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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 59
Gots: 67 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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Ratings: 545 | Reviews: 320
Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I had was dated 1995. So I had low expectations of it holding up. Got an old apple taste from it. Surprised that the carbonation was high. Had an old vinegar smell to it. I do love trying these old bottles of Fantome I have.

Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fairly non-descript appearance. Very clear for the style, with a copper orange color. The head is a very bright white, but doesn't retain that well. Each swirl brings new life to the head, but again, it's short-lived.

Smells saison-like. It's funky, that's the best word to describe it. Typical Belgian yeast with a pear skin/pepper scent that dominates. As it warms, the alcohol builds.

The flavor separates it from the wannabes. White pepper is always prevalent, but the pear and apple provide nice balance to the spice. Surprisingly, a crackerlike maltness evolves as the chill wears off.

I love Belgians, but I do wish they'd taper back the spicy pepper feel. This has a sweetness that almost cuts all the way through the spicy feel. Somehow, a creamy feel presents almost immediately as the beer hits the palate and works its way back. Medium bodied, the alcohol is mostly a bit player, its only job to warm the throat.

After the appearance, I had some doubts, but as usual, the Belgians know what they're doing. This isn't world class, but it's right up there. Despite the peppery feel, it goes down easy.

Photo of Jonada
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange color with 1+ finger of an off-white head that dissipates to a thin coating and medium collar. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation and some fine sediment.

Smell: Huge aroma of spices and herbs. Oregano, maybe some basil, mint and some peppery yeast. Weird.

Taste: Follows the aroma almost exactly. Lots of oregano as well as a strong general herb/spice character. Theres a mild funkiness and a light malt character in there as well, but they're overwhelmed by the herbs/spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. 8% ABV is hidden well.

Overall: Weird. Very weird. Very strong herb and spice character, which is tasty, but given how overpowering it is, it makes it difficult to drink more than a few ounces (and a bit tough to rate as well).

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a beautiful golden clear color. Smells earthy, herbal, slight booze, band aid. The dominant tastes are sage and oregano. High carbonation, dry finish. The sage and oregano linger for a while as does the plastic band aid taste. I know that sounds disgusting, but it works. I would not suggest drinking the whole bottle alone. The taste is best in small doses.

Photo of fourstringer
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped and corked 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderately gentle hand. Label reads: Lot 13 aj. Best By End 2018.

A: Hazy, honey-colored body. 1.5 fingers of dense off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Grassy, musty. Rather herbal, although the specific scents are a bit hard to pin down. Some sage, thyme, lemon balm. Slighter mint, eucalyptus. Clover. Faint candi sugar, honey. Lemon.

T: Slightly astringent bitterness initially. A touch of pale malt grain develops. Finishes semi-dry with a bit more sweetness than I was expecting. Works nicely, though. Linger floral hop bitterness and herbal notes in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Good vehicle for the flavors.

O: Unique saison with a very herbal character. Very suggestive of spring for me - brings to mind the essence of flowers, grass and all things green and blossoming. Imaging mowing your herb garden in beer form.

Prost!

Photo of laituegonflable
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale saffron-tinged champagne colour. Large fluffy head, a bit light-looking. Lace likewise doesn't cling. Nice-looking but such a big head should do more, otherwise it's just cosmetic.

Loads of free radicals coming off the head. Resinous and earthy. Somewhat metallic. Hint of fruit, but it's all quite dour bitterness. Needs more dimensions.

Taste is smokey, now hmmm... didn't expect that. Meaty, smouldery, almost peaty. It's an earthy smoke with touches of sweetness. Back gets an odd champagney zest that sits ill with the front, but really it's the front that's incongruous. Just settles down into earthy bitterness. An odd package, but a decent smoky palate.

Foamy, decent body. Very clipped, dry back. OK.

Really don't know what to make of this. No smoke on the nose, but virtually nothing but smoke on the palate. As a result doesn't fit together in a symbiotic way for me. Certainly an odd saison.

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Fantome outline-ghost tulip.

Amber-copper color, hazy, with a finger or two of fluffy white head that receded to a thick collar, lacing the glass nicely. Lots of funk and spice in the aroma, herbal medley. Similar taste, lots of spices, I pick up oregano mostly, with some thyme, rosemary, and white pepper, mint leaves, freshly cut grass, light barnyard funk, crackery malts. The spices are dominant, even if the bottle doesn't specify exactly what spices were used. I've never heard of a beer that used oregano, but that's definitely what I'm getting the most, with rosemary as a close second. Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Typical Fantome offering in that you really never know what to expect when you pop that cork. I'm not a big fan of beers that are spiced in this way, but among them, this one was pretty good, and I thought the drinkability was fine.

Photo of eandersen
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Savor 2013 tulip.

A : beautiful beer, right on point for the style. Golden orange, slight haze with a 3 finger white head. Nice.

S : very interesting. Rosemary, menthol, rose petal, pine, thyme, white pepper, clove, basil, slight bandaid phenols, slight sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Smell is very much dominated by herbal qualities.

T : menthol and rosemary up front, followed by a bready/spicy more classic saison taste. Finishes very light and clean with slightly linger phenolic notes hinting at the bandaid and medicinal qualities in the nose.

M : mouthfeel is on the light end of medium. I expected a touch more carbonation from this one, but admittedly that expectation comes from past Fantome brews all gushing on me.

O : definitely one of the stranger beers I've tried in quite a while. Expected this to be somewhat reminiscent of Fantome Saison, but it's an entirely different beast. While Saison is all about the phenolics, this one seems to be far less yeast driven and more dominated by the spice additions. Very interesting brew

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml green bottle capped and corked as is the Fantôme way. Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA and shared with Sam back in Sydney.

Pours a wonderfully clear and bright pale straw colour, almost like a fine pilsener. Head forms a fairly coarse-bubbled, but substantial and frothy head of pure white that settles out to a persistent half-centimetre of foam. Lacing is great. Body looks fairly light, but it has a hidden weight to it that forces some fairly languid carbonation. Looks really very good indeed.

Nose is wonderful. Bright, gripping funk that's clean and green, giving a crispness and vitality to the beer. There's a slight organic character to it that comes through, with a bit more earthiness and a sense of weird aromatics. It's mostly just bright and very clean—a really lovely aroma.

Taste is also extremely clean and bright, with a moderated funk that lends a crispness and a touch of acidity. Then all of a sudden, the green organic note evokes a hint of smokiness which is completely unexpected, but with the crispness of the body, and the mild acidity works really well. Finish is minerally and bright, with an almost salty accent to really clean things up. Quite remarkable stuff.

Feel is light and crisp throughout, with a slight frothiness that expresses some of the more delicate flavours.

Overall, this is gorgeous stuff, getting towards Fantôme at the top of their game. And with a brewery this good, their top game is fairly spectacular.

Photo of SFC21
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer. The best way I can describe the taste is that this is a Czech pilsner brewed with saison yeast. . The floral hops and the saison yeast make for a beautiful pairing. Combined with the effervescent mouthfeel this makes for a great hot weather beer.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a hazy yellow with great head retention. Nice thick rings of lacing.

Scent comprised of white pepper, corriander and overall strong herbal scent.

Tastes begins with lemon and moves to a tart herbal and white pepper finish.

Very lively mouthfeel. Medium to lighter bodied.

Absolutely exemplary take on the style. Unique herbal character without stressing the point.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a murky peach-orange with two fingers of off-white head. Light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of cardamon, chili powder, barnyard funk, clove, light apple and earthy yeast notes.

The taste opens with the cardamon and clove notes along with apple, lemon, earthy yeast and barnyard funk.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one but didn't love it. The chili powder and cardamon notes in the aroma was just a bit too odd for me.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a pilsner apart from the strong soapy head and lacing.

Light breadiness, orange peel and zesty spice.

The base beer is light and unobtrusive but Fantome has added it's secret dose of magic to make this beer exceptional. I don't know what they did but it works (I swear I taste cannabis).

Mouthfeel light, ABV controlled.

Sessionable beer that seems simple and reserved but under close inspection is a complex and distinct beer.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples with "Best Before 2018" printed on the label. Pours slightly hazy golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, some spices--cinnamon, clove, coriander--and a really interesting floral note that differentiates it substantially from the regular Saison. Flavor is spicy, very big on the cloves with barnyard funk lingering, lots of yeasty goodness, hay, more spice. Light to medium bodied with some wheaty sweetness and medium plus carbonation. An interesting take on the style with a very unique spice note.

Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy but radiant ochre with one finger thick eggshell colored head. Settles slowly with sparse rings left on the glass. Smell: cardamom, orange peel, snappy grain, bready and light caramel in the back. Taste: fleeting caramel candy, nectarine, clove, orange peel, then a grainy sweet and note of blue cheese section, before finishing with a blast of coriander and a minty pop. Medium bodied, creamy but relaxed carbonation. A lot going on but pretty harmonious.

Photo of brianmandell
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased January 2014 from a high volume store so assumed to be relatively fresh. This one pours a pale yellow retaining a nice foamy head. The last bottle of Fantome Saison I opened was a drain pour so I was pleased to get a good bottle. Fantome is one of the most unique and unusual beers. It is an experience, for better and for worse. It is very fruity - apple and apricot dominate - and that is my favorite aspect of the flavor profile. There is a slight tartness that is followed by herbal and medicinal flavors - I taste and smell mint, lavender and grass. There is also a faint band-aid plasticky flavor and then it finishes in an ashy smokiness. An earthy funk lasts throughout. I even get some funky cheese in there. It's like an episode of yeasts gone wild. The carbonation was textbook saison - active, creamy and full. This was not a gusher like the Saison was for me. In a word: strange. I am definitely rating higher based on the uniqueness of the brew. It is delicious - particularly the fruit flavors - and challenging at the same time due to the medicinal, band aid and ashy flavors. It's a worthwhile experience but I won't be in a rush to try it again.

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No notches marked for a Best Before date, but I've had the bottle for years (plural). Poured almost half into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Some sediment having trouble settling. Golden colored beer, with haze, to boot. Head was sudsy, but reformed into a thin cap. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Lightly tart. Happening, still, with a saison yeasty squalor. Gooseberry, lemon rind, basement funk, maybe tangerine, and some pale wheat Belgian malt. Hints of creaminess. Great nose.

Oh my... such a fruity saison, after all. Apple and lemon combo, plus notes of tangerine, apricot, and nectarine. Somewhat nectary, with a light funk note and a very thin tartness that seems to have developed and then undeveloped. Stone fruit fruitiness, too. Especially, after I poured the bottom of the bottle. Nuttiness, too. Needs some dryness in the finish. Good, but not great.

Drinks pretty good. Not too wet, far from not too puckery, either. Carbonation held up very well. Excellent.

A solid Fantome, but not as good as the Fall saison.

Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange. A bright sun orange.

The aroma has tons of spices, corainder, fresh mint, and then lemon with a bit of a smokeiness along with a saison funk.

The flavor follows with a bright juicy orange, orange peel, and then a big sweet bready malt. Throughout there's peppery spice and herbs like corainder and floral. There's a smokey flavor and musty funk in there as well with a grassy dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

A really well made saison and I actually prefer it to Fantome Saison.

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage. Hazy, straw like in color with a bone white head.

Yeast, grassy, spicy/ medicinal nose with a slight musty funk.

Flavor is similar to the aroma but less intense than I had anticipated. Light spice, lemon citrus and hay... Slightly metallic with a dry finish. Perfect carbonation and medium body.

Signature Fantôme. If I could I would buy this again... and again.. and again... and again...

Photo of hopsputin
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: bright burnt yellow - hazy. large 4 finger frothy solid white head

s: funky, citrus zest, hay, nice coriander spice, caramel, lemongrass, band aid, dank citrus fruit and apricots

t: a little less intense than the regular. right away i'm noticing that band aid funkiness. then hit with a blend of sweet citrus fruit and clove/coriander. sweet lemons and oranges everything forward. on the end is effervescent with that barnyardy sweet citrus flavor. full of flavor for the ABV

m: medium mouthfeel, not as much carbonation as i would have expected, but thats not a bad thing

o: i'm a fan of the regular saison a little more - but this definitely one of the better saisons you can get you hands on. a nice blend of funk, citrus, and earthy flavors

Photo of brewtus
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pored from bottle into white wine glass.
A- straw yellow with a three finger fluffy white head
S- grassy, funk, some smoke, citrus
T- straw, citrus fruit, especially lemon, hop presence, nice earthy bite, nice fresh flavor
M- good amount of carbonation but not too much, thinner than expected for abv which is nice
O- really like this one, has the saison funk, plenty of straw flavor, has a nice fresh bite though. This is my third fantome and I can detect a certain hallmark taste that they all have. This was complex and enjoyable

Photo of tsauce2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: 750 ml bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is harvest yellow/dark straw. Translucent. White frothy 1 in head dissipates to top of beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast esters. Light straw/barnyard.

T: Light barnyard, clove/banana/Belgium yeast taste. Light and refreshing yet complex. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and funky, as a saison should be.

M: Light/medium body. Complexity of flavor add to body. Slightly dry finish; sets up well for the next sip.

O: What a great beer. Always a treat to drink.

Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 750 ml bottle (cost: about $16 at Olivers in Albany) that's both capped and corked. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Body is slightly hazed dark golden with a big (2 fingers) white head on top. More of a bright yellow body when backlit. Leaves nice clumps of lace on the glass.

S: Immediately upon pulling the cork I get that skunky, light-struck, green bottle-sort of smell. Also skunky buds. Putting my nose in the glass, I get the scent of wet ashtray which, mixed with the skunkiness, reminds me of college. Some earthy funkiness is there as well.

T: Ashy smokiness is apparent right off the bat and really never leaves. Some general barnyard funkiness at play too. Finishes with a nice lemony bitterness, however, with hints of grapefruity citrus as well, which leaves a nice lingering citrusy bitterness in the aftertaste. 8% ABV is not noticeable at all.

M: Light to medium in heft; carbonation is fine and unobtrusive.

O: An interesting beer. I'm enjoying it, though I knocked down both the smell and taste scores because of the skunkiness. Hours after finishing this beer, I could still taste the skunked, light-struck flavor. I really don't understand why good brewers use green glass for their bottles. . . .

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangish gold. Small bubbly white head with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Flowers and powdery yeast. Bitter petal and musty damp earth. Lemon. Light pale malts add some light toasted and bready notes. fruity with some mealy pear and apple. Smells like Fantôme with that distinct funky powdery yeast. Some ripe banana and a light eatery spiciness.

Taste: Soft spice and yeast. Light clove and pale malt sweetness. Warming brings the yeast up a few notches. Some light lemon and melon. Flower petals and herbal, damp earth. Typical Fantôme funk is grassy with some hay. Musty. Slight bitterness. Mealy pear and apple skin. Lingering charred wood. Something akin to floral soap. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a moderate carbonation. A bit crisp with a medium body. Relatively clean for Fantôme.

Overall: Uh, yeah.

It's Fantôme. I swear be makes one huge batch and just leaves batches in various places in Belgium for a few months. This one was left near a farm, fire pit, and flower patch.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 9/13/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours somewhere between medium amber and deep orange with some bright gold and yellow highlights - pours with a bright white, medium sized, creamy head - keeps a solid, dense head

Smell: Yup, this smells like a Fantôme - damp, wet cellar funk - a bit brighter than the average Fantôme though, with some interesting citrus - fleshy orange and some lemon - floral aromas, some light Belgian spice - some soft, pale grains

Taste: Interesting to start, gets nice once warmed up - funky, with some earthy, wet basement and some hay - some clove and banana - tangerine and lemon flesh, nice citrus profile - some lime as well - some leafy and spicy notes - some pale malts - nice amount of sweetness that works well with he fruitiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, finishes a little earthy but mostly dry

Overall: Truly, the price of temps

In past reviews I have noted that I enjoy Fantôme beers more than "average." And this is no exception. The musty, funky notes work well with the yeasty esters. I approve.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.