egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a medium sized egg-shell white colored head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, vanilla, spices, lemon, brett, and hay. Taste of sour lemons, citrus, herbal notes, bretty yeast, and a light alcohol finish. Great balance between sweet and sour. A nice, funky, tart saison, I like it! willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
08.15.05 750ml bottle. Tarnished brass pour; medium white head with spots of lace. Aroma is pleasingly rich with melon, barnyard, vegetable stock, leather, peach, and rotted berries. Of all the Fantomes I’ve had, this one might be my favorite aroma. Flavor is mellow and even, plenty complex, nice lactic sourness, lingering bitterness, rotty mulch pile and hay, melon and peaches, toasted nut undertones. It’s not at all astringent despite finishing quite dry, more like citrus zest. Very nice, balanced, complex, and deliciously mellow brew. Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Botlle, 750mL: Pours a lighter golden body which is well carbonated, with a white larger bubbled head with diminishes rather quickly. Aromas are sweet first and foremost with citrus and melon, brett foreshadowing, mild herb spice, and of course yeast. Flavor does not dissapoint fruit that blends into a bretty sourness, finishes bready. Tickling mouthfeel. oakbluff (451) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours a cloudy tangerine with a fluffy white head and soapy lacing. Nose is tart and citrusy (lemon and lime). Taste- nicely tart and sour - quite dry (reminiscent of a good white wine). There is also some underlying woodiness and spice. Given the age of this bottle-, hops are still noticeable as well which is a treat. Cabonation is medium to high, and the alcohol is not noticable at all. A dangerous quaffing brew if there ever was one. I gulped down and bottle in no time and wanted more! I am really starting to enjoy this style of beer. Too bad saisons of any type are unavailble in my parts. Overall this is an exceptionally refreshing well done beer. First Fantome and hopefully not the last. ekstedt (6872) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Bottled (75 cl) at Delirium Café, Brussels, Belgium. Clear golden with a rich white head. Cidery with notes of lemon, grapefruit, cedar, juniper, spices & herbs. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very well balanced with a somewhat abrupt finish. A very good brew somewhere between a saison and a lambic.
jrt (62) - USA - MAR 18, 2008
A more simple kind of Fantome. Pours light gold with the typical (and wonderful) super-dense head. Smells very citrus-peel and doesn’t taste much different. A touch of malt, some grassy bitterness, and quite a bit of sharp lemon peel. Other more subtle qualities to the flavor add that odd Fantome complexity, but it’s more faint. Overall, a great summer beer. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber. Big head. Almost a rye like nose with some definite black pepper and toffee aromas, I get some definite cherry notes too. The flavor has some great cherry sourness up front and a ton of crazy spiciness from the black pepper. I think its a little to heavy on the pepper but the finish is a very grain heavy caramel finish. Again I thought of a rye beer. Very odd. This is different and great though. Very well made. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 1, 2010
75cl bottle. Pours a clear caramel rubish color with a big beige head. Good lacing and long lasting foam. Aroma is strong and complex: sweet caramel and toasted notes sorrounded by farmhouse yeasts flavors and spices. Taste is astonishing: initially it recalls a porter with toasted and chocolatey notes, then turns to the huge amount of sweet-acid flavors more typical for a season. Strong hints of spices and hot peppers in particular. The finish is sweet and peppered (it makes you more thirsty then before). Overall, this brew is huge, complex and original. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
The beer is a deep amber and clouded through. It has a small, reluctant head, beige and creamy. The beer looks thick, viscous. This heft is felt in the body, though it gives the beer a pleasant depth and goes down easily, avoiding any accusations of syrupy messiness. The beer smells of toasted malt fruit. Heavy plums, sherry, fresh tart cherries, wood. Vinous spice. It’s uniquely Fantome and wonderful. Light acidity. Fruit sweetness without any cloy in the finish. Apples, grapes, spice. Wood and tart stone fruit lingers on. Magical. piscator34 (2539) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
Dark gold in colour with strong carbonation and a bit of haze. Aromas of sour apple, lemon rind, cut grass, funk , mild spice, light malt, and a bit of wet wood. Amazing compexity in the mouth with notes of wild flowers, pear, earth, honeycomb, slightly sweet (UK-like) base malt, and more sour apple. Very refreshing for an 8% beer. Amazing stuff.