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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

480 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 55
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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gonzo138

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first saison, a very unique style, a nice golden color, smelled a little tart, good carbonation, my friends did not agree with with me that its dry taste was reminiscant of a white wine. After drinking it i simply could not stop talking about how unique this brew was. Not something to drink all the time, but worth picking up for a special occiasion or maybe just a long hot day in AZ

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 11:05:55 | More by gonzo138
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IceAce

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle w/o dating

Giddy with excitement I pop the cap and pull the cork and receive a hearty "BOOP!"

Pours a deep peach color with four fingers of pock-marked tan foam. The receeding collar leaves an intricate pattern of lace on my Duvel tulip.

Nose is hugely phenolic; musty, dusty, with a background of Grandma's spice drawer. Long slow deep breaths leave the senses reeling with delight.

Entry lacks the expected fireworks and imparts a fuzzy mouthfeel. Midtaste shows saffron, mixed citrus, and an interesting malt/B-yeast combo. The finish is intensely peppery and proclaims tartness without being sour and finishes bone dry.

A very different take on the Saison style from one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 06:31:13 | More by IceAce
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nlmartin

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy coppery coloration. The beer has major amounts of sediment. The head is one finger high with a yellowish cream coloration. Rings of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very good sweet and sour grainyness. The beer has heaps of peppery mustyness.

Taste: The beer has a funky yeast driven flavor. The beer has a very grainy malty flavor. The beer is spiced with peppery coriander, citrus zest, lemon and lime juicyness. The taste is tart but not quiet sour.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has good carbonation. The beer has a good funky spicy tartness overall. This is not a bad beer; however, this is my least favorite fantome beer. I wouldnt turn my nose up at it and may yet drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 11:56:29 | More by nlmartin
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange cloud with a hard glow in bright light. Solid medium sized lightly yellowed cap puffs up quickly to reside to a firm lasting cap of about a quarter inch always present. Lacing is lightly foamy and patterned in thick strings and a few spots.

Aroma has a popping spice of lemon pepper with a slight musky rustic wave from the yeast action and a slight grassyness. Gently powering and adequately waftable on the nose.

Taste is quite spicy and complexly driven by the yeasty stuff. Partailly souring with lemon juice and lime skin, a bit of tangerine sticks to the gums and tongue in parts of the late finish. Tiny bits of white pepper, corriander, metalic scrappings, and high toned grasses make for lots of added interest. Nothing to withstanding in length as the peppery notes and tin phenols are the only thing that seems to stick in warmth as it floats into the finish. A light citrusy center envelopes as it begins to warm. The spices are quite complexing, but not quite as impressionable for me as the malt body in this is shortened compartively to other Fantome brews I like alot. Although, If ya like spicy beers, this will definately float your palate boat. A little too spicy for my buds, but likeable in an intriguing fashion as it tends to grow on ya with a wonderful spicy warmth.

Feel is firm and active with a whole lot of vibrant, mouth tenderizing spicyness. Mildly souring in a moderate tone of acceptable lemony-limeness and broadening yeasty grab and heavy texture. Dryness is also frim and moderate in tone, making for a slower session.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 01:19:14 | More by tavernjef
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly translucent pale yellow appearance with lots of interior bubbles. Head is pale and fluffy, rises to almost 3/4 of an inch. Laces in delicate patches all over the glass. Good aroma, definite and distinct yeastiness with elements of fresh-cut grass, lemon, and teaberry. Light mouthfeel and active carbonation. Palate cleansing flavors, dry with apple and citric tartness but with a decent malt lying underneath. Flavor mixes well with the aroma for a well-rounded package. A little fuzzy and fizzy but one of those beers that stimulates the mouth and works the salivary glands. Very nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 01:40:22 | More by ADR
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green 750 ml bottle, corked & capped. No dates.

Pale straw gold, clear. Fluffy white head leaves patchy lace behind.

Fresh cut grass, spicy/yeasty aroma.

Moderately tart. Lively with a slight acidity. Herbal, woody, & grassy. Moderate biterness. Muted fruit. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fine example of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 02:38:58 | More by xgrigorix
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Naerhu

Japan

3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.

A - Slightly opaque orange body with a thin head.
S - Slight tangerine peel with nutty malt and hay overtones.
T - Dry, pepper, apples, more hay, light on the bitternes. A touch of sourness.
M - Dry, lightly carbonated.
D - This was a far cry from the vividly yummy stuff I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 05:43:31 | More by Naerhu
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very well carbonated beer, after carefully pouring this beer to create as little foam as possible, I still end up with a three-finger thick head that almost runs over the top of my tulip glass. The head forms a rocky, yet fluffy surface, which sits atop a fully hazy orangish straw gold color. As I pour this beer I get aromatic notes of Fantôme funk; lightly sour with a solid fruity interface. The aroma is quite fruity; it smells of apples, melon, pears and even some tart plum like notes. The aroma is so light and refreshing, just so inviting and so typically embodying the best of Fantôme aromatics.

The beer is nice and light on the palate, easily quaffable, and with its high carbonation almost ephemerally as it vaporizes on the tongue. This beer has a nice, noticeable, yet not dominating sour tartness to it that reminds me of pears, and a tart green apple. This beer is quite fruity, even though there is almost no sweetness left in this beer. It is quite dry with a nice grain character that shows just under the dominant fermentation character. This beer is so refreshingly light, a perfect beer for hot weather (interestingly enough it has been almost 90*F here today). There is not a whole lot to say about this beer other than it is an incredible Saison!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 05:02:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Crosling

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hay. Slight aroma of old red apples, mixed nuts, pears, toasted malts and other light fruits. Lacking the usual Fantome magic. First that miserable Black Ghost, now this very poor offering. An underlying light fruitiness with notes of pear, apple, honey, caramel, orange and lemon and just a small hint of that Fantome yeast taste that I usually love. Most of his beers are so distinctive. This isn’t.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 21:44:13 | More by Crosling
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Gusler

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer upon its debarking the capped and corked 750ml green bottle sets in the glass a tarnished gold with a slight haze that clears after warming to the glass and room, the head is Herculean in size, creamy in texture and the color a bright white, as it slowly depletes the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet. Nose is a spicy mix of lime, wet wool blanket, sweet malt, and some wet fresh cut hay, start is sweet and has a nice grain presence, with a tartness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity with a crisp tartness that lingers long on the palate. Fantome is a magnificent brewery that produces a great many beers I love

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:35:24 | More by Gusler
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dgallina

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle without freshness date.

Poured into the appropriate Fantôme thistle glass a heavily clouded pale yellow with medium creamy white head and thick lace. Some floating yeast despite a careful pour. Heaps of pepper, farmhouse sourness, and yeast in the nose, with the spicy pepper and sour tangs dominant. Flavor is less immediately sour than you might expect from the aroma. Big peppery and lemony fruit is balanced by mild crisp hops. Grain presence increases as the beer warms, somewhat subduing and rounding the yeast, spices, and farmhouse funk. Finishes dry and slightly powdery. Sharply carbonated and light in the mouth for an 8.0 ABV beer. Quite drinkable and quenching. Great interplay of sweet and sour notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 04:22:46 | More by dgallina
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange, transparent, with plentiful co2 and an off-white rocky head. Nice layer and retention and a sticky lace. Aroma is of fruity esters, spices, malt, earthy and a little horsy. Flavor is yeasty, and sweet at the start with a sharp biting finish. Palate is medium bodied and lightly creamy with a tart bite. Obviously a well crafted beer, yet not my favorite style. Changes character – sweetens, but does not balance out the sharpness of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 03:47:40 | More by SeanChouffe
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first pour was clear, amber-gold in hue with a coppery highlight; the liquid is sunshine in a glass. The second pour was hazy; the color was more muted but still lovely. On both pours, the head was white in color and massive in size. There was way over three fingers of foam on a normal pour. Half of my oversized snifter was foam. Nevertheless, I like what I see. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a thick cap. Said cap hung around the entire consumption. I love that! The subsequent lacing was very prevalent and neatly organized. From top to bottom I have no qualms with the visuals this beer is displaying.

This is yet another awesome nose from Fantome. Every time I smell a Saison I am reminded that this “style” is so wide it is silly to try to compare. Bright herbal, grainy notes with kisses of honey, peppery, “farmhouse character,” spicy hops, earthy undertones, dried citrus zest, musty, very fruity. The fruit isn’t crisp; it smells like a fruit cellar, you know that all-encompassing fruit residue with wood and dirt. It reminds me of my childhood, my great-grandma’s underground fruit cellar. Just for that this beer will have a soft spot in my heart. At the back are some acidic Brett notes, what an invigorating way to end the nose. The potency is moderate, the articulation is clear… I love everything this beer is saying. It is very complex but not daunting.

The palate is wonderfully delicate. While the nose was vibrant, the palate is soft but the complexity is easily noticeable. Like many Saisons the maltiness is light but a trace of caramel and bread underlie an array of flavors ranging from alcohol heat, honey, gummy candy, grapes, wood, earth, flowers, peppery, plus a herbal spray and a faint spiciness. I am pleasantly surprised at the sweetness at the back. Hop bitterness is reserved. Undercurrents of acidity and farmhouse funk, while restrained, are found in the middle and it last to the finish. What a relaxing beer. I’ve had very jazzy Saisons; this one is very mellow, kind of “Bluesy.” I could really kickback with this beer and enjoy a bottle without much thought but it would keep my attention. Impressive.

Medium in body, the carbonation is soft but natural; the mouthfeel is as relaxing as the palate. It is a near perfect fit. I just wish there was a tickle more bulk. Still, the mouthfeel is soothing and motherly. I’ve never said that in a review before but this beer deserves it.

So damn drinkable. This was a lovely quaff from start to finish. I liked the mellowness yet there is great complexity and a tremendous amount of sheer taste. At warmer temperatures a sweet honey vibe emerges and plays so perfectly with the spiciness and acidity. I must say this is a very special beer. Soft and juicy… sounds like a porno description. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA. I hope I can get more next spring, what a treat. One of the best Saisons I’ve tried. It is so worth a try, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 18:15:03 | More by bditty187
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good Saison. Pours out to almost a pumpkin orange color with a nice foam head of 1/2 inch. Medium level of carbonation. Minor notes of lacing. Aromas of fresh sweet greens, hops and mild malts are very appealing. Taste is well crafted and enjoyable; flavors of citrus, mild hops, tame malts and sour patch kids candies are present yet even. Very interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel is very middle of the road, with smooth and satin like qualities making an appearance. Decent drinkability. Not for everyday consumption, but on occasion, this would be quite nice. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 03:19:14 | More by Frozensoul327
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sampled at the Connecticut River Brewer's Festival 2005, in Holyoke, MA. From a lightly chilled bottle.

This beer had a half finger head over a slightly hazy yellow body with floaters.

Aroma was a little hoppy, somewhat sour, somewhat vinous... a little Brett funkiness.

Taste was light, a little hoppy, and very lightly vinous. Very good.

Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, a bit fizzy, and a touch dry. Nice.

Quite drinkable. I liked it a lot. I would have it again if it were less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 02:44:38 | More by connecticutpoet
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putnam

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dull orange. Razorgrass pulp and spruce aromas are a small sensory sampling of the unusual hops and herbs bouquet. Lemon, grapefruit, toothpaste and cilantro are smothered by dough and honey scents. Kernely resins are volatile enough to smell too. Bitter and dry, but un-fixed. The powdery, pollen-scented structure flexes to accommodate harmonious, dry honey and fruit juice flavors: pear, honeydew, kiwi. Crumbly, light texture. Biscuit flavors can be chewed easily from the satiny broth. Earthy incense. Mint and lemon finish. Iced tea-like. Insanely refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 20:42:22 | More by putnam
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky medium amber with heavy spring showers of fine yeast. The forecast calls for clearing with heavier showers later in the bottle. The tremendously sticky, meringue-like, pearl colored head required a quick reaction on my part to stay within its glassy confines. Huge fat globs of lace are plastered to the glass and further confirm my impressions of appearance greatness.

The nose is wonderfully spicy, gently funky and earthily fruity. I'm not at all well-versed in the saison style, so I'm unable to name the specific components responsible for the bewitching melange of rustic smells emanating from this beer. Coriander and white pepper-sprinkled pears is about as close as I can come. In addition, there's a gentle underlying funk that caresses the nose rather than assaults it.

Printemps is interesting and is distinctly different from anything that I've had previously. The primary flavor is heavily spiced pear with a trace of bitter citrus zest. Like the nose, the herbs and spices resemble coriander, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The beer seems slightly sweet at first, but it dries out rapidly and finishes with an impressive, snappy, tart, dessicating quality. If any candi sugar has been used, it's been used sparingly (although my stomach tells me that the sugar load is on the high side).

Yeast and spices are clearly the stars of this show. All elements work together for the benefit of the whole, but don't engage my fancy on the palate quite as much as do in the nose. Alcohol is barely noticed; an impressive achievement at 8%. I had to remind myself to look for it or it would have escaped my attention altogether.

As alluded to above, the mouthfeel is interestingly dichotomous. It starts out slippery, slick and somewhat full... then lightens considerably on the tail end. The usual frenetic Belgian carbonation is nowhere to be found (and isn't missed), though the beer is still plenty active in the mouth. In the end, the mouthfeel displays a winter-into-spring quality that is as fresh and alive as the season for which it was named.

Fantome Printemps is a lovely, offbeat beer that I found increasingly enjoyable with each successive sip. It has flavor to spare, but is never intrusive or overbearing on the palate. I'm well into the second half of the 750 and I'm still having a great time trying to sort through and identify the various flavors as they wash across my palate. Spring may have sprung, but this is a beer that I could enjoy in any season of the year.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 15:36:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first venture into the world of truly nice saisons; no letdown here. 750ml bottle i shared with a buddy at the brickskeller ($24. $24?)

hazy (almost opaque) straw yellow with a huge head that lasted awhile and left some admirable lacing. the aroma invited me in with its perky citric notes and slightly grassy hop. the flavor itself was a jolt of lemony delicious that decrescendoed to a great tart finish

24 bones is alot, but i think it was worth it. i will do my best from now on to find me some more fantome

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:31:03 | More by bruachan
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale yellow golden with a white frothy and tall head which lasted long to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with some begian saison yeast spiciness. Some slight acidity existed in the aroma, but the dominant aromatic was earthiness and fruitiness of orange and lemon.

The flavor was nicely done with a low wheat flavor, substantial, but not overpowering bittering and earthy hop flavors. The flavor was fruity with a lemon citrus flavor and slight orange peel flavors and bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting peel and hop bittering long into the aftertaste and very well done. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy due to the carbonation. This was probably one of the most drinkable Saisons I've had to date. The beer was nicely complex and inviting. Definitely one to purchase when the opportunity arises.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. No freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 21:31:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mondial 2005. Good cork explosion. Incredible amount of foam in initial pour, that the sever poured off just foam for Olivier. Creamy smooth, creamy finish. Yeasty, fruity. Unknown spices, woodiness.Mellow. Fantome - so unpredictable and great. Worked in a hot day, and would in winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 05:24:28 | More by Sammy
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twelvsies

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always get a little excited when I get my hands on a Fantome I haven't tried yet.. Big bright orange color, pinky of milky white head doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Smell is spicy, full of clove and grassy Brett scent. More of the same in the taste. Maltier than I expected though, but there's a nice sweet, spicy, wheat grass flavoring in the finish. Hops take a backseat. Slightly funky. A simple beer in theory, but that really allows a lot of nice subtleties to come through. Another winner from Fantome (surprise surprise).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 01:10:45 | More by twelvsies
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes. Poured a hazy straw color with a 3 finger head that fell to a finger but stuck around there. The nose was crisp, lemony, tart, and slightly grainey. Very good. The Flavor was musty, lemony, citrusy, crisp, slightly grainey. A nice flavor. I really enjoyed it. The feel was crisp, light and bubbly and just refreshing overall. This was a very good beer. Refreshing spring beer. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 17:25:55 | More by kmpitz2
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantome Printemps 1 PT 9/\.4 FL OZ bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA's historic Davis Square.

Man, this head has character. That's my first thought as I look down into my Trois PIstoles chalice. Every head is unique, but this one steals the show for having it's own personality. I have never delayed taking my first sip of a brew while admiring the head as long as I did for this beer. The smell is near overwhelming for an amatuer such as myself. So many earthy aromas hit you at once they took me by surprise.

Tastes lemony and reminds me of Bear Spot Farm in Acton, Massachusetts where I supported a Deaf Developmentally Delayed man with his employment duties. The hay, fresh air, even the horses all jump back into my mind after taking a few sips of this offering from Fantome. This beer re-aligns your bearings with nature and the world around you even while one reviews it from the comfort of his home office in front of his modern day computer.

More than a mere beer, this was an emotional journey, one that I'll hopefully experience again. One that has inspired me to go out and find others by Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 23:35:31 | More by fdrich29
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork blasted out of this one like a rocket. Unreal. Glad my face wasn't over it. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that had great retention and left lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma was slightly funky with some lemon, grass, and spices. Nice. The flavor is very lemony with a nice malt backing and has decent spicing to keep things interesting. Slight funkiness that is typical of Fantome. Body is light and the drinkability is very good. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 17:21:59 | More by clvand0
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a violent hiccup, the cork comes off, and thick gases looking like dry ice start to exude from the bottle opening. Pours with enormous carbonation, rushing to fill half my wine glass with a frothy, chaotic head that doesn't cling to the glass so much as roll around in it like a layer of slime. The brew is fairly clear and a sunny, canary yellow in color. Stinkiness floats right out of the bottle, yeah! From the glass I smell sour white grapes, fresh hops like citrus curd, and an herb I can't quite place (although others thought it was cardamom). Nosefeel is dry and floral, and despite the farminess, not as astringent as I had expected--or hoped. At first sip, the tastebuds are catapulted through an rush of lemony tartness to a place where individual flavors like reeking whey, leather, and unmalted wheat melt into and out of each other. The flavors of the gripping, twisting finish ARE the mouthfeel... like paper drying and crumbling inside the mouth--like chewing on an old book--even while slaking with buckets of acrid citrus water. Even though the tastes seem to stretch on forever, the drinkability is great. 20 minutes later, I ate some fresh strawberries while drinking the second half of the bottle and was blown away... all over again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 01:30:28 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.