Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 323
Hads: 560
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 71 | 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 bigfnjoe
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and capped bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very, very light shade of yellow with a one finger white head. Even more pale than your generic lager, looks almost like lemonade. Head is robust and sticks around for awhile. Interesting

S- getting a little bit of lemon peel and coriander, with some slight funk coming through as well. Solid

T- very...bland. Some light funk, some light lemon, and not much else going on at all. Honestly, tastes like a Summer Shandy with some extra lemon juice in it....disappointing

M- medium bodied

O- yeah, I know there's a lot of bottle variation with Fantome...but this one is a complete miss. Nothing interesting going on here at all (699 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter, hazy golden pour, moderate head, decent lacing. The aroma is herbal, green apple. It has herbal hops and spices, lingering finish is a mix of grassy hops, lemons. The body is light, easy drinking. Something did not work for me, enjoyable brew, but it was missing something. (319 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden amber. Somewhat clear. Big, frothy two finger head.

S - It smells off... I'm getting some yeast, grasses and light pepper.

T - Just tastes like an over spiced beer. I get no endearing qualities of a saison or what a saison style beer should be. It's very vegetable/herbal along with mild fruit notes.

M - Great mouthfeel... High carb and lighter body, which I love in saisons.

O - This is my second one to try and I waited until the second to do a review. The first was an older label and I declare the newer label the winner. But, overall I wouldn't say this is a top rated saison. Too grassy/herbal/vegetable and nothing that sets it apart besides underwhelming me. (696 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2012 vintage) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a touch of orange. A few yeasty particles float in the liquid that is capped by a big finger of dense white and whipped creamy head with good staying power. Tons of webby lacing coats the entire glass as the beer level falls.

S - Very spicy on the nose and more than a little bit skunky. The skunk is very noticeable and dominates the early nose of the beer. Closer inspection shows sweet and juicy fruit aromas - peaches, oranges, lemons, apricots. Light malty sweetness, traces of grain. Hops are grassy and floral.

T - Sugary sweetness at the base, layered with citrusy lemon and sweet oranges. Medium level hop bitterness, spicy and grassy hop flavors. A touch of herbal flavors. The hops really take center stage...each sip starts with an inhale that brings in the skunky aspects, a bit of alcohol.

M - Lots going on here...body is on the lighter side and loaded with carbonation giving a bit of a foamy and tingly feel. The skunky aspects first register in the nose and then hit the back of the roof of the mouth on each sip/inhale. Alcohol becomes more noticeable and is felt on the inhale as the beer warms.

O - I don't know...I always find these Fantome seasonal saisons to be quite good, interesting and a bit on the fringes of what I typically get out of this style. Even as broad as this style designation is, these beers always seem a bit weird to me...and typically in a good way. This one is no different. Judging the inidividual components, there is nothing that stands out as remarkable, but the overall package really works well. Somehow, the beer smells and tastes of the spring season...can't quite place how/why, but it does and I give the beer points for that. A bit off the beaten path, but really enjoyable saison. (1,857 characters)

Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear rich amber copper, dense frothy egg shell colored head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is rich as well, earthy old sock low notes which fade with warmth, sweet fruity high notes

Surprisingly strong herbal bitter is the dominant flavor, masticated tree bark, tobacco. Lots of fruits, none ripe. Dry twang kicks in the aftertaste, the herbal bitter stays long on the tongue. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (467 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Printemps Saison, 2012, pours a cloudy orange under a small, foamy head that doesn't ever quite dissipate.

Nose reveals gamey prosciutto, grilled, smokey beef brisket, sage, lemon, horse blanket (the only saison I've ever had that literally smells like what I remember of horse blanket), dried and fresh apples, chamomile, thyme, and basil.

Taste quite simply follows nose. Complex but elegant because all notes are distinct but perfectly balanced against each other. Could use a little more acidity on the finish to clean off the amazing animal complexity. But that would gild the lily.

Creamy mouthfeel with nice but hardly overpowering carbonation.

I have enjoyed beers before. This is a revelation.

I imagine this would go well with duck, venison, and good, gamey pork or beef. (790 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a good sticky foam head. Not towering, but this one lasts.

Spicy barnyard malt, yeast, husk, some grassy notes.

Hops up front, with some mint, pepper, husk, yeast. Big hop finish that is more pure bitter than anything. A hopped-up saison. Not sure how I like this. It works, but odd.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Tasty and crazy complex. Some parts I kinda like, the rest I love. Worth trying, but not what you'd expect. (453 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vint 2012:
Pours a nice golden ale with a solid finger of tight, white foam. Smells a bit skunked, with a good herbal character, some sage, mint and grass, soft and sweet yeast with a bit of clay and coriander. Hints of noble hops and a bit of cigarette butts. Flavor is bitter, with accents of corn, medicinal bitterness, manure, a bit of hay and oxidized grain. Medium bodied with limited carb and a dry finish. I’m torn on this beer, it is very, very complex – but do I like it? I certainly respect it. The nose is beautifully intriguing, and yet the flavor is a little disappointing. I imagine the 3f gueuze fan to really like this one, but it is a little too funky it seems for my liking. I am confused as to whether this is actually skunked, as the beer was stored in a store, albeit in the back of a shelf, out of maximum light…. Who knows. It has some character that would make me think this has some pilsner stylizing to it. (939 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of white head. The head fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Light and rather fruity. I'm getting a mild sweetness and a ton of banana.

Taste: As in the smell, there is a ton of banana. Some other fruity notes in the background. Maybe a mild herbal note as well. Very light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not as good as the regular, but still quite nice. Very light and easy to drink. (579 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, yeast, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a solid set of flavors. (497 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Glowing golden and yellow at the edges with significant hazing and floating sediment. Moderately sized, near-white head that leaves webs of lace on the way down. Pretty.

Floral yeast, apple, earth, and some funk combine very nicely in the aroma. There's also some white grape notes as well, especially as the beer warms. There's a tiny bit of a mustard aroma as well, especially on longer, bigger whiffs.

The flavor is more concentrated on the pear, green apple, white grape elements found in the aroma, with the earthy funk and mild bitterness only playing a small role. Somewhat grassy and mild yeast complement this nicely.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I suppose it could use more bubbly.

I'm enjoying this quite a bit, as I do most Fantome offerings. (834 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This spring seasonal pours a light bodied, very cloudy and creamy tangerine orange in color with a billowing three finger, very soapy white head. The nose is mellow and citrusy with traditional Belgian yeast character. It's nothing crazy, not overly unique, but true to the style. The flavors are dry and musty. There is plenty of orange peel , grass, and musty funk and yeast. It has a grainy after taste. It's different. It's just really mellow. The flavors are what you'd expect from the style, and this brewery. This beer just isn't really unique. Compared to their other offerings, this is kind of in the middle of the pack. The mouthfeel isn't as stellar as their other beers. It's dry, lighter in body, and is relatively easy to drink. Still, it is hard to compare a saison like this to their regular. They're totally different while still sharing house characteristics. (877 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.69/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Honey amber with some effervescence and the lightest of heads. Almost clear.

S: From a distance, unbearably skunky. Up close, sort of lagery and bland. Reminiscent of Heineken. Bleugh.

T: Not that good. Very Euro-lagery in character, from the light spritz to the grassy-weak hops to the grainy malt characteristic. I am incredibly disappointed, especially after other excellent Fantômes I've tasted.

M: Grainy-sweet...feels like it belongs in a 'forty.'

O: Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this is just not very good. I would never recommend it, and I'm sceptical about paying the money to verify my terrible experience.

EDIT: I'm going to keep the above review (scores were 4.5A/2S/2.5T/2M/2O), but in an effort to improve what I was drinking, I sloshed around the last third of the beer bottle to agitate the yeast, and it definitely made the beer better. Here goes a same-night re-review.

A: Almost a finger of white, frothy head fades soon. The beer is a honey-dull brown, opaque.

S: Skunky, but with fresh flowers (jasmine?) and fruit.

T: Still grainy with skunky-poor hops, but the added yeast gives it a well needed dimension. Light spice and a fruity tartness puts up a losing battle against the overwhelming corn-like malt bill.

M: Same complaint as before...if malt liquor used Belgian yeast. ;)

O: Still not that great, but at least it's noticeably a saison. (1,439 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gambled again on a Fantome...and won. Beer looks as expected, poofy white head, fade qucikly. Golden straw color and opaque. Aroma is slightly off putting. Band aide, phenols, some straw. Also a dose of funkiness. Flavor is initially sweet, and lemony like a sweet tart lemon candy. The band aid shows up again here in the flavor. A little tart, a little funky. Dry, but with a distinct twangy tart aftertaste. Overall there are a lot of things going for this beer...but the band aid is a little much for me. (508 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've come to expect this appearance: frothy head that settles in a rocky fashion, leaving plentiful chunky lace. The liquid is slightly darker (golden amber) than other Fantome offerings I've tried, but still has the typical cloudiness.

After having the winter ("hiver") version of this, I am noting a small difference to the aroma. This is more earthy but mildly so. There's a light sweetness to the nose.

The flavor is also more earthy (lightly so). There's a bit of a band-aid taste. The hop is present in the swallow, but doesn't last long. The body is full with a very high carbonation--chewy and spritzy. Easy to drink and better than most beers. Again, I would attribute that to a departure from the usual yeasty, earthy Saison. (737 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Cork says 086/477044 (unsure if this is meaningful). I bought the bottle close to release, and am drinking it a couple weeks later.

A: Massive white head, dense with bubbles atop a medium golden body. Excellent lacing.

S: Noble hops mostly, slightly woodsy. Then a big rush of yeasty goodness.

T: Yeast flavors are earthy rather than fruity while retaining a typical Belgian flavor. Strong hop presence in the finish, surprised by malt in the finish as well. Tons of flavor here.

M: Finishes incredibly dry, which is great.

D: Packed with flavor, I can't tell that spices have been added, which is good. Overall I'm not sure I appreciated this beer for the $18 I payed, but it sure was close. (744 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head that sits atop a hazy golden orange body.

Orange and lemon rind and spice of pepper and coriander. There is a little bit of a funky must.

Heavy handed on the spice in the taste that hides some of the fruitiness. The spice took me by surprise at first, but I came around fairly quickly. It's got a big funkiness that hangs around in my mouth.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation and fairly drying. After a few sips the carbonation finally settles down on the first glass out of the bottle. Everything after was smooth sailing. (548 characters)

Photo of ales4baldo
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this. Swore off Saisons and Farmhouse ales until i had this.

A-Has a really nice cloudy orange look to it. Not clear at all, super foggy and seems full bodied. Holds a nice two inches if not more of head for a while.

Smell-Has a very grassy smell but with a lot of yeast and grain. Not a bad thing. Kinda like fresh bread.

Taste-Has a pleasant belgian taste to it. Lots of yeast and barely. Delicious malts. Sweet and earthy at the same time. Just really good.

M-I wouldnt hesitate to say this is a full bodied beer. Lots of flavors and body and a thick. Holds every bit of taste from when you drink to when you finish. A bit dry but not too much.

O-Such a good beer. My shop is carrying a few more so ill be picking up a couple bottles to keep cool during this hot ass weather. (806 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased oh, over a year ago or so from Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle number 086/477044.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden straw colour with a big, fluffy white two finger head that is incredibly stable. Looks like whipped cream atop the saison. I cant stress how much like whipped cream this is, it just sits there, barely slumping at all!

S - Lots of horse blanket and hay here with lots of funky green apple. Light peppercorns but this is sooo much funky barnyard and apple. Really impressive with light citrusy herbal notes too.

T - Taste isnt quite as enjoyable as the nose. The barnyard funk is there, with a bit more peppercorn. Don't really get any apple, get quite a bit herbal quality towards the end. The aftertaste though...I'm trying to find the words to describe it. Its almost well...minty. Very bizarre...

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side with lighter carbonation. Somewhat of a letdown when compared to the rest of the beer. Again, that aftertaste is kinda strange.

O - Overall this was a really great beer with a wonderful appearance and nose. The flavor was good, but the aftertaste really messed with me. Still a solid saison. (1,180 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1352nd Review on BA
Bottle to CCB Snifter
750ml

Thanks to callmecoon and smarcoly for sharing

App- A very light looking white/yellow combo with a glowing cuvee look to it. A very fast receding head but left a 1/8" of bubbles. Very wonderful color.

Smell- Marcoly called it. Smelled like a brand new bike tire. Had a rubbery, dank, wheat, earthy floral note. All in all it worked.

Taste- The tire didnt carry over thankfully but the very earthy floral, herbal notes with a little bit of a lemony wheat flavor did. Very delicate and crisp. A bit onesided with the herbalness but really tasteful.

Mouth- A lighter body with a high carbonation. Not prickly but very smooth and delicate. Residual earthy, wheat and lemon flavors.

Drink- A very nice beer. Wasnt too overpowering but with the lightness it needed some balance behind it. I'd have it again dont get me wrong. (872 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, big white head that recedes quickly, leaves good lacing.

S- Very fruity but also herbal, getting lots of fruit, orange peel, some spice.

T- Very herbal and bitter, spicy herbal hops blend with fruitiness and lots of musty yeast.

M- Medium-bodied, medium to low carbonation, long bitter and drying finish.

O- A very nice saison, I probably prefer the regular Saison to Printemps, but this is still very enjoyable. (490 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Shared by Agold and Willcarrera. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazed gold with a huge white head, which dies down quickly. Slightly clearer than the regular saison.

S: Fruity tropical nose - pineapple, orange, white cake, light.

T: Sweet but dry pale malt. Nice, slightly astringent herbal character (almost smoky). Earthy hop leaf cut by some fruity esters.

M: Soft, light mouthfeel.

O: I liked this one slightly better than the regular saison. Has that nice complex herbal character. (508 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle thanks to Bluebetty.

Golden orange, near clear on the first pour. Large fine-bubbled head drops lazily with sparse lacing to a raised ring and mini-island.

Lots of juicy fruits, mainly orange, apricot, apples, rockmelon and lemon sherbet. Hefty doses of clove and bubble gum, with moderate medicinal phenolics. Pretty mild hay funkiness and floral spice. Very appetising.

Starts with a Rauchbier-like smokiness (!) which gives way to a powerful citrus-pith sourness that largely obscures the sweet esters and phenols. Some lemony sweetness comes through eventually but doesn't stop me wondering who stole my candy..

Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The pithy sourness dominates the mouthfeel and makes for a very dry and long-lasting finish.

Meh. Loved the nose, but don't know what happened to the flavour profile. Not a fan of the way the smokiness and domineering tartness fairly throttles much of the best aspects of the aroma. (955 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beauty was split with a buddy right before we enjoyed some home grilled barbeque ribs on 5.26.12.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a lively white large head. Good retention and very fizzy.

S - Weed, floral, Belgian-yeast.

T - Lemons, wheat, weed, flowers, yeast.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - A perfect saison for a hot night and BBQ. Very floral-lemony and light. (388 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
No dates notched out of the label

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark straw yellow with 2 plus fingers width of bright white colored head.  It takes a decent while to dissipate down to an outer ring.  Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: A big tart character,  lemon, sour apple, white grape, hay, some peppery spice, a decent amount of  funk, a touch of Belgium yeast banana.  Just awesome.  

T: Initially there is a HUGE smoky flavor along with some wet hay.  As it warms lots of other flavors come out and the complexity richens.  There is a sweet character along with a peppery pice, barnyard funk, and a tart characteristic that is present but not to the degree of the nose.   The flavor profile is very different from the nose but very enjoyable in its own right.  

M/D: Highly carbonated and medium bodied with a slightly drying finish.  Does a great job masking the ABV.   Incredible drinkability for the style and flavor profile.  

O: Overall, what a wonderful example of the style, and a really great beer.  This is my third Fantome offering, and the best so far.  It's amazing to me how Fantome's saisons are all significantly better than any other example of the style I have had.  Most say Hennepin is the prototype of the style,but for me it's the Fantome series.  Can't wait to try the regular Fantome Saison that's waiting in my fridge. (1,412 characters)

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.