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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - HiverFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver

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89
very good

573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 15.62%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-19-2003)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Australia to share with Sam & Rich as part of our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours an incredibly dense and cloudy deep golden colour, with a fine bubbled and reasonably frothy head of pure white. Minimal lacing, and carbonation. Looks decent enough. I like the colour and the haze.

Acidic, vinous and oaky on the nose, with dusty organic characters and a slight herbal uplift. Some appleskin characters and a sharp point of phenolic spice. Lots of interest, and a good amount of stylistic Saison aroma.

Taste is oddly balanced between a number of conflicting and slightly unusual flavour vectors. Lots of coppery metallic bite on the front, with the initial flavour of acidity, although not the onrush of tartness on the back. A bready, savoury character comes through as well, and the finish is high on phenols, giving a light astringency. It's sharp in places, smooth in places and acidic in places, but all the characters never seem to blend, they stay separate, merely activating different parts of the palate. Weird.

It's a decent brew, but a weird skew for a Saison. I'm not sure they'll ever top their regular Fantôme Saison in my mind, which is so stylistically perfect it has become the epitome of the style for me, but this is a decent crack at doing something a little different with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:27:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Florida

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with amber edges, one finger thick of offwhite foam, a few rings of lace down the glass. Smell: sweet with caramel and bread, red delicious apple, subdued grassiness comes along. Taste: caramel and overripe red apple, grainy twang, date, plum skin. Medium plus bodied and sugary but with a nice drying finish. Pretty straightforward as a saison or at worst saison-ish, but it's meant as a winter seasonal and it plays that hand well.

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Poured from the bottle a cloudy and dank ochre color with two fingers of beige head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, light spice and Belgian yeast.

The taste matched the aroma with Juicy Fruit gum, light spice, Belgian yeast and caramel malts at the end.

Medium bodied and quite sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A flavorful and easy to drink Saison from Fantôme.

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Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition

I opened this bottle somewhat concerned because of previous reviews. Did I get a bust, a literal fantome?

As I was serving, I saw some yeast deposited at the bottom of the bottle. The liquid was dark yellow, almost reddish, and very little carbonation was formed. The nose was non existent at first, but after swirling, the classic scents of a saison, a wheat beer, were released. The scents kept increasing as time went by.

I tasted it and it was the classic saison taste. A little bitter, definitely hoppy, a little sweet, a little yeasty, with little carbonation that was only felt after I played with it in my mouth.

Overall, a great import, definitively something that can be had in excess. The artisanal taste is present, and that makes this beer a classic saison.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, corked and capped and served into a large wine glass. Pours a medium orange/golden with a touch of haze. A white cap shows decent retention.

Nose is a bit funky and tart with some earthy citrus perhaps hop based notes. A pleasant mustiness accompanies. A second pour after some warming yields a bit more hop spice to the aroma.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme Hiver ("winter ghost") actually pours like a summer rosé, at least without the sediment added in; everything beyond the first few ounces comes out looking a little like a cinnamon-doused cranberry sauce. The bottom of my glass is sandy enough to act as an hourglass. And anything that could have passed for snow quickly melts away.

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Fantôme Hiver is perhaps my least favourite of Dany Prignon's creations. This may have something to do with the fact that each time I've tried it has either been at a tasting or from an aged bottle, but I doubt that: great beer is great regardless of sample size and some of my highest ratings were aged. Fantômes aren't cheap; skip Winter for a more pleasant saison.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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Hiver in a Duchesse goblet. Burnt orange amber color with a bleach white head of thin dimension. Lingering does the foam.

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Very distinct. Not too showy, but tasty. The yeast doesn't steal the show.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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