Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne - Brasserie Fantôme

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89
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 47
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 53
Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1993 vintage - a 21 year old saison. I was not expecting much of this but decided to pop and share it at the recent Bullfrog Grrrz release. The cork came out fully intact with a soft pop. The brew pours a prestine polished copper to gold color. Surprisingly brilliant in the looks with a persistent white frothy head that leaves patches of lace on the glass. By looks alone, you would never belive this beer is that old.

The aroma contains classic Fantome funk at first and immediately turns to an unmistakeable note of dampness - mushrooms mingled with cardboard-like and papery oxidation. Some caramel and toffee maltiness blends with cork and earth underneath.

The taste is surprisingly contrasting with a fruity aspect of alcohol then hints of sherry blending to caramel and toffee. Oxidization is prevalent with a papery note almost like decomposing leaves - fall folliage so to speak mixing with a soft kiss of warming alcohol and then more bretty earth and grassy notes.

This is a surprisingly medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew certainly tastes its age with a very earthen oxidized and mushrooms character. No doubt this beer has seen better days but what a unique experience. Like all Fantomes, you never know what you are gonna get. This one was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012

The beer is a hazed orange color without much (if anything) in the way of a head. Heavily corked, as I expected, with some wet cardboard and musty funk. Like some other older Fantome beers, a bit of butterscotch and caramel sweetness. The flavor is rather uninteresting and not all that good, unfortunately. Cork and cardboard with a light funk and some sweet malt and sugar notes.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour with a nice sized head and a good amount of lacing on top

Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper

Photo of haz77
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a vibrant, clear chestnut brown with a couple of fingers of off-white head. A few light streamers are visible.

S - Farmyard funk, hay, lemon peel, solvent.

T - Starts with sweet lemon before this rounds out in the middle of the drink and becomes herbal. Funk moves in towards the end. Aftertaste is tobacco and slightly soapy.

M - Once the spritz of the carbonation dies away the mouthfeel becomes velvety and coating. This is enjoyable to a point but just becomes too much after a while and makes it tough to finish the bottle.

D - Not a huge fan of this one. All a bit disjointed.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle From Bello Vino.

Poured hazy amber with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy yeasty sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This was a standout beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Fantome "wine bottle", capped over the cork. I bought this several months ago from Cloverleaf in Detroit, probably around $10.

The beer is dark copper red with lots of foam and lacing on the glass. The smell is so good, resinous and grassy, kind of funky and woody. The flavor is sweet upfront, possibly some apples and almonds in the middle, and sourly bitter in the back. The bitingly bitter after-taste is all that keep's me from drinking too quickly, knocking the drinkability down a point. Really this is nice in spite of the after-taste, and probably it was intended even if I don't appreciate it. Overall a very good beer from a unique craft brewer.

Photo of brdc
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
It looks really good, orange-brown, murky, with a bubly, thick head that shows a reasonable retention with good lacing.
The aroma and taste are like a regular saison, with a bit more malt. Aroma is a faint caramel, some of that "funky" barnyard saison stuff, citric fruits and some bread.
Medium and pleasant body, but the taste is also faint, with the same notes suggested by the aroma. Overall impression is that they were trying to get a nice combination of saison and winter warmer, losing both on the ride. Not bad, but disappointing for a Fantome.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Particularly harvest-y in look; conjuring up images of pumpkins, gourds, et al. Captive head, 1”, and sturdy, crazy cling.

Nose is awash in conventional Fantome craziness; pepe le pew, barn funk, wild grasses, rose-hips. Strong and zing-y. Not necessarily what I’d imagine as a fall beer, but enticing nonetheless.

Taste is a zippy saison above a sturdy brown-ale malt character, with the saison images winning the final race. Drying end actually grows puckery and addictive. Delectable sweetness fades in and out. Perfect autumn beer.

I adore this beer, its zippy palate is amazing and one 750 disappears quickly.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork ultimately pops out by itself, as we searched high and low for a corkscrew. Aged about a year in my cellar, this reddish black beauty had understated carbonation. Carmel, coca-cola, winish yeast, cardamon, and black pepper. A good spot of vinegar back there, mollasses, licorice, tangerine. Smooth.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always an adventure for the taste buds. The pour brings a vibrant rust-colored hue, lightened with blonde streaks and modestly carbonated. Head retention was slight, but withstanding. Bold aromas of citrus fruit sweetness and tartness with an equally bold earthy, musty scents. Flavors bring an alternating citrus sweetness with a lemony sourness and acidity. The fruits cover the over-rippened gamut, from oranges and limes to pears and appricots. Neither the sweetness, nor the tartness overwhelm, rather moderate eachother nicely. No real astringency or unnecessary bite. Well matured and formulated. Simply a great beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with harvest gold trim. I can't think of a more appropriate color for this Fantome saison that seeks to commemorate this most bittersweet time of year. The beer is capped by a small crown of pale cinnamon mousse that is beginning to form a slurred collar of lace as it melts. I like the way this one looks.

Believe it or not, the nose smells like autumn as well. In fact, it smells like the beer equivalent of fragrant potpourri. My guess on the added spices and herbs (admittedly a complete stab in the dark) is cinnamon, clove, sandlewood, sassafras and balsam; especially those last two. How is it that all of the Fantome saisons smell vastly different, yet still amazing? At least the few that I've had so far.

Automne is good beer. The early and mid portions of each mouthful are sweet and bitter and tart all at once, with an overlay of mushy orchard fruit. The snappy sourness of one facet of the flavor profile puts me in mind of underripe apples while the another facet is almost cider-like and reminds me of overripe fallen apples. In any case, I'm pleased to see that Mr. Prignon managed to invoke my favorite season as well as he did.

The finish is where the spices that are present in the nose make their appearance. Like just about every Fantome offering that I've had so far, this one follows a pattern. The first few ounces are so different that I don't know what to think initially. As I continue to drink, my palate begins to acclimate itself to the oddness at hand and can then appreciate the gaudy kaleidoscope of flavors that are were previously overwhelming.

Such is the case with this beer as well. I can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, but it's exceedingly close. Hell's bells, I ought to bump it up a notch as a way to signal my appreciation for any brewer who is able to recreate the look of an autumn landscape in a glass. How does he do that? And while I'm at it, how does he create an 8% beer that drinks like a 5% beer?

The body/mouthfeel, while easily up to the task at hand, could be improved upon. It needs to be either more full and creamy or more light and airy. I'd prefer the latter, but I'd settle for either. A few more bubbles might help.

I never know what to expect when I remove the cork on a Brasserie Fantome beer (which is half of the fun), but I always know that I'm going to get something different, interesting and delicious. Automn is each one of those in turn. It may not be the shining star of the brewery's lineup, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it as I watch the multi-colored leaves go fluttering past my front window.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Moinette goblet, received a big creamy head that retained well and sizzled on the surface. Dirty golden-yellow vibrancy to the color (with the occasional tiny floater), which seems to be add odds with most reviewers' reports of caramel/brown/amber colorings. I see none of that, but this is indeed the Automne label, exactly like the pictured bottle. [I bought this in Brugge, Belgium, but interestingly the label appears to have fallen off at some point, and was taped on with scotch tape. This is how I purchased the bottle. Perhaps the label was put on the wrong bottle?]

The smell comes off this one strongly. It was beckoning from over a foot away from my nose. Closer inspection brings yeast, spearmint, tarragon, sour apple and anise. One of the most unique aromas I've ever smelled in a beer.

Flavors bring out the tarragon and anise, some grassy sourness, with a very light mint spice further back. Bitterness is prominent, and mingles nicely with the earthiness of the yeast. Finishes dry, with a creamy and only mildly-carbonated body delivering the goods.

Utterly unique, as is expected from Fantome, and even delicious. Left-of-center enough where you may not be compelled to drink it every day (if only it was available enough to do so!), but really no problem getting this large bottle down. It drinks slowly, smoothly and patiently...a bottle you can savor for well over an hour.

[EDIT: The taped-on label is really bothering me now, after reading all the other reviewers' reports of a darker color...but I bought this as the reputable Bier Temple, so I assume, until I try another bottle, that this is the Automne. Curious...]

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz.
Corked and capped green champagne bottle; cork 086/477044.

Pours a light oak with deep tones of maple. Creamy, bright white head that lasts as a porous, creamy sheet. A few traces of spotted lace.

Tart, sour apple, cherry, orange. Dark, earthen mustiness with hints of vinegar and alcohol. Very similar to a Geuze in aroma.

Initial, piercing sourness: orange, sour cherry, and lemon; with a mild, swirling mustiness. The tartness quickly falls flat just as it's about to turn the tastebuds, and shifts to a full oak, earthen hops, and almost caramel flavor. A strange change in flavor from opposite ends of the tastebuds spectrum. Complex, but lacking intensity in flavor.

Medium in body; creamy yet gritty on the palate. The carbonation is kept in check nicely.

An interesting Saison; complex in flavor, but too mild for my taste. I'll pass on this in the future and explore what else Fantome has to offer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with expatsteve, golden2wenty1, and kathleen...courtesy of kathleen

appearance: pours into Great Taste of the Midwest sampling glass...hazy light amber body, a fall bronze shade. head is of the creamy beige variety and leaves behind some light lacing...certainly looks the part

smell: sour apple, caramel, very toasty aromas, strong woody nature, rather acidic, apple cider

taste: Certainly unlike any saison I had ever come across though that is a style I havent fully explored to this point. Flavour is herbal and very appropriate for the fall season...sour apple cider, light herbal tea presence, woody, toasty. Interesting, but not my fav

mouthfeel: sour on the tongue, medium body

drinkability: pretty drinkable and interesting enough to keep drinking despite the odd impression it left on me

Photo of laintringulis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a cloudy bronze color with a thin beige head that turns into nothing quickly. Well carbonated, light plus body, almost medium.

Smells of apple cider, orange, nutmeg, funky yeast, and slightly musty.

Tastes of mulled apple cider with light fennel, nutmeg, and coriander flavors. Nice spiciness to it. Pleasant sweetness in middle to break up the dryness. I thought it needed a little more of that funky yeast.

Nice mouthfeel, very clean. The flavors linger in a good way. Not oily or watery. Nice to drink, but I think it best to enjoy this one at a time.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This saison beer with spices has been in my 50F fridge about a year, and was bought from belgium.

head is a nice 20% for this orange-brownish beer. odor is spicy and peppery (surprise) and in a way reminds me more of food than beer.

Taste is complex, spices (peppery) and a very distinct saison character vying for dominance. I think the spices really augment the beer character. The 8% is invisible.

the aftertaste starts moderately spiced and after a few minutes, spices are all I taste.

This is an absolutely fabulous beer from this very competent brewery. A must-try. These folks know their stuff!

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, saddle leather brown with an amber edge. Cottony, dirty honey cream head that laces well. Smells of fresh grass and mown hay. Light toasted caramel notes. Rusty barn door hinge; faint tart funk and some cob webs for good measure. Complex aroma and good, but not overly aromatic. Taste is lightly toasted caramel-wheat tang. Grass, lemon-grass. Pepper notes. A little fruit (plums?). Acidic tartness escalates to a dry, bitterish finish. Maybe some yeast in there. Medium-bodied, sparkling mouthfeel with a hint of minerals. Me gusta.

Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearence, a murky dark orange with a huge, lasting head of foam. Devastatingly spicy, hoppy and numbing aroma of coriander, peppers, vanilla, nutmeg, strawberries and fruits. A sharp tartness begins, then leads into a spicy and bursting fruit flavor. Tons of spicing. Light in body but it still has a nice feel on the palate. Fairly subtle overall but for a saison this is absolutely fantastic.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both capped and corked. Not sure of the year. Probably at least a year or two old. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Light cherry colored, turning to a murky milk chocoate color. 1/2 inch head which settles to a light rim. Lacing is light and patchy.

Smell- Loads of fruit and spices. So much stuff going on here I can't really describe. Citrus for sure and some heavy spicing.

Taste- Picking up some orange and lemon, followed by a mish mash of white pepper, clove, cinnimon, cardomom, plus lots of other funky stuff. Odd and different, but nice. Maybe even a touch of mint sprig.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a light aftertaste

Drinkability- Well, this may have been my last beer for quite a while. Starting a 7 month fast (or trying to) while my wife is pregnant. This beer was one of the most different beers I have had. I'd like to try it again in the future to compare my notes. Worth a try for sure. Give your taste buds an experience.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel colored body with a frothy head that slips to a 1/4" but sticks around at that level and leaves dabs of lacing across the glass

Smell: All the ingredients of a tart applesauce (green apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and lemon juice) combined with a woodsy yeasty aroma

Taste: Starts with a whirl of green apples and spices; mid-palate is dominated by woodsy, earthy hops that are joined by black pepper; finishes with a strange subtle blend of dill and celery

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with pleasant carbonation

Drinkability: A whole range of things are going on here; very intriguing, but not necessarily a brew I would want on a regular basis

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Fantome Automne pours out a murky orange brown color with a small head. The aroma is fruit and yeast, a little tangy, with some mint. The flavor is sweet at first, with noticable wheat flavors. Turns slightly sour and very tangy. Fruity strawberry flavor. Strange minty flavors. The mouthfeel is a little too light. This beer is very refreshing. A very strange beer, even for a saison, even for Fantome. I think the flavor is delicious, but I see why some people wouldn't like it.

Photo of Goldorak
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apprearance: Sewer brown, kind of like those cheap "just add hot water" hot chocolate mixes they sell at hockey rinks, just a ring of head and a bit of sediment.

Smell: Quite herbal, some cocoa, and some acetic acid aroma that was either like rice wine vinegar or tabasco sauce. How does he do it???

Taste: Unfortunately, this one came a little short taste-wise for me. Sure it was yeasty and had a dusty attic taste to it, but I didn’t pick up much of anything else, I would have loved it if it were as spicy as it smelled.

Photo of texashammer
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown, shows yellow-orange in bright light. Huge, pillowy, rocky, fluffy cream-colored head. Resilient. Smells of yeast and light citrus, nutty malt, some subtle chocolate. Tastes of wheat, yeast, lemon, light nutty malt. Too light. Quick clean finish. Quick lively spritz on the palate. Good, but not terribly impressive.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 75 cl bottle, no dates, corked & capped.

Medium amber hue. Looks dense. Fluffy off white head. Patchy lace & thin lines of slow moving carbonation.

Nose is woody & acidic. Not too sure about this.

Some notes of spice, cinnamon stands out. Slightly lactic. No real hop character. Some earthy / woody flavours play along, too. Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. In the end, it is actually refreshing, & light on the palate.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Stellar brew. Full. Tart. Very unique. Always fun to have a beer that tastes like nothing else you've ever tasted.

Sort of a tan golden brown, made mostly opaque by the suspended yeast, which i was careful to pour into the glass for the full effect. Fairly light while very complex. Didn't taste the alcohol at all. Perfect for a hot summer evening.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.