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Review by everetends on 08/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2010
Picked this one up at Green's off Ponce in ATL. I think I paid a little over $14 for the bottle. I don't know the age of the bottle but it does read "biere artisinale sur lie" instead of the English on some bottles I have seen in the past, and it has a best by of May 2012. Served up in my favorite Free the Hops tulip.

A: Cork pops out of this one with a huge pop. The bubbles start building in the bottle's neck, making me fear a gusher. Luckily, it stops and is ready to pour without a mess. It hits the glass a very nice orange that fades out from the center to a golden color at the edges. I can see that the body has some cloudiness/haze to it when I hold it to the light. It also has some darker sediment floating around in there as well that I cannot identify. The light also brings out more of the golden hues as well. Carbonation is moving around in the haze. The pour got me about a finger and a half of crisp, white head. It fell slowly to a thin ring surrounding the glass. Just a minimal amount of lace on the glass. Not bad looking.

S: As I popped the cork on this, I got a burst of aroma that reminded me of champagne or white wine. It was just very vinous. As I poured it, it was a different story. It comes out with some floral bigness to it. That moves into some musty, dusty, farmhouse goodness (hay and earth). This shifts into some orange and lemon notes along with some pepper. Throughout all of this, there is just this encompassing but subtle sugar sweetness floating around in here. Just damned awesome.

T: Taste switches things up a bit, but still brings the awesomeness. Starts off with some really nice citrus notes. Getting lots of orange and lemon notes coming out. This mixes with some floral presence and that barnyard, funky goodness. Its musty, funky, and fantastic. Getting a little bit of that vinous quality coming through with some crisp white grape. Picking up on some pepper and a little bit of leathery saltiness as well. Once again, it has a sugary quality running through the flavor, but its more like a fruity sugary presence. So, it all blends and doesn't become a crazy sweet. Just spot on.

M: Lighter side of medium with a medium carbonation. The carbonation brings some prickle to it, but it subsides and gets very manageable. The carbonation level also allows this beer to have a little wieght to it as well. Its not as bubbly as most saisons, but it has a nice crisp feel to it. I was taken aback when I saw the ABV level of this beer because I cannot find it at all. Aftertaste is all citrus, pepper and a little bit of lingering barnyard.

OA: I can't believe it took me so long to give this beer a go because it is really damned good. I was a little bit turned off by the price, but once the bottle was opened I forgot about it. Aroma is great, flavor is great. Just damned good. I will have to pay a little more attention around town to see if I can find a better price so I keep this one on hand. Really, really like it.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 0
750ml
$11.49
West Lakeview

This is from the batch that became available in the US in late '07. Fantome is written in black with "biere artisinale sur lie" written below. I pulled the cork and all was well. Setting the bottle down to grab the phone I was back in 30 seconds, that was long enough to let the gushing start. Lucky it was a slow gusher. As soon as I looked back foam was dripping down the neck. I caught it with minimal spillage but the yeasties, I was so careful with; got shot up into the beer in the process.

Even with the yeast explosion the body of this beer looks really great. The appearance is of a setting sun over a lake with that deep orange and golden that fills the sky. There's haze from the yeast that was released but it doesn't hurt the appearance. The head is big and billowy white, two fingers to start off and never fell to anything less then a finger. The glassful of quickly rising carbonation keeps the head in place and helps with the sticky sheet lacing down the glass. What a great looking beer!

The nose on this saison is phenomenal! The smell is that of summer in a glass. I have yet to encounter such a fruity farmhouse brew. The nose on here is all melon and reminds me of a big plate of sliced cantaloupe and the ripest honeydew. A sugary sweetness hides out in the background and is from natural sugars, like the sweetness in strawberries, which are big in the aroma as well. This beer smells so vividly like a fruit plate that I can actually taste it from the smell alone and my mouth waters uncontrollably. This is the best nose on a beer I've encountered in quite some time.

The melon is abundant in the flavor as well. As a matter of fact the flavor follows the nose very closely. Cantaloupe, honeydew, and strawberry abound in waves of flavor. This beer is so dizzyingly complex it's hard to even describe but I'll give it a whirl. Behind all the juicy fruitiness lies a hint of candied lemon peel. There's a good amount of spicing in here as well. I'm going out on a limb and saying Curacau and coriander were added which add a hint of Belgian wit into the mix. This beer is a wonder!

The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking on this beer and I suppose lacking isn't the correct word because it's still very good. The body is a on the lighter side of medium but has a bit of stick on the swallow that allows the flavors to linger. The carbonation is more smooth then airy like I expected but it works very well for the higher abv.

The drinkability is out of this world. A perfect beer for the warm weather of the summer but one I wouldn't hesitate to pick up at any time of the year. This could be paired with so many different light desserts and fruit/cheese plates and would create a match made in heaven.

I've sample Fantome's Saison in the past and while it was damn good this beer just goes above and beyond. This is my new favorite farmhouse ale. Fantome Saison has an incredible depth of flavor with a 100% refreshment factor. Delicious

Price: $11.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 10/05/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for bringing this one to La Bella this past Tuesday night (8-25-09).

The bottle seemed to be from the most recent batch with a best by date of 5/2012. This beer poured a dull and cloudy orange color with a thin, fizzy, head that scattered rather quickly. A stream of tiny bubbles raced from the bottom edge of the glass all the way to the top.

At first I detected a grainy aroma and old orange, quite musty, wheat, hay, a bit of citrus, and a hint of floral notes in the back. Then I got some sour apricots and young/green nectarines with stronger malt sweetness as the beer warmed up.

The taste was similar to the aroma starting with a grain flavor, citrus, and a leathery brett finish. A bit cheesy towards the end, old lemons, and rotting orange mid-palate. Medium acidity level that lingers for a bit. Nice medium dry finish.

Sharp carbonation at first but it turned softer later on, still high on carbonation once it warmed. Hardly any sign of the 8% alcohol.

Pretty good for a fresh bottle but I'd really like to try this one with some age as I'm sure the wild yeast would do some interesting work on this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Steve Tasker on 03/23/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
A - A hazy golden brown. Nice bubbling, and it looks like sediment (Furley put it well below, so I stole it). Upon first pour, it looks like piss yellow, but once it's in the glass, you can see the nice deep gold come through. A nice head on this one, whitish yellow, lasts for awhile.

S - Almost fruity. It smells kinda sweet, actually, but you can tell there's a little bite to it....a little spicy smell...pepper, maybe (I'm not good at discerning the individual scents...)

T - Almost perfect. Perfect balance of sorta fruity sweetness with a delicious aftertaste. It's a little spicy at first, but that fades and leaves a smooth, sweet flavor with a no offputting aftertaste like some beers.

M - Crisp...nice aftertaste...not sure what else to say here.

Overall: I'd definitely recommend this, and I WILL buy it again. Next time I do buy it though, I'll have to age it....I only held this one for 2 weeks before drinking.

Note: first time drinking this beer

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mr. furley on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 0
sweet mother of pearl. let me just say that i had this on tap in Brussels long before i knew what good beer could be and it completely blew me away. set me on a 4 year mission to find it in Wisconsin. when i finally did i scooped 10 bottles in total.

i have had one here and there in the last couple years. but some are as old as 4-5 years. this has to be one of those.

it is simply remarkable. now i wish i had a gift for description like some of you guys cause this one is complex and delicious.


pours a thick golden straw. looks almost like a thin jello with sediment. nice lacing on the glass. good foam head that fades slowly.

the smell is remarkable. like a pungent fruit cocktail. amazing. like a seriously incredible smoothie (maybe i'm on a smoothie kick tonite?). pineapple, apple, strawberry, a number of others i can't identify. it's really pretty ridiculous.

the taste has a funky bite at first but smooths out to a beautiful, delicious, soft candy sweetness that is just perfect. Dany knocked it out of the park. makes me think i should have dated these bottles and drank those that are the same age as this one because this is the best beer i've had in some time.

this is going down so smooth.. on the heels of a Double Simcoe i thought it'd be wise to tone it down a bit.. but i think i'm going to polish the 750 in about 20 minutes. it's absolutely amazing. smooth, crisp, snappy. thought the Double Simcoe might blunt the taste of this one a bit.... but it doesn't. at all. this Saison stands up VERY well.


HIGHLY recommended. simply beautiful effort from Dany. just amazing. my gift for language is lacking here.. and i'm disappointed. this beer is a grand slam.

Price: $11.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 4 10 0
Largely smeared and hazy straw gold color with a medium yet firm whitish cap. Keeps a great looking thin skim and thickly set collar once the cap fades from the pour.Very intricate lacing in cobwebbed sheeting. Yeast poured out thick at the finishing of the bottle and completely turned the color opaque resembling pear mush and ochre paint.

Quite a peppy aroma upon first hit to the nose. Highly fruity with a white grape/lemon candy/berry zip and a nicely rounded but fevered little notion of pepper, spicy, grassy, dry yeast.

Taste is immaculate. Airy but firm with flavor and hold. Slow and intriguing front end with mild sweet berry-like malts and wheat bread. Middle stays sweet and a bit sugary with dried peach, melon, and apricot. Floral tones rise to the surface behind the berry fruit then some herbal spice and citric zest spring into action as it flys into the finish with a big recoil back into the berryness and a lovely soft touch of pale wood. Every area is always filled with the finely placed and active berry flavor. Mildly complexing, nice, and very fun to let dance and play on the palate.

Feel is kinda two-sided with a soft airy front and has that same kind of texture throughout yet holds an interestingly bold, somewhat mild/full carbonation that tends to keep it reaching further and further as it continues to sift through the flavors and finish with a lovely light drying notion of berries, wood, and spice. Nice!

The drinkability is about right. Sessionable to a point as its ABV and carbonation catches up to ya. Nice berry burps. A tender, mild treat thats got lots of things going for it. Complicated yet simple and delicately natured. A fun beer. Don't pass it up. Recommended.

Served In: Snifter

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