unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a mediuml white head. Aroma is flroal with a nice malt and citrus touch. Flavor is floral, yeasty and some sourness. Body is really excellent, lots of excited carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Man, Fantome is really a great brewery.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful beer, thanks to Mike for bringing this to share with the crew at thedm’s and hotstuff’s place. A musty sour aroma. I got some fruits that were pleasant as well. A hazy orange color with a small head. A slight sour taste, but also some bitterness and spicy notes. There were some fruits maybe apples, maybe not but they were there. Very tasty.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this one at thedm’s and hotstuff’s Fort Wayne beer tasting. It poured a small creamy and smooth ivory head that contained fine-small sized bubbles. Uncarbonated, hazy and an amber hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, fruit notes (apples?), and vinuous. The flavor was lightly sour, malty and hoppy with a dry and smooth mouthfee. The lacing was sparse.
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After the Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004, BigBadBear, Flemdawg, JSquire, Hotstuff, and Silphium came over to my place for a tasting. This was our fourth brew of the evening provided by Mike (BBB63). This bottled brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a hazy uncarbonated orange color. The aroma was musty and fruity. The mouth feel was mild with a hoppy bite. It had a malt hop fruity flavor.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My second Fantome was as interesting as the first. This one has a very cloudy, milky yellow-orange body with a medium off-white head. Some pineapple and tangy citrus (lemon) as well as apple peel in the aroma. Flavor starts out with the same pinappley flavor (well, it’s not quite pineapple...but close) with a rich backdrop of floral, perfumey flavors followed by sour, woody notes and an earthy finish. Nicely "herbal" with perhaps a hint of medicine. The sour/spice/herbal components are nicely balanced. Good yeast character rounds the beer out. Creamy and smooth.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber hazy hue with a small fading head and good lace. The aroma hints of musty and dusty yeast esters, blackberry, sour apple, orange zest, coriander, and floral hops. The taste has a nice balance with just a bit of malt and hops noticed with the ever present yeast characters. Minor sour and flower notes. The finish has a nice touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively, creamy, and finishes dry. Yet another winner from Dany at Fantôme, find some for yourself but share it with other ratebeerians!
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 (Bottle) : Perfumy citric acid atop the typical sweet and mysterious Fantôme yeast...Fresh flowery notes bearing milky chocolate and exotic spices (curcuma?)...I like when an eccentric feather is tickling my palate...
(Tap at Spuyten Duyvil and The Moan and Dove) : Spectacular dirty yeast and flowery spice interplay with a much maltier body of dried apricots and multifarious fruit...A totally different beer, with a bigger mouthfeel, a unique mark of the genius, worthy of sitting high in the realm of Belgian beer fame...I need more of this version!!...
A 5-year-old bottle from Spring 2000 was gum-drying and earthy, with loads of sweet fruit on top, mysteriously...A weird mix of acidic and vinegary tang was taking over, but only to add flavors for now...It had held up quite well, although the opinion around the room diverged as to the purpose of aging this...I don’t think it should be aged, but it was pleasant to try it in this form...
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Bottle: It pours a very murky brownish (mysterious) gold with a thin white head. Very opaque and hiding its secrets. Big wet hay jumps up the nostrils. Very citrusy with tons of berries, a lemon touch, a bit of grapefruit and the lovely fantôme yeast all over the place. The aroma may not be as intense as in some of their other beers, but you gotta love this dusty, dirty basement (or is it attic?) bookshelves. A marvellous complement to my new favorite cheese of all time: the french Pouligny St-Pierre which also have that powerful dusty character. I know I repeat myself, but there’s just something unexplainable about their yeasty house character that you love or hate and judging by the lenght of my review, you can guess which side I’m in. In mouth, there’s once again all that funky weirdness, how the hell can you build up such flavors.. any homebrewers out there? I could take a wild guess at dandelion being in there, but never would I have thought of it myself. For sure there’s a refreshing citric acidity and a mild bitterness in the finish and the medium body makes a perfect job at ensuring flavor development. What kind of man and a half manages to get people begging to pay him for eating his weeds? One more reason to love Fantôme, like we needed another. The marks are what the rating is at since that’s the most common version </br> On tap at Spuyten Duyvil and at the Moan and Dove on the following day. Incredibly different from the bottle version. First it’s a bit darker, brownish and second, the aroma on this is absolutely stunning. Huge peppery yeast action going on. Very musty, cobweby, sandy. Undescribable. Perhaps even a hint of cat liter and I can only enjoy it here. Hints of earth, salt, leaves, caramel, apples, brown sugar etc. Perfect tartness to give me the taste to have a sip every 10 seconds. Cement like dryness, very weird yeasty flavor development. Light astringence. A woodiness to remind be of my beloved speciaal brouwsel. Full bodied, rather low carbonation which differentiates it a lot from regular bottled fantôme offerings. Cheers to 2 of the best beer bars I’ve ever been to and their suppliers, shelton bros.. cheers to dany too! 9/5/10/5/20=4.9
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy gold-orange body topped by a large foamy white head. Possesses the Fantome house aroma; lots of yeast with sweet floral components. The flavor is very nice with a perfect Saison flavor profile. Flowery and slightly sour. Body is a lively medium. Very nice beer, another winner from Fantome.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange yellow in color with a white head. Full malt flavor with lots of yeast. Sour tasting. Enjoyable beer.