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.
CanIHave4Beers (3198) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Rate Beer Summer Gathering 2010 Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy milky blonde with a good head and good lace. The aroma is beautifully lemony with hints of citrus rind and zest. There is a mild farmyard funkiness in there as well proving a very nice match for the citrus. The flavor is initially like a lemon spritzer with a nice sourness and some cooking spice. The beer is very dry and nails the whole "sour saison" thing pretty damned well.
KyotoLefty (6186) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Rastacouere at RBSG grand tasting. Rather like a kind of saison. Tangy, citrusy aroma, very cloudy, dark yellow, brownish yellow color. Very fruity, sour edge, a little bit of horse blanket, it’s very nice.
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Beer Mania, Brussels.
Pours muddy orange with a sublime, creamy, off-white head. Fabulous duration. Aroma is something else. Lemons, lime, tulips, lemongrass, oranges, peach and some malty sweet balance. Medium carbonation, extremely dry mouthfeel. Flavour has oranges, citrus, pomelo, peach, lime. Tart, fruity yet elegantly sweet. After 6000+ different beers, it is a relief that some places can still make beers that are unlike anything I’ve ever tried.
kask (25) - Møgeltoender, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer I got myself during my latest trip to Belgium, where I visited the brewery. The master of the brewery is known for all the time to throw himself into new experiments. I had a long list of beers that I should have, but almost all of them were no longer in stock. Instead he had some brand new brews to offer, among others this saison, which is made on mandarins. Mandarins I consider as a child-friendly version of the orange, and therefore I had imagined something like an old wivesbeer, but now that I had travelled this long way, I decided to give it a chance.
I must admit that I became positively surprised. Hamoir is not at all child-friendly, on the contrary. The beer is extremely seasoned with shells of mandarins, which gives a bitterness so extreme as with an american IPA. Other notes are orange, citrus, ethereal olies, resin and tannic acid. The taste gives associations to a good retsina.
The appearance is unclear and yellowish, the foam/head is rather small. The Carbonation is rather soft.
The body is mildly full. The finale is dry and rather sourish. The alcohol you can hardly feel. This is one of the best and most strange beer I up to now have tasted.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of spices and herbs including basil and oregano. The flavor has citrus with a blend of spices and herbs. The body is light with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation. Interesting.
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Beermania, Brussels, Belgium.
Orange with white head. Aroma of lots of citrus aspekts. Flavor is orange, grapefruit, peel and lemon.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. A cloudy dark golden/orange beer with a huge, creamy, mostly lasting and lacing white head. The aroma is powerful and extremely spicy. Some malt, but overall the nose is dominated by oranges, lemon, grapefruit and especially tangerines. Good, but too citric for a total enjoyment. Some herbs too. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Again orange and lemon dominated, but enough balanced. However very weird. Medium body, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness and well hidden alcohol. It has its character (maybe too much) as usual from Fantome. Pretty good.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at l’Autre oeil with Sammy. Hazy peach colour with a medium faomy white head. Good retention. Arôma is very fruity with oranges, peaches and apricot, slightly acidic with malt and sugar. Flavour is orange essence, natural oranges, candies, malt and light bittenress. Fizzy carbonation and medium body.
Sammy (8420) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lautre Oeil, with Mathieu. Cloudy yellow with milkshake foaming head, orange fancy essence. Initially very tasty orange, and creamy mouthfeel. A bomber is too much for even two people. Sweetish. Spider lace remains.