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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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.

Photo of gregc
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

#700

Photo of rallison
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of Cresant
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
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)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big 25 oz bottle - label has changed a little

A - Dark brown in color. Tons of carbonation. A fair amount of hazing in the beer. Carbonation breaks down into a thick film.

S - Lots of wild yeast notes. Very potent earthy flavors. An acidic note in the background.

T - Starts out with a mix of sweet malt notes and some of the yeast balance. The early flavors are relatively light. Finishes with a very potent wild flavor. Its very acidic, very earthy. Almost a grape like bite to it.

M - Has lots of body and lots of carbonation. Very thick. The wild nature of the beer certainly creates a biting feel.

D - The drinkability of the beer is low to me due to its heavy carbonation and higher than average ABV. Also, the saison style has such potent flavors that it does begin to wear.

Glad I tried it, but I'm becoming less and less enamored with the traditional saison style.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy, cloudy orange. It smells weird like spicy candy, grass, and milkweed. It tastes weird as well but interesting, like weeds and wildflowers. Overall this is just a weird beer and I can't imagine what spices are used for this one, it was worth a try but the standard saison is much better.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange with good white head. Nose saisonish as hell with good spice and funk. Taste follows with good farmhouse flavor and alot! of spice. spice driven flavor with some apple pear and black pepper. maybe coriander? Mouthfeel is good, but missing the refonkulous carbonation of the original. Drinkability is solid. Overall a very nice and pleasant saison, but doesnt come close to the original IMO. Stilll a very pleasing drink, and a nice saison to say the least. Good brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is somewhat vinous with some sour notes with some weird floral-like notes. Taste is a mix between some strong Belgian style malt with some funky and sour notes and a strange herbal/floral ending. Full body with some strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The last few Fantome I have had have been somewhat disappointing but this one was different and very tasty.

Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle of this as a gift from a fellow BA (thanks chemmie). Poured into tulip glasses. Huge, almost overflowing head. Lacing on the glass looked more like cotton balls than streaks. Color was a pale copper orange. When I popped the cork at first, the smell really reminded me of a kriek lambic. Very sour smell. But once in the glass, it was a bit more aromatic and not as tart. This beer tasted like it was aged on oak, as it had a very wood-like flavor. Paired well with the typical saison spices that stood out also. This beer was a hit or miss in my house. My wife thought it was a bit too odd, and I loved it because it was odd. A very unusual farmhouse ale to say the least, and I loved every drop.

Photo of illidurit
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this out at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Sample size pour into my Chouffe goblet. Clear gold color with a wet white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is predictably odd and mysterious. There's a note or a spice I can't put my finger on. It's a bit fruity and a bit vegetal. The rest of the aroma is standard saison fare, with crisp citrus and grass. Flavor is quite spicy, with freshly cut grass, watermelon seeds, and earthy yeast. Another off the wall beer from Fantome that somehow works.

Photo of Chinon01
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found all aspects of this beer to be pleasing other than the taste. It was a murky brownish gray color with nice head retention. The smell was intense saison (earth, spice, friut) along with a medicinal quality. The taste was where it didn't work for me. The overriding flavor was herbaceousness to the point of being medicinal. Other qualities were there but I didn't find the taste pleasant. Mouthfeel juicey and full and pleasant. Drinkability I can only score around average because I didn't care for taste.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle consumed at The Trappist in Oakland, CA. From notes.

The first whiff, oddly, smelled like a Mexican restaurant. Weird. Bubbles everywhere.

Golden amber pour. Musty, yeasty smell and taste. Old fruit. Refried beans, heh.

Will have to re-evaluate at some point.

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

Poured from a bottle at the Trappist in Oakland. Fantome seems to epitomize the saison style. A somewhat clear golden with easily formed white head. This one had yeast sweaty funk to it as well as fruit. The funk was more in the smell, the fruit was more in the taste. Nice light yet really smooth body.

Photo of masterkush
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, poured into a new belgium globe.

Looks fantastic, a nice cloudy golden appearance. Exactly as I would expect from this type. Little head, however a nice fine lacing which sticks to the glass.

Smell is peppery, some hops and malt. A nice funk. I know this is different from other saisons already.

Taste is as the smell would lead you to expect. A bit more peppery then the smell would lend, however it's quite a pleasant surprise. It's a great tasting brew, and really something different from other saisons i have tried, yet maintains the style.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, not as dry as I would expect, nor as carbonated as other saisons. However, it's not bad, it melds well with the taste. Again, a unique experience.

Given the mouthfeel, the taste, I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol is well hidden, no cloying, this beer just goes down well and leaves you wanting more.

A fine beer, fantome once again does not let me down. I would recommend this beer to everyone to at least try, if you are a fan of saisons, this is a must have. Another fantastic beer from Fantome.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.