750ml bottle .. . white black head .. . light heavy lacing .. . yeasty and earthy, with an odd muddled mouthfeel .. . what a shitty beer that is really awesome! .. . . Well it's a very special drink. It's just for us astronauts.
Dark White......I suppose that's the opposite of 'Light Black'. The beer is a copper coloured beer, pretty clear, and a pinkish head. There is a wisp of pepper in the aroma along with some citrsu fruit, yeast, and malt. The flavour is memorabloe, and not in a good way. Very peppery and yeasty. The malt and hops were definitely in the back burner.
Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and almost no lacing. Aroma is somewhat funky and sour and leaves me perplex. Taste is dominated by some wheat malt with some weird funky notes and some sourness. While I usually dig funky and sour beer, this one leaves me a bit confused since the sourness is more apparent to a non-voluntary infection then a planned open-vat infected beer. I used to really like this brewer but the last couple of beers I drank from this brewer left me on my appetite.
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that glimmers with a beautiful, pale ruby hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma has a characteristic, Fantôme. fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Once I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma though, the pepper becomes quite noticeable. The pepper is quite interesting and quite distinct. A musty note mixes in with the pepper aromatics as does notes of berries, raisins and plums. I am not sure if it is the pepper or not, but there is an underlying herbal note that is quite nice.
Light, yet somewhat sweet tasting. The beer has a certain light tartness to it that could just be yeast derived. The light sweet & tart notes accentuate flavors of plums, red delicious apples, and perhaps even some woody tamarind notes. The pepper, while not as distinct as it was in the aroma, adds a chewy, almost savory quality to the finish of this beer; and this certainly helps dry the beer out without watering it down & almost requires one to take another sip. It is fairly well carbonated and this contributes a zippy, lightly frothy, character of carbonic acid & carbonation which helps clean the palate. There is enough pepper here that it would seem like it should add some significant spiciness to the finish of this beer; somehow it does not, and while spicy at times, it really is a smooth black pepper note that lingers on the palate for quite some time after the beer has left my mouth. While the black pepper notes are noticeable, I wouldn't quite say that they are dominant, and certainly not dominating; there is enough other flavors contributing to this beer that this is just a very well balanced, flavorful beer.
This is another fantastic beer from Dany. This would be a great beer as an aperitif, or even with a salad / appetizer course. I am even more exited that it is not at the usual 8% alcohol; I really do wish that more of these lower alcohol beers were available from Fantôme. I have always wondered what a distinct amount of black pepper in a brew would be like, this definitely has it, and I am definitely really digging the contribution. As mentioned before this really makes me want to eat something hearty (perhaps a pepper-crusted steak, or a rack of rosemary roasted lamb chops). This is definitely one of those beers that gets more intriguing and much more enjoyable as I work my way through this bottle. I am having a hard time not saying that this is a phenomenal beer.
This Belgian Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is black pepper, some malt and orange peel. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, Lots of pepper in the flavor as well. It has the distinct Fantome feel to it. Interesting beer, but the pepper flavor builds over time and it got a little annoying to me. I can see where some folks will really love this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is spicy and peppery.
Another fine beer from Fantome. A spicy aroma of cracked black pepper and orange peel. This was really strong on the black pepper. Flavors were more black pepper, floral notes, light tart with a really spicy finish. I can't see drinking much of this because it sort of wears thin after awhile. Still, it's a nice beer.
Poured a lightly hazy, dark golden color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma was funky, brett, citrus, coriander, toasted dough, and pepper. Taste was sweet initially, toffee, butter cream, then citrus, black pepper, grassy hops, and light tartness, and more black pepper in the finish.