SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade poured into my large duvel tulip glass
A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow color. Pours with a giant, foamy, white gushing head (the bottle was a gusher) that very slow fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there though little lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic as you can see yeast sediment, bubbles, and cloudiness whirling about the beer.
S- The main character of the nose is a tart lemon presence. Below this is both a sweet bready yeast, a soft spiciness, and a barnyard like yeast funk.
T- Subtle tart fruit comes through a little bit upfront but the main characters are a herbal hop flavor and a funky yeast. The finish adds a touch of spiciness to what is already present, the hops flavors get a bit bitter, there is just a touch of,there is a touch of alcohol astringency as well, and the most interesting part is a touch of piny hop flavor that emerges quickly and comes to be potent then immediately disappears-but still the main character of this beer is the funky yeast. What lingers is a minimal hop bitterness a tartness that fades quickly, a and a hint of bready yeast.
P- Medium carbonation and somewhat dense (for a light beer) smooth, yeasty body.
O- This is another great saison from the fantome lineup. I pretty much want to try them all. Not my favorite but still very wonderful. It’s interesting, drinkable, and complex. I have another bottle (a very generous extra in a recent trade) in my cellar so I can have this one again without having to travel or trade for it. Great beer and looking forward to trying more Fantome’s!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-13-2009 22:11:21
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.75 l bottle at PBF (as Saison d’Erezee Hiver ’98-99, 8 %). Golden color. Acidic, musty, corky and champagne like aroma with notes of black currant and pepper. Dry, musty, corky, peppery and black curranty flavor. Slightly yeasty and astringent. A bit too corky, but still there is a nice musty cellar and old champagne character.
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at PBF (as Saison d’Erezée Hiver ’98-99, 8%). Lightly hazy golden, almpst no head. Citric winegum aroma with beginning cardboard behind. Very dry and fairly light bodied. Fantôme’s trademark winegum flavour here mixes with slight oxidized paper. Finised somewhat acetic.
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (8%m, Fantome Saison dErezée Hiver ’98-99). Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is spices, some sour wood and mild peppery notes. Flavour is wood, some sour fruits, quite spicy as well as some earthyness. A bit earthcellary notes as well. The aging might be the reason why this is quite mellow. Still very nice.
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled alc. 8% (PBF, Hiver version, vintage 1998-1999)
Golden color, small white head. A bit earthy, white peppery aroma. Flavor is also a bit peppery, tart, fruity flavor. Active carbonation. Quite different than the average Fantome, probably because of ageing.
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, Hiver vintage ’98-99, 8% ABV) Hazy golden with a small head. Aroma of cork and cellar, with some pale maalt and typical saison tartness. Sour, citrus-malty, lightly spicy flavor with vinegar and lots of cellar. Medium body, astringent, spritzy carbonation. Maybe too cellary to be throughly enjoyable, but quite interesting nevertheless.
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an orange color with a white head from a green one pint and nine point four ounce bottle. There are citrus like aromas as well as just some plain old funk. There is a touch of sourness at first, some citrus and spice and then there is some funk.
Dedollewaitor (14927) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Beer Circus, Brussels: Vintage. Muddy brown with a creamy white head. Yeast, alcohol, chocolate, caramel & spices.
Smooth & soft mouthfeel. Spicy, herbal & fruity. A rye feel also. Very close to the BBB Babillard. Earth, peppery & sticky. Great!
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, Bier Circus (this is the ete). Pours a clear deep amber, laced white head (still well carbonated). Aroma is vinous, grass, dust, funky apple cider, pears. Light/medium body, flavor is initially almost citric, an acidity that, after the shock, gives way to a fruity malt base, and finishes on a clean sour note. Hints of tangerine, peach, and a woodsy, earthy base. Fucking brilliantly aged, and a testament to how good Fantome can be when they’re good.
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brux 07. Vintage 2000 in Bier Circus. Pours a clear light brown with a small off-white head. Some cloudy floaties. Smells sour and of wine. Light sweetness and medium to heavy sourness. Light bitterness. Light aromas of prunes, apples, port and wood. Lively carbonation. Quite ciderish. Nice one.