jgb9348 (4707) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy caramel colour with a nice tan head-reminiscent of apple cider. Aroma of spice, apples, sugar and floral hops. Medium-bodied; Spicey pepper flavour with some mushrooms and tons of other nuances. Overall, a great and complex beer that makes it hard for me to differentiate all the flavours, as usual from Fantome! I sampled this 75 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Onatrio.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma. What aroma? Subtle to say the least. Slight aroma of old red apples, mixed nuts, pears, toasted malts and other light fruits.
Lacking the usual Fantome magic. First that miserable Black Ghost, now this very poor offering. An underlying light fruitiness with notes of pear, apple, honey, caramel, orange and lemon and just a small hint of that Fantome yeast taste that I usually love. Most of their beers are so distinctive. This isn’t. Not special to say the least.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A murky coppery-brown orangey concoction that first seemed like aspicy apple cider. Further sniffing however revealed other fruits in there too - citrus and pear maybe, along with plenty of yeast. Had a great smooth sweet/sour blend through the cider flavour and a somewhat dry bitter finish. Definitely would drink this again - cheers to IPFreely and Dougshoemaker for this one.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy gold color with almost no head.
Musty/earthy aroma. Flavor starts off
tart with unidentifiable spices in the
background. Finishes crisp, clean and
dry. A really nice saison.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ghost is a pretty, cloudy orange beer, with a head that seems to grow. The aroma is herbal, with hay and medium spices. The taste is of lemon rind, with a sharp, lively - even acidic palate.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 75cl bottle, 2004 bottling Lovely pour! Light lemony barnyard nose. Lemon, peppery, spicy beer. Light drinking with some lingering complexity(herbs in the finish?). Super. Has that "what am I tasting?" mysterious quality. Great mix of barnyard, herbs, hops, and malt...nothing seems to be fighting, they just exist together in harmony. (21/08/04)
Same vintage bottle, drinking this one 18APR05.........I’m glad to see I rated this one so high, and I might even think it should be bumped up a bit, but it matters not...what stood out to me most in this drinking was the malt...a very nice malty beer, with good body, and lots of subtle hints and allusions. Simply wonderful.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice saison but, then again, everything from Fantome seems to be pretty nice. Very earthy flavors in this one along with some good spice notes and a GREAT color and head. A very nice brew.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Hazy yellow-ish. Nice head and lace. Sweet, lemonade, spice (ginger, orange peel, coriander...), citrus, dry, light bitter.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml-sampled at Keith’s condo-pous a cloudy orange hue with whispy white head-aroma of sour apples, grapes and slight corriander. flavros are slightly sour and grainy hops. short finish and not very complex Thanks to drunkasaskunk for this one!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Storm season has officially begun around here, and once the wetness stops, let’s pray these April showers that come our way better bring some pretty damn gorgeous flowers that bloom in May! Anyway, to honor the start of the season, let’s have some spring saison, eh?
Hazy, pale orange appearance, transparent at glass’s foot, with a good, 1/2" fluffy head
Nose is yeasty and citric, musty, sour, heavy on the lemon.
Spritzy play on the palate at first, brightly tangy,with an everlasting tickle on the tongue, brisk and refreshing. Lightish body, beautiful texture, solid mouthfeel, goes down ever-so easily, like any saison should.
8%? They fooled me!
An excellent way to toast the demise, at last, of winter!
Now, to say goodbye to all this rain!
(originally written 4-24-04)