tom10101 (3906) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kbudd19 for sharing this one!
Appearance: Beautiful deep bright golden-orange with no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Super winey and sour grapes forward with loads of peaches, nice bright funk, oak, light vanilla and hints of spices. Really complex.
Taste: Winey and sour grapes forward with peaches (less than expected considering the aroma), moderate sourness, light fruit sweetness, oak, vanilla, light spiciness, light apple presence and hints of alcohol.
Palate: Medium body. Flat. Mouthfeel is really winey. Rather dry and oaky finish with a long lasting sour grapes presence and lingering peach sweetness.
Overall: Very tasty stuff! Definitely one of the most wine-forward beer that I have tried so far. Really complex and one of the rare beer that I’m not sure would be better with carbonation. Fantastic!
kbudd19 (890) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 200/240. Appearance is golden and still with no head. Aroma is sour grapes, funk, and peach. Taste is white grapes, oak, peach, and mild funk. This is pretty intersting, it’s straight from a barrel and still with no carb, but the lack of carb doesn’t kill it, there is a lot of wine character in this and it works on that level. Glad to have tried this.
Sarlacc83 (1366) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Todd. Thanks!
A: Gold color, no head, lacing.
N: Acetone, oak, peach, grapefruit, vinegar, lemon zest, white wine, and apple.
T: Tart, some wine grape sweetness.
M: Flat, medium body, alcohol burn - somehow.
O: A decent variant of Fantasia. I can pick out where the base beer is, but I find that aging Fantasia is a fool’s errand - it gets quite vinegary/acetone-y with age.
Sledutah (6046) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a Portland tasting
Cloudy golden with a small white head, no lacing. Aroma is cheesy and wine like. Flavors of oak, cheese, barnyard with a dry finish
douglas88 (7252) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Todd. Pours a bright orange color with a medium white head. A big vinous white wine nose, some brett. Funky fruit, but mostly a big dry wine barrel, oak, tannins. Pretty nice. A bit mellow compared to the base.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Can’t believe I forgot to write the bottle number down. Something out of 240. Thanks to Sam for the pick-up! Cloudy, golden-amber color. A couple bubbles rise to the top, but no visible carbonation. Makes sense, it’s labeled as a still beer. HUGE barrel on the aroma. Very, very woody. Like smelling a barrel stave lacquered with peripheral notes of cork, funky hay, light peach, a touch of apple, & mild booziness, similar to a potent white wine. Taste is more white wine forward; big flavor of boozy, white grapes, lots of back-end vinous oak & a huge, finishing wood character. Funk here & there, mild notes of a dusty, damp cellar floor. Some tart peach character becomes more apparent with successive tastes, but wood & white wine grapes dominate. Hints of tartness throughout with lingering cork & damp hay in the finish. Flat, oily mouth feel. I actually think I’d prefer this with some carbonation. Very unique, though, & still tasty.
acurtis (53) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked but not capped, very small pop when opened. #47 / 240
Pours with no head, just a few bubbles
Orange in color, Smells peachy with some white wine
Taste is gueuze like, lots of white wine but is somehow still mellow, not over powering the peach, better than expected, peach is still prevalent. White wine and oak on the finish. Still but very enjoyable and drinkable.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured golden, pale yellow with a thin, grayish head. Nose had white wine and funky yeast. This either tasted like a funky wine or a watered down fruit sour/lambic. This was bottled off of a single white wine barrel which also uniquely had white wine blended in. Not as good as the original Fantasia.