SeniorZozo (810) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark golden with a small, staying, creamy white head. Aroma has pepper, coffee, malts, mild funk. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, caramel, coffee, lingering dryness.
IlGagario (99) - Modena, ITALY - APR 11, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottiglia. Colore marroncino chiaro caramello, molto torbido. Testa colore crema di caffè, soapy e persistente. Olfatto dolce di toffee, leggero caramello, caffè, granaglie umide, crosta di pane. Carbonazione da soffice a media, rotondamente attiva. Aroma di caffè, cacao polveroso e terroso, malto crespo caramellato, leggero toffee su granaglie umide, pepe nero e spezie messicane. Gusto dolce maltato da leggero a medio, poi mediamente amaro di spezie polverose, malto e lievito. Corpo medio, trama polverosa mediamente terrosa. Una meravigliosa scura saison, caratterizzata da tostature ricche e sensazioni che apportano incisività. Grazie al buon Gagà Carlo Alberto, proprietario della bottiglia, per la cortese condivisione.
umich03jm (3270) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Tectactoe. Aroma is bubblegum, citrus and mild coffee. Tastes bitter and fruit. Odd combo with the Belgian yeast thrown in too. Meh.
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit, light citrus, and mild coffee. It pours a hazy dullnorangr with a one finger white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate fruit and light citrus. The finish has light grapefruit, citrus peel, and mild coffee. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Evil Dead tasting, thanks to Ewan and Lynne. Pours golden hazy with a white head. Slight coffee on the nose, some fruit, lemon, spicy. More coffee on the taste more than there was on the nose but its still not big, nutty.
Alengrin (4070) - BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 75 cl bottle bought online. Label warns "very bitter taste", but having enjoyed Mikkeller’s 1000 IBU, this cannot scare me... Opens with a pop, but no gushing. Moussy, medium sized, egg-white head dissipating quickly, leaving a rim on the edge of the glass as well as a thin ’mosaic’ of foam in the middle, both of which disappear after several minutes; colour is a fully hazy, ’autumny’ pure copper. Aroma has nothing I’d expect from Fantôme: I get coffee indeed, but more in the sense of coffee liqueur, along with suggestions of old tea bags, candied cherry, ’Haagse hopjes’, strawberry wine, strong butterscotch, lemon zest, perhaps a suggestion of Belgian chocolates with ’praliné’ filling, and then more ’familiar’ hints of freshly fermented farmland, brown rhum, medlar, damp forest floor, unsugared yoghurt, cooked turnip-rooted celery and wet hay. Unexpectedly sourish onset of strong redcurrant, sour cherry and unripe gooseberry, vivid, with medium carbo and some fruity sweetishness piercing through for balance; smooth, lightly oily, supple body, lightly bready and dito caramelly maltiness, in all lighter than expected from this type of beer and ’adorned’ with spicy notes throughout while the initial sourishness continues and even dominates in a lactic, sour yoghurt kind of way, achieving a drying effect till way into the finish, where it is met with a very deep and ’dull’ earthy hop bitterishness, a dash of warming alcohol (but well masked) and some retronasal coffeeish impressions, but faintly so. The redcurrant-like sour effect dominates the palate - clearly indicating something went wrong, as this beer is way more sour than bitter. I suspect the onset of bacterial infection, but even in ignoring this feature, I do not get any serious bitterness out of this, neither hoppy nor roasted or otherwise... I feel cheated in a way: I expected some roasted porter-like brew with the roastiness enhanced by coffee, but what I get, is a kind of strong ’ambrée’ with certain hints of coffee, but only faintly so. This is a strong saison with a trace of coffee but far too mildly so, clearly suffering from an onsetting bacterial infection making it more sour than it was probably intended (the FFF hint in the nose was a warning sign of this); I guess the ’higher’ raters here were lucky enough to find fresh bottles which probably already bore the seeds of this infection without it being active yet. I still love Fantôme no matter what because every bottle I open from this guy always results in something unexpected, but surprises come in either positive or negative ways, and this is a disappointment for sure.
kraddel (5639) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark, ambercolored brown. Small white head. Smell is that of grinded coffee. Taste is bitter, light, weird. Sweet, spiced and perfumy. Got a herbal note as well....
mile (3714) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and light sourness with light coffee. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and light coffee, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light sourness with light coffee, light hoppyness, light alcohol. Bit thin strong ale with light coffee and sourness. Really nothing special - don’t believe the hype.
Hallstein (419) - Skogn, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of citrus, fresh chinese rubber, bubblegum, tutti frutti, strawberry, slight solvent/band aid. Wierd! Flavor is really wierd! Roasty, tree sap, dank bitter hoppiness. Loads of tannins on the palate. On the finish i get ginger, spicyness and a wierd dry, tannic spicy finish. Huh!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared at ChrisO tasting, London. It pours a Hasy rich golden / orange color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and earthy, with notes of coffee beans, dark fruits, light spices and yeast. Taste is again lightly bitter and dry, earthy, with notes of earth, roasted coffee beans. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice coffee profile