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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 562
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of tsauce2
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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. . . . (1,242 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw, hazy cream gold with beautiful cream white, dusty yellow head that is cloudy and puffy.

Smells amazing, wheat, green bottle funk. Lemony citrus and grass with cannabis. Just a perfect saison smell, a bit of yeast and bread dough.

The taste is superb. It takes a bit and a little warmth to bring out the full spectrum, and when it comes out it really brings some classy and unusual flavors to the table. There is plenty of saison bread and yeast with that creamy lemon citrus, but then there i something else which I cannot explain any other way than a fine cigarette smoke... not the oddly sweet second hand but as if you were smoking a very good cigarette. It has this ashy cigarette, tobacco smoke taste to it. Not strong, but just a note that leads up with the cannabis taste and then down into the subtle and dry herbal hops. (BE AWARE!!! I do not smoke, I have smoked cigarettes on occasion and this is why I make such reference, my palate is not tainted!!!) This beer is so even and fine. Sharing this with my brother, he looked over and told me its almost like most green bottle beers, but with ultimate class. Well put, this has unyielding class and quality.

Alcohol is utterly vacant.

Mouthfeel is creamy but clean, refreshing and dry. For 8%abv, this is super smooth and delicious. I could go on and on. But this is well achieved... it's like drinking a cloud of awesome.

Overall, probably one of the finest saisons I have ever had. One of the most intriguing and delicate. A bit more aggressive than some but it doesn't break the gates, if you have a chance to buy this, do it! Should I ever see this saison again, hands down, cost doesn't matter, this is another amazing saison from Fantome. In my mind, quintessential, like most of Fantome's fine saisons. (1,788 characters)

Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I actually posted this review in 2010 under their "Saison" , not realizing I was reviewing the wrong beer.

From bottle to tulip glass

750 mL, with a bottle cap and a cork

This is one of the first Belgian Saisons I've tried, as I've sampled many of the American varieties, but I was surprised to smell a tart, fruity scent when I poped the cork. The sweetness is closer to a Flanders Ale than the grassy, funky Saisons I've sampled from around here.

The beer pours a light golden-tan with a small, dissipating head, reminding me as much of a Mimosa than of a beer. The tulip glass compounded what I picked up when I opened the bottle - ripe lemon, orange and nectarine round out the bouquet as subtle alcohol volatiles tickle your nose. As you sip, the slightly tart, citrus flavors pique your palate, but then become the dominant flavors - few of the typical 'beer' flavors follow. That's not to say you can't pick up a bit of a malty sweetness in the background, but this beer has a singular juice-like quality - my Mimosa reference isn't that far off.

Fantome seems to use the Saison as their canvas. If you're expecting that typical carbonation-meets-funk character, it's in there, but it's only the first layer. The rest of the beer is will remind you that you've never tasted anything quite like this. (1,313 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Fantome's 2013 Printemps is a saison with notable bitter hops, lemon-lime zest with coriander and saison yeast complexities. The smoke flavor is enough to detract some points early on, but as it disappears without any effort in a modest amount of time after opening, I feel like I was able to experience the full spectrum of what Dany was trying to offer here. Would I get this again? Definitely, but I do hope that the brewer is able to resolve these smoke-like qualities appearing in his beers, as others seem to have not been so fortunate with Fantome as myself.

Pours a large, dense (small bubbles), cloud-like head of fluffy white foam, with excellent retention of several minutes, very slowly fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, a dense wash of wavy, pock-marked foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy beer (20-30% opaque), very active and numerous.

Aroma is fairly bright, rather floral, fruity in a lemon citrus way, with some coriander and a bit of the Fantome yeast strain(s) yielding slightly light mustiness and sitting-in-the-sun hay. Kind of like a saison-witbier hybrid, very pleasant, and definitely a flavor combination that has influenced other saison brewers.

A moderately light, slightly salty, smoky flavor is present in this beer at first, but as the beverage warms, this fades out and allows the other flavors to become dominant: eventually, I'm not able to detect any smoke character at all (without the smoke, I would have rated this 4.25-4.5). Front of palate detects lemon-lime zest with hints of coriander, flowers, candied ginger, Fantome yeast mustiness and hay-like funk, and pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of clean, assertive hop bitterness with notable floral qualities, coriander and lemon peel, candied ginger, mild yeast-influenced mustiness and hay-like flavors with a slight pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate picks up strong, clean hop bitterness with equally notable coriander and lemon-lime zest flavors. Aftertaste of clean, assertive hop bitterness with some floral and herbal notes as well as minor pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in, at first, a slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but this quickly becomes lightly foamy, which is classic and quite pleasant for the style. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips. (2,759 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with white head that lingers well in my outlined fantome tulip. Good bit of lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is tangy acidic lemon-lime with a good bit of funk.

Taste is bready with smokey off flavor and then the dreaded band-aide nastiness in the aftertaste. Not horrible but really not that good.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was a disappointment. This is my least favorite of the Fantome brews I have had. (470 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.09/5  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. (863 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Solid pour provides a huge head with tight bubbles which hangs around for a while.

S- Hops, farmhosue yeast, and and citrus dominate the nose.

T- Tasty stuff, with sweetnes up front, a tart middle, and a drying finish. Wish the end was more of a dry finish than a hop bitterness.

M- Smooth and carbonated well, maybe a hint too much carb.

O- Overall, a solid Fantome, though I prefer the Hiver more. (406 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a bright, hazy golden color with two fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are poor.

S: Very bright, fruity and citrusy. Fresh lemon zest mixes with apricots and light to moderate funk.

T: Moderate fruity acidity is present - similar to that of an apricot. Funk comes in after that, but it is a bit odd in nature. I get a ginger flavor as well. It's like a slightly funky fruity cocktail with ginger.

M: Moderate thickness with low carbonation.

O: A roller coaster of a beer. Great color, terrible head retention and lacing, great fruity aroma, odd flavor. (604 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy, pillowy white head that takes quite some time to recede, leaving a thick trail of white lace down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light, little chunks of yeast are visible at the bottom of the glass and suspended in the liquid.

S: Floral, herbal aromas reminiscent of dandelions and violets are first to appear on the nose, followed by scents of biscuits, crackers, grass, straw, papaya, guanabana, unripened pineapple, orange, lemon, tangerine, spiced pears, clove, and lactic, funky yeast.

T: Notes of dandelion, heather, violets, fennel, clove, anise, crackers, biscuits, heavy cream, straw, grass, lemon, lime, tangerine peel, orange rind, green apple, unripened pineapple, guanabana, papaya, must, and lactic, vinegary funk contribute an especially turbulent feel to the mouth. The finish is herbal and floral with dandelion, heather, violets, cream, and baking spices giving way to delicate notes of spiced pears, oak, and cider apples.

M: Light-to-medium in body, smooth, and creamy. Alcohol presence is very restrained and the beer goes down very easily. The only problem here is that it is slightly undercarbonated. Still, it is easy to drink for such a complex, idiosyncratic ale.

O: It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Brasserie Fantome and saisons in general. This year's Saison d'Erezee-Printemps is an excellent take on the style. If you are into Belgian ales at all, then you will probably enjoy this, or at the very least, find it intriguing. (1,538 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was one of the more interesting I've tried with so much going on - extreme complexity in flavors.
Initial presentation is unique with a cap that requires a bottle opener and then a corn that requires a corkscrew.
Taste hits of initial bitter, dry, crisp, pungent, sour fruit like citrus lemon, grass. Body is less than medium with lots of carbonation.
Overall I probably wouldn't buy again - a bit too much going on here (432 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into my snifter. I'm not sure when this one was bottled, but it was gathering dust at my local bottle shop, so it may have a year or two.

Appearance: Crisp dark straw color, relieved that it isn't the dreaded "Fantome Shampoo." Nice head recedes after a little. Looks fine.

Smell: Citrusy lemon rind and orange yields to a musty barn full of wet old hay. Literally, it smells like a musty old barn.

Taste: This is the funkiest beer I've ever tasted. Sour almost tart initial taste yields to funky wet hay and then back to a tart finish. Lemon on the back end. Really don't taste the alcohol anywhere, especially for 8%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and drinkable. Leaves a weirdly pleasant funky after taste. The citrus and funk totally play off each other.

Overall: I recommend this beer if you are into saisons; might not be everyone's cup of tea. Really rustic, reminds me of my family farm up in the mountains. Has some vinous qualities due to some dry citrus but the funk really balances it out. Due to the amount of funk, I dare say this baby must have had some years on it. Very drinkable and refreshing, love the lemony citrus. (1,165 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Luettich Balloon glass

A: Very pale straw yellow with a creamy white head and decent carbonation. Amazing how pale this is, also a little hazy but definitely not cloudy.

S: When the cork was pulled I got a whiff of what I very quickly recognize as the "Fantome character", very floral yet earthy with huge hints of fruit and lemon grass like notes. Very unique and probably my favorite aroma.

This beer smells f-ing amazing! So hard to explain exactly what it is I smell but man, never get tired of it.

T: Very carbonated with a slight smokey almost savory taste to it that seems to go away as you drink. Very dry beer and EXTREMELY refreshing and drinkable. Dry dry bitterness is very satisfying and really defines this brew. Its not a hop bitterness like in an IPA but more of a tonic water bite.

Flavors aren't as big here as the standard saison however, this is a much more refreshing almost carbonation driven, which makes for a very drinkable brew even at 8% abv. I wonder what spices are used, definitely used sparingly and perfectly. Hard to determine what's in there but add huge character.

There's also a very smooth fruitiness to it similar to the nose, which lingers and is very tasty. A perfect balance of spices, yeast character and what ever else Dany P likes to add to his ghosts.

M: High carbonation make for a very crisp and refreshing beer. High carbonation adds to the dryness and amplifies the bitterness well. The 'Fantome' character lingers with nice bitterness and leaves you wanting more. A very dry, refreshing and drinkable brew.

O: What a god dammed f-ing good brew. This is perfect for spring or 'Printemps' as it is called. Such a unique beer. Definitely buying more next time I come across it.

Man, that lingering bitterness and weird Fantome character is mind boggling. Who knows how its done... Easily one of my favorite beers. Every single time I drink a Fantome it re-justifies why I consider it my favorite brewery. (2,008 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Lemonade and gin,
life is wearing thin by general consensus."
-The Minus 5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 5/30/13

Not sure how old the bottle is; I bought in last year.

Clear, golden yellow; surprisingly clear. Many rising bubbles. The two finger head is short lived though and isn't much for lacing.

The aroma is a heavy blend of gin-like botanical/herbal notes, raw lemon zest and rind, cracked pepper and lemongrass. A few minutes find the aroma tilting toward a spices and a stronger pepper presence. A warm glass smells like gin and tonic.

The flavor is similar, though with a pronounced lemon tartness. The gin notes are lessened whereas damp grass and slight funkiness are more prominent. Vinous, white wine overtones. Lightly toasted grains emerge with warmth. It becomes less tart over time.

The body is light, the feel snappy and carbonation tapering from high to subdued. Very slightly musty finish.

This is has really terrific semblances of liquor and wine in a beer. Fantastic for what it is. (1,014 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A: Pours a nice cloudy straw yellow with a decent amount of pure white head that takes awhile to settle. A thin ring of foam lines the glass, and there is only a touch of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is lightly sweet, with grain, lemon, grass, and maybe a bit of apple. There is also yeast and spice in the back end.

T: This beer starts out sweet with mild malt and good grass character. The lemon and spice cone on in the middle, but the spice never dominates. Mild bitters, green apple, and yeast in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. It’s mild and refreshing from start to finish. This beer envelops the palate and is extremely well balanced. Spice and yeast linger, but nothing too over the top.

O: Another really drinkable saison from Fantome. I am not sure what year this beer is, but I would imagine that it has been in a cellar for over a year. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this in the future for comparison. (937 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. The foamy white head retains wonderfully and leaves a thick blanket of lacing coating the glass.

S: Lemon rind tartness. Freshly cut grass. Pepper, spices, and garden herbs. Slightly musty like an old book. Bread and biscuit malt base. Lightly estery with a sense of banana, pineapple, and tangerine.

T: Much more funky than the nose suggested. Rustic, horse blanket. Sharply phenolic with a strong hit of clove. Pepper and spice. Light lemony tartness. Herbal mid palate with tastes of thyme, oregano, or other such garden herbs. Playful tropical esters of pineapple and tangerine. Grass and hay. Grainy. Phenols come back toward the end with brute force, stopping just short of being a total turn-off. Medicinal, band-aid. Finishes with strong phenols, hay, and must.

M: Medium bodied. Feels slightly weighted due to a restrained carbonation. Very creamy and even a little slick.

O: Very raw and rustic. A bit much, actually. It would be world-class if the phenols were reigned in a bit more. They get a little rubbery and plastic-y. It isn't enough to derail the beer though. In fact, the strong phenols seem to fit in an odd sort of way. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Nice white head. Retains well.

Smell - Lots of pale malt. Fruity and yeasty. Some lemon and grassiness.

Taste - Bright lemon tart flavor. Sugary and very malty. Grainy malt, but a lot of sugars. Similar grassiness. Lemongrass?

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy. Too much sugar. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Hefty saison with some very interesting adjuncts. Just too much sugar to be really great. (465 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

When I heard they were offering flights including this at Trappist Provisions, I knew I had to pass by and try some Fantôme kookiness for the first time. This was very strange! Poured into a 6oz wine glass out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a golden straw, classic saison color with a frothy, white head. Bubbles seem to come in dregs, but dissipate rather quickly. The head seems to eventually go away as the carbonation disappears, but some decent lacing remains on the glass. Not bad, but NOTHING that indicated me what I was about to get myself into.

Right, so right at the front, I'm immediately getting all kinds of off aromas and phenols that Fantôme is known for, and yet to be credited or disregarded for: grassiness, barnyard haystacks, funky earthiness, manure (not joking), sweat, dandelions, basil, rosemary, lightly tinged lemongrass. What the hell is this? Completely bizarre - cannot make out any notes resembling malts or grains for that matter, although if anything validates as "rustic" or "earthy" in the realm of beers, this takes it to the most literal form possible.

The flavor is ever MORE bizarre! There's immediately touch of the grassy haystack flavors (luckily no cow dung here) that immediately changes into a peat smoked malty haze. Charred bark melds with gritty grains and malts and immediately a charcoal-like aftertaste follows. There's a tinge of pepper, maybe some strange off saltiness, but the smoky flavor goes on for a while, and leaves bright dandelion and cilantro herbal flavors at the back of the tongue. A touch of bitterness, and maybe some grainy earthiness, but otherwise totally out of whack in a way that is fascinating yet not very pleasant. Alcohol is marvelously hidden. I shouldn't have let this sit around and get warmer though - by the end, the smokiness turns to a near pork rind astringency, and the grassiness gets so funky and herbal that I was on the verge of gagging without even aiming to.

This was utterly strange, and I admit full responsibility knowing what I was I was getting into here. It seems every review of this beer is different too, and while I don't think I got a bad bottle (indeed, the earthiness here is astonishing), the malts may be too over dried or smoked. This was an eye-opening beer indeed, but I do hope I have more uplifting rather than physically demanding beers from Fantôme in the future. As of this review, I have a saison in my cellar that I'd like to open soon. Here's hoping it turns out okay! (2,489 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this bottle is from last printemps. But it's the best I can do. Tasted 31 March 2013.

Pours a mostly clear orangey gold. One finger of white head, okay retention, not much lacing. A bunch of big bubbles sitting on the surface after it subsides.

Smell begins with a blast of white grapes. Powerful chardonnay, followed by a light floral note, and underlain by pale malts. It's different, without much of the other elements I expect from a saison. No funk, only the tiniest hint of spice.

Taste is similarly dominated by dry white wine. That's almost all I taste, and it's an oaky chardonnay-like dryness. It's like a good chardonnay, but sadly, I don't like chardonnay, and I really wish this tasted more like a beer. Where exactly is the saison character in this? If I dig, I can find about 20% that feels like saison, in the robust pale malts and the sizzly spicing. But the rest says white wine. Weird.

Feel is quite light-bodied, evaporative on the back end. Medium-low carbonation, which is just fine. The lightness is really pleasant, making it feel delicate and refreshing. The high point of the beer.

There are some things I really like about this beer, and I'm actually enjoying drinking it, mostly. But it reminds me way more of a dry white wine than a beer, and that's not what I'm looking for. (1,321 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve had this in my fridge for long enough; time for some legendary Belgian beer.

A: A truly captivating presence – pours a luminescent gold with a torrent of bubbles rising through. It shines in every light, constantly drawing your eyes to the glass. After a few moments, what’s left above the body is a layer of hardy lacing, showing precisely where the white, creamy head had previously risen to; that, plus a half-inch of creamy retention, give this the classic saison look.

S: A nose that’s alive with complexity, a delicate mix of fresh fruit and earthen mineral scents. A long-winded tone of soil and dark herbs bring to mind mushrooms, mulch, and leather – abnormal as they may be, they hang on for the duration of the nose, and my palate becomes more and more intrigued by the minute. Lime rind and fresh mango pick up toward the middle, pushing toward the final Belgian end: zesty, catty hops and a mildly funky yeast note.

T: This is a slow-developing, exquisite palate; flavors go deeper and deeper with every subsequent sip. Moderate phenolic flavors with a strong backbone of soft candi sugar and sweet malt comprise its strongest, most superficial layers, but interspersed throughout is a woody, meaty, herb-laden flavor of (like the nose) cooked mushroom and hickory – it’s absolutely mind-boggling how it works so well nestled amongst the otherwise sweet palate. There’s a certain funk to it, too, a musty effect that goes perfectly with the herbs that the mushroom tastes bring with them. Hops are present throughout the palate, but take a back seat until the finish; the syrupy character of the sugars melds with leafy, rindy hops and a wood-smoked dryness to form a chewy, balanced aftertaste.

M: Quite filling, to be honest. I never thought I’d have a saison that would be this much of a sipper, but the sugars of the palate thicken it up to the point of syrupiness, nearly. It would go well with a nice seafood dinner – not light enough to be overtaken by the food, not heavy enough to become the centerpiece of the meal.

O: A saison that people described as having mushroom and smoky rauchbier flavors would scare me out of a purchase, but plunging headlong into unknown flavors is what craft beer is all about. Now that I’ve had it, I know exactly what I would expect the next time I drank it, and I don’t think that would be as fun; picking out all the intricacies of a strange beer like this is the main reason I buy these crazy Belgian concoctions in the first place. (2,523 characters)

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for popping this one open - I'm always excited to try something from Fantome that I've never had before. Pours a bright orange-tinted yellow color; cloudy and musky with a few pieces of sediment floating around. The foamy white head is a few sparks of carbonation short of being fizzy; it lasts for only a few moments before it's gone.

Lots of lemon and lemon zest in the first whiff I take. Almost borderline Lemon Pledge, without the heavy amounts of "cleaner" in it, although it does have a very crisp and clean smell. I can definitely say that I haven't smelled anything else like this; other bits of fruit dangle around the edges - pear, light citrus, and maybe even banana? Spices seem heavy as well; clove, white pepper, and maybe even ginger.

Printemps, like many Fantome brews, is so hard to figure out. It's so enigmatic, strange, different, and just completely unlike anything else. I have nothing else to compare to. I finally pick up a familiar smell - some wet hay and light funky barnyard, very characteristic of the yeast used in many Fantome beers. I can't even imagine how this one will taste.

As expected, I take a sip and the first thing I think is, "what the hell am I tasting?" So different and unique and strange and tasty, all at once. Lemon hits first up front - not tart, however, rather it's sweet and actually quite spiced. Bits of cardamom, white pepper, clove, ginger, and a clusterfuck of other unidentifiable things rush into the scene. Light rotten banana and sweet pear accompany the lemon zest in the fruit department as well.

Malts lend a big helping hand; some caramel and sufficient breadiness give a nice backbone to the beer. This beer is sweet without being sickeningly so, and so goddamn discernible that it's crazy. I'm getting some notes very reminiscent of Pez candy and light strawberry fruits near the end, too - something that I was picking up on much heavier in the regular Fantome saison. Must be something unique to the brewery. Whatever it is, I love it. Medium bodied with a crisp mouth feel and a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

Holy smokes, I don't even know where to begin with this one. It's so extremely different than anything else out there that it's quite hard to gauge relative to anything else. So tasty and unique, refreshing and drinkable for being 8% ABV. Fantome never disappoints (not me, anyway) and Printemps is no exception. (2,418 characters)

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Hojo for breaking this out

A cloudy orange body with a fluffy white head than never quite dissipates. Good amount of clingy lace, with some modest sip marks.

The nose is fairly straightforward for a Fantome. Some underlying notes of sage, leather, citrus, doughy yeast, and a touch of mint.

An excellently balanced saison. Delicate flavors roll over the tongue. A little bit of grassy/earthy bitterness with herbs, mint, lemon, and slightly damp wheat.

Light bodied, crisp, and pretty damn dry.

This is a great classic example of the style with a ton of nuanced complexity. It seemed like something new popped up with every sip. (679 characters)

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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. At the time of this review, this is the most current, fresh release that has a new style label that matches the Hiver and Classic saison label. The brew itself pours a brilliant clear golden copper color with a rich white froth of head that holds with solid retention and paints webby strings of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap without even needing to swirl. Subsequent pours get hazier as you approach the dregs on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma has an oily lemon essence somewhat reminescent of coriander. Some herbal hop inclusion is also there along with almost an addition of garden herbs like parsley an a cooling sort of mint. There is a bit of a solvent alcohol note that while not out of place for an 8% brew, it is atypical for Fantome which usually hides the alcohol masterfully.

The flavor is a bit herbal, bitter and rindy. A taste of grass is left inside the mouth along with mint, herbs and rinds somewhat like coriander but with more of an oily feel and less lemon than expected. There is some funk present in this that is minorly phenolic. Like the aroma suggested, the neutral sort of alcohol presence is fairly bold from mid palate into the finish that really draws out the perceived bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is always a unique experience enjoying Fantome. I gotta say though that maybe it is the freshness of this offering that I am not particularly fond of or perhaps a more aggressive hopping rate in Dany's offerings lately. While I have enjoyed this brew significantly more in the past, this was still a worthwhile adventure. Like all Fantome offerings, you have little to no idea what you are in for. This was by no means the worst Fantome offering ive but it also pales in comparison to the classic Fantome saison when it is "on." (1,897 characters)

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.