Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saison #4 consumed ’blind’ at the Pewaukee tasting. Very mild yeast aroma, a little citrus edge, some barnyard funk. cloudy blonde color. Sour bretty flavor, mild, refreshing. Sour funky finish. A hint of astringency in the finish.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What stands out in this beer is the lack of taste. The aroma is a mild must, cobweb. The body is light and the finish is dry. The lack of flavor is a major letdown especially when compared with other Fantome beers I have had.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like Fantome for the fact that their beer isn’t like everyone elses. That whole farmhouse mentality really works for me. This beer is a pretty decent one, I don’t remember the aroma too much, but it was solid, nothing special, nothing bad. The flavor was very complex, there was fruitiness and some tartiness as well. Both mixed very well and created a beer that is very fresh and interesting.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a hazy copper with a dense white head. aromas of apricot, orange, belgian yeast, pepper, vanilla. flavors of apple, orange, lemon, butter, peppery spices, peach with a hoppy bitterness. the body is light and spritzy and very dry. some clove, grassy, maybe anise. refreshing and citrusy like a belgian blonde but way more complex.
jrt (62) - USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Rating#1Smelled great, and poured beautifully, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Very, very good, nevertheless, but a little plain for a Fantome. It is, however, a very well rounded and drinkable beer. If other Fantomes are a little over the top for you, this may be your beer.Rating#2
Wow. What a different beer from the last time. This is very different, with sour lambic notes contrasting an almost dubbel-like maltiness. Delicious, but a much more aquired taste. I think Fantomes may blend better with age (this bottle was from a very fresh shipment) but must be stored with alot of care to keep from going bad. I’ll never know, cuz i can’t keep this around without drinking it.
t0rin0 (61) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this twice, once in June 2010 (quite good, thanks Jason) and once in February 2011 (not as good, thanks Spence). Notes from the June 2010 tasting. Pours brown, hazy, small beige head with little lacing or retention. Aroma is mint, earth, oxidation, pepper, and caramel. Flavor is heavy on the mint and chocolate but also has a strange wine quality.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The second Belgian I broke open for the family over T-day.
Aroma of citrus with bright lime
Umm. Citrus and more citrus in delicious layers. Lime is prevalent. Corona with lime, but on belgian designer steriods. Sour. Touch of chewy apple wood, mexican cinnamon stick. Refreshing! Stir the sediment for some spiced bread.
enjoyed this with a variety of Bingham Hill and MouCo cheeses. Especially good with the fresh cheeses.
hembryggaren (45) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer got "the look". Orange color on the beer and light colored foam. The aroma tuch mature banana. The taste got a perfect balance. First it taste fresh citrus, then it goes to a very dry bitterness on the end. It calls for more!
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased today at Bottleworks. 2004 vintage. Color is clear coppery color with a bit of haze. Lots of carbonation, leaves a nice snowy white creamy layer of head upon the first pour. Aroma is of cork, cardboard, raw brocolli. Possibly oxidized over the course of 8 years. Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation. Taste consists of wood/cork, green apples, flowery hops, and on the finish an odd (yet not completely odd for a Fantome) leathery/tobacco quality. I wish I could have tried this fresh. Not my favorite Fantome in its current vintage. If you have this, I say drink it now.
cfrances33 (27) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle, enjoyed on 12/19/12. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Murky burgundy, with a two fingers of light tan, soapy head. Leaves some solid lacing. Head hangs around for a while.
Smell: Up front, big lactic tones and some molasses. Gives way to figs and dates, and some lemon juice. Light caramel, and a light balsamic vinegar. Finishes on the nose with a lemony tartness.
Taste: Follows the nose with a big lactic tartness, and lots of lemon juice. Some pear skin. A big molasses comes through, with some nice caramel. A light oak (is this aged on oak for any period?). Finishes with red wine tannins and some lemon tartness.
Mouthfeel: Really light for the flavors it produces, which is really quite nice. Good carb, and the tartness is just right.
Overall: Time did another Fantome well. I’m very lucky to have stumbled across this bottle and have a chance to try it. Delicious!