beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with floaties and a medium white head. The aroma is earthy and fruity with milf funk. Flavor of fruits, mild funk and spices. The body is light to medium with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. This one feels a bit over the hill but it was still very interesting. Merci beaucoup MartinL!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh green vegetables, grapefruit, tangerine and strong herbs explode into the nose along with assertive barnyard aromas and subtle, very personal, musky, sweaty characteristics. Opaque, tan coloured body is topped by a lasting cover of white, fine bubbled head that laces nicely. Very dry and spicy flavour has plenty of ginger and coriander. Somewhat sharp and acidic. Almost winelike at times. Medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found in Dany Prignon’s box of oddities he found when I happened to visit the brewery, all he said about it was "This one was really good". The label was showing significant signs of decay and I was a bit worried about carbonation but Pop! it went and it poured out sparkling as if it just came out of the barnhouse brewery.
Appearance: Distinctly murky saison-ish peach, the head was thick and compact, almost looked like an Orval there for a second...
Smell: As weird as any Fantôme I’ve ever had...Armpits, cat urine, a wet sack of potatoes that started to spud, and a whole slew of funky aromas that decorum prohibits me to discuss in any great length here.
Taste: As old as it was, it still had plenty of legs body-wise as well as carbonation is concerned, with a very strong yeasty, wet bread with herbs texture, a strange acidity that mixed with the mineral palate to give a truely original mouthfeel. Seemed well attenuated by the fact that it didn’t register any sweetness at all, but then again alcohol was also a complete non-factor, even at a whopping 10%.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[ Bottled ; chilled ; 2000 vintage ]
A fully lasting small frothy white head that tops up a hazy medium orange/peachy body. Moderate lacing. Many average size particles. Few medium bubbles. Aroma presents a full gueuzy nose with tones of barnyard, sourness, tartness. heavy hay and cobwebs.. moderate earth. Also, there are evident evocations of mustard seeds plus some lactic and ascorbic acid impressions. Initial flavor is medium sour while development gets more complex and presents tones of lemon/citrus/apple.. moderate acidic and some ashy feel. Finish is medium and chalky. Medium to full body... oily texture... Soft carbonation... Very impressive for the aging. Again, deepest thanks to Goldorak/Martin for sharing this gem!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, from 2000 of course, Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Opaque, oily peach with a lasting fluffy head, in good condition and quite viable despite the decaying, intransigent cork.....sour barnyardy nose, horseblanket and gueuze-like, musty old oiled woods (elm and cherry), rotting oranges and "typical" funky weirdness....flavor is citrusy-sour, dry and acidic and mouth-tingling throughout, lemon-lime spiked with dried rosemary and old tobacco....the finish is really quite amazing, as the sour-ale character is finally joined by more malt and a touch of alcohol, sour cherries and heavy mineralic qualities make me wonder if this is the unholy child of Rodenbach and Vervifontaine? Whatever it is, I’m in love and nothing will cure me but more Fantôme! Thanks again from the bottom of my heart for this generous taste, and tasting at your palace of beer, Goldorak.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam crowns the muggy, milky dawn.
-Creamy oranges rest within the tedious dry earth; this aroma is the most obvious sign of aging.
-Various citrus fruit, gooseberries, and healthy herbs frolick gently in unison.
-Fluffy bubbling proposes an airy mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The herbal dryness agrees with the yeasty doughiness.
-The 10% abv is absolutely impossible to find.
-The liveliness of the fruit and its harmonious union with the herbs proves that this ale ages wonderfully.
-What else can you do with a Fantôme but celebrate?
Bottle bought at the brewery by our generous friend Goldorak.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect cloudiness creates an opaque off-yellow fluid garnering a gentle off-white head lasting after the creation of a monstrous nuclear mushroom topping, emanating from a remarkably powerful pop upon opening. Once again an originality in the nose where what I take for ascorbic acid (vegetable acid) reminds of potatoes, apple flesh cidery points and gentle floral hops. Surprisingly enough, those hops retain, after 6 years, a lot of their aromatic power, pairing with the yeast to bring on earthy, pear, grape , various fruit eseters, powdered dust and farmy nuances, that reaches toward tea-like tannins and sesame seed. In mouth, it betrays its hard water component with a definite mineral character that blends with the lactic counterpart naturally, creating a moderate tartness. Milky, dusty, wheaty, mustardy complexities mingle with the rest, accentuating the well aged nature, yet the mouthfeel feels shockingly right at this age level, still quite alive and going, with Fantôme legendary expanding carbonation and a softness that carries the flavours from our world to Dany Prignon’s constantly. A golden occasion, thanks Martin.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big roasted pumpernickle and pear cider spice nose. Acidic tart and earthy with roasted caramel covered nuts and fruits. Semi sweet and candied on the palate. Grassy with pear, Apple, Apricot and grape. Nicely sour and bitter with a great mouthfeel. Had at the Brassigaume in Marbehan belgium from Dany.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), with notes of peach, apricot, pear, grass, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Mmmmm, baby. Maybe just a smidge too sweet for a perfect score, but this was one of top three (out of over a hundred) beers I had the last time I was in Europe...this one at the Bier Circus in Brussels. Just amazing.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Le Bier Circus in Brussels on 5-13-03. Got this one off of their "Vintage" menu. 1999 Vintage and labelled 0402. Nice bronze or copper in color. Thin white head. Strong aroma of apples and spice. Nice sour apple taste that leaves a sweet sugary hint in the finish. Nice spice on the tongue as well. Great beer.