Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a capped & corked 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No date visible, but presumably from this past winter.
A: Hazy, orange-brown body with 2 fingers of off-white head. Ok retention. Nice lacing.
S: Belgian yeast with musty, fruity notes. Apple and apricot. Hay. Bread.
T: Spicy, earthy yeast opens and introduces a slightly nutty, rustic maltiness. Light hop bitterness on a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is consistent with 8% or just slightly more present than expected. Pretty clean finish with light floral elements in the aftertaste.
M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Fuller than your typical saison, but fits well with the flavor profile.
O: A tasty, malt-forward saison. Reminded me a bit of a biere de garde without losing it's fundamental saison qualities. Probably would have enjoyed this more a few months ago, but on a temperate May day it still drank pretty damn nicely.
05-20-2014 04:28:35 | More by fourstringer
4.04/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly head that reduces over time. Lots of floral, smokey notes with some fruit. The smoke really comes through in the taste (I suppose that's the lavender), coriander, spice and more floral, peaty notes. Medium mouth with a fairly long aftertaste. Quite unlike any farmhouse ale I've ever had. Very complex and well-made. Probably not something I'd grab often, except to show the variety of saisons.
05-11-2014 00:50:58 | More by MartzMimic
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky copper color w/ a 1-finger off-white head that settles to a thin film of sea foam.
Aroma is mostly floral, almost perfumy. If I had to guess, I'd say lavender, hibiscus, and jasmine. Kind of tea-like. Underneath that is a subdued spiciness.
Taste is likewise very floral, with hints of honey. More lavender and jasmine here, kind of soap-like. I'm not sure what they were going for here, but I'm not sure they nailed it. Tastes a little like one of Dogfish Head's more experimental releases.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly soft and clean. Goes down pretty easy.
Overall, I don't know that I'm on board w/ this one. It's OK, but feels a bit muddled. Probably won't be seeking this out again.
05-09-2014 04:05:33 | More by draheim
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
love this stuff, and the love for this brewery is not unfounded, as some claim. these beers are so unique and special, and this winter saison is special too. its very yeasty copper colored, with a smallish white head and tons of sediment. the nose has some holiday spice. not like a pumpkin beer or anything, but i get some cinnamon and some cardamom, maybe a hint of candy apple, and of course the yeast that makes these beers famous. the flavor has a pleasant malty front end, and basically a soft spice into a spicy yeast finish. where the spicing stops and the similar character of the yeast begins is not decipherable. either happy coincidence or brewers genius, and i will choose the later, for lack of any real understanding about the recipe or process here. baked dessert notes with zero sweetness is the go here, with some chai tea notes and a prickly carbonation that makes it sing. a top tier saison, subtle yet ultra distinct. easily worth the 15 bucks they ask for it, even though it gets a shade boozy as it warms, its never anything but a flattering effect.
05-07-2014 04:00:46 | More by StonedTrippin
4.04/5 rDev +1.8%
Corked and capped bottle from Tipples "Best before End 2016." Pours hazy amber dark orange colored with a fluffy off white or yellowish khaki head. Aroma of winter time spices--coriander, cinnamon, a little nutmeg maybe--yeasty apples and pears, some candy sugars, hay, and some funky yeasty character. Flavor is lightly dry hay, some accompanying spice, a bit of sweet sugars and honey, and finishes with a good but of light fruit character like apples and pears. The spices and hay funk lighten things up and keep this from being too heavy. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall an enjoyable brew!
04-29-2014 00:10:42 | More by BMMillsy
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, saison yeast, honey, light fruit, especially apple, mild Belgian spicing. Flavor is light fruit with an interesting earthy character, completely defying identification of flavors, mild citrus, finishing with earthy Italian herbs; thyme and rosemary, with finishing bitterness that seems much more medicinal herbs than hops. Light to medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I've been waiting a long time to try a Fantome (the distributor was out of our state for a long time and I only saw bottles of questionable age and storage on my trips, so only got a chance now). I'm on the fence with saisons in general, not really liking the aggressively funky and/or sour ones, but enjoying well made herbal versions. This one was worth waiting for. An ale in which it is almost impossible to describe the flavor components even though it is full flavored, but everything really comes together. It invites repeated tasting to try to tease out the identity of the flavors. I'm sitting here licking my lips to taste the mildly bitter herbal flavors left over from my last sip as I type. Really enjoyable, complex and integrated. I look forward to future opportunities to try Fantome ales. This is the kind of beer that makes trying new breweries pay off.
04-24-2014 03:24:48 | More by LiquidAmber
United Kingdom (England)
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.94/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-03-2014 02:33:23 | More by babaracas
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
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