FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
A steady, careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, white head; the head forms nicely varied, craggy, formations as it slowly subsides, all the while leaving dense lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber tinged, straw gold color that sometimes shows orange notes to it, and shows an almost clear, bright straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an interesting herbal and almost minty like note to it. Somehow it reminds me just a touch like it is toothpaste, but in a good way. There is an earthy, dried straw, cracker, definitely musty, slightly coriander like character that seems to be contributed by a mix of hop, yeast, and malt notes. That sort of toothpaste, not quite minty note, also seems to have a light pepper like quality to it.Ungstrup (38419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
This has a nice straw like pale grain character as well as a chewy, cracker / rustic white bread flavor to it in the middle. The beer is fairly dry, but still manages to have a sort of honey like character to it, this melds with and accentuates a dry fruit character that is reminiscent of melons, perhaps a hint of star-fruit, and maybe a touch of pear; the fruit character seems evocative of the dry, sometimes mineral like, fruit notes one gets from some good, non-oaked, white wines. The fruit character is fairly subtle though, mostly notes of pale grain, herbal notes and some light spicing play the more noticeable roles. This has a sort of mustiness to it, a slight peppery character, some light phenolic turpene notes in the lingering finish, and perhaps a touch of ginger like character. The body of this beer is quite light, definitely quenching and quaffable, but it has just enough viscosity and malt heft to keep from being watery. As the beer warms up a bit the phenolic character in the finish gets a bit plastic like, not quite medicinal, but definitely a bit sharp, and this mixes with a light hop bitterness that provides some bite to the finish.
I am not quite sure what is going on with this beer, what was added to this beer, it comes out mostly in the aroma, but certainly perfumes the flavor as well; I can’t quite place it, sort of minty, sort of tooth paste like, somewhat herbal, accentuatingly grassy perhaps, whatever it is, it is at a perfect level for this beer and just adds that touch of well integrated Fantôme complexity. This definitely keeps you guessing; just a fantastic Saison.
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a bitter finish. yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is spiced and citrusy. Light smoked off note, citric and fruity. Crisp hoppy and lingering fruity. Cirric and smooth fruity into the finish. Pinball (12332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
cloudy light yellow, small white head. aroma is fruity, wild yeasty,
flavor is wild yeasty, very fruity, quite sweet, yeasty.
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Hazy orange appearance with a white head. Spicy, grapefruity, spritzy lemon, yeasty aroma. Tangy, musty, spritzy, lemon, grapefruit, citrusy fruity, barnyard flavor. Quite carbonated.
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
Botle 75 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a cloudy opaque golden with a rich white head. Very interesting spicy nose - a rather odd and sophisticated aroma. Medium body, sweet malt, dandelion and other herbal spices. Dryish finish with a little yeast. Not a bad Fantome. 140712 Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a rather large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light peppery yeast notes and floral undertone is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some rustic malt notes with light spicy yeast notes with some bread and floral notes. Very light funky notes were also discernable. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and something I would drink more often on a hot summer day like yesterday. ajax25g (76) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2012
75cl bottle thanks to sebletitje. Pours like hazy peach juice with a big white head that leaves nice lacing. Definite funk on the nose with a little hops and straw. Tastes of smoke initially, but that goes away after a bit. Also lots of spices and vegetal flavors. Light body with soft carb. Real nice. Need more. 77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 (15/04/2012) 75 cl. bottle shared / thx to sebletitje – apparently a fresh bottle – apricot, hay / straw looking, white head, smell is lots of spices, lemon & lemon air refresher, taste is citrus, lots & lots of spices in here (almost going into oregano – cue another Fantôme beer here), smoked, zesty, lemon air refresher, hops, grass, well-carbonated in a fitting way //////////////////////// Tried another bottle, not fun at all, plain bad, too bad. Keeping the old score because this was an old bottle, 2011 vintage. sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2012
75cl bottle, bought at the local butcher shop for the Pietrain Association.
Couleur foin, blonde/dorée, col blanc épais.
Arôme est impressionnant, on y note ce côté très Fantôme mais avec ce rappel en clin d’œil aux porcs, peut être ce bouquet de malt légèrement fumé avec ce houblon très fruité; pamplemousse voire mandarine.
En bouche, profile typique Fantôme, et je retrouve ce malt fumé, léger avec ce houblon fruité mi épicé qui vient s’ajouter à la levure.