DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip. Like almost all Fantome bottles, I needed a few pours to get a full glass.
4.5 A: Moderately hazed orange yellow color. Big frothy white head with great retention and tons of super thick lacing.
4.5 S: Peach, lemon, lime, pear, and apple give a powerful fruitiness. Peach is incredibly potent and thus needs another mentioning - almost like peach rings. It also has a generic citrus fruitiness underneath. This may very well be the fruitiest nose I’ve ever encountered in a saison. Hay, grass, and musty basement type funk secondary to all the fruit. Also a minor tartness that itself is fruity in nature. One hell of a nose.
5.0 T: The taste is almost as fruity as the nose. There’s a hell of a lot of peach again, then lemon and lime (which seems to be a recurring character in the Sante series), pear, and apple. However, the taste is a lot more earthy and wild than the nose. Hay and grass, but also apple orchard, forest after a rain, and the season of fall in general. The interplay between the fruits and the funk works really well, creating a supremely complex beer that also exhibits integrating of the flavors. Lastly, you’ll find plenty of woodiness, floral wildflowers, dirt, and a mild herbalness. The only thing I’d change is that I’d lower the bitterness a bit, but it’s well within the normal range and I’m nitpicking. Fabulous beer and the best Sante yet (excluding the many I haven’t had).
4.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation, but a few swirls takes care of that problem. My only complaint is that the carbonation is less spritzy than I’m used to from Fantome. I like the spritz and it works well in saisons in general, but it isn’t as present in this as I’d like.
5.0 D: Supremely drinkable. This is a hell of a beer. Insane complexity and every flavors exists harmoniously with the rest of them. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Gription79 (2880) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. A big citrusy nose. A big citrusy character, herbal, dusty brettanomyces, soft pilsner malts, citrusy rind. Amazing.
thewolf (12305) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ Etre Gourmet, Belgium. Pours light hazy golden with a large, frothy, white head. Good duration. Aroma has lovely peach, crisp malts, funk, apple zest. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good fresh orange zest, crisp malts, soft funkiness, lovely elegant fruity. Peach, oranges, grapefruit. Lovely.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank in memory of Walt. Hazy yellow pour with a white head. The aroma is full of yeast and biscuit malt with some white pepper, oranges and mangos. The flavor is also quite fruity. I get a lot of oranges and toffee, as well as some wheat, yeast, candy sugar and white pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
mR_fr0g (10623) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dsg tasting at Chris’s. Aroma is big peach and floral sweet. Hazed orange floaty yeast persistent white head. Peach Melba. Flavour is light funk, big peach Melba, clean wheat bready malt. Lively palate. I really like this.
Dedollewaitor (15777) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Really Late Ulfborg Summer Tasting, 2012. Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head. Funk, pepper, fruit, hops. Fruit salad. Bitter finish. Full bodied. It works!
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A soft pour into my Bruery tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan tinged head that rises more than a finger above the rim of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale amber tinged, bright, yellow gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity cotton candy, ripe melon notes, soft black pepper, lots of tropical fruit, ripe kumquat zest, a fair amount of musty, slightly dusty yeast character, hints of cedar, and spruce tips. Dusty pale malt notes lean more towards defined, cracker like grain, and touches of straw as the beer warms up.
Drier than the sweet aroma would suggest, this has lots of woody, and tropical fruit laden hoppiness to it; the lingering finish has a slightly astringent, hoppy, bitter bite to it. Flavors of tangelo zest, lychee, kumquat and then notes of woody pine, touches of menthol, and orange infused cedar are all contributed by the hops. Soft, supporting malt notes of pale-grain crackers, and a rounded bread like middle mixes with a touch of cotton candy, and a soft sweetness that goes a long way towards accentuating the fruit character from the hops. Touches of phenolic yeast character accentuates the biting hop bitterness in the finish, provides a peppery note here, and other fermentation notes provide some alcohol warmth, clove notes that grow as the beer warms up, and some other, slightly tongue numbing phenolics.
All of these seemed to have been nicely hopped when young, and this is definitely the freshest of the Santé beers that I have had. Really nice, I am really digging this hoppy focus from Fantôme, I hope the series continues in a similar vein.
Sledutah (7242) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by Dallas, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a big white heads and lots of lacing
Aroma: Citrus, juicey and dusty
Taste: Tart, citrus, dusty and lemon peel
Nice and refreshing
douglas88 (8759) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 big thanks to Dallas! Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. A sweet citrus nose. A flavor that is dry, tart, rich citrus flavors, bready, Brett, a bit of dry tangerine in the finish. Awesome brew.
KyotoLefty (9767) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good hoppy nose: citrus, grass, minerals. Dusty and dry. Bright amber-orange color with a tall, foamy head. Sweet burst of orange in the flavor, then minerals and bitter hops. Dry and dusty, light blanket, with a dry bitter finish. The early sweet fruitiness is a bit strange, but a very fun, tasty beer.