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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

shigg85, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mattias, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

ArchEnemyBrew, May 02, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

BMMillsy, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Danny1217, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KCBeerNerd, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

themind, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

Chingringo, Apr 09, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

babaracas, Apr 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

ldhughes3, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

WTKeene, Mar 29, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jordy777, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

OnryAndMean, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

beav19, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

fsck, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MonkeyStain, Feb 25, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

JulioH, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Twig2848, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ColForbinBC, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Sspeer1, Jan 19, 2014
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.