Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A change of pace for Fantome, this hazy orange-bodied saison emphasizes the bitter end of the potpourri spectrum, with a well-developed blend of perfumey flower petals, and even hints of cinnamon. As in most of the brewer’s saisons, I pick up characteristics of yarrow and caraway. Very nice.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body with large, beige head..nose of belgium yeast, bready and biscuity, as well as a zesty citrus element...flavor is very different than its aroma: very woody and spicey, herbal, bready, grainy, and has some sort of vitamin/mineral finish..smooth palate
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML bottle. Apricot orange/yellow with a huge white fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, pear, and pepper. More of the same in the flavor, but somewhat subdued. Decent bitter finish: sweet grapefruit with pepper. Very Interesting. Pretty Good
TaktikMTL (7299) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur herbacé, de fruits sûrettes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices avec une amertume d’agrumes très présente. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement poudreuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #713)
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with a large frothy white head. Strange aroma - herbal grass, lemon, orange, mint spice, yeast, and acid. Really difficult to pinpoint. Spicy flavour - menthol, potpourri, lemon, grass - bitter and dry finish diminishing quickly. Sweet malt/yeast. Finishes with slight alcohol bite. Interesting as expected.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle. Poured a beautiful translucent medium orange with a short cap of white head. Nose was of funky barnyard yeast and old blankets, sour lemon, and odd assorted spices. Flavor department didn’t work as well for me... had overriding stale funkiness, some cardboard, and lesser notes of the dusty lemon funkiness that graces the nose... bitterness was moderate to high, but the execution seemed off. Enjoyed the dry finish. This was solid.. but I wanted to like it more...
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dull and foggy dark hay. Solid and creamy, dull white, medium sized crown that stays put for a timely fashion. Big patchy sheets of lace lock into position as it begins to fade and be consumed. Not to mention one of the funniest labels yet to come out of Belgium. I know I could be a Brise-bonbons any given day of the week.
Aroma is of dry stale breads, farm yard wind, brisk, crisp, dry, leafy hops, and a big squeezed in sourness underneath of lime and tangerine skins.
Taste is bold and grabbing. Soft in the front, lightly sweet, kinda toasty, mostly paled in malt and senses a more radiant middle, and then the all or nothing crazy dry and bittered spicy finish sets in. Wowzaa, this has quite a turn into the finish. The dryness is weirdly unique with a dry, white peppery spice and leafy hoppyness. Notes of alkaline, rubber, dirt, lime, burnt pie crust, and chicken wire all make for some funky bite and bittering dryness. Never overpowering, but pushing the envelope plenty with its complexity and strength. Your buds will pucker with effects you may not be ready for.
Feel is delightfully smooth and soft before its drying canter sets in. Just over a medium body with a simple texture of lightly pricking carbonation. Remarkably easy to take in, that is until the spices and dryness take their place on the palate making you wait a bit more for each next sip. Tart and sour envelope glue notes also tend to grab some of the finish now that I have gotton through most of it. One complexing and distastfully chalk-like finish for sure. A tad extra bitter and dry for my tastes, I tend to favor the darker versions, and with a sweeter balance of malts, but this a fun brew none the less if your palate can take the dryness. I wanted to like it more but just couldn’t bring myself to get past the parching, chalky, dry spicy finish. Not a Fantome favorite in my book.
blankboy (7485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & mds -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky orange with a friggin’ massive lasting white head. Aroma of sour fruit, funky hops, yeast, spices and sweet malt. Flavour is funky and bitter with some sourness and spices -- it’s a bit of an odd one, not sure how much I like it. Medium bodied. Not as good as the other Fantome beers I’ve had.
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and mds, my bottle. Cloudy orange with a huge off-white fluffy/creamy lasting head. Funky/sour herbal aroma, some candy malt, waves of hops and peppery. Taste - thick, peppery and herbal-hop bitter, lemon juice, very spicy and yeasty - loveryly! Average body, incredibly astringent and bitter, very long spicy finish - takes some getting used to, but very nice.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opened with a terrifying big bang! Right away, I am overwhelmed by the farm aroma! (cowshed, horseblanket and green apples!?) Rocky HUGE head, lots of laces, oxidized-honey-colored (hazy). Aroma of citrus, cabbage, horseblanket, hay, and lots more. Very bitter and a little acidic. Bitterness reminiscent of, earth, herbs, grapefruit and endives (someome mentionned unripe plums). A litlle fruity lemon, cantaloup. Finishes very dry. Body is crisp. Overall, and atypical beer, nothing comes close. I found the aroma incredibly complex but I was a bit disconcerted with its extreme bitterness. I have never had so much fun to try and analyze a beer.