MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
An explosion of citrus fruit peels slowly leads to spicy herbs and bitter hops in this foamy and idiosyncratic Fantôme brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam stays atop the cloudy blond.
-The citrusy zest perfume and flavors might be too much for an instant, but the segue to herbal leafiness is impressively harmonious.
-This was quite drinkable, leading me to believe that this ale was below the advertised 8% abv.
-The citrus character is redolent of grapefruit zest, tangerines and yuzu lemons.
rederic (2559) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, hazy gold hue, with a fluffy white head, yeasty, spicy fruity nose of floral hop leafy mintiness, with some orange, tangerine, ande lemon zest esters, with a hint of coriander, lemon grass spiciness, with a mild honeyed pale malt accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, spicy character of lemon, orange, tangerine, manderin zestiness, with a hint of star anise, ginger, lemon grass spiciness, with a some honeyish pale malt, and flowery hop, leafy citrusy, minty notes, leading towards a fruity, lemon, orange zesty, lingering hop dryness finish.
travita (3049) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. The smell is fruity, sort of weak, and floral. The look is clear, with a nice white head, and golden to orange in color. The taste is a nice tartness, fruits, and oranges. Good dryness and feel.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of orange, florals, nectarines, and black pepper. Flavor of tart citrus (orange, tangerine, lemon) and light herbs.
SphinxTX (2846) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy yellow with white fizzy head. Aroma of citrus, lemon. Flavor is very tart, citrus, lemon. Mouthfeel is light body, high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, damned good beer.
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye, labeled Hamoir la Gillmoir. Pours with a small, white head that fades over a hazy peach hued body. Good lace left behind. Aroma of tennis ball, grass, citrus, orange peel and light pepper. Taste is tart and slightly sour with large amounts of lemon, tangerine and pepper. Dry mouthfeel with light carbonation.
ilovedarkbeer (2000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a light honey color with a very small head that is just a ring of bubbles. Nose is strawberries romanoff (creme brandy sauce). Flavor is dominated by white nectarines. Mouthfeel is very tart and there is a faint hint of acid. Medium finish. Interesting.
mar (4244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. cloudy gold pour with a ring of white froth. nose of earth, musk, barnyard and funk. great on the palate with a good flavor of almost cherry, barnyard and various funk. smooth finish that’s nice and tart. I personally really enjoyed this beer quite a bit.
TaktikMTL (4789) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: L’odeur est une explosion d’herbes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’estragon avec une pointe fruitée. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2196)
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s not that Fantôme does not brew many novelties, but they’re mostly hard to find in Canada. And the brewery still holds a special place in the anticipated pleasant surprises department, so it’s always a thrill to try a new one. Here, we’re facing a ridiculously spicy (yeah, ridiculous is the word), generously aromatic and perfumey nose with strong orange and a whole spice rack. How can I smell basil in such a yeast ale? Not necessarily all that pleasant, but as often, unexpected and what saves it has got to be the freshness. It ain’t refreshing, but it feels fresh and thus remains respectable, not just a bunch of aromas with no foundation. The smooth body and its gentle carbonation are suitable. The slightly milky acidity attempts at being refreshing. If only its nose were not so impossible to comprehend, this could actually be pleasant, but alas, they tried magic and new tricks don’t work all the time.