biggirlpanties (140) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Special thanks to GT2 for sharing this gem with me. The appearance is golden honey in color, large white head that dissipates quickly in my glass, not so much in another glass so I’m going to go ahead and give it a 5 anyway. Aroma is so fresh: fresh cut roses, lemon tree, a bit of fresh hay/barn. Taste is oregano, orange juice, a little bit of that black and white pepper. Palate is balanced and refreshing, some citric tartness. Really great, you just want to keep drinking more.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, 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.
t0rin0 (61) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012.
Pours clear yellow, white-ish head, low retention. I’m surprised by how clear this beer is. The aroma is real funky and bretty, lots of tropical fruits, a touch of barnyard, and some pepper. The flavor is even more involved. Pineapple, pepper, brett, a touch of lactic acid, tangerine, great beer.
After trying all 16 Santes (1-15 and the special version of 11) this was the best, for me anyway.
Travlr (9999) - 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.
jbeatty (908) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 08/14/2013. Pours bright orange straw color, clear medium white head fades to solid haze on the surface, thick lacing. Aroma is orange and thin pineapple, lemon peel, earth and barnyard and grass with peppery finish. Taste is tangerine grapefruit, mild tropical tartness, nice funk, with toasted malts, brett, herbal black peppery finish with fruity overtones, spicy heat in the aftertaste grows with more sips. Medium body, smooth and very drinkable. Wow, really nice.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled August 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head that rises an additional fingers-width above the rim of the glass; the head leaves some light, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through the beer. The fluffiness and creaminess of the foam seems to have died down a bit with age (which is perfectly normal), but this still has surprisingly good heading. The beer is a rich gold / pale amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The beer is quite aromatic, even from afar it smells of tart fruit, lemon zest and has a lemon leaning herbal character. A focused look at the nose yields aromas of pickles (more the herbal notes and not the vinegar), peppery woody notes, even an oak like woodiness, an almost dill like herbal character, which combines with the oak like character to form a cedar like note, as well as a dry-wine like tartness and fruitiness to the finish. The nose is quite complex, interesting, yet well integrated; earthy, herbal, fruity, tart and just plain nice.
Dry up front, a bit tart, with an herbal character, but then the middle picks up a soft sweetness that seems suggested by a fruity estery character. Up front this has a nice hoppy bitterness that seems to mellow through to the finish where there is a soft woody bite. Woody peppery notes, perhaps a touch of pine needles, a soft lemon like character that really seems more like some lemon scented herbal note. The body is quite light bodied without being thin, there is a soft texture to this, and there is a prickly carbonation, that seems quite fine in texture. At times rosemary notes are fairly noticeable, perhaps some woody oregano, herbal coriander like notes, and, as the beer warms up a more orange zest like flavor.
Another great version of this beer; these have aged surprisingly well so far & I can’t wait to continue trying these as they are available. All of these have been surprisingly good and consistent so far.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear, medium-dark golden body with a small, frothy, bubbly head. Spotted splotches of lacing mark the glass. The nose shows a really beautiful pilsner malt base, suggesting of softly sweet bread dough more so than the sweeter candy sugar of some other Fantôme varietals. Floral and grassy hops seem to be fading, yet they still show enough life to lend a fantastic bittering balance to the aroma. It wouldn’t be Fantôme without the signature minty farmhouse yeast, though it is more subdued than usual. Mild oregano lends a dried herbal presence, while the mixed peppercorns offer up some zippy, earthy spice. The flavor is equally impressive, showing more pilsner malt than any other Fantôme I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the malts come across doughy, bready, and even softly toasted, balanced by soft, persistent grassy hops and accented with mild, aged oregano and restrained pepper. The palate is moderately substantive, even keeled, and nicely balanced. House yeast dries it out fairly well on the back end. Damn fine beer. This is Fantôme at its best. Arguably my favorite of all time.
brokensail (9828) - 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.
travita (3651) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Clear, golden in color, thinner whitish head. The smell is tart, some fruit, wild yeast, wheat, and funk. The taste is tangy, spice, fruits, yeast, and some sweetness. Thinner body. Very drinkable overall.
jkwalking05 (3388) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden in color with a small white head. Aroma is of hay, light herbal hops, light funk that slowly fades as the beer sits. The aroma turns to sweeter malt notes and lightly floral. Taste is of citrus, peach skin, light funk, and a hint of earth.