Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-17-2014 14:58:57 | More by stakem
2.9/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
07-30-2012 20:45:33 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -24.1%
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
11-20-2011 03:37:29 | More by mikesgroove
2.95/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
06-26-2011 11:25:27 | More by haz77
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-02-2009 20:05:27 | More by tmoneyba
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
05-26-2008 21:04:52 | More by TurdFurgison
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
11-16-2007 23:57:47 | More by brdc
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
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 Id 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.
08-20-2007 00:03:18 | More by GreenWBush
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-24-2007 03:15:47 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
05-30-2007 12:35:55 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
11-04-2006 17:11:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.47/5 rDev +12%
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...]
10-22-2006 18:57:30 | More by Metalmonk
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne from Brasserie Fantôme
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