Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy/murky medium amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (lemon, herbs, grass), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, grape, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Great stuff from start to finish...attractive farmy saison/lambic aroma, lambic-like tartness with well-matched bitterness and malt, nice mouthfeel and fabulous appearance. Another astounding creation from Dany. omhper (25956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2003
Orange coloured and cloudy. Very complex estery aroma, I get melon and bubblegum. Firm yet fruity, then a new sensation sets in, a hot cayenne pepper finish!?! jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Fruity (citrus, peach) and spicy aroma
Glowing warm orange with a huge creamy head and tiny bubbles. Oranges, a bit grassy and with a acidic dryness. Creamy and pleasant. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
This is pure Fantome Saison in every weird way possible. It"s a sweet tart of a beer, more herbs/lichens/moss/earth and pepper than one can ever expect to find in one place. I cannot believe that liquids of this extraordinary beauty exist on the planet. We are so lucky. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Removal of cork was extremely loud.Dark oarnge liquid with a fluffy,med-sized bubbles,short lasting head.Sweet,sour,earthy,slight alcohol(late)aromas. Light but interesting mouthfeel.Flavors very sweet and acidic in the mouth,finish is bitter and sour after sitting for a while. Left my buddy confused,but left me wanting more!
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2002
Very nice stuff. Very earthy/barnyardy. Light mouthfeel, but with some complexity. Some candy sugared flavours like you find in a lot of Belgian Ales, this is at first a touch sweet, but then moves to a tart sour finish, its even a bit salty and spicy. Covers the palate nicely. 8% ABV, is un-noticable, a work of art. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2002
This beer is alive with cheese, barnyard, and horse blanket in the nose. Very lively head that turned rocky but wouldnt let up. Sticky oranges, cassis, bubblegum, old hops, notes of raw sugar, lemon zest. Not to unlike a lambic with it's definite acidic edge. Marshmellow malts and soft Lemons to the end. definitly left to be apreciated for us who saison followers. mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
A cloudy orange/gold color, lost of aroma, with lot of taste a good brew.... DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
swamps of orange mud and tall mountains of pond scum, this creature emitted fumes of creamy barnyards and spicy orange peel..The flavor a medly of acidic tinglers, zest of orange and lemon..yeast, cream, and fantome lunancy VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Cloudy dark orange. Thin, foamy light tan edge head. Light carbonation. Sourish aroma, barnyard, soap, tea leaves and cinnamon. Initially foamy with a gentle honeyed sweetness and savory spice edge. Medium light body. Kind of fizzy. Hint of lemony coriander. Smidgen of tangerine fruit juice. Juicier than it is spicy, but the earthy spiciness lingers in the aftertaste. Quite a strange combo of spices. Some I do not like but are difficult to guess. Yeast pour adds a hint of soap. Quells the spices a bit. Carbonation lessens a bit, but remains airy. Tartness rises towards the end. Dry, chalky and lemony. Finishes with a flash of hot cinnamon atop a savory spice that is killing this for me. Quite strange.