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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 326 | Hads: 567
Photo of Dspohn
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love saisons and always jump at the chance to try a new Fantome. Got my buddy to pick one of these up in Colorado and bring it back to CA.

750 mL with a batch number on the cork but not sure what the date it was bottled is. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a darker shade of yellow topped with a couple inches of solid white head which receded into a nice ring of foam leaving some scattered lacing. A nice swirl revived a half inch of head.

A nice burst of lemon and green apple and some kind of fruit candy that for the life of me I couldn't recall but definitely recognized. A mellow dusty funkiness throughout gave some nice character to this beer, a tinge of tartness as well but not as much as some Fantomes I've had. Tasty earthy floral notes meld into grassy bitter and spicy hops, shares some characteristics of a green tea. A good dose of tasty farmhouse belgian yeast. A delectable and complex beer. Absolutely no alcohol presence.

Light and refreshing for 8% with a dry finish, a beautiful summer beer with smooth carbonation. Very enjoyable. I love Fantome.

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Photo of Gusler
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer upon its debarking the capped and corked 750ml green bottle sets in the glass a tarnished gold with a slight haze that clears after warming to the glass and room, the head is Herculean in size, creamy in texture and the color a bright white, as it slowly depletes the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet. Nose is a spicy mix of lime, wet wool blanket, sweet malt, and some wet fresh cut hay, start is sweet and has a nice grain presence, with a tartness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity with a crisp tartness that lingers long on the palate. Fantome is a magnificent brewery that produces a great many beers I love

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow pour with a small white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and citric. Sugary, orange, other citric flavors. Lemon. Palate is rich with flavors. At first the citris comes through from the nose, then it turns into a soury, overripe fruit. Cherry. Funky. Effervescence is present, but not as much as expected from the style. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a touch creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

This beer is a treat to drink because of all the wonderful and different qualities it brings to the table, err, glass. The beer starts out sweet and citric and moves into a funky sourish palate and finish. Each sip is a journey through many qualities. A pleasure.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy light yellow. With a half-inch head pour, the head dissipates to a ring and cap. Small amount of lacing.

Smells like--spring! There's some fresh lemon rind, green grassy hops, flowers, and some honey/candi sugar/malt sweetness.I wouldn't be surprised if some people find it rather strong smelling.

Tastes of light malt and lemon rind, hops come through in the long dry finish. There's a honeyed sweetness that balances the lemony acid.

Body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a most refreshing mouthfeel.

This beer summons to me a field of wildflowers in the mountains somewhere. It is light and lively, and the alcohol is not noticeable. A real pleasure to drink this one.

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Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the hazy color of hay with a wispy white head and little lacing.

Smells of sour green apples and white grapes with some barnyardy brett.

Taste is in the same league. Nicely tart with nice green apple, peach and underripe grape tastes with some wonderful barnyard funk. This is the beer I'd give to people to show just how tasty "barnyard" can be.

This is so clean and refreshing with some very nice, light carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. Refreshing and delicious, I could drink this all day.

Wonderful beer and big ups to bulletrain76 for sharing--I think I liked this beer more than anyone else at the tasting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always full of excitement when trying a new fantome. Nice pop when the cork comes free, beautiful dark gold pour. Thick, almost amber with a huge, creamy white head. Gentle swirling in the glass works to coax the head back up to a steady 1/2 inch. Very pleasing. Smells faintly of lemons and honeysuckle. Taste is a surprising mix of sweet and sour. Some light tartness, almost like green apples, and lots of honeysuckle, some sweet vanilla, then the sour apple comes back. Mouthfeel is super smooth. Perfect for big gulps. Drinkability is perfect. I would drink another one right away if it was not so unusual for me to find, and so expensive. Really, a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange. A bright sun orange.

The aroma has tons of spices, corainder, fresh mint, and then lemon with a bit of a smokeiness along with a saison funk.

The flavor follows with a bright juicy orange, orange peel, and then a big sweet bready malt. Throughout there's peppery spice and herbs like corainder and floral. There's a smokey flavor and musty funk in there as well with a grassy dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

A really well made saison and I actually prefer it to Fantome Saison.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, 2010 version (?).

Lemony gold and hazy. Creamy white head sticks around pretty well, leaving a few sheets of lace behind.

The aroma is fascinating. It is flowery and herbal, yet there is a pungent note of lime. Citrusy, but not in a hop sense. Marvelous.

Flavor is wheaty and herbal, with spicy notes such as oregano. Not as exciting as the aroma. Astonishingly clean for a Fantome beer, and not sour, but lightly tart. There's a bit of farmhouse funk and traditional Saison spiciness, but the beer's main focus seems to be clean and simple flavors. Earthy, with some citrus rind. The mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, though the high carbonation fades fast. Light and refreshing yet satisfying, this beer is incredibly drinkable.

Excellent Saison with an awesome aroma. Here's to Fantome!

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Photo of Fugazme
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale yellow golden with a white frothy and tall head which lasted long to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with some begian saison yeast spiciness. Some slight acidity existed in the aroma, but the dominant aromatic was earthiness and fruitiness of orange and lemon.

The flavor was nicely done with a low wheat flavor, substantial, but not overpowering bittering and earthy hop flavors. The flavor was fruity with a lemon citrus flavor and slight orange peel flavors and bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting peel and hop bittering long into the aftertaste and very well done. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy due to the carbonation. This was probably one of the most drinkable Saisons I've had to date. The beer was nicely complex and inviting. Definitely one to purchase when the opportunity arises.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. No freshness dating.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. I need to get some more of these! 750ml corked and crowned bottle. Pop the top, and away we go. A light/mid orangey colour with a thick two finger head of dense egg-shell coloured foam. Aromas are all Fantome funk, and other junk. Brett characteristics are instantly recognizable, and on the back of the nostrils there is also a lactic presence as well. I also pick up the aromas of spices, flowers, french bread, earthy dirt, and spicy/floral hops that may or may not be German in nature. The taste is well integrated and funky to the max. Yeasty esters, dance with spicy notes, floral hops, and light, airy malts to creat a spectacular taste sensation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied/creamy smooth and to die for. Drinkability is killer. Dany strikes again.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had in the fall with a hope of spring. Has zest. And not as acidic as the winter version. A beautiful pour of cloudy orange. Nose is musky sour tang and floral pollen. Palate in the perspective of saison is dry tang but an essential grassy brisk quality. Malt comes through in mild hint of honeysuckle bitter floral sweet. Honey. Licorice. Coriander. And there a Dandalion bitter. And i warm of black pepper that sits on the tongue. A jolly pumpkin mineral an equal balance of tart, herbal and grass. Sour apple finish that is actually on the subtle side.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden-orange with a huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon, grass and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity sour apple, pear and spicy flavors, peppery and dry finish. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, I love it.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. Pours a hazy orange amber with a minimal white head.

Nose is amazing! Huge assertive orange spice. The single most assertive bold orange spice nose I may ever have smelled. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is rich and lightly creamy with nice carbonation and a nice texture and feel. A quality mouthfeel.

Flavors? Flavors are just plain weird. The nose promises oranges and spice and one anticipates a sweet character. Flavor hits you with strong bitter orange peel that gives way to a lemon/orange flavor and a bitter orange marmalade finish. There is an herb quality and character to this beer, initially stange and offensive that become very appealing.

A wide range of assorted spices and herbs in the complex flavor profile-white pepper, black pepper, lemon peel, basil, sage..one could keep going. Very complex and ends with a finish of "green" - Ivy, celery, light pine.

Goes from sweet to pine bitter with lots in between. I suspect that one will love or hate this one; and, it deserves a taste; it's unique.

The more I drink it the more I want to drink it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8% abv. Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky white head. Good head retention. A good amount of sediment floating about.

Funky, sour notes up front. A bit of lemon zest, and pepper. Yeasy and fruity notes. A bit herbal as well. Nice complexity.

Sour and lactic in the beginning. A bit of a lemon flavor. A faint pepper note. Just a shade leathery. Dries out near the finish.

Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden so very well. Delicious. Perfect for a sunny, warm spring day.

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Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have so many beers that I save for special occasions, that I don't have any ordinary beers left. Does that make sense to anyone ? bennybrew help me out here. So I had a Spring Belgian Saison on New Year's Eve, Eve.
First of all cool bottle as you can see from the pictures now. Murky dull bronze color. Head is full, dense, bubbly, foamy light tan beauty. Eye Candy. Lots of sweet sugary smell, toasted carmel, candy sugars, and some earthy slightly dusty farm smells. Taste is sugary sweet, carmel and hints of cinnamon, spices, fresh cut grass, and wheat. Cloudy yeasty pour yields a muddled combination along with rich belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol heat throughout. Tight bitterness finishes. Flavors get a bit medicinal toward the finish, but it could be the alcohol finishing up. Medium to full bodied, kind of started like a tripel,was a dubbel in the middle, and finished differently altogether. I guess that's why it's a Saison. I believe this is my first example of the style. Very much worth the wait, very flavorful, but a bit exspensive. $8.99
I paired this with a grilled chicken spinich salad with toasted pecans and sun dried cranberries mixed in. Very nice match with all those flavors.
Purchased March '03 -World of Beer Store-Clearwater, FL

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of wschmit
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Duvel Tulip. The label's a bit messed, so I can't tell when it was bottled, but the dude at the store said it's probably last year's. I'll go with that, as it's pretty funky-smelling as I open it.

A: Beautiful, hazy, straw body with lots of bubbles supporting a bone-white head that sputters down quickly, popping loudly. Not much lacing, but a bit.

S: Lemon, some herbs, 7-Up, and slightly bitter, astringent lemon or lime peel. There's a pronounced, sweaty funk, too, in the good way, maybe fresh-cut grass. This smells like a slightly barnyard, homemade lemon-lime soda. Delightful.

T: The taste is just a bit sweet, in a wheaten way. I like the astringent citric notes, and the mild, sour sweatiness melds everything together in the end. The barnyard really lingers in the best way possible.

M: Lighter side of medium. There's definitely some "chew," but it's pretty well carbonated and goes down nicely. Not a touch of alcohol.

D: Profoundly drinkable, if you're into saisons. Easy-going, refreshing, springlike indeed. Fantome's among the best, and this is no exception. This clocked in at 15 bucks for the 750mL, and is utterly worthwhile.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new Fantome for me! Pours a cloudy hay like color with a frothy, dense bubbled head. The head died down to a thin lacing after about a minute. Aromas of lemon juice, pine sol, sourdough, and lovely saison yeast . Lovely bright acidic lemon-lime taste with lots of wheatlike bread characteristics. Clean dry finish with phenomenal refreshment. High drinkability and hides the 8% alc. very well. Pretty amazing stuff!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just love opening a bottle of a Fantome I haven't yet experienced.

This pours into my Ommegang 10th anniversary goblet quite golden and sunny, with some good bubbly action. Decent retention - this beer is definitely not flat, a problem I've had on occasion with other bottles of Fantome. This beer has such an innocuous look, I feel as though I could be looking at any number of pedestrian pale ales, not necessarily a complicated farmhouse ale...which of course, this most likely is. I should note that my last pour with much of the sediment made this extremely murky, the color of dark, unfiltered apple cider. From innocuous to brooding.

In the nose, this is characteristically rustic and Brett-y - spicy, musky leather along with a bit of the half-fermented orange juice I always seem to find in Fantome. Hints of odd fragrant perfume-y spices, maybe thyme, myrrh and/or rosemary. Freshly mowed grass, I love that smell of freshly cut grass...yeah, this is going to be a good one.

To my palate, this seems a little tighter, a little more dialed-in than most Fantomes. I taste leather, bitter orange, clove, fennel, maybe even some mushroom, yet there is a pervasive grassy hop character holding sway, lasting from start to finish. Malt is subservient to the yeast and hops here, but when it warms, I get some wheat bread in the finish and aftertaste. True to style, this is dry. I detect no trace of the 8% ethanol - that makes for a pretty freakin' strong saison, so I figured I'd taste some alcohol...but nope, none to be found. I'm running about 75% to 25% on good bottles of Fantome vs. flat, disappointing bottles of Fantome, but this particular bottle is clearly at or near the top of its game.

Feel blasts my expectations out of the water for a saison of this strength. The bubbles are not as coarse as you'd find in a 6% saison, but they still gain plenty of traction. Not at all watery, this has some excellent depth and chewiness to it.

To those of us who get excited over strong, complex farmhouse ales, this is one we want. If you've had Fantome before, I wouldn't necessarily say it's anything groundbreaking, but it is so tight, and very *evocative* of the countryside, as all saisons should be. Go for it. I hope you get as good a bottle as I had.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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...

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

75cl bottle. Hazy-nearing-opaque gold with a medium-large head that leaves plenty of lace. Very bretty and funky with lemons, tropical fruit, honey, leather, spices, and herbal hops. The flavor is actually pretty sour and funky with lots of lemon, though not tongue-scrapingly acidic like the Beatification we had later. Grainy malt provides a touch of sweetness, and some spices add to the complexity. Dry overall, but with a nice balance between everything, and a smooth integration of flavors. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation. Great beer, and it looks like it has developed a lot since the spring, with plenty of wild stuff in the bottle doing its thing. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml, corked and capped. Slightly hazed, golden body pours into the Duvel goblet. Tall almond head retains well and sheds some spiderweb and sheet lace.

Pastoral aroma has white grapes, lemon Pez, spice shop ginger, spiderwebs, black pepper, and rain washed sheep.

Body has a silky carbonation and medium texture with some dusty chalkiness.

Taste is intriguing. A white pepper dryness and lemon Pez fruitiness is present throughout. Floral and herbal hops add a greenhouse effect of blooming wildflowers. Lime zest, newly shorn wool, and a pinch of nutmeg add complexity. Finishes clean and herbal.

Helluva bargain for sixteen dollars. A good Fantome like this transports me to springtime pastures, replete with gamboling cloven beasts, blooming clover, and juvenal thoughts. Hurrah!

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Photo of Knownfactor
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours cloudy light golden with a 1 inch white head. Aroma: citrus, lemon, sweetness, hay. Taste: crisp, light, refreshing, dry, peppery, lemon. slightly bitter dry grapefruit finish. light bodied. An extremely unique beer. Hope i can find more bottles because its delicious!

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.