vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 7, 2012
Sour smell. Tastes of lemon and dusty malt. Slightly roasty. Some sourness in the finish. BeerandBlues2 (13813) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is light caramel and cookie malt with earthy hops and barnyard notes and fruity esters. Flavor is malt and spicy hops with barnyard notes and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. Spicy aroma, i couldn’t think of the spice, definitely herbal and spicy though. Some corky aromas and flavours come through. Some subtle hints of pepper and coriander. Yeasty, citric finish, which is long and quite dry. Very nice. harrisoni (19332) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle at LCRBM 2006. Cloudy brown colour with a meaty aroma. Nice in mouth, some soft fruit, yeasty full in mouth. Just got some choc and this is really good, wish I could describe it better. diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2006
Bottle at LCRBM 2, Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2006
Muddy brown body. Aroma of hops and spices. Moderately bitter flavour, somewhat refreshing.
hazy brown coloured with a small off white head. Very strong fruity (lemons) herby aroma. Strong roasted taste. Full body. Long herby bitter-hoppy finish. Not bad at all, but very herby overall. bierkoning (13687) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2006
LCRBM2: Coreander and lemon in the aroma. Very herbal, just a bit hopbitter and fruity flavor. Sometimes too much added herbs kill a beer. In this beer this is almost the case. JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2006
1 yr. old. What is this, 1 Belgian and 7 Canadians? Intolerable! tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Huge, dense yellow head over dark brown beer, opaque & funky. Very fresh smelling beer with garden herbs, dark malts, faintly sweetish (the licorice?) and resiny. Very inviting nose! Dry, extremely wry-woody flavour with dark & chocolate malts, spicey and peppery. Remarkably little sweetness, sugar is all fermented. Earthy, woody, forest-like flavours. Hint at acidity, but nowhere sour. Burning MF at swallowing. The chili? Certainly not "hot". Well bodied. Quite bitter-woody aftertaste. More "Ardennais" you die. But once again, a Fantôme I like very much. Thanks to my chairman-boss for this excellent gift!
Liquorice and red pepper notes are strong in the sweet, round, malty aroma along with an artichoke-like vegetal character that works surprisingly well. Opaque amber-brown with low, fine bubbled, off white head that lasts well and leaves some lace. Sweet, round malt flavour with plenty of cake-like yeast, liquorice, light roastiness and some green herbal/vegetal character.Medium body with soft, fine bubbled texture and lively but gentle carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 2005?? 750mL bottle (red pepper version) shared with the Montreal crew on 11/6/2005. Thank you so much Martin!
Pours a large amount of creamy, off-white head, very dense, not unlike an Orval head. Dark garnet and mahogany notes swirl about in front of an amber backdrop while miniscule bubbles rise from this unfiltered, bottle conditioned liquid. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
The aroma is a subtle mix of lightly sweaty saaz hops, round and clean caramelly sugar notes, light notes of forest underbrush and signature Fantome yeastiness. No pepper noted in the aroma, but my dreams would be realized in the flavor.
First few sips provide a soothing, moderately sweet brown malt blend of light caramel and toffee, with even the faintest hint of chocolate. A bit of bitter black licorice is noted towards the end, while the middle provides a rather muted hops sensation of light hay, green leaves and a slight nuttiness. Yeast apparency/influence is rather clean for a Fantome, but still flavorful and boasting much complexity. Shaping up pretty nicely, I do say, and I havent even got to the good part. . . . .
At first I’m a bit disappointed that I do not find the red pepper, but then after a number of minutes and some warming, there it is. Faint, subtle and tremendously underdone (though with red pepper, that is a good thing), but once I’ve locked on to it, I focus in and my enjoyment of this beer immediately doubles. Just a light capsaicin warming sensation on the very end, that tickles the throat. Once I like something, I usually want a lot of it, but this is just peachy. Just the right level that you couldn’t ever get sick of it (or I couldnt, anyways). And then we have the mouthfeel to discuss. Perfectly tight and expansive with just a hint of slipperiness on the end. There, that was easy. Now the hard part, where do I get more?!?!?!