Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme
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Reviews by Bung:
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
750ml picked up at House of Brews in Mt Pleasant. Fairly dark gold pour, a thin layer of white head. Retained very well. Stuck to the glass just a bit.
Aroma, light vinegar at first pop of the bottle, but in the glass this is barely there. More citrus zest, yeast. Herbal spice and tobacco.
Taste, there is a sweet spice up front, some caramel malt and brown sugar like sweetness as well. Quickly fades to leather, tobacco, earthy cocoa. Citrus zest is prevalent. Herbal funkiness, hay and grass in the finish.
Heavy side of light body, ample carbonation but it is quite fine in nature and is almost creamy in the back of the throat. Alcohol is completely hidden. No problems drinking this for me.
Definetely no infection in this one. This bottle looked older, though I didn't look how to date these, at least 9 months old I'd say. Very intersting brew, I enjoyed it immensely. May not be to the standard of the style, but I enjoy the variants of the style even more sometimes.
09-03-2013 02:07:31 | More by Bung
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3.88/5 rDev -2%
Only my second offering from Fantome,poured a hazy deep amber with a big fluffy slightly off white head that takes its time as it settles leaving a creamy mass.Whoa dont like the aromas there is funk and then there is nasty funk almost skunked and barnyard "stuff" when taking first whiffs that was a major turn off.The flavors do not reflect the funkiness of the aromas though dried fruits,prunes and raisins the Belgian yeast is quite perevalent as well with atouch of iron in the finish as well.Nice full creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth oh so smooth.Damn if the aromas were not so out there is woulld be sublime as it is its a fine beer in it self.
03-02-2006 21:38:04 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev -2%
Appearance This one is orange in the body with a light brown haziness to it. The head was thick and white and very fluffy with some good retention.
Smell The deep, rich malts opened up nicely right from the pour. They were complimented with a good, raw, lemon aroma that wasnt too big or sour. Some light, leafy bittering hops rounded out the nose. The farmhouse flavors so common in this style were subtle but present throughout.
Taste This one has a good, yeasty backbone to it. There are some good light fruits in the middle such as oranges and lime. The finish is bitter and herbal like a fine European tea.
Mouthfeel This one is medium-bodied with some modest tart sensations at the front of the tongue. I thought it was a bit flat, though.
Drinkability I like my Saisons tart and lively and this one came up a bit short. Otherwise the flavors were very good. It is definitely an easy drinker though pales in comparison to the Winter which was discontinued in 2002.
12-03-2004 14:16:48 | More by RoyalT
3.43/5 rDev -13.4%
Sour! Holy Moses this makes my mouth pucker.
Strong-willed carbonation. Cork pops off like a dress on prom night. Racing head with impressively iridescent gingerbread to brown hues. Smells of bristlecone piney hops, must, dank dark dampness, earth, and oak leaves. Tastes slightly citrusy and heavily of rotten fruit, mostly apples. Perhaps some rotten meat as well.
The mouthfeel is what really makes this beer interesting. It is really sour, similar only to one other beer that I have had before, New Glaruss sour brown. They share a closely similar appearance as well. The texture is also quite unique and rather like warn shoe leather or rawhide. This leathery quality seems to make its way into the aroma and taste as well. I cant say that I like it very much but I do suppose it could grow on me as my taste buds age and I continue to crave new and different beers. This one is definitely sui generis.
11-14-2005 02:14:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
A: A slightly hazey, light amber beer with a finger of creamy and rocky white foam. The head has great retention, lasting a long time and leaving some lacing on the glass.
S: Initially a pilsner like Saaz hop and soft Pils malt aroma with that German import beer kind of light struck skunk. There are just enough faint aromas of orange and peppery phenols to let you know it's brewed with Belgian yeast. Moderately low German hops aroma, moderate Pils malt and a low soft alcohol.
T: Moderately-strong hops and orange peel-like bitterness with a moderate Pils malt sweetness dominate the flavor. There is a great tasting orange fruitiness with moderately-light peppery phenols. and a light spicy hops flavor.
M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. It's slightly cream with a light CO2 dryness on the tongue.
O: A great beer that is just shy of excellent from the aroma being off. It might be from being misshandled in a green glass bottle that contributed to the beer being light struck but what ever it was the skunkiness overwhelms the fruity esters and spicy phenols in the nose. The fruit and spice is definitely in the flavor and their pretty wonderful.
01-06-2013 22:19:25 | More by MadScientist
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
A - A slight foamer. Pours a hazy deep straw color wit three fingers of white head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.
S - Nice barnyard funk with some crisp aromas of green apple and a bit of grape. Some pepper and a faint sweetness.
T - Starts was nice crisp tartness. Not at all like mouth puckering sourness, just a bright taste that awakens the taste buds. Tartness has a bit of lemon and green apple, and is quickly followed by Belgian yeast earthiness, a bit of pepper. Taste is pretty light and crisp, but has a nice depth.
M - Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp, but has an earthy depth as well. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry.
O - Not quite up there with regular Fantome, but still a very enjoyable saison.
02-22-2012 03:27:17 | More by warnerry
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
750 ml bottle pours a dirty amber body with a 2 cm beige head that has excellent staying power and laces moderately well. Typical Fantome aroma is earthy, spicy, fruity, herbal, lemony, and yeasty. Some exotic spices seem to be lurking underneath, maybe grains of paradise. Mouthfeel is medium with a spritzy and velvety carbonation. Taste opens dry and herbal, with some caramel and floral hops. White pepper and coriander, maybe a pinch of ginger add a nice spiciness. Something exotic here, as well. Fresh orange notes creep into the profile midway through and stay to the end. Finishes dry and herbal. Wow! A masterpice of pastoral simplicity with an exotic complexity. Very nice.
03-01-2008 17:17:18 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +1%
The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is yeast with some lemons and a little bit of funk. The flavor is a lot of toffee with some spices. I also get some orange, caramel malt and yeast. A very malty, toffee-like saison and an interesting twist on the style. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-23-2010 05:10:57 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -2%
Holiday Wine Cellar
(Aged for 1 year)
A slightly hazed light copper and dark orange with a very small off-white head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass. There's not a lot of visible carbonation.
A funky and earthy aroma along with some apple notes. There's also a bit of lemon, but distinct earthy, Belgian funk. It's nice, though uncomplicated.
The flavor leans toward more apple and earth, with only a mild amount of funk and grass. There's just a hint of dish towel, a flavor I usually detest, but here it actually seems to work nicely enough.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. It could use more.
Another delicious, easy-drinking treat from Fantome.
08-01-2012 00:35:24 | More by ehammond1
United Kingdom (England)
3.99/5 rDev +0.8%
A 750ml green glass bottle of unknown vintage (though probably the most recent). Purchased recently from the Brewdog webshop. A winter saison brewed with spices.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and fine sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, fruity yeast esters, earthiness, subtle caramel malt and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Very nice.
Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a prolonged dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, coriander, spice, bubblegum, yeast esters, earthiness, faint caramel malt and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated with a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A subtle, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and lovely body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of banana, spice, fruity yeast esters and earthiness.
Excellent - simple yet complex. Looks great, if rather murky. The aroma and flavour are intensely yeasty, with fruit and spice notes that remind me of a good hefeweizen (especially the banana). Great body with a perfectly judged texture. Nice and nicely done. A fantastic saison - well worth sampling if you have the chance.
04-13-2014 01:07:42 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet Tuilp, this brew pours a caramel yellow with a fluffy/frothy head sandy blond head that is quick to dissipate.
The aroma is complex, yet reserved. Sour, musty, with notes of cider and citrus. Spicy, yet undefined.
The taste is sour, yet soft. Sour is complemented by sweet, yet reserved, notes of light caramel and fruit.
The mouthfeel is lacking when compared to the complexity of the smell and flavor profile of Hiver. A little too light and under-carbonated. Drinkability, however, is just right.
Overall Fantome Hiver posses amazing complexity, which is full of surprises and depth. I think everyone's pallet can mature by tasting this beer. It's sourness is never over powering,and match with the drinkability, Fantome has hit a home run.
07-06-2010 23:05:26 | More by TKEbeerman
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
Can I knock down a point for a green glass for appearance? Of no consequence when the bottle is kept inside a walk in cooler I guess. Brassy colored appearance, maybe a little lighter than that color, head, white, thin. Aroma was a little muted, seemed more yeasty than funky.
Taste, mild elements of that old funk seem on point, but then the beer had a remarkable carbonation that seemed very refreshing and anti-funk. Was shocked to see this was 8%, hid that very well. Kind of a flowery citrus in the mouthfeel. Liked that the yeast flavors were not clovey or too herbal. Dry. A little pricey to really consider having often, but a good beer.
05-25-2011 00:02:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
District of Columbia
1.54/5 rDev -61.1%
I was really excited to try this beer, it was my first (and currently only) Fantome. The beer looked great, but unfortunately I seem to have gotten one of the skunked bottles that I have seen many people post about. Both the aroma and the taste were completely dominated by something that I can best describe as burning tires.
At first I though that maybe it was meant to be a kind of smokey saison, but after reading other reviews it is clear that this is not the case. Even if the taste had been intentional (which I am pretty sure it wasn't), it was not pleasant at all and most of it ended up going down the drain.
05-19-2013 18:01:00 | More by jtladner
3.79/5 rDev -4.3%
Not sure of the vintage, but I'm going to assume it's not the most recent since it doesn't taste like a smokey tire...
Appearance- Beautiful hazy golden orange with a huge, soapy white head. Tons of lacing, it really looks nice!
Smell- Herbal and fruity up front with a strange sweetness I can't really pin point
Taste- Sweet fruitiness up front, with big orange and grapefruit notes. Finishes herbal and slightly bitter. It's actually reminiscent of an very malty and earthy IPA
Mouthfeel- Medium body and light carbonation, finishes slightly sticky. Would have liked it to be a bit cleaner and crisper, but it's still nice.
Overall- A very unique saison, I don't get any of the typical funk or breadiness, but it's pretty nice.
04-26-2013 00:33:39 | More by mahak213
4/5 rDev +1%
750 Ml bottle, into a tulip. Have a few of these in the cellar, decided to pop one open for a day of football.
Murky and cloudy brown color, a bit dirty looking, with a small cap of white colored head. Retention is there as is some lacing.
Smells an odd mix of tartness and floral, boasting considerably more hop presence than the original Fantome does. The barnyard funk is there, but isn't as pronounced. Hints of light fruit (apple?) and some winter spice as well (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon?) Who knows, Danny will never tell.
I can definitely tell that this is the winter varietal, as with the nose, there is a larger emphasis on spice and hops, resulting in a heavier feeling beer overall. The tartness and funk are there, but a bit overwhelmed in my opinion which is a shame since its what really sets Fantome apart from other Saisons.
Medium bodied, but fuller than the original, which is to be expected I suppose. Properly carbonated as well.
The original Fantome remains my favorite, but I'm not going to penalize this for being different. It's certainly enjoyable, but I can't but feel a bit disappointed.
11-13-2011 21:04:32 | More by mocktm
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
(Served in a tulip glass) cork says 086/407044
A- This beer pours a hazy brown body that is a bit dense with a sea of microbubbles gliding up the side. There is a creamy bubbly light tan head that last a good bit.
S- This beer has a cardamom and brown sugar note with a sweet dried orange perfume note. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more milk chocolate and citronella.
T- The tart cherry hint gives way to stale chocolate flavor and a finish of brett tartness and a nice red wine vinegar note.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat. D- I really didn't like the first few sips but as it opened up I really started to like it. The bright tartness has just a hint of jam and some soft farmyard notes with a milk chocolate note that sounds odd but all works together.
01-06-2010 22:15:43 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +1%
Poured a deep golden, bronze color with a half inch, fluffy tan head. Large bubbles and lacing on glass. Nose is earthy, caramel and citrus. Good yeast character as well. Taste is citrus, an orangy touch with a bit of caramel and a medicinal character.
10-10-2009 08:27:51 | More by ggaughan
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
750ml Burgundian bottle. Thanks be to DoktorZee for the early X-mas gift from his recent SoCal sojourn. 'Hiver' equals 'winter', of course, and beyond the name, the only other indicator of seasonal affectation is the general listing of 'spices' in the specified ingredient list.
This beer pours a slight cloudy, dark golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some randomly sized flecks of fuzzy lace around the glass as it very slowly seeps away.
It smells of moderately smoked, peaty malt, like Islay meets Habana, with a seaside medicinal character that I have to stretch a bit to relate to any farmhouse funk qualities of note, though horseblanket and wet musty grain come to mind, somewhat. The taste is much more approachable, relatively, right off the bat - a caramel-tinged grainy malt, some lingering fleshy smokiness, a surprising, bitter noble hoppiness, a prominent sulphur character, a bit of soft, musty barnyard, lightly wafting gasoline fumes, a touch of tanned leather, and some burgeoning vinous notes.
The bubbles are generally supportive, and little more, the body an almost medium weight, and actually smooth enough, given the swirling demons around this whole project. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt sweetness enough to successfully counter the not quite played out smoky medicinal, musty notes, as the bitter hops hang out in the background, laughing and lounging.
One hell of a complicated, complex, and very busy beer, mes amis. It swings wildly from the dankest of Scotch influences, to the (almost) serenest of softy malty, yeasty farmhouse incarnations. Apparently there are some generic 'seasonal' spices added to this unholy mix, but I am patently unable to discern their provenance, given the distracting otherness overtly on display here. Interesting to try, but not one I would choose to actively revisit.
12-20-2012 06:12:28 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
A- Cloudy orange gold with a fluffy white head. Ample lacing in the glass.
S- Layered spices and juniper berries. Some perfumed floral notes as well.
T- Everything is subtle here. Some Brett/yeasts and lemon verbena along with spiced apples and pears rounded out with dried green herbs.
M- High carbonation. Some light creaminess to the texture, but nowhere near roundness. Fresh and clean on the finish.
O- An excellent saison. The yeast makes for some complex flavors especially on the mid palate. I would definitely buy again.
07-11-2012 01:25:51 | More by Aml42000
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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