Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God at the 6th Richmond Gathering. Appearance is lighter amber than the previously sampled BBB dark. Aroma and flavors are also quite similar, but this lacks the roasty notes. Drier, with a considerable amount of pepper. Dandelion notes as well. Didn’t like this version nearly as well, which surprised me.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Sweet aroma, cherry with some grass. Light golden brown body. Very dry taste, apple accent with some fruit rind ending. A light pepper spice along with some sweet orange citrus in the ending.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Bottle courtesy of The_Beer_God. Thanks Mike! Pours pumpkin colored with a medium sized fast disappearing head. Sour aroma with notes of caramel and spice (thyme). Taste is a little underwhelming compared to the aroma, but still a very nice light funk and dark fruits. Very complex beer and very nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God. Cloudy orange body with a small white head. Sweet fruity aroma, light caramel, and lots of spice. Fruity, peppery flavor, caramel, and light apple. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
Dedollewaitor (15770) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bier circus, Brussels. Vintage 2001 (20 Euro bottle): Pours dark muddy brown with a creamy off white head. Earthy, spicy, peppery aroma. Both sweet & sour Roasted malts - caramel & chocolate. Smooth & soft with a sour freshness. Giant sediments in the bottom of bottle. Another exciting fantome experience!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light tea colored, with about 1/2 an inch of nearly white frothy foam. Good but not great lacing. Sharp fruity and cidery aroma.
Very dry beer, with a mild grainy flavor and some bitter tannin like a too-strong tea. There is a brief hint of caramel in the aftertaste that supplies the only sweetness. The finish is a little musty and relatively sharp, almost cheese-like. Light body is full of extremely soft carbonation, which is quite pleasant.
This one has all of the funk of Fantome beers, without a whole lot more of the more ’traditional’ beer flavor to balance it. It took me well into my second glass to start to enjoy it. By the end of the bottle, however, I wanted more.
Dorwart (2568) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, foamy head of fine bubbles. Reduces quickly. Awesome carbonation which keeps an everlasting head on the brew. Golden amber in color. Light aroma. Spices, light malts and a little vegetal in the aroma. Nothing special though. Light and fizzy in the mouth. More spices, grass, ginger. Pretty dry. Finiish is dry, with a slight bitterness and tartness. Has a little smokey and roasty aftertaste also. Very strange.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very floatie-rich body - lots of herbs and spices in here. Cloudy burned-orange in hue. Fruity, but not sweet - in fact, it is quite sour, and it made me wish I had a piece of cheese handy to pair with it. It was decent, but certainly not my favorite saison.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Yeasty, fruity aroma of apricots, freshly cut grass and a bit of floral notes. Flavor was more tart than I expected. Dried apricots are the first thing to come to mind, along with lemongrass and a yeasty finish.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma was lemony, light fruit, and sweet. The beer poured a yellow orange color w/ gold highlights, no head or lace. The flavor had honey, light fruit, spicey hops, slight malty textures. The mouthfeel was light bodied, and well carbonated.