PotjeBier (3503) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2015
Notes from early 90s. Bottled - I had all seasonal versions several times. This rating from Printemps 1992 - enjoyed Spring 1993 (1 year old). Golden blonde color, hazy. Aroma’s: fruits, flowery, light malt/grain. Flavor: light malty/caramel and light fruity sourness. Medium bodied. Pretty nice saison. fiulijn (20938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Corked bottle, Winter edition, vintage 98/99, 15 years oldUngstrup (38140) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
Hazy golden color with medium sized head. Strong cork aroma and wood, very light vinegar. Thin body but smooth mouthfeel; some malt flavor, it has developed some Brett, and there is some woody astringency and tannins, to stand for the fading bitterness.
Still well drinkable.
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of dusty hops, malt, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of maltc, dusty hops, and over ripe fruits, leading to a bitter finish. yespr (46523) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
75 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry wooden, oaky and light spiced. Medium dry and lingering bretty fruity. Crisp hoppy and mild citric finish. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2012
brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Tasted on 12/26/11 from a 750mL bottle shared at a tasting, humongous thanks to Paul for sharing this amazingly rare gem. Pours murky, full of sediment, burnt orange with no head, but a bit of thin lace. The nose is super funky brett with some pitted and sour fruits, caramel, and, surprisingly, just a bit of nutty oxidation. The flavor is tart and super funky with pitted fruit, red berries, some nutty oxidation, and a vanilla note that I usually associate with oak aging, but in this case is most likely from the oxidation. The body is medium with some tannic stickiness and a long tart pitted fruit, lightly nutty and hint of vanilla finish.
The beer is a hazed orange color without much (if anything) in the way of a head. Heavily corked, as I expected, with some wet cardboard and musty funk. Like some other older Fantome beers, a bit of butterscotch and caramel sweetness. The flavor is rather uninteresting and not all that good, unfortunately. Cork and cardboard with a light funk and some sweet malt and sugar notes. t0rin0 (88) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
750ml bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012. Automne 1997.Koelschtrinker (20768) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 16, 2011
Pours hazy orange, still plenty of carbonation, tall head, little retention. Aroma is heavy on the cork and must but there is also a decent amount caramel and even some fruitiness. Flavor is moderately oxidized and caramelly but there is a bit funk and tropical fruit. Over all this held up surprisingly well even if it is showing its age.
Getrunken beim RB Treffen in Düsseldorf am 6.1.07
Ich bin trotz komischer Blicke vom Doppelbnock der Meinung, dass das Bier nach gut gereiftem Käse riecht. Das Bier ist sauer und wird mit der Zeit noch saurer. Leichte Kirschnoten lassen sich ebenfalls finden. Das macht das Bier zwar sehr harmonisch, leider aber nicht sehr aromatisch.
Test vom 7.1.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,9,12,9,10 - 10,30 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a very dark honey gold with some light tan yeast throughout. The head is off white, only rising about a finger and is gone quickly. The lacing is good.
The aroma is super light, your get mostly yeast, with some banana, and light hops at the end.
The taste has more flavor than the aroma but it starts off pretty dead. The middle brings a big hoppy bitter surpise and the beer finishes like a typical saison with some grassy earthiness. There is a little sourness. There’s a lot going on, but not a big fan.
The feel is medium bodied, with a very lasting feeling, you taste the beer on your tongue several seconds later.
The drinkablity is pretty good, very surprised this is 8% but at the same time I don’t really love the taste so I probably wouldn’t crush a whole bottle myself.
Overall, the beer is ok. A little twist on a saison but nothing special that I’d seek out.
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Light golden straw with ample white topping. Looks almost like a mead with head. A little sour with a hint of lavender. Not sure if lavender was used, but it smells like it. A bit of sweetness mixed in as well but pretty muted.
Peppery. Mixed with flowers. The lavender comes through again. Bit of a twang on the backend.
Pretty thin, but a nice change for a beer this high in ABV. And btw, it is higher than someone typed into the ABV for the description.
Fairly drinkable for a seasoned beer. Not bad for 3 euros a 750mL.