awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a hazy, caramel gold color with a fizzy head of off-white. A pleasantly dry, caramel/biscuit malt aroma is livened up by some ginger, rose petals, and peppery phenols. A bit of a dusty character adds further complexity amongst the brighter qualities the malt and spices bring to the bouquet. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a spritzy, prickling palate sensation. Toffee and cookie malt flavors up front on the palate, along with some husky coconut flesh. Some woody, spicy nutmeg and a light, musky acidity come out mid palate. Finishes moderately dry, with a lingering woody spice and biscuity malt flavor in the final smack. Pretty malty for a Fantome beer, but it works well.
notalush (4824) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Dickinsonbeer (thanks, Paul!) - cloudy orange/gold - kind of a musky aroma, with some apricot and citrus tartness, and that flowery Fantome character - medium tartness, with peaches, apricot, mild funk/brett - some light floral aspects - a mellow tartness throughout - I’d like to try this in a year or so to see if the funk develops some more.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks Dickinsonbeer: Nice hazy orange, copper color with a creamy off white head. The aroma has some sweet fruity esters along with yeasty phenolics. Creamy body with a sweet and sour flavor. Has a great balance between sweet yeasty fruitiness and a light tart background. Finishes clean. Pretty nice stuff.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to dickinsonbeer. A usual Fantome aroma comes form this one. A bit sweet and a bit sour. Some flowers and funk as well. Mellow spices help the funk come through. Sour fruit but more citrus sour like lemon and sour orange. Pretty good.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Light orange, opaque pour with some white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, and spices. Flavor is also sweet malt, a little citrus, and sugar. Tasty and sweet.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased to-go from the new Liars Club. Pours a brown-mustard mud color with a Swedish pillow head. You may blow into it to see the magic of memory foam. The nose was musty with grape skins, white wine, brie cheese, coffee cake, and some sharp tang. Lots of carbonation. Almost too much. Flavors were earthy and yeasty in a cobweb/musty way...wood, grapes, and astringency dominate with odd bitterness in the finish. Very gassy stuff. Quite damn dry also. Some plastic-like fantome character too that has been absent in a lot of fantome’s recent releases...I’ll let the carbonation die down and i think i will quite enjoy.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 Rerate - 750 ml bottle. Deep amber pour with some fairly pronounced chunky yeast floaties throughout. The nose is rich and malty with a distinct spicy breadiness and a really intense, minty yeastiness. Zesty with loads of spicy character. Fairly bright with a nice spicy/citrusy character. It’s not nearly as wild or funky as I recall it - but it’s got a nice aged Belgian character to it. Excellent palate with a mixture of spicy yeast and herbal/minerally hoppiness even. As it warms up, a touch of pineapple fruitiness comes into the mix - even though I really enjoyed this the first time I had it, I think I underestimated it.
Thanks to dickensonbeer for sharing this. Cloudy amber beer, thin-white head. Sweet bready flavour, rye malt, earthy character and a soft dried fruitiness. Some honey malts, spices and a soft of sage, herbal and other indescribable herbal flavour. Lots of sweetness and fruitiness is also present. Very unusual, but very tasty.
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Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of dried mango and pineapple, candy sugar, tangerine, black tea, honey, ginger.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite the fruit bomb, and very sweet too, rather unusual for this brewery. Very attractive and complex nose. Succulent, but a little too sweet for both the style (although it’s probably a better idea to switch this to a Belgian Strong Ale, ’cause I doubt Dany would even suggest this is a proper saison) and my tastes.
asedzie (592) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Trappist. Pours hazy brown with off-white head. Aroma is fruity- peach, orange- w/funky undertones of yeast. Flavor has a swirl of fruity esters, bready dough and nuanced floral/herbal hops. Some hop resins in the flavor, as well. Thick, yet extremely lively and creamy texture. Perfectly balanced and exciting.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich amber with a big dark cream colored head. Caramel, light citrus, earthy aroma with cocoa and cookie batter notes. Toffee/caramel flavor with yeast, spice, earth and a bit of tart lemon. Medium body. Lingering sweet caramel with herbal, yeast, and spice.