alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 vintage enjoyed xmas eve (and xmas day). Nose is really, really inviting, nice lactic sourness with some cherries and other stone fruit, slightly funky - as it warms, there’s some woodiness and spices (coriander? ). Flavor is a little dissapointing as per the suggesiton of the nose. Starts off with a funky sour punch, then a warming milk chocolate and light vanilla and black pepper. Finish is, well, strange. Really ashy and some botter chocolate shows, too. The ash finish approaches being a turnoff as it warms. All in all, another really unique beer from Fantome. Save for the weird lava/ash finish, it was well done.
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.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at theisti’s Holiday Tasting. Poured a hazy brown almost black with a dark tan head. Plenty of carbonation. Fruity aroma with some burnt sugar maltiness. Lots of black pepper in the flavor. Dark malt in the finish with a nice bit of sourness.
A little spicy for my taste, a very interesting beer, but I don’t think I could drink much.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark belgian ale, very tasty. Complex flavors and a yummy nose. Some spice, lots of malt, and other flavors I’m not sure how to describe.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big acid bomb in the nose, this may be a tart one! Clear pour with a red brown tint. Not sour in the mouth at all. There is a sweet flavor, and some of the classic flavours of christmas (nutmeg type spices). There is a sap like flavour, with everything well balanced. Quite enjoyable on its own, I don’t think I would enjoy eating anything with this. I am quite impressed by how many spices are involved with a very balanced taste.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with red hues, tan colored head with very good retention and lacing. In the aroma I got old grass clippings, green beans, some slight spice, and maybe a little fruitiness as it warmed. Same characteristics in the taste, except there was none of the fruitiness. Just wasn’t good, would not seek this out.
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 bottle, pours hazy dark amber, aroma of funk, barnyard hay, hint of sugary sweetness, raisens, dates, dark fruit, flavor is musty, drying in the back of the throat, some sugar, caramel. you can taste the pepper. de-light-ful
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial smokey,then fruity sour aroma.Dark chestnut appearance.Dry bitter herbal flavor that gets mildly sweet and sour with a slght taste of coffee.Very smooth for 10%.Lingering herbal, black pepper finish.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a very thin tan head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, grapes, cherries, sour apples and other various dark fruits. A slight musty spice comes thru as well. Taste of cherries, tabacco, oak, some chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste reminds me of apple peel. The fruitness is amazing in this beer and the more I drink it, the tabacco taste goes away. Mouthfeel creamy and this is a very filling beer. I enjoy the taste, but as I said, very filling.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Soury and flowery w/ fruit and sweet notes, slightly vinious. Dark reddish brown and poured w/ awesome head and lacing. This was a big beer! Caramel and soury fermented fruit, vinious and sweet, it was all over the place. Really good effervescence and body.