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.
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy cloudy dirty dark blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of lemony notes with some rustic malt and light funky yeast ester. Taste is a nice mix between some lemony malt with some rustic malt notes and some funky ester. I really enjoyed the lemony notes which were really not tart at all. Body was full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Probably one of the best Sante beers I’ve tried from Fantome.
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. 2008 vintage. Thanks to mike12da. Chopped weeds, pencil lead, and lemon pie aromas. Cloudy orangeish-yellow. Lemon dominates the initial; candi sugar sweetness emerges in mid palate; then smooth mild lemon; subtle bitter finish. Very smooth. Such a complex aroma. Has aged very well. Great.
KyotoLefty (6179) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008. Nose of apricot, sweet orange, honey, bread, dough, lemon. Big and complex. Flavor is doughy lemonade, very bready. No hops, but the mandarin peel comes through like American dry hopping in a well aged saison. Great lemon. Fully, oily, silky body with soft fine carbonation. Very fun and original. Some ginger and pepper too. Weird and great.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a Fantome tulip.
Pours a somewhat-hazy golden-peach color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of funk and earth, as well as some tropical fruits. A bit of pineapple and very light acidity. The flavor is equally complex, reminding me a bit of a slightly more-funky version of Fantome Saison. Light body with good carbonation and the slightest bit of extra body. A bit of acidity and dryness to the finish. Really tasty.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sold with a warning "do not drink." So, of course, like the Marines who were told that Humvees cannot be flipped, we had to try it. As a group. Because of the Air Force motto: "If you’re gonna crash and burn, always fly in formation." Murky orange color, large white head with amazing retention. Aroma of my maternal grandmother’s armpits, but in a good way - lavendar perfume, old woman sweat, and a thin layer of dust. Taste is floral, citrus, perfume, and very subtle and soft funk. A succesfull experiment, I think. If you see no more ratings from us, please call an ambulance.
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unclear orange of color with a small white head. An aroma of mint, weak sour, citrus and lemon. A flavor of citrus, lemon, mint and hops with a weak note of sour in the finish.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. A firstly hazy, then muddy dark blonde beer, with a large, frothy, half diminishing white head. The aroma is lightly malty (bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (barnyard, earth), with a rather strong note of mint, other notes of lemon/lime zest, grapefruit, pepper, perhaps a touch of ginger. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness. The exotic frutiness reminds me a little bit of the fantastic Sante 14, although it’s not at that level of pureness and intenesity, it’s actually a little soapy/perfumey. That doesn’t affect the beer’s quality. Complex and drinkable. Rather acidic and funky.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a small tasting with Max, Paul, and Andy. Pours a hazed gold with a medium sized white head. Super lemony on the nose, orange zest. Medium bodied, cool and smooth, citrus and zest, orange and lemon. Lovely musk. Zesty, yuzu, faint musk. Balanced and very interesting. Refreshing and easy drinking.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. The pour yields a beautiful, glowing, medium golden-amber body that is laced with effervescing streams of super-fine bubbles. Initially tall and puffy, a snow-white head recedes to a short but steadfast layer of foam, giving a solid wash but no lacing to the glass. Immediately, the mandarin orange peel makes itself known and distinguishes itself from others within the Fantôme Santé series, which has admittedly had a tendency to be somewhat similar in profile. Juicy, oily orange rind lends a citrusy freshness to the underlying clean pilsner malt. Hops are fresh and grassy, very green, yet with a pithy citrus bite. Candy sugar is distinguishable, but better attenuated than a lot of other Fantômes tend to be. Rounding out the nose is a soft, dry, white pepper spiciness. The flavor is a bit sweeter, showing more of the white candy, along with sugar glazed orange rind and doughy pils malt. There’s a touch of citrusy acidity, along with the drying yeast and spicy white pepper. Hops are very green. The palate is substantive, et sufficiently dried and quaffable (for a 7%’er). Carbonation is active, yet fine and soft, cleaning the tongue off quickly. I have yet to try Hill Farmstead’s Mimosa, but I’ll be hard-pressed to believe that a beer could resemble the champagne cocktail more than this one does. Damn fine brew. Much better than the citrus overload of La Gillmoir.