RichTheVillan (1944) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belgium in a Box; cloudy dark amber pour with a foamy beige head, slight sour aroma, taste has roasted malts, some spice and sourness.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Murky Orangish/Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Off White Head, Minimal Lacing
S: Bitter Cherry, Plum, Lemons, Grassy
T: Sour Apples, Bitter Cherry, Grassy, Yeast, Corriander
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Dry, Spicy
Overall, a decent saison but seemed very light compared to their other beers, a drinkable saison that doesnt fill you up.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: ruby & brown colored body with very mild translucency. Volatile, bubbly, gray-tinted head that takes its time settling down. Aroma is heavy, heavy yeast. Bubblegum, dry bread, very tame banana sweetness, tons of spicy coriander, clove, & pepper, even with a little mint. Taste includes mild grape & pear skins, followed by the huge yeast blanket. Funk clouds everything. Bubblegum, clove, cheesecloth, moldy cork, wet dog, and a back-end chalkiness that I’m not fond of. Very spiced, finish booms with clove, pepper, and even more funk. A little too out of kilter to be completely enjoyable. Decent at best.
EricTeusink (552) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Fantome. I am not certain of the vintage of this bottle, but I know where to find a stash of these for cheap. Think I will pick up the rest soon. Pours a clearish brown with minimal head. Scent is all Xmas spice. Flavor is sweet, spicy, and earthy. I was very concerned that this brew might end up a drain pour, but, whatever its age, it has held up well. Bottle - GA
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown to amber with a beige head of foam. Aroma has spices, figs, dry alcohol, grape jam. Tastes sweet and spice laden. Earthy.
weihenweizen (1482) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is fruit, low carbonation, medium body, and little lacing. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, honey, and spice.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at tasting. Pours brown with a small fizzy head. Aroma is very spicy and fruity. Light roasted malt, toasted bread, chocolate, berries, red fruit, caramel, black pepper and other winter spices I can’t identify. Taste much like it smells, spicy and fruity. Like a spiced Belgian quad. Very smooth. Medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue keeps this light and easy to drink. A pretty unique beer that I enjoyed sampling.
gunnfryd (9704) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry, malt, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is dry, malt, caramel, berries, hop, alcohol, spices. full body. Nice beer.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red color with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sweet & very spicy. There is plenty of fruit character, pear & red apple particularly but also with some allspice and cardamom. The funkiness is on the mild side here.
The flavor is spicy, sweet up front with a dry finish. Some flavors of spruce, pear, & candied apple are fairly dominant at a cold temperature, however as this one warms it’s got a really nice bit of toasty malt and a lingering bitterness. The more I drink it the more the flavors seem to work together.
Really something to try a beer from this brewery that’s so low on brett and sourness. Very Christmasy, would drink again.
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber from the bottle, not the dark color like they picture I was expecting, with fluffy cream colored head and very light lacing. Aroma is funky yeast, funky fruitiness, tartness, spicy anise and clover, and sour goodness. Taste is like a Christmas sour with no real hint of the booze. More please.