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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

Photo of malcontent
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ah, oui. Le printemps c'est bon, non? Well, non, it's fucking 45 degrees in Chicago, what gives?!? A week shy of June, let's hope this beer helps me forget about the coming apocalypse...

Cloudy orange body highlighted by vigorous carbonation streaming upwards to meet a thin, but even, snow-white head. Trails of sticky lacing abound.

An odd mix of honey-sweet, trippel-like malt and fruity yeast combined with a softly spicy, apple-y, vaguely funky nose. A couple of my favorite Belgian aroma profiles in one beer...nice.

Much less dry than I'd anticipated; gentle apricot up front followed by sweet and bready malt. A touch of clove, an off-dry blip and then a long, fruity (strawberry) finish.

The one area this beer disappoints is in mouthfeel, where it falls into a watery trap. A bit surprising for something that appeared to be so crisp. Still, the flavor is mild and welcoming and the 8% isn't in the slightest way detectable so its drinkability is high.

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

A - Hazy, brownish orange body, topped by a four finger mountain of dirty white head. The head settles slowly and leaves behind decent lace.

S - Sour and earthy with lots of floral aromas. Notes of jasmine, saffron, and wildflower honey with an earthy hop character in the background.

T - Nice, herbal hop bitterness up front, along with some spice notes. Pepper, pollen, and coriander. The hops give way to floral notes and surprisingly restrained acidity in the middle, followed by a dry, somewhat malty finish with black pepper and herbal hops mingling in the background.

M - Very high carbonation, a smooth, full body and a bone dry finish with a hint of alcoholic warmth.

D - Quite drinkable with food, but it gets a bit medicinal towards the end of the bottle when enjoyed by itself. Very complex floral/ herbal character, in which the hop and spice notes play off each other nicely. Overall, another excellent spiced saison from Fantome, and quite evocative of the spring season it is supposed to represent.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dried apricot color with a polished coppery hue. Foamy two finger high head rises up quickly even with a slow and careful pour, really clings to the glass some crazy lacing though it settles down and becomes a little splotchy. The head shrinks down to about a quarter or a finger high and stays that height through the end.

Rustic funky and earthy on the nose. Musty yeast. Earthy fruit, cranberries, crab apples, wet leaves a bit herbal

A bit of a lemony taste, very earthy, phenolic, tart a very slight bit vinegary.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation hits the tip of the tongue but then fades away. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, clean refreshing finish

Another world class beer from this awesome brewery!

Photo of jamie2dope
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery has been pretty much completely absent from the local stores around me for the last six months, so when I found myself in Lincoln, I decided a visit to Colonial Spirits in Acton was in order. Grabbed a bottle of this beer for about ten bucks. Pours an amber color, with a large white head...very appealing looking brew. Was surprised to find that this one smells almost like a Lambic. Lots of funky lemon, grass, parsley, and an an overall spicy character. Taste has more of the same, with traces of lemon and orange. It is quite carbonated to begin with, almost clean tasting, but then leaves you with a sour wild yeast taste. Body is right in the middle of the ground....not too heavy or light. Alcohol is well masked as well...never would have guessed that this one is 8.00%. This is a brew that becomes more fascinating with each sip...definitely one to sip and savor. This is definitely giving this style a new profile as far as I can tell. Tastes nothing like the American examples...or most of the Belgian examples for that matter. All I can say after tasting this stuff is that I need to try more Fantome beers pronto. Cheers

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML green bottle, corked, not caged, purchased at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ... I love Fantome products, so I had high hopes for their seasonal Spring sample... Green logo sticker with a menacing white ghost... Appearance was a bright orange and tangerine color with a decent-sized frothy head... as with many other Fantome brews, there was a noticeable champagne-like quality associated with this sample... obvious carbonation bubbling up, with a very spritzy, citrus-like smell... taste was similar to a seltzer-feel, with lime, nectarine, lemon flavors... very refreshing taste with a pepper-like quality also apparent... another good brew from Fantome, and as usual, bursting with unidentifable, unique flavors including a grapefruit and noticeable caramel - bittersweet aftertaste... Good, crisp, clean mouthfeel, with an equally good level of drinkability... the 8% ABV is barely noticeable behind a rich combination of aromas and flavors... Recommended...

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped. 086/477044. bottled 07, sampled 12/07.

A: Poured a murky, orange color with a big frothy, light tan head with a very good lacing. There was a soft visible carbonation along with lots of peppery floaties suspended in the body.

S: On the nose was some fresh oranges, as well a slight hint of sour funky farmhouse yeasty scents.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and malty, with some underlying honey notes, some yeasty sourness to balance it out, and a big, big, peppery spicing. There were some herbal notes from the spicing, an earthy muskiness and horse blanket flavor from the yeast, sour fruit, and some fresh pine needles as well. The palate was very, very smooth and silky with a myriad of spicings. Most noticeable was the peppery nature of the drink and the very dry, grassy, celery notes. Seriously this beer drank like pepper on a celery stick, very spicy and dry. The beer finished with a big yeastiness of sour oranges, celery, and a malty dry residue lacing on the tongue. Overall the black peppery nature of this beer truly stood out as well the dry celery stalk like flavor adding a great complexity of spices and maltiness into a truly original flavor. It was very dry, with a sour fruitiness, herbal spicing as well very peppery.

M: The mouthful was moderate and very creamy with warm malty notes.

D: Definitly not your typical saison. A truly unique experience within itself. Recommend for the adventurous by style. Danny has broken the guidelines and expectations again.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.