presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perhaps a poor sample? Bottle from John’s Market. Dark red amber. Good but not crazy head. Lots of carbonation keeps a fair cover on the beer. Lively nose with lots of warm spice and a hint of...of...diaper pail. Flavour is caramel and warm spice (Kwak-like) ant then finishes with a sour ugly finish. The yeast in the bottom of the bottle makes the beer taste smoother.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml - green). At 2nd Annual Summer Saison Tasting - blankboy’s bottle. Murky deep amber with an average fizzy white head. Pungently floral aroma, with spice and what can only be described as "old piss" dominating. The taste, now there’s not much pee HERE - sort of like the powder to make tangerine koolaid, intense in many ways, sweetness, floral/herbal essence, even fairly strong alcohol - but weirdly very good. Thick bodied, I mean really, really thick .... lots going on with acidity and spice and sourness ... I mean really, why do I like this? "old piss?" and I’m in the high 3s????
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky orange with a massive head. Total pour time for the standard tulip glass was at least 5 minutes. REALLY lively carbonation. Great mouthfeel, playful, almost sticky. Lots of spice flavor (coriander, pine, hints of apple, soy, alcohol hints to the nose... Not my favorite Fantome but definitely good.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Candy, spicy, slightly minty aroma. Pours cloudy amber with a huge head, lots of carbonation. Its missing that classic fantome flavor! This is the 1st beer i’ve had from them that doesn’t have that great funkiness. Very malty, spicy, slightly fruity with white grapes. Good beer but probably my least favorite from Fantome.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body-murky orange/red/brown with a one inch foamy head. Nose-big Fantome yeasty bready esters, light banana, light lotion and chamomile, light bubblegum, light plywood. Taste-black pepper, light earth, light berry, medium sweet, grains of paradise, light coriander, flower petals. Sweetness sis perfect, light caramel, candy corn, brown sugar, light apple, some metal. Good mixture of sweet, Belgian yeast, unsweet honey, and spices. An excellent example of a Saison form Fantome. Light salt/sea water on the back end.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Murky brown orange with a small off white head. Cinnamon, clove dominate the aroma, some perfumey and floral tinges. Ubblegum, clove, earthy spice flavors. Cinnamon and appleskin. Ruddy astringency in the finish, with heavy residual spice. Mouthfeel is a light medium, somewhat dry.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 from Sam’s, Durham. Man, I continue to be surprised by the creativity of M. Pignon. A nice copper pour with a moderate head and bright, lasting carbonation (minimal lacing). The nose promises one of Fantome’s sour apple brews, with dark autumnal flavors dominating. But there’s much more going on. Somehow, I got the distinct flavor of a frisee salad, with some bitter greens blending nicely with tart fruits and a strong peppercorn finish. Some floral overtones in there too, and it’s another wonderfully complex but immediately enjoyable brew from Fantome.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Paul. Pours dark copper with a disappointingly small head. Normally Fantome head is totally overbearing. Lots of sediment. Aroma has a lot of cinnamon, cloves, toast. Tons of malt in the flavor, chewy spices, lots of florals. Lacks complexity. Body is nice but not superb, and is a bit hard to drink. Isn’t very refreshing, which many Fantomes are. Quite tasty, but doesn’t live up to many other saisons.
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark for a saison, dark coppery orange with a moderate lively white head. Aroma of lavender, yeast and some interesting fruits, namely acidic citrus fruits. Taste is complex, lavender and some other interesting floral notes, yeast, light citric orange flavor, slight hops and some pepper on the finish. Extremely interesting Fantome once again doesn’t disappoint.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 750 ml bottle. A hazy dark amber beer with a large, frothy, lacing, mostly lastingbeige head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard), with notes of tea, banana, peaches and many other fruits, perhaps a hint of berries. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, lightly alcoholic. Along with Magic Ghost, another stuff with tea flavours. Almost medicinal, very complex in the nose, lots of fruits, some funk, good flavour balance (perhaps just a hint sweeter than an average Fantome), well hidden alcohol. Very weird and hard to drink in large amounts, but in my opinion it works very well, if you have 20-30 cl.