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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

514 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | FT: 6
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.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

DaggerEyes, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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

jamie2dope, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mudpuppet, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

yelterdow, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

MiguelMandingo, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 mouthfeel...it'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.

Metalmonk, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally broke down and spent the money at Spirit World... priced at $16.99... but the manager gave it to me for $14.99...

A wonderful "pop" of the cork... a nice musty aroma emerged from the bottle with a bit of mist...

Pours a great orangey/coppery glassfull with a good bright white head... goes down fast to a pretty good looking cap and swirl is excellent.

Aroma is very cheesy and musty... this beer is a couple of years old by default being at Spirit World (they just hauled out last years christmas beers to sell for this year) and has stood up very well. Lots of lemony sourness... very nice.

Taste is sour upfront... bit of sour apple and lemon... lots of funkiness... quite good.

Mouthfeel is even a touch creamy.

Worth the wait and the money...

Fugazme, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into Large glass mug

A: cloudy apple cider appearance with off white boredering on tan three finger head. darker than I anticipated. There were some floaties, at first I thought "cork" but it wasn't. spices?

S: a bit sour. granny smith apples, earthy, musty yeast

T: tart, puckering green apples, spices

M medium body with medium carbonation. fairly dry finish and as the saison warms the alcohol shows its presence just so slightly

D: certainly drinkable on this hot day but not quite as quaffable as say... a Hennepin

Very nice saison. I will pick up other Fantome offerings.

Rainintheface, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of perfectkaos
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this one with my dad on our first trip to the Burger Bar in Las Vegas.

Poured from a 750 into tulip glasses, the beer was an orange color with a small foamy head, that never receded

lots of hops and an almost grassy aroma with some lemon notes too.

very crisp beer. hoppy, but not overly so. nice mix of spices make for a tart flavor, but nothing overpowering.

definitely an interesting beer, not one thats an easy drinker, but it was a good thirst quencher. went well with the fried vegetable appetizers we were eating

perfectkaos, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow in color, sudsy big bubbled head forms then quickly fell to nothing. There was a ton of bubbles clinging to the sides and rising right after the pour, then poof no head at all, wierd. Zesty lemon aroma, some wheaty notes, and perfumy herbs. The taste reflected the lack of carbonation, it was kind of flat and almost tea like in flavor. Tons of lemon in the flavor, some other citrusy notes like oranges. Musty barnyard grass and wheat flavors are there but take a back seat to the tangy, spicy herbal and citrus flavors. Despite the low carbonation, the mouthfeel was still quite tangy.

Overall: I am not quite sure if they intended this beer to be this low on CO2, and have zero head retention, but the flavors were still there and I thought it was pretty good all in all. The zesty-est saison I have tried. My drinking companion said it reminded her of orange spice tea. Great sping offering.

dfried, May 29, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
2.28/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

An orange, amber beer with no head.

Smell is spicy and has a light candisugar smell, also a light tart smell.

Taste is light caramel, candisugar and tart. Bitterness is not present. Body is thin, and the beer is astringent and dry. I get some tastes which reminds me of green herbs, which give the beer a light vegetable taste. This beer is way out of balance and the tartness and dryness is too much for me. I drained the bottle!

Absumaster, May 28, 2007
Photo of Cascadia
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap last night, awesome. Tastes of citrus and spice, but balenced well with the hops. Very east to drink and a great way to end a long day in the sun. While Saisons are not typically my favorite, I would get this one again. Fantome beers are always fun to try and vary nicely year to year.

Cascadia, May 24, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that fresher is definitely better. Some of the other reviews just don't sound like the same beer! This one pours a hazy orange amber with a fine head that fades to a cap for the duration of my enjoyment of the beer. The smell is amazing- it smells strongly of luscious apricots with a touch of honey and a backnote of lemon. The taste is crisp with some light grain notes, lighter apricot flavors, the trademark Fantome pepperiness, some lemon, and apple peel on the finish. Very interesting and nice flavor combination. Typically crisp and refreshing mouthfeel for this brewery. Very nice, one of my favorites of theirs.

Georgiabeer, May 22, 2007
Photo of scott
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

V.07
Let me begin this review stating that I have high regard for Fantome/Saisons/funky gueuze-like beers.

Great hazy straw color, and a loose but high foam that sticks around for a minute or two.
Harsh main-line of lemon zest through the nose. A little grass & funk as well. This is where I became skeptical, but I do love challenges.
A harsh astringent band-aid wrapped around more lemon & grass.
Sour & dry, almost to point of being unpleasant. A sour that isn't challenging in a fun kind-of-way.
No complexity, and it doesn't pair well. I tried cheese, bread, BBQ...I love Fantome. They rock my world this one didn't. I didn't find one solid quality in this, aside from the appearance. Complete let-down.

scott, May 13, 2007
Photo of Delerium
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow....
Dani definetely hit this batch with a zest of Tangerine, you can smell it, taste it, and feel it. Nice hop notes, very dry, crisp, and clean. This is totally different than last years batch (as is always with Fantomes beers). This is beer is VERY REFRESHING. The key word to this beer is BALANCE, and this is the perfect example of a Spiced Saison. An absolute masterpiece, and a religious experience. I highly recommend this beer. Chris

Delerium, May 12, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tart
Sour
yeast Lip pucker
old Nut shell
Corn dry Leaf
Strong pepper
grass Hay
hint of sweet lemon

A challenging ale

Pours a murky yellow tan
with a tiny fading head

Smells of Tartness and sour
with ambigous mustiness

Tastes like was mentioned
an almost
Grand Cru like sourness
without the fruitiness

Mouthfeel is good and
nicely carbonated

drinkability is hampered by the sourness
but makes
a nice sipping ale with dinner
(not my favorite cup of saison
but quality stuff nonetheless)

meadhead, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml, corked and caged. Purchased about a year ago at Cyclone Liquors in Ames, Iowa.

The colour is a hazy, orange/copper with a thick tan head about 1/2 inch. The head holds well for a few moments before it dissolves into a thin film. Subtle carbonation appears throughout. In the first whiff I know right away I've got a Fantome: awesome, funky citrus/fruit aroma with plenty of coriander and other earthy spice. I almost get a note of fresh cut lumber, which is odd but interesting.

The taste starts out with a tangy sweetness, with some floral spiciness in the mix. The finish changes a bit with some dry, leafy, sweet corn notes, and an unexpectedly decent bitter flavor. The body is light to medium, with some moderate carbonation. Solid.

I love the earthy, peppery spice of a good Saison, and the Printemps demonstrates this with a great added complexity. There is such a range of flavors (sweet, sour, spicy, bitter) all rolled into one, that this beer is one hell of a balanced gem. I am not sure of the actual date on this, but it must have had the right amount of age on it when I opened it. Recommended...

bennetj17, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second bottle, about a year apart, and a totally different experience from the first bottle I had, much for the better. I've always heard about the variability across batches, but this is the first time I've really experienced it out of way to many of their beers - or should I say never enough! My first Printemps was super dry, all acrid black pepper and dandelion. This one is more of the classic Fantôme Saison that I expected. I added my old scores to my first review, below, and re-scored it in the DB for this one.
Poured in to my large Gulden Draak tulip (I love my Fantôme one but it's too small, and upstairs!), this Printemps is basically the same dark gold color with the same big head but with some chunky foam leftovers this time.

Smell is classic Fantôme, fruity and floral, perfume like, with a touch of dusty chalk. Before even tasting this bottle, I knew it was as intended and my first bottle was off (or perhaps just super aged and brett'd beyond belief, although I love wild ales and think I would have realized that). It helps that I've had both the regular Saison, Hiver and La Dalmatienne within the last 2 weeks, so I'm pretty tuned into Dany's vibe right now - tis the season, with the stupid heat we're getting in Portland right now, over 100F this weekend...

Taste is also more standard Fantôme, this one a bit more peppery then the rest, but not nearly as one-dimensionally acerbic as the first bottle I had, balanced by the sweet fruit and malty backbone. The sourness is light, mainly a lactic finish, which is awesome. Although I prefer with more pucker, so in the cellar they go as long as I can hold out!

Mouthfeel seems a bit full at first, but the finish is very dry quenching, with a lingering spicy aftertaste. Damn do I love saison's!

Drinkability is the tits. You can't get enough. This is Fantôme in all it's glory. Drink Deep.

1st review - 02-02-2007
C+ / 3.1
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | drink: 2

I had really high hope's for the Printemps, as the Ete is one of my favorite beers of all time. I hate to say, I was disappointed. My experience was a bit different from that of the other reviewers though, so maybe my bottle was sitting on the supermarket shelf a bit to long, refrigerated but exposed to light.
Anyways, the appearance started off good, poured from a 1pt 9,4 fl bottle into a Fantôme tulip [my favorite glass btw], it was a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, two finger off white head, that stayed across the beer to the end, but left no lace. Next to the volume was "07", presumably the best before date, as I bought this the first week of 07, so it was clearly not bottled then - perhaps last spring?

The aroma was sweet and floral, with a distinct woody character, the requisite brett. sourness. So far so good.

As for taste, it was initially very floral, but is quickly overwhelmed by extreme bitterness - not a hop bitterness, but very astringent, like pepper, with dandelion and a burnt smoky, cork taste. I thought maybe the cork had gone bad, but there was not indication on examination, it in fact looked pretty fresh. Was this thing just over spiced or did I get a skunk or what, I don't know. I really had trouble getting through the bottle, although I should note that it opened up quite a bit beyond the extreme astringency, but still not very approachable.

It had a rich, creamy mouthfeel, but was just way to bitter to be that drinkable. I will have to try another bottle [from a different store] and see how it compares.

ccrida, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with a large, carbonated off-white head. It smells spicy, yeasty and a bit like sour apples. It tastes like pepper (spice), grass/hay, and like grapefruit. It also finishes with a crisp sour apple tang. The alcohol warming kicks in a bit after a few sips. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a dry finish. Drinkability is good too. Overall it's a good beer, but I don't think it's worth the price.

bluejacket74, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a billowy head with solid retention. A bold, deep amber greats your eyes with a light ruby glow in the center. The bubbles look really nice amidts such a nice color. The head could have been a bit more robust for my taste though. The was a barnyard malt with some hints of light apple vinager and grass. The taste was very wild and mildy tart. Does have a very Spring-like palate. tart and sunny with lots of fresh cut grass dancing gently on you palate. Good for sipping with a nice meal. Grab some if you ever see this at your beer store.

scruffwhor, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a trade with rajendra82.

750ml bottle, no apparent date. pours into a chalice with a small off-white head, amber colored beer.

very peppery, spicy nose in front of the typical fantome barnyard, grassy/hay-like odors. very attractive, exquisite, in fact.

taste is more than anything peppery at first, then as that fades there is a hints of bitterness, and the barnyard notes appear some, but a bit limited. There is a sense of warming sourness around this, maybe the alcohol but it doesn't feel like 'alcohol taste.'

As always, an unusual and excellent beer from Fantome. This is without a doubt one of the most distinct brewers I know of.

dogfooddog, Dec 02, 2006
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.