beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of red pepper, licorice and coriander. Interesting flavor of red pepper, licorice, coriander, yeast and noble hops with a bitter finish. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Another gem from Fantôme, santé! Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
Got this rare beauty right off the hands of the brewer when I visited in September. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Dark amber, with a compact off-white head. Looked more like a pale ale than a Saison, but it looked a lot nicer than some of the other Fantômes I’ve had.
Freshly cut flowers, mirabelle, coriander, brown sugar, anis, it all blended together to make sweet and spicy pot-pourri that I really enjoyed.
Full bodied, tangy and bitter, the hops seemed to really come out more in this one, and with the water he uses that probably comes out of a magic rock behind the barn, it tastes like mixing pepper flavored pop-rocks and fresh hops in a Fantôme Saison and mixing it with a little hay. One of his best I would say.
750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. Dark caramel-maple color with a thick but fairly unstable white head...very delicate, subtle nose with wafts of delightful licorice and lilac, a living expressive floral bouquet with farmy qualities that are not over-the-top, merely enough to further transport you into the country...fairly sweet on the tongue with hints of cocoa, lots of peppery sourness and bitterness towards the end though honey-vanilla is met and smiled at along the way...lots of dry mineral qualities at the very finish, we descend into a dusty gravel pit, but emerge, somehow, refreshed and elated. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
The Lure: Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Grapefruit water granting complex refreshment to the red pepper liveliness. Grape juice sweetness chanting nourishment for the unassuming licorice depths. Every time I smell a new Fantôme, I tell myself beforehand: "He can’t surprise me anymore, he’s gone through all of his tricks." Every time, he makes me eat my words. Every time.
A round, smooth mouthfeel of licorice and fruity malt sweetness sifts the red pepper vivaciousness. Grapey fruitiness drifts into the chalky rift of an aftertaste. Dryness betrays the opening sensuality which had lifted expectations.
A museum must be erected to house all these unique creations.
Almond murky brown hue is immediately covered by a nice off-white head, procuring good lacing. Rather hoppy nose, floral, complex and dry. Potent spice blend offer anise and herbal nuances among a sea of earthy brown sugar touched malts. Most interesting aroma, but the taste seduces further, combining the acclaimed Fantôme mineral and gently lactic character with dry spiciness, orangey, licorice-like, earthy, seedy. It reaches its own grounds through darker caramelized and nutty malts, blending in nicely. Long finish bursting with peppers and powerful yeastiness. Powdery palate, very smooth, evenly distributed carbonation, medium bodied. Mystifying stuff.
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2005
Brewed August 2005. 75 cl bottle. Colour somewhere between red brick and fallen autumn leaves, good haze, rich beige creamy head. Aroma of spinach and mint with yeast and spices. Malty taste with juicy background, immediately followed by strong pepper flavour and peppery-hoppy aftertaste. Thick body, lively carbonation. Tastes raw; I’ll age a second bottle - I’m curious what will come of it.