puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, August 2008. Floral, tobacco aroma, fairly typical Fantome style stuff, funky and wet, a touch of chili pepper and perhaps dandelion. Full flavor, somewhat fruity and sweet—atypical for the brewery—was a touch of lactic sourness. Rose petal and sage is noted. Good stuff, even at 4 years.
Dunt (283) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle purchased from Etre. Shared at Fantomefest 2014. One of the standouts of the Sante lineup in my opinion. Murky pale orange in color with some soapy bubbles around the ring of the glass. The nose is herbal, spicy, and citric. The flavor is incredibly unique. It starts out herbal and sweet with some honey character, then transitions to some chai spiciness, before concluding with some faint lemon. Moderate mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This one was a winner for me, a very unique beer that I will be purchasing more of. Well done Dany!
VsXsV (2182) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy light amber liquid with huge white head. Aroma of lemon peel, jenka, barnyard, grain, white pepper and bread. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of lemon peel, bread and jenka. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a tulip. Bottled in ’08, so this is getting up in the years.
3.0 A: Well hazed brown tinted yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.
3.5 S: This is easily one of the oddest noses I’ve ever smelled. A very potent and equally surprising lemon lime aroma is most apparent. It actually smells a good bit like a lime margarita - even has a tequila note to it. After that there is herbal aloe vera, dirty funk, quince, and some hay. Peppery spice and a mild yeastiness.
4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. This is a lime margarita flavored saison. Loads of lime and especially the rind, less lemon, tequila. Herbal aloe vera, dirty outdoors funk, hay, peppery yeastiness.
5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Light, spritzy carbonation. Pretty much perfect feel given the flavors. Good creaminess.
4.0 D: This is definitely an oddball, but I appreciate a diversion from the norm every now and then. Must try if you like weird, saisons, or margaritas.
Serving type: bottle
ThirstyBird (1486) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at RBBWGII - Thanks Eugene! Pours a hazy pale dull yellow color with a small white head. Smells of bitter greens with a slight malt sweetness. Taste is a mix of the malt sweetness, mild bitterness and a slight sourness and lemon drops - quite interesting. Light/medium body with light carbonation. A very interesting and quite tasty brew.
kraddel (2796) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours blonde, almost no foam. smell is hay, some sourness, bitter, honey
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
19/I/13 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-53) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy yellow blond beer, small aery white head, unstable, dissipates immediately, some small sediment floating around. Aroma: lots of chloride, citrus, metallic, yoghurt. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sour, cheesy, chloride, bitter touch, citrus, bit dirty. Aftertaste: bitter, bit dirty, citrus, dry, metallic, chloride. Wonder where this chloride is coming from...
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber colour, white head. Aroma of hops, somewhat sour, strange citrus note. Sour flavour, malts, citrus, saison notes and candy. Light sour finish with citrus notes.
The 5th beer in the Fantôme tasting spree.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of 77ships. Thanks Eugene!)
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of 77ships.
Dorée/trouble, col beige léger.
Arôme est citronné avec un feuillu rappelant le thé vert et ce bouquet typiquement Fantôme.
Palais présente une fine amertume citronné, houblon nobles, et encore une bière de suite dans la lignée des autres Fantôme. Tjrs ce côté agrumes, thé vert avec un fini herbacé qui perdure en fin de bouche. Malt léger, type pils avec un léger côté caramel. Au final, on retrouve une bière qui ressemble de trop à la Fantôme de base avec juste une petite touche subtile qui nous indique que on est sur une autre bière. Je n’ai pas vraiment trouvé l’ajout de poivre blanc ni ce côté sucre candi. Malgré son age, reste sympa à boire.
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl. bottle sampled as part of the for me enjoyable & highly brutal Fantôme horizontal @ RBBWG 2013. I knew that this was either going to downright suck or be great given the age. This is what 2008 Vintage? Label is in excellent condition. Pours a hazy golden. Smell is floral, citrus with candy, very floral with some kitchen herbs and black pepper, nectar and soft flowers. Taste is spunky floral, herbal, kitchen herbs and lot of spices blended with sweet candy, caramel, nectar and flowers, Saint-Gilloise type of Hellerthauer, fruity with lemon and quite a bit of biscuit. No unintentional flavours, wonderfully aged. Fun and airy saison. Slight touch fuller body. I almost feel crazy for rating this much higher than every one is & is going to… I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Oh well, I suppose that tastes are personal.
Benzai (7323) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Hazy yellow to light orange color, small white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, a bit chemical, some sourness, yeast, lightly fruitpeel. Again not really nice imo.