boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Nose had some botanical, spruce/juniper tones. Reminded me of gin a little bit. Flavor was totally different with a mild malt sweetness, some crazy barnyard funk. With citrus, grassy earthiness, and lots of spiciness. A little chemical smokiness too.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, pretty fresh. Pours a cloudy, glowing, orange-amber color with a thin, foamy blanket of off-white to beige tinted foam. Splotchy flares of lace mark the glass. The nose is suggests an odd, mildly smoky overtone amidst a straw-like malt base, with notes of house Fantôme minty-tart yeast, hibiscus petals, and softly peppery spice. The flavor is a bit more clean, dropping off much of the smokey phenols, and filling out with a rounder, doughier malt profile. It is again very floral, touching on dusty, dried hibiscus, with secondary notes of lemony pith and white pepper. The body is ever so slightly less substantive than your standard Fantôme, drinking a bit easier than usual, carbonated nicely, and finishing out somewhat dry. I’m not crazy about the nose, but it is otherwise a very fine brew.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle … Fantômepalooza 2011… Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet provides uber spice-rackiness – herbal, minty and just a weird combination of spices and herbs. Strange marriage of fragrances. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is bready, bittersweet and spicy. Finishes yeasty and bittersweet, then the bitterness lingers a good while. Not really my thing, but big-time thanks go out to Beerlando for sharing this rarity! I’ve never run into a beer that I’ve regretted trying at least once.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Travlr! Like many Fantomes, this is hard to put a finger on. Delicious old smelling funk, nectary tropical fruits, and pez candies give way to a vibrantly carbonated body. Delicious!
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow with a massive, off-white, extremely rocky head. Slight orange tint. Sort of a gusher upon opening. Huge five-finger head with a massive cloud kingdom for retention and lace. Nose is orange PEZ candy straight up. Taste is pretty good...no way close to any of the Sante series which so far have been mind blowing. There is mint, mild lime, decent graininess. peach flavored candy. Nothing mind blowing or superlative, but very refreshing and sugary peach candy heavy. Not a lot of stickiness though. Pretty nice...but if you are a Fantome nerd you MUST try the Sante 14 my god.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Odd corkage led to some stress while opening, but we survived. Murky orange color, large white head, great lacing. Aroma of dusty pineapple leaves, moderate funk and vacuum cleaner. Taste is smooth pineapple, grapefruit and barnyard. Another amazing beer from Dany, merci, mon ami.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tropical fruit notes on the nose with just a hint of smokiness. Pours golden blonde. Very earthy with a strong smokiness and some tropical fruit notes very funky with a lot going on, very interesting.
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours cloudy yellow in color with a white head. Strong aromas of banana, lemon, and bubblegum. A bit of grass and yeast. Pretty decent, actually. A very strong and strange smoke flavor as well as some burnt plastic.
t0rin0 (62) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy dark yellow, low white head, decent lacing. Aroma is banana candy, orange, plastic, and wheat. Flavor is smokey (?!), plastic, some citrus, and some banana. Weird and not in a good way.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. A hazy medium to dark blonde beer, with a huge, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly malty (bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a strong note of lemon candy, and other notes of mint, spicy herbs, grapefruit, ginger, pepper, perfume etc. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish, with moderate to heavy bitterness. I don’t know why, but I do really like it, many people may not. Extremely weird, spicy, hot, complex. Maybe this is a magic bottle, but I have another one left, let’s hope it’s at the same level.