arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 into trusty Duvel glass. I must confess: I’ve neglected Fantome until now. I was exposed to Fantome in my beer geek infancy, and I wasn’t ready. Too funky, too weird. Now, I don’t think it’s weird at all, simply beautiful. Uncorked this one with a pop and was immediately assailed by the funk. A nose in the glass discovers snappy carbon dioxide released from the bubbles and yeasty acidity I associate with older, well-aged bottles of Orval. As it warms, dark twiggy things come out in the smell. Flavor and texture in this piece are perfectly married. Initially there’s a rush of limey acid, mouthwatering, riding the tickling carbonation. The middle stays juicy, but other things come to play too. It doesn’t get bogged down in cottony yeastiness like other wild brews, but rather the cardamom and light spiciness stays light and vibrant. The finish is long and lingering, and different waves of flavors drop in to visit: honeydew, lightly buttered bread, light sea salt. Awesome.
Stuu666 (9786) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the hanging bat. Pours murky orange, nose is floral, spiced, caramel, taste is similar, sweet, banana.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at hanging bat... Hazy murky red amber... Small off white head... Soft sweet herbal fruit nose... Juicy fruit.. Herbal fruit odd fruit
minutemat (3841) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Free sample courtesy of the brewer Dany @ Fantome, Soy, Belgium. Rating from a 75cl bottle from Dany, enjoyed at home. Pours a lightly hazy amber, good creamy off-white head. Aroma is spice and saison yeast. Taste is beautifully spicy yet has a sweet, almost wine-like yeasty depth. Mouthfeel is a bit scuzzy, but its sweet spicy vinous character really resonates with me. And judging by the amount of empty spice jars in the Fantome brewshed, Dany doesn’t hold back on the spice
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2016
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml btl was a gusher and coated our 12 foot ceiling. Gotabout 2 Oz. of yeasty flat beer out of a $20 btl.
sjogro (2191) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Maakun shared at de zuipschuit. Very funky, doughy, yoghurty, floral and herbal, flower. Light sweet, light bitter, very minerallike, light sour. Milky and minerallike texture, smooth and light carbonation though it was a huge gusher. Like!
Maakun (3087) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Massive gusher.
Pours murky golden with off white head. Lots of herbs, lemon balm, peach, milky, more herbs, funk, lemon. Light sweet and sour. Medium bodied with a bit low carbonation. Decent aroma but looks horrible and the gushing doesn’t help.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy yellowish/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus, and yeasty. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste. Almost like a Belgian Wit.
hawthorne00 (3361) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bb end 2018. Very hazy gold with a white head that lasts quite well. Aroma of grapefruit and lemon juice, bretty twang, potpourri, crackers. Somehow both creamy and acidic texture. Bits of citrus pulp? Lots of citrus that comes across as lemon juice that’s been sitting for a while. Hay, nectarines, pineapple, cloves, lemon thyme, other burnt spices (not over toasted, more like someone’s doused them and set them on fire). Moderately astringent at the end. A second glass is even murkier but is softer and grainier. By this time I’m thinking it will go better with rich food than by itself. And it goes very well indeed with wild boar pate. Interesting, but not an unalloyed pleasure.
mathieuc (3131) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a high rocky white head that leaves nice lacing. Too much carb maybe? Anyway... Nose is of herbs, soap and hay. Taste is of perfume, ash (cigarettes), herbs, light cereals and quite weird overall. The smoky/ashtray off flavor subsides after a while or maybe my brain just decided to start ignoring it. Medium body, medium carbonation. Overall one of the weirdest Fantôme I’ve had thus far butt I guess this is what you start getting when you never repeat a recipe...
Minderbinder (3186) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours blond with very high soapy white head. Aroma is of citronella, muskoil TM, fruits, slightly burnt stuff. Taste is of burnt malt, spices, alcohol, some acidity. Palate: Medium body. Very high carbonation. Overall: Burnt. Off. Weird. Drain pour; flirting with the offense, but still not harmfull for health I guess.