bu11zeye (11760) - 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.
thewolf (10785) - 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.
Travlr (9999) - 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.
brokensail (9944) - 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.
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy golden ale with a thick off white head. An interesting aroma of clover hoeny and light orange pulp, bees wax. In mouth, a sweet candy sugar, with lemony accids, coriander, a bit short in mouth. 750 mL bottle from Bieropholie. Tasted June 20 2009.
daknole (8550) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour, whitish head. Flavor is a bit odd(shocker, right?). Tropical fruit, citrus, grapes, honeydew, hay, yeast. Some oxidation was noticeable. This brewery is just weird...but fun.
hopscotch (8544) - 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!
Sammy (8094) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7788) - 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.
MartinT (7523) - 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.