sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750->tulip: Pours a huge, lasting, fizzy light brown head with excellent lacing on a muddy, heavily particulate black body. The aroma is toasted and chocolate with some citrus and perhaps a barnyard note. The flavor is average in duration, moderately sweet, lightly acidic and a tad of sour milk aftertaste. The body is lightly sticky, softly carbonated, and ends astringently. This beer has a great bit of depth that reveals itself by changing its characteristics as you drink it--for instance, I tasted some spices and peppers about 1/2 way through my glass. There’s a lot of sediment in the bottle and I’m unsure if it would be beneficial to gently tip the bottle to re-suspend the particles or not. In the end, a decent beer that I could only enjoy on a cool night.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first saison. Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. A very generous head that lasts for quite some time. Aroma is cocoa, tobacco, and pepper. Taste is very malty. Very dry taste but not too bad. Tasting chocolate and wheat primarily. Interesting beer, I would love to try more of this genre.
RoyalFlushing (321) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a reddish brown with a medium tan head and limited lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, funky yeast, brown sugar, and caramel malt. Taste is tart cherry upfront followed by sour apple, honey, and spicy yeast. Enjoyable crisp finish with palatable tartness and slight spiciness lingering after each sip. Unique tasty saison.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the most bizarre beers I could ever imagine drinking, this is nonetheless a must try if you can find one. Dark flavors that I can’t even explain run wild here, making this a chaotic masterpiece.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very clouded dark brown. Nice light head on it. Smells of spices - very earthy. Tastes very tart, and I felt that took away from the rest of the palate since it was overpowering. I wasn’t expecting that, and it made it hard to drink. I didn’t finish the bomber. Gave it a higher overall score because it didn’t drink like it was 10%, but the palate made it hard to pick up the glass again.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark mohogany with beige head. silky smooth and easy drinking, light chocolaty taste, spicey, grassy, strange brew but good. weirdest saison ive had yet.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish red color. rather clouy. thick beige head. very complex beer overall. the aroma and taste did not seem to me to match. lots of spices in the nose, with some citrus blended in too. the flavor was surprisingly different though, it was spicy only for a quick moment promptly after that the flavor got very malty sweet and then a hint of lambic sourness seemed to sneek its way into the beer. overall the taste finished clean and sweet, too sweet for me i could not drink more than the one glass that i was given. Not one of my highest ratings, but i cant wait to taste more of the fantome brews.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and murky with a lively head. Faintly labmic sour aroma. Lambic base with warm carmel overtones at the start and a bitter/sour fruit finish. VERY interesting.
CapedBrewsader (266) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle at home: Pours a dark polished walnut wood or mahogany. Sudsy tan head turns to a creamy film. Wow aroma! Many things going on here but everything is crisp, not muddled.Bright red grapes, dark raisins, touches of tobacco and cedar remind me of a humidor. Vinous and oaky components. Dark fruit compote and Luikse Siroop. Mixed winter spices and fresh grated ginger. Oh and of course dark caramel and deep malt, but those need to be swirled up now and then. Very light cola aroma too. Once it hits the tongue the tartness pops out from behind a dark malt and fruit blend. Notes of unsweetened chocolate compete for your attention with the vinous tartness and the spices. Flavor is very nice but a bit more muddled than the aroma. Touches of wood or tree bark, not sure. Some green herbalness can be picked up towards the finish, hiding behind the tartness. Alcohol wants to let you know its there but the wild character is keeping it in check. Quite dry. At some moments it is just a bit watery... but then it comes back to life.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from premier. Poured a dark brown colour with a large pale tan head. The aroma is sour and spicy. The flavour is wonderfully complex. It is spicy, sour and has strong woody flavours. There is also a otuch of sweetness.