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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

496 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 55
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

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

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

11-08-2010 00:42:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

I really like Fantome, but this is not one of my favorites. It is a murky copper in color. The aroma is spicy and hoppy. The medium body has floral and pine/spruce tastes. It finishes peppery. It is good, but I guess I just set too high of expectations for it.

03-08-2004 14:57:49 | More by ark57
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-07-2013 00:04:28 | More by MinorThreat
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-05-2012 07:23:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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Steimie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-08-2013 01:38:40 | More by Steimie
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-19-2014 06:42:47 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-17-2012 21:01:28 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-02-2014 01:40:19 | More by Lare453
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hawks10

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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...

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

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-31-2014 00:04:38 | More by Jayamefu
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timoteo833

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-19-2014 17:29:09 | More by timoteo833
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-02-2013 01:58:01 | More by Boilerfood
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-23-2014 01:44:49 | More by mattreitz49
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aasher

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Bottle poured into a Fantome outline-ghost tulip.

Amber-copper color, hazy, with a finger or two of fluffy white head that receded to a thick collar, lacing the glass nicely. Lots of funk and spice in the aroma, herbal medley. Similar taste, lots of spices, I pick up oregano mostly, with some thyme, rosemary, and white pepper, mint leaves, freshly cut grass, light barnyard funk, crackery malts. The spices are dominant, even if the bottle doesn't specify exactly what spices were used. I've never heard of a beer that used oregano, but that's definitely what I'm getting the most, with rosemary as a close second. Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Typical Fantome offering in that you really never know what to expect when you pop that cork. I'm not a big fan of beers that are spiced in this way, but among them, this one was pretty good, and I thought the drinkability was fine.

06-23-2014 23:18:25 | More by Rifugium
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cproioi

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

09-15-2006 19:54:22 | More by cproioi
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Savor 2013 tulip.

A : beautiful beer, right on point for the style. Golden orange, slight haze with a 3 finger white head. Nice.

S : very interesting. Rosemary, menthol, rose petal, pine, thyme, white pepper, clove, basil, slight bandaid phenols, slight sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Smell is very much dominated by herbal qualities.

T : menthol and rosemary up front, followed by a bready/spicy more classic saison taste. Finishes very light and clean with slightly linger phenolic notes hinting at the bandaid and medicinal qualities in the nose.

M : mouthfeel is on the light end of medium. I expected a touch more carbonation from this one, but admittedly that expectation comes from past Fantome brews all gushing on me.

O : definitely one of the stranger beers I've tried in quite a while. Expected this to be somewhat reminiscent of Fantome Saison, but it's an entirely different beast. While Saison is all about the phenolics, this one seems to be far less yeast driven and more dominated by the spice additions. Very interesting brew

06-22-2014 05:21:38 | More by eandersen
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

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

04-26-2009 04:06:04 | More by Gmann
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.