Hanoi (209) - - OCT 20, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Nose is playdo, grass, hay, elderflower, herbs. Taste is herbal, leading to wheat, cream, and a herbal finish with hints of mint. No sour in the bottle at all. Finish is dry and yeasty with a herbal lift. I was underwhelmed by this, very little sour in the bottle. Conformation of the view that Fantome is very erratic? Edit; As I got through the bottle, it became increasingly leaden, with the unsubtle flavours becoming a chore. I don’t know what it used to be but in 2013 this is a bad beer
zacgillbanks (1465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is a cloudy yellow-orange beer with spicy citrus and earthy flavours, floral, creamy vanilla and slight tart notes with a smooth zesty finish. Hides its strong ABV very well!
conway (896) - - OCT 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Huge gusher. Got more on the counter than in the glass. Pours looking like apple cider. Hazy and filled with floaties. Nose is leather and barnyard funk. Taste adds peas and corn (seriously). Palate is a little syrupy. I have no clue what happened to this beer, but clearly some in intended science experiment has taken place. I look forward to rating a bottle of this that hasn't completely lost its mind.
tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Bottle: review from old-label batches. The few newer label batches I’ve had have been not up to par. Solid, cloudy yellow color with lots of chunky sediment & a small, white head that settles quickly to a thin film across the beer. Aroma is strange, complex, unique, & wonderful. Yeast, funk, cork, damp cellar, barnyard Brett, sweet strawberry, Pez candy, light Candi sugar, grass, herbal & floral notes, lemon zest, finishing orange peel, and plenty of other spices I can’t begin to identify. The taste is nearly as unique as the smell. Fruity strawberry, light tartness with a moderate sweetness, faint candy-like flavors, incredible funky cork, mushroom, horseblanket, herbal hops, grass, wet hay, light oak... I could go on for days. Yes, there are plenty of "bad bottles" of this. But when it’s on... It’s ON. One of the best saisons I’ve had in its prime.
jd543 (322) - SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Hazy gold with a white head. Sherbet, spices, earthy - almost cheesey. Quite sweet with a light sour and bitter finish. Oily texture, light carbonation. Good saison.
erickok (2807) - Tours, FRANCE - OCT 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Been looking forward to this a long time. Thanks mike88! Very farmy (that’s a word now), bready, yeasty, perfect for a saison. Fairly rich body as the alcohol is not low, but worth it. Enough hops, lightly funky but not like some people describe. Malts yeast and hops on perfect balance. Saison lovers will adore this, others won’t understand. I live it. (75cl bottle, from trade with Mike, many many thanks!)
hobsch (227) - Cologne, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.75l from Dranken Geers Gent. Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head. Strong carbonation. Aroma is tart, yeasty, some fruits. Taste is tart, dry, citrus, yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. Great Saison.
Jorn69 (309) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Ølbutikken, Köpenhamn. Flaska. Frisk och torr, men för syrlig för min smak.
Beergeek23322 (1671) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours hazy orange color with a large white head. Aromas of citrus, yeast, bread, wheat. Funky barnyard flavors, citrus, tart and sour. Fresh with a dry finish.
teddybeer (1870) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a creamy white head with god duration and very nice lacework. Aroma if fruity, floral notes, cookies notes and slightly citrus hints. Flavor is mild sweet at the beginning, fruity and spice notes, slightly bittery at the final with notes of bretts. The final is fruity and moderate dry.