yespr (33803) - 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 (29988) - 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.
Papsoe (25074) - 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
joergen (22451) - 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.
Travlr (14702) - 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.
Oakes (13156) - 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.
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, 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.
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a cloudy dark orange with a medium beige head. Aroma of lime, mint, oregano, and anise. Flavor has an intense mint leave presence with florals, lime, lemon, light ginger, and other herbs. Clean, refreshing, easy drinker.
bhensonb (12016) - 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.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Opaque, dull amber body with medium beige head. Aroma medium sweet, tarragon, lemon peel, ginger, other herbs. Taste is medium sweet, tarragon, white pepper, ginger, other herbs, light lime. Medium body with a dry finish. Not bad by any stretch, but not sure that I need to ever drink a tarragon beer again.