t0rin0 (53) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in September 2009, so most likely 2008 vintage, from notes. Pours dark red with some brown/black, clearer than a lot of the Fantomes that I’ve seen. Aroma is malt, caramel, light barnyard, and plenty of dark fruit. Flavor is full of plums and chocolate but also has a distractiing funk to it along with some roast. Not a bad beer.
jmgreenuk (2680) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a hazy medium amber with a big frothy slightly off white head. The aroma is yeast caramel. The flavour is medium to weak sour with a yeast acid grapefruit citrus palate. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.
harrymel (855) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unknown lot (no notches)
pours a good looking dark garnet with brown hues. A fine light latte foam sits atop. Fleeting sheets of lace fall. I’m smelling apple skins, nutty yeast, some nougat and a little metal.
The flavor follows with a bit more of the yeasty character and a hint of a raisin layer. A relatively doughy character, the beer is really yeasty. Even the mouthfeel is heavy, but with excessive carbonation and a dry finish.
This beer is interesting, but I’m likely not to purchase a second bottle. I’ve only had one other Fantome, and that was fantastic, but this one is not impressing me.
Serving type: bottle
mike_77 (2449) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, light brown. Dry woody aroma. Also with some spice too. Although warming from the alcohol it has a light tartness that makes it fresh and easy to drink.
Grzesiek79 (2750) - 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.
ttroha (109) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Carmel/ light brown in color with white head. Aroma of spruce and pine nuts. Flair of spruce, pine, nutmeg and allspice. Bitter aftertaste with lots of carbonation. Medium bodied and delicious.
RichTheVillan (1648) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belgium in a Box; cloudy dark amber pour with a foamy beige head, slight sour aroma, taste has roasted malts, some spice and sourness.
merc7186 (1498) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Murky Orangish/Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Off White Head, Minimal Lacing
S: Bitter Cherry, Plum, Lemons, Grassy
T: Sour Apples, Bitter Cherry, Grassy, Yeast, Corriander
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Dry, Spicy
Overall, a decent saison but seemed very light compared to their other beers, a drinkable saison that doesnt fill you up.
tectactoe (716) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: ruby & brown colored body with very mild translucency. Volatile, bubbly, gray-tinted head that takes its time settling down. Aroma is heavy, heavy yeast. Bubblegum, dry bread, very tame banana sweetness, tons of spicy coriander, clove, & pepper, even with a little mint. Taste includes mild grape & pear skins, followed by the huge yeast blanket. Funk clouds everything. Bubblegum, clove, cheesecloth, moldy cork, wet dog, and a back-end chalkiness that I’m not fond of. Very spiced, finish booms with clove, pepper, and even more funk. A little too out of kilter to be completely enjoyable. Decent at best.
EricTeusink (438) - 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
JStax (2401) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown to amber with a beige head of foam. Aroma has spices, figs, dry alcohol, grape jam. Tastes sweet and spice laden. Earthy.