jamestulloch (994) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Murky pale golden body with a huge white head. Lively carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma of boozy cider, grass and lemons. Flavour is sharp and fruity, with a lovely yeast and faint spice. Hides the alcohol really well. Medium body with a spritzy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. One of the best Saisons out there.
b33r (629) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cork popped and started gushing- had to quickly pour into two glasses to save it. Otherwise, it’s a light, very cloudy orange color with huge white fluffy head. Great retention, which leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass. Aroma has nice yeasty, grassy hay notes with light citrus. Flavor has strong citrus up front with a grassy bitterness, spicy yeast, with a dry sweet finish. Pretty good overall- very different from other saisons I’ve had.
scarletfire65 (857) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home. Highly active carbonation....gushed over upon uncorking. The huge, billowy head actually receded quite quickly. Intense aroma of brett, leather, rubber, berries, cream, stonefruits, and a bit of skunky funky horseblanket. Bright orange, cloudy, and full of yeast chunks. Super creamy mouthfeel. Loaded with fruity flavors - green apple, berries, apricot. Amazing finish that features brett, sour raspberries, Belgian yeast, ripe peaches, funk. World class!!!!
Alesmith (10) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I know everytime you get Fantome its a roll of the dice, however this time i rolled a 6, this was a stunning saison, full of citrus, peach, strawberry and other sweeter fruits, head retention was very good, medium carbonation, went down very well and far too quick! very lucky this time perhaps!
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy yellow beer with a diminishing white head. Aroma is malty, citrusy and yeasty spicy. Taste is sweet and acidic, spicy. Dry and bitter end. Smooth mouthfeel
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a medium white head. Somewhat sweet aroma of peach like fruit with notes of brett, citrus and light spice. Fruity flavor with notes of brett, light spice and citrus. Fruity finish with light hop notes.
Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle gushes, pour quickly and slowly. Bottle holds two fingers head throughout.
A: Murky (prob from gushing) straw/amber. Guaranteed head, bubbles follow on the glass on each drink.
N: Strong fruitiness leads--strawberry sweetness. Yeast. Nearly smells like a tripel at first. Funk only in the very background. As it warms a strong bandaid smell can be found at times, still within the realm of what I enjoy in this department. There is what I'll call an astringent phenol aroma that can be found at times.
M: light side of medium. Prickly, with plenty of carbonation. Really on point for a saison.
T: Fruit (strawberries, peach, pear, passion) leads the way along with yeast. Pepper is there but faint. Not much in the way of grassiness. Not a completely dry finish, lingers a bit. What lingers is truly one of a kind for a saison. There is a smokiness that is seemingly exhale activated. Smoke, tobacco, peat, but perhaps most predominantly burnt rubber. As the burnt rubber lingers it begins to mimic funk in terms if where/how it hits the tongue. As it warms the phenols that become more notable in the nose are also present on the tongue. This warmer variation hits much closer to traditional barnyard funk and much farther from the fruity tripel opening, in fact it's nearly void of sweetness.
O: This is a wildly complex saison. The array of characteristics provide something to suit almost any saison fan, and the smoky burnt rubber quality is like nothing I've ever tasted.
The 2 year hunt for this one could threaten to boost the score, but it doesn't disappoint in its complexity and uniqueness. Not my favorite representation of the style since it's never too strong on pepper or dryness in the finish but worth pursuing nonetheless.
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pentaz (830) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark golden with a lacing and frothy white medium head. Aroma is quite fruity with pineapple, peach,tropical fruit, bubblegum, honey, strawberry, barnyard and pepper. Taste is light+ sweet, light bitter and mild sour. Body is light+, texture is soft and mild slick, carbonation is soft.
Duntoyou (86) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Instantly become a fan of the brewery. A hell of a saison. Bravo!
Nice sitrusy flavour. Medium sour, yet easy to drink. Right amount of phenols and hoppyness.
flip_soeperman (435) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful dusty fruity refreshing saison. Alcohol is hidden. Aroma of orange and some bread. Slightly sweet and little bitterness. Quite dry peppery. Amazing well made beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone