bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of urine, butter, grapefruit, earth, grass, and florals. Less pungent and more pleasant as it warms. Flavor grapefruit, lemon, earth, peach, yeast, and white grapes.
Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Government shutdown beer #5, chosen to commemorate the dereliction of duty committed by the 113th United States Congress. I chose this beer because it’s a foreign concept, just like the idea of taking into consideration the will of the American people is a foreign concept to certain of our elected representatives. The beer is also retired, like the consciences of our representatives. The label displays another concept foreign to Congress, two very different people chatting amiably, arms around each other’s shoulders. The number 11 represents the combined IQ of those responsible for passing budgets for our fair country. The bottle displays a diesel stain as black as the hearts of Members of the House. The pour is cloudy, like the minds of Republicans, and gold, like the color of their bank accounts. It’s topped by a small head, something never found on the Hill. The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of flowers and delicate perfume, like the liquids our elected elite should bathe with to hide their true odors. The taste is a very funky, herbal, perfumy collection of sweaty barnyard animals, much more tasty than the revolting animals we sent to represent us. The finish lasts for minutes, longer than our Congressmen have worked during the entire year. Dany, my deepest apologies to you for comparing this sublimely delicious brew to the slimely seditious men and women on Capitol Hill. I am eternally grateful to you, Dany, for taking our minds off the living nightmare that is governance in the United States, even if just for a few moments. I am glad that we Americans are exporting our version of craft brewing to the world, and profoundly embarrassed by any who have attempted to export our perversion of democracy.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pale golden color with a solid white head. Sweet malt notes up front followed by lemon peel and a moderate lactic tartness. Very nice white grape and grass aromas, too. Surprisingly tropical with a bit of yeast. The flavor is great as well. Nice intense fruit (pineapple, lemon, grape, and orange) with hints of black pepper, spice, and sweet malt.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011… Hazy golden ale with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet offers spicy oregano, white pepper and sugary, biscuity pilsner malt. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is moderately tart, mildly bitter and a touch funky. Finishes tangy with light, lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of Beerlando!
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a lightly hazed golden hued body with a small white head that lasts. Aromas are musty, honey, biscuity, malty, elderflowers, vanillin, medium phenol (pepper), mild funk. Flavors are sour, orange peel, mild oak like character, black pepper, fruity, funky, grassy, and floral. Lively bubbles, dry and almost a touch crisp. Good.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL. Pours cloudy, glowing peach with substantial, pillowy white foam. Insane retention and swathes of lacing. Nose is beautiful, no oxidation or mustiness- there is bright peach and starfruit, and not even a Fantome funk as much as a beautiful pilsner malt and fresh oat rustic grain component like a fresh farm haul. Flashes of candi sugar addition and then something off that eventually is recognizable as oregano, the definite uniqueness to this beer. Taste is sour peach up front, biting lime citric acid, then moves to a sweeter but delicate pale grain maltiness that really moves this into saison masterpiece mode having both the rustic, somewhat heavy grain component as well as the refreshing, yellow nectar fruit vibrancy. The palate is perfect for that balance. Very subtle acidity up front with just a touch of sweetness in the finish. This one is really fantastic and clearly delicate. Doesn’t feel like 8% and belongs in saison instead of Belgian Strong Ale.
As it warms and I’ve sat though this beer for awhile, I really am in love. It is totally different from Sante 14 which was much brighter peach all over with sharper acidity. This one really lets that elusive "quenching malt" backbone get to you that is a component of the best beers out. This is a near impossible thing to experience in beer and is best created by using just pilsner malt. The mouthfeel for that reason is pillowy and floats around the palate but there is that delicate tangy pineapple, peach acidity and soft pear sweetness that provides balance. Oregano, pepper, whatever provide only a sharpness like a good spice should. You can’t taste them on their own. They might as well fade into the background. The quenching character is superlative and the mouthfeel perfect. One of if not the best from Fantome. Sometimes you just wonder what is going on in Dany’s head when he makes something like this, but I hope this is made again.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, from bu11zeye 10k, yellow hazy pour with lots of fruity oregano and herb, citrus and grass
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish gold, few bubbles. Nose of wet wood, funky, wet barrel, white wine and grapes. Taste of lightly tart grapes, wheat, a bit thin but pretty interesting in flavor, and really refreshing. I like this a lot! Reminds me of a berliner.
Mora2000 (5141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting.
The beer pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and Belgian yeast notes, as well as some light funk and something that resembles pickles. The flavor is similar. There is a hint of vinegar that that once again reminds me of pickles, as well as some light funk and some wheat and tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
mar (4467) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. gold pour with a white head. nose is tart, yeast, spices, and strawberries? very smooth on the palate, dried fruits, tart, cherries, excellent.