Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Corked and capped. Pours a darker color than most saisons- mostly amber- slightly hazy and a good head and lace. Aroma is on par with southampton saison- lots of spices- clove, mild fruitiness and awesome yeasty aromas. Aroma also gets much better as it warms. I wouldnt have noticed any dandelions except that maybe it darkened the color as it was a little darker than usual. Flavor is slightly less exciting as I would have expected from the amazing smell but it was still complex and on par with any other top notch saison. Pissenlit seems to have a more fruity and malty flavor than most yet still retains that farmhouse spicy character with lots of yeast especially in the second pour when some of the sediment gets into the glass. The finish is slightly bitter, and very clean and smooth.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL, corked & capped (2004 bottle, sampled April 2005): mountainous off-tan head that leaves behind an outrageously thick, clinging Styrofoam lace. Sweet floral/herbal aroma with caramel coated, hop cones & apples. Spicy, green grape flavours start a very well developed palate: pale malts, orange zest & lemon flesh, soft & slightly acidic yeast, metallic and dirt straight from the barnyard, each making their own statement on a very light and creamy palate, wow. I have had a couple of Fantôme brews recently that haven’t been as good as I remember, but this one is back on top – complex yeast bill, tasty barnyard flavours and wonderfully smooth overall, in a word: beautiful.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/orange, cloudy, good-sized diminishing white head. Bitter nose, slightly skunky, with a sour tang, some metallic tinge, iced tea, something like dandelion wine. Musty, bretty horseblanket flavor. Some skunk, decent hop bitterness over biscuity malt undertones, slight sourness. Strong effervescence. Almost reminiscent of a pilsener in its combination of grassy (and somewhat skunky) hops and a light malt flavor.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to beeryum for this. Pours turbid dark straw with huge white head. Aroma of big hopcit, Brett, hops, some florals. Tastes malty, saisony. This one reminds me of McKenzie Bavay a lot. A great beer.
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Funky smells: drainpipe, fresh grass, and a little farty. Pale amber color with a creamy biege head. Sweet-n-sour malt taste with some nuts and green apples. A slightly tart end. Chalky finish too. Medium body. Typical Fantome brew that is all over the flavor map, but it somehow comes together.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 March 2005 (2004) 750 ml bottle (yellow label) drunk greedily all by my lonesome...dark, tawny translucent orange with a big slightly off-white lasting fluffy head...huge bretty-sour nose, with lemon and grapefruit dancing underneath and a whiff of pepper...amazingly smooth, creamy body never undermined by the huge spicy herbal qualities and slightly vinegary sourdough just offset by hints of honey...the perfect mouthfeel for this style with dancing effervescence and lovely earthiness married in harmony. 8/4/9/5/17 4.3
November 2005 (2004 or 2005 yellow label) 750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. Similar to above, though this sample seems a bit sweeter and I find cherry and sour apples to leaven the big sourdough-vinegar component...easy to drink though perhaps less complex. 8/4/9/4 16 4.1
Same tasting, 2000 (lavender) label. Almond-whiskey-vanilla in the moderately oxidized, earthy caramel nose...very acidic, full of sour cherry, not as sweet as the above, earthy tones threaten to take over and finally do as vinegar and stewed fruit rampage towards the mineral-laden finish, joined by a touch of saltwater...Flemish sour character pronounced in this extraordinarily complex, odd monstrosity of an earthy balsamic vinegar festival. Totally awesome. 9/4/9/5 18 4.5
Overall rating is a combination of the three samples.
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wasn’t to fancy about this one. Hazy light amber color, malt and weird orange taste. Celery aftertaste. Kind of sulphury nose.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Bright amber color, thick white head and lacing. Funky aroma, orange peel, lemons, peaches, applesauce lying in grass; similar to Orval. Medium body, malt backing to a citric body, but in a lemony way, with pears and apples. Lively and soft carbonation, refreshing and easy to drink. While there may be some floral elements in the aroma, and I haven’t actually tasted dandelions, I don’t think that they are too high in the mix. Another great Fantome brew.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle, from 2004, so its coming up on a year old I guess. Pours hazlenut with billowing tan head. Some clinging lace. Classic Fantome barnyard sour nose. Horsehair, elderberry, earth, wet roots, old lemon peels....it goes on...Wonderful malty beer, hit with a good dose of spicy bitterness and maybe a touch of lactic sourness lying beneath that. The malt lends a nuttiness to it. Man, this is what makes Fantome great. Laura says Dany is her hero. Lingering with hints of chocolate or taragon?? more like juicy tobacco maybe. I’m holding onto my other bottle of this for awhile, I’d like to see how it ages...
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottled. Grassy aroma in there. Well carbonated and tasty spices and citrus. The use of dandelions was in the cartoon, but I didn’t take it seriously. I am in fact allergic to it in the spring season. I guess its good I had it in late winter. The bomber takes a long lunch to get through but doable without ill effects.