Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 47
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by DrewS:
Photo of DrewS
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. It’s 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 Fantome’s premier offering but is a solid drinker nevertheless.

Photo of dwvarner77
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dug this brew, cinamony, tart sour, acidic, and flavourful, ABV hidden well, lots of complex flavours, very earthy, round palate, i just loaved, so different and unique, highly recomended.

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 cokes
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Dry throughout.
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.

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 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 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 Boilermaker88
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 carln26
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Photo of Rastacouere
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. It’s as refreshing as can’t be although it doesn’t seem as complex as most other fantômes in my opinion. It’s 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.

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 GreenCard
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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 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 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 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 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 crookedhalo
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cloudy chestnut brown with a thick tan head that rose up in the tuliped goblet. Aroma was outstanding. Extremely complex; I picked up earthiness, wood, strawberry, musty hops, esters from spices that Fantome strives to keep secret, very fruity aroma. I'd venture to compare to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Malty and tart, phenolic and well-balanced. Yeasty and spicy, maltiness with a fruity backup. Cocoa in there as well. Mouthfeel is rich and almost chalky, well-balanced with a dry finish. I'm blown away... this is one of the best beers I've had recently. Need I say it's drinkable?

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Saison d’Erezée Automne is the Autumn, or Fall, offering from Fantôme. 1 Pt 9,4 fl.oz green glass Belgium flask bottle. Capped and corked, the cork took some care when removing, it looked a tad crumbly and fragile but thankfully it remained in one piece. The final tug resulted in a very loud “phrrupp” accompanied by a lingering white gunsmoke.

Appearance: The head formed early in the bottle as soon as the cork was extracted and started to work its way up the neck. So I decided to reach for my Duvel glass, hoping it would offer me some respite and avoid overspill. The head quickly races up the Duvel glass though & expands upwards at twice the rate the fluid does. Thick light brown head fills the entire void above the dark earthen brown body. It settles to a thin covering when it relaxes and leaves no lacing whatsoever. Finely attenuated carbonation.

Nose: For some really strange reason I always sniff the Cork when I crack open a Fantôme. This one is still quite moist but it has a very acidic apple juice odor to it. The brew itself has a rather restrained odor which does match the earlier one I got from the extracted cork. Funky malts and soil litter the aroma.

Taste: A weird malty start with a hint of bitterness which mixes with soil, earth, dirty potato skins and some liquorice in the middle. Lingering spices, tastes like liquorice and cardamom are in the short ending. This is like a funky Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel. Solid heavy body. The back end tastes like chewing on damp twigs which imparts a dry mulchy feel to the cheeks.

Drinkability: Not the most quaffable of Fantômes offering, and a tad heavy at times, but a decent brew to have with you whilst watching the TV, and the malty earth profile mean that it goes well with sharp Cheddar.

Overall: Summed up best by saying that this is Fantômes attempt at a ‘Brown Ale Saison’, if one existed, this would be it. A notch below other Fantôme offerings, and my least favourite of the 4 Fantôme Seasonals.

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 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 putnam
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a burgundy/brown, the color of some Portuguese Duero reds after two decades in the bottle. The tower of eggy froth gives in to dimples, then cavities of air, providing room for a stunning bouquet of real munster cheese, sour, moldy red apples, penicillin, laundry detergent, braised root vegetables and pepper.
I scratch my head for the second time when confronted with a Fantome product; the flavors are nothing like what I expected after sticking a nose in the shell. Lots of roasted, burned hops and toffee flavors. I was expecting a Goudenband - all cidery and allspice-laden. Instead it moves in with low-acid, concrete and soot bitterness and leaves a track of pine cone, ragweed and dope.

An extraordinary beer that has all the character of a Gueuze without the sourness.

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