77ships (9827) - 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. Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 23, 2011
750 ml bottle. A hazy medium to dark blonde beer, with a huge, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly malty (bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a strong note of lemon candy, and other notes of mint, spicy herbs, grapefruit, ginger, pepper, perfume etc. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish, with moderate to heavy bitterness. I don’t know why, but I do really like it, many people may not. Extremely weird, spicy, hot, complex. Maybe this is a magic bottle, but I have another one left, let’s hope it’s at the same level. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
In short: A differently spicy barnyard blonde ale. Original, complex, sessionnable. Great beer.teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 6, 2012
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?
75cl green bottle. 2011 vintage. Aroma is grainy and fruity. Tons of grapefruit, really a lot of it. A tad of sweetness and some floral component. Aroma is a completely different beast, and definitely more complex. Starts kind of fruity again, then roasted notes. Coffee and licorica, some woodiness. Then a definite spiciness in the end: black pepper and yeasts. Fabulous. Good carbonation and medium body. This beer is ridicolously drinkable and tasty, complex and great. A unique treat. One of best Fantomes, definitely. Travlr (24826) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
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.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Light orange pour, white head. Aroma of honeydew, wet basement, canned pears and white wine grapes. Flavor is dry but juicy with the fruit flavors. Some stone fruit, melons. Good stuff. maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Lemon, yeast, hay, glue, and barnyard. Cloudy apple juuice color, great lace and head. Big citrusy and barnyard initial (very much saison-like); mid palate has some peaches, pepper, and honey; finish is harsh, bitter and long. Thin-medium body. Very complex aromas and flavors. Really an in-your-face brew. It grows on you, and becomes more intriguing with each sip. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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! 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. KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Pretty orange-gold color, cloudy, with a tall and fine head. Big lemon and orange aroma, minerals, barnyard. Funk-ass flavor with cabbage, lemon, esters, peaches, pencil lead, where pepper, and some tropical fruit. Very shocking and unpleasant at first sip, but grew to be very enjoyable, interesting, complex, and somewhat comical. Bitter finish, with funk as well, bitterness coming from all directions—hops, yeast, malt too I suspect. Crazy but (and) great.