yespr (39411) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
75 cL bottle, thanks to Hildigöltur. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Heavy ginger aroma. Flavour is undrinkable. Ginger all over. Presumeably wellcrafted - but me and ginger flavoured beer is a no-match.
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A had to travel all the way to Montreal to sample this. It is a beutiful amber beer with a nice orange head. The aroma is sweet and very spicy combined with notes of lemon and rosemary. The flavor is also sweet and very spicy - I pick up rosemary and parseley, leading to a very dry end.
joergen (25594) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange brown coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of caramel, fruits, vanilla and ginger.
Flavour of ginger, fruits and vanilla.
The ginger is very dominating.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Beautiful orangey red with an almost warm glow. Slightly sourish with a decent hopping. But first and foremost this is spicy, spicy, spicy - and I’m talking spices you usually find in cooking: basil, thyme and sage. Weird - as expected. And a strange ghost indeed... 090601
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bouteille à Churchkey. L’obscurité et le marron ténébreux, bronzer la tête avec le solide qui lace. L’arôme d’abricot, le pruneau, le raisin. Le goût de fruits sombres, aigrir des cerises sombres, les pruneaux, les raisins. Bien sûr, le funkiness caractéristique de Fantôme. Une bière superbe ! Bien fait, Dany.
brokensail (15444) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is an opaque, dark amber color with a huge off-white head.
S: A very spicy and herbal nose with a lot of rosemary, sage, and perhaps even a little juniper. There is some fruit to it, too. Mild aromas of tart cherries and definitely a good amount of raisins.
T: The flavor starts off sweet with a light tartness. There are sour cherries and raisins, and even a bit of dates. Some sage and juniper gives is a strong herbal quality and there is a little bit of tart lemon on the back.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the high side of medium.
O: Not surprisingly for a Fantome beer, this was a little bit different. I enjoyed it, but could have done without such a strong herbal presence.
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber colour. Minty aroma with dusty yeast, camphor or menthol-like phenols...strange indeed. The flavour is hugely spicy, evocative of things like mint, anise, cinnamon and oregano, with a little bit of malt background. There is also some unpleasant ashy astringency (to recreate, try eating a spoonful of dried thyme). Quite sweet as well, in a manner reminiscent of candyish, herbal sodas like Vimto (Saudi version) or Antarctica Guarana. Certainly this beer provides very eclectic references. And as is true with all Fantomes it grows on you over the course of a 750 (drinking a Fantome in any serving size less than 750 should be criminalized) but it still pales in comparison with most of Dany’s other efforts. It is whacked out, but the elements don’t come together in any compelling way the way that they do in most of his brews. You aren’t left breathless and begging for more at the end of this, which for a Fantome beer may as well be a damning indictment.
bhensonb (13726) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Dark amber color with a decent beige head. Interesting complex spice aromas. Something suggests a touch of winter green. Approximately medium body with mild carbonation. Never tasted juniper except in gin, but this seems similar. Maybe a bit like sassafras? It’s a very drinkable ale. Funk is very mild.
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Julia. Pours dirty brown. Nose of dandelion, grass, figs and brown sugar. Taste of wild flowers, dried apricot, dates, fig and lemon grass.
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped and corked bottle from the Dilly Deli. Poured clear light brown color with a large fizzy light brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Deep sour citrus and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet ginger finish of moderated duration. Spicy complex beer.