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)
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good Saison light and not overpowering. Malty, yeasty, and sweet flavors. Finishes rich, creamy, and smooth.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy copper, loosely formed but long lasting and large light tan head. Aroma is surprisingly restrained, with notes of apple, orange, wet pennies, and very distant funk. Smooth mouthfeel with a definite toffee malt note, undefined fruit, and some bitterness on the finish. Almost English somehow. This is a Fantome with training wheels. Big thanks to matta for sending this one!
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy citrus aroma, herbal. Medium hops, low malt. Apple cider. Cloudy light orange amber with small white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts spicy herbal bitter, low acidity. Finish is herbal bitter. Light chalky bitter after.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBSG 04’ Grand Tasting
Clear orange color, nice head & lacing. The aroma has bright hops & a decent barny malt & brettanomyces nose. The flavor is full & yeasty with some fruity light hops. Fresh & clear for Fantome, but still good.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and funky. Touches of leather and must. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Very funky, bananas, leather and musty. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a little bit of funk.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy gold. Bubbly, firm white head. Nose chock full of yeast, a bit of barnyard funk. Lovely flavor, mildly sweet mixed with a big yeast character, then nice hints of spice. Bit of fruitiness is there, also just a whiff of mustiness and funk. Mildly tart with apple. Really nice stuff.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold with a white head and webbed lacing. Barnyardy and gamey. Some horseblanket. Sour. Flavors are very mellow. Spicy. Fruity. Citrus fruits mostly. Sour palate. So nice.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
sampled at RBSG 04
I know a lot of people who like this beer, but for me, it’s far too sour and funky. no thanks. BTW, this is about the 3rd time I’ve tried it. I’m rating it based on my reaction all 3 times.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good golden cloudy, sharp fruits, acid, berries, apples, sweetness, little yeasty odor. Taste: peachy, very fruity, medium acidity, low bitterness, then more berries, tannic strain coming thru in the middle and end. Yeehaw. Fairly straight-froward: fruit and refereshment, little funk. Very accessible. Grainy note in finish. Tart. Good! Thanks, wunder!