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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

324 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 562
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 60
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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Reviews: 324 | Hads: 562
Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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." (1,897 characters)

Photo of gameface23
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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%. (344 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of spamNeggs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ach. Well not the best example, perhaps. Cellar temp, gushed on opening.
I wish the taste followed the complex aroma, bit funky little spice/clove..maybe citrus. Really interesting.
Carbonation in this bottle is harsh. After the bubbles, it's heavy spice and not really balanced to my tastes. It did drink a little better 20m later.

Ah, even later I believe I can taste what it should have been.. far better. Maybe just a massively overcarbed example. (467 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a beautiful golden clear color. Smells earthy, herbal, slight booze, band aid. The dominant tastes are sage and oregano. High carbonation, dry finish. The sage and oregano linger for a while as does the plastic band aid taste. I know that sounds disgusting, but it works. I would not suggest drinking the whole bottle alone. The taste is best in small doses. (365 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangish gold. Small bubbly white head with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Flowers and powdery yeast. Bitter petal and musty damp earth. Lemon. Light pale malts add some light toasted and bready notes. fruity with some mealy pear and apple. Smells like Fantôme with that distinct funky powdery yeast. Some ripe banana and a light eatery spiciness.

Taste: Soft spice and yeast. Light clove and pale malt sweetness. Warming brings the yeast up a few notches. Some light lemon and melon. Flower petals and herbal, damp earth. Typical Fantôme funk is grassy with some hay. Musty. Slight bitterness. Mealy pear and apple skin. Lingering charred wood. Something akin to floral soap. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a moderate carbonation. A bit crisp with a medium body. Relatively clean for Fantôme.

Overall: Uh, yeah.

It's Fantôme. I swear be makes one huge batch and just leaves batches in various places in Belgium for a few months. This one was left near a farm, fire pit, and flower patch. (1,097 characters)

Photo of
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of mmahut
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark yellow with no head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Apples, citrus, pears. Very fruity with some alcohol tone.

T: Sour fruits and hops, taste is very similar to smell here.

M: Medium sour body leaving a fruity after-taste.

D: Very easy drink for the summer :) (271 characters)

Photo of wrycon
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-golden hue that seems to glow. Smells strange for a saison. The yeasts are present initially in the nose, but exit quickly and are replaced by an earthy almost smokiness. Wow, this is quite interesting. Some high tart / acidity / carbonation to start. This is muted halfway by another layer of intruding funk, that rounds down all the corners and lays fat on the tongue. The lingering aftertaste is a mixture of bitterness and sour smokiness. Very strange, but yet very drinkable.

Like It? Intrigued and Pleased, So Yes (527 characters)

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

A bit hazy bronze-ish amber color with a low but steady light beige head. Light carbonation but leaves sheets of lace. Spicy, mostly malty, aroma; not what I expected at all - not very Belgiany, yeasty, etc... Primarily malty and spicy in flavor; not at all like Saison Dupont. Spicy cardamom or black licorice notes.... Medium bodied and smooth with a light spicy and alcohol finish but pretty well balanced.

A good brew but not worth the price ... stick with Dupont for an awesome saison. Understand that this is their Spring brew; would like to taste their regular saison to compare to Dupont.

Label states: "Belgian saison ale brewed with spices"

($8.99 / 25.4 oz. corked and capped bottle) (703 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Halloween, Fantome? Why not!

Pours a hazy yellow color with a good amount of head. Decent lacing and nice collar.

Smells like lemon, lime, bread, coriander, something tart, and a little brett. Hints of apples and pears in there too.

Taste follows smell, but its a bit messy. It seems to have a ton of flavor, but there is something just strange. I like it, but I'm not sure if I'd crave it again, not sure about that though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, not what I think of for a summer time easy drinker.

Overall, its good, not great. Would be for a very specific person. (574 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 Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After about 4 1/2 hours of trying to pry off this bottle cap I was presented with a cork. Oiy...pop! Ok, cork was easy. And a wave of lemon comes forth. Sour lemon. Pours a hazy, light yellow/gold. With the smell it could look like a dirty lemonade. Great head, billows up to about 2 fingers, sticky lacing.
Aroma...yup, lemon. Tart. Light biscuit and dough. Faint banana and clove. A summer beer to be sure.

With the aroma being like it is I expected some lemon up front in the taste. No such luck. Flavors are subdued; honeysuckle, persimmon, pear, lemon on the back, sour. A quick pinch of bite at the finish.

Feels slick and wet. The carbonation is weak and could provide a snap to it, but no. It lacks some zip and therefore feels a bit flat. (750 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange, transparent, with plentiful co2 and an off-white rocky head. Nice layer and retention and a sticky lace. Aroma is of fruity esters, spices, malt, earthy and a little horsy. Flavor is yeasty, and sweet at the start with a sharp biting finish. Palate is medium bodied and lightly creamy with a tart bite. Obviously a well crafted beer, yet not my favorite style. Changes character – sweetens, but does not balance out the sharpness of the finish. (473 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples with "Best Before 2018" printed on the label. Pours slightly hazy golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, some spices--cinnamon, clove, coriander--and a really interesting floral note that differentiates it substantially from the regular Saison. Flavor is spicy, very big on the cloves with barnyard funk lingering, lots of yeasty goodness, hay, more spice. Light to medium bodied with some wheaty sweetness and medium plus carbonation. An interesting take on the style with a very unique spice note. (568 characters)

Photo of rem5
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not one of Fantome's better beers, although better than the best imitation. No other brewery can touch Fantome on Saisons.

Pours a hazy golden. Decent carbonation, however no head and no lacing.

Smells citrusy, spicy, and almost a little cheesy. (if you've ever been in a cheese shop). The smell may also be a result of the flavor. It has an odd smokey flavor. Smoked peat or something similar.

Taste is very interesting. It is definitely a traditional fantome saison with some "extras". I think it has an additional spice addition and smoked malt or peat.

Overall, irrespective of what BA calculates this, I would give it a B+. Its no Magic Ghost but its not bad. Certainly an acquired taste and should be enjoyed with food. Something salty even. (761 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a very murky brown with a white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. The nose brings some soft floral and citrus flavors with a bit of funk and hay. A bit disjointed. However, things come together much better in the flavor as the citrus and floral notes hit it off well with a bit of grass and funk. Good feel with some nice "Fantome notes," as I'd best be able to describe them. Drinkability is quite nice. Other than the appearance, pretty solid all around. (518 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped bottle served at 50 degrees in my ST tulip. No idea how to read the freshness dating, but I'm pretty sure it is a 2009 vintage. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a dense, rocky, two inch bright white cap. Lots of effervescing action beneath the cap and adhering to the bowl. Head eventually disperses into a fairly consistent skim with some swaths and spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Really complex nose - some kind of light, sweet tropical fruit, some citrus, a hint of cork, I am really digging what I smell and can't wait to taste it, so here goes. Taste is not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest - flavor profile is a bit flat. Earthy, grassy and a little tart with some citrus (maybe grapefruit) in the mix. Some of the light fruit comes out at the finish but it's definitely lacking the sweetness suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with not what I would consider a viscosity, but it definitely coats the tongue without lingering for long. Carbonation is lively and pleasant with a semi-dry finish. This beer looks, feels and smells great, but flavor is not what I anticipated. Not my favorite from Fantôme, but also not the worst I've had. Not sure it merited the $15.99 pricetag though. (1,250 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 RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fairly non-descript appearance. Very clear for the style, with a copper orange color. The head is a very bright white, but doesn't retain that well. Each swirl brings new life to the head, but again, it's short-lived.

Smells saison-like. It's funky, that's the best word to describe it. Typical Belgian yeast with a pear skin/pepper scent that dominates. As it warms, the alcohol builds.

The flavor separates it from the wannabes. White pepper is always prevalent, but the pear and apple provide nice balance to the spice. Surprisingly, a crackerlike maltness evolves as the chill wears off.

I love Belgians, but I do wish they'd taper back the spicy pepper feel. This has a sweetness that almost cuts all the way through the spicy feel. Somehow, a creamy feel presents almost immediately as the beer hits the palate and works its way back. Medium bodied, the alcohol is mostly a bit player, its only job to warm the throat.

After the appearance, I had some doubts, but as usual, the Belgians know what they're doing. This isn't world class, but it's right up there. Despite the peppery feel, it goes down easy. (1,135 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/capped bottle poured into Duvel tulip, reviewed from the first pour, which was about half of the bottle. Nice pop from the cork on opening.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a full 2+ inches of fluffy white head. Head dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden orange color that you can't see through, but more pretty than murky. Slight lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell: Heavy limes, yeast, and some kind of unidentifiable spice rack-esque odor. Very pleasing and unique with the limes. I like it a lot.

Taste: Good enough, but not nearly as good as the smell. Earthy, slight citrus, sweet, then bitter on the finish. Traces of pepper in there. It's really missing the funk you'd expect from a Fantome, so slightly disappointing in that regard. Definitely a saison, though nothing exciting for the style.

Mouthfeel: Adequate carb, light body. Smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Extremely high. Alcohol is non-existent to the point that I can't believe this guy is 8%. I don't quite dig the taste enough to say I'd like to drink this all day, but I could if I had to.

Overall: I popped this guy in the fridge as a post lawn mowing treat, and it delivered. The ABV is on the high side for a lawn mower beer, but it kind of works. At $15 I will go for other saison alternatives in the future, but it's a good beer and worth trying once. (1,344 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is somewhat vinous with some sour notes with some weird floral-like notes. Taste is a mix between some strong Belgian style malt with some funky and sour notes and a strange herbal/floral ending. Full body with some strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The last few Fantome I have had have been somewhat disappointing but this one was different and very tasty. (493 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sampled at the Connecticut River Brewer's Festival 2005, in Holyoke, MA. From a lightly chilled bottle.

This beer had a half finger head over a slightly hazy yellow body with floaters.

Aroma was a little hoppy, somewhat sour, somewhat vinous... a little Brett funkiness.

Taste was light, a little hoppy, and very lightly vinous. Very good.

Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, a bit fizzy, and a touch dry. Nice.

Quite drinkable. I liked it a lot. I would have it again if it were less expensive. (518 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow color with tiny bits of floating sediment in it. Produced a light bubbly white head, but it did stick around for the duration of being in my glass. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A dry, yet lightly earthy lemon and orange peel. A potent spice: coriander or rosemary; maybe even sage.

(T)- Again, a nice dry light earth aspect. The fruit of lemon peel and orange takes center stage with those spices in the background. A bit reversed from the smell, but for the better.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Gladly not as spicy as the smell led me to believe.

(D)- A solid saison. A bit heavy on the spice addition for me, but it is a nice crisp and refreshing beer fitting for those spring or summer days out on the porch. (871 characters)

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.