. Floral hoppy aroma. Some citrus too. Smoke is noticeable in the mouth but very mild and well balanced with the fruity bitter flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.
thewolf (10531) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ Etre Gourmet.
Pours clear orange with a large, creamy, white head. Aroma has funk, leather, oranges, red apple, fresh tangerine. Medium carbonation, nice dry andcreamy mouthfeel. Flavour has apples, light coffee and dark chocolate (that completely surprise, thinking how fresh the aroma is), ashy, deep caramel. Light grassy bitter with hints of oregano.
Ratman197 (8465) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, barnbyard, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, eartyhiness, horseblanket and light citrus with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.
gunnar (4291) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours cloudy golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus and spicy malts. Taste is complex, light fruity sweetness initially, continues spicy, coriander, well hidden alcohol, taste opens up as the beer warms up. Good beer, with a spicy herbal end.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour from the well carbonated beer still produces a five-finger thick, and more rim topping fluff that is a light tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, madly streaming bubble full, bright copper color. The aroma has a ripe, floral apple note, a touch of banana, some straw like and cracker like malt, candy fruit notes, musty, funky Fantôme character. There is some musty / woody pepper hints, phenolic clove, ripe sweet ginger, a funky kiwi or melon fruit note, and a general green, ripe fruitiness.
The beer has a touch of sweetness and fruit character up front, it gets dry, phenolic, and spicy towards the finish. The body is actually fairly light for a beer of this strength, it has some viscosity to it, but it is definitely dangerously quaffable. There is a touch of mustiness here, a peppery bite, perhaps even a touch of woodiness, a dry ginger note, lots of clove and other tongue numbing turpenes. The beer has a certain warmth to it in the finish, it isn’t quite alcohol hot, but has a medicinal, funky bite to it in the finish. Fruit flavors of apple, pear, and perhaps a touch of melon help to balance out the spice and phenolics here. This can almost have a savory quality to the malt and yeast character at times; not quite smoky, but perhaps almost. A second pour adds a chalky, yeasty, earthy note in the finish. As the beer warms up there is perhaps a touch of vegetal character here that is mixed up with the fruit notes; it does remain quite balanced though.
Definitely tasty, enough so to be dangerous at this strength. It is unfortunate that it is already so over carbonated as I don’t know how much longer this will last; I would love for it to develop more of the Fantôme funk, but it is still quite tasty as is & I only wish I had a couple more bottles of this on hand.
Gription79 (1895) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 750 ml bottle shared with the Utah crew. A tasty beer. There were notes of hay, citrus, grape, grainy, earthy, grapefruit. A nice dry finish.