mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Lushawn. Orange-golden color. A bit of haze. Aroma is strongly of pine needles, has a sharp resiny bite to it, could be hops but if so not like any hoppy aroma I’ve experienced. Maybe a touch of underlying anise is bringing out that sharpness. Flavor is pine and fruit. Citrusy in every way. Tangerine and lemon. Some sort of fresh herb. Thyme, or basil. Big and bright on the tongue. Light bitterness in the finish does a great job of bringing out other favors. A touch of licorice in the finish. Off the charts complexity typical of a Fantome beer. Light straw barnyard funk accenting the sharp acidity. Each element is well integrated together, playing off one another. Too many good things to say about this. Incredible stuff.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle. A cloudy medium blonde/orange beer, with a large, frothy/fizzy, lightly lacing, almost fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (bread, hay), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, lemon, flowers, apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard), with strong notes of tangerines, oranges and peaches, other notes of pepper and some kind of herbs like basil, mint, etc. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, dry and very long finish with moderate bitterness. Fabulous. The most pure delightful and fruity aroma since I don’t remeber when. Some odd spices/herbs as usual for Fantome, but this beer is mainly about intensity of aromas and tastes. One of the best from Dany, ever...
Travlr (23340) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow orange color, large white head, not quite a gusher. Aroma of paradise juice, or so I’m told. I think it’s one of the best beer aromas I have ever experienced, but unfortunately the scale only goes up to 10. Toms of grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, papaya. I wish I could give it a 12. Taste is slightly sour, bitter and funky citrus, bread, pepper, spice. OMG, what a beer!
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Travlr! This beer is out of control! Borderline gusher with a monster white head. The aroma is incredible: like pure citrus and grapefruit juice mixed with buckets full of nectar fruits. Tropical fruits and delicious funk follow to create a hell of a beer.
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a word: Yes. The appearance is golden with a huge white head. Aroma is what I originally called paradise juice, until travlr told me what that actually means. In actuality it’s grapefruit juice, orange juice, plenty of other citrus aromas with a nice basement, musky aroma to balance it out. Wonderful. Seriously. Taste has much of that grapefruit and muskiness, balanced really nicely. Softer than the aroma, but very nice easy to drink. Palate is soft and full. Great mouth feel. Really great find.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. complex aroma of pine needles, spruce, christmas trees, with a pleasant apricot, grape jam cracker sweetness. bright spicy thyme character. wow. taste is pleasant lemon doughy, pineapple, lemon crackers. a peculiar anise black licorice note pokes its head. man, this bright spruce, pine, lime note is tight. ultra unique. ultra complex. clean, tasty beer. one of fantome’s best.
77ships (8968) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx! to Tim for sharing this one. 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Very pale golden. Smell is very floral, funky, horse blanket, herbal with flowers,… Taste is floral, bit oxidized, herbal, fair amount of yeast and spice, nectar and flowers, light mustiness, hay, touch forest. Body is lightly thinned out. Very nice but not as top as the 12 was.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. The pour is a very cloudy peach, light orange with a medium white head with sticky lace. Nose....my lord is just completely unbelievable. Insane amounts of fresh peach, nectarines, papaya, mango, and just....wow. I would assume this has been dry hopped to shit with Citra and Nelson Sauvin yesterday they way it smells but that is physically impossible. Actually unbelievable. Without a doubt a top aroma of any beer I’ve ever had in over 3,000 reviewed. Taste is similar to the Sante 12- stonefruit and peach laiden with decent maltiness. No oatmeal character. Instead lots of white grapefruit juice, decent maltiness, sour stonefruit. Very mild butter character comes through in the nose for a flash but is absent in the taste. Palate is sparking, powerful...as it warms straight dough and heavy cracker malt. Mild lactic fattiness. Really an experience to savor. Wow.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy pear-gold, initially large white head reduces to a substantial foam top, lace climbing up the glass. Nose is ultra-bright fruit, tons of peach and grapefruit, nearly caustic it’s so bright, a little rustic bran and booze, not entirely dissimilar to Strange Ghost, but waayyyyy brighter, the contrast a lot more enticing. Warmth reveals a bit of white pepper, balanced in a Pinot D’Aunis way, and also some bitter wheat unseen in the masterpiece from Cantillon. I initially thought there was the lightest diacetyl sweetness bridging the nose and palate, but with warmth its soft peach sweetness, tons of juicy flesh. The front has the warm fruit sweetness, which dries by mid-palate where tons of dry wheat and grain take over alongside black pepper dust before a dirty, lightly sour unripe pear and white grape note win the finish. Very nice overall, a few empty patches by comparison to the intense fruit notes, but uniquely rustic, complex, and refreshing... that’s everything I want in Fantome.
t0rin0 (80) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012.
Pours slightly hazy yellow/orange (more yellow), tall white head, not much retention. The aroma is initially kind of skunky but behind that is a ton of tropical fruits. Nice. Flavor is crazy fruity. Grapefruit, apricot, a touch of skunk, low bitterness. The skunk adds a bit of an earthy weed quality that actually goes nicely with the beer. Awesome beer all around.