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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 55
Gots: 64 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

metter98, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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

brentk56, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. Pours a hazy orange amber with a minimal white head.

Nose is amazing! Huge assertive orange spice. The single most assertive bold orange spice nose I may ever have smelled. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is rich and lightly creamy with nice carbonation and a nice texture and feel. A quality mouthfeel.

Flavors? Flavors are just plain weird. The nose promises oranges and spice and one anticipates a sweet character. Flavor hits you with strong bitter orange peel that gives way to a lemon/orange flavor and a bitter orange marmalade finish. There is an herb quality and character to this beer, initially stange and offensive that become very appealing.

A wide range of assorted spices and herbs in the complex flavor profile-white pepper, black pepper, lemon peel, basil, sage..one could keep going. Very complex and ends with a finish of "green" - Ivy, celery, light pine.

Goes from sweet to pine bitter with lots in between. I suspect that one will love or hate this one; and, it deserves a taste; it's unique.

The more I drink it the more I want to drink it.

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +7%

jaydoc, Monday at 04:13 AM
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SocalKicks, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

largadeer, May 28, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

emerge077, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

zeff80, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 26, 2004
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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.