electrotype (226) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Très belle visuellement, d’une couleur miel brumeuse. Une petite mousse compacte se refuse à mourir. Au nez, c’est vraiment saison, ça sent sucré, le souffre et les écuries. En bouche, une discrète anis/réglisse noire se laisse remarquer. Une belle amertûme est également présente. C’est plutôt sucré, peut-être un peu trop à mon goût. L’alcool n’est pas perceptible. La Fantôme ne gagnera pas mon coeur, mais c’est une bière qui se boit bien.
Prufrockstar (980) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle from Lucky Baldwins. At an "ice breaker" with colleagues, so figured I’d go all ballin out of control and get a 2009 AleSmith Decadence to share with people. But they didn’t have that, so I thought, "oh yeah, Fantome roulette, let’s do this!" And it made for interesting conversation. That conversation mostly went like "This is like a marshmallow that got burnt to a crisp." Or "beef jerky. Sour beef jerky." Or "heh, this tastes like the farmhouse it was brewed at burned down, leaving only this beer in its wake." Or "liquid smoked gouda." And you know what, all of those descriptors have a place. It poured cloudy light amber. Initial aroma of funk, skunk, and regret. This was replaced by the smokiest fucking saison I’ve ever had -- bandaid mixed with pepper, feet, cheese, and lightly tart fruit. Also stale cotton candy hiding behind a layer of cobwebs. Taste was ... whatever, no point in going much further with this. You’ve got the drift. In the end, I didn’t hate it, but if it is indeed a "soild Belgian saison beer at its base," this one is very very far from home.
Osprey87 (1732) - WALES - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Brewdog, BB Nov 2016. Vibrant orange, hazy, huge foamy off-white head. This was extremely foamy out of the bottle. Aroma is musty, copper, lemon, orange, pretty sweet and a bit syrupy. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, soft caramel, light wheat, some tinned fruit citrus, a touch of perfumey alcohol. I didn’t get any sour character really, but this must be a young beer. Nice stuff.
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
really dug this one, and would score it higher if i didnt lose half the bottle upon opening. Farmhouse to a tee, lightly skunked and also slightly sour, fruity, dry, yeasty, with a hint of hops. Dug it, but ended up paying a buck an ounce for what i was able to drink. wasn’t THAT good..."
tandembrauer (134) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy dark yellow. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Fruity-malty taste with strong yeast signature.
Holmen2 (939) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy golden. Dense and huge off-white head. Fine and complex aroma of European hops, with fresh grass and flower fields. Also a bit of spices in taste. High carbonation. Wonderfully balanced with high drinkability.
wvhoran (256) - Tasmania, - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cloudy but vibrant orange colour with a large, foamy white head. The aroma has notes of lacto, fruitiness with apple, pineapple, apricots. The flavour is sweet initially with citrus, apple, and becomes more acidic with some peppery notes. Superb.
Yorker (1211) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy golden with a lot of sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, spices, and yeast - with a slightly dry finish.
crlnts (303) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
The thickest body I’ve ever tasted in a beer, smoothie-like. Milky yellow with strange white head. The taste is rather nice, dry, bitter, hay, lemon.
nilsas (1426) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mye skum. Gyllen dunkel gulbrun farge. Syrlig duft av høy og stron. Smak av høy og sitron.