jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@RBWG-750-thanks to FlacoAlto–pours a light brown head and murky brown color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit. Taste is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit, some herbal/spice hops.
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
RBWG from FlacoAlto. An honor to be able to taste such a rare gem. Murky brownish color. Yeast, light toffee, spices and lightly funky aroma. Flavor follows suit. Yeast, light fruit, spice. Taste the rareness.
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #11, shared only with my special love, luckygirl.
Head is initially huge, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is murky dark brown, bottle conditioned (and then some...tons of yeast in here).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, coffee, toasted bread, nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of undergrowth, earth, clove, bark, pepper, oregano, wildflowers, pipe tobacco, plum, etc., etc.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
First, I have to apologize to all my local RateBeer pals who would have loved to share in this rarest of the rare. But I have quite a few beer friends here, and there’s just no way to make one bottle stretch that far. So I decided back when I bid on this that the only person special enough to share this with would be my special lady, luckygirl. And rather than make a big production out of it, we simply sat down one night and opened it. In the spirit of Sideways, there is simply no "perfect" time and place other than the moment in which you are. And this beer is indeed a special beer beyond its rarity. It is one of the most rich and decadent beers that has ever carried the Fantôme moniker (and likely the strongest as well). Think of the Noel and you’ll be somewhere in the right ball park. It’s a unique creation, but you would have already guessed that. The aroma has elements that remind me of green (or American) hops, quite resinous...my first reaction was surprisingly that it reminded me of an American barleywine. But ultimately this beer is mostly about the malt and fermentation characters, so despite my lack of joy for these types of hop aromas, there is so much else going on here that it really doesn’t matter. And certainly American barleywines that can reach this level of complexity would win me over just the same. Delicious stuff. I should just shut up at this point and say that I am delighted to have tried such an amazingly low-production/rare beer, shared it with my love, and monetarily helped in some small way to a good cause. Huge cheers to Dany Prignon, Gilles Didier, Didier Cornet, and the Sheltons for making it happen.
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle number 18/20. Thanks big time to Sebastian for this, you are the man. Pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with a small white head. A sweet fruity herbal nose, actually I get some funk in here. The flavor was a rich unusual Belgian Strong Ale; dusty and quite dry, smooth fruitiness but not an easy flavor to pick out, pears and wild apples, funky for sure, herbal flavors (Dandelion?). A very smooth brew, almost not notice of any heat. Very nice, a true honor to drink this.
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky amber color with fleeting ivory foam. Grainy pale malt, spicy, hebal, wild flower aromas. medium body. Dry spice, wild flower, citrus flavors on a smooth caramel base, classic crazy Fantome brew--Much thanks to FlacoAlto@RBWG
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour with off white head and lace. Dark fruit and a hinto cherry. Soy sauce, a hinto brown sugar, and a tart fruity flatness. A bit thin and watery. Different to say the least. much thanks to FalcoAlto
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (18/20) generously shared by FlacoAlto at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Hazy amber with a small beige head and some light lacing
Aroma: Funky tart fruits and herbal
Taste: Tart fruits, herbal and light citrus
Very nice, glad I got to try this super rare beer.
presario (4708) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Bottle 14/20. Bought this for $320 Cdn to aid a girl in France? to have surgery for a rare disease. Bid through Babblebelt and Shelton Brothers. Bid in April. Came to USA in the summer. For the $ worried about customs and had it shipped to Washington for Oakes to bring into Canada. Unfortunately DSL lost it and Shelton sent another bottle. Oakes brough it into Canada in December and mailed to Calgary. 13 months later we are at the tasting. One of four empty bottles I am currently saving. 10 minutes to pour due to a giant head. Looks like a cinamon puff pastry on a grey-red-brown liquid. Moderate spice farmhouse aroma. Dark rich herbal spice flavour. A taste I will call dandelion and spice. Surprising spice finish. A very good beer. The ratings may be somewhat inflated due to rarity and cost.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 18/20, Sampled Sampled March 2011 @ RBWG
The beer has a darkish brown / concentrated amber color that is topped by an amber head. The nose has an oxidized, nutty note to it that leans towards sherry, and this is joined by some dark fruit notes, and, ah there it is, a grassy, green pepper herbaceous character that has got to be the dandelions. There is also some malt character that provides some toasted malt aromatics that are noticeable. The nose is so influenced by the dandelions, it is almost woody even, some tobacco hints, and it has quite a dried grassy like character (though this last has more of a green edge to it than straight grass does though).
The beer is not as sweet as I was expecting, but it has some sweetness to it that is tempered by the nutty, sherry like oxidation. This has quite a big dandelion grassiness and herbaceous quality to it in the finish that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. There is some tartness to this beer that intermingles with the dandelion notes. An earthy apple note combines with the fruit character from the oxidation character. A toasted grain character in the finish almost has a dusty cocoa character to it. The dandelion even adds an astringency and bitterness that is almost hop like, but it is greener and more raw in character. Actually this is quite astringent, especially as it warms up. The initial sweetness really tempers down as the beer warms up as well, and the toasted grain and herbal notes start to take over.
This is quite nice, I am really surprised by how noticeable the dandelions still are in both the nose and in the flavor. This is very different than I expected; lots of toasted malt notes melds well with the nutty oxidation and the herbal dandelion character, as well as with a soft spice character.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-huge thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing what could be the most rare beer of all time! however, im not going to rate this beer on its rareness, im going to rate it as it is a beer. dark copper hue with a small fizzy white head. dark fruits on tne nose-plums, brown sugar. lots of black pepper on the flavors with a long sweet finish. really not all that complex of a beer but given its age, im sure i needed a bigger sample than what i had. however, i can say i had this beer!