Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.97/5 rDev +25.5%
750ml green bottle, capped and corked. Rolled to enjoy full flavor of the yeast.
Pours out golden amber brown and sits chocolate brown in the glass with a large, creamy light tan head. Speckled lacings and a good thick skim over the surface.
Smells musty and malty. Full of scents of bitter orange and lemon with a nice rhubarb-like tartness. Crusty brown sugar coating. Nice yeasty, crackery build with moderate hop spiciness with plenty of herbal and leaf-like aromas.
Tastes lightly sweet up front, packed with thick, gooey malt flavors. Brown sugar runs all over the place and is paired with a mildly tangy lemon flavor. Grapes and peaches roam about, stumbling upon mellow herbal hop flavors. Bay leaves and thyme come to mind. Foresty like flavors of oak, acorns and dry, fallen leaves. Finish is smooth and bitter with lingering lemony tanginess and herbal spiciness.
Rediculously smooth in the mouth, creamy like it was a sin. Carbonation is light and billowy. Rich, full body gives this beer all the muscle it needs.
I couldn't be any happier than I am drinking this beer. Flavors are all there and then some. Soft as hell, and simply the best thing I can think of to be drinking at this very moment. Another bottle is the only thing that could make this any better.
12-17-2004 22:58:36 | More by Skidz
4.93/5 rDev +24.5%
Poured into a Bell's tulip on 1/2/13
I bought this in September 2012; I reckon it's from the previous winter.
As I take to pouring the beer, nearly the entire glass is filled with a rising cascade of crackling foam. The head eventually settles to about a finger's worth, though there is an off-centered, large upward protrusion of foam. Swaths and specks of bubbly, raised lace remain. I'm finally able to get a good take on the beer's hue; it is a clear, shiny golden color - very pretty.
Aromas of lemon and lime leap from the glass followed by strong juniper. This smells a lot like a botanical-heavy gin. Notions of white pepper, allspice, prairie grass, wild herbs and undertones of cracker. Ghost notes of ripe light fruit. Mild sugar cookie sweetness as it warms. The last of the beer has an apple pasty suggestion to it.
Spices dominate the flavor even more so. Pepper and herbal spices are in abundance, raked along the taste buds by effervescent carbonation. Likewise, with the gin. Lemongrass, fresh hay, spritzes of lime, grassy hops and a dry malt notion (a very dull or neutral bread/biscuit type of thing). Hints of grapes and apples. The body meanders within the medium-light range with perceptibility seemingly based on whether the carbonation is ample or more subdued as happens later on. Alcohol becomes appreciable as the beer warms.
I'm finding that this bottle does not get old. Often I find such peppery/herbal beers wear on me after a while; not this, though. Each sip encompasses fully the senses in ways that a great beer should. Ooooh, I wish I had more of this. One of the finest beers I have ever had.
01-03-2013 04:20:48 | More by Ryan011235
4.85/5 rDev +22.5%
A- Big off white head on a pretty clear dark orange/amber body with brown hues in it. Leaves a nice decent size head.
S- Big European hop character. Fruit like cherries and a hint of lime and maybe orange? Some caramel malts to balance it out and maybe even a bit earthy. A couple other things I can't manage to pin point too.
T- There is a lot going on in the flavor so I'm going to do my best to see if I can point out each individual one. Cheers, Belgium sugar?, caramel malts, hints of orange and lemon, bit floral hops (not much though), and it's sort of candish. It's very well balance and very complex.
M- Medium to thin body with low carbonation making it a very nice smooth beer.
D- This beer is just amazing. It's so easy to drink but at the same time so much going on in it. This could be a sipper or just a great beer to drink easily (just watch out since it's 8.00% abv). I think this just has so much going on in it and it is just excellently made. Right now I think if I had to only drink one more beer it would be this one just since I can see it covering most occasions. Shame it's not easier to get and cheaper. The only reason I didn't give this straight 5's is because I can see it getting a tiny bit better but I'm not sure how. I wish I could make it a 4.99.
01-12-2007 05:24:52 | More by BlindPig
4.8/5 rDev +21.2%
Wow, just wow. My first Fantome and this thing changed my life.
A- Beautiful puffy head with tight bubbles and lacing.
S- Smell is lemon and lime, farmhouse yeast, hay, hops, and a hint of sweetness.
T- Lots of flavors going on. There is a wonderful malt sweetness upfront, and then a huge hit of citrusy goodness, lemon-lime flavor is awesome. Hops and a dry finish round this out. There is a bit of a cidery note and the finish reminds me of Chardonnay.
M- Perfect mouthfeel. High carbonation but not overly done, and a light crisp mouthfeel.
O- I'd buy this stuff by the palate if I could find it in my area.
06-30-2013 17:38:45 | More by taylor714914
4.8/5 rDev +21.2%
Fantome Hiver was served from a 750ml capped and corked green bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a murky orange-caramel hue, and was topped by a mountainous, creamy, and unyielding off-white head with that left tracts of thick messing lacing wherever it touched. The nose was quite intruiging as is ususal with Fantome concoctions. A sweeping edge-less granny smiith tartness was conjugated with subtle spice complexities....nutmeg, ash, allspice(?) and finely powderd ginger root! Pulling in the wafting aromas very slowly was necessary to achieve the full ofactory experience. The taste closely followed the nose. A silky, creamy, and smooth tart-crisp apple-pear maltiness builds up to a prickly white pepper and ginger spice transition into a distinct moderately bittered finish that left lingering yeasty esters, white pepper, and pronounced bitter orange peel notes. The flow of flavor was excellent, consisting of distinct phases and intensities. The body was full, creamy, smooth, and somewhat fluffy with carbonation...melding very well with the flavors and personality of the beer. Yet another artistic masterpiece from Fantome: delicious, seducing, mysterious, wonderful.
04-03-2004 06:33:52 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.78/5 rDev +20.7%
A: Golden yellow and orange with some haze and a thick frothy billowing snow white head. Nice lacing too! Stunning 4.5
S: Spicy aroma, some pepper, mild acidity, and I’m picking up a bit of dry unripened green apples 4.5
T&M: Oh man this is good and what I love about Fantome. Mildly fruity, with a lingering tartness and tang all the way through. Some mild earthy tones and floral pepperiness, but what I love is the mild, yet noticeable tart apple tang that goes along with this incredible mouthfeel. It’s creamy, yet crisp, and carbonated perfectly. There is very slight alcohol on the palate, but barely noticeable. This is amazing. 5 / 5
O: Not much else to say but this is incredible. I love it. In every single way possible. It’s slightly different from the black/white label (regular) Fantome Saison, but very, very much as enjoyable. I still prefer the regular but this is superb. 4.5
08-29-2011 16:50:46 | More by julian
4.73/5 rDev +19.4%
2006 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem on 12/19/12. Score is based upon this vintage.
Pour: Hazy, burnt orange with three fingers of light copper head. Leaves okay lacing, and the head hangs around for a decent amount of time.
Smell: Big lactic tartness up front on the nose, with some lemon pith and pear skins. A nice burnt caramel comes in to balace the fruity and lactic tones. Great hay funk.
Taste: Follows the nose, but improves it. Big lemon tartness and a superb funk hit to start. A sweet molasses and caramel balance, but in just the right amount - sweet would be the last word I would use to describe this. Nice lactic sourness. Some funky eggs. Finishes tart with lemons and a nice dryness.
Mouthfeel: Really nice and drinkable. Good carb, and great tartness. Can get very slightly cloying if you drink too fast (which is a dilemma because it taste SO good and is dry). Finishes dry.
Overall: This was amazing. I've heard good things about vintage Fantome, and this just confirmed all of them.
2011 bottle poured into a tulip.
Pour: Hazy straw orange body with three fingers of slightly off white, incredibly puffy head. Finally recedes to a thin head, and leaves really sticky lacing. A flawless looking beer in my opinion. (5.0)
Smell: Heavy yeast breadyness, with a lemon zest and grassiness in the background. A slight funk and pepper are in there as well. (4.0)
Taste: Very, very bready yeast with a very hefty lemon zest. These flavor really dominate the palate, with some pepper, funk, and grassy hops mixed in on the back. (4.0)
Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, and this goes down quick and easy. Lemon zest isn't too cloying. (4.5)
Overall: A pretty good saison, and one I'd get again. I look forward to having more Fantomes in the future. (4.5)
10-21-2012 19:09:15 | More by cfrances33
4.72/5 rDev +19.2%
The stand out of the Mettler Casa Taste-Off 2003. Thanks to Alexgash for this one. Cloudy orange tea color with a fizzy but sticky head. Smell is as complex as they come. Some barn, sour, honey, citrus, pepper, earth and red fruits. Taste matches the aroma. Honey, sour fruits, mango?, sod, pepper, spices etc. Carbonation levels of a lambic, and a fine malt and yeasty backbone that reminds us that this is a beer, a magical spooky beer. I can't wait to try the rest of the Fantome's.
01-22-2004 19:51:57 | More by chaduvel
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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