mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Big thanks to alanC for sharing! This was not tasted under ideal conditions--I was recovering from the flu--but I could not pass up an opportunity to taste this extremely rare beer. I’ll do my best to give accurate descriptions. As the other raters have mentioned, this one is a gusher! The beer had set for weeks after shipment and still it was very hazy with a cloudy brown appearance. Huge head in the glass. Complex aroma with big yeast elements. Some bubblegum. Tobacco. Some hop aroma. Slightly fruity. Very earthy flavor up front. Some chocolate. A slightly odd underlying bitterness that I would attribute to the dandelions. Also, a slightly odd flavor that I can only describe as "freezer burn." While the term "freezer burn" doesn’t sound appealing, it really isn’t a negative. I get similar flavors from some of the t’Smisje beers. Nice finish. Fairly dry. Very nice beer.
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (18 of 20) generously shared by Sebastian at RBWG 2011 from notes. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium foamy white head. The aroma has some of the expected earthy funk that Fantome brings to the table as well as herbal dandelion, citrus, apple juice, spices, light cocoa and floral notes. The flavor is very drinkable, pale malt with a touch of caramel sweetness, herbal, some cocoa, lemon citrus that has lower acidity and a mild tart character. Hints of apple, mild spices, floral, with the expected earthiness. Medium-bodied and decently carbonated. Thanks for the shot and sorry for the delay in rating.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange. Head is fluffy and white. Nose is classic musty Fantôme. Sweet malt, and spicy?, fruity complex nose. Flavor similar but really really tart but not sour. Wow so tart and creamy feel. Odd. what the hell does dandelion event taste like.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 18/20, Sampled Sampled March 2011 @ RBWG
The beer has a darkish brown / concentrated amber color that is topped by an amber head. The nose has an oxidized, nutty note to it that leans towards sherry, and this is joined by some dark fruit notes, and, ah there it is, a grassy, green pepper herbaceous character that has got to be the dandelions. There is also some malt character that provides some toasted malt aromatics that are noticeable. The nose is so influenced by the dandelions, it is almost woody even, some tobacco hints, and it has quite a dried grassy like character (though this last has more of a green edge to it than straight grass does though).
The beer is not as sweet as I was expecting, but it has some sweetness to it that is tempered by the nutty, sherry like oxidation. This has quite a big dandelion grassiness and herbaceous quality to it in the finish that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. There is some tartness to this beer that intermingles with the dandelion notes. An earthy apple note combines with the fruit character from the oxidation character. A toasted grain character in the finish almost has a dusty cocoa character to it. The dandelion even adds an astringency and bitterness that is almost hop like, but it is greener and more raw in character. Actually this is quite astringent, especially as it warms up. The initial sweetness really tempers down as the beer warms up as well, and the toasted grain and herbal notes start to take over.
This is quite nice, I am really surprised by how noticeable the dandelions still are in both the nose and in the flavor. This is very different than I expected; lots of toasted malt notes melds well with the nutty oxidation and the herbal dandelion character, as well as with a soft spice character.
t0rin0 (80) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Sebastian for sharing this. Pours hazy brown, mostly flat, with a ring of white foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is flowers, iced tea, black pepper, and caramel malts. Flavor is mostly just iced tea with flowers steeped in it but also plenty of malt, some oxidation, tobacco, and lemons. Thin body.
daknole (10941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
RBWG from FlacoAlto. An honor to be able to taste such a rare gem. Murky brownish color. Yeast, light toffee, spices and lightly funky aroma. Flavor follows suit. Yeast, light fruit, spice. Taste the rareness.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (18 of 20) shared by FlacoAlto during RBWG - Pours a hazy light brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is dark esters and light spice. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, esters, with some light herbal spice and a hint of yeast. Has a slight tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Light to medium body. Another great rarity I got to try at RBWG. Thanks Sebastian!
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@RBWG-750-thanks to FlacoAlto–pours a light brown head and murky brown color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit. Taste is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit, some herbal/spice hops.
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-huge thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing what could be the most rare beer of all time! however, im not going to rate this beer on its rareness, im going to rate it as it is a beer. dark copper hue with a small fizzy white head. dark fruits on tne nose-plums, brown sugar. lots of black pepper on the flavors with a long sweet finish. really not all that complex of a beer but given its age, im sure i needed a bigger sample than what i had. however, i can say i had this beer!
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky amber color with fleeting ivory foam. Grainy pale malt, spicy, hebal, wild flower aromas. medium body. Dry spice, wild flower, citrus flavors on a smooth caramel base, classic crazy Fantome brew--Much thanks to [email protected]
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Generously shared by FlacoAlto at RBWG. Holy hell Sebastian, you are the man. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, grass and herbal spices. Flavor is honey, spices, grass, fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Thanks Sebastian!