Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002)
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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)

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... 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
3.63/5  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.

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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
3/5  rDev -25.6%
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
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750ml corked and capped bottle into a Riedel snifter. When the cork came out I noticed maybe 1/4 of the bottom 1/8 of the cork was gone. I never saw it in the bottle though. Poured a beautiful yellow with a 1/2" head made of large bubbles. This dissipated quickly.

S- Incredible nose. Definite floral notes with sweet cherries and lemons. Not an acidity from the citrus but more the sweetness from them. I also get a little funk from the nose. Maybe a touch of 'barnyard' brett??

T- Again a nice sweetness with notes of sweet citrus and cherries. A bit of funk again but nothing compared to some of the funky brews I have had as of late. I rated this lower b/c I got some cardboardy aftertaste. I am not sure if this is b/c of the cork or something else. It was a bit off putting but not overly distracting. The friend I was drinking w/ though it was bready but I didn't really get that. I got maybe a hint of a whole wheat bread but not the yeasty type bread flavors.

M- Good carbonation. I don't think it was entirely bottle refermented but there was a good mix of smaller bubbles and larger bubbles. Somewhat sweet but not overly thick mush more towards the thin side.

D- Very drinkable. 8% alcohol but I couldn't find it. I could probably have downed a whole bottle myself. I didn't though. This is my first Fantome so I am interested in the others I have. I must admit I am excited for my next run-in with a Fantome.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Intensely cloudy pale yellow body that is almost opaque. Pours with a large (3+) finger foamy white head that fades slowly to 1 finger and has excellent retention. The cloudiness can be seen moving throughout the glass.

S- This brew has a scent unlike any I have ever experienced with a beer before. It was honestly like stepping out into a fresh garden that is in full bloom. An array of floral scents hit the nose first followed by mellow and smooth yeast and hints of fruitiness.

T- The flavor is much like the smell. The initial taste is packed full of floral flavor with hints of ripe pale fruit (white grape, apple, citrus) and a very substantial yet mellow yeast backbone. Floral hops add a kick of bitterness to the initial flavor for the finish and some floral flavor along with sweet, smooth, bready yeast linger on the palate.

M- A Genuinely excellent mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation with a light yet immensely smooth yeasty body.

D- I may have consumed this one in the winter but it is an excellent spring seasonal. Everything about this beer screams spring. It is a truly unique brew that I will have again when I find it again. The original saison is a solid example of the style but this brew brings saison to another level that is different but somewhat a novelty that I can't see myself enjoying year-round.. excellent brew overall.

Photo of yelterdow
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained and cellared for almost two years, I love the unpredictability of Fantome's beers.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip for maximum performance.

Appearance- The cork launches out of the bottle with surprising force, and not a moment later there are bubbles rising from inside climbing up the neck. Soon, there's nowhere else to go and a soapy, crawling head emerges out the top. This is candy for the eyes... if my digital camera was working I'd be firing away. Deep gold with a touch of chill haze, the crown is an enormous four + fingers with unbelievable endurance. Just a dot here and there with regard to lacing at first... it greatly improves over the course of this tasting.

Smell- There's a big citrus nose that blends wonderfully with a hay-like, grassy hop character as good as anything I've experienced from this region. Just a little bit funky, I start salivating in anticipation of a tart, lemony taste. The aroma is bone dry, if you could imagine what that might smell like. There's even some yeast in the nose as well. As the beer comes to temperature, the citric notes fade in lieu of some mild sweetness.

Taste- Almost exactly as I would have expected from the aroma... a spicy, grassy, zesty palate incorporating the dryest of bone dry finishes. Wickedly thirst-quenching, this would be a hot summer's day treat with just about any food. Much grassier and "farmhousier" than even DuPont or Hennepin.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- On the very first pour, each sip was slick and sublime in the mouth... terrific carbonation, very exciting. The next pour came about 45 minutes later, the whole time we've got the yeast inside the bottle forcing bubbles up the neck right out the top. As a result, the mouthfeel of round two is much more tame, and not as engaging... until pour #3, that is... suddenly, the rich, full body has returned. That's never happened before, so I won't even attempt to explain it.

Pour #4, with full yeast addition:

A- Just as beautiful and long-lasting.
S- I choke on the alcohol attack, then recover to enjoy the complexity.
T- Like some other Fantomes, best leave the yeast behind.
M/D- Compromised... there will be smelly farts tonight.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark amber brown with a smaller creme head. Nose is slightly yeasty and grassy, but rather mild. Certainly not what I have come to find other Fantome brews to be. Flavor is a bit different than I am used to from these guys. I get a subdued sweet with a tart ending. Almost a old grass influence, but very mild. Touch of wood. Tangy is the key word here I think. Feel is fairly standard for the style. It is drinkable, sure. But I am wondering if this is a bad bottle, or just how the style is. There is nothing really exciting or interesting about this beer, except how different it is from others from the same brewery.

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

I picked this up at Broudy's in Jacksonville, Florida. Every single Fantome I have had has been nothing short of amazing. These beers should be sought out.

Poured part of a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Solid four finger head that took forever to dissipate - and it never fully dissipated, it just left a huge crown on top of the beer. It is a hazy orange copper color, with a little bit of sediment suspended throughout the haze. It left a ton of lacing the further along I progress through the brew. I don't think a beer could look much better.

Smell - All of the Fantome beers I have had smell similar to each other. There is a wild yeast scent that permeates throughout - very sour. It smells very fruity, like apricot or dried fruits. There is an earthy and musty scent as well. There is an evolution of scents in this one.

Flavor - The flavor is all over the place. There is a sweet fruity front taste, very apricot-like and lemony, with a slight sour flavor, intermingled with dried fruit. There is a dusty, earthy flavor mixed in as well, blended with some type of spice . The end is very bitter, the hops really shine through - bitter and floral. The sour note reminds me of a wild ale (not nearly as dramatic, though) or something like a biere de garde - some type of wild fermentation is at play here.

Mouthfeel - It is on the lighter end of medium bodied. It is very effervescent, which fits the style nicely, IMO. The finish is very dry, very crisp. It is funny how a beer can be both creamy and effervescent at the same time, but this beer does it. Each sip is a pleasure.

Drinkability - The drinkability is great. It a highly pleasurable drink, goes down easy and is incredibly smooth. This is something I will probably search out year to year, as I will with most Fantome offerings.

Fantome is awesome, I only wish they sold this in Texas. Search this one out, and hoard it - share it with the worthy.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick creamy head, built of impossibly small bubbles, very typically Belgian in appearance. Color is a glowing burnt orange/amber with serious bubble activity and just hazy enough to call beautiful. The abundant lace puts it over the top. This achieves that perfect look...according to my definition of what constitutes a perfect-looking beer.

The aroma features rough lemon and musty earth, backed up by flowery spices and something vaguely mineral. Sour cherry emerges after a bit. Delightful.

Flavor is definitely unusual. Probably the most intriguing and, as the label boasts, "adventurous" of the Fantomes to cross this tongue. There's a flash of crushed grain and rust (if I could imagine the flavor of rust) and then a sour fruitiness, but without the band-aid funk or yeasty slap many in this or the Biere de Garde style achieve. Sour cherry and grapefruit rind, and eventually, as it warms, less aggressive fruits, like banana and pear. An almost peat-like earthiness comes forth, the kind you might recognize from a Scotch Ale, but that's where the comparison ends; the malts here are light and bright while also possessing a raw, grainy feel. Sourness comes back to visit in the finish, puckering the insides of the cheeks, while a yeasty nuttiness tries pushing its way in. Very good, with remarkable complexity.

Not exactly sure how to rate the's an afterthought in the wake of each extremely interesting sip. Airy and springy, nice and dry, holding its own, but maybe on the too-thin side...or maybe not. It's fine.

Because this is such an interesting experience, something that makes you go "huh?" and has you contemplating rather than gulping to get drunk (respect beer!), and because this is pretty much the last thing you'd sit around downing with buddies while watching the game or whatever...and because it's a bit rare, maybe you wouldn't rate the drinkability through the roof. But then again, you might. One thing's for sure, it's an untamed, uncompromising, unusual Belgian ale...absolutely worth seeking out.

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