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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy bronze-ish amber color with a low but steady light beige head. Light carbonation but leaves sheets of lace. Spicy, mostly malty, aroma; not what I expected at all - not very Belgiany, yeasty, etc... Primarily malty and spicy in flavor; not at all like Saison Dupont. Spicy cardamom or black licorice notes.... Medium bodied and smooth with a light spicy and alcohol finish but pretty well balanced.

A good brew but not worth the price ... stick with Dupont for an awesome saison. Understand that this is their Spring brew; would like to taste their regular saison to compare to Dupont.

Label states: "Belgian saison ale brewed with spices"

($8.99 / 25.4 oz. corked and capped bottle)

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With one of those lovely corked and capped bottles that are a royal pain, I finally poured this beer into a glass. It was a hazy yellow color and formed a huge bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and bread is present. A flavor of hops, citrus with lemon dominating with a slight yeast character. The finish was a touch dry. Not a bad saison, but expected from this brewer.

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Photo of aracauna
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body was a nice rich, dark amber topped of with a stiff foamy off-white head. The aroma is grass, green tree leaves broken in late summer (oak, pecan), plums, tangerines and cheese. The flavor is light biscuity malt and subtle fruitiness, maybe pear.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Printemps is the Spring offering from Fantôme. The cork fought hard & took some extracting. It finally popped with a loud crack, followed by impressive gun smoke from the 1 Pt 9,4 fl.oz greenglass Bottle. A head formed inside, as the change in partial pressures released the CO2 from its liquid exile. A fruity looking apricot-peachy skin color, with some russet, autumnal tones. Not totally clear, it had a mild haze, but this is a Saison & perfectly acceptable. The beer emerged from the small bottle mouth with huge carbonation. Hard to carefully pour without upsetting the yeast – ah! who cares - I like my beer with a 10” head!!!. It positively smattered the sides of my drinking glass with a muddy cream colored whispy lace, as it slowly collapsed to a realistic tighter level of around ¼”. Aromas immediately reminded me of a strong Kasteel Blond fused with young lambic, intermixed with fresh herbal notes and spicy undertones. The nose also gave warning of vinegary, acidic tastes - but these never quite transpired. For the alcohol is prevalent at the beginning (indicated as 8% ABV) and really hits the cheeks causing some “salivian” reactions. This alcoholic sucker punch soon makes way for a lovely smooth spicy middle that Really Teases you, “Which floral offerings are in this beer ???”, Hhmm…. You will constantly ask yourself this question. You will never know!, for it is a trade secret, but man is it great fun guessing!. Mouthfeel is powerful & very good, no doubt aided by the alcohol & carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry. As I worked my way thro' the beer, I started to get a hoppy, coniferous pine needle trait in the end, which was very refreshing. Also, I found that when I added the sediment at the end, it contributes a greater spiciness to the beer, and dried fruits, sultanas, etc. in the aftertaste.
A VERY complex, Saison beer, that will no doubt horrify and stun some drinkers....
......But I think its Bloody Fantastic!!
Heres to the next 100 Beer Reviews !

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
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