haukur (2079) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - DEC 21, 2003
very pretty head, special, it christals!! this is a very complex brew, fresh mocca??!! earthy, wildberry, bitter malt finish with berries, earthy notes and a little "rousse" feeling about this brew.... jonas (7994) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2003
fruit, sugar, raisins and brandy aroma.
Huge brown head, red brown.
Spices, citrus, wood, earthy strawberries, some coffeeground
sournes and bitternes. Citric, yet
slightly metallic aftertaste.
A quite unique brew. alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
This beer has changed since I first tasted it. A lot of the color has "dropped out". What yused to be a dark and somewhat cloudy beer has become a crystal clear amber (pouring with care to leave the considerable sedimnent in the bottle!). Still very carbonated creating a billowing head that quickly falls. The taste is slightly tart, but not overly sour. The spice notes have also mellowed considerable. Overall, a good beer. I can't wait to see how it tastes after another year. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
So far, this is my second-favorite Fantome brew, though evidently others don't rate it as highly. While some found it sour bordering on Flanders Red Ale territory, I saw nothing of the sort, so I suspect a bad cork or infected bottle was to blame for others' sourness issues. The beer's 8% alcohol is hard to discern and the body is moderately malty with only slight citrus notes. Great farmhouse, yeasty aroma and a beautiful beige head. Noticeable sweetness to be found. Very little bitterness here - this beer is about a dense malty, earthy body with lots of yeasty character. Think of a Saison meeting a Brown Ale. Just delicious! Ernest (7792) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is murky dark reddish-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard), moderately malty (coffee, caramel), with notes of cherry, cask wood, lemon peel, clove, licorice, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. It's difficult for me to enjoy dark beers that are relatively sour but not quite Flanders Red sour, or if there's a lot of bitterness to go with it. This is such a beer. I like the aroma a lot, sort of a cross between a Flanders Red and a porter. The flavor balance is decent, but the mix of sourness and bitterness don't work well together for my tongue...either give me all sour or all bitter.
JorisPPattyn (10060) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2003
Dark brown, no transparancy. Full, brown head, disappearing. Nose brings coffee, spices, chalk first. Later lactic acid, a bit Flemish oud bruin-like, but more roasted malt. Taste is spiced coffee immediately. Sweet base, sourish character, bitterness surrounding; interesting balance. Then the chalk from the nose comes back, with some tobacco-wood notes. Palate is a bit harsh. Full bodied, pappy even. yet reasonnable refreshing. Harsh bitter finish, as rootspice (horseradish, turmeric, arrowroot,...) Typically Prignon. I call him an artist, rather than a brewer. Interesting - no doubt. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Very dark ruby color. A sour taste and especially in the aroma; similar to other Fantomes I've sampled. Alcohol touches at the end of the sip and so does the sourness. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Sour, malty aroma. Pours a cloudy brown with adaquate head. Medium bodied, spicy flavor with a touch of chocolate malt. Slightly sweet finish which hides the abv well. A very unique style and beer. Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Pours a clear, very dark brown color with a big lingering tan head. The head recedes to a thin layer and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. It has a very musty and earthy aroma that is slightly sweet. Full carbonation and a good body, the flavor is very earthy and malty, with some spices that are unknown to me. Finish is dry and tart. I will have to try more from this brewery. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Dark red/mahogany with a fizzy,creamy,tan head. Very small,lacy bubbles. Sweet,fruity,doughy, woody, earthy aromas. Little acidic aromas as well. Very inviting and comforting aroma. Slightly fizzy,full,mouth feel. Sweet,acidic,sour,woody flavors fill the mouth. Sweet,grassy(hops)finish. It becomes more sweet as the carbonation settles down and loses acidity. Becomes even more drinkable!