Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. The body is a hazy, dark, orange-amber color. A small head of lasting white foam leaves behind splotchy, tattered lacing. The nose is completely different than any Fantôme I’ve ever had. Right off the bat, a huge waft of fresh, oily orange rind dominates, filling the air with distinct citrus aromatics. Beneath, notes of blonde-amber cereal malt, sweet cracker, and and secondary herbs all come through. The flavor is equally intense, booming with both oily and pithy orange rind in the foreground before transitioning into a smoother, candied cereal finish. Booze is somewhat prominent, certainly mores than in most Fantômes. Likewise, the signature minty, earthy, herbal yeast tendencies aren’t prominent, dominated by the citrus notes. The moderate body sports even carbonation and a somewhat drying, slightly astringent finish. Odd brew. This was just too pithy for me at the end of the day. Not bad, just not great either.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011… Cloudy peach-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Fantastic retention. The aroma offers a boatload of spice-rack oregano. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Both the flavor and finish are bittersweet and present spicy, herbal oregano. Bottle courtesy of Beerlando!
brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head. Lots of orange and lemon aromas and flavors. It’s got an almost candied citrus thing going on. A bit of straw and yeast, maybe some mild booze.
t0rin0 (53) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy yellow, nice white head and lacing. Aroma is candied oranges, more sugar, and some Belgian yeast. Flavor is orange juice and orange rinds along with a touch of lemon and bread. Quite nice overall. Thanks Brian.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Goblin Pub, shared with MrChopin +2. Nice combination of sweet fruit and sourness that balance each other. A winner.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG ’10. Citrus lemon nose with honey and cotton candy malts, cobwebs and dusty yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, very soft cotton candy, some basil and fresh herbs. Lots of spice on the finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased Beer Mania July 2010; Sampled September 2010
A soft, steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost five-finger thick, lightly tan tinged head. The head has a long staying power and leaves ample thick layers / clumps of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a murky light amber hue that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue and a plethoro madly streaming carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. The pronounced, fruity aroma is noticeable as soon as I start to pour this beer. This is definitely the dominant note here and it is backed by an earthy spiciness that reminds me of woody white pepper (without the heat), woody mushrooms and ancient, very dry wood that crumbles to dust as you touch it. The fruitiness reminds me of apples, nicely ripe pears and sweet / tart plums. The finish gets nicely spicy, almost herbal in some ways; the heat from black pepper like notes shows through here and the beer is just simply complex and aromatic in the finish. Boosting the complexity here is the malt character; certainly pale, with an ample straw-like quality, it also reminds me of dusty grain flour that is a touch musty and damp. The nose on this beer is everything that I could hope for from a Fantome; fantastically complex with a nice interplay of fruit, malt and spice aromatics.
Dry and effervescent as it first hits my tongue, the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. There is a touch of tartness here too, I wouldn’t necessarily attribute this to any wild influence, that helps accentuate the fruit notes that are otherwise muted by the lack of sweetness. The fruit notes lean towards star-fruit, perhaps a touch of melon, and something that I think of as a bone dry Perry. The finish gets musty and also has a herbal, woody pepper note, some esters and perhaps even some higher alcohols. The body is quite light, more so than Fantôme usually gets when it is young, though I have no idea how old this actually is. This drinks way lighter than the labeled 8% would suggest (though I often wonder how accurate this is from a brewery that is as high-tech as Fantôme is). There is a touch of yeast character in the finish that adds to the earthiness.
The flavor isn’t nearly as complex and inviting as the nose suggested, but it is damn good in its own right and I really like how dry and quaffable this is. This is definitely one of the high points of the Fantôme stable. I am excited and saddened that I have one more new Fantôme to try.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drank all by my lonesome. Pours a murky orange/brown that only becomes sludgier the further you get down the bottle, in typical Fantome style. The nose on this shows notes of wheat, unripe apricot, nail polish and charcoal. Not the best. The palate is muddy, flabby, with little flavors early on that transitions into a very yeasty, green, dull finish. Reminiscent of salad greens. This is a most disappointing Fantome, likely the worst I’ve had from their extensive line-up. It lacks the funk, the complexity, the craziness of their other beers.
ketchepillar (1021) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG Tasting. Thanks to Rastacoeure. Cilantro, lemon zest, parsley. Super herbaceous and plain fucking awesome. Some cigar. Awesome. Peppery. Herb garden flavor lets down some though. A bit vegetal.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG, from the super-kind Rastacoeure. Pours hazy gold, with a thin white head, and poor lacing. Nose is sweet persimmon, rosewater, cold cream, privet, perfume, wheat, soft yeast. Flavours of gentle wheat, persimmons, sandalwood. Extravagant and pretty. A very feminine and excellent Fantome.