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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

516 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 54
Gots: 62 | 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 Aguirre
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized red wine glass, this is a golden saison with a small, rapidly diminishing head, but tons of tiny champagne-like bubbles that continue on.

The smell is just fantastic....really zesty lemon and lime, mint, some Belgian candi sugar, and maybe just a touch of bubblegum. What a nose!

Taste is also great, but not quite up to par with the smell....very citrusy, but not in an American hop way...it's sweet, but there's also an interesting bitterness in the aftertaste. There's something almost lager-y about the taste that I find difficult to describe. Again, there's a touch of mint or herbs that makes this mysterious and fun.

Very smooth and drinkable. How is this 8% ABV? I could drink this stuff all night. Only the price tag (it's $15 a bottle where I love) keeps me from keeping my fridge stocked with this and other Fantome beers.

Aguirre, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Snifter

Picked this up at Coaltrain in the Springs. No freshness date marked, so I'm assuming this is spring 2010.

L: Murky hay colored, in layers from light to dark. Healthy sediment at bottom. Beautiful head. Soapy.

S: Ridiculously complex. Honey and wheat, with pollen and flowers. Healthy citrusy edge with lime.

T: Crisp but deep. Healthy amount of booze, but hidden subtly behind sweetness with a dash of funk. Finish is slight tart citrus with a touch of bitter.

F: Perfect. Consistant and thick but light.

D: yeah ... just ... wow.

codewarrior, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had in the fall with a hope of spring. Has zest. And not as acidic as the winter version. A beautiful pour of cloudy orange. Nose is musky sour tang and floral pollen. Palate in the perspective of saison is dry tang but an essential grassy brisk quality. Malt comes through in mild hint of honeysuckle bitter floral sweet. Honey. Licorice. Coriander. And there a Dandalion bitter. And i warm of black pepper that sits on the tongue. A jolly pumpkin mineral an equal balance of tart, herbal and grass. Sour apple finish that is actually on the subtle side.

rtepiak, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of gtn80
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml.

Appearance is a dirty, murky golden color with a fluffy white head that lasts.

Aroma is amazing, lots of fruit, some funk, yeasty, just fills your nose.

Taste is shocking, bit great. Big citrus up front, lemon and orange. Funk is present, finishes super dry and tart.

Mouthfeel is solid, decent carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability is amazing, tart and refreshing.

gtn80, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of nas5755
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour revealed a murky golden beer with orange hues. A nice two finger head with head retention and nice lacing. The nose is full of lemon and a little funk. The taste is lemon zest, strong funk, very dry some sweetness mixed into the overall beer, spicy in the throat. A very drinkable offering from Fantome, I wasn't wowed by this beer but it is very solid.

nas5755, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of uturn
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped & corked bottle poured into a boerken/boerinneken tulip.

A: As the cork was pulled out of the bottle a low hiss was heard. The beer poured a translucent golden yellow with a large 2 finger head with very active medium sized carbonated bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a thin lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was all about citrus, leaning heavy on the lemon side with a mild funkiness.

T: The taste was mostly sweet lemon citrus up front, then a bite from some lemon zest to complement the sweetness. Not much sour or funkiness in this Fantôme just pure enjoyment.

M: The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with just the right about of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was amazing, this is one of the most refreshing beers that I have had in a very long time and not a hint of the 8% abv, heck you would think you were drinking an alcohol free beer, that is until you finished the bottle.

I would say this is a great beer to have NOT in the spring time (as the name suggests) but in the middle of the hot summer to help you cool down.

uturn, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of brouwer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a bottle I stored for a year which may have affected my review.
The appearance was cloudy and golden after gentle back and forth stir to arouse the sediment.
The smell was strongly citrus.
The taste reassured me of the citrus overtones with a almost sweet taste. Mild yeast. Pleasant.
The mouthfeel was great. I was worried about its carbonation due to shelflife. I was pleasantly surprised. This had a overall mouthfeel that would welcome you back and that you would want to repeat.
Overall the drinkability is good, not excellent. This is the last of a buy of belgians that I have been rating since last year. A new shipment is on its way.

brouwer, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip, nice white head. left some decent lacing. sort of a hazy straw color.

smells like country time lemonade sorta. lemon rind, somewhat sweet, slightly floral and herbal. a little musty, very slight.

taste is alot different from the nose but still similar. very lemony sort of a tart lemon flavor. a bit minty, herbal and slightly floral. finishes bone dry. pretty refreshing.

mouthfeel is light, could use a tad more carbonation but it's right for the style. i'd never guess this beer was 8 percent. it drinks like it's 3.

i like regular fantome better than this, but this would be a great gateway beer for someone. tastes like herbal lemonade.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

08/30/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this one.
A: Pale golden. A nice white fluffy head died to a nice film.
S: Lemon, grass, and coriander comes through lime cilantro. Very fresh.
T: Mild lemon cilantro, fresh bread, green.
M: Thinner, very frothy.
D: Very good. This is a great summer/spring beer.

ne0m00re, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Manoftyr
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a resplendent, bubbling, opaque tangerine-yellow into the glass. Not very much head and the little there is bubbles away very quickly. The consistency is wonderful with just the most perfect levels of loosely dotted carbonation bubbles. A real beauty.

Aroma-An explosive blast of citric zest aromas upfront, I can detect; Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Pear and maybe even a hint of Grape. Underneath the zesty citric assault I can detect a faint Belgian yeasty funk, but wow is it ever buried; this is a unique smelling beer.

Taste-An earthy, musty barnyard, earthy kind of raw Saison flavor comes up early but is quickly pushed aside by the same kind of citric zest found in the aroma. The pear and lemon flavors really come through the most and carry all the way to the end of the rather long and very refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel-Creamy with gentle yet tightly compact carbonation, if that makes any sense. Refreshingly dry on the end.

Drinkability-Over the course of an hour, the bottle is gone, although it could have been gone much quicker; highly drinkable, and extremely refreshing.

Manoftyr, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber body with tons of sediment.

Floral, spicy, and citrusy on the nose.

Caramel malty sweetness, cracked wheat, lavender, roses, and citrus with bitter orange peel on the finish.

Creamy snd smooth.

Damn, that is good saison. Lots of citrus. Nice bitterness. Not as good as other fantome bottles, but still quite tasty.

BradLikesBrew, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- straw in color, hazy, fluffy white head

Smell- lemon, some lime. earthy, and definite funk. WOW!

Taste- some spice (pepper). grassy. lots of lemon and funk. And I swear I am getting some mint.

Mouthfeel- medium body, medium carbonation

Overall- this is a fantastic saison, one of the best I have had. Very complex and very drinkable, will have no problem finishing this off. The only problem is, this is my only bottle!

JLeege, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tremendous beer, especially when taken in light of the fact that it is supposed to represent springtime (which it does perfectly). Pours a pretty light golden yellow with stark white head that sticks around for a bit.

The nose is phenomenal, cilantro, lime, lemon zest, grass, a hint of funkiness, some pale malt lingering, and maybe some yeast. Taste follows suit, similar flavors with perhaps a bit more pale malt and yeast to it. A hint of tartness to it too. Simply incredible that a beer with such a delicate and light flavor profile can hit 8% with no indication that it is anywhere near that mark. It makes some big American beers look just awkward in that respect.

Feel is light, crisp, refreshing, nicely carbonated. Drinkability is off the charts, I didn't want it to end. Great beer here, my favorite out of this, the regular Fantome Saison, and the Hiver. Perfectly matches the season, great experience.

LordAdmNelson, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By God, Fantome! You've done it again! The fresh lemon and lime zest that comes through in this beer, both in the aroma and flavor, are simply a delights to my senses. Slight notions of grains of paradise and asprin about mid-palate. Lest we forget the belgian yeast with the slightest hints of funk to come in and out and make us even happier. The 8% goes away after the first couple of sips, leaving you the most powerful human on earth. Printemps is a beer that makes me grateful to have found beer, and ecstatic that I learned to enjoy it so much.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of tjfinkle
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into tulip enjoyed with dinner

Appearance- Very light straw color with light lacing

Smell - lemony and slightly funky, smells quite refreshing

Taste - Again, lemon flavors with some spices and funk

Mouth- Very crisp and refreshing with a dry finish

Drink- Very easy drink, especially during summer could compliment a lot of foods well and is quite refreshing

tjfinkle, Aug 11, 2010
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 brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden with a thick white head.

S - Lemon, grassy hops, hints of spice and candy sweetness. Earthy.

T - Lemon and grassy hops shine with a touch of lemon funk. More fruit with a touch of earthy funk. Nice balance of sweet candy sugar and tartness.

M - Light with spritzy carbonation and a lingering dryness.

D - Nice summer beer. Refreshing.

brewcrew76, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in Stella Artois tulip.

Cork comes out with a loud pop and a wisp of smoke.

A: Pours a hazy, yet bright straw color. Several fingers of fluffy head sit on top. Lace is very clingy. Prototypical saison appearance.

S: Zesty citrus and spice. Slightly funky character. Grassy, fresh aroma. Smells like springtime. Wildflowers. A little chamomile, perhaps? Just a hint of mint. A very aromatic beer.

T: Mirrors scent, but slightly muted. I expected a little more funk. A certain earthiness is present along with some fruity yeastiness. While very good, I'm left a little underwhelmed by the flavor after being blown away by the smell.

M: Very soft and creamy feel. I would prefer a little spritzy carbonation in a saison, which isn't present here.

D: This one goes down easily and disappears fast. This is a great warm weather beer and the alcohol is imperceptible. At 8.5% abv this drinks like a 5% beer, which is dangerous.

Fantome saisons are as good as it gets. The seasonal variations of the D'Erezee lineup keep things interesting. This is definitely a must for saison fans.

AdamGarcia, Jul 18, 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 abriggs1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clean until you release the ungodly amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Ends as a delicious looking buttery opaque liquid with an almost oily and shiny head; a wonderful sight. Smell is overwhelmingly of key lime and lemon. This is a citrus bomb of a beer. The taste is lemon lime with some dryness and just a touch of sweetness. There is an unmistakable saison character to it, but the focal point is clearly the citrus. The sourness compliments the saison flavors very well. I get the impression that the yeast also adds some dry and sour characteristics.

This beer tastes better and better the more of it I drink. It's not what I would call balanced, but that's obviously not what the brewer was going for.

The only problem I have with this beer is that there is no date, or even year on it. This is important considering this is a beer that changes drastically from year to year. Thanks a lot Shelton Brothers! (the importer/distributer who discourages dating on the products they import)

abriggs1, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous hazy but bright golden yellow color. A nice tall 1in head that is white and quite active and slowly recedes down.

S - Starts off with a nice strong lemon and orange rind aroma. Nice spices and some mild yeast fight through. Some herbs oregano and rosemary are in the nose.

T - Starts of with a very musty and funky citric and herbal flavor. There is some nice malt sweetness intermingled in there but that is also mixed in there with some nice yeast flavors. Nice tart and lemon zest flavors.

M & D - Very refreshing but on the dangerous side with the 8% ABV. Deceivingly drinkable. Nice complex flavor but overall light and fluffy and crisp.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Knownfactor
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours cloudy light golden with a 1 inch white head. Aroma: citrus, lemon, sweetness, hay. Taste: crisp, light, refreshing, dry, peppery, lemon. slightly bitter dry grapefruit finish. light bodied. An extremely unique beer. Hope i can find more bottles because its delicious!

Knownfactor, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 11, 2010
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
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After about 4 1/2 hours of trying to pry off this bottle cap I was presented with a cork. Oiy...pop! Ok, cork was easy. And a wave of lemon comes forth. Sour lemon. Pours a hazy, light yellow/gold. With the smell it could look like a dirty lemonade. Great head, billows up to about 2 fingers, sticky lacing.
Aroma...yup, lemon. Tart. Light biscuit and dough. Faint banana and clove. A summer beer to be sure.

With the aroma being like it is I expected some lemon up front in the taste. No such luck. Flavors are subdued; honeysuckle, persimmon, pear, lemon on the back, sour. A quick pinch of bite at the finish.

Feels slick and wet. The carbonation is weak and could provide a snap to it, but no. It lacks some zip and therefore feels a bit flat.

Mebuzzard, Jul 03, 2010
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.