Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantôme has made some pretty deviant saison variations so far, but this tops everything. The head looks like bubble bath foam, very lightly green, thick, sticky and creamy; the beer itself has a purely mint green colour, clear at first but hazy and soupy after adding the deposit. Perfumed nose of green tea, basil, woodruff, soap, grass, mint, lime zest, apple, honey and something weirdly synthetical I can’t quite put my finger on (air freshener, perhaps). Lime fresh onset, sourish, very saison-like with pale malts and strong ethereal spicy effects (mint, Thai basil again, tea); finish dryingly sourish, mild bitter with some warming alcohol. Points for originality. The few really green beers in existence may look off-putting, but if they have this effect on you, try them with your eyes closed, this one isn’t as alienating as it looks.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle signed by Dany himself courtesy of a Mississippi friend who went to the brewery. The CRAZIEST, coolest looking beer ever, bright vivid green with a thin white veil of foam. Slight Lactic aroma, with some notes of tea and earth. Light tart citrus, bubbly carbonation. An easy fun drinker.
danielyabu (1364) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
large creamy frothy greenish head. excellent lacing. mostly lasting. hazy small-particled thick brownish-green body. aroma: pear, peach, white wine, green tea. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: light sweet heavy bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcoholic finish. Aroma pêssego em calda. Dulçor frutado lembra chá verde e também pêssego em calda. Diferenciada, mas dentro do estilo: deliciosa. Não esconde os 8%, muito pelo contrário. O álcool, no entanto, não esconde nenhuma nuance. O final traz também um interessante toque picante, que dá outro charme especial. Amargor lembra chá verde, com forte toque herbal. A forte presença alcoólica lhe confere baixa drinkability, ainda mais degustando-a em uma pessoa.
Garrold (3043) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Three months out of date. (Just coming good, then?). Washing up liquid green. Washing up liquid green, frothy head. Aroma is grain sweet. Wet yeast. Quite floral. Light, spicy herb. Taste is ripe orange sweet. Then dry, lightly tart, lightly bitter. Palate brings everything together nicely. Finish is a little sweet, maybe, but very enjoyable, nonetheless. If this wasn’t green, it’d get much better ratings!
heavy (2280) - Split, CROATIA - MAY 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8/11 0.5 l bottle courtesy of ogivlado, great thanks for sharing this one! It poured hazy shiny green body with medium sized greenish head atop. Fine sweet dried fruit aroma, creamy and chalky. Flavor was lightly bitter, grassy, somewhat fruity like peach and vanilla with tobacco felt more towards the aftertaste. Green tea is not really felt other than that, which is a stretch. Some light yeast noted as well. Medium bodied with long finish that mostly follows the flavor with more tobacco and earthy notes. A fine, but really weird ale, not so strong or full for 8% and I guess not up to everybody’s liking.
WillRunForBeer (1721) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Mathieu and PriorL in Hoppy Loft on 22Apr, thanks! Roughly one year past the best by date. Pours light green, then with the yeast added, looks like Absinthe rouching. Aroma of peach, wet dog, earth. Flavor is far better than the scent, really nice citric acidity, some yogurt funk, a touch of banana yeast. Very different and quite delicious.
minutemat (2911) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle @ the 2nd Shrewsbury Bottle Share FEB 14, courtesy of Mr Black Haddock down there. What a find. This is Belgian but I’ve never seen a bottle on any of my many trips to that country, instead I think most of their stock is sent by carrier pigeon to the US. Anyway.. this pours a fantastic absinthe green and perhaps bears too much of a thin appearance to be a beer. I got elements of saison yeast, artificial flavouring but generally I didn’t get much in the way of defined flavours, with a watery influence and bizarre tangy aftertaste. A strange one.
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BBD Feb 2014, 0.75 litres: uncapped and cork removed on 24th Feb 2014 at the second ever Shrewsbury bottle share (four of us on this occasion). This was one of my gifts to the group.
It’s flourescent green and my senses wouldn’t allow it to smell or taste of beer, my eye’s deciding it was a green tea (which I believe it has infused somewhere during the brewing process) and Lincoln Pea Soup mixture with extra food colouring added.
Different and a real talking point: where does the 8% ABV go for instance and why does it look like thin Pea Soup?
I enjoyed it but can’t give you a proper review or tasting notes because it’s just ’strange’ and beyond my realms of reasoning and writing. My scores don’t make sense either!
BeerBaboon (1808) - FINLAND - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours green ooze. It is green and it is ooze. wut. It has white head and it is green ooze. Aroma is spicy and oozes acidic tones. Flavour is complex spicy and sour. Fantome has a weirds skill of making strange brews that are not extreme. Whoa. I like to drink ’em. What a fun and tasty brew.
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours green (like a traffic ligth) with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of soap, fruits, yeast. Taste is of strong bitterness, sugar, soap, slight acidity. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Bad. Repulsive. Soapy. No brainer DP.