Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle-huge thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing what could be the most rare beer of all time! however, im not going to rate this beer on its rareness, im going to rate it as it is a beer. dark copper hue with a small fizzy white head. dark fruits on tne nose-plums, brown sugar. lots of black pepper on the flavors with a long sweet finish. really not all that complex of a beer but given its age, im sure i needed a bigger sample than what i had. however, i can say i had this beer! BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle generously shared @ RBWG (18/20) by FlacoAlto...thank you, my friend!!! Truly amazed that I got an opportunity to try this. This one pours a cloudy chestnut/amber with a wispy white head. Aroma is biscuit, caramel, lemongrass, and tea. Flavor is a bit fruity with honey, cherries, citrus, and black tea. Can’t at all distinguish the 12% ABV...beautifully hidden. Nice!!! cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
750 ml bottle (18 of 20) shared by FlacoAlto during RBWG - Pours a hazy light brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is dark esters and light spice. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, esters, with some light herbal spice and a hint of yeast. Has a slight tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Light to medium body. Another great rarity I got to try at RBWG. Thanks Sebastian! DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Cloudy brown, whispy head. Smells like iced tea and tobacco..crystally sweetness. Bready, raisin, custard flavors...like liquid bread pudding which is the opposite point of bread pudding, but whatever this nigga be european, theys be habckwards thinkin most the time. Sweet and bready...but the hih ratings thus far make as much sense as gayness... dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
(sample courtesy of Flacoalto at RBWG. Thanks Sebastian!!) Pours a hazy caramel color. Taste had notes of sweet tea, earthiness, roots, and some anise. Taste was similar. Medium bodied with a dry finish. I feel very lucky to have tried this.
fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekend bottle thankst o Sebastian for sharing. Pours a hazy orange with a medium to thin off white head. Aroma is toast, floral, sweet bread malts. Flavor is mildly sweet and tea like, caramel, some bits of stale malts and again floral in the finish. It’s really nice how soft of a beer it is given the abv, the flowers really shine. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Massive thanks go out to Jason (boboski) for sharing this incredibly rare beer with me and SoLan.
The aroma features snapped tree branches like pine, oak and conifers, along with very concentrated herbal notes that I’d assume are the influence of the dandelions. There is a musty, earthy element that probably approximates the bottom of a Shaman’s sweaty, leather medicine bag. Along with that is the strong influence of green tobacco and then a pretty massive dose of hops for one of Fantome’s beers.The concentration of aroma is massive. You really have to smell it to believe how incredibly aromatic it is.
The body isa murky dark brown and holds a creamy looking tan head that fades slowly, but readily teases back up to its full thumb thickness.
The fore is very herbal (dandelions?) and reminds me very much of green peanuts. There are some intense vegetal notes, musty earthen loam, parsnips, raw spinach....this beer is the polar opposite of sweet. It has a strong, yet varied earthy, vegetal, herbal flavor to it.
The mouthfeel is also very unique. Jason describes it as "Creamy fireworks." That is particuarly apt. It’s smoothe and creamy, but has range to the texture of its mouthfeel and combines with the impossibly vast flavor range to literally drop creamy explosions on your tongue. I’m just in awe of Fantome beers.
The awful thing is this beer was waaaay green and will be 10X better with several years of aging. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours hazy tawny red-brown; medium tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is brandied fruit, dandelion, spicy cherries, cardamom pods, lemon. Flavours of lemon, really amazed how strong the ’preserved lemons’ character is with this beer... Further notes of dry spice, peppers, nice dried fruit, pineapple, red delicious apples. Good, but there’s no way I can see giving this over a 4. That universe doesn’t exist for me, apparently. Perhaps the Rare receptors on my tongue are already overloaded... SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Big time thanks to boboski for sharing this one with Degarth and me. Bottle #4/20. Dark amber/brown topped by 3cm of dense, creamy, tan head that can be brought back to life with agitation. First smell is hops. Unexpected. Floral and spicy hops followed by the signature Fantome funk- musty and just a touch sour, sweet malts, earth, and vegetation in the background. I love saisons. Flavor of black and white pepper, green plants, floral and spicy hops, light musty, sour, earthiness, sweet malt with just a touch of richness, and zesty, airy yeast. Dry finish. No hint of the 12% abv. Full body is perfectly balanced - creamy, foamy, smooth. Truly exceptional brew. Deserves a spot near the top of any list. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Generously shared by FlacoAlto at RBWG. Holy hell Sebastian, you are the man. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, grass and herbal spices. Flavor is honey, spices, grass, fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Thanks Sebastian!