Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2004
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. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a sparkling copper color with a couple inches of sudsy cream-colored foam. The head sticks around forever, with wonderful lacing. Strong tart/musty aroma.
Tartness up front with a smooth fruity malt character. I get honey, cider, and lime, and something like a subtle oak leaf. Definately candi sugar. Spicy hops or maybe spicy yeast. Probably both.
Fuller body, dry finish with more lime. Perfect smooth carbonation. A little bit of warming from the alcohol. tanosch (11) - - FEB 6, 2012
birra fantastica specialmente se versata dal sig. Dany!!! il mio giudizio è forse in parte influenzato dalla mia visita alla brasserie fantome(un’esperienza unica e irripetibile che consiglio a tutti) ma questa birra ha un’ aroma è un sapore favoloso e duraturo! TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
One of the best looking beers on which I have ever laid eyes; Sticky, retentive, and mountainous to perfection. Mirky peach juice color. The fresh aroma unmistakably incorporates huge doses of black pepper, cilantro, burnt bark, and rubber. Only a hint of toast and tropical fruit (mostly coconut) underneath this unfamiliar aroma. Sourness invades before flavors take foothold. Extremely long flavors of candy liquid filled wax, like the ones I enjoy every now and then for a sugar fix, herbal mix, and a hint of phenol. Light and fluffy on the palate. The finish embellishes a perfect dryness to match the iron-like acidity and infinitely lingering waxiness. Not overly complex, but staggeringly well-made. These guys continue to blow my mind with their eccentricity. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Happy summer solstice, everybody!
To toast the season, it’s time to crack open my Fantome Ete bottle, waiting in my bookshelf cabinet for nearly six months, waiting for the official beginning of ete, don’t you know.
I crack the crown and start to pour, then realize I didn’t pop the cork yet!
A furious pop, and then that sour must emanates from the neck and invades the air...pours out a very cloudy pale amber, with huge head, tall and puffy, eventually sliding down to size. but going about it slowly.
Aroma: ah, this is the stuff! Thick with yeast, tingly spices, a panoply of fruits, well balanced, citrus, plus peach, apricot, all blended together perfectly. Heavenly! Gorgeous! I’ll taste it one of these days, just let me smell her some more...
(days later...) Big mouthfeel, huge texture, fullness of fruit, nice hop appearance, and large, tasty malt all up in the mouth. Very juicy and flavorful all the way, rich and full bodied. Sweet, yet dry in the finish. Lordy, but I like this! Yeast is a huge aspect of the flavor profile, and without it, this brew would be nothing like this...it’s delicious, though, maybe even perfect.
I’m gonna sit with it for a while and consider how perfect it is...
pretty damned near perfect...I’ll ruminate some more...wonderful, subtle, sophisticated spices. Marvelous fruit.
Must return to this again, before the summertime leaves us, and maybe in the fall, to remember it by!
(originally written 6-2-04)
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Updated review (04.06.2013): Amazing notes of lemon with a bit of pine tree. Backing light acidity and a bit of pineapple. Tropical fruits. Very dry and light. Awesome.
Original review (04.22.2011): Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks. Served in a tulip.
Pour yields a slightly-murky golden-ish beer with a good white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings forward a good mild funk along with some hay and earth. Some peaches and other stone fruits lingering in the background. Some floral notes as well. The taste lays it all out--funk, earth, hay, fruits, and some dry floral notes. Really nicely balanced with a crisp, dry finish. Drinks pretty well. A very nice beer.
Best quote during the consumption of this beer: "You don’t have a power animal? I’m laughing at you."
Original Score: 7 / 4/ 8 / 4 / 16 = 3.9
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Like the couple of saisons I’ve had, simply crazy. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. After getting the pain-in-the ass redundant cork that broke out of the damned bottle (why green? no skunking this time but damn...) I watched this one almost turn into a gusher, but change its mind after the foam had just breached the top of the bottle. Upon pouring it created a huge, rocky head over its rust colored body that stuck around for a while, lacing the sides of the goblet. Just the nose was enough for a few minutes contemplation. Didn’t get everything, but included a sour, lemony aspect in addition to spicy, black pepper notes and a hint of earthiness from the yeast. The flavor was initially mouth-puckeringly sour, but that subsided and left a nice sweetness in its place. There are a ton of flavors going on in there, from old oak to cobwebs and dirt, to fruity apple flavors. Complicated; great. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Another one I have to thank Boto for, I didn't even see this beer at the CT River Brewers Fest until he told me where it was. And it turned out to be my favorite of the day. It pours with a deep golden body with amber undertones topped by a thick white foamy head with lots of lacing. Slightly sweet and flowery aroma with slight grainy notes. Sweet slightly flowery malt flavor with a very slight hoppiness. Light to medium bodied and smooth. Ernest (7661) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2004
2000 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), moderately malty (toasted grain), with notes of grass, hay, earth, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Just another Fantome masterpiece, at least at this age. Beautiful rustic farmy aroma, excellent balance, what more do you want? BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
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.