Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Peach sunset. Thick, fluffy white head provides full sheets of lace. The aroma is sweet, fruity and spicy. Oh yeah, and its crazy as all hell. I have determined that my favorite puzzles in the world right now are Fantome beers. Just trying to decipher these beers is crazy fun. The fruitiness of the beer seems to be provide via Strawberry rhubarb pie and blood oranges. Cinnamon, ginger, dried flowers, alcohol, dough and countless other ingredients seem to be omnipresent. The beer warms with its strength, but does not offend. Subsequent pours add a yeasty darkness so thick, the beer actually absorbs light. The result seems to add more yeasty flavor, but also intensifies everything else. Wild berries, vanilla, slight hop bitterness. WIth only a few more of these, I might be convinced that there is no reason for me to start brewing beer unless I can learn from one Dany Prignon. Well, or at least visit his place and encounter his genius first-hand. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Peachy amber color with attractive white foam. Gentle kriek aroma, malty too, suggesting raisin, barleywine, and still-frozen french fries. Up-front there is the hint of a liquor, with a fruity base, warming alcohol, and a hint of grapefruit. Early on the finish had a citrus peel bitterness going on especially hard, but that mellowed quickly. And then the lambic musty quality emerged as it warmed. The palate remained good throughout while the sweetness built. Good, unsettling carbonation. All told, a confusing, weird, exciting beer. (on tap, Monk's, Philadelphia) Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium sized, white, rocky head that lingers. Big aroma of wood, yeast, and a perplexing sour tartness that is lambic like. Medium body with moderate carboantion. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a bit of crispness in the finish. The flavor is wonderfully fruity and yeasty, with wood, sour fruit, orange, and peach flavors all melting together. The finish is long and intensely fruity with peach and pear flavors. An intensely complex and wonderful beer, what a treat. I love Fantome! Andrew196 (2040) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
VERY big aroma....sour grapes, yeast, barnyard....I could smell this from several feet away. Taste was very sharp and fruity, sour apples, with a slight pepper in the finish. A pretty good beer, but not spectacular. fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Completely BEAUTIFUL. Delish. Mellow rounded complexity hiding under the surface of a taste that just kept coming back to me all the rest of the day. The flavors meld so well that this little boy has great difficulty pulling them apart. Don't really feel I need a science course to know I like it this much.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle. Hazy-light-amber with a big head. Typical guezeish smell with also a hint of nice apples. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a delightfully moist and lingering mouthfeel. Good stuff. rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber orange, excellent rocky fluffy white long lasting head and good condition. First aroma is that lambic/orval note but it soon subsides and is replaced by a fruity malt and cider apple tartness with some spiciness in the background. In the mouth it is full bodied and slightly chalky with apples and malt. Yeast sediment adds a spiciness and there is a vague suggestion of hops. Finish is sweet and sour with a mouth filling dryness. Threatens to offend but is pleasant and quenchingly drinkable for 8%.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Not a bad Saison. Fruity, spicy, and tart. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Just a bit darker than the Fantome Saison, as well as harsher and sweeter. The label depicts a ghost emerging from a PC monitor bearing beer, but that did not happen in my case. Somewhat spicy, but not much citrus. So-so. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Very impressive. Brillant Orange, with a huge finely carbonated head. Sour, Lemony aroma. Full sour/tart flavor, with grain (rye?) and citrus in there as well. Notes of Oak and stone, as well as some mustiness, too. Nicley bitter, but not too overwhelming. I'd call it whelming, in fact. Now what the Hell is up with the label? Did I miss something?