lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy nut brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Head dissipates to just a trace later. Some fine light lacing. The nose is alcohol, no mistaking that. But also undercurrents of molasses and lively spices.
Tastes is amazing. Spicy (clove, cayenne) followed by a alcohol burn followed by big notes of sherry. Molasses and English toffee just below the surface. Hints of vanilla, hints of oak. Underlying fruity and cidery flavors. A new taste with every sip. Did I mention the spiciness? The most impressive characteristic of this beer is that although is is rich and malty, the mouth is not sticky or overly sweet. It has just enough balance to remain drinkable as well as deeply flavorful. Pretty good stuff
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like cola. Aroma is spices, a bit funky, maybe some floral notes. Taste is mildy bitter, spice, sweet then a bit funky then rounds back out to bitter. Its a weird brew,, but pretty good.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Couleur noire très foncée, abondante mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de tabac, de terre, de fruits noirs et de poivres. En bouche, une amertume marquée semble provenir des levures, une aigreur fruitées est aussi de mise et est accompagnée d’une touche sauvage. Aucune trace d’alcool de détecter, ce qui est étonnant compte tenu du 10% indiqué. Texture laiteuse, corps semi mince à moyen, finale ramenant des notes de poivre noir. Délirium café, voyage Europe 2005.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice burnt-sienna (in Crayola terms), medium head that settles to a thin halo. Good lacing Aroma is mildly citric, raisins, mild brett funk, fresh bread, and very mild allspice. Flavor is initially warm and malty, mild burlap and cobwebs, giving way to a bit of hop "pepper", sour cherries, woody notes, a medium alcohol note, and a dry finish with a hint of chocolate near the end. Goes down warm, great for a cold evening such as this. Good meshing of flavors.
EricTeusink (700) - 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
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smellsl like barrell aged-- is one of those secret ingrediants bourbon??? Dark roasted nose and taste, warming on the nose and tongue, very nice....a tease to drink in Sept while waiting for seasonal season/
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with cole and savvy1982. Thanks for the share savvy! Pours a hazy chestnut brown. The aroma is very complex with candy sugar notes with hints of hops and spice. Flavor is crazy complex, plums sweet fruit, candy, just a hint of tartness. Very nice carbonation. Excellent.
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch dark red body with a big slightly off white head. Very nice yeasty aroma with wheat, cereal, caramel, some spices, a subtle mustiness. Great dry yeasty flavour with cereal, spices, brown sugar, a subtle acidity. Great.
mabjork (688) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark brown with a brown head.
It has a fruity aroma. The flavour is sweet and spicy, I can’t really describe it in a better way.
The more I drank of this beer the better it became, strange indeed.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@11th Kerstbierenfestival Belgium. hazy(murky) beer with a bubbly head. aromas of coffee, chichorei. taste: coffee, chichorei, roasted malt, bit sweet and a bit bitter. very nice winter saison.