Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Personal Milestone: Belgian beer rating #100 (out of 1140) - It’s a golden brown body with a thick, light tan head. The initial whiff, oddly, is of fresh pears, but when you get closer, it gets more interesting. The aroma is sweet and spicy, yet "dirty" and tart. The flavor is nutty and somewhat bitter, almost vinegary. A lemon and light malt taste shows up before delivering a tart citrus rind finish. Interesting, fun drink.
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aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber sour and earthy spice nose. Heabal peppery and woody qualities. Nutmeg and allspice fit in with a honeyed biscuit and sour apple quality. Soft and round on the palate with a nice sour fruit and lemon finish.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Original Rating (8-4-8-3-15=3.8): Apricot, pear, brown sugar, brettanomyces all share equal billing in the aroma. Opaque tan brown with a decent tan head that recedes to ring with some nice lacing. Perfumey flavour includes notes of oak, sandalwood, leather, with plenty of brett character that evokes the barn. Some ashy notes in the finish. Complex, fruity and herbaceous. Medium body with fair carbonation that is gently effervescent on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and SimonB.
Rerarte (7-4-8-4-15=3.8): Chocolate, leafy, wood and gooseberries in the aroma. Opaque brownish-red body with a decent and lasting, off white head that recedes to partial cover with some lacing. Woody, earthy, sharp yet sweet flavour with plenty of fruity esters and some chalkiness in the finish. Medium body with lively carbonation and a soft texture. Mild alcohol warming. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent aroma of lavender, spices and yeast. Great flavor of lavender and spices with earthy tones. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia ’05. This had a slight hazy body, brown in color. There were many differing flavors and aromas. Hard to nail it down, but for a saison, right on the money.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05 750ml bottle. Pale prune juice color with nary any head. Big stinky aromas of wood, toffee, marzipan, citrus, savory. The flavors actually match aromas nicely which I find unusual for Fantome but right on the money for saison. Very tart brew gets carried away with a bit too much candyish sweetness for my tastes but redeems itself with a good dose of herbal wood. Savory highlights. This one makes me think twice about what saison is supposed to be. Not much smack from the alcohol but it’s there enough to give a shiver at the finish.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle sampled at Brewtopia ’05.
Murky, dark amber color with very little head. Aroma is both sweet and tart with some vanilla and citrus. Flavor is again sweet/tart with lots of spice and a great vanilla aftertaste.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured a reddish brown with a small fizzy off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and candy, very enticing. Taste is very tart with tastes of citrusy lemon, as well as very spicy with touches of nutmeg. Very intriguing beer and very complex, but definitely something someone would have to "be in the mood for".
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after its departure from the 750ml green capped and corked bottle resides in the glass a slightly hazy crimson with tints of copper, the head is modest, creamy and a winsome light tan in color as the head fades away, the resultant lace forms a silk like skirt to surround the glass. Nose has the Fantome damp cave musky aroma I find pleasing, hints of over ripe sour apples, and a slight sweetness also present, the start is tart and the grain profile light with the top thin. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops mellow, the tart over ripe apple taste lingers long, desert dry aftertaste, and I must say that Fantome makes my favorite Saisons.
heemer77 (5167) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber body with a huge white head. The aroma is sweet gingerbread with some perfume and nutmeg. There is a deep musky, almost sexy character to this smell. The taste is tart apples with some spices of clove and nutmeg. There is a sour finish of lemons. This is a beauty to smell. Certainly interesting, but not my favorite from Fantome.