Sick Bottles of Fantome Noel

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  1. misterid

    misterid Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    does the foam-like effect go away?
  2. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Initiate (195) Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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    i can't easily exchange something I bought an 8-hour car ride away. My state (TX) doesn't get Fantome distribution. So while to you it might not be a big deal, me paying $17 for a bottle full of undrinkable slime seems like a pretty big deal to me.
  3. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Did a bottle of Pissenlit touch you as a child? Maybe assaulted your significant other? Settle down, bruh.

    It's everyone's choice if they want to roll the dice. Next time I see someone getting beaten over the head with a bottle of Hiver in a bottle shop, I'll know who the culprit is.
  4. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    That's A-OK, because, according to Dany "stilling very good taste"...
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  5. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Best of luck to anyone who can create inconsistent product yet still drive enough hype to get fanboys to buy it. When the hell did it become acceptable for beer to become a roll of the dice? People wouldn't give a damn about Heady or Pliny if it was only good half the time. That's a joke and anyone who defends it is setting a dangerous precedent for these businesses in the future.
  6. jdamaso84

    jdamaso84 Initiate (165) Aug 4, 2010 Colorado
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    I have probably had 20-30 bottles of Fantome in my life and I would have only minor complains about three of them. One of the "Boo" bottles I opened had that now infamous "smoky" taste, one bottle of the regular Saisons tasted very, very orange-juicy and left me with no buzz at all, and one Printemps had a slight, almost "band aidish" taste to it.

    Every single other bottle, probably 10 Saisons, a few Hiver/Printemps, Chocolat, Magic Ghost, Boo, Pissenlit, Sour, Noel and Dark White were all perfect. In fact, as I've said before, most of the Saison bottles and the Magic Ghost I had may have been the best beers I've ever tasted.

    I don't know if I've just been lucky to not run into any sludge bottles OR if this is a problem, but not as widespread as people act like it is. I think it's the latter...there are some bad bottles out there, but I would bet overall it's 5% of the available supply.

    That all said, I do agree that for the price it's not fair for even 5% to be an acceptable number.
  7. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    You've either been lucky, or I've been very unlucky. Three of the last six or seven I've bought were drainpours. Different issues with different beers too. The diacetyl off-flavors in one were so bad I almost gagged. diacetyl in one, terrible DMS in one, and modly off-flavors in the third. Done with Fantome.
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  8. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    Repeat after me as you dispose of a gross, overpriced product: "Stellar imaginings of the brewer's art." Its supposed to be craft beer, not crap beer.
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  9. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Aspirant (206) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    3/30 is 10% no? :wink:
  10. jdamaso84

    jdamaso84 Initiate (165) Aug 4, 2010 Colorado
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    Touche salesman
  11. danybrew

    danybrew Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Belgium

    OOh oh !!! not too much excitation about, !!! :slight_frown: yes it was a technical problem with the mixer .. and some smoking taste was coming ... .. yes too, i have had some yeast problems ....

    the last problem is this ... when it's arriving here ... ( not so much time ..really ! ..) i take out these bottles from the brew .. but yo are far !! and so, after possible some monthes .. it's arriving .. so what can i do ..i'm not on place !! be sure i very very! take more time to have good beers .. Craft , not crap like LAD say !..:astonished: sorry for all this ...:flushed:
  12. danybrew

    danybrew Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Belgium

    .. no it was just a few Humor, John !! .. :sunglasses: i know very well it's not the case .. but .. also .. it's not very sympathical for me to get all this " Famous ! History" on a so "big People web site" .. .. are we all so perfect in this world ?... only a simple message in private .. and my reaction would be the same !!( ps: sorry for my Humble Poor English !! ) :wink:
  13. danybrew

    danybrew Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Belgium

    .. some Brand Good News from ( Possibly !) ..others "Good" (well, .. not so good, but drinkable !..) Ft beers there ?.. :slight_smile:
  14. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey


    Keep up the good work Dany!
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  15. biga7346

    biga7346 Aspirant (295) Jun 19, 2010 Michigan
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    I was wondering when Dany would show up :slight_smile:
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  16. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    It sounds like he's saying he has had some problems that he knows about (smoke taste from the mixer, yeast that pooped out) and he has recalled those bottles from the home market, but he has no ability to recall bottles shipped to the US. If so that kinda sucks.
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  17. misterid

    misterid Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    some of you are really angry people. open the doors, it's summer. get some fresh air. maybe even take a beer along to enjoy at your local park or something.

    the owners and operators of

    Brewer's Art
    Stillwater Artisanal Ales
    Rock Art
    Craftsman Brewing
    Perennial Artisan Ales
    Crooked Stave
    Jolly Pumpkin

    among others, might take exception to you saying brewing and beer are not "art". hell, it's right there in the name. though they're probably just idiots for thinking of their craft as art so their opinions probably don't matter.

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  18. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois
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  19. DrunkethWizard

    DrunkethWizard Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 California

    I just tried Noel for the first time and while it wasn't my thing and was a bit funky, I'm glad I didn't drop that cash on a bottle of shampoo like in that video. Ugh!
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  20. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Miller is the champagne of beers. It says so right on the label. :astonished:

    Brewing is an Art that should be replicated by Science.
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  21. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    My name is not John? I'm a fellow Walloon, you can send me a private message in French because I can't understand any of this, sorry.
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  22. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,647) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    Please let us know what you hear!

    I'm definitely in the Fantome fanboy camp--although I've only had a few bottles and never experienced any off/bad/quality control issues I've read and heard enough through the rumor mill to know I can never be quite sure what to expect when I plunk my $15-20 down for a bottle. As the best of Fantome ranks among the "beers that blew my mind" it won't stop me. But I will think twice.
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  23. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Aspirant (206) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    On a slightly different note, I see elNopalero said he pays 15 to 20 dollars per bottle, is that a typical price range for Fantome in the US? Just curious.

    I usually pick mine up for between 7.50 and 8.50 a bottle(euros of course.)
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  24. danybrew

    danybrew Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Belgium

    right Geo! tx !
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  25. danybrew

    danybrew Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Belgium

    Ok OK ! ;-)
  26. misterid

    misterid Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    look, i'll put up with a lot but i WILL NOT stand by while you bad mouth High Life. not on my watch.
  27. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,647) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    Jealous! €7.50 is approximately $10, which would definitely fit my budget!

    As with most imports there's a bit of a surcharge from shipping and whatnot. Lowest priced Fantome bottles I've seen out here (SF Bay Area) are at Berkeley Bowl, $14.95 if I recall correctly. Typically I'll see them for $16-18 when they hit the shelves.
  28. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    Dear Bennetj;
    Thank you for buying our slimy,overpriced product. Just as a blind pig eventually finds an acorn, we are confident that eventually you'll find one of our beers that will be least semi drinkable.
    As for how long that slime bottle must age before it reaches its peak of perfection...keep monitoring that bottle. It will probably be ready for consumption when hell freezes over.
    Meanwhile, please continue to give us rave reviews in your rating system. After all, we didn't "intend" to foist so much garbage on the public. Did we? Our intent is to ship beer that people can actually injest. But as you know shit happens.
    As a token of our depreciation we are sending you a T shirt from our Fantome shit hits the Fan Club. Please wear it proudly as a symbol of your unbridled optimism and cast iron stomach.

    Yours turdly,
    Ralf Barfalotsis (QC Mgr)
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