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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

433 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mondial 2005. Good cork explosion. Incredible amount of foam in initial pour, that the sever poured off just foam for Olivier. Creamy smooth, creamy finish. Yeasty, fruity. Unknown spices, woodiness.Mellow. Fantome - so unpredictable and great. Worked in a hot day, and would in winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 05:24:28 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, yeast, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a solid set of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:11:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky medium amber with heavy spring showers of fine yeast. The forecast calls for clearing with heavier showers later in the bottle. The tremendously sticky, meringue-like, pearl colored head required a quick reaction on my part to stay within its glassy confines. Huge fat globs of lace are plastered to the glass and further confirm my impressions of appearance greatness.

The nose is wonderfully spicy, gently funky and earthily fruity. I'm not at all well-versed in the saison style, so I'm unable to name the specific components responsible for the bewitching melange of rustic smells emanating from this beer. Coriander and white pepper-sprinkled pears is about as close as I can come. In addition, there's a gentle underlying funk that caresses the nose rather than assaults it.

Printemps is interesting and is distinctly different from anything that I've had previously. The primary flavor is heavily spiced pear with a trace of bitter citrus zest. Like the nose, the herbs and spices resemble coriander, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The beer seems slightly sweet at first, but it dries out rapidly and finishes with an impressive, snappy, tart, dessicating quality. If any candi sugar has been used, it's been used sparingly (although my stomach tells me that the sugar load is on the high side).

Yeast and spices are clearly the stars of this show. All elements work together for the benefit of the whole, but don't engage my fancy on the palate quite as much as do in the nose. Alcohol is barely noticed; an impressive achievement at 8%. I had to remind myself to look for it or it would have escaped my attention altogether.

As alluded to above, the mouthfeel is interestingly dichotomous. It starts out slippery, slick and somewhat full... then lightens considerably on the tail end. The usual frenetic Belgian carbonation is nowhere to be found (and isn't missed), though the beer is still plenty active in the mouth. In the end, the mouthfeel displays a winter-into-spring quality that is as fresh and alive as the season for which it was named.

Fantome Printemps is a lovely, offbeat beer that I found increasingly enjoyable with each successive sip. It has flavor to spare, but is never intrusive or overbearing on the palate. I'm well into the second half of the 750 and I'm still having a great time trying to sort through and identify the various flavors as they wash across my palate. Spring may have sprung, but this is a beer that I could enjoy in any season of the year.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 15:36:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice and rich golden color with a smooth even coating of lace ringing the glass. nice head of about three inches tops the glass and settles down into a smooth layer that persists throughout the sessioon.

aroma is light, lots of lemon right up front here with huge carbonation and hints of pears and bananas. lots of grains and bready notes, light yeast with a touch of citrus follows. warming brings the fruit out a touch more with a healthy dose of lemon rind. clean and crisp with a light feel and a very nice level of carbonation. crisp flavor of light tart apple, light grains and a touch of sweet grains fills out the profile. but the strong almost soda like taste was hard to ignore.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:56:02 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey/straw color with a nice Belgianesque head that really delivers the lace

Smell: Bready pear with lemon and key lime highlights

Taste: Fruity, up front, with the lemon, key lime and pear flavors jumping out followed by a peppery yeast character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, all of the flavors meld together though the fruity elements dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Another very nice Saison from Fantome; the flavors become considerably more pronounced as it warms

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:09:35 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is somewhat vinous with some sour notes with some weird floral-like notes. Taste is a mix between some strong Belgian style malt with some funky and sour notes and a strange herbal/floral ending. Full body with some strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The last few Fantome I have had have been somewhat disappointing but this one was different and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 16:44:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Printemps is likely a good Saison but it's the spicy notes that define the beer.

At its base, the pilsner malts give enough confection sweetness to keep it from complete dryness. Kettle caramelization gives more depth to the malt depth and sweetness. Otherwise, the beer is biscuuity and estery in true Belgian fashion.

But those spices give bold notes of cayan pepper, chilies, paprika, and softer corriander and curraco. A dash of cummmin here and white pepper there and we have a phenolic rich spiciness to give rise to the fruity esters, yeasty flavor,and sweet malts.

I find the spiciness to be as interesting as they are distracting. Other than that, Printemps is an average Saison for Fantome- which means that it is still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:11:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a very murky brown with a white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. The nose brings some soft floral and citrus flavors with a bit of funk and hay. A bit disjointed. However, things come together much better in the flavor as the citrus and floral notes hit it off well with a bit of grass and funk. Good feel with some nice "Fantome notes," as I'd best be able to describe them. Drinkability is quite nice. Other than the appearance, pretty solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 11:46:04 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color; a thin layer of bubbles cover half of the surface.
S: The smell is rather earthy; there are moderate sour aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruit.
T: Light flavors of citrus fruits stand out in the taste, which also has some notes of spices (pepper in particular).
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate; the finish has a bit of dryness.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:07:01 | More by metter98
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome's spring saison is a lively and refreshing yellow-gold ale with a splash of citrus and touch of spice that's sure to please. Carefully poured or not, it's got a good haze to it due to its yeast (which just doesn't seem to want to drop out of suspension - but this one should be enjoyed fresh anyway!); and although it's bright-white head comes up fairly full to start, it just can't seem to hold. Thin lacing adds to its visual appeal, but again, it's not quite as full as might be expected. Its very fine and natural carbonation leaves a gentle spritz on the tongue that works quite well with its refreshing, lightly tart character. Juicy notes of orange, lemon, and lime laced with a delicate spiciness and some powdery yeast swirl about in the nose over a base of honey-drizzled and lightly candyish malt. It's more tart than sweet, however, and some musty lambic-like notes lend it a charge of excitement! The flavor simply continues what the aroma begins with much more depth. Some notes of coriander come into play, and there's some more intense citrus (blood oranges? red grapefruit?) as well as some interesting phenolics that seem to rise and fall throughout the serving and an herbal hop character that's quite nice. It finishes dry with a reminder of the tartness and phenols that have just passed, and a light smudge of spiciness (which could be attributed to actual spices or some alcohol, but it's not really clear). As a spring beer I'm not really sure, but this is a great summertime refresher with plenty of character to keep it interesting. And, it makes a great substitute for a Mimosa at any time of the year! It might not rack up the high scores that some of the more intense Fantome beers do (this is a bit lighter and could give a better appearance), but don't be misled... this is one great beer that's worth keeping on hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 01:45:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Storm season has officially begun around here, and once the wetness stops, let's pray these April showers that come our way better bring some pretty damn gorgeous flowers that bloom in May! Anyway, to honor the start of the season, let's have some spring saison, eh?
Hazy, pale orange appearance, transparent at glass's foot, with a good, 1/2" fluffy head
Nose is yeasty and citric, musty, sour, heavy on the lemon.
Spritzy play on the palate at first, brightly tangy,with an everlasting tickle on the tongue, brisk and refreshing. Lightish body, beautiful texture, solid mouthfeel, goes down ever-so easily, like any saison should.
8%? They fooled me!
An excellent way to toast the demise, at last, of winter!
Now, to say goodbye to all this rain!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 00:56:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been an elusive one to track down... Once the cap comes off, the cork slowly and mysteriously works itself free, as if pulled by a phantom's death grip.

Wisps of gunsmoke waft from the bottle, exhibiting little carbonation at first. After pouring, the glass explodes with foam, but luckily is contained. A good four fingers of foam remain in the bottle for the duration. The body is a burnt orange, obscured under cascading dirty foam. An aroma of sweet and earthy spice is present.

First taste is rich and malty, but alternately unique and spicy. The sweet malt up front is countered by a residual bitterness, and earthy spice at the end, not unlike baker's chocolate. It's similar to an old ale, but with the effervescence and spice of a saison.

The richness makes this one a moderate sipper, but with a dryness that makes you crave more. Very impressive!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:15:36 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Michael at a recent Fantome tasting, who are you going to call? Fantome drinkers.

Again beer is yellow with a haze and a small white head of small bubbles, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Lots of flowers in this one, yeast, esters, bready, mild funk.

Beer is thin, and thinned out a little more by carbonation, lots of breadiness and yeast in the palate here, strong finish, a little dry, mildly bitter, a good one, one of my favorites of the seasonal releases. Someone send me an Autumn.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 17:38:19 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is very complex with notes of apricots, lemons, yeast and some light funk. The flavor is lemons with some tartness. I also get citrus - apricots and oranges - as well as some yeast. The beer is very juicy tasting. The beer is extremely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. An excellent saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:50:47 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled estery and spicy. Lots of yeasty notes, too.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear notes. Good funky, phenolic flavor on top of sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an outstanding saison. Another great brew from Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:07:53 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very well carbonated beer, after carefully pouring this beer to create as little foam as possible, I still end up with a three-finger thick head that almost runs over the top of my tulip glass. The head forms a rocky, yet fluffy surface, which sits atop a fully hazy orangish straw gold color. As I pour this beer I get aromatic notes of Fantôme funk; lightly sour with a solid fruity interface. The aroma is quite fruity; it smells of apples, melon, pears and even some tart plum like notes. The aroma is so light and refreshing, just so inviting and so typically embodying the best of Fantôme aromatics.

The beer is nice and light on the palate, easily quaffable, and with its high carbonation almost ephemerally as it vaporizes on the tongue. This beer has a nice, noticeable, yet not dominating sour tartness to it that reminds me of pears, and a tart green apple. This beer is quite fruity, even though there is almost no sweetness left in this beer. It is quite dry with a nice grain character that shows just under the dominant fermentation character. This beer is so refreshingly light, a perfect beer for hot weather (interestingly enough it has been almost 90*F here today). There is not a whole lot to say about this beer other than it is an incredible Saison!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 05:02:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and capped bottle:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy pure white had that stays. Creamy lacing sticks. An elegant looking beer.

The smell is of lemon, freshly cut grass with tart fruity notes. Barnyardy hay and some floral notes mix in.

The taste is grainy and mildly funky with a mild sweetness. The fruitiness is lemon/orange tartness. Light peppery spiciness mixes with the sweet and tart. It finishes dry.

The feel, is, dare I say...perfect (and, if not, close enough to give it a "perfect" score). It is effervescent and creamy. Very smooth and undeniably refreshing. Alcohol is dangerously covered.

Fantome Printemps is another masterpiece from this great brewery. As usual, the description doesn't give it justice, as there is a way that this brewery has of making the spiciness elusive, a bit tough to describe, but so delicious. Subtle complexities are there, yet mild enough to make it so easy to drink. I can see how this fits the "spring" well, though completely enjoyable year-round!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 17:29:58 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark amber brown with a smaller creme head. Nose is slightly yeasty and grassy, but rather mild. Certainly not what I have come to find other Fantome brews to be. Flavor is a bit different than I am used to from these guys. I get a subdued sweet with a tart ending. Almost a old grass influence, but very mild. Touch of wood. Tangy is the key word here I think. Feel is fairly standard for the style. It is drinkable, sure. But I am wondering if this is a bad bottle, or just how the style is. There is nothing really exciting or interesting about this beer, except how different it is from others from the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:00:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a while.

Smell: yeast, apricots, golden apples and coriander are pleasant on the nose. A very soft funk is barely noticable.

Taste: big yeast flavor with apricots, golden apples, golden raisins, coriander, soft clove, and some farmhouse funk comes through. Bitterness is mild but brings the fruity sweetness into check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry late. Aftertaste is short but funky and full of apricots and apples.

Drinkability: nice springtime afternoon beer as temps start to get in the 80's. Easy to drink as the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 21:25:11 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've come to expect this appearance: frothy head that settles in a rocky fashion, leaving plentiful chunky lace. The liquid is slightly darker (golden amber) than other Fantome offerings I've tried, but still has the typical cloudiness.

After having the winter ("hiver") version of this, I am noting a small difference to the aroma. This is more earthy but mildly so. There's a light sweetness to the nose.

The flavor is also more earthy (lightly so). There's a bit of a band-aid taste. The hop is present in the swallow, but doesn't last long. The body is full with a very high carbonation--chewy and spritzy. Easy to drink and better than most beers. Again, I would attribute that to a departure from the usual yeasty, earthy Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 22:42:53 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a firm white head, good retention though it dies a little bit on the second pour, good lace.

S: Smells like a mix of lemon-lime Gatorade and coriander, intriguing and different.

T: Great overt lime juice and green apple components right off the bat. Definite Meyer lemon undertones, moderate acidity in there lends a wealth of flavour along with yeasty bready character on the back end which adds more complexity.

M: I'm loving the acidity and crispness in this, perfect for the springtime, some creamy feel from the billowy head early on, but as you go through the bottle the almost citric-like acid comes to the forefront.

D: This is what I love about saison, you never know what to expect, and there's room for tons of experimentation. This would make a great food pairing beer, Provencal seafood comes to mind. I'm glad I finally ponied up the cash to try this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:51:46 | More by Halcyondays
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by someone at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky orange-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemons, citrus hops, funk, spices, Belgian yeast, and light dirt/earthy notes.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemons, earthy notes, spices, pepper, yeast, and some funk. Lots of lemons, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good saison. Heavy on lemons and citrus, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:50:15 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (come on!) bottle with pressure cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger milky white head of good frothy cream, great thickness, smooth rolling consistency, and great retention for the high ABV (~10 minutes). There's not much lacing at all, unfortunately. Body colour is a dull muted orange-copper. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks about right for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely brett yeast lends it a farmhouse rustic feel with notes of clove, light white pepper, and spice - maybe coriander. Quite grassy. Hints of orange fruit esters, but dry fermented ones rather than juicy citrusy notes. Crystal malt. Some caramel. A bit of musty earthiness. Maybe a lactic hint. An average strength aroma. I want more pepper out of a saison, but the aroma - as always with Fantome - is impressively subtle and complex. No alcohol comes through. The refined orange and clove notes - arising, no doubt, from the yeast - are dominant. Without question, this beer is alive.

T: Lovely orange and lilac notes, with heavy clove on the climax. Subtle milky, lactic, and brett-y yeast notes throughout, with a hint of biscuit and some earthy character. Hopping is minimal and entirely floral, complemented by the complexities and depth of the yeast. No alcohol comes through; maybe an ester or two about the climax. Pale malts, biscuit malt, and even a bit of apparent wheat malt comprise the foundation. Its milkiness unites the flavour profile with the fermented orange dominating. Refreshing, complex, and above all subtle. White peppery notes sprinkle the third act. To nitpick, it is a touch too bitter.

Mf: Milky and silky with some dryness towards the back end. Perfectly coarse throughout to coax out the flavours. The milky feel perfectly balanced against the grainy coarseness of the yeast and champagney tingle of the crystal malts. A bit nectary, even slightly oily. Luscious and soft on the palate, with excellent presence. Complements the flavours exceptionally well; custom tailored to match them. Artfully executed.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which is itself nicely hidden. A refreshing saison and a delightful beer, this offering from Fantome will please any true saison lover. Worth cellaring for sure; I know I'll be having this one again. One of the better offerings I've had from Fantome - and that's saying a lot. Hell, it's one of the better saisons I've had. Definitely recommended.

B+

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:21:36 | More by kojevergas
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip)
086/477044 on cork
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a thick sticky snow white head that produces nice broken lace and some long strands of tiny bubbles trail to the surface.

S- The nice saison yeast character leads to a full wet stale wood ash aroma in the finish that grows as the beer opens. Some green grass notes and dry bubblegum esters come through as it opens aswell.

T- The bright saison yeast esters are soon over powered by a big harsh bitterness and some smoky stale wood ash aromas in the finish lead to a slight band-aid hint as it warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to the finish and no astringency.

O- The nice saison is hidden away under the smoky bitter wood ash off flavors that go from balanced to dominating as the beer opens. It was hard to get through the full bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:05:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum with no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin Brussels lacing on top of a hazy orangey hue. A bit of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Musty yeast with a cellar, ripe fruit and expressive herbal aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Musty barn yard, mildly tart, earthy with a wood and hay flavor. Raw grain and ripe fruit … lemony with more earthened tones. Minty with more thrashings of herbal and medicinal phenols. Bitter and sweet … very raw. Finishes with a barrage of phenols and lands semi-dry on the palate. Warming alcoholic esters in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: A killer brew, you taste bud will never be the same … beer has never tasted like this before. Past heavenly and only the most pungent of cheese will make a dent in it character. I went with an aged blue cheese … between the two it was like cutting teeth, lovely.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 02:32:16 | More by Jason
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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
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