BRW (1065) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl. bottle at Biercab. Amber colour with white head. Fruity, yeast, malt aroma. Fruity, sweet, yeast taste, some caramel. Medium body.
BeerBaboon (1591) - FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kaataa männynpihkaista nektaria valkoisella vaahdolla. Tuoksu on kukkapenkkiä, niittyä, makeata mallasta ja hedelmiä. Maku on makeahko, kukkean aromikas ja hedelmäinen.
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ASPETTO color ambra scuro con riflessi ramati, schiuma beige, media presenza fine media persistenza. OLFATTO cereali e lieviti in prima linea, fruttale he ricorda marmellata di fragole, miele, una leggera alcolicita notabile GUSTO una certa dolcezza da lo spunto iniziale, mantenendo un tocco acidulo fruttale un tocco citrico e una complessita alcolica e speziale conduce al finale lasciando un ultimo colpo di coda acidulo TEXTURE corpo medio, morbida nonostante una carbonazione vivace COMMENTO FINALE saison complessa, con alcolicita importante e uno speziato intrigante, differente da altre saison belga provate ma convince appieno
MPA (821) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber with off white head. Aroma of barn, hay and straw. Flavour ois sweet and malty. White bread notes with yeast quite apparent. Nice. Very nice.
Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lucky I had my Pfriem tulip nearby when I pulled the cork from this one - really gushed. Didn't lose too much.
Poured right away. Deep amber color, dark for a saison. Honey-like in its opacity. Not much of a head and it dissipated vet quickly. No lacing whatsoever.
Smell is very muted, which ends up bring a theme with this one. Some fruity esters, oak, and earthy notes, grains and wild flowers. Malt sweetness. No real funk or phenols evident, too much malt and sweetness to get any grass or hay. Really hard to pick up specifics.
Stone fruits--peach and nectarine--lead. Very soon after there's a grainy butterscotch flavor, perhaps caramel. Yeasty spice helps it finish dry. Oaky, floral flavor hidden in there. No real pepper to speak of, no alcohol heat. Maybe a slight herbal characteristic, oregano? Overall muted flavors, hard to get much of anything underneath the unique stone fruit/butterscotch combo.
Medium body, nice carbonation. Slightly oily.
Definitely the least unique Fantome I've had. Some tripel characteristics and uncharacteristically malt driven for a Belgian-made saison.
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sic1314 (3464) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share from Kermis. Poured hazy medium amber. Aroma is floral and yeasty. Medium to light body, flavour is bitter hops, lightly sweet. A bit bland.
jmgreenuk (4600) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis... big thanks. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is zesty citrus fruit and yeast. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a sherbet citrus yeast malt liqourice bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
kermis (5413) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, malt, light floral, light vegetal. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
mike_77 (3219) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown appearance. Aroma is floral, malty, caramel. Initial sweet malty taste quickly becomes rather tart. A bit too tart. Background has an earthy, yeasty taste.
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this bottle! My first taste of anything from Fantome. Pours dark amber / brown with frothy offwhite head. Big, beautiful malt presence in this aroma, wafting up from a bed of freshly cut hay. I don’t think I’ve smelled anything quite like this, honestly. Mineral, bread, hay, some spice, and a subdued sweet malt aroma reminiscent of caramel, but not the candy stuff -- like, caramel if it was cultivated directly from the field. Taste: not nearly as sweet as I expected from the nose, but a big, nice malt presence here. Some sweetness, a little funk in the back end of the taste. Finishes somewhat dry (well, not at all compared to arctic saison sampled in the same sitting, but I’d still call this reasonably dry by normal standards). Lots of hay with a pleasant, lingering finish. Doesn’t feel nearly as big as the 8% ABV would suggest. Medium body, good carbonation, with some more of that not-caramel caramel and some toast as it warms. Overall: definitely going to keep an eye out for more Fantome saisons -- this was a great introduction to the brewery.