tastybeer (1484) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours red with minimal head and some lacing. Taste is slightly sour/dry with red wine, spice, and nutmeg notes. I don’t care for it but the complexity is impressive.
ttroha (101) - 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 (1610) - 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 (1462) - 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 (649) - 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 (423) - 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 (2336) - 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.
weihenweizen (1377) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is fruit, low carbonation, medium body, and little lacing. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, honey, and spice.
umich03jm (1303) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at tasting. Pours brown with a small fizzy head. Aroma is very spicy and fruity. Light roasted malt, toasted bread, chocolate, berries, red fruit, caramel, black pepper and other winter spices I can’t identify. Taste much like it smells, spicy and fruity. Like a spiced Belgian quad. Very smooth. Medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue keeps this light and easy to drink. A pretty unique beer that I enjoyed sampling.
gunnfryd (9293) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry, malt, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is dry, malt, caramel, berries, hop, alcohol, spices. full body. Nice beer.
CanIHave4Beers (2757) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red color with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is sweet & very spicy. There is plenty of fruit character, pear & red apple particularly but also with some allspice and cardamom. The funkiness is on the mild side here.
The flavor is spicy, sweet up front with a dry finish. Some flavors of spruce, pear, & candied apple are fairly dominant at a cold temperature, however as this one warms it’s got a really nice bit of toasty malt and a lingering bitterness. The more I drink it the more the flavors seem to work together.
Really something to try a beer from this brewery that’s so low on brett and sourness. Very Christmasy, would drink again.