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.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marachino cherries and spice. Reddish brown, small soapy head, solid lacing. Bitter orange and sweet syrup, cinnamon tartness, like a distant cousin of Campari. Big carbonation, full body, slow but solid burning finish. Might be a little hot, but a very interestingly fruity and spicy beer, unique.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cold 25.4 oz corked bottle: Pours a hazy reddish brown amber with off-white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma is of rich malts, alcohol, light fruits, caramel and spice. Taste is of rich malts, cinnamon, light sour notes and apricots. Watery texture, mildly carbonated and smooth. Ending is malty with notes of grassy hops and light fruit.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitly a darn good beer. I have always liked saisons. Herbal yeasty aroma. For 10%, this is insanely balanced. If you told me this is 7%, i would likely believe you.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
2011 Vintage. Let me preface this review with this: WHAT THE F FANTOME!?!? this beer was absolutely disappointing in every way. I love Fantome, having had and loved both Printemps and Hiver, my expectations for this were high. Poured a deep opaque caramel-butterscotch color with a thin but tight head. Aroma is...depressingly similar to Anchor Steam. Tons of oxidative butterscotchy medicianal notes assaulted my nose; little to no Saison character, mostly a wrong-tasting syrup from hell. Taste is cough medicine, oxidization, raisins, and malt vinegar. Body is silky with low carbonation and a medicinal finish. Overall, this was really shitty. For $18, a bottle of beer better provide an existential experience. All this bottle did was make me curse and yell.
Floback (528) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 750 ml bottle. Knightly Spirits aims to please. Pours a ruby-tinged black and tight webs of tan lace. Tireless and always skunky with a touch of chalk and hay on the nose. Crisp with spicey-yet-subtle notes of Dewar’s scotch and granny smith apples. Head is a huge, tinted brown and the nose is caramel and malt. Perfectly sour with yeast. One of my all-time favorite beers due to its complexity, smoothness, and intrigue.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep ruby-hued murky brown with a small dark tan head. Lightly sour fruity aroma with a hint of spiced honey, and red wine vinegar. Flavor is mainly sour and malty and not nearly as comlex as I expect from fantome. The palate is where this beer shines through. Spices finally make their appearance here, as well as some caramel, and nice warming alcohol in the back of the throat at the end of this long finish. Pepper becomes evident after the finish as the alcohol warms. Have to try another bottle just to make sure mine was okay. Even though it was a pretty decent brew, mine felt very flat and didn’t pop at all when uncorked.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared by GodOfThunder. Dark brown with a fuzzy tan head. Tons of fig, chocolate, fruity, cherries, caramel, some spices and funk in the nose. Much the same with some pleasant tartness in flavor, caramel, fruity, spicy, chocolate, bretty yeast spice. Lush mouthfeel, pleasant carb, drying finish. Very nice, Christmas Fantome-style.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from a year old 750. dark brown nice tan head great lacing. aroma mineral roasted sour honey. very light pine. almost smells briny like the sea. sweet sour mineral like saltwater flavor with light roasted notes. soft spicy dry finish. very nice. complex.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chestnut brown with a lively head, dried fruits (cherries and apricot) in the nose. A malt pokes its head out of a pile of fruit, spearmint, cloves, and tart cherries leaving a picture on the palate that refuses to be forgoten.