fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge tannish white head which goes slowly. Huge nose of vanilla. Taste is sour vanilla with slight mint and chocolate overtones. Very complex flavor (amongst the best) where a lambic meets a herb/spice/vegetable. Sour minty chocolate vanilla. Alcohol blend is exceptional. Bravo. Signature taste instantly recognizable and beautiful.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep blush in color. Stable creamy thin head. Spicy, lightly hoppy aroma with some hints of cheese. Very subtle but complex layers of flavors, like most of the Fantome beers. Tart, herbal, has some fruit. Great body, clean finish. Excellent.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Voice recorder notes on New years. No way to ID date of bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice light white head. Looks good. Aroma has sour fruit, tart berries (cherries). Not bad. Body is slick and medium. Interesting flavor, not my favorite, but not too bad. Hints of bret. Sour fruit, lost of spices (pepper for one, and there were others though they were hard to pull out). Nobel hops (bitter hop finish…spicy). A good beverage but I’ll stick with the noel.
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange body, lots of yeast particles. Medium loose beige head. Flowery aroma, with nectar, yeast spiciness (pepper and Apiaceous [caraway?] notes), and apple cider. Big, estery. Slightly tart appley body, heavy on the esters, chalky and peppery, with flower petals, herbs, and a touch of brown sugar. Clove makes an appearance, though this was subtle. Overall on the bitter side, especially in the finish. Not bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of silphium....murky light brown, almost tea-like, appearance with large aerated frothy head...aroma of spices, sugary malts, lemon, and citrus hops...flavor is heavy in spice, YEAST, cloves/leaves....great palate
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 1998 vintage. Fresh bottle opened. Hazy orange hued ale having a long-lasting white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sour fruity aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with spicy, sour, light sweet malt, and fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light sour aftertaste. Nice sour drinkable winter brew, though it is an acquired taste for some.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2000’ Bottle, thanks to SlikWily: Pours a muddy brown color, small white head. Aroma is sour and funky, apple vinegar and oatmeal. Flavor is powerfullly sour, lots of blended muddled flavors. Thinks this one might be past its prime. Will have to re-rate soon.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival Essen. Fruity aroma of orange(peel), slightly sour as well. Pretty sour taste, almost gueuze-like. Fruity and spicey. Finish seems a bit off. Strange brew, I was actually quite disappointed.
diabel (1692) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Kerstbierenfestival 2005, Essen, Belgium
Hazy, amber body. Good lace. Fizzy, light brown head. Aroma of grain. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish, which lasts very long. I find it a weird Christmas beer. I wouldn’t call it a Saison, iI’s rather a mixture between a flemish sour ale and a strong sweet Christmas beer. And it’s not that mixtures of two lovely things are necessarily still lovely. Certainly not the best creation of Danny P. But hey, we love Danny so we can check out every time whether his new brews turn out to be fantastic or not.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THIS RATING IS OF A BOTTLE THAT IS TOO OLD. 2000 bottle drank in 2005. Pours to a hazy orangish color with a white head. The aroma is plasticy. The flavor is a tart and lightly vinegar. No worries, I will get a fresh one and re-rate.