joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared by wavers1. Thanks Baker! It has a dark reddish copper color with an off white head. The aroma is caramel apples, lots of cinnamon, allspice and touches of dark fruity and toasty malt. The flavor is oddly tart and surprisingly funky with sour apples, horseblanket, cinnamon, toasty malt with hints of brett and a spicy, almost woody finish. Not bad, I after I got past the initial shock. Very interesting at least. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours a deep ruddy red color.
Smells of odd spices and red berries. tastes like an odd hodgepodge of flavors. like english tea meats fruit salad. not too pleasant. Really the herbs kill it for me. which is disappointing because i am a huge fan of most that fantome puts out. norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours a dark brown with simple tan head. Orange and toasted malt on the nose. Medium body. It starts with some sweet bright fruit and finishes with a little cherry sourness. There is some subtle spiciness with ginger and cinnamon flavors. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Thanks to the kind soul at the last Tampa weekend tasting who shared this one. Pours a murky brown with an off-tan head. I believe some particulates issued forth. Nose is cinnamon, green apple, tea, caramel, table sugar, and a slight watermelon hint. Flavor is similar with lingering green apple jolly rancher. Light to medium in body, and yes, a strange brew for sure. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is full of cherries with some spices and toffee mixed in. There is a little bit of pepper and some yeast mixed in.
The flavor has some lightly tart cherry notes in it, as well as some toffee and a little bit of funk like you get in some of the Fantome saisons. There is also some earthiness in the flavor.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a hazy deep ruby red with a decent yellowish head. Nice retention. Small lace. Nose is orange PEZ candy and strawberry candy drops. Hints of mints and then more PEZ candy piling on. Taste...pretty much the same: orange and strawberry flabvored PEZ candy, sweet strawberry, big sugar, but no stickiness. In a way it tastes like a strawberry saison. Refreshing, light bodied, but big red fruit presence. Strange....as with all Fantomes...but good stuff. I’m sure every bottle is quite different. Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
750ml bottle thanks Goldorak.Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Big eucalyptus notes. Lots of spices. Quite warm. Notes of wet grain. Lots of stuff going on, hard to put words on them.
Taste : Big eucalyptus and other spices, warm Vicks™ finish.
Overall : Wow this is a weird one even by Fantôme standards. Quite interesting but I’m not sure if I could drink the whole bottle by myself. Finish is very persistent and very medicinal (cough syrup like). Never had anything like it.
Wow. I don’t know what happened to my rating ability, but I was really slacking off at this gathering! My only legible notes are: "sweet tarts" and "weird". Needless to say, I’ll need a rerate on this one if I come across it again. kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a 1 finger light tan head. Very rich aroma wtih notes of grape, raspberry, and some florals. Nice, I like the start of some sourness followed by dark fruit sweetness. The head leaves lace as I drink this. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. This is a pretty tasty Fantome, probably one of my top. t0rin0 (88) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle shared by chickenfriedbaconcantsail. Pours an ugly brown, murky, low beige head that doesnt last or lace. Aroma is vinegar, funky, lightly fruity, all around pretty intense. Flavor is reminiscent of Cuvee de Tomme in the sense that it has some vinegar, light cherry, and heavy raisin flavor. In addition to that it has flavors of dates and some oxidation. Not bad but not all that good either.