DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, probably from 2003 or 2004. Murky brown color, with a thin off-white head. Aroma has some caramel maltiness. macintosh apples, coconut flakes scattered on waffles. Subdued acidity for a saison, darker malts. Lots of apple flavor, finishing dry and bitter, similar to a cider without as much of tthe sweetness. Another tasty brew from Fantome.
thedm (5942) - Fredonia, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew was capped and corked with a cork marking of 056/477044. It poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was that of brown malts and spices that made me sneeze. The mouth feel was tingly mildly vinous and left a tingly sensation on my tongue. It had a mild brown malt flavor that was very carbonated and fizzy with mild spicy notes. The bottle finished with a hazy yeast pour once the top was poured off. Respect this brew! Its carbonation makes its vinousness move into your bloodstream quickly!
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cuivrée, aux reflets de couleur rouille, mousse beige pale et plutôt diminuante. Étranges arômes (quelle surprise!), semblant très organique, fortement signée par les levures et rappelant, le composte, des racines de plantes sauvages, le caramel et autres curiosités en provenance de la terre. Présence modérément acide en bouche, telle l’acidité d’un café de céréales, sur des notes de pruneaux, de vieilles feuilles de tabac et de bois. Pratiquement aucune trace d’alcool d’identifiables. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, semblant légèrement aqueux, douce carbonatation, finale sèche. Bouteille, Spirit Haus, MA, Juin 2005.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another strange brew from Fantome - I kept changing my mind on this one - I liked it, no, I didn’t like it, well, it’s weird, but I kinda liked it....etc. I have to say, this was one ugly pour - looked like hazy brown murky water collected from a puddle, with a thick offwhite head. Plenty to smell here - backyard, flower garden, sweat, hay, citrus. Taste was sour then sweet, tart and spicy, Actually, I’m still not sure if I liked this beer or not, but I’d try it again without a doubt.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy friggin’ head!!! None stop flow. I had to take this into the bathroom and pour some off into a glass. After a few minutes, I looked back at the bottle and it was overflowing with suds again. The beer itself pours a serious dark red/broen color with a merangue of a head that hasn’t moved in a while. Aroma is spicy clementines with a little clove action. Has that signature lemony tartness but there’s a lot of other tastes that kind of drown it out. A bit sweet at first, like a citrus candy. Later starts to become a little dirty, some barnyard, pepper, cigar, and sweaty leather. A very good balance. Not too much of any flavor. All working together very nicely. My favorite Fantome to date.
hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Large fizzy ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, transparent, fizzy carbonation, and a reddish hue. Sweet, spicy and some alcohol in the aroma. Sweet, sour, tart, some spicyness, vinuous flavor. Medium body.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Amber-brown, frothy tan head. Earth, dust, pepper, slightly burnt toast, dash of cinnamin. Drinks w/ a rich malt character & high CO2 sets if for a sharp, bitter finish. Aroma harken back to memories of an old wet leather shoe at times...and so fondly I recall sniffy that shoe, rollicking in the wet leaves of this beer. Some acidity in the lingering raisin and pepper...very rustic, earthy ale. Quite Good, but could it ever measure up to those bottles of Deep Winter 2000 I used to have??? I can’t see it, but I think i’ll sit on a bottle or 2 for some years to find out.
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin ring of foam is the head after pouring. Lively surface with very good carbonation. Rich aroma with raisins, brown sugar, yeast, spices and a slight sour note. Color is a murky dark orange brown. Wow! lots of spices in the flavor mainly cloves but some ginger and cinnamon also. Quite tasty. Little sour fruit and raisins again. Little fizzy in the mouth and has a spicy and sour ending. I am liking this a lot right now but am not sure how I am going to feel about it after 750 mL. Spices may get to me by then.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Beautiful reddish beer, slightly hazy with a decent head. Typical Fantome spicyness although I cannot pinpoint which spices. Some hints of licorice. Nice. 240501
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful hazy orange/copper with a fizzy, tiny tan head. Aroma is sourdough, coriander, anise, orange rind scrapings and lemon drops. Citrusy oranges make their presence felt early on in the flavor profile. Nutmeg mixes with a profound tartness to add yet another nuance to this little gem. Sweet and sour - and subtly spiced – matched with a husky malt bill to fall back on. Somewhat effervescent. Long, bitter finish accompanied by orange crème. Nice.