Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
The first of three Fantome reviews:
Pours a creamy, neon orange with hearty layer of sediment on the glasses bottom and a sticky full finger's worth of head. The liquid itself is nicely carbonated and is a great visual representation of the spring season.
Bouquet includes heavy citrus aromas (think orange slices, lime) buoyed by fresh ground pepper and liberal Belgian spicing.
Taste is rind sour coupled with some yeastiness and a lemony sweetness. This bridges the gap between Saison and Gueuze, taking the muskiness of the former and implementing the refreshing funkiness of the latter. Triumphantly tasty!
Initially the body of the brew is quite thin on the taste buds, but it seems to build body with each sip. It also never forces its hand, making each particular element shine in its own right, as opposed to focusing on one flavor.
This beer is a refreshing, complex and tasty Spring treat. As with most of Fantome's beers, it reveals new elements with each sip, making it more of an event than a beverage. It's also perfect to share with friend and half of the fun is marveling at a genius beer with a good buddy.
05-30-2010 19:10:42 | More by deapokid
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
750ml corked and capped bottle served at 50 degrees in my ST tulip. No idea how to read the freshness dating, but I'm pretty sure it is a 2009 vintage. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a dense, rocky, two inch bright white cap. Lots of effervescing action beneath the cap and adhering to the bowl. Head eventually disperses into a fairly consistent skim with some swaths and spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Really complex nose - some kind of light, sweet tropical fruit, some citrus, a hint of cork, I am really digging what I smell and can't wait to taste it, so here goes. Taste is not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest - flavor profile is a bit flat. Earthy, grassy and a little tart with some citrus (maybe grapefruit) in the mix. Some of the light fruit comes out at the finish but it's definitely lacking the sweetness suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with not what I would consider a viscosity, but it definitely coats the tongue without lingering for long. Carbonation is lively and pleasant with a semi-dry finish. This beer looks, feels and smells great, but flavor is not what I anticipated. Not my favorite from Fantôme, but also not the worst I've had. Not sure it merited the $15.99 pricetag though.
05-27-2010 23:31:23 | More by Jwale73
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Want to thank merlin48 for sharing this one with me. Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a white head that falls slowly to a ring, decent lace.
Aroma is nice malt with fruit notes, funk, horse blanket and hay.
Taste is bready malts, nice funky notes, fruits, minty notes mingled with earthy and grassy hints. The earthy notes linger into the finish that is lightly dry.
Mouthfeel is light side of medium nice level of carbonation for the style.
Drinkability is great, very enjoyable these guys know how to brew a Saison.
05-25-2010 19:33:20 | More by mntlover
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
A: Cloudy dark yellow with no head. Minimal carbonation.
S: Apples, citrus, pears. Very fruity with some alcohol tone.
T: Sour fruits and hops, taste is very similar to smell here.
M: Medium sour body leaving a fruity after-taste.
D: Very easy drink for the summer :)
05-07-2010 10:28:44 | More by mmahut
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
This is my first review on here. Any criticism/commentary is welcome. Here goes...
750ml Corked and capped bottle from spring 2009 poured into Bruery tulip.
I'm still amazed at how rapidly these Fantome beers change. I opened a bottle of this about 4 or 5 months ago and it was completely different.
A: Bottle opens with a muted pop. Cristal clear pale golden color with a big, creamy white head atop. Slowly recedes with excellent lacing. On second pour a little more haziness emerges. (NOTE: I intended to keep the dregs in the bottle, hence the crystal clear initial pour. The final pour left me with a seriously hazed beer)
S: Wet hay, barnyard, loads of lemony tartness and granny smith apple. A bit of mineral smell as well. I get some limestone. A little biscuitty sweetness in the background.
T: Tart green apple in the fore front with lemon zest and a very dry, chalky minerality. Definitely reminds me of a very acidic vintage champagne.
M: Extremely dry finish with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky. Light to medium palate weight. Wonderful dryness. Very refreshing.
D: A perfect saison for the warming summer months ahead. Tartness and dryness are very extreme, yet well balanced.
I've opened a number of Fantomes in my day and this has to be the most tart of all. The last bottle I opened a few months back had no tartness what so ever. Time has done wonders for this beer.
I love Fantome. The inconsistency is a bit beguiling. It's fascinating to have a beer that is different every time I open it.
05-06-2010 05:44:30 | More by
4.8/5 rDev +19.1%
A - pours cloudy gold, with a LOT of foam. That settles quickly, unless if spills down the sides of your glass
S citrusy or mild grapefruit acidity first, but a little bit of herb notes too - maybe rosemary??? Having a hard time pinpointing the smell
t - refreshing and tart like a good saison. Citrus. light herbs. I prefer this one over the Hiver. Right now, I feel like it has a dryer finish.
M- very bubly, easy to drink, tart. I think just about anyone might actually enjoy this.
D- all night if I could. Though the price, and large bottle size of 8% alcohol would catch up with me. I'd love to share this beer over a meal. Might go well with fish or even could cut through a richer meat and potatoes dish?
05-04-2010 04:38:28 | More by voteforgoat
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured into a Duvel tulip
A: Bright gold with some amber hues. Nice, rocky white head that never seems to die completely. Carbonation is on the high end. Lots of yeast floaties.
S: Skunkiness hits me at first which is quite offputting. This is followed by pleasant hay-like aromas. A hint of barnyard like smells like mustiness and some earthy aromas. The hops are strong. After you wade through the skunkiness, you get some very nice hay and grassy aromas with a hint of some spiciness.
T: A very flavorful beer. Unfortunately the green bottle allowed sun to spoil this a bit. The skunkiness is the first thing you get. As it warms up and sits awhile, the skunk seems to wander off, but his presence is still there in the background. Once I chew through the skunkiness, I get some more of those haylike and grassy flavors from the hops. The malts are subltly sweet with a nice underlying fruitiness. The fruitiness is on the citrus end of things, with a nice tartness. I was worried this beer would be too sour (not a big sour fan), but was pleasantly surprised. There is some faint spiciness likely from the yeast or the spices added. In the end, some barnyard character comes out with a touch of leather and a hint of sweat.
M: Perfect saison mouthfeel. Lively carbonation, light bodied and finishes dry as a bone. Picture perfect. Leaves you wanting more.
D: A nice saison. I hate to say it, but the green bottle really destroyed this one for me. The skunkiness killed a lot of the flavors and the aromas. I really hope I can find another bottle that isn't light stuck. I will definitely re-review it. Skunked or not, this was a really solid beer. Definitely worth a try for those saison lovers like myself.
04-23-2010 01:59:49 | More by brewdoc75
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
750 ml bottle, 8% abv. Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky white head. Good head retention. A good amount of sediment floating about.
Funky, sour notes up front. A bit of lemon zest, and pepper. Yeasy and fruity notes. A bit herbal as well. Nice complexity.
Sour and lactic in the beginning. A bit of a lemon flavor. A faint pepper note. Just a shade leathery. Dries out near the finish.
Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden so very well. Delicious. Perfect for a sunny, warm spring day.
04-04-2010 19:52:45 | More by Bierguy5
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Always full of excitement when trying a new fantome. Nice pop when the cork comes free, beautiful dark gold pour. Thick, almost amber with a huge, creamy white head. Gentle swirling in the glass works to coax the head back up to a steady 1/2 inch. Very pleasing. Smells faintly of lemons and honeysuckle. Taste is a surprising mix of sweet and sour. Some light tartness, almost like green apples, and lots of honeysuckle, some sweet vanilla, then the sour apple comes back. Mouthfeel is super smooth. Perfect for big gulps. Drinkability is perfect. I would drink another one right away if it was not so unusual for me to find, and so expensive. Really, a phenomenal beer.
04-03-2010 22:07:15 | More by Onibubba
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
The birds have returned and the Chinese magnolias are in full bloom - seems like Spring is upon us here in Los Angeles, so time to crack open a seasonal ale.
Bottle lists a BBD range of 2008 - 2013, none marked. The cork code is simply the phone number of the brewery, so no clue when this was actually bottled (no later than 2008 obviously).
Cork comes out with a loud pop, which is a small triumph for Fantome - I haven't had a flat bottle in a while, but it used to be every one I purchased was severely lacking in carbonation.
Poured into my Troubadour tulip.
Solidly opaque lemon-tinged icterine body. Active head hisses its way down to a half finger of creamy ivory suds. Good lacing and retention.
Lime, very faint penicillin, lactic yeast notes, and a light sourdough aroma as well. Restrained.
Lemon-lime, sour milk, mineral-rich champagne, pomegranate seeds, and lemon gum drops. Sweet, tart, with a slightly drying finish. I find myself searching fruitlessly for any sign of hops or phenols. Reminds me of a high-end fresh mimosa with maybe a dash of home-made bitters and a squeeze of slighly fermented lemon juice.
Creamy yet crisp. Just about medium-bodied, with a light effervesence.
If this is so much like lemonade, what is their Summer seasonal like (I'll have to open one of those next).
02-23-2010 03:16:12 | More by augustgarage
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8% ABV, space for date notched but nothing is there.
Thanks to Bnieman for sharing this bottle with me!
A - Hazy yellow white and pretty carbonated. A modest pour put up a little less than two fingers of totally white head. Lower retention with fair lace on the glass.
S - Spicy white pepper with a solid lemon zest. Yeasty all over the place with a light malt backbone that holds it together nicely. Round and not overly spicy but it's got a light skunk to it. Faint, not bad.
T - Pretty level malts with a very well-balanced yeasty flavor. Lots of lemon citrus zest and spices but not overpowering. White pepper and perhaps coriander. Very well balanced and round. Light skunk comes up on a burp.
M - Massively carbonated, it's probably one of the highest levels of carbonation I've had in a beer. Medium-light bodied with a smooth texture and bubbly finish.
D - Probably too drinkable, I'm going through my glass pretty fast. The balance is impeccable. Totally awesome!
02-15-2010 03:14:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
750 mL bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a firm white head, good retention though it dies a little bit on the second pour, good lace.
S: Smells like a mix of lemon-lime Gatorade and coriander, intriguing and different.
T: Great overt lime juice and green apple components right off the bat. Definite Meyer lemon undertones, moderate acidity in there lends a wealth of flavour along with yeasty bready character on the back end which adds more complexity.
M: I'm loving the acidity and crispness in this, perfect for the springtime, some creamy feel from the billowy head early on, but as you go through the bottle the almost citric-like acid comes to the forefront.
D: This is what I love about saison, you never know what to expect, and there's room for tons of experimentation. This would make a great food pairing beer, Provencal seafood comes to mind. I'm glad I finally ponied up the cash to try this beauty.
01-19-2010 03:51:46 | More by Halcyondays
3.95/5 rDev -2%
While not up to Fantome's flagship, this is still a very good saison. It's a cloudy yellow beer with a nice head. The richness of the grain flavor is what strikes me most about this beer. It's a mix of sweet and dry with plenty of spice. There's a lemony sourness in the finish. Overall, it's just a bit middle of the road for Fantome. Perhaps, my expectations were just too high.
01-09-2010 05:10:25 | More by popery
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
A 750ml bottle to celebrate New Years with friends!
Pours yellow with no head at all, just the smallest white ring.
Smells of yeast, sharp sour apple, and some spices (ginger or the like for sure).
Tastes of lemon, tart funk, sour apple, and herbs. A bit of barnyard that is so pleasant. Perhaps the most accessible Fantome of all.
Has the mouthfeel of champagne and goes down oh so well. One of my favorite Fantomes, highly recommended to any Saison, Belgian, Whit, or Fruit beer lover.
01-01-2010 17:03:11 | More by jampics2
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
75cl bottle. Hazy-nearing-opaque gold with a medium-large head that leaves plenty of lace. Very bretty and funky with lemons, tropical fruit, honey, leather, spices, and herbal hops. The flavor is actually pretty sour and funky with lots of lemon, though not tongue-scrapingly acidic like the Beatification we had later. Grainy malt provides a touch of sweetness, and some spices add to the complexity. Dry overall, but with a nice balance between everything, and a smooth integration of flavors. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation. Great beer, and it looks like it has developed a lot since the spring, with plenty of wild stuff in the bottle doing its thing. I could drink this all night.
12-07-2009 23:13:57 | More by bulletrain76
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours the hazy color of hay with a wispy white head and little lacing.
Smells of sour green apples and white grapes with some barnyardy brett.
Taste is in the same league. Nicely tart with nice green apple, peach and underripe grape tastes with some wonderful barnyard funk. This is the beer I'd give to people to show just how tasty "barnyard" can be.
This is so clean and refreshing with some very nice, light carbonation.
Drinkability is very high. Refreshing and delicious, I could drink this all day.
Wonderful beer and big ups to bulletrain76 for sharing--I think I liked this beer more than anyone else at the tasting.
12-07-2009 06:40:06 | More by photomike
4.03/5 rDev 0%
bottle courtesy of bulletrain76
S: vinous, tart, acidic, earthy
A: clear(at least my pour), straw yellow, minimal white head
T: Cidery, sligh sour tartness, vinous, earthiness, yeasty
M: Light, very dry finish
D: Good, thin body and dryness= very drinkable
Overall: great drinkability, above average saison.
12-06-2009 17:53:37 | More by bret27
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a fluted tulip glass.
A- Poured a very nice gold with a thick white head, very clear.
S- Fruity and yeasty, hints of spiciness. The mustiness of the yeast prevails.
T- Yeasty and bready, hints of grapefruit and orange, a bit tart, earthy and grassy.
M- Bubbly, medium bodied, coats the tongue well.
D- A good example of the style, but a bit heavy.
Not as good as other Fantome products I have had, but very good nonetheless.
11-15-2009 01:48:14 | More by cichief
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
green 750ml bottle. cork 086/477044. notching scheme on the label is never utilized. tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.
golden straw color w lightly orange tint. slightly hazy first pour, even hazier in the second. murky dark dregs. 2-finger foamy white head, fades to thin wisps and ring, replenished by duvel tulip's etching. great curtainous lacing.
aroma: very fruity tropical aroma, like fresh squeezed orange juice, w touch of passion fruit and pineapple. like starburst candy. lots of mustiness upfront, but dissipates and becomes a gentler farmhouse scent. fruitiness, also now with white grape character, remains dominant however. hint of hops. candied orange peel, candied ginger, traces of licorice and anise.
taste: the same fruity-sweet, candy-like flavors again, w bright to moderate acidity, plus some bready malt. some grassy euro hops w relatively mild bitterness. similar spicing as the aroma, in the backend and the finish. mild farmhouse notes, but again just dominated by the fruitiness, further accentuated by acidity.
light to medium body, somewhat smooth, cut into sharply by acidity and touch of astringency. acidity and the light crispness of otherwise moderate carbonation, helps w moments of fluffiness, but still a bit on the acidic side.
DANY!! what's going on? something is off-kilter here! all your recent batches of saisons smell and taste like tropical starburst candies!
09-23-2009 23:02:54 | More by tai4ji2x
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Nose is slightly skunky, slightly funky yeasty. Lemongrass powdery-dry cirtric herbal earthy. Smells pretty good.
Pours moderately haze pale yellow apricot with mild head. Look good.
Nice tartness upfront, lots of yeast - funky not crazy, very lemon and some orange (blood orange?) with sweet-lemon sweetness. Dry powder, dry wheat. Maintains nice tartness and carbonation throughout. Moderately fruity. Not a light quencher like a typical Saison - lots of flavor and body with nice acidity indeed. Spicy white pepper maybe coriander. Wonderful tones of lemon (both in flavor and sweetness). Tastes good. Feels quite good. Great drinkability.
09-07-2009 19:40:16 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
Into a tulip, pours a white head atop a virtually impenetrable, yellowish/slightly golden body. The head reforms quickly due to the carbonation, but weak legs and no lacing.
Wonderful aromas of Belgian spices, oranges, melon, and earth. Very pleasant, mellow, and enjoyable.
Much less grass and earth in the flavors than the aromas. A sip yields citrus, orange, and even a little bitterness and a quaff more fruit, such as orange peel, and even a little sourness.
The mouthfeel is full and chewy; almost thick. I can see why the carbonation settles the head quickly. A lot going on here.
This is similar to the classic Fantome, but more fruity and sweet than the grassiness of the original. Excellent.
09-04-2009 00:44:29 | More by jminsc76
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
750 split with jessethehutt. 2009 edition I believe.
Dull yellowish orange with minimal head; intricate lacing pattern. Not sure if I grabbed a bottle that fell off the shelf at some point, but full of small yeast particles as if the bottle had been roughly handled.
Nose seems a little muted until the beer warms to proper temp. A little herbal/citrus yeasty funkiness, and maybe lemon peel or some other lemony herb?
Taste amplifies the smell. Citrusy mid palate, lemon peel. A little herbal funk. Lemony/herbal combination is delicious. Only semi-dry, a little sweetness on the finish.
Lack of dry/crisp finish is a little disappointing, knocking both mouthfeel and drinkability.
Of course, still a highly drinkable beer. Great with Tillamook vintage white cheddar.
08-24-2009 02:58:54 | More by JRhode
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
750 ml cork and capped bottle:
Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy pure white had that stays. Creamy lacing sticks. An elegant looking beer.
The smell is of lemon, freshly cut grass with tart fruity notes. Barnyardy hay and some floral notes mix in.
The taste is grainy and mildly funky with a mild sweetness. The fruitiness is lemon/orange tartness. Light peppery spiciness mixes with the sweet and tart. It finishes dry.
The feel, is, dare I say...perfect (and, if not, close enough to give it a "perfect" score). It is effervescent and creamy. Very smooth and undeniably refreshing. Alcohol is dangerously covered.
Fantome Printemps is another masterpiece from this great brewery. As usual, the description doesn't give it justice, as there is a way that this brewery has of making the spiciness elusive, a bit tough to describe, but so delicious. Subtle complexities are there, yet mild enough to make it so easy to drink. I can see how this fits the "spring" well, though completely enjoyable year-round!
08-13-2009 17:29:58 | More by jwc215
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
If there is a more consistent brewer than Fantome, I have not found it. Pours hazy orange-gold, bright, with a huge rocky white head. Fresh apricot can citrus with a funky yeast sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and clean, and a little more astringent than expected. Lovely fresh taste of fruit; more apricots, lemon, and oranges. Accompanied by coriander and citrus zest with a little bit of peppery hops. Earthy yeast background balances out the sweetness. I know "Printemps" is French for "spring" and when it comes to beer, this really feels like a springtime brew.
08-13-2009 16:42:28 | More by magictrokini
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.