Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.22/5 rDev +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.
06-05-2005 05:24:28 | More by Sammy
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-28-2012 01:11:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-10-2010 11:46:04 | More by Thorpe429
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-16-2010 00:07:01 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-06-2005 15:36:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
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
07-29-2010 02:09:35 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-27-2008 16:44:37 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-22-2009 23:11:25 | More by BEERchitect
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
07-06-2011 01:56:02 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
07-07-2010 02:40:58 | More by GRG1313
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
08-30-2006 02:15:36 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-12-2011 01:07:53 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
06-26-2004 01:45:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-31-2007 09:00:13 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A - Hazy, brownish orange body, topped by a four finger mountain of dirty white head. The head settles slowly and leaves behind decent lace.
S - Sour and earthy with lots of floral aromas. Notes of jasmine, saffron, and wildflower honey with an earthy hop character in the background.
T - Nice, herbal hop bitterness up front, along with some spice notes. Pepper, pollen, and coriander. The hops give way to floral notes and surprisingly restrained acidity in the middle, followed by a dry, somewhat malty finish with black pepper and herbal hops mingling in the background.
M - Very high carbonation, a smooth, full body and a bone dry finish with a hint of alcoholic warmth.
D - Quite drinkable with food, but it gets a bit medicinal towards the end of the bottle when enjoyed by itself. Very complex floral/ herbal character, in which the hop and spice notes play off each other nicely. Overall, another excellent spiced saison from Fantome, and quite evocative of the spring season it is supposed to represent.
03-26-2008 02:55:44 | More by nickfl
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.