mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
A cloudy orange/gold color, lost of aroma, with lot of taste a good brew Schroppfy (2360) - 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. Ernest (7697) - 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. 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. Suttree (6392) - 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?
Uglyradio (791) - 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! BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
75cl Capped and corked bottle no date Cork really popped on this one. Poured a slightly hazy tangerine orange color with a thick head which died rapidly leaving a thin white layer floating atop. Fantastic aroma is spicy whith clove in the foreground and offering notes of sweet bready malt and belgian yeast. Has a slight mustiness also which adds to the complexity. This is one of those special ales that can really stimulate your senses. The yeast is really coming to the nose at it warms. Medium bodied and the mouthfeel is smooth with an airy like quality as if it's floating in your mouth. Finishes crisp with no aftertase. Flavor is a bit tart with yeast and malt practically in sync with each other. Some sour fruit, green apples, pepper and caramel also come to mind. Overall a great Saison. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Beautiful copper hue with large frothy white head and excellent lace. The aroma hints of sourdough, hayfield, earthy and barnyard yeast esters, apple and pears, cinnamon and white pepper, and oak wood. The taste starts malty and yeasty, chalky and dry. The sour apple and spicecake undertone. The touch of bitterness and wood about the finish. The mouthfeel is light and lively, but has a fullness about the finish, strange but cool. Astringent upon completion of drinking. Nice depth of character, no one thing stands out. Balance is very good for style, very quaffable indeed. Thanks MattA for the bottle many moons ago. Highly recommended! egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Poured an opaque, murky, yellow orange color with a small white head, but no lacing. Spicy aroma of vanilla (was this aged in an oak barrel??), dark fruits, yeast and some alcohol. Taste was full of lots of nice citrus, sweet malts (caramel), vanilla and yeast. Alcohol was hardly noticable. I wish I could get this more often! TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Lustrous hazy tangerine. Thick, creamy, and pasty, dusty-white head. Alluring soft aroma of musty cellar and herbs. There’s plenty of peachy esters to go along with the soil, rose petals, lemon and that addictive chalky Fantôme yeast backbone. Very faint wood and sweet malt wafts. Tight, yet explosive carbonation sharpens the soft body. Opens with a tart and chalky attack, which gains support from an airy underlay and gives way to dried apricot and a glimpse of cookieish malt sweetness. Grassy, herbal bitterness commences at mid-stage, while subtle phenols arise to complement the dryness, tangerine notes, and flowery hops. Peach-tart and musty yeast return to balance the mustiness and tartness long after the swallow. Yeast poor adds more mustiness and amplifies the herbal tones and peachy esters. Just another Fantôme beauty.