IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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 (5217) - 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.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been wating for a warm day to crack this baby open, and the wait was worthwhile. Pours hazy orange with generous head. Aroma is of sweet fruits and yeast. Taste the same, plus some caramel candy to. Nice and sweet, with mininal bitterness, really dig this one.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002 bottle) Immediatly after opening, the fragrence of apples poured out. There were some sour notes in the aroma, but apples dominated. This had a nice orange colour that could almost border on brown. A perfectly formed, large white head formed and produced very nice lacing. heavy sour taste with some cinnimon and apples it seemed. This was tasty and perfectly paired with my easter feast.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a totally retained off white head and yes there will be some lacing. Aroma is diverse with yeast, cobwebs, wine and funk. Flavor is awesome with some malt sweetness, lots of wonderful yeasty flavors. Great peppery finish. Why oh why can’t I have more Fantome???
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy orange brown color. Aroma and flavors of yeast, apples, and peaches.. Spicey finish appears to be from the yeast. Medium bodied.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old "Winter" bottle. Poured with the appearance of apple cider - even with the "floaties" that could be construed as cinnamon. The flavor was sweet, buttery, uneven, but lively and held much more body than expected. A little pepper in the finish is a nice touch.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 (Bottled, 0.75l) Clear, very red color without yeast - almost opaque brown with it. Quite large, tight and foamy, lacy head. Very yeasty, somewhat port-wineous and salty aroma with some sourness. Toffeeish-roasted-malty, yeasty flavor with herbs and faint sourness. Medium-bodied, dryish and low-carbonated palate. A delicious, roasty and slightly sour, very well-balanced brew.
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep chestnut with a faint haze, thin off white head and gentle condition. Spicy nose with some trace funky sub-lambic notes. Tangy fruit, malt and slight spiciness in the mouth though some funkiness still remains. Dry and spicy bitterness in the finish with some lingering nuttiness.