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
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.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer ’04: Light cloudy brown with a spiced malt aroma. Crisp and unrefined, with earthy flavors.
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.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/26/11 from a 750mL bottle shared at a tasting, humongous thanks to Paul for sharing this amazingly rare gem. Pours murky, full of sediment, burnt orange with no head, but a bit of thin lace. The nose is super funky brett with some pitted and sour fruits, caramel, and, surprisingly, just a bit of nutty oxidation. The flavor is tart and super funky with pitted fruit, red berries, some nutty oxidation, and a vanilla note that I usually associate with oak aging, but in this case is most likely from the oxidation. The body is medium with some tannic stickiness and a long tart pitted fruit, lightly nutty and hint of vanilla finish.
oh6gdx (22638) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (8436) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(This 1999 vintage is now for sale. It is significantly different from both F. Saison and F.de Printemps)Red-chestnut, slightly hazy; yellowish head. Spicey (nutmeg, coriander, ...) and sweet (honey!) at the same time in the nose. A number of organic acids, playing havoc with dark roaste malts and herb spices. It is not balanced, but interesting things are going on. Quite impressive. Somehow no light texture, but the acidity keeps it light in the apparent density. Aftertaste gives definitely black pepper. Another great try from Dany, and one that has stood the test of time. Some might call this Flemish sour, but no old brown has ever had this Wallon spicey thumbprint.
sunevdj (3479) - 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.
Dedollewaitor (14647) - 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!
Miksu (5027) - 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.