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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

575 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 15.37%


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 trxxpaxxs:
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage... seriously...

A: Pours an almost completely transparent lemon gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam sticks around for a bit, but fades wonderfully over time. Nice bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is wonderful on this beer. I get lemon/lime citrus (almost like Gatorade), a bit of malt, and a touch of apple juice. I’m looking forward to this one.

T: The taste follows the nose almost exactly. I get a nice light malt sweetness right away followed instantaneously by that yummy lemon/lime flavor. A touch of spice enters in next with apple cider like qualities. The finish is dry, a bit yeasty, but really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It takes control of the palate straight away, the flavors dance, and the finish is just slightly drying.

O: Really enjoyed this brew. I know there are a lot of terrible bottles of this out there. But the bottle we opened is drinking wonderfully. I’d drink a lot more of this if I knew the bottle integrity wasn’t going to be an issue.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 16:57:30 | More by trxxpaxxs
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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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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.

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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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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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