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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

god bless spuyten duvel. for all their snotty hipster defaults, they have beers like this well preserved and ready to roll always. something to be said for that. typical fantome goodness. hazy yellow/green with a white head that holds well and leaves nice lace. just plain attractive. sour lemon, pear, grass, herbs, a touch of white pepper in the nose and taste. all in perfect balance. soft, velvety and creamy with a finish that morphs and just plain puts a smile on my face. my $26 bottle dissapeared WAY to quickly, but i felt like it was one of the best 26 bucks i've ever spent. supremely drinkable and a MUST for saison fans. i cannot believe hennepin scores higher than this beer. completely different level.

timtim, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL Fantome bottle ($14.99 in Detroit). The beer is hazed bright yellow-orange with a huge cumulus of white dry-looking foam. The aroma has some of the earthiness you expect from Fantome but above all I could smell fresh fruits like lemons, oranges, and pears. The fruit mixed well with the background saison must to give a really appealing nose. The beer tasted near perfect, sweet and sour components as if from the fruit themselves, maybe some spice or hops bite but not much, and the Fantome mystifyingly delicious base. The body is north of water but still light feeling, this bottle was empty before I knew it. Fantastic, among the best I've tried from Fantome, and really most everything they make is good.

TurdFurgison, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a murky gold with a big cloudy white head, very thick and long lasting. Aroma is a little funky, kind of off like a sub-par pilsner, grassy too, but that seems really out of place here; gains some fruity and sugary notes as it warms , tangerine-like and very sweet. Taste starts out slightly sweet, a bit undercarbonated, very citrusy with a fruity and sugary twang. A little too sweet and cloying for the style as this brew lacks some balance and tastes too much like a fruit drink, it misses some of the sharpness, balance and dryness of most saisons.

All in all, this is a pretty disappointing brew, it improved with the second glass but still misses the mark in most categories. There are tons of native Belgian and American-made saisons that are far better.

saintwarrick, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden color with a slight tangerine orange tint to it. Has about two fingers of off-white head which is on the fizzy side and fizzles down relatively quickly, keeping a wispy, thin lace that is fullest around the edges. Leaves some droplets of stick on the sides.

Smell has a very light, floral bouquet, along with a good amount of zesty, tangy lemon. Along with the lemon there is a lot of other fruit going on as well - apples, pears, sweeter citrus like orange or grapefruit. Not to be forgotten is the Fantome funk and some soft spicing. The nose has a very cooling, menthol sort of quality to it as well.

Taste begins with a big dose of slightly tart and funky fruit flavor. Lots of lemon zest in particular, but also some green apple and not quite ripe pears. The funk factor and sourness are here but somewhat modest - has a slightly puckering sourness to it but it actually doesn't end up feeling as sour as I expected upon first sip. It's just a very pleasant tartness. Spices come to the fore in the finish, where there is some coriander and black pepper. Has an earthy, almost dirty sort of flavor as well, so I'm not sure what other spices I might be missing. It has virtually no residual sweetness but does have a bit of bready grain flavor that mixes with the spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely crisp, light and smooth. It's on the lighter side of a medium body, with somewhat spritzy carbonation, but not overly so. It's lively enough to make it very crisp. It's dry, but not super dry, even though there is virtually no residual sweetness.

Although this is not my favorite Fantome beer or my favorite saison, I found it extremely light and refreshing. A great saison for a warm summer day, and I suppose that's why it's a seasonal! Very nice.

number1bum, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Lakeview

Printemps proudly shows off a glowing apricot body with enough haziness to make it difficult to see through the body. The white head is incredibly dense and creamy, instead of the intricate Belgian lace left behind it leaves chunky sheet lacing all down the glass that eventually fades back into the body. After a few minutes the head sits atop the body like meringue.

The nose on this beer is nothing if not unique. When cold it reminds me of a pool in the summer; yes, there's a slight smell of chlorine but it's not bad somehow. Dried apricot and a spiciness that I can't put my finger on come around secondly. If I had to make a guess on the spice fresh thyme would be closest but it's a fairly mild version. White pepper, orange peel and rotting cedar bring up the rear with some warming. This happens to be yet another odd Fantome from the smell of things and while interesting just doesn't do much for me. Warming does help this beer a great deal, as it nears room temp the aromas come together much better.

Sugar cookie sweetness lays down a solid base while the crazy spiciness and fruit layer over the top. The unidentifiable spiciness leads the way with dried, peppery apricots coming in waves. Green apple and gritty pear bring up the rear with a more vibrant, fresh apricot quality. There's a quick flash of tartness on the swallow and a musty aroma lurking underneath. Printemps is a good saison.

The body has a light airy feel with an active carbonation that adds a tongue awakening, but fairly soft, prickliness. There are enough hops in this beer to bring along a mild bitterness after a few drinks and the carbonation has the sensation of scrubbing the tastebuds along with a fairly dry finish.

The alcohol is deceptively hidden in this beer which could make for a dangerous libation. The lighter body keeps this beer flowing easily.

Printemps is another strange creation from Fantome but one that's grown on me as it's warmed. The flavors come together nicely and the spices used fit insanely well, although different. I can't get enough of the crazy creations coming out of the farmhouse in Soy.

joe1510, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at just-above refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Part of the label is torn off, and I can't read the markings on the right side of the front label. Everything above the S box is torn off, but there are no other markings on the bottle, so I'm guessing this was bottled in either October, November, or December? The cork reads "086/477044."

A - Pours a very hazy golden brown, through which light can barely pass through. The head is thick but very light and airy, and fades after a sip or two.

S - Farmy, fruity, yeasty, and musky. I get dried apricots, freshly baked bread, overripe peach, grass, tart apple, and basement musk. Absolutely remarkable.

T - The fruity notes stand out most prominently to me. More dried apricots, a touch of orange peel, white grapes, and pear all working in concert. The finish is long and very enjoyable. Despite the plethora of flavors, this brew has such a balanced taste that only develops more as it warms.

M - The tartness of the wild yeasts provide a great backdrop to the sweetness of the brew, so that it is still crisp and refreshing to drink, but not bone-dry. The balanced mouthfeel definitely contributes to the long finish I mentioned above.

D - My first taste of Fantome, and I'm very excited to try others. This brew is a must-try for saison lovers, in my opinion. I'm drinking this brew while listening to Beethoven's fifth piano concerto, sitting next to the wide-open window right after it rained. Such an enjoyable experience!

vrazionale, May 31, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a large snifter. Shared by oglmcdgl. Thanks!

A- This Fantome had a mix of light yellow and gold with more focus on the former. It looks quite nice but not much in terms of a formed head or lace, just some faint patches of foam here and there.

S- Wonderful aromas of spices that I cant put a name on. Some grassy hops and a sour smell coming from this. Very faint horseblanket with some Belgian yeast.

T- I was on the fence for the first few sips but some warming helped this tremendously and boosted up the sour tones some too. Earthy and floral hops with some malt backing and =yeasy adding to the earthy appeal. With most Fantome's a spice which is not known by me but good none the less.

M- Light in the carbonation but just enough to put a crispness on the tounge. This one was not exactly smooth with the slight tartness but not exactly rough because of the saison aspects of the beer. This one is a step below medium bodied.

D- I liked it but not my favorite by fantome, they do pump out some serious beers though. I enjoyed this for what it was and look forward to more.

BARFLYB, May 29, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a while.

Smell: yeast, apricots, golden apples and coriander are pleasant on the nose. A very soft funk is barely noticable.

Taste: big yeast flavor with apricots, golden apples, golden raisins, coriander, soft clove, and some farmhouse funk comes through. Bitterness is mild but brings the fruity sweetness into check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry late. Aftertaste is short but funky and full of apricots and apples.

Drinkability: nice springtime afternoon beer as temps start to get in the 80's. Easy to drink as the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Great beer.

Gavage, May 23, 2009
Photo of dougfir
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's nearly 100 degrees outside, so what better time to relax and open this bottle. Saison is my favorite, and everything I've had from this brewery has been spectacular so far.

Appearance - Pours a golden hazy yellow, with very little head. Upon initial pour it almost appeared to be lacking carbonation, but it eventually foamed up a bit and started lacing.

Smell - Sour, hints of apple cider and kombucha. This is really the first time I've noted any sort of 'urine' smell in a beer. It doesn't detract from it at all though.

Taste - Wow, where to begin on this one. It hits with a tart, sour funk that slowly opens into a more mellow citrus, grapefruit like flavor. If you've ever had really well fermented kombucha (a type of tea), it tastes a bit like this. I wonder if there isn't some kombucha fungus used in this fermentation. Finishes very dry and estery. Little alcohol to be noted.

Mouthfeel - My bottle could use a little more carbonation. I feel it would bring the flavors out a bit more. But still goes down very easy. Is this really 8% abv?

Drinkability - Outstanding...on these warm days, I could easily drink two of these 750ml bottles.

Overall, a great and very interesting beer. I would highly recommend trying this one if you get a chance.

dougfir, May 17, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PRINTEMPS indeed! what a Great spring summer beer! Fantome makes such great unique beer mostly saison's but mostly curiously different than any other saison style beer.

Looks great I love there label, because it sort of looks stupid. But these brewers are anything but making some amazing beer. The glass and sophistication is within the bottle and not as so often is the case one the exterior. I feel like its a life lesson...

anyway it pours a light golden amber and has bone white head. decent head retention for such bubbly head.

Smells like peach and spice, with a hint of alcohol.

and the taste is very mouth filling and refreshing, one of the best summer/spring saisons I have had. I get sour apple, peach and a bit of coriander?? This beer has a wonderful finish and is a pleasure to drink.

flannelman808, May 13, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, mild funk, apricots, and citrus fruits, in that order. As it warms the funk gains some steam and the fruit aromas diminish.

Tastes very good. The funky, somewhat tart fruit flavors are the first thing to hit the palate, and are soon eased by sweeter fruit and a light spiciness. Equal amounts of the aforementioned flavors carry through to the very lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem polishing off the 750 and could have another.

Overall this is a complex saison, with more funk and tart fruit characteristics than I'm used to seeing in this style. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, May 12, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky wheat, some head leave fast to ring. Thin bubbled close the ring lacing, with cascades.

S - Tart, lemony, wheat like smell. Some funk apparent.

T - Definite funk, sour at finish, with lemon freshness in the interim.

M - Light body, great carb, decent mouth, a little thin for my tastes, but not necessarily wrong for the style.

D - I think I am finally getting into the sour thang.

srandycarter, May 03, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow pour with a small white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and citric. Sugary, orange, other citric flavors. Lemon. Palate is rich with flavors. At first the citris comes through from the nose, then it turns into a soury, overripe fruit. Cherry. Funky. Effervescence is present, but not as much as expected from the style. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a touch creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

This beer is a treat to drink because of all the wonderful and different qualities it brings to the table, err, glass. The beer starts out sweet and citric and moves into a funky sourish palate and finish. Each sip is a journey through many qualities. A pleasure.

TheDoorman, May 03, 2009
Photo of gregc
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy yellowish color with a white fluffy head. With little yeast particles floating all around.
Wonderful aroma...that barnyard funk that fantome is known for, grass, apple fresh cut herbs...maybe some thyme, and marjoram.
Great flavor in this one. Lots of Apple, mustiness, funk, fresh cut grass, wheat, banana and clove. Nice mouthfeel very smooth, nice champangne like carbonation. Another great Saison from the master brewers at Fantome.

gregc, May 01, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a dirty golden color with a nice fluffy pure white head that settled into a nice cap. The aroma has a nice farmhouse funk, some pepper, banana, clove and a sugary lemon. Light farmhouse flavors; nice spicy yeast, clove and banana. A bit sugary sweet, not enough funk; some sugary lemon in the end which is a bit unique. The feel is light to moderate, creamy texture with soft carbonation, a tad sweet, close to cloying. The first 750ml I bought was a drain pour, completely flat. This one had a decent amount of life still. I think it is starting to show its age but was definitely much more drinkable than the other bottle. Overall a sweet saison, a bit too sweet and not enough of the barnyard funk flavors.


Gmann, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of rallison
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Fantome that I haven't had? Sweet. You truly never know what you are going to get.

Cloudy darker golden color with a minimal head.

Huge earthy spiciness in the nose. This immediately reminds me of the nose of Pissenlit (the dandelion beer), despite it being years since I've had that beer. Grassy, earthy, flowery, wow. I swear, this smells exactly like dandelions. Loving it. Touches of sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste itself is a very mellow, balanced, smooth beer. Low carbonation - tastes like a fair bit of wheat was used to soften the body. Slightly watery mid-palate. Could probably use a touch more carbonation. Still, nice.

This beer is great, if only for the nose. The taste and body are good, but it is the nose that keeps drawing me back.

Recommended. Oh, Fantome, how unique you are.

rallison, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just love opening a bottle of a Fantome I haven't yet experienced.

This pours into my Ommegang 10th anniversary goblet quite golden and sunny, with some good bubbly action. Decent retention - this beer is definitely not flat, a problem I've had on occasion with other bottles of Fantome. This beer has such an innocuous look, I feel as though I could be looking at any number of pedestrian pale ales, not necessarily a complicated farmhouse ale...which of course, this most likely is. I should note that my last pour with much of the sediment made this extremely murky, the color of dark, unfiltered apple cider. From innocuous to brooding.

In the nose, this is characteristically rustic and Brett-y - spicy, musky leather along with a bit of the half-fermented orange juice I always seem to find in Fantome. Hints of odd fragrant perfume-y spices, maybe thyme, myrrh and/or rosemary. Freshly mowed grass, I love that smell of freshly cut grass...yeah, this is going to be a good one.

To my palate, this seems a little tighter, a little more dialed-in than most Fantomes. I taste leather, bitter orange, clove, fennel, maybe even some mushroom, yet there is a pervasive grassy hop character holding sway, lasting from start to finish. Malt is subservient to the yeast and hops here, but when it warms, I get some wheat bread in the finish and aftertaste. True to style, this is dry. I detect no trace of the 8% ethanol - that makes for a pretty freakin' strong saison, so I figured I'd taste some alcohol...but nope, none to be found. I'm running about 75% to 25% on good bottles of Fantome vs. flat, disappointing bottles of Fantome, but this particular bottle is clearly at or near the top of its game.

Feel blasts my expectations out of the water for a saison of this strength. The bubbles are not as coarse as you'd find in a 6% saison, but they still gain plenty of traction. Not at all watery, this has some excellent depth and chewiness to it.

To those of us who get excited over strong, complex farmhouse ales, this is one we want. If you've had Fantome before, I wouldn't necessarily say it's anything groundbreaking, but it is so tight, and very *evocative* of the countryside, as all saisons should be. Go for it. I hope you get as good a bottle as I had.

Patrick999, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well after a string of mildly disappointing Fantome releases (Noel, Dalmatienne, Black Ghost), I've enjoyed a couple in a row now that remind me why I keep shelling out 15 bucks a bottle for these brews...

Pours a hazy straw gold with a bit of rich copper hue at the center. A dense, creamy couple fingers of head ride aloft, giving in very slowly and reluctantly with superb organic lacing.

Aroma is a treat, a punchy lemon twang over a light spice and bready, pale-malt sweetness. A bit of a background funk.

On the palate peach fruitness and fresh cut grass are added to the mix. Well balanced and extremely soft and creamy on the tongue, it does have a very firm, slightly ragged bitterness to the finish. Earthy funk pervades, almost a hint of dandelion. Moderate body towards the light side of things... This is truly a great refreshing, flavorful, exciting saison for springtime.

errantnight, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of JoeMayo
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber-gold color with red hues when held to the light.

S- The sour and funk of the brett come through clearly in the nose. A fairly strong aroma of white pepper is followed by pleasant notes of sour apple and herbs.

T- The very first thing I noticed was a sweet lemon flavor, which was immediately followed by a mouth-puckering sourness. Slightly funky, but not as intensely as some of Fantome's other saisons. Mild herbal notes rest in the background.

M- Pleasant and crisp. A slight mouth-puckering occurs from the sourness.

D- It's not too sour for a saison and not too heavily carbonated. Overall a very good beer with an interesting concept of balance.

JoeMayo, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml, corked and capped. Slightly hazed, golden body pours into the Duvel goblet. Tall almond head retains well and sheds some spiderweb and sheet lace.

Pastoral aroma has white grapes, lemon Pez, spice shop ginger, spiderwebs, black pepper, and rain washed sheep.

Body has a silky carbonation and medium texture with some dusty chalkiness.

Taste is intriguing. A white pepper dryness and lemon Pez fruitiness is present throughout. Floral and herbal hops add a greenhouse effect of blooming wildflowers. Lime zest, newly shorn wool, and a pinch of nutmeg add complexity. Finishes clean and herbal.

Helluva bargain for sixteen dollars. A good Fantome like this transports me to springtime pastures, replete with gamboling cloven beasts, blooming clover, and juvenal thoughts. Hurrah!

merlin48, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 25.4 oz. green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date on the label or cork. I have had this bottle since 6/07. A gentle slow pour revealed a crystal clear yellow gold body. A huge crisp white head developed despite the delicate pour. This slowly faded to a film. The second pour clouded the body to a butterscotch color.

Smell was like 7-Up only fruitier. Very interesting. Concrete and ginger. Peaches blossomed as it warmed. I could smell this one all night.

Taste was lightly tart. Fruit. Sump-pump water, you know cool, still and infused with concrete! Not that I have ever tasted water from the sump-pump. Refreshing and smooth but a bit more bland than I expected based on the wonderful aroma. Nicely mellow and subtle.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner and less carbonated than expected. Medium to light bodied.

Cresant, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First brew of the night, poured into a Duvel tulip.

One finger off-white head an opaque orange body. Head drops to nothing quickly to a small white cloud on the body. White pepper, apple, some brett on the nose. I get the saison in this, very farmhouse style. Not bad.

ballewblake, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/16/08. Bottle. Pours a clear amber with no real head. Aroma is fairly weak, nothing of note (maybe I had it too cold??). Flavor strongly of pear, some raspberry, sour fruits. Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. Just ok, nothing great.
6/4/7/3/15 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 - hearty thud of a pop and into the Ommegang chalice we go...

Pours a copper-bourbon, well-carbonated body topped with a 1/2-1 finger head that goes quickly, leaving the yeasty residue.

Very, very woody, oaky scent. Borderline, actually even more prominent cedar notes, with a fair amount of raisins as well as a clean yeast electricity. Complex and impressive. There's something else in there, though...not piney hops (maybe a little)...more like...

...juniper berries! Takes a sip or two to figure this one out...

The taste is quite austere...Almost a slate, sawdusty feel backing a piney, juniper berry essence. Sweet raisins are well in the background with a slight sour citrus backbone and finish. Cedar notes still linger. Juniper is quite prominent.

Mouthfeel is quite tight from the cedar and juniper notes, drying out the palate quickly. Cooling sensation accompanies the "mental" evaporation. Tight, woody, piney cedar finish is quite complex and interesting. Pleasant spinters if there ever was such a thing. Slight cool alcohol burn with a mild carbonation tinge. Clean, austere sourness. Juniper still works well here.

Great deal of complexity to this precludes extreme drinkability but it's quite an enjoyable offering to savor. Warmth helps this quite a bit. One of the more interesting saisons I've come across to say the least.

IBUnit63, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, probably '06 or '07 vintage. Pours into my Fantome tulip glass a deep, rustic hazy red/orange with a billowing four finger head of creamy eggshell foam. Tons of patchy lacing on the glass. Aromas start out with some fruit, lemon zest, caramel and a big dose of floral / earthy scents. Yeasty spiciness with some musty accents. Quite nice and intriguing.

Fist sip brings a crisp fruity, mildly caramel enhanced grainy flavor upfront that slides into citrus zest and fruit accents along with big flowery and earthy characteristics. Spices blend in with Belgian yeast as it flows down with a hint of musty, rustic accents. The brew finishes crisp and dry with a slight bitterness and lingering earthy, floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with lots of carbonation giving the brew an arid, grainy sort of flavor. Goes down fairly easily as a saison should. Overall another interesting Fantome brew as they all usually are. This one doesn't rank as my favorite, but I'm glad I gave it a try as you never know quite what to expect when you pull the cork on a bottle.

orbitalr0x, Oct 19, 2008
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.