Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle claims that this breed is Blonde in origin. This could be true if one were only to judge it by its bark. This wonderful beer pours a deep, hazy, amber excitedly releasing pent-up CO2 to bolster the tight foam cap. Aromas of earthy herbs and cracked pepper spice intertwine around a nice juicy malt that never becomes cloying. The irony of the name suggests a white dog with black spots, or is it a black dog with white spots??? Whatever it is, this Blonde is certainly more intellectual than most, beers that is. While this beer doesn’t demand food, you would scarcely do better with a plate of interesting cheeses.
CapedBrewsader (266) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle: Thanks to Dany P for the bottle! Dark hazy orange-amber with moderate creamy light peach head. Main aromas of caramel, bread, and citrus. Yeast, a "green spice" and a low level of metal come in behind. In the far back is something wild, almost lactic that fights for position with a muddled dark mixed spice note. Flavor is sweeter than expected. Sweet malt blends into bread smothered in orange marmalade. The marmalade then continues to transform into lemon and yeast towards the middle. Finishes with tea, orange, "greenery" and just a faint touch of metal. Nice beer but it could finish a little drier.
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber Shared. WOW! What a treat. Appearance is clear brown with a lovely head and nice lacing. Aroma is super floral and as it warms it oddly becomes vanilla and pineapple with hints of pear and the lovely fantome yeast. Taste is sweet and a tiny bit of malt more of the aroma and now hints of lavender or lilac. Palate is thin and dry. Overall this is incredible but I am not sure how well it would go down on a cold night it is WAY too refreshing.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
decent gusher. not immediate, but it kept coming. pours a hazy orange-brown, with a big fluffy cream head that sticks around decently and laces a bit. granular bits of yeast float around inside. smells of light spice and lightly-colored fruits and brown sugar. closer to a belgian strong dark than fantome’s saison. there are hints of the bits of citrus brett, but they’re dominated by the normal esters and the brown sugar malt. the taste is a big surprise! the brown sugar malt is still there, but the esters have changed to cherry and orange and even a bit of grapes. still some light spice. and it’s surprisingly tart. not puckering or anything, but it was unexpected. also a tiny hint of bitterness, and light sweetness. creamy slick mouthfeel, made by the carbonation. this is tasty stuff. i had an oerbier the other day, it sort of reminds me of that, but with more of a fantome character.
paiste2002 (175) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head leaving behind some very nice lace. Aroma is tart, spicy, earthy and funky. Flavor is slightly tart, woody, earthy, spicy, bready yeast. Some honey and tartness in the finish. Very enjoyable beer.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - NOV 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep cloudy copper with a fine sea-foam head. Dried apricot notes swirl with a sublime, yeasty spiciness in the nose. Flavor adds a lightly sweet blood-orange tartness that melds well with the rustic, earthy quality of the brew. Mouthfeel is neither too viscous nor too thin ... striding gracefully between the two. The soft, ample carbonation lifts the sweetness from your palate for a subtle and enjoyably clean finish. Supremely easy to drink, and at 8% ... it is no joke. After writing this, I’ve taken a look at a few other reviews, and it looks like I am rating this quite a bit higher than my brethren (never to discount my lovely brew-sisters). I cannot help it, I am simply enjoying this immensely. In general, if you tend to enjoy the peculiarities and nuances of Fantome ... let this one haunt you.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Technically a saison, this beer seems to share more characteristics with a trippel to me, with its very sweet and fruity extremities. Granted, an amber trippel at that. Very spicy sweet, with notes of orange, and a slightly lactic/barnyard and dusty character. Very mouth filling, with low hop character and bitterness.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi-hazy medium-brown with a nice head. The aroma has tons of grass and herbal spice. When you take a sip, the nose has a "full" quality that I find elusive... if the hops and herbs can be described as light, there’s something else there that’s just... fuller. ’Meaty’ comes to mind, but that’s too heavy a term. There’s some of that quality in the flavor, too. Nice and refreshing. Feels great in the mouth... a bit spicy, full yet light. Kind of reminds me of the first bottle of Chocolat I had... has some slighty bitter qualities, though this bears no resemblance to an IPA. Saisons aren’t really one of my favorite styles, but Fantome makes such imaginative variations on the style, I’m forced to declare my allegiance to farmhouse ales.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottel @ Dr Bills. Cloudy orange pour with a light head. Smells strong and slightly wild/sour. Highly carbonated. One strange and tasty brew!
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.