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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

529 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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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 LordAdmNelson
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of tjfinkle
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of abriggs1
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Knownfactor
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy dark yellow with a dense creamy white head.

S-lots of floral herbal notes with a ton of lemon in the nose, hints of earthy dirt and some toasted grain with a light spicy phenolic finish.

T-the lemon really drives this flavor, herbal grass up front, very light earthy malt with a touch of wheat and grain. A light underlying medicinal phenol. The finish has a note of bitterness with a touch of clove spice to it.

M-smooth on the palate with a good medium body and a strong carbonation giving it a good clean crisp finish.

D-this is quite tasty, lots of fruit flavors, mostly lemon, sweet but not cloying and a light earthy undertone to balance. The nose has a little too much lemon to be great and the phenol in the taste detracts slightly for me. still very good!

Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle - 2010 vintage - served into a tulip glass

Pours a super cloudy (though no yeast sediment is visible) lemon-yellow that really glows when held to light. A decent cap of head forms at 1.5 fingers in size. Lacing occurs in tight little swoops.

One expects originality and unique experiences from Fantome beers. The 2010 version of Printemps has a nose unlike any beer I've had before. TONS of lemon and lime or, to be more precise, lemonade and limeade blast the nose. I say lemonade because you can make out the smell of straight-up sugar. Dany Prignon is not afraid to use adjuncts like spices, sugars and fruit juices in his esoteric, artisinal farmhouse ales. But there is a funk character behind the lemon/lime-ade sweetness. You get the smell of dank, sweaty feet and, like, mildew. Some ballsweat and pungent flowers and Neosporin too. This is FUCKED up. In a good way!

This year's Printemps is more subtle on the palate than in the nose. The aroma sugests that the lemonade flavor would be really strong but it isn't at all. There is a watered-down limeade flavor that is reinforced with a whole bouquet of flowers - petals, stalks, pollen and all. Plenty of medicinal, plasticky phenolic flavors. Apart from a splash of hay there isn't much of a wild yeast component to the taste of this beer. Crackery malt ala a Pilsner comes to the fore on the finish before yielding to grapefruit peel. This is a very good Spring or Summer saison, it just isn't complex enough to be great.

The mouthfeel is pretty interesting in that it feels to the tongue to be very smooth and low in carbonation but your cheeks feel some carbonation sharpness. Either way, it works and adds a bit of character to the beer. The delicate, floral flavors make for a damn drinkable saison (provided that you, like me, can enjoy the bitterness of medicinal-tasting phenols).

Fantome beers are always a welcome journey. You never know what to expect from batch-to-batch, especially with the seasonal Saison D'Ereze'e lineup. The 2010 Printemps isn't amazing, but it is worth buying right now for a lovely Summer's night spent on your back porch, listening to music, chatting with friends.

Photo of TrueRates
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new Fantome for me! Pours a cloudy hay like color with a frothy, dense bubbled head. The head died down to a thin lacing after about a minute. Aromas of lemon juice, pine sol, sourdough, and lovely saison yeast . Lovely bright acidic lemon-lime taste with lots of wheatlike bread characteristics. Clean dry finish with phenomenal refreshment. High drinkability and hides the 8% alc. very well. Pretty amazing stuff!

Photo of gyllstromk
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fantom Printemps is a seasonal variety that varies by season. This category should be split by season. My review is for Spring 2010.

Pours a cloudy, orange that glows nicely. Citrus aromas, heavy tropical notes, with earthy character. Flavor is best described as a tropical jolly rancher, with juniper notes and a hint of sunscreen. A sour finish evoking grapefruit. Very refreshing, and tastes like Spring.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice fluffy everlasting head. Plenty of lacing and lots of bubbles rushing up to feed the massive head. The been is a fairly clear bright yellow.

S- Yeasty and lemony. Its got some light spices thrown in there too. A green tea like aroma comes out from time to time. Mostly its sweetened lemon, like lemonade.

T- A lot like the nose would suggest. Lots and lots of sweetened lemon and yeast with a touch of some delicate spices.

M- Light and crisp. It gets sorta sticky after a while. It creates the same feeling you get when you eat too much hard candy. You can feel the sugar in this.

D- After a while it got a bit cloying and tough to finish. Its just so strong on lemonade, sugar and lemon juice. ABV or body was not a problem here at all though.

Photo of sjccmd
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky and creamy golden yellow. Frothy white head that dissipates quickly.

Bright and citrusy aroma. Orange peel, grapefruit, and flowers rounded with some sweet biscuity malts. A unique yeast aroma, unique even for Fantôme.

Crazy flowery taste. Lots of citrus, spices, lemon zest, and maybe chamomile. I really can't identify most of what is going on in this beer.The flavor is so complex but everything somehow works together.

I have recently started brewing beer which has helped me identify more flavors in beer, but I really have no idea what is really put into this beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. A good amount of carbonation brings out the citrus even more.

I find it hard to believe this is 8%. I immediately regret sharing this beer with a few others. I could have probably finished the 750ml bottle by myself and wanted more.

Another excellent and unique beer from Fantôme.

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Hazy golden straw lemon body. Cottony white finger of tightly-packed head. Decent retention and lacing. Subdued nose of fruity wheat malt with notes of honey, lemon zest, and flowers.

Tangy wheat malt up front. Interesting mix of sweetish fruits (tropical, melon, and kiwi) and grassy, herbal, spices. Kiss of honey near the finish, along with soft wheat-y malts, a bit of strawberry, and some chamomile (?). Peppery, grassy, herbal bitter finish, with some lingering honeydew melon and a little must. Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel. Tasty and very spring-like.

Photo of hawks10
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip...not sure of the age on this one...

Pours a nice glowing golden orange, hazy, with three fingers of soft white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin haze on top of the beer...

Having a hard time with the nose on this one...starts out similar to a hefe, bananas and clove, slight pepper spice. A slight tart aroma, lemony and overall citrusy starts to emerge. Then I am hit with some funk, wet, musty, barnyard aromas abound. Usually if I were to describe these aromas in a review, the beer would get at least a 4.5 grade for the smell, but for some reason all these aromas don't meld together well, it's just not working for me like it usually does in most other Fantome beers, or even from a Lambic or American Wild...

Hmmm, bready and malty with a nice citrus twist, like the nose, I think I am experiencing a somewhat bizarre hefe...the beer has a real creamy texture and little to no liveliness on the tongue, contrary to most reviews here, maybe the bottle is past its prime? This slick, creamy feel really affects the taste in my opinion, and not in a good way. I get some citrus, banana and spice, mixed with a touch of earthy funk but the taste kind of just sits on the tongue and becomes stale...

Medium bodied and although the pour produced a nice lively head, I really cannot detect much carbonation on the tongue. The beer just feels too creamy and silck, I really think a lively, bubbly feel would have really given this beer much better marks...

This particular Fantome was a bit of an enigma to me...the appearance was great and all the tiny little smells are usually right up my alley, but for some reason they didn't work. All the little nuances in the taste are also what I look for in a beer, yet again, it really didn't work for me. The mouthfeel was just too slick and adversely affected the flavor in my opinion. Weird, I pretty much love everything from Fantome and all the weird little things that together make a great beer. Printemps, for some reason, just really didn't work for me and it makes me sad. I have one more bottle that I will crack in the future in hopes that this particular bottle was just a bit off...

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a beautiful hazy light yellow color with a very very very small head on it that sort of makes a small appearence to make sure you know it's there and then falls to a ring around the glass. No lacing and no retention.

S= Lemony. I get a lot of lemon and a lot of black pepper smell to it. A decent amount of orange rind to it as well. Smells a lot like citrus peels.

T= Not as lemony as the smell but still lemony. Not too tart for a fantome beer but a little tart. Sort of a delicate beer I would say. A little pepper to it and a little funk. The dominate flavors are citrus peels like lemon and grapefruit with a little orange. The orange flavor is a good description. Sort of a low acid orange juice taste.

M= Almost uncarbonated. Really really really low carbonation and a thick feel

D= Good beer but a carbonation problem for sure. Will I buy it again? Prolly. Great taste and uniqueness that only fantome can deliver and worth seeking out just don't expect much carbonation.

Photo of deapokid
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mntlover
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.