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.
CanIHave4Beers (2776) - 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.
ketchepillar (1022) - 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.
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.
Travlr (9942) - 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.
mar (4475) - 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.
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.
t0rin0 (53) - Do Not Resuscitate, 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.
rederic (2790) - 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.
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.