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.
ruigo (2318) - PORTUGAL - SEP 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. Floral, grassy, fruity and spicy aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is well balanced with caramel and yeasty notes. Overall, a good beer.
kraddel (6171) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours clear blonde, huge white head. Smell is super intense, woody spices. Repellingly intense on the dryness, reminding on lemon-grass, rather than a nice dryness of a sour . Taste is sharp, intense, bitter, spiceBOMB , no sane person can call this even remotely balanced. it’s like eating a spoon of herbs and spices. Thym and rosemary to the max.
ciocanelu (1320) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color with fluffy white head. Aroma has lots of herbs and spices like rosemary and thyme. Taste follows, herbal and sweet, like a sweetened herbal tea. It’s quite rustic and tasty but I would prefer it to be more dry.
nihtila (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Ushers. Pours murky brown. Nose is sourish herbal and floral, peppery, spices. Tastes sour herbal, bitter, grapes, peppery. Not really my thing.
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Enjoyed at Doug’s house on July 04 for the first beer I’ve brewed with him! 750 mL bottle. The pour is a foggy lemon colored bright yellow with a thick white head that falls slowly, forming a dense cap and a couple legs of lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a ton of lemongrass, but there is a huge floral grassiness to this that is interesting. The spiciness on the back end really is a deterrent for me. The flavor is very similar. Maybe a little more fruitiness to it, but it’s just so damn spicy and grassy. The mouth feel is surprisingly thick and softly carbonated for a saison. There is a light banana that joins the bright lemongrass and floral spice on the back aftertaste. This is interesting, but I’d never had a Fantôme beer before. It wasn’t spoiled, so that’s a good start.
bytemesis (6724) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow, smash white head, some lacing. Aroma is peppery, a bit smoky, field grass, whit grape, lemon. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, black pepper with nice fruitiness and a hint of smoke. Soft chsmpagnelike mouthfeel. I quite like this.
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head and plenty of floaters sinking to the bottom. Light fruits, white wine notes, chardonnay and pinot grigio on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much like a white wine, just has that type of a flavor to it.
mkel07 (5152) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Wine Emporium 030716. All round is is a very good beer packed with flavours from spice to fruit. Looks great in the glass and tastes even greater.
ksiwzos (123) - GREECE - JUN 30, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber to deep amber, hazy with amazing dense off white head. Aroma is off the charts, complex with cypress tree, lavender notes, beachgrass(!!) notes. Taste is salinity, caramel, amazing and complex, I’m overwhelmed. Can’t judge anymore, I’ll just enjoy :)
Stuu666 (10594) - 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.