SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2006
No year on label or cork. ’05 I believe. Opaque brown, dark for a saison. Small yet dense, creamy, and frothy light tan head. Subtle, intriguing aroma- yeast, must, spices, alcohol, perfume, balanced malt and hops. Complex brew. Flavor- yeast is musty, spicy, sour- malt is grainy with a touch of richness- hops are crisp and bitter- earthy spices floating in the background atop a layer of ethanol. Clean, dry, bitter finish and aftertaste. Full, balanced body. Great brew. lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2006
750mL bottle. A hazy reddish pour with a HUGE and fluffy light-tan head. Sour aroma of cherries, green apples and some raspberries. Some vanilla beans and cheese qualities in there too. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy. Tart berries are at the forefront flavor-wise. This transitions to some brown sugar and a finish with quite a bit of warming alcohol and vanilla extract. Fairly simplistic compared to the other Fantomes I’ve had. I’m a little disappointed that this didn’t feature more of that typical Fantome barnyard funk. fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
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
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 (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
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 (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
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
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
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
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
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.