t0rin0 (72) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fantome rating number 50. I was hoping it would be the original BBB beer or maybe Millennium but this came along first. Shared with mattboz and swellbrewer. Thanks Matt for opening this.
Pours a hazy brown with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer. The bottle opened with an extremely loud pop and we all thought it would gush, but it didn’t.
Aroma when cold is caramel, roast, and a bit of rubber. Not a great start but enough of a malty lighter Noël that I thought that might win out over the rubber. Unfortunately, as it warmed the rubber came out more. This was accompanied by some barn yard aromas.
The flavor is malty, a little chocolatey, and bretty with a bit of lemon but also some some of that burnt plastic / rubber that has plagued Fantome the past couple of years. Not really a fan of this one, though it is interesting because of how much funk is present.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up in Belgium. Thanks Dany. Enjoyed split 2 ways @ 45 F in stemware. Pours flat dar brown fig colored actually. no head. The nose has a little acetic tartness some smoke, cherry skins and clove. Other faint berries. taste is interesting. I get cherry cola, a lot of smoke, some plastic, berries and some other dark fruits. It is slightly tart, tea-like and a crisp finish. the smokiness is not pleasant in this case but it is an interesting beer. Very amazing the ABV is 10 degrees.
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color, off tan head. Aroma of toasted brown bread and light spice. Taste has brown bread, caramel, spice, soft sourness. Nice.
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big swing-top bottle shared by Roger - thanks again! Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of leather, oak, funk, dark fruit, and light smoke. The flavor is the same, mostly, but fruitier and even less smoky. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a tart, malty, somewhat smoked mouthfeel. But the smoke shows up after the finish on the palate, for the most part. Really odd beer.
DrSilverworm (8707) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste from a bottle at phaleslu’s Weird Beers Tasting. 750ml bottle. Clear lighter brown color. Little off-white / khaki head, just a few bubbles, a few bits of lace. Big smoke, dark fruit, vinous notes in the flavor. Moderate sour taste, kind of bitter. Some metallic, mild oxidization. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Lighter carbonation. Alright stuff, not crazy about this one.
czar (5843) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks (?) pours dirty medium dark brown with a dirty light beige head offering good retention and some nice lacing. very yeasty - peppery and spicy with an off red fruitiness - dried currants and cherries perhaps, minerals, smoke, tobacco, ashes, plastic, metal, grass. lively carbonation, light body, light and welcoming acidity - mainyl lactic, for a gently tart, lightly astringent and smoky-grassy-peppery finish. this is a joke. DP.
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Plastique fumé, acide lactique, différentes couches caramélisées et surtout de la confusion. J’aurais surement donné une pire note si j’avais eu une plus grande portion.
mathieuc (2285) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot Tom! Pours a dark brown with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of rubber, smoke, funk and roasted malt. Weird. Taste is tart but not really sour and offers more smoke, weird fruits and ash. Body was medium, carbonation as well and acidity level was pretty good and definitely not over the top. Overall this was weird, not totally unpleasant and fun to try but weird.
tom10101 (4026) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to Sam for this one! Murky brown with a small persistent beige head and little lacing. Aroma is off with mushroom notes and smoke, but there’s also a nice sourness, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and some spiciness. Taste is moderately sour with mushrooms, smoke, roasted malt, hints of caramel and some burnt rubber. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not the worst Fantôme I’ve had, but it’s definitely off. It’s hard to get past the rubber/smoke/mushrooms presence...
Hair6a11 (1427) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing top Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a modest, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass - retention is modest, with light lacing presence. The nose is vibrant dark fruit, earthy oak and mild vanilla notes, moving to a sweet and sour vinous character here. Interesting. There is the obligatory spice note (of course) - Anyway - Love the bottle, love the nose on this one - but the appearance and the flavor profile leave a bit to be desired here. Initial sweet tart, spent grain, moving to belgian yeast presence, dark fruits (currant), smoked oak, with a lingering bittering - the center lacks heft here though - It’s interesting / different - but it doesnt... quite... mesh
JK (5045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Levi’s. Another awesome Fantome, I love this brewery. Smoke and osur aroma. Flavor has more smoke, some meat. Dry and earthy, with a light sourness. I might have classified this as a smoked beer rather than sour, as the smoke is much more prominent than the sour character.