SanDiego1 (18) - ITALY - SEP 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In bottiglia da 75cl. Colore giallo dorato, lievemente velata, schiuma bianca, fine e persistente. Aroma speziato, coriandolo, rosmarino, lievito, grano. Al palato corpo rotondo, pieno ma scorrevole con sentori di frutta gialla, frutta sciroppata seguito da speziato, e leggero amaro erbaceo finale.
Rolfarild (173) - NORWAY - AUG 22, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unclear yellow, with a white head. Aroma of white wine, lemon, yeast, grass. Tart and dry. Taste fruit, yeast, grass, wine, lemon. Mild bitter finish.
after4ever (6821) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and capped. Pours a cloudy pale amber with a scant white head that goes away. Big tangy nose, lots of yeast, white wine, lemons, some tangy wet grass. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Tangy white wine, lemons, and wet grass on the mid palate. Long tangy finish.
omhper (21776) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks hackobock ! Cloudy golden, minimal head. Citric nose with winegums and grass. Dry with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Light citric acid, plenty of grassy spicy hops, notes of oregano. Mid bitter finish.
Alengrin (3548) - BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong Belgian ale apparently made for Belgium’s participation in the socker world cup of last year. From a 75 cl bottle with cork and crown cap. Medium thick, quickly opening, egg-white head over a hazy egg yolk-coloured blonde beer with vaguely greenish hue. The bottom of the bottle hides disgusting chunks of dead yeast and protein flakes, so the beer gets a murky appearance when the deposit is added. Bit weird aroma of strong gooseberry and starfruit, strong lemon grass and strong candied lemon (’sukade’ in Dutch), raw celery, peach blossom, lime juice, hay, nettle cheese, artisanal orange lemonade (strongly and strangely!), buttermilk, melon, pineapple, field flowers. Taste is sweet fruits in onset, estery, with a big deal of orange lemonade-like sweetness, refraining from becoming sugary though, so citric acid gets the space to play a big role here, with a notably refreshing effect as a result; carbonation is refined but pointy, almost as in a crémant, mouthfeel is supple and lean. Spicy yeastiness all around, bready malt sweetishness underneath as well as a (strong) suggestion of sourish wheat; the citric acidity remains for the rest of the palate, including the finish, where it gets the company of lingering fruity yeastiness, deep leafy and slightly peppery hop bitterness and a warmth of wodka-like alcohol, which manages to remain fairly gentle and therefore quite well hidden in a blonde 8% ABV beer. Another bizarre Fantôme concoction, I’d say a flavoured tripel with a certain saison-like influence, but apart from the meaningless ’spices’, the label does not reveal what has been added. It must have something to do with citrus fruits, that is for sure - or perhaps more likely, lemon grass... It took me a while to get used to the weird citrus perfume, but in terms of pure flavour, this is not bad at all, quite refreshing even for a beer this strong. Dany Prignon is somewhat infamous for brewing weird, usually spiced variations on the saison style which often divide opinions, but in this case, I believe he has a winner - contrary to the Belgian national soccer team last year. For that reason, I do find it a bit regrettable that this is only made for one particular occasion: it should change name and label and stay in assortment.
simont1 (462) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unclear and hazy orange juice looking beer, a bit fluorescence bright yellow.
Nose meets lemon oil, bread, funk, almost some banana, grapefruit, clove.
Taste is very very dimensional, a bit of lacto yeast, small amount of lemon/lime/grapefruit, salty and mineral in a way of mineral water, with a prominent nice Fantome funk & pineapple.
Mouthfeel is kind of fluffy, like a hefeweizen and quite full, and feels perfect for this.
gunnfryd (13005) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Fonefan 300814. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is yeast, spices, sourness , citrus. Flavour is spices, yeast, sourness, malt, cellar notes, citrus. Nice beer.
tmrmwel (1368) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow, with a big creamy head. Aroma is tart yeasty, with kiwi fruits and spices. Full body, with soft to no carbonation. Flavour is tart and yeasty, with spice, banana and notes of wheat and notes of cats pee.
teorn88 (4083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle shared at the Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a hazy apricots color with a medium white head. Aroma is immediately tangy and citrusy, with notes of tangerine, citrus peel and leaves, cedar wood and light funk. Taste is again medium sweet and lightly tart and acidic, with more citric acidity, Notes of lemon juice and leaves, tangerine, orange peel, cedar wood, funk, barn yard. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very tasty and refreshing, one of the better new Fantomes
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. @ The Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2014, TSODRBSG14.
[ As Fantôme de Tous les D’iâpes ].
Unclear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, citrus, herbs, manure, modeate yeasty, tart, grape, wine, light metalic. Flavour is moderate sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, lime - citrus tart, dry, citrus - grape. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft.