earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit sour and sharp.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dirty dishwater appearance. Musty, spicy aroma. Tangy, fruity taste with slight bitterness and sweetness. Light bodied. Very refreshing.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of white pepper, honey, clove, dried pineapple, a country meadow bursting with flowers and small furry creatures. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Quite an aromatically hoppy little Fantome, this one...smells like a blend of Saaz and Hallertauer. Wonderful balance, extremely quaffable yet deliciously sippable, with a bright, fresh, and varied aroma of both noble hops and country air’s splendor. Awesome, just jaw-droppingly awesome. No way it’s 8%, though...tastes like 5-6%.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong clove smell, and typical strong but supple Belgian aroma.
Not much head--slightly cloudy. Taste of clove, too, and light body
with a strong yeasty flavor. Reminds me of a Belgian white. Interesting
but not excellent.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange body with big off-white head. Aroma of cloves and other spices. Flavor is strong spiciness, rich and malty. Hint of astringency in the aftertaste. It’s interesting, even good, but I can’t see me going back to it later.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber with a homogeneous light haze, the foam sits like a layer of off-white gelatin bubbling on the top. There’s not much of a nose on this. The hop bitter mixes so well with the alcohol and hops that the taste almost disappears. There is an aftertaste that hits with a tantalizing hint of a different type, quite difficult to place. This is nice, but very, very subtle, listen closely.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a fairly typical saison, except imagine it spicier and more bitter than normal and you have Printemps. How spicy is it? I’d say it’s halfway to being like Pipaix (which is, IMHO, too spicy for comfort), and so it should be considered fairly aggressive in flavor. Its 8% abv is well-concealed - no small task. Yeasty and moderately bitter.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Hazy brown/amber with light orange hues. Particles floating througout. Beautiful head and sticky lace. Nose is an onslaught of spices. Black pepper,cumin,coriander and others. Grassy notes,lemon and barnyard exsist in the mix as well. Thin to medium bodied, carbonation pricks just a bit. Grassy,very spicy, i think ginger has entred the premises as well. Lemony saaz and a sneaky sugary sweetness tangle with all the spices. Palt malt backbone becomes more apparent as beer warms. Yeast adds a nice but moderate smoothness and mellowness(especially when you pour the bottom) throughout. Hoppy bitterness at the end, this badboy laces your tounge with spices and takes it hostage. Your tasting it a long time after you swallowed. Damn tasty brew, may be a bit too spicy for some but these guys brew some crazy shit.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It reminds me a lot of Saison de Pipaix, with a difficult-to-describe spiciness. Body is medium-to-darkish amber, hazy; head is big, receding very slowly. A slow pour.
Oh, geez, I’m not going to be able to describe this very well. Spicy, dry, a strong bitterness at the end. I get a bit of apple in the middle, but it’s hard for a novice to really describe this beer very well. Maybe coriander and ginger, but I think the better palates need to evaluate this one.