ineedbeer (1983) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle of one of the recent batches, 2014 I believe.
Aroma is malty with toasted bread, nuts and caramel. Some fruity esters with red apple, pear and banana being most prevalent. Light citrus notes. Some phenolic notes with pepper and clove. Slightly woody note as well.
Pours a slightly hazy, amber brown with a large, moderately thick and frothy, tan head that recedes fairly quickly. No lacing or legs.
Flavor is slightly acidic with a medium light sweetness. Malt notes of toasted bread, caramel and nuts. Medium light fruit notes with pear, red apple and stone fruit as well as some lighter banana and raisin notes. Medium light bitterness. Light woody note. Light pepper and clove phenolic notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice darker saison. Good malt notes balance with nice fruit and phenolic notes. Lighter acidity. I still prefer the lighter Fantome saisons though.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Fofa. A semi-opaque gold and a massive foamy head. It has a great aroma of orange blossoms and honey. Medium to full bodied with a soft round carbonation. The flavor evoked a tart orange creamsicle, zest, plus light malts. Good shit
smith4498 (3582) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky dark amber color with almost no head. Dark fruit and yeast aroma with some Fantome funk. Sour dark fruit flavor with musty, earthy, and funky notes. Medium body with no carbonation.
bluejacket74 (1936) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml capped and corked bottle, label says best before end 2017. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy brown color with pretty much no head whatsoever. No lacing, either. Aroma is subtle at first but gets stronger as the beer warms, it smells like red apples, caramel and woodiness. Luckily the flavors are stronger in comparison to the aroma. It tastes like red apple, cherries, caramel, vinegar, stone fruit, earthiness, oak and some light spiciness. The tartness is subtle. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with very low carbonation. I thought this was OK overall, it’s not my favorite Fantôme brew but still an interesting one. I’d like to try a different batch of this in the future.
Holmen1 (5244) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fra flaske på Mi2 Cardinal 2.påskedag: lett uklar rødlig kobber nesten uten skum - dette lover ikke helt godt. Aroma av godt modne bær og tørket kamille. Smaken gir meg assosiasjoner til eplecider, selv om den har et visst krydderpreg. Flat munmfølelse. Kort og tynn. En skuffelse.
Sigmund (6958) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml capped and corked green bottle, as Fantôme été, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavangee. ABV is 8%. Cloudy brown colour, some yeast floaties, low off-white head. Moderate aroma of farmhouse and ripe berries, hints of oak. Very moderate carbonation. The moderately sour flavour has notes of berries, brettanomyces, oak and cider. Very moderate hops. Not my favourite Fantôme beer this one.
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - well aged. Amber color with an averaged sized head. Fruity, some earthiness, wood and a lighter tart finish. Very drinkable and aged nicely.
Vighals (3471) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brun tåkete med lavt beige som forsvinner helt. Lukter noe nøtter og sure kirsebær. Smaker surt, nesten beskt i starten, noe mer fruktig utover. Noe krydder, pepperig og noe nøtter. Merkelig øl.
50belair (3502) - Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour with no real head. Nice vinegar and caramel malt notes. Nice tartness with vinous lowlights. Good body and mouthfeel.
ctipping (1595) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Clear amber body without much of a head. Very thin collar. Smell is like spiced apple cider. Some vinegar. Taste is lightly tart. Vinegar tartness. Strong cherry and dark fruit sugars. Finish is a little apple-y. Very low carbonation. Medium heavy. Not what I expected at all. Pretty tasty beer, but heavier and sweeter than I thought.