jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yellow with big, flotsam, white head, fine lacing / Nose of lemon, straw, spice, funk / Light body, hint of tartness, fruity but dry, with dusty, bitter finish / Stylish flavors of lemon, pear, hay, lavender, coriander, cream, horseblanket, manure / Just perfect.
matt7215 (2220) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. pours hazy golden with a white head and moderate carbonation. lovely aroma of pils malt, powdered lemon candy, flowers, bret funk, lactic acid. the flavour is a stunningly complex combo of the aroma. very soft on the palate and just stupidly drinkable. one of the best beers ive ever had. thx jeff!
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 I love this beer! Beautiful, dense head appears orange-creme. Kind of subtle compared to most Saisons I’ve had (especially other Fantomes) but very quaffable and tasty. I tasted hints of beeswax and clove. Really! Definitely got the citrus peel thing at the end, but also malty and sour tang. Great mouthfeel.
Chalsk (1068) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of belgian yeast, grassy, light. Has a sweet citrus taste, lemon and some orange. Very tasty. Light but a ton of flavor.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Fantôme beers seem to glow from an internal source; they go beyond hazy to hazily illuminant. Great big glug glug body; big-bubbled frothy head that settles more compactly. Coppery, as Trap says. Tea and squashed dandelion and mint, yes, all combine with a weird earthy sweetness (what is that, initially? - it fades so quickly) - then profoundly bitter tastes of dried hops, root vegetables (turnip?), lemon rind and -- the only thing I can surely identify -- unwashed kale. Bizarre as usual from Fantôme; second on my list only to the BBB Babillard?
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Intensely cloudy pale yellow body that is almost opaque. Pours with a large (3+) finger foamy white head that fades slowly to 1 finger and has excellent retention. The cloudiness can be seen moving throughout the glass.
S- This brew has a scent unlike any I have ever experienced with a beer before. It was honestly like stepping out into a fresh garden that is in full bloom. An array of floral scents hit the nose first followed by mellow and smooth yeast and hints of fruitiness.
T- The flavor is much like the smell. The initial taste is packed full of floral flavor with hints of ripe pale fruit (white grape, apple, citrus) and a very substantial yet mellow yeast backbone. Floral hops add a kick of bitterness to the initial flavor for the finish and some floral flavor along with sweet, smooth, bready yeast linger on the palate.
P- A Genuinely excellent mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation with a light yet immensely smooth yeasty body.
O- I may have consumed this one in the winter but it is an excellent spring seasonal. Everything about this beer screams spring. It is a truly unique brew that I will have again when I find it again. The original saison is a solid example of the style but this brew brings saison to another level that is different but somewhat a novelty that I can’t see myself enjoying year-round.. excellent brew overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-12-2008 04:04:10
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.
Ernest (6305) - 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%.
dwyerpg (4629) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of spices in this beer, not the least bit subtle like many other saisions. Cedar notes, orange zest, this is just a crazy concoction. Coriander too. Quite nice.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 750mL Bottle. (Approximately a 2006). Brett dry pear nose. Dusty hay and barn. Plums right on the tree. Some indication of wildness. Subdued. Breezy. Pours a crystal clear gold, with a soapy white rim. Nice look. Good carbonation at this age. Crazy flavor! This is so complex and light. There’s vibrant, forward Tellicherry black peppercorns, Myrrh and ginger. Spicing is right up there, but melds beautifully with the yeast and the malt. There’s light Fantome funk, a signature. Spice shapeshifts into some more complex, perfume-like incense notes. So well integrated with the beers. There’s no way this is 8%! It’s so light, airy, refreshing and crisp. The nip of funk and yeast add a rounded edge of character to the beer. A long, dry lemony hop presence rounds out the long smack on this beer. This is fucking amazing stuff. Thanks Sean for the hookup!