auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Sweet white raisins aroma. Syrupy and vinous-like. A bit of cork and a touch of cinnamon. Complex, earthy and absolutely wonderful. Pours a chill-hazed orangey golden, with a swirling wisp of white up top. Tangy, lambic-like funk develops. Wow. This is unique and stunning. Tangy, citric acid-like character just glows across the palate. Then a wash of fresh apple cider, some wheat bread, and more of the golden chardonnay/white grape/pale brandy character. The touch of musty cork cellar edge adds delightful depth to this beer. Tart and impeccably dry. Three wows. Complex, unique, drinkable, and delicious. I couldn’t ask for much more in a Saison. If I could afford to cellar more beer, this would be high on the buying list. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 Typical massive Fantome head. Very dense and creamy and a very nice ivory color. The orange body is quite cloudy. This beer looks freaking incredible in the glass! The aroma is spicy and bready with hints of fresh friuts, smells like a Fantome. What flavors, no particular flavor stands out but there are many of them swirling about in there. Simply amazing how the flavors are so subtle but yet they all work together to create an amazing overall experience. The palate is also amazing, smooth with a good amount of bitterness that creeps up on you. Very clean spicy finish. An exceptional offering from a wonderful brewery. Thanks a bunch to Indra for sending this my way. The eagle has truly landed! unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
pours a nice golden color with a billowly head. aroma is very fantome...nice spiciness with awesome fruit...really fresh fruit aroma whatever that means exactly. the aroma has bits of everything i like in beer. the flavor is just brilliant. slightly spicy, slightly bitter, slightly dry...it’s really a multi-stage beer..it continues to develop through the swallw and glass. wow, this is pretty amazing. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Cloudy orange-copper body with a small tan head. Aggressive nose of citric funk. I love it. Taste is very funky and very acidic. Really full body filled with crunchy toasted grains, orange peels, herbal spices. There’s also some fruity notes and some citrusy hops in there but overall it is the intense funky tartness that dominates the taste. Acidity level that rivals that of many lambics. Very dry and intense wild beer that ends-up feeling like a cross between a Saison and a Gueuze. A truly unique beer, wilder than a sailor on shore leave. brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - FEB 19, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Warm, bronze-gold pour veiled by a thin, but persistent, creamy off-white head. Nose is floral meadow, apricot, and freshly turned soil. Flavor adds tart berries, a touch of fireweed honey, and a sublimely spicy ’forest floor’ earthiness.
Extremely well balanced and drinkable. The finish has a mineral dryness to it, like licking the ancient stone of a rich, cool mountainside.
Well balanced at 7% (although, I wish it could be lower).
Another amazing concoction from one of my absolute favorite brewers.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 Orange/golden hue with nice lacing. Overall this has super quality. The flavor is spicy, yeasty, and finishes with a ton of crazy flavors. Slight barnyard notes, fruity, citrusy, and sweet. Fabulous. It is much cleaner than other Fantome offerings, and very light on the palate. Slightly dry finish. Straight-forward. Highly recommended! CanIHave4Beers (4188) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Enormous thanks to Savvy1982 for the sample at RBSG! Pours a very hazy yellow with a very small head. The aroma is funky with cedar and tobacco with some lemon rind and some amazing earthiness. The flavor is cigar wrapper leaf with a mild sourness and plenty of spicy herbal and earthy notes. This beer was made for me almost perfection in a glass. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle, with enormous thanks to Doodler. Fuck me this was one helluva Saison. Poured murky yellow, thin white head, and generous lacing, if rather spotty. Nose is tobacco, brett, lacto, spice, loads of multilayered funk going on here. Sweet and sour, the notes range from earth, to Morel mushrooms, to leather, to sweet stonefruit. Perhaps the best nose i"ve had on a beer to-date. Flavours are less assertive, soft creamy and spicy, with more mushrooms, stonefruit, and a rather Gueuze-like mouthfeel. Tremendous. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Loved the buttery, chewy grain flavor and texture. Incredibly full body. Rich without being too funky (if there is such a thing). I would say this is my Fantome favorite. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Translucent and bright gold in color with a solid, jiggling, foamy and 1/3" off-white head. Aroma catapults out of the bottle with the cork’s removal, surging forth with green grape skin, lemon rind scrapings, lime juice, orange peel, crystallized sugar and squished pomegranate kernels. Flavor proceeds in like fashion and hits the spot. Souring compounds step to the head of the line but a sugary lemon drop characteristic pulls it back to make it its equal, as the procession now resumes two-by-two. Tangerines and grapefruit meld for the sweet and sour fruity ester dichotomy. Bright, resilient and substantive palate passion. Perfectly equated balance profile - perhaps the most balanced saison I’ve had the joy of meeting. Finish comes full circle with fading lemonheads, which still have some sugar gripping the sides as we suck the last of it down. One hell of a saison. Thanks for sending this my way, CaptainCougar!