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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
89
very good

619 Ratings
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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

perhaps the best saison I have had. It is very nicely and aggressively hopped, without overpowering spice, pleasant appearance, excellent taste in citrus backbone. Of the top 10% of all beers, and higher in terms of saison. Excellent Fantome that I must try aged.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%

Shared this bottle at the recent Fantome mega-tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a good white head and some light lacing on the way down. The nose brings earth, lemon, floral notes, and some rustic Fantome elements. The flavor is a good mix of lemon and light funk with a touch of malt. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Another solid offering from Dany.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Today at 11:28 AM
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

A: The beer is cloudy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head.
S: There are light aromas of mustiness and sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has complex and well balanced flavors of apples, spices and yeast. A little bit of sourness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, particularly after it begins to warm up and the flavors develop.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a poor head and spotty lacing

Smell: Crazy aroma of rotting melon, lychee, tart apples and, unfortunately, acetone

Taste: Starts out with a tart honeydew flavor that is joined by a bitter balsa wood flavor that becomes increasingly dominant; after the swallow, the balsa wood flavor persists and overwhelms the fruit; there is a touch of something herbacious, like cardamom, in there as well

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing, but not as tasty as some of the other Fantômes in the lineup

brentk56, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

Dark turmeric with a candy apple blush. The beer looks very good and the crown of foam looks fantastic. It's pale beige with a pastel orange tint and is more dense than the heads on most Belgian beer. In fact, it looks like something one might see on an IPA. Shredded sheets of lace stick with authority.

How in the world does Mr. Prignon manage to recreate the seasons so faithfully in his beer? Hiver smells like winter potpourri, but in a good, beer-like way. Spices are clearly in charge, as they so often are in the Fantome saisons. It's difficult for me to make any sort of a positive identification. Cedar? Balsam? Sandlewood? Cotton candy? While I'm sure all are wildly off the mark, the nose couldn't be more on the mark.

No brewer in world puts out such consistently odd, yet such consistently delicious beer as Brasserie Fantome. It's instantly recognizable to aficionados and tastes like absolutely nothing else. Hiver's flavor profile is an almost exact match of its nose. That means, of course, that it's tremendously spicy. My fear is that it might become a little wearing by the time I reach the 700 ml mark.

I can see how a spice load this aggressive might be a polarizer. Count me a definite member of the cathode (positive pole) rather than the anode (negative pole). Each sip is truly electric! There's no way in the world I can adequately describe what I'm tasting, so I'll have to go with free association. I'd like to know what's in here, but that would spoil the fun; like learning how a magician performs his tricks.

The flavor profile has an spicy, herbal, woodsy vibe. It tastes like balsam, cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander. Who am I kidding? Those are my best guesses, but I've come to the conclusion that Fantome beer isn't meant to be dissected, it's meant to be enjoyed. That isn't a problem since I've been enjoying it since the first mouthful. The typical sourness is nicely supported by an early sweetness and a late bitterness. This stuff is too complex for words.

The mouthfeel is the only chink in the armor, although it's really more of a minor dent. I like it a lot, it just doesn't measure up to the excellence of the rest of the beer. It's a couple notches short of medium and has a pleasing slickness on the back end. A few more bubbles might have resulted in a more expansive, more lightly creamy mouthfeel.

Fantome Saison-Hiver might just be the most unorthodox beer that I've ever had from this most unorthodox of breweries. With the exception of Saison, and the possible exception of Brise Bons-Bons!, it's also the best. I've heard that Dany changes the recipes on his saisons from year to year. I have no idea what year I have before me (2005 is my best guess), but I'd say he picked a winning combination this time around.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Bottle: Poured a dirty dark yellow color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird spice mix with some strong Saaz hops. Taste is incredibly dry probably from the mix of spices and hops but doesn’t really excite my taste buds. Body is about average and carbonation is quite low. Not bad but just doesn’t provide the magic that I usually find in Fantome beers.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Nothing beats a true Belgian Saison. Such succulent sweetness, yet so dry and spicy with those palate challenging 'Belgian' character.

The beer pours a hazy golden with an eggshell head that billows in rocky fashion wiht loosely knit pockets of air.

Malt sweetness swirls with a lot of spice, woodsy, musty, and attic-y qualities. Sweetness upfront is all malts with a sugar cookie and biscuit note. Spicy pepper notes compliment the corriander, orange peel, and lemon zest very well for complexity and balance (in the absence of meaningful hop character). A cork-ish woodiness with a dusty, musty note shies away from any brett character but does hold an aura that boarders on funky notes.

Sweetness up front makes the initial sip very inviting and soothing, then the beer dries out beautifully as the light hop character delivers an earthy, spicy note to compliment the spices in the throat. A truely wonderful beer as should be expected from Fantome.

BEERchitect, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

I cracked this one open yesterday before we ate. I had been saving it for a special occasion, but I decided it was a special enough day. 750ml bottle was capped and served at cellar temperature. Poured into several glasses.
 
Very nice ruby tinted amber in color with a small off white head that came up and over the top effortlessly as it left a nice touch of lacing along the sides of the glass. Some sediment could be seen in the bottom of the glass. Very tart aroma here, sour vinegar like at first, but allowing it to breath and open up left me with a rich, delicately sweet like flavor, my wife likened it to almost like it was blended with Sangria, but I did not pick that up. Light overall feel with a nice level of carbonation that came off just about right to push the flavor across the palate. Smooth, light fruit notes lingered long on the tongue after the last sip had passed.
 
Overall a very solid offering here and one I am glad I got to try. Not too heavy at all, and really drank quite light given the ABV. I would have no issue at all with going back for this one again.
 

mikesgroove, May 26, 2009
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Thanks to Phil for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade. A Fantome saison is never a bad thing.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with an initially fluffy off-white head that dies down to a thin ring.

S: The nose is incredibly funky with lots of barnyard and lemony tartness. A bit of honey and sweet wheat and bready malts.

T: The favor does not exhibit as much of the same funkiness that the nose does. A mild cork flavor along with some sweat and lemons. Quite dry, but still a bit of sweet malts and lightly spiced.

M: The body is medium with a solid effervescence and a drying finish.

D: I'm becoming more and more of a fan of saisons, especially Belgian produced ones, and this type of beer is why. Really nice variety of flavors and easy to drink.

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to Autumnaldave for sharing...

It pours a light brownish orange, with a little suspended sediment. Hiver is a bit darker than the "regular" saison from Fantôme. There is smidgen of spotty lace here and there. Carbonation is visible.

Initial note of citrusy lime and hay, becoming musty and dank later on.

Malty, a bit of sweet/sour interplay, musty Belgian yeast, with a drying finish. This bottle seems less earthy and herbal than the last one I can remember. The 750 is probably best shared, but it's definitely enjoyable.

emerge077, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Dark amber body, cloudy, yeasty. It's topped by a thick and retaining white head.

Typically bizarre Fantome aroma, funky and herby, soil, musty barn, spices of some sort, a little dark candi sugar. The fuck?

Surprisingly mellow on the palate, malty yet dry, minerals and herbs, leafy hops. Strange, but drinkable and refreshing, with a dry, peppery and spicy finish.

largadeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

A hazy, very dark amber body with an orange cast is capped by a short, creamy head of light-tan foam that dissolves shortly to just a creamy collar but leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose is complex, but not nearly as bold as the following descriptors might suggest. It's musty, tangy, and floral with dried fruits (apricot, mild tangerine), light spice (cardamom?), some horse blanket, mild citrus (lemon), rich wet soil - as well as a dryer dustiness, some earthiness (bark, mushroom), and urine. And, it becomes more candyish and dough-like as it warms! The body is medium with a delicate crispness that slides across the tongue. The flavor focuses itself a bit more than the aroma does; and it concentrates on fruitiness (apricot, strawberry) wrapped in a soft-malt that's tinged with caramel, and accentuated by a delicate cola-like spiciness. A mild amount of alcohol comes out as it warms; and its low-key bitterness balances perfectly and leads to a dry, chalky finish. The beauty of the Fantome beers lies in their sublte complexities, and this is no exception!

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2003
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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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