jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice perfect sized tan head. Ruby tints near the bottom, slightly clear, somewhat opaque - perfect though! Nice sour scent with some coffee, nuts, malt, sugars, alcohol and a light spiciness. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour with coffee and chocolate noticeable first, then a perfect sourness and tart finish with everything in between. Aftertaste is the combination of bitter coffee and malt, sweet fruits and a really tart sourness. Overall, a damn good and complex beer - especially after spending 5 years away. One of the best beers i’ve had in a very long time. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York on 04-January-2006, sampled after 5 years of the bottle being around!!!
Damico (2215) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is sweet and spicy. It poirs darker than a normal saison, a rich brown amber with a small but perfect head. It is so smooth for an ABV of 10 with earthy flavor and sweet and spicy notes. It settles so light on the palate I love it.
Grzesiek79 (2757) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bardzo bardzo dobre piwo ze swiatecznym akcentem w postaci przypraw, gozdzikow lekkiej pikantnosci, alkohol ukryty ale uderzajacy do glowy. Dzikie drozdze zrobily swoje bo piwo ma wyraznie octowy zapach, takze w smaku wyczuwa sie spora kwasowosc. Wytrawne bez grama cukru. Finisz takze wytrawny i octowy. Bardzo polecam jesli ktos lubi kwaskowate piwa np typu gueuze lub rodenbach nie bedzie tym piwem rozczarowany.
rauchbier (3504) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Bottle conditioned. Best before end 2001. Hazy rusty ruby red colour, longlasting rocky beige head and good conditon. Huge half inch of pearly white yeast? Sediment lurking on bottom of bottle. Constantly evolving aromas as you work your way through the bottle, aniseed, cough syrup, iron, balsamic vinegar, licorice, coconut, peaty whisky malt, cinnamon, and faint brettyness all carried on an alcoholic updraught. Syrupy in the mouth, spicy mouldy and sweet like an earthy oud bruin. Mouthtingling finish with lots of christmasy spice like a cold Gluhwein with a hint of chili and some borderline shitty lambic notes right at the death. Excellent.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 1998 vintage tasted in 2003: Red & cloudy, small white head. Cheese and apricot in the nose. Flavor is medium sweet, yeasty--like brie. Good shot of apricots, slightly sour with a bit of horse blanket thrown in for good measure .
Tasting a fresher vintage in 2004: Deep burgundy color with a brown head. Sweet nose with hints of horseblanket, slightly sour, some chocolate. Flavor is rich and vinous, medium sweet, with prunes, cider, horsey funk, spicey yeast, and a bitter finish.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark hazy brown color with lots of whit head and lacing that stays for a long time, lots of carbonation. The aroma has a lot of caramel and toffee with some sweet maple and nice belgian qualities to it. The flavor is very semi-sweet with a touch of alcohol and sweet fruit/fig/raisin/brown sugar; delcious. The finish is moderate and average with a bit of alcohol. This was a great BSA, I was thinking more like a dark saison, but it's tasty and delicious.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 RERATE 2004 bottle drank in December of 2007 with Tom: The aroma was magical with walnut, tobacco, rye, fig, star anise, coriander with very little note of any oxidization. A lovely malt and fruit expression of flavors supported by well doen spice finish. The mouth feel is still vibrant and sharp with a lush finish. THIS IS STILL A WORK OF ART, BRAVO DANY!!! +1 Aroma, -1 Appearance
2002 Vintage: Muddled deep brown with large off-white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of cherry, dusty yeast esters, wood, herbal and flowery hops, and light spices. The taste starts slightly sour and acidic with good fruit notes balanced by yeast and malt nature. Candy sugar and spices also detected. The mouth feel is dry and lively, with a chalky finish. Another darn nice Fantome brew, highly recommended if you have the means.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice chocolate-brown color, with a tinge of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. A thin layer of tan foam leaves behind some nice soft lacing. Later in the pour, after stirring up the yeast, the head is a bit darker, more than an inch thick, and the lacing is phenominal. The aroma is mild, but I can discern a variety of scents - a generic ’winter warmer’ spice blend, some faint molasses, and a hint of cedar.
The flavor is dry (make that extremely dry), and full of dusty spice, some roasted grain, leather, and dry black tea leaves. Unusually dry for sure, but very full and tasty. Oddly, while I don’t taste any alcohol, a warming glow is noticeable from the very first sip. Although I haven’t finished the first glass, I already feel a bit of a nice buzz coming on. And this buzz is a weed buzz (without the munchies)...
Further into the bottle, I stir up the yeast and dump it in. That familiar Fantome tanginess is now welcomed, embraced, and very prominet in the aftertaste. The yeast adds this cedar-tobacco flavor, reminding me somewhat of my humidor. Great soft carbonation and medium body round out the mouthfeel.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours an awesome dark brown almost like a stout but with deeper reddish hues. Modest tan head that stays around for the duration. Nose is thick with chocolate, caramel, honey and of course that fantome sourness and light funk. Incredible aroma. Light carbonation. This is a remarkably unique beer, a cross between a saison, a stout and a scotch ale and ABT. The sourness and spiciness of a saison hits first then is followed by intense dark fruit reminscent of a good ABT, following that is a bit of dark chocolate bitterness reminscent of a stout and to finish it all off a huge scotch ale like caramel note and a dry and slightly tart finish. Incredible. Not sure how Fantome comes up with this, but they never fail to impress me. Also worth noting there is absolutely no hint of the 10% ABV. This thing is so well balanced its crazy. I think maybe a touch more carbonation would have been good but other than that, magnificent.
matt7215 (2082) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. light amber,lingering off white head. fruity estery flavour. great malt profile, late spicing works really well. doesnt drink like its anywhere near 10%. great beer.