AdamJackson (2106) - Enfield, 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.
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange pour, lots of fizzy bubbles, look at it go! Nose is mineral, light citrus, dusty. Mouth is weird, malty, sweet coconut oil, acidic finish. Very dusty feel with an oddly malty body, totally unlike other fantome that has crossed my lips.
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz. bottle. It pours a very clear golden orange color with a super fizzy, effervescent white head that lasts forever. The aroma has some salt and pepper with a bit of apple cider and signature Fantome funk. No sign of acid. The flavor has bright apple and pear fruit with low, but perceptible acidity and some bread yeast funk toward the finish. The fruity acidity does draw the mouthwater a bit, but I would not call this a sour at this point. Maybe it will develop over time, but it’s still a pretty good saison. I can’t believe this is 10%. The alcohol is barely noticeable at all. It finishes with more salt, pepper, tart apple, pear and very subtle funk. A very unusual and enjoyable beer... It seems like I say that every time I have a Fantome.
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Walked into the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier and ordered a bottle. And people say it's hard to acquire...!
Thick, white head erupts from the hazy golden-orange body; massively over-carbed. Delicate aroma with bold funk, hay, sour yeast, dirty farmhouse fruit.
Taste is sublime. Bright green apple tartness right off the bat, barnyard funk is restrained by soured strawberries. About the level of sourness I expected from a farmhouse brewery's undertaking of a "sour" beer. It's about as sour as Vera Mae, maybe slightly more.
Smooth, crisp, immensely satisfying, and totally sessionable. I almost did a spit-take after noticing the 10% ABV, as it's nowhere to be found. Finish is reminiscent of a dry champagne. Waaaaaay too much carbonation overall, though.
Get past the overly active body and this is a real winner. Hands down the best Fantome variant I've had, aside from one or two very special bottles of their Saison. Those are few and far between given the bottle variance, unfortunately, but then again so is this. Stellar.
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Sour and tart aroma with light fruitiness. Malt and sour/tart flavor with light fruitiness and light spice. Medium bodied. Tart/sour lingers with apple/pear fruitiness and light spice.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Cloudy caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Great retention. The nose is grassy and minerally with a moderate ration of malty caramel. Medium to full-bodied with jazzy carbonation. The flavor offers caramel and white pepper accompanied by a moderate measure of lemony/peachy bitterness. Finishes sweet, malty and a bit tongue-numbing. Surprisingly, there is almost zero acidity here. This beer is a minimum of two years away from developing into an “extra sour” saison. It is, however, a top notch saison right now. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the HF Harvest Fest by that notorious ticker Dany. Pours a hazed gold with a medium sized white head. Soft wheat, light soft lemon and grapefruit. Soft musk, light citrus. Very gentle funk. Faint herbal and medicinal tones, medium bodied, sweet floral and fruity acid. Toast, soft wheat, acid, light musk and funky acid. Rather tasty.
JulienHuxley (2552) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at HF harvest fest. Pale hazy pour with pale white head. Aroma is quite wheaty, light musty aromas but actually rather fresh smelling, the general consensus amongst the crowd was we’d all had regular fantômes that were sourer than this. Taste was slightly tart, more fresh wheat notes but with a nice citric aciditiy, lemon juice and a bit of a lambic funk. Not really as advertised (surprising is it not?) but still delicious.
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle at Birch and Barley. HUGE cork pop but no gush. Good thing, I paid $50 for this. Pours a hazy orange with a rocky white head that fades fast. Aroma is very well balanced, grassy, lemons, white pepper, tangerine, apricot. Flavor is similarly balanced, a delicious lip smacking lemony feel that envelopes the mouth but isn’t over whelming. Other flavors of grass, some unripened peach, lemony mineral water, earthy, lightly herbal. Medium bodied, spritzy finish. This did not have nearly as much acid as I thought it would, but I liked it more because of that. Very drinkable, especially when the heavy carb subsides. Very well balanced.
jbeatty (949) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at CK, 08/27/2012. Pours light golden orange, slight haze, rocky three-finger head, light lacing. Aroma is peach, mango, pineapple, big barnyard component with characteristic Fantome profile, slightly lactic, fresh yeasty must. Taste is tangerine, apricot, tropical, sharply tart, spiciness offsetting, juicy finish. Medium body, champagne-like carbonation. Great brew.