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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

433 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002)
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, not sure where I snagged this but I think it came from LiquorMax in Loveland, CO. Into my Michelob Celebrate Snifter.

A: Pours slightly hazy light amber color with half an inch worth of head that recedes to a thin cap. Quite turbid. A few spots of lacing. Overall looks a lot like most of Fantome's beers.

S: Lots going on here, a fair amount of fruity smells, think 7up mixed with passion fruit juice. Underneath that there is a huge Saison yeast profile that is completely trademark for this brewery. Some hints of funk and sourness as well, kind of a lactic sour smell that is also trademark Fantome. Passion fruit and other tropical fruit is the first thing and most lasting note from the nose. Not entirely to style, but smells quite nice.

T: Slightly less intense than the nose, but a little bit of the fruitiness is lost amongst the relatively strong pilsner malt and huge yeast profile in this beer. Grassy skunky hops way in the back, and a slight little bit of tartness on the end and a bit of lingering bitterness, pretty light but still there. Definitely unique, just a bit of alcohol on the end as well.

M: Fairly thin and very lightly carbonated, finishes quite dry, just a touch of alcoholic heat. Spot on.

D: This isn't really doing much for me tonight, the fruity flavors and little bit of funk in with the saison yeast just tastes a bit odd to me and doesn't work that well, just sort of clashes. I think this beer would be awesome when drinking outside in the summer when it is oppressively hot, but just isn't doing much for me tonight.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:42:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this bottle is from last printemps. But it's the best I can do. Tasted 31 March 2013.

Pours a mostly clear orangey gold. One finger of white head, okay retention, not much lacing. A bunch of big bubbles sitting on the surface after it subsides.

Smell begins with a blast of white grapes. Powerful chardonnay, followed by a light floral note, and underlain by pale malts. It's different, without much of the other elements I expect from a saison. No funk, only the tiniest hint of spice.

Taste is similarly dominated by dry white wine. That's almost all I taste, and it's an oaky chardonnay-like dryness. It's like a good chardonnay, but sadly, I don't like chardonnay, and I really wish this tasted more like a beer. Where exactly is the saison character in this? If I dig, I can find about 20% that feels like saison, in the robust pale malts and the sizzly spicing. But the rest says white wine. Weird.

Feel is quite light-bodied, evaporative on the back end. Medium-low carbonation, which is just fine. The lightness is really pleasant, making it feel delicate and refreshing. The high point of the beer.

There are some things I really like about this beer, and I'm actually enjoying drinking it, mostly. But it reminds me way more of a dry white wine than a beer, and that's not what I'm looking for.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:22:26 | More by zeledonia
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hawks10

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip...not sure of the age on this one...

Pours a nice glowing golden orange, hazy, with three fingers of soft white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin haze on top of the beer...

Having a hard time with the nose on this one...starts out similar to a hefe, bananas and clove, slight pepper spice. A slight tart aroma, lemony and overall citrusy starts to emerge. Then I am hit with some funk, wet, musty, barnyard aromas abound. Usually if I were to describe these aromas in a review, the beer would get at least a 4.5 grade for the smell, but for some reason all these aromas don't meld together well, it's just not working for me like it usually does in most other Fantome beers, or even from a Lambic or American Wild...

Hmmm, bready and malty with a nice citrus twist, like the nose, I think I am experiencing a somewhat bizarre hefe...the beer has a real creamy texture and little to no liveliness on the tongue, contrary to most reviews here, maybe the bottle is past its prime? This slick, creamy feel really affects the taste in my opinion, and not in a good way. I get some citrus, banana and spice, mixed with a touch of earthy funk but the taste kind of just sits on the tongue and becomes stale...

Medium bodied and although the pour produced a nice lively head, I really cannot detect much carbonation on the tongue. The beer just feels too creamy and silck, I really think a lively, bubbly feel would have really given this beer much better marks...

This particular Fantome was a bit of an enigma to me...the appearance was great and all the tiny little smells are usually right up my alley, but for some reason they didn't work. All the little nuances in the taste are also what I look for in a beer, yet again, it really didn't work for me. The mouthfeel was just too slick and adversely affected the flavor in my opinion. Weird, I pretty much love everything from Fantome and all the weird little things that together make a great beer. Printemps, for some reason, just really didn't work for me and it makes me sad. I have one more bottle that I will crack in the future in hopes that this particular bottle was just a bit off...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:56:38 | More by hawks10
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:24:27 | More by katan
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aasher

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:41:37 | More by aasher
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice and rich golden color with a smooth even coating of lace ringing the glass. nice head of about three inches tops the glass and settles down into a smooth layer that persists throughout the sessioon.

aroma is light, lots of lemon right up front here with huge carbonation and hints of pears and bananas. lots of grains and bready notes, light yeast with a touch of citrus follows. warming brings the fruit out a touch more with a healthy dose of lemon rind. clean and crisp with a light feel and a very nice level of carbonation. crisp flavor of light tart apple, light grains and a touch of sweet grains fills out the profile. but the strong almost soda like taste was hard to ignore.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:56:02 | More by mikesgroove
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cproioi

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a honey like body with loads of carbonation present by way of a huge froathy white head that leaves Belgian style lacing. The nose is very yeasty with hints of spices. Very pleasant taste too. Has a slight lemony after taste to it with a spicey hoppiness and other spices present. The mouth feel is very dry with a slight alcohol induced tingle. Lovely beer great hot summer day beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 19:54:22 | More by cproioi
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 04:11:25 | More by ArrogantB
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Thanks to Mothman for this one. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is strong lemon lime aroma mixed with some medicinal notes. Smells like a lemon lime soda. Light mouthfeel. The medicinal notes in nose is stronger in the taste. Light lemon in the flavor as well with some bitterness that builds in the end. It’s decent for a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 12:58:01 | More by kbutler1
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Misty dandelion with a moderated white crown, average in both height and duration.
The distant nose is all of cobwebbed doughballs, iron-spiked white grapes, and dew upon dry grass. Plenty pleasing, but altogether faint.
Begins with a stale sourdough bread notation. Lightly crusty, dry, and hard. Gentle pinot grigo traits fill the gaps. White and lightly sweet with firm acidity. Phantoms of gueuze, but lacking potency, concentration and funk. Dilute lemon juice. Herbal as it rides out, with outpoking blooms.
Breadier and fuller post-yeast pour, and it finishes more closely to lemon-infused green tea.
Nearly medium in body with compacted but rapid carbonation.
No hints of the strength. None at all.

Decent beer, but this is at the bottom of my Fantome list (joined, perhaps with his Winter 2000 Saison). This lacks the usual pizzazz.

Thanks for all the Fantome stuff, Huge. Much appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 05:56:41 | More by cokes
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold in colour. The aromas are mildly malty, along with notes of herbs, driftwood, and funk. Flavors are somewhat citrusy, but the horse blanket / barnyard flavors seemed to be overpowering any other flavors that might have been lurking in the background. The mouthfeel was also surprisingly heavy even with the high carbonation level. I was expecting a more delicate and more fragrant brew to represent "springtime". Even if this particular saison was a bit of a disappointment as far as complexity of flavors goes, any Fantome beer (including this one) is better than most stuff out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 21:35:51 | More by fisherman34
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 22:50:09 | More by orbitalr0x
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 02:46:47 | More by ballewblake
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a dirty golden color with a nice fluffy pure white head that settled into a nice cap. The aroma has a nice farmhouse funk, some pepper, banana, clove and a sugary lemon. Light farmhouse flavors; nice spicy yeast, clove and banana. A bit sugary sweet, not enough funk; some sugary lemon in the end which is a bit unique. The feel is light to moderate, creamy texture with soft carbonation, a tad sweet, close to cloying. The first 750ml I bought was a drain pour, completely flat. This one had a decent amount of life still. I think it is starting to show its age but was definitely much more drinkable than the other bottle. Overall a sweet saison, a bit too sweet and not enough of the barnyard funk flavors.

#700

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 04:06:04 | More by Gmann
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LSUPT

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml to Fantome tulips
First half of the 2 1/2 inch white, light head drops off almost instantly but the second half holds on for a little while leaving spotty lacing. Piña colada yellow to medium as I pour the separate glasses. Extremely cloudy with a few bubbles rising and some clinging to the bottom. 

Smell is smoky. Saaz hops? Rauch? Some bread, funk and yeast as well. Taste is more complex but there is a strong smoky flavor on the backend. Slight lemon, bread, slight pound cake flavor and a hint of bitterness. Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. Nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Small bubbles and a creamy mouth. 

Mysterious is really the only way to describe these beers. The variation between bottles and within bottles is easily noticable. I'm not a fan of saaz hops, or smokiness in general, so it takes a couple dings but overall this was another solid saison from Fantome. 

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:56:25 | More by LSUPT
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meadhead

Montana

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 00:50:00 | More by meadhead
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

green 750ml bottle. cork 086/477044. notching scheme on the label is never utilized. tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden straw color w lightly orange tint. slightly hazy first pour, even hazier in the second. murky dark dregs. 2-finger foamy white head, fades to thin wisps and ring, replenished by duvel tulip's etching. great curtainous lacing.

aroma: very fruity tropical aroma, like fresh squeezed orange juice, w touch of passion fruit and pineapple. like starburst candy. lots of mustiness upfront, but dissipates and becomes a gentler farmhouse scent. fruitiness, also now with white grape character, remains dominant however. hint of hops. candied orange peel, candied ginger, traces of licorice and anise.

taste: the same fruity-sweet, candy-like flavors again, w bright to moderate acidity, plus some bready malt. some grassy euro hops w relatively mild bitterness. similar spicing as the aroma, in the backend and the finish. mild farmhouse notes, but again just dominated by the fruitiness, further accentuated by acidity.

light to medium body, somewhat smooth, cut into sharply by acidity and touch of astringency. acidity and the light crispness of otherwise moderate carbonation, helps w moments of fluffiness, but still a bit on the acidic side.

DANY!! what's going on? something is off-kilter here! all your recent batches of saisons smell and taste like tropical starburst™ candies!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 23:02:54 | More by tai4ji2x
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy golden color with half a finger of white head that leaves slight lacing.

Slight smell from this beer. A hint of bready yeast funk. Almost a small skunked aroma. Musty, hint of citrus.

Taste has an immediate hint of light struck skunk to it, (damn you fantome and your green bottles) blends to a small citrus bite and yeasty funk with a peppery spice i can't quite place. Not nearly as crisp and citrusy as the fresh original fantome.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a saison with moderate to high carbonation. Works well and feels like a well crafted beer in my mouth.

Drinkable and 8% abv is really not evident, but the lightstruck slighty skunked, muted flavors detract. I need to get better at ensuring my fantome bottles are fresh and well kept.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:16:06 | More by pdoran10
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. At the time of this review, this is the most current, fresh release that has a new style label that matches the Hiver and Classic saison label. The brew itself pours a brilliant clear golden copper color with a rich white froth of head that holds with solid retention and paints webby strings of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap without even needing to swirl. Subsequent pours get hazier as you approach the dregs on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma has an oily lemon essence somewhat reminescent of coriander. Some herbal hop inclusion is also there along with almost an addition of garden herbs like parsley an a cooling sort of mint. There is a bit of a solvent alcohol note that while not out of place for an 8% brew, it is atypical for Fantome which usually hides the alcohol masterfully.

The flavor is a bit herbal, bitter and rindy. A taste of grass is left inside the mouth along with mint, herbs and rinds somewhat like coriander but with more of an oily feel and less lemon than expected. There is some funk present in this that is minorly phenolic. Like the aroma suggested, the neutral sort of alcohol presence is fairly bold from mid palate into the finish that really draws out the perceived bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is always a unique experience enjoying Fantome. I gotta say though that maybe it is the freshness of this offering that I am not particularly fond of or perhaps a more aggressive hopping rate in Dany's offerings lately. While I have enjoyed this brew significantly more in the past, this was still a worthwhile adventure. Like all Fantome offerings, you have little to no idea what you are in for. This was by no means the worst Fantome offering ive but it also pales in comparison to the classic Fantome saison when it is "on."

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:11:29 | More by stakem
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:00:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I understand these beers differ from year to year. Unfortunately, the date code was not filled out on this bottle, so I am not sure what vintage it is.

Fantome Printemps pours a cloudy golden color that has a bit of orange amber showing through at the widest part of the vessel. The head is almost white, but not quite there. It dissipates quickly and does not leave much lace.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is pretty crazy. It is super bright and fresh with plenty of zesty lemon and lime aromas mixed in with some white pepper and a minty herbalness. There is also a pale malt character and some floral hoppy character.

The flavor carries the same very citrusy and peppery character. There is a definite spice thing going on in the flavor as well as an extremely floral character. I am having a really tough time placing some of the flavors in this brew. The malt character is fairly buried, but is pale in makeup with a touch of grainy wheat like character.

The body is medium with a very effervescent carbonation that you can even hear when pouring. As I savor the beer it warms up and smoothes out, adding another dimension to the beer. The finish is dry and crisp with some citrusy flavors.

Drinking this beer was quite the experience. It will stand out as one of the more unique brews I have. I really wish I understood the dating system and could figure out when this brew was made. Far from the best saison I have ever drank, but surely the most unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 09:14:57 | More by zoso1967
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GClarkage

California

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/11/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. Dating of some kind on the cork itself. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded orange-yellow in color. Smaller head than expected...maybe a 1/4 inch which settles to a nice rim. Light spotty and streaky lacing.

Smell- Heavy on the lemon and lime rind. Not as funky as some from Fantome. Maybe a wee bit of urine for good measure. Spices are there, but not overpowering.

Taste- First taste gives a very hearty limeade flavor. A bit of powdered sugar follows. Sour, but not too sour and sweet but not too sweet...if that makes any sense. Touches of corriander and white pepper...seems watery in the aftertaste. As if it's missing something to hold it together.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower mouthfeel. Dry and waterlike in the finish.

Drinkability- Hmmm, maybe this one was a bit past it's prime...seemed a tad flat. Still had good taste. Just lacking something to bring it all together...will snag another one in the future to compare if I can find one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 17:16:51 | More by GClarkage
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stcules

Italy

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a full and depp golden color, slightly veiled. A lot of compact and creamy foam.
The smell is balsamic, complex, with mint, dried flowers, white flowers, camomile, breadcrust, yeast, coriander, and maybe pepper.
The taste: fennel over all, but not intrusive. White flowers, with a felling of sharp and cutting dryness. Even musky notes.
Medium body, with an alcoholic present, but well hidden.
The fennel rises again in the aftertaste, with the other spices: ginger, pepper, anise, coriander. Then, slowly, they fade away, and it remains a sharp and persistent pepper.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 17:54:00 | More by stcules
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clean, light yellow. Expressive head.

S: Slight barnyard funk, unpeeled citrus.

T: Predominant taste of an Italian lemon soda, some herbal notes and spice, and finishes with an earthiness.

M: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

D: The alcohol is VERY well hidden. I can't believe this is 8%. It drinks like it could be 4.5%.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:31:18 | More by gameface23
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. A cloudy yellow-orange liquid flowed into the glass and formed a huge light tan head. Aroma was overwhelming, spice (coriander?), barn yard, orange, grass, lemon, and on and on. Taste was, at first, puckeringly sour. This may have been a goof on my part as I had enjoyed a Loterbol before jumping into this beer. As I drank and the beer warmed, the sour character moderated into a much tastier citrus flavor. Grapefruit may have been the predominant fruit I picked up. Spices showed in the mix as well. Alcohol was well hidden from a taste perspective, showing up as pepper in the finish and a warming glow that started after the first few ounces. Mouthfeel was fairly light, hugely carbonated, and slightly astringent. Overall, quite a ride. I didn't like it that much at first, but now I am wishing I had picked up a second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 14:05:20 | More by
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.