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 (949) - 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 (97) - 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 (469) - 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.
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DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked and capped bottle from Arden Wines- trialing it to see if it’s worth clearing the shelves. Dusty pale yellow narrowly capped with white. Lime juice, green apple, honey and sharp wheat aroma. Bright and herbal with a good wring of almost pils-like hop bitterness behind zesty lime, slight edge and acidity leaning into lambic, parsley and lemongrass spice. Alcohol very well concealed. Slick mouthfeel. Solid saison but I won’t be clearing the shelves.
TET (1438) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful, orange and hazy beer with a dense, medium and blond head. The nose of fruits, tartness, earthyness and hand lotion. Interesting aroma. Taste is earthy and strongly tart, some fruits, hint of citrusfruits and hand lotion, also dry lavender herbs. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation and smooth to drink. Interesting beer, balanced tartness with unique flavours.
mike_77 (2731) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense fruity aroma with plenty of citrus and other sweeter fruits, some yeast too. Has a sharp, tangy, fresh taste. Fruity, yeasty with a dry, peppery finish. Rich, thick texture with a fine but intense carbonation which helps keep the flavour alive long after the beer has gone.