Muggus69 (1553) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016
Big fluffy foam dies down to a dense cap atop a hazy deep honey gold body.
Spicy aroma, very complex; phenolic & woody clove, overly ripe pear & banana-like esters, fennel & coriander seed, hay & porrigey malts, touch of malt vinegar.
Carbonation relatively subdued for style, as is the body, somewhat thick, slightly stodgy, more like a Belgian strong than a Saison, not to take anything away from it, plusthere’s still a tickle of acidity.
Once again, it’s a complex mix on the body; bruised banana & apple, cider vinegar, whole cloves, bay leaf, white pepper, some minerality there, sherbert, grassy herbal hops. Bitterness reasonably pronounced, long finish, alcohol growing in warmth as I get through.
Second beer from this brewery, and no less impressed that the first time - there’s something rustic & unique about them.
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The winter saison in this series, changing recipe each year so should be rated per vintage here; the vintage I tasted, had almonds added to it. Cloudy brownish amber colour, cream white head, complex yeasty and spicy aroma with caramel malts, almonds only faintly noticeable, fruity as usual for a Fantôme; bready and honeyish malts in the mouth with complex spicy accents and fresh fruitiness, faint chocolate note, sourish accent as usual. Very well-balanced and I urgently have to taste this anew.
NikkTwist (2049) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 Amazingly finding an off-menu draft of an aged version (2007?) of the Hiver at Monks Cafe in August 2014. Unusual light cloudy egg yolk pour with a lot of soapy soft white foam that left lace that thinned away. Browned white peaches. Nectarines. Nicely tart but the edges have softened so it is not harsh. A bit musty, but not overaged. Much of the caramel malt flavors have fuzzed away to far in the background. Noteworthy that each pour into the old keg got brighter, fuller and less cloudy. Wonderful juicy dry citrus fluff!
aenima (318) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma and taste are a little funky and fruity. Has some slight maltiness. Finish dry with some sweetness.
Habanero (3312) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours ahzy amber with small off-white head. Aroma of citrus notes, yeast, spices and grass. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Saison.
TheGB (570) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hazels. Aroma is funky with barn yard, peaches and stone fruit. Palate is also funky with one of the most acidic palates I’ve had.
RobertDale (4350) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours golden orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma of fruit, spice, yeast, malt, and spice. Taste is the same. Dry and tart finish. Decent.
jandd1983 (3214) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at ESBLS. It poured a hazy golden/amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of spices, some light spice from the yeast, a little fruit, a good amount of pale and caramel malts, and a light dough/toffee note. The taste was similar with some hints of tartness.
Strykzone (5626) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Dingy goldenish. A blotchy off white head. A bit of funky earthy lemon. Somehow. Some grass and pale malts. A bit of earth and bitterness. This is a nice beer. A good summer time drink.
Bulk_Carrier (2788) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2014
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Thank God, this looks like the last fantome.
This was poured into a snifter and a tulip.
There was a light glossy orange color with some bronzed over brownish sort of color. There was barely any head and lacing.
The smell had a leathery funky and overly sour.
The taste was putrid as I thought I was tasting shoe leather from the late 1800’s.
The palate was super dry as it seemed to have sucked my mouth dry and wounded my taste buds to have this beer to be somewhat enjoyable.
Overall, I’m so glad to be done with fantome as I will never try any of their beers ever again.