Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne - Brasserie Fantôme
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
09-06-2005 13:51:11 | More by Bonhoeffer
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3.95/5 rDev -1%
Appearance The deep, dark brownish-orange body was very inviting. The full head was relentless and, when it finally went down, left a cool-looking round blob of foam on top of the liquid.
Smell The big, tart, farmy aroma came out strong even while still cold. They were grassy and supported by a strong yeast backbone.
There were some good hops to this one, too. I liked the light fruity notes that they gave off. It gave the nose a well-rounded profile.
Taste The sharp, wonderful horse flavors were tart, easing their way into a light sourness that was firm but not overbearing. The light grass and balancing hops were followed by a nice, sugary finish. The finish was pleasing and very long in this Fantome offering.
Mouthfeel This is a bit on the spritzy side but otherwise carries a solid mouthfeel. Its big for a Saison, a bit fuller than medium-bodied I thought, with a lasting sweet finish. It left me with a surprising dry mouth after each sip.
Drinkability This is a big, juicy Saison that may not be Fantomes premier offering but is a solid drinker nevertheless.
11-01-2004 16:11:14 | More by RoyalT
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one, enjoyed in a session with him, sheepnutz, and kmpitz.
Pours a deep copper, pumpkin pie-like color, with a quarter inch of off-white head that falls to a slight frosting. Opaque, dirty and hazy, with some suspended sediment. Little to no visibly active carbonation.
The aroma gives me indications of apple cider and orange peel. The alcohol is also apparent in the nose.
The flavor is sweet at first, then builds a bit of an orange and lemony sourness. Light earthy malt, with just enough hop contribution for balance.
A light- to moderate mouthfeel, hints of sour flavor linger at the back of the tongue after the swallow. I don't pick up much of a hint of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Not aggressive at all, it's an easygoing brew that would be tasty sitting on the porch on a nice fall evening.
06-16-2005 00:21:17 | More by dwvarner77
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
3.65/5 rDev -8.5%
Translucent, rusty, autumnal cherry. Low clung tan head above.
Earthy and toasty aromas, with underlying herbs, green apples and white grapes.
Begins and stays persuasively toasty. Some dehydrated cherry skins are noticed, but fruitiness is generally repressed. Traces of carob and (maybe) liquorice. Earthy yeast traits. Mulch and bark and dust. Finishes herbal with a minor grape surge near the closure
Light-med bodied with stunted carbonation (after the initial fizz). There is no indication of its strength at all.
This is good, just underwhelming, considering.
Props to Huge, once again.
04-22-2004 22:10:07 | More by cokes
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
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
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
09-05-2006 15:18:30 | More by dirtylou
3.3/5 rDev -17.3%
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 didnt pick up much of anything else, I would have loved it if it were as spicy as it smelled.
11-10-2005 01:09:47 | More by Goldorak
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance: cloudy dark yellow, almost muddy, color with a puffy white head that disintegrated fairly quickly and left nice amounts of lace that crusted up on the glass walls.
Nose: quite floral and fruity. Had aromas of rotting peaches and apples, yeasty malt, hints of toffee, and a dank mustiness.
Taste: varied and unusual. Lots of fruit flavor, mainly in the form of over-ripe apricots and peaches, some tart apples, and doughy malt. An earthy, acidic bite flowed over the tongue. A mild toffee flavor was picked up and the finish had a bitter tannic quality reminiscent of tea leaves.
Feel: full and creamy. Finish was dryly acidic.
Overall: well, that was unlike any beer I can remember. Sweet and still carrying a acerbic bite and a strange melange of flavors, this turned out to be quite enjoyable.
03-18-2004 18:58:09 | More by Boilermaker88
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
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Light brown to orange, rather cloudy with a white head on tap. The head was a little thin and slow developing, I was at first a little concerned that the beer was going flat. The nose has a bread dough character up front mixed with spice. A cinnamon/nutmeg character along with hints of orange rind. There is also a layer of caramel there. The flavor loses the bread dough, but still has the spicy hints, and more citrus than I detected in the nose. The orange rind becomes almost a lemon zest. The malt comes forward with more of a toffee character. The finish is almost peppery. The mouth feel is thin and almost oily. Interesting beer
03-17-2005 23:08:05 | More by carln26
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Beautiful blond gold hue with a typical fantôme climbing foamy white head on which crazy lacing takes place. The nose is very grassy, full of hay, belgian barnyard scents with fantôme yeast, but perhaps a little more subdued than in most of their other beers. Generous and spicy saaz are pretty well integrated and will later give an almost intense bitterness in the finish. Unexpectedly that bitter in fact, but acidity is restrained all the same. Its as refreshing as cant be although it doesnt seem as complex as most other fantômes in my opinion. Its well focused, but rather limited to those grassy and lightly floral saaz hops and that burnt earthy hay-ish yeast, with lemon hints. Mouthfeel is creamy, with high carbonation, but still lower than fantôme standards, well rounded though. Great dry beer, but not particularly worth seeking.
06-09-2004 04:32:15 | More by Rastacouere
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
2.75/5 rDev -31.1%
Unsure of production year (white label with pink line drawing of the picture you see at the top of this review page)...
Appearance: hazelnut brown, quite hazy, a light brownish red layer of foam, good head retention
Aroma: very fruity (reminds me of a popsicle from Denmark that I use to eat as a kid), nutmeg, yeast, lactic wildness, nutty and woody, chestnuts?
Flavor: quite dry and a bit tangy, there are a lot of tannins in here giving it a slightly bitter bite, nutmeg or all-spice, yeast, chestnut puree, finishes quite dry with a sourish aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, very astringent making your mouth feel very dry and "fuzzy"
Overall Impression: Tasted this one at Delirium Cafe last night with some non-beer-geek friends. Provoked them to embark on a "taste adventure". Certainly wasn't what they expected. Threw me off as well. Had a really hard time figuring out what he chucked in this beer when he brewed it. Almost certain it is chestnut puree and nutmeg.
04-23-2004 16:59:03 | More by GreenCard
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
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Two words - geuze light. Appearance is a hazy orange with a small white head that fades pretty quickly to almost nothing. Light and fruity in aroma with that distinctive smell you find in so many farmhouse brews. This brew goes down quite easy with its light to medium body and the small but ample carbonation. The assertive tartness of this beer is the most noticable. Hop and malt flavor is hidden behind the predominate fruity tart flavors but still somewhat detectable if you really pay attention. The alcohol (8%) goes completely unnoticed on the tongue but slowly warms the belly. Light and refreshing, a great find for those into geuze and artisanal farmhouse brews.
01-22-2003 14:59:35 | More by DrewS
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
10-05-2005 17:43:44 | More by texashammer
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
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.