Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this has the best musty tart basement flavors, overly carbonated, great stuff
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Big thanks to a generous trader for this one. Served in a Fantôme tulip.
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden with a big, fizzy white head. Nose is fairly pepper heavy with a bit of Brett & very mild lactic. Some tropical & citrus to flavor. Highly carbonated. Better after swirling out some of the carbonation. More lemon, light lactic, and faint funk after that.
Overall, nose is too peppery and flavor is similar to a good batch of the regular Saison.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle at Triple Rock Sour Beer Sunday. Pours golden with a nice off-white head and a bready aroma. There is a subtle sour fruit flavor with a vinous finish. This is a good blend.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the December tasting in Santa Cruz. Gold with a disappearing effervescent white head. Sharp lemon candy aroma with a cheesy funk. Tart candy flavor, Smarties, lemon and fruity sweetness. A little sticky and flabby.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A fruity barnyard-funky amber ale with a sharp tartness. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, capped and corked. Shared a few months after the release at post-HF Harvest 2012 party. Bottle I effortlessly acquired thanks to someone I should not name, thanks a million mister S.H.
The look: Cloudy amber-orange body topped by a medium off-white head.
In long: Opens with a loud pop. Nose is uber-rustic, signature funky-barnyard Fantôme aroma along with bright tart light-color fruits. Same goes with the taste, funky-barnyard Fantôme yeast, fresh tart light-color fruits (tangerines, tropical and exotic fruits), very sharp tartness. Lively carbonation. Simple yet complex at the same time. Don’t let its name fool you, this really isn’t a Sour Ale, tart it is, sour it is not. From my memory of all Fantôme beers I’ve had I’d say this one is somewhat similar to Fantôme La Gourmande. Truly excellent and a must for all Fantôme maniacs like me. This Fantôme Extra Sour is one of the best quality product I’ve purchased this past year, almost as well-made as those top quality camouflage pants I bought but never wear because they are so good that I can’t find them.
b3shine (3510) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a hazy orange with lots of off-white head and lively carbonation. Smells good too; tart, doughy, and funky. Tastes like it smells with a mildly sweet backbone and a clean, dry finish. Good stuff!
brokensail (9149) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cloudy orange pour with a huge off-white head. Nose is full of lemon zest, grass, and citrus fruitiness. Dry, cracker malts, some yogurt, grass, and plenty of yeast. The flavor is lightly tart. Primarily citric notes with lemon zest, orange peel, and a hint of grapefruit. Some yeast, cracker malt, yogurt, and an extremely dry finish. Sort of an earthy and musty funk on both the nose and palate.
cfrances33 (22) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Hazy, radient light orange, with a billowing three finger white head. Leaves a lot of sticky white lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass. A beautiful beer.
Smell: Funky yeast up front, followed by a big burst of grapefruit and citrus. Some melons come through on the nose as well. A light doughy smell, and some funk finish.
Taste: Follows the nose with a big burst of tropical fruits up from. Clean grapefruit and melons. Lots of funk, and a very night tartness. Think Vera Mae levels of tartness. Some bready sweetness. Finishes tart with fruit, and funk. A light oak on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. It is very hard to believe this is 10%, because it drinks like it is 5%. Incredibly juicy, with a night tartness. Finishes dry.
Overall: This beer met the hype for me. I thought the tartness was fantastic. Yes, this beer isn’t sour, but it taste phenomenal, so who cares.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pour is slightly hazed golden orange with tons of fluffy off white head and an explosion of bubbles rising through the inside. Nose is dusty Brett and rather minerally. Faint salt note as a fair bit of citrus takes hold. Taste is a bit different, more dusty up front with less of the Brett and mineral, citrus in back with a fair amount of malt, which is uncharacteristic. sweeting through the finish. High carbonation, semi dry and light airy body.
adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Nick for grabbing this for me at Hunger Mountain in August. $30 a bottle, 1 per person and cellared at 55F until December. Enjoyed with my girlfriend at 55 F in a snifter on her birthday.
A - Corked and capped bottle. The cork shot out too easily but thank goodness this bottle wasn’t a gusher. Poured a huge carbonation into the glass producing 4 fingers of pillowy and fluffy solid white head that faded to a single finger and sticking around. Amber orange hues with a slight murkiness. It’s a darker saison than I’m used to.
S - Smells of eggs, grapefruit peels, musky basement and burnt copper. Brown sugar and lemons as well.
T - Wow. The taste is peachy and a very nice balance of fruit juice and acidity like lemon spritz. The finish is lemons and pears with a crisp tart blossom that sticks around for far longer than you’d expect.
M - Huge carbonation. Every sip reveals an explosion of foam and bubbles and the body is medium and dry, tart, fruity and crisp like sparkling wine.
O - This is truly an extraordinary beer. It’s a perfect example of a classic saison with just the right amount of funk. What a fantastic beer. Simply incredible.