Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex aroma - caramel, toffee, plum, pepper, honey. Flavor is malty, with all the elements of the aroma. Even balance, medium bodied. Very good.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruity and spicey on the nose. Initial taste has some woodiness and some tangy sourness and a lot of spice. A nice addition to the fantome range but I prefer the Hiver as a winter warmer.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazy brown color with a small head. My first impression upon sipping this is what a thin body it has for a 10% beer. Decent lacing. Saison like aroma with a clove like taste and mouthfeel. Different but not something I will go back to.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle uncorks so loudly I'm afraid it'll wake the neighbors. Huge yeasty nose, I'll have to let it settle for details. Bottle has no discernible dating, but purchased a year ago. Very murky dark dried-blood color with huge billowy maple-cream head. That head just doesn't die. I'm going to have to sleep and drink this for breakfast! Now I can get more from that nose. Very yeasty, alcohol fairly obvious, black currants, seawater (yeah, weird I know), bit of brown sugar. Very yeasty and strong flavor, sour with hints of cherries -- this reminds me both in appearance and flavor in a way of a super-strong Flemish sour. Very acidic, but with some nice finishing tart grapefruity sugar. I rather wish this was a smaller bottle, as it's definitely challenging my tastebuds and I wants something to follow it up with...but I'll make do I guess. Very good overall, but tough.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet raspberry aroma, cloudy apple cider appearance with an amazing creamy head, sweet raspberry tartness with some woody dryness on the finish and more ripe fruits as it warms
egajdzis (5616) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a cloudy copper color with a small tan head and some lacing. Taste was spicy citrus, with some caramel and a saison-like aroma. Taste of candy sugar, alcohol and some caramel. The carbonation was too much in this one.
fraternie (916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty sweet aroma. Flavor contains chocolate notes, dark caramel malts, a touch of spice, cinnamon and cherry, probably not as spicy as I like in this style though. Malt is quite sweet which overpowers a lot of its complexity, but is still very rich. Smooth, moderately hoppy finish, abv covered well.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a smell slightly similar to an imperial stout like A. Le Coq. It has a very nutty, malty flavor that is highly drinkable. Yeasty, fruity flavors as well and a nice mouthfeel. When you get a good bottle of Fantome, almost nothing is better! This one didn't disappoint.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown color. The nose is tart with sweet malt and a yeast that comes across as candyish and sweet. The body is quite sour with chocolate notes and some fruit. A good, yet from this brewery, quite average brew.
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Bottle
Appearance :Fine haze, brown with ruby touch , fine coffee creamy top.
Aroma:Clean, quiet roasty ale ,plenty of coffee with creamy accents.
Flavour/Palate: Neat ,quiet subtle strong brown ale . Full flavored palate with potent supporting alcohol. Excellent roast , cocoa with spices. Subtle potency.