Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
07-11-2014 05:32:46 | More by laituegonflable
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
06-23-2014 23:18:25 | More by Rifugium
3.58/5 rDev -11.4%
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
06-22-2014 05:21:38 | More by eandersen
4.66/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
06-21-2014 02:52:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.24/5 rDev +5%
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.
06-10-2014 01:08:37 | More by SFC21
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
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