tfredvik (1203) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange body with a small, white head that reduces to a thin layer, good lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, spices and hints of barnyard. Strong flavour of yeast, spices (especially pepper in the long finish) and funky notes that are a bit more present than in the aroma. Light sweet taste, light acidic and very light sour and with a decent bitterness. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, very dry, mid-bodied and with a moderate carbonation. Very nice!
[75 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, shared with Svensenga smak & behag]
dalfaro86 (304) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 Pours a cloudy golden brew with a big white head with poor retention, aroma is moderate sweet, moderate acidic and low bitter with peach, grapefruit, green apple, spices and caramel, medium bodied, flavor is moderate sweet, moderate acidic and low bitter with a sweet and sour finish and a medium aftertaste, fresh, excelent
linusb (54) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dandelions, yeast, citrus T: Blood orange, fresh honey, fresh berries, mango. Extremly nice beer! Really awesome!
eduardovl (956) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 750ml bottle served in a chalice.
A: Visual is not outstanding. Pours a light orange color with a medium to small bubbled white head. Head disapears quickly leaving no lacings. A lot of sendiments in the bottom of the bottle. The more you pour it, more cloudy it becomes
S: Very fruity and spicy. Quite citrus. Notes of grains, apples and vanilla. Some flowery hops in the end
T: Perfect mouth. First of all refreshing. I was expecting it to be much more sour, like a Lambic, but it’s not. It’s mild sour with an also discreet bitterness. Very spicy, indeed. Complex. Difficult to describe all the spicies. It’s herbal, peppery and, at the same time, fruity and citric. Notes of apples, sweet malts and a mild bitter hoppy end
M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Sour fruitiness as aftertaste
O: High drinkability. My first Saison Ale, great surprise. Strongly recommend
[ BA Review @ 3/25/2011 ]
rosenbergh (7376) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. #D. BB N/16. From a webshop some time ago.
Cloudy golden colour with a mid-size white head.
Yeast, grassy hops, earth, honey and clay in the aroma.
The flavour is sweetness, honey, alcohol, grassy hops and earthy notes.
A strong one.
JefVerstraete (1575) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Hazy yellow colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Grassy and hay along with citrussy fruitiness. Dry and bitter finish. Good saison.
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy light golden with an enormous thick creamy head. Aroma is vinegar, lemon peel and honey. Creamy body with average carbonation. Flavour is tart with yeast, wood and apple cider vinegar, as well as notes of honey and grain. Sour wooden, funky finish.
electrotype (251) - 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 (1139) - 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 (2041) - 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.