Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Cheesy, hand-made label is hard to look past; but I’m not judging a cover here. Head is thin, but somewhat lasting. Color is amber, which blends - from top to bottom - into a hazy yellow-orange. Interesting nose, with wafts of herbal tea, pumpkin pie and lemon yogurt. First sip made my left eyebrow raise. A couple seconds later my second eyebrow raised. My tongue went for a roller coaster ride for a second there; didn’t know if it was fun or I was gonna hurl. Soon realized it was positive. Smooth malts up front, quickly turn into an explosion of spices, many reminiscent of teas I’ve had before. Strong lemony citrus exudes throughout, occasionally morphing into tangerine, lime, and back to lemon. Lively carbonation. Fizzy, sugary and soft-drink-like at times. Some sourness. Dryish, spicy finish. What a weird, albeit well-made, fricken beer.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dull amber (yeast in suspension, despite careful pouring), with orange-red shine.
Nose is - GOD WHAT? - cypress? myrrh? incense? - no - it's the smell of bog myrtle in an Irish moor.
Taste: WOOW! This is the taste of kaffir-limes ("wild limes"), if you've ever had the opportunity to taste those, together with bog myrtle, cypress. Yet there is a subterranean sweetness. It's like being in a late autumn garden, next to the cypress plant, wild mushrooms coming up, and in the field next, the winter leeks are being covered, marvellous!
Mouthfeel: oily, slick, but in NO way repulsive.
Aftertaste: what I described as myrrh or cypress, now turns to a resiny flavour: cedar, copalite, Retsina. THAT'S it: this is the Retsina under the beers. Strange (ghost) indeed. I LOVE it. I don't like Retsina. Go figure.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 New batch fresh from Shelton (whatever that might mean...late ’06 or early ’07).
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of nutmeg, sage, cave earth, moss. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. The batch I tried at RBSG 2005 was extremely medicinal in the nose, and very strongly aromatic (didn’t rate that one, as I didn’t have my own glass of it). This one is fairly mild in the nose, quite a change. It’s still doing most of the malt balance with sourness, as it was many years ago. It’s not very bitter at all this time, in fact. So...hmm...interesting, but not that great this time. Aging it will probably not help much.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Antiphlogistine fumes reign over this senile voodoo potion...Muddy green spices (rosemary, mint) and vegetables are plentiful in the cauldron, and the aroma stuns the waking nostrils...The voodoo sorcerer is wearing milky pepper on his ear lobes and forehead and shakes his head over his concoction in order to drop in the right amount...This beer, claims the sorcerer, is for those who are comfortable in their understanding of beer...It will slap them twice and bite their tongue out...Very dry, bitter and frothy, the flavors are a tad less expressive than the marvelous nose, but still present cohesion and inspiration...Need I say that the word "original" would be a huge understatement?...
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as good as others i’ve had from Fantome. Malty flavour, sour and acidic, and a gingery spicy flavour, it definitely hides the alcohol, a bit fizzy, but its decent. If you see it, you have to give it a go.