brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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 (35) - 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 (1776) - 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.
AdamChandler (3920) - 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 (535) - 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 (4592) - 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 (1314) - 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 (7754) - 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 (10265) - 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 (8050) - 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.