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Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Fantôme Extra Cherry

Fantôme
Extra Cherry

Part of the "Extra Sour Collection". Lot 2 N 21, best bef end 2025. Capped and corked in the usual Fantôme fashion. You never know what you will get with Fantôme except the fact that you always know that you never know what to expect! Great looking clear golden pour with a lovely, well-retained white head and some nice lace. Looks sharp! Nose offers a clean and lightly bready aroma. Some very, very light citrus. Tastes are, well, ... clean. No cherry, no funk, just a slightly bitter, slightly...

Fantôme Mayors Unusual’s Meeow!

Fantôme Mayors
Unusual’s Meeow!

My second bottle of this. Great, lightly hazed, marmalade orange pour with a resplendent, ice-cream like head. Nose has some simple floral elements but not flowery per se. Not as bitter as i remember the first bottle being. There is a spicy finish to the beer, but overall the experience seems to have calmed down a little over the course of the last July (7 months). The beer gives an orange, marmalade pithy drying experience with some of the zest. Very tasty with plenty of light, brown bread....

DMB Target Bond Ale Fantôme Version

DMB Target Bond Ale
Fantôme Version

I approached this with a lot of trepidation, expecting little hoping for the best. Firstly this is lot 2 c N 16 Best Before End of 2020. Of course, that's not necessarily an issue for Fantôme per se, since the whole thing is likely to be all over the place anyway, but nevertheless with it being over three years on, it certainly plants a seed. More importantly, I see lots of reviews - admittedly mostly from 3 years ago - that describe a phenolic, band-aid mess. But with Dany you just never know...

Fantôme Light Spiritus Spring Project

Fantôme Light Spiritus
Spring Project

lot 19 02 22. Best Before End 2026. Golden, lightly hazed body underneath a broken, wispy head that has some light lace and a little retention. Floral hop bitterness in the nose. The tastes follow the tastes initially, and then breakout with some more elderflower or dandelion bitterness. Very clean. Grainy and light. Gentle bitterness is cumulative but manageable. This beer feels young and fresh even though at this stage I think it's almost two years old. As in warms the bitterness backs off a...

Metal Witch

Metal
Witch

My first review of a Tired Hands beer, although back in the summer of 2015 I did visit the taproom. Attractive golden body with a pleasing white head after the aggressive pour. The nose offers a peach note for me. Quite strong, and unusually if feels like I can identify it (even if it's not there!) After that we get into some grapefruit, and a refreshing and bracing acidity. The sour note is quite strong, but very zesty. It offers a bright, fruit note that carries it along. The acidity never...

Saison DUPONT Cuvée Dry Hopping (2017)

Saison DUPONT Cuvée
Dry Hopping (2017)

2017 Styrian Eureka version. Purchased for $11.99, in a random store in Ohio along with a few other bottles of really old beer. Took a chance, and at that price I am prepared to lose the $12. Yes, I am fully aware of the age of this beer, and its intended purpose, and I completely understand what I am potentially getting into here. Relax, these are just notes for myself about an old beer that might not be any good. Corked and caged, 750 mL bottle. Great pop on opening, such a good sign. The...

Fantôme Blondinette de Printemps

Fantôme Blondinette
de Printemps

lot 04 02 23 Best Before end of 2027. Lightly hazed, orange creamsicle body with a high, rocky and broken head. Head retention above average, lacing the same. Thin film settles on the surface of the beer. Acidic, grainy, musty apples on the nose with some herbal notes. Typical Fantôme with a ton of grassy, medicinal bitterness and light funk. A ton of hoppy bitterness that is quite green, but the beer still showcases many citrus-based herbs. There's no doubt that the beer remains bitter, but...

Fantôme 5 Monkeys Somewhere

Fantôme 5 Monkeys
Somewhere

Opening the capped and corked bottle (the usual Fantôme presentation) fails to produce much pop or gun smoke which is a slight worry. However, a decently aggressive pour leads to a nice, 1 inch rocky white head, with some decent retention and lace. It settles to a thin film across the surface. Lightly hazed orange body. Nose has some clean grains, and some generic citrus. Controlled and steady. General bitterness throughout the beer, but again it's restrained. Some Fantôme beers exhibit a lot...

Fantôme d’Automne 2022

Fantôme
d’Automne 2022

Best Before End of 2025 Lot 18 Nr 22 ABV is not noted on the bottle. BA has the 2019 bottles at 7.0%, Rate Beer has 8.0%. Very pretty golden body. Head average, retention not incredible (some spotty lace and some spotty film on the surface of the beer. The second pour with the yeast sediment brings the murky orange body. Nose is surprisingly fruity. I mean really fruity. Almost some estery-like pineapple. Wasn't expecting that! First tastes seem very bitter but with time and warmth that evens...

Fantôme Lea’s Journey

Fantôme
Lea’s Journey

750 mL bottle, corked and caged in the usual Fantôme fashion. Purchased on a recent trip to Portland, ME. Quite a gusher, but I didn't lose too much. With the carbonation comes a good looking, high head. It's wispy, but persistent. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Mid-amber body with good clarity, and with strong light there is a bright orange color about the beer. Nose doesn't offer much more that some light bread at first. On warming, a touch more sweetness. Tastes are some bready malts and then...

St. Feuillien SEVEN

St. Feuillien
SEVEN

Described as an 'Unfiltered Amber Beer', in terms of the taste and the experience this is close to a fruity saison. The pour is far more golden in color than 'amber' might suggest. A nice head, retention average. The beer is lively and well-carbonated. Tastes offer a lovely malt balance with plenty of sweetness and some very light toffee and caramel notes. It finishes quite sweet as well. The beer is surprisingly fruity, and the sweetness and light bitter balance make the whole package very...

Fantôme in Flowers

Fantôme
in Flowers

lot c10 oct 18 best before end 2022. Bottle purchased and consumed at Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME. First visit for me to this much lauded beer Mecca. Possibly the least Fantôme-like beer I have ever tasted. To keep it simple, there is a distinct lack of typical Fantôme yeast here, very little funk, and the trademark botanicals are really flowery, light and easy, and not as herbal as one usually encounters. Bitterness is also missing. Is it the name, or the label that creates an illusion, or is...

No Salvation Brett Saison

No Salvation
Brett Saison

375mL corked and caged bottle. $10.99 Tavour. Cork jammed in hard. Despite the cork, lack of pop on opening, but still carbonated OK. Golden, slightly clouded pour with a nice head that gives good retention and some decent lace. Looks good. Advertised as a 'Brett Saison', the nose gives up a little funk, but it's not large. That's OK because one would expect more of that element in the tastes but it too is somewhat muted. It's quite delicate in fact, which for me is a plus. Some drying...

Waypost Bière De Coupage 2023

Waypost Bière
De Coupage 2023

2023 Vintage, 1 pint, 1 fl.oz. A very weird color with is a sort of pink gold, light rose body with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Thin rim of lace around the edge of the surface of the beer. Almost no lace, almost no retention. There are some funky notes on the nose without it being very strong. Quite thin and light acidity on the initial tastes. The beer is relatively dry with some white wine notes, but it seriously lacks much presence. This was the overall memory this beer, a bit...

Fantôme Rare BarleyDark Project

Fantôme Rare
BarleyDark Project

The usual presentation, 750mL corked and capped. Chestnut brown pour - conker like. Thick, ice-cream, cream colored head. Well retained, some decent lace. Head nice, color less so. Nose has mainly a slightly cheesy, funky acidity. Nice horse-blanket notes. Tastes offer a little of the nose, plus some fruit that seems overripe and dark. Medium bitterness, some herbal medicinal notes in the finish. As it warms we get some more fruit elements that are hard to nail down, but a little, woody cherry...

Fantôme Esprit Valdotèn

Fantôme
Esprit Valdotèn

Pour is a butterscotch colored body with a nice, substantial white head. Decent retention and lace. Nose has a lot of banana and pineapple for me. Quite surprising. very topical that I was not expecting. Lively beer, good carbonation. Solid bitterness throughout the beer. The back-end is surprisingly fruity, that I first thought was a hop bitterness, then some kind of grapefruit note, and then finally a cross between some kind of tropical fruit and some pithy citrus. There is a distinct lack...

Logsdon Two Rivers Violette

Logsdon Two Rivers
Violette

Much the same as its sister beer, Two Rivers Noir in many respects. After cracking the cap there is an intriguing foam that protrudes out of the top of the bottle, as if it is fermenting - it is bottle-conditioned. Poured head is that of a soda. Fizzy but disappeared entirely almost entirely. Slightly cloudy, rose or purple colored body. Label tells us this is 75% Malbec grape Saison and 25% Brettanomyces Table Saison. Nose offers generic fruit. Mouthfeel is lively and quite fizzy. Lots of...

La Moneuse Triple X 30 Ans

La Moneuse
Triple X 30 Ans

750 mL corked and caged from Etre Gourmet. Red cap on the cage has dot-matrixed "U2 02:22 TRIPLE X". Presumably brewed for the 30th anniversary which seems to have been in 2019, so this is a four to five year old beer. Pop on opening is impressive, good gun smoke too. Pour is a hazed, honey-orange color body with a high white, tightly formed head. Fine sized bubbles, retention and lace good considering the ABV. Nose is quite estery, yeasty and fruity and doesn't give up the alcohol that I was...

Fantôme Garden Ghost

Fantôme
Garden Ghost

33 cL bottle. 2d batch. Etre Gourmet. Thickish looking, hazed orange body with a magnificent, ice-cream-like head. Body color is not particularly attractive (has a NEIPA look about it which I absolutely HATE). Head is resplendent. Retention and lace are great, not surprising given the colossal initial head. The first aromas that drift across on opening (and even before the beer is poured) are a tangerine, orange whiff. On closer inspection this turns out to have a lot of mango qualities. Quite...

Logsdon Pruim ‘n Brett

Logsdon
Pruim ‘n Brett

Bottled 11.29.21. The usual Logsdon presentation. My second time having this beer. Light pop on opening, carbonated as expected. There's a light, pinkish hue to the mostly orange, hazed body. Head is appropriately wispy, leaves a better than expected thin film. No lace. Nose has some light cheesiness and a touch of funk. Tastes are not tart per se, but also lack sweetness. Nice and dry, a little champagne like on the tongue and the palate. Highly drinkable, helped by the creamy (not prickly)...

Fantôme Santé-25!

Fantôme
Santé-25!

750 mL, corked and capped, the usual presentation. Brewed 19-20 August 2022. Modest pop on removing the cork. Pour gives a lovely tangerine, marmalade color with some light haze and a nice, rocky, white head. Head is only moderately retained, and leaves little lace. Nose has some tangerine, orange based bitterness that is not particularly perceptible, but just about is. Tastes are mostly citrus bitterness initially, and they largely stay that way even as the beer warms. It's not really a hoppy...

Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett

Logsdon
Peche ‘n Brett

Batch no: 2021, Bottled on 2/23/22. Pale, clouded yellow body with a modest head. Head is light and bubbly. Light film is left, a very, very light touch of lace, hardly anything left on the glass. Great mouthfeel. Feels both lively and light. Light, fruity acidity on the nose, not necessarily discernible as peach for me. Nice, but somewhat generic. There's a lovely, gentle balance about this beer. Sour and sweet complement rather than compete. Gently vying with one another for the spotlight....

Fantôme De Tous Les D’iâpes

Fantôme
De Tous Les D’iâpes

Best Before End 2020. Healthy pop on opening, with an initially high, white, wispy head that dissipates quite quickly. Not a lot of lace, but a thin film left on the surface of the beer. Deep orange colored body. Nose is all marmalade with some grapefruit that then gives way to a lot of floral character. Tastes follow the nose with signature, Cinzano Bianco herbal notes. Quite bubbly and lively in the mouth that build to give a slightly carbonated taste amongst the herbal elements. Marmalade,...

House Saison (for Fred Eckhardt)

House Saison
(for Fred Eckhardt)

When people make grandiose statements about beer I usually take it all with a pinch of salt. In most of those cases I know a lot more about beer than they do, and I have significantly more experience. There are of course plenty of people whose opinions I do value, and they are the ones who do have the experience and the know-how. So when Bob Sylvester (Saint Somewhere) said to me that Zebulon is perhaps his favorite American brewery, then my radar goes up. Why? Because I'm smart. To quote Bob,...

Fantôme Straight West Coast Ghostin’

Fantôme Straight West
Coast Ghostin’

Light, golden hazed pour with a white head that when forced out of the bottle, is good. Decent retention, some lace. There's a lot of raw cereal malt in the nose. Tastes are really clean with a strong lime undercurrent. Really light with some underlying funk but it's not strong. It's slightly light for a Fantôme beer in all respects. Mouthfeel is thinnish, and the beer exudes a serious cereal note with that persistent lime background. Definitely citrusy, zesty and sharp, but this is not a...

Saison van de Bruwer

Saison van
de Bruwer

Lovely lemon colored, clouded pour with a dense head. Excellent retention and some lace. Looks classically well-made. Nose offers a dry funky note, as expected, simple and requisite with the style. That has the potential to sound trivial, but as we know, ids far from guaranteed. The initial tastes are surpringsly bitter. There's a nice does of floral hops too. I was expecting the bitterness to back off a bit as the funky notes cut in, but if I'm honest they didn't. The funk element lingers,...

Bruxellensis Local Brett Beer

Bruxellensis
Local Brett Beer

33cl bottle, imported from Belgium. Orange, hazed pour with a modest head. Nice retention but not a great deal of lace. Nose is immediately apparent with a serious dose of funk right off the bat. A touch of white pepper up front, but it's mainly a a funky cheese note. Big cheesy funk in the tastes too, but the beer is surprisingly light to drink. Very light on its feet in fact. The funk brings some lovely residual bitterness that turns into hoppy burps, and a dry, satisfying bitter aftertaste....

Fantôme Sante 24!

Fantôme
Sante 24!

Label has (what I assume is) the original brewing date of Friday and Saturday 14-15 August 2020 changed to 13-14 August 21, and the 24 asterisked. My guess would be because of COVID changes to the production occurred. Having had a bad experience with Sante 23! I'm a little wary. Of course, these beers are so individual, that perhaps there's no point in even thinking about that, but I guess it's just natural to wonder. Opens with an encouraging pop, and the pour really is something special. A...

Jester Zinne

Jester
Zinne

Brewed May 18th 2016. Barrel-aged Saison, bottle-conditioned. Bottled on 7th, August 2017, Best Before 7th August 2019. Well, it is what it is. Brewed in 2016, this is likely a minimum of three, maybe more, years past its best. That didn't stop me buying it late in 2022 when I saw the last bottle, hanging out, lonely on a shelf. Happy to take a punt on a beer brewed by these two guys, full in the knowledge that this likely won't be good/great/drinkable. Pour is quite acceptable in terms of...

Saison D’Hiver

Saison D’Hiver

2022 Vintage. 750 mL, Tavour purchase, the usual Bruery presentation. The Bruery's marketing re: labels and 750 mLs still pulls me in - at least I recognize that fact! Hazy, appropriately enough, orange body with a short-lived, initially decent but soon fading head. Nose has a TON of orange juice. I mean it actually smells like artificial orange juice. Because of that, it's a mild surprise when the beer isn't quite as sweet as the nose might suggest. It still replicates the orange nose, and...

Fantôme Refreshing Summer Spiritus Project

Fantôme Refreshing
Summer Spiritus Project

Well, here we are, back to utter insanity with this Fantôme offering. A darkish, lime green pour with a decent head, some thin film lingering, and an acceptable, if not incredibly well-retained head. The green color doesn't bother me (it's Dany), and the beer looks pretty solid out of the bottle. Nose has some lemon, and then a healthy dose of green herbs, that may or may not be recognizable as single entities. In the tastes there are some menthol notes, a bit of mint and eucalyptus, some...

Fantôme Fantôsma Patagonia

Fantôme
Fantôsma Patagonia

At the very best of times Fantôme beers can be tricky to pin down, to categorize, and to understand. That's their beauty and indeed their point in many ways. Then from time to time you get one that defies even that 'logic'. This is one of those. Golden body with a nice, relatively finely bubbled white head. Some lace, and a thin film across the surface of the beer. Looks strong. The nose offers some light, lemonade shandy notes, with a very slight hint of something else in the back end. That...

Silly Saison

Silly
Saison

330 mL bottle. Chestnut brown color with lovely, red highlights on the pour. Nose is malty as one might expect from a Brasserie de Silly beer, but not at all consistent with a (contemporary) beer that has "saison" on the label. Tastes are very malty as one would expect for the brewery, but for a saison? I don't know what the history of saisons is (at least not in all of its glory), but this beer is clearly not in-line with anything contemporary within the style. Plenty of toffee and caramel,...

Fantôme d’OR

Fantôme
d’OR

lot 08 07 22 best before à consommer avant fin 2026 14° Plato. Mid-range orange pour after an encouraging pop on removing the cork. Beautiful, beautiful pitted head, Stunning retention and lace on the second and the third pour. Oh my gosh. Initial impressions are that of a great mellow bitterness, smooth and easy drinking, some light spice and oddly reminiscent of a Rochefort 6. Eventually the spicy notes and bitter bite do build, but it takes a while and prior to that the beer feels very...

Fantôme Desert Ghost Sonoran Saison

Fantôme Desert Ghost Sonoran Saison

Capped and corked, the usual Fantôme 750 mL presentation. Clouded, deep orange body with a fizzy initial head that disapates immediately to leave no film and no lace. Light carbonation remains in the mouth. Not great looking, but no panic, it’s Dany! Nose offers not much more than a sweet, light citrus tone; little else. No bad, just not complex. Tastes start with a herbal note up front that fades pretty quickly. This is then replaced by the citrus elements. There’s a floral note about the...

Elder Brett

Elder Brett

22oz bomber (a relative rarity these days shamefully), $11.00 from Brew Ridge Beer Hub Waynesville, NC. Label somewhat confusingly adds the moniker Season-Brett Golden Ale. Release #2 (or maybe 3), the text is smudged, and that seems confusing in terms of dates as well. Anyway, maybe DEN#3275 has some meaning. Pour is a straw golden body with a fizzy head that dissipates to nothing immediately. Nose and tastes follow a single, sour, tart formula, with clean green apple edges and not much else....

Saison

Saison

Pale gold colored body, close to complete clarity (tiny amount of haze), with a moderate head; little to no lace. Nose has clean Belgian yeasts and not much else. It's good, but fairly simple. The beer opens with a decent splash of bitterness, followed by more of those yeasts that were apparent in the nose. There's not much funk here, and the description that sits on the can of a peppery-dry finish is a perfect one. The bitterness that opens in the beer and finishes in exactly the way...

Thiriez EXTRA (dry-hopped French farmhouse ale)

Thiriez EXTRA (dry-hopped French farmhouse ale)

750 mL bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL, USA. Capped. This beer was distributed in Atlanta for years and years during the mid 00s, and I am pretty sure that I've had it before, but apparently never took any notes so here we are. This is likely an older bottle, but there is no way to tell. As such I was concerned because this is a low ABV beer as well, so the expectations were low. Opens with an encouraging pop. Good. Pour is dull, light brown/straw/gold, not particularly...

Saison de Pipaix

Saison de Pipaix

Wow, an old, old friend. Very surprised I had not reviewed this, but also I haven’t seen it for years and years. Probably haven't drunk it since the mid-00s back in Atlanta when and where it was pretty widely available. 750 mL, capped from Belgian-Style Ales online. Lively pour, slight gusher. Mid-orange color with a very generous head. Lacing excellent. Nose has a high level of farmhouse funk. Some of this is reflected in those first tastes, but at the outset there is a fairly distinguishable...

Waypost Bière De Coupage 2022

Waypost Bière
De Coupage 2022

1 pint bottle directly from the Brewery last month. 2022 Vintage. Orange golden pour. Almost a pinkish hue at the edges. Head is average, drops off quickly and little lace. Nose has plenty of farmyard horse manure, not funk as such, but some oak barrel notes. Quite dry with the barrel-aged part of the blend definitely coming through most strongly. The younger beer doesn't bring a lot in terms of life, and the beer takes on plenty of apple, and other cider-like notes. Carbnation is low, but the...

Saison Du Bois

Saison Du Bois

1 pint bottle from the brewery last month. Pale golden color with a simple, white head. Nice lace. Lovely, wine-based nose.The nose also has a surprising level of sweet, bready malts. This is carried through to the tastes which initially feel very sweet indeed. This backs off pretty quickly to reveal a vinous, oaky note (as expected). Light and quick in the mouth, with some fruit elements. Quite floral. There's almost an artificial ester note too, which sounds like it might not be good, but at...

Fantôme Cocoa Ambreé

Fantôme Cocoa Ambreé

Fantôme & Fermentery Form adorns the label. Capped and corked, the usual Fantome presentation. Lively pour with a light, high, fine-bubbled head that is good effervescence but that fades pretty quickly. Body is a lightish brown, dark butterscotch heading toward orange affair. Cloudy. The body of the beer is not particularly attractive TBH. Nose is mainly a relatively non-descript, yeasty bread note with a touch of something fruity. Light tartness (very light), with similar almost...

Saison tremist

Saison tremist

750 mL, corked and caged, a recent purchase from Belgian-Style Ales. A new beer to me. Looks like it has had some distribution in the US for about 3 or 4 years at least. Excellent pop on opening, good head, decent film retention, and some nice lace. Lemon colored, clouded body, all is in order. Yeasty acidity in the nose, and off the top in the tastes. Smooths out evenly with a little citrus funkiness. Mild funk, but all in order. Pretty dry from start to finish. A touch of candied fruits...

Fantôme Dark Spiritus Winter Project

Fantôme Dark Spiritus Winter Project

I’m pretty experienced with Fantôme, so I know what to expect (i.e., the unexpected), but lately I’ve had a couple of less than stellar experiences. This beer gets me back to more familiar territory of the brilliant madness. Pour is a slightly reddish, brown pour, with a creamy, light tan colored head. Nose offers a lovely, deep bready, yeasty note, with a little herbal element. Mouthfeel is lively. Nice. The tastes are a mid-sweet, very lightly herbal bitterness with a paradoxically dry...

Saison du Rosier

Saison du Rosier

375 mL bottle, corked & caged. Tavour purchase. Lemon colored, lightly hazed body with a decent white head. The fades quickly, and is fizzy rather than anything else. Nose offers plenty of acidity, and not much else. Yeah, this isn’t really a saison. It’s way too sour to fit snuggly into that category, and it isn’t even that tart. However, it IS the acidic and the tart that overrides any type of funk. When I say ‘override the funk’, I mean there is none. Anyway, some light citrus fruit, a...

Fantôme Rock The Farmhouse

Fantôme Rock The Farmhouse

750 mL, corked and capped, the usual Fantôme presentation. Big gusher, with a ton of very light, wispy foam cascading from the bottle. Needs a very quick inversion toward a glass to save the good stuff. Mmm … pour is frankly, ugly. It has a butterscotch haze and resembles the thing I most hate in my (beer) life right now, a NEIPA. Ugly, ugly, ugly appearance, that looks like a glass of orange juice. I can’t tell you how much I hate the appearance of this. Looks like the wort, or perhaps more...

Fantôme Sante 23!

Fantôme Sante 23!

750 mL, capped and corked bottle. Pour offers a frankly unattractive, murky, reddish-brown body with little to no head. Some acidic fruit on the nose, and a bit of malty bread. The first couple of gulps are full of ethanoic acid and it burns a little. As the beer warms and the palate adjusts, there is a slight backing off of that initial assault, but to be honest it does linger down the whole glass. The finish is dry, but the acidity hangs around, and in the end this basically drinks like a...

Fantôme Red Spiritus Automn’ Project

Fantôme Red Spiritus Automn’ Project

750 mL, corked and caged. There’s very little information about this beer, I’ll have to ask Dany. Lot 03 b 21 best before a consommé avant fin 2025 A pinkish head that is huge sits a top a reddish-brown body after a tremendous pop on opening. This looks special. There’s some mild fruit in the nose, but not much. As it warms, that increases. This is lovely. It drinks like a fruit beer, with lots of strawberry notes, and almost no sweetness up front. It’s balanced, has a light herbal note, and...

Abbaye des Rocs’s Saison

Abbaye des Rocs’s Saison

33cl bottle, yellow cap. Lovely mid-golden pour with a half-inch head. Average retention, some nice lace. Nose offers simple grains, a touch of hops. Plenty of fruit in those initial tastes with a lot of citrus. However, it’s not sharp or tart, but has a lemon sweetness about it. Dry start, and the beer is highly drinkable at 5.4%. The dry element continues and builds, and it’s then that the hops truly kick in. Ultimately, a decent hop note, and one that I wasn’t expecting. Some yeasty tastes,...

Saison du Meyboom

Saison du Meyboom

33 cl bottle, imported from Belgium. 2021 Vintage. Dare I say it? It looks a little like a NEIPA. Hazed, light orange body with a fluffy, large head that creates decent lace and retention. Nose offers some light hops, and a grassy freshness that feels lightly rustic. Very slight soapy bitterness, and a little light citrus, but not much. Finish is pleasingly, lightly bitter. It’s very soft, light, and airy. The beer opens up on warming with further orange experiences, including a touch of zest...

Fantôme Silos and Summits

Fantôme Silos and Summits

750 mL capped and corked green bottle. Pour is a clouded orange, with a medium head that fades quickly. No lace. Nose offers a kind of diluted orange notes, and little more. This is odd, and not great. Some orange notes up front, with a bitter, drying, finish. The spices seem bitter, and obviously the hops are old. I believe that this was brewed in 2019, and it’s showing every inch of its age. Touches of oxidation, plenty of cardboard, and not much else. I hate the fact that I’ve come to this...

Blaugies Saison D’Epeautre

Blaugies Saison D’Epeautre

750 mL, corked and caged green bottle. Pops with pleasing vigor. Hazed, light butterscotch body. Huge head, but lacing and retention only slightly above average when considering the initial foam; likely because the foam was so wispy and light. Nose offers light bread, not a great deal else. Any funk and spice comes in upfront, and to be honest there is not a lot of it. The beer backs away pretty quickly, and becomes an easy drinking, smooth, sweetish, light fruit experience. Oddly, in contrast...

Blaugies la Vermontoise

Blaugies la Vermontoise

375 mL, corked and caged green bottle. Imported form Belgium. Light golden, hazed lemon colored body with a very nice, aggressive fizz on the pour. Not surprising, as it opened with a delightful, fierce pop. Nose has light acidity and some wheat notes. Perhaps a touch of lemon, but that may be just a trick that the color and the appearance are playing on the senses. The tastes start by carrying through those initial citrus notes, and there is plenty of bitterness here as well. The bitter...

La Moneuse

La Moneuse

375 mL, corked and caged affair. The classic heavy, green, dimpled bottom glass. Pour gives an excellent head that becomes more modest quite quickly on standing. Not much lace. Mid to darkish orange, lightly hazed pour. It looks like a beer with real depth. Nose takes a while to open up with temperature. When it does it give a generic bread note, but also toasted malt that’s although similar to the bread, is quite distinct. Almost a wheat, cereal note. Weetabix anyone? Mouthfeel is lively....

Brewers’ Bridge

Brewers’ Bridge

If the truth be known, I didn’t even know that this beer had been brewed back in 2019. That was a period in my life when my finger was OFF the pulse of the beer scene - so it’s not that surprising - BUT the consequence is that when I came across it in a random, Fort Wayne, IN store, I was pretty shocked and pretty delighted! $5.49 for the 11.2 oz bottle. As someone commented in the Belgian Beer Board Facebook group, “Allagash & Brasserie DuPont, what could possibly go wrong?”. Well, sure,...

Fantôme Blanche

Fantôme Blanche

In the absence of any other information I am going to assume that this is the same (or at least a similar) beer to the De Hotton Witbier that was last seen about 5 years. I’ll try to get the word from Dany on this. Pour is a hazy orange body with a HUGE head with pleasing lace, and decent retention. The color I’m not mad about, but the beer as an entity in the glass looks magnificent. Nose offers a lot of dry lemon notes. There’s some promise of some white pepper too. The initial tastes offer...

Saison

Saison

Second time I’ve had this, from a brewery that’s just a few miles away from where I used to live. 500 mL capped bottle, purchased from Total Wine, Atlanta (Akers Mill). Pour is a well carbonated affair, but it’s a little fizzy (as opposed to something with any depth) for my liking. White head, poorly retained, some lace. Everything sits on top of a honey-orange body. Mouthfeel is prickly, and a touch thin. Nose has some acidity, and some mildly funky cheese. Light soapiness starts the beer...

Fantôme Macaquincoing

Fantôme Macaquincoing

Occasionally one will come across a beer where there is a single, overriding experience that dominates just about all other aspects of it. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer one-dimensional, because at the time the subtleties may be possible to discern, but the further removed you become from the beer, the more singular the experience becomes. This was one of those beers. Bitterness. That’s it. Now that bitterness was not an American, IBU, hoppy assault, but rather the far more predictable...

Fantôme (The) Coffee Ruby

Fantôme (The) Coffee Ruby

I’m generally not a fan of coffee based beers. I love coffee, but as usual with my beer, I have little or no need for a bunch of adjuncts or any extra, infused flavors. Having said that, I’ll never, ever pass up a chance to try a Fantôme that I’ve not had before. It’s always a thrill. Pour is a pretty, brown body beneath a solid inch of light tan brown bubbles. Better looking than I was anticipating. The nose offers a hint of the promised coffee, but the dominant element for me is a lightly...

Mystic Farms (2021)

Mystic Farms (2021)

When a brewer/brewery owner texts you and says that there's a beer coming on in a few days that he thinks that you'll like, you pay attention. When Tom Carpenter is that brewer, who has had to suffer my bitching and moaning about some of the beers that he brews (in particular the recently re-released Cereal Killer series), it adds a certain urgency. He knows what I like, and more pointedly, he knows what I don't! Mystic Farms is a French Oak Chardonnay barrel-aged Saison with Brett. Tom has...