Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity sweet aroma, Belgian yeast, alcohol, malts. Deep amber cloudy with off-white lacing head. Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Starts with thick sweet malts, tangy fruity saltiness, light hops. Lemon tea. Mild acidic finish, chalky. Nice bitter after, grapefruit rind, herbs.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is absolutely delicious and is the most perfect example of a Saison that I have ever had. The mouthfeel is excellent, it is smooth and creamy and yet retains a Saison bite. This seems like an oxymoron, yet Dany pulled it off. And the flavor - as much as I admire Fantome’s experimentation, this beer is thankfully low on weird spices, or else they work so seamlessly that nothing overwhelms (I suspect that this is the case, because there are some different things going on here). Bottom line - when Fantome hits the bullseye, they make about the best beer in the world, and this is a fine example.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow with fine white head. Light floral cream, and crisp fruit aromas. Medium mouthfeel, light, spicey with light bitter and sour finish.Very refreshing
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew was very sweet, although it is one of the better Fantomes I have had. Fruity, sour and a bit dry in finish.
Holdwine (1210) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy grapefruit Batman. Say all you want about the wheat-amber color and fruity notes. This puppy is all about that tartness. Just a temendously pleasing summer drink. Who knew it was 8%? They do a good job of hiding it.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Original Rating (5-23-04, 10-4-8-4-18=4.4): Sweet and spicy. Kiwi fruit aroma. Fresh and clean. Citrusy yeast - candy-like. Opaque orange-brown with fizzy off-white head that recedes to a thick cover and lasts. Citrusy, spicy, somewhat sour apple flavour. Horse-blanket comes out as it warms. Fluffy, collapsing cotton-candy-like mouthfeel. Bottle (enjoyed with MartinT, mr_kimchee, Oakes and Rastacouere).
Rerate (8-4-7-4-15=3.8): Clean, fresh, herbal hops, apricots, kiwi fruit and strong underlying sweetness. Opaque orange-tan with decent, off-white head that recedes to cover with great lacing. Sweet and sour are nicely balanced with some toasty malts, apricot-like fruitiness and fair bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Thanks to tiggmtl for bringing this to our tasting with MartinT, Oakes and Kimchee. Appearance proposes a cloudy amber body with the almost typical Fantôme head, gigantic in size, off-white, mountainous, rocky with superb lacing. Yeast particules are everywhere. Aroma is very candyish, like sweet flowers, estery and eAstery, extremely yeasty as well. Lots of nuances in there, but flavor balance is mostly on the sweet side. Hints of powder sugar, vanilla, juniper, cherries, citrus... Taste surprises by its moderate sourness, sour grapes or cherries. Lots of fruity suggestions (myrtle, cranberry). Very spicy (ginger and many others hard to identify). Unexplicable barnyardy flavors gently complement this weird, funky fruitiness. Adorable as expected with just a slice of dry bitterness cutting through toward the end, but the acidity already had the harsh balancing task in hands. Great mouthfeel, highly carbonated, fluffy, airy.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy orange golden hue with frothy off-white head and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of lemon and sour apple, dusty yeast esters, spice, toast, wheat and hay. This is a very floral nose. The taste starts with a crisp citric character of lemon, orange zest, and apple. Undertones of wheat, yeast and some malt too, nicely balanced! The finish displays a sublime spicy and a touch bitter tone. The mouthfeel is very smooth and lively initally, then crisp and dry on the finish, refreshing indeed. A wonderful beer and among my favorites from this world-class brewery. Almost like a hybrid between a Saison, summer wheat, and fruit beer, nice! Highly recommended within style.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive horseblanket head. TART SOUR apples poured brilliant effervescent amber, after the slight cork smell blew off it was like visiting a farm. Loved it, yeast in second pour did detract though. Since it says summer, I did force myself to drink one on a hot humid Nebraska July day outside in the baking sun in 2003, it was an odd sort of mascicism...the things I do for beer...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Poured in a Chimay glass the color was a cloudy copper with a thin lasting head. Aroma is sour, similar to Petrus Pale. Taste is a sharp tart green apple. Also noted some light smokiness.