Pinball (11588) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy yellow, smooth white head.
spices is the first that meets the nose . spices and saison like notes.the spices are spaghetti spices (oregano, thyme etc.)
flavor is spicy, yeasty, faint citrussy note.
Plovmand (7107) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is oregano, yeast, citrus with flowery and light hay notes. The flavour is light acidic with heavy oregano and pizza notes. Citrus and grapefruit notes. Very odd but also very refreshing and drinkable.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Todd for sharing! Phish Portsmouth pre-game. Hazy yellow pour frothy off white head. Aroma is herbal. Dry and softly carbonated. Oregano comes out at the finish
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Pours light hazy golden with a lovely, staying, creamy, white head. Great lacings. Super peppery aroma with hints of cucumber, bog myrtle, ginger, oranges and crisp malts. Some flowery notes as well. Highish carbonation, great dry palate. Flavour is dry, light Belgian sugar sweetness, some malty notes, pepper, light ginger. Very nice and elegant, though the aroma is best.
finol (2600) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of herbs and oranges.
Taste spicy of orange cest and herbs.
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours fizzy yellow with a nice thick and creamy head. Smells a lot of oregano. Taste is typical for the saison style, a little sour and small spicinness with a distinct touch of oregano. Small bitterness.
lusikka (7599) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2010 (Tasted @ 05/21/2010) 750ml bottle. Medium yellow color with a medium head. Aroma includes yeast, sweet fruits and spices. Nice malty and mildly sweet taste with an addition of bitterness. Medium body, light carbonation and a spicy finish. Fresh.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an almost opaque honey color that shows a hazed, orange tinged, straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of herbal honey and wild flowers from a distance, but definitely smells of oregano when you take a sniff up close. It is still backed by a nice honey-like note that accentuates notes of ripe pears and juicy honey-dew melons. A deeper draft of the nose yields a huge, crystallized honey character that accentuates a huge sweetness at the end of the aroma; this contrasts nicely with the beginning of each smell that has that oregano almost savory character to it. As the beer warms up quite a bit the up front fruitiness becomes much more apparent, but still the expressive, crystallized honey note is buoyantly noticeable if you dig for it.
Quite a bit drier than the honey-rich nose suggested, but I was fully expecting this here, the beer also finishes with a light lactic tartness that seems to be just settling in. Dry, herbal honey-like notes up front meld into a savory, oregano character in the middle. The oregano manages to disappear for a short while in the near finish, but then comes back on quite persistently in the long, lingering finish. The carbonation on this beer is fairly low for a Belgian beer, much less a Fantome; it is certainly enough to couple with the light medium body though. This has very little if any hop character including no real bitterness; all of this sort of balance seems to be contributed by the oregano. Fruity flavors of Macintosh apples, subtle ripe pear, perhaps a hint of watermelon and some definite green apple are accentuated by various components of this beer.
The oregano was done pretty well here, while it is definitely distinct, it does not overwhelm the rustic Saison that makes up the base of this beer. I am continuously amazed by how intense the honey-like aromatics are in the nose; it makes me wonder how this character got here, is it purely from the fermentation character, does the oregano somehow play a role, and is there actually some honey used in the recipe to help this along (though this last alone would not be fully responsible for how intense this character is in the nose). This is another wonderful, fully rustic beer from Fantome, I can’t wait to crack in to the other few bottles that I brought back from Belgium. I am really, really enjoying this beer right now; it isn’t perhaps in the bowl me over class of beers, but damn this is one tasty brew. For some reason I like that this label has a whole section on the side for the date to be marked off on but hasn’t been used at all :-)
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is like Italian seasoning mix. Dry, herbal flavor with a pronounced herbal finish. Not too bitter, though; well balanced.
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 1, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sample. Dark gold in colour with strong carbonation. Lots of spicy oragano on the nose, backed by funk, black pepper, and minerals. Flavors are of pale malts, juicy meyer lemon, more oregano, and some lactic sourness that seemed to build and get somewhat opressive the more I drank. The lactic note continued long into the finish, mixing with some spicy heat. I liked the oregano, but the other elements of the beer were just plain weird.