fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange pour with a huge, creamy, off white head that. Smells of funk, peat, mineral, Band-Aid, sweet, figgy dark fruits, stone fruit, hints of banana, floral honey and musty hay. Flavor is peat, iodine, mineral, musty hay, lots of Band-Aid, leather, fallen leaves, lots of interesting funky flavors, dug up tree roots, wet leather, old tobacco, musty old plants, then some spice, fig and honey sweetness to the finish along with lingering, Band-Aid, iodine, woody must and general earthy, musky funk. Medium body, creamy, syrupy and slick body, with a surprisingly bright, blanketing carbonation. Overall it’s a difficult beer to judge, there is just so much going on here, some good, some bad (huge Band-Aid presence), though I will have to give it a pretty positive score, huge complexity, hides it’s ABV% well, and c’mon, peat smoked Saison?!?!?
yngwie (16309) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear dark golden beer with a dense finger thick off-white head. Herbal typical Fantome aroma with some caramel hints, dried fruits and a generic fruityness. Floral. It’s full bodied, dry and with a nice carbonation level. Herbal flavor with a hint of black pepper. Fruityness and some spring onion notes. Almost meaty. Lasting herbal and fruity finish. Refreshing indeed. Too malty I think though. 160521
superspak (4306) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; lot bj13, best before end 2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/copper color with 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
bubblehouse (1160) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. A bit weak on aroma but has a nice solid taste. Nachbar during rain storm.
Alpha10 (548) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016/05/04 - Pours a cloudy amber brown colour with a thin, soapy, off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is yeast, light banana esters, spice, herbal/floral hops, orange peel and a hint of caramel. Tastes is sweet bread, yeasty esters (mainly banana), orange peel, dark fruits, caramel, spices and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full with light carbonation and a clean, drying finish. Not my favorite saison from Fantôme, but still very enjoyable.
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TEJA (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle chaired at omhper, thanks.
Lasting dark beige head. Amber color. Mild but complex aroma. Caramell taste with a low sweetness.
hackobock (3078) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
March 5, 2016. Bottle.
Light hazy amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is light sweet toffee, some esters, bubblegum, slight spicy, hints of pear. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is slight apple, spicy, grass, earth, quite dry with hints of alcohol. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - FEB 29, 2016
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
75cl bottle. From the other ratings and comments I think there is a huge variability in this beer or brewery. My beer is light brown and almost flat. Aroma is spicy, nutty, yeasty, caramel. It is cloyingly sweet, very much so. I could not finish my glass.
GenDV138 (5231) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4-ish oz pour on draft at The Sovereign’s grand opening. Courtesy of Greg, thanks! Per Greg, this was a fairly fresh batch before age got to set in. Hazy amber with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes and citrus. Tastes of earthy notes, citrus, funk, floral notes, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
stevoj (3593) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Poured into Duvel tulip, muddy dark amber/orange, with adequate creamy head. Saison herbal aromas beefed up with some savory spices, and some malt evident. Taste follows with the spices taking more of the center stage, not overpowering, but wonderfully accenting the normal saison flavors. Body a bit thicker than normal, but can feel the effervescence.
snoworsummer (4301) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like tart dried fruits, light herb, pear, and lemon. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like pear, herbs, buscuit malt, and honey.