lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange copper colour with a small head. Aroma of coriander, fresh herbs, some floral notes, black pepper and caraway. Flavour of floral hops, strong citrusy notes, bubblegum sweetness, black pepper, herbal notes and some grains. Sharp tartness as well. Medium bodied and a fruity, herbal, slightly sweet finish. Nice.
laiti (7772) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 08/2014
Aroma has sweet brown sugar tones. Also some ripe fruits. Flavour is tart with citrus, some peppery spices, grapefruit, dried fruits and slightly toasted brown sugar. Interesting, tries to be sweet but tart Fantôme twist balances it.
tiong (5584) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with a smooth head. Aroma of yeast, ripe fruits, spices, pepper and sweet toffee. Taste is spicy, peppery and yeasty with ripe fruity notes and toffee. Finish is ripe fruity, spicy and yeasty with some sweet toffee notes. Okay, quite sweet and spicy Belgian ale.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle purchased from Etre. Shared at Fantomefest 2014. Pours a murky pale orange in color with a thin white head, maybe half a fingers worth before quickly dissipating. The nose is earthy/floral, spicy, and has a little bit of orange peel. Taste is bitter, herbal, orange zest, and a little sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. One of the fan favorites of the Sante lineup, I enjoyed it, but not as much as the 12.
ThirstyBird (2379) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the annual barbecue. Cloudy orange with a smallish head. The smell is tart fruit, grass and sharp hops. The taste is malt, fruit and hops with a dry aftertaste. Medium body with smooth carbonation.
jtclockwork (12127) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of candy sugar, grass, orange candy, wild yeast, dried citrus, yeast and touch of caramel. Medium body. Good carbonation. Nice.
DSG (9561) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[10/4/13] Bottle sample at a tasting at chriso’s place. Hazy orange with a huge white head. Very floral aroma, yeasty, with some fruitiness. Yeasty and spicy flavor, with some flowers, some fruitiness and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
teorn88 (5125) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Shared at DSG an jsquire tasting at Chris’. It pours a hazy straw orange colour with a large white head. Big gushers, have glasses ready. Aroma is on the sweet fruity side with loads if peaches. Some violets and grass too. Taste is along the same lines with peaches sweetness, some funk and flowers. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite strange bitter-ish finish. Overall, very interesting, strange and enjoyable.
mR_fr0g (7222) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dsg tasting at Chris’s. Aroma is big peach and floral sweet. Hazed orange floaty yeast persistent white head. Peach Melba. Flavour is light funk, big peach Melba, clean wheat bready malt. Lively palate. I really like this.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL. Pours a full haze glowing dark peach. Huge foam. Not a gusher. Tepid pour still generates a massive off white foam. Huge retention. Nose at first is quite skunky thanks to the green bottle. Reminds me of Saison Dupont. Green apple is in there. At first I got fresh tangerine but it is long gone. Now it’s mostly apple, celery, dusty, perhaps oxidized, Saison Dupont skunk and esters. Taste is just harsher- papery, bland, celery. Mouthfeel is dry, super aerated, but also drained completely. Biting, sharp. Carbonation is excessive, explosive nucleation. Fantome is always hit or miss. This one is a miss.
As it warms, the palate is harsher, sharper, more paper. Couldn’t finish it.