Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A differently spicy barnyard blonde ale. Original, complex, sessionnable. Great beer.
How: Bottle 750ml, capped and corked. Consumed very fresh 2 weeks after first rating
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a persistent large white head leaving lots of lacings
In long: The beer opens with a loud healthy pop. The nose is has a spicy character reminiscent of Fantome’s own Strange Ghost with rosemary, oregano and more. However the spiciness is not over-the-top like with Strange Ghost and the Fantome yeast signature comes through. Taste is more of the same. Doughy chewy pale malts, cheese, pineapples, flowers mash, barnyard, rosemary, oregano, light notes of coriander. The spiciness is really not overdone and the beer is highly drinkable. One of the very good Fantomes I’ve had and I slightly pefered this Piétrain Blonde over the regular La Piétrain (now called La Piétrain Ambré). I drank this beer sitting in the wild with a fantastic view on the great Transylvania mountains. Totally surreal moment. Did you ever have one of those days where everything is just perfect and you don’t fuck everything up by doing something totally stupid? What is that like?
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Slayer85. Hefty herbal, minty hop nose, light cereal malt. Taste is fairly dry, moderately hoppy, lots of fresh mint leaves, some sweet basil, light hay. Very nice.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Orange tinted yellow pour with a lots of haze and a thick fluffy white head. Peppery hay like aroma. Light floral notes. Peppery biscuit flavor with a hint of smoke. Very bitter grassy finish. A bit rubbery.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Nose had some botanical, spruce/juniper tones. Reminded me of gin a little bit. Flavor was totally different with a mild malt sweetness, some crazy barnyard funk. With citrus, grassy earthiness, and lots of spiciness. A little chemical smokiness too.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, pretty fresh. Pours a cloudy, glowing, orange-amber color with a thin, foamy blanket of off-white to beige tinted foam. Splotchy flares of lace mark the glass. The nose is suggests an odd, mildly smoky overtone amidst a straw-like malt base, with notes of house Fantôme minty-tart yeast, hibiscus petals, and softly peppery spice. The flavor is a bit more clean, dropping off much of the smokey phenols, and filling out with a rounder, doughier malt profile. It is again very floral, touching on dusty, dried hibiscus, with secondary notes of lemony pith and white pepper. The body is ever so slightly less substantive than your standard Fantôme, drinking a bit easier than usual, carbonated nicely, and finishing out somewhat dry. I’m not crazy about the nose, but it is otherwise a very fine brew.
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle … Fantômepalooza 2011… Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet provides uber spice-rackiness – herbal, minty and just a weird combination of spices and herbs. Strange marriage of fragrances. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is bready, bittersweet and spicy. Finishes yeasty and bittersweet, then the bitterness lingers a good while. Not really my thing, but big-time thanks go out to Beerlando for sharing this rarity! I’ve never run into a beer that I’ve regretted trying at least once.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Travlr! Like many Fantomes, this is hard to put a finger on. Delicious old smelling funk, nectary tropical fruits, and pez candies give way to a vibrantly carbonated body. Delicious!
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow with a massive, off-white, extremely rocky head. Slight orange tint. Sort of a gusher upon opening. Huge five-finger head with a massive cloud kingdom for retention and lace. Nose is orange PEZ candy straight up. Taste is pretty good...no way close to any of the Sante series which so far have been mind blowing. There is mint, mild lime, decent graininess. peach flavored candy. Nothing mind blowing or superlative, but very refreshing and sugary peach candy heavy. Not a lot of stickiness though. Pretty nice...but if you are a Fantome nerd you MUST try the Sante 14 my god.
Travlr (22886) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Odd corkage led to some stress while opening, but we survived. Murky orange color, large white head, great lacing. Aroma of dusty pineapple leaves, moderate funk and vacuum cleaner. Taste is smooth pineapple, grapefruit and barnyard. Another amazing beer from Dany, merci, mon ami.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tropical fruit notes on the nose with just a hint of smokiness. Pours golden blonde. Very earthy with a strong smokiness and some tropical fruit notes very funky with a lot going on, very interesting.