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. diabel (1713) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle at Kerstbierenfestival 2005, Essen, Belgium1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
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.
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.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
orangish color tiny white head. Some nice spice smell a sweet carmel backing and a light sour vinagar part too. and a sour part as well. Even palate good coat. Lightly sweet finish sour front some very light spice. A very mild saison. ABUSEDGOAT (2756) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Oh what a joy. In the 750ml bottle that’s a pain to uncap, followed by a long battle with a cork. In the end the cork lost as it was decimated, but it decided to take quite a bit of foamy beer down with it. Poured a deep golden body with a large head. Aroma is quite spicy. Yeast, candy sugar and a hint of fruit as well. Flavor is the same, probably the spiciest Saison I’ve had yet. Very light bitterness and a little bit of sourness there as well. Interesting and enjoyable. jrt (62) - USA - NOV 22, 2005
Excellent. A little spicier than other Fantomes but seriously drinkable. Like all Fantomes it has that thick head and is not dry like other Saisons. Not that winter-ish but very very good beer anyway. Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Poured a murkey brown color with a large white head. The aroma on this changed by the minute. The most complex aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. One minute it was very floral with a hint of caramel and then the next minute it was full of raisins. There was also some hay, fresh cut grass and a bit of a sour note in the nose. There were also many other smells that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The flavor was also great and complex with a nice spice and raisin flavor and some sourness with a nice yeast addition. Mouthfeel was medium with medium to high carbonation. Had at a tasting with about 19 other top rated saisons and this was definitely the best. (IMO) madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle. Pours cloudy burnt orange color. Large fluffy head that diminishes. Lacing lasts all the way down. Aroma of spice and dark fruits and baby aspirin. Carbonated apple jiuce taste, a little sour, but not bad. A little watery. Thin and carbonated mouthfeel. Spicy feeling on the lips. Finishes dry.