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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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89
very good

633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | FT: 9
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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 SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL green glass cork/cap finish. No date ticked off on label. Just came into VT a week or so ago.

Appearance: Poured into my Le Merle tulip. Thin white head fades quickly by leaves a thin layer. Wonderful cloudy amber/brown color with hints of orange and yellow.

Nose: Citrus fruits up front, lots of lemon and orange. Some sweet spices, leather, tea, wet grass.

Palate: Lively and spicy, but still somewhat sweet. Has this flavor that reminds me of sweetened ice tea with a lemon twist. Earthy, yet sweet with citrus. Finish is spicy and crisp.

Notes: Really refreshing, especially for a "Winter beer!" There's this hint of sour/wildness that comes out way on the finish that I love. Balanced, reserved and elegantly refreshing. Not as spicy as a lot of saisons.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip. Body was an orange amber, with about a half a finger of white head. Some nice lacing finished off some impressive visuals. Nose was sour, with lemon peel, grapefruit, and sour white wine.

The flavor were sour, but not over the top wild, which was received nicely by this sour/wild ale non. Brew was incredibly smooth, with notes of grass, lemon, and orange peel. Finish was dry. Mouthfeel was creamy and light.

Overall a great beer, and one of my favorite saisons to date.

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my New Belgium globe glass. 086/477044 indicated on the cork. Poured a reddish-caramel color with hazy clarity and a two inch, dense, bright white cap - excellent retention and delicate strands of lacing formed during the tasting. Nose is vinous up front, light sour fruit in the middle, and a hint of graphite in the back. Citric acid hits quickly, but then it's all pencil lead. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively. Citric acid in the beginning causes a slight pucker, but then there's a residual burn at the finish. Drinkability is fair - alcohol is well-hidden, but the graphite/pencil lead flavor is too overpowering. Definitely my least favorite offering from Fantôme; however, worth a try.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle, straight from the case/box. despite the label's pre-set markings for date/batch, none of them were notched. cork printed with: 086/477044

poured into tulip

amber copper color, clear on first pours. moderate head soon fades to wisps and ring. sparse lacing.

aroma: apple cider and wood notes, with light caramel. hint of spice. hint of noble hop. gentle, very faint phenols.

taste: apple and pear, light caramel. grassy hop and mild to moderate bitterness peaks with gentle phenols and light pepper. spice and herb are even lighter.

quite smooth, but also ever so slightly watery. it does it almost chewy later on with the yeasty pours from later on in the bottle. gentle to moderate carbonation gives additional body. faint acidity and astringency in the finish.

a bit unspectacular. everything seems all a bit diluted to me...

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged. Let sit for about 20 minutes before opening. No pop of the cork whatsoever before it hits the Ommegang chalice...

Steady carbonation rises from the slightly cloudy honey-colored body to a surface of yeast wisps that was preceded by a 1/2 finger translucent whitish-blue head. Pretty typical look for the style.

Nice - ample amount of horse blanket acidity in tandem with huge yeast and wheat electricity. I can't place the softer, sweeter tones - a little bit of honey caramel stewed white fruits - maybe a pear?

There's a metallic tinge that needs to burn off for a while. The aforementioned saison electricity really could use a little more carbonation to diffuse properly. The hop bite has a little more Saaz than I would like...the malts are stewy and maybe a little too sweet - even some prune in here...OK, the metallic tinge is gone and carbonation is picking up. Still, the flavor profile is a little less funky and bends a little on the side of red wine vinegar. Bottle doesn't look compromised by any means - just a flatter sensation than what I'm used to. After a while it picks up, and I get a little more clove-ish and peppery spice. Interesting ad well-crafted; maybe not my thing but the construction is good.

As this rounds into form it develops a solid palate presence for the style. Typical carbonation bite and tingle tempered by the darker fruits and spices, with a slight acetic tinge. Feels like an old-school saison, only a little less dry and bright.

This one is definitely crafted in an Old(er) World style for a saison. It has a few flat notes and imperfections from wild ingredients that we enjoy and sometimes even cherish. No beef on the construction; the electricity comes through in the end but I'm thinking the residual sugars and the acetic tone are a little too much for me and they obscure the bright yeast and wheat tones I enjoy in a saison. This ultimately takes on fruit cake spice notes. But what the hell, it's a winter Saison...whaddayuexpect?

Photo of callmescraps
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, possibly my favorite style, and the brewery that does it better than anyone. Match made in heaven? Only issue was opening it. Wasn't crazy about using a corkscrew on a carbonated bottle. But didn't have much choice. It worked out fine.

Appearance - Dark orangish/amber with over an inch of nice tan head that gets out of there quick. Darker than most saisons I've had. It's fairly clear, and has a very nice glow.

Smell - Funky. Not sure if it's funky or skunky. Which happens with a good saison. Plenty of crisp apple. Some booziness almost. A little bit of wet hay. Very sour. More mellow than expected.

Taste - Sour. Some apple as well. Some funk. A little alcohol astringency. A lot of pear. Definitely tart. Almost has a Flemish sour thing going on. But it's pretty mellow. Not as deep or earthy as I'd prefer. Has a nice sweetness running through it.

Mouthfeel - Really excellent. A pretty solid body with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good. The taste is so mellow it's easy to put down, but the carbonation makes it so you don't want too many.

Huh. Everyone describes it as "weird" and I can't say I disagree. It wasn't what I was expecting/wanting, but that doesn't make it bad, necessarily. Got a strange sweet/sour thing going on, and not nearly as much gross funk as I was hoping for. It's not bad, but now I just really want to try another Fantome offering and see what else they bring.

Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little hesitant to pick this one up after the Fantome Saison I had was a skunky mess. Beer guy at De Vino's (who is a Belgian maniac) said they were often a mixed bag. This one, fortunately is delicious.

Appearance is excellent - a light orange color, slightly opaque, with a large two fingers of white head that leaves excellent lacing throughout th goblet. Looks as good as a saison can.

Nose is farmhouse funk up front. Sourness. A touch of citrus fruit and a spot of malt. Belgian yeast.

Flavor is delicious, and all over the place. In no particular order: candy sweetness, lemons and lime, a touch of dried fruit right off the bat. Wheat. Farmhouse funk as it warms up. A touch of sourness in the back of the mouth. Earthiness, apples, and spicy tartness. This isn't a sweet beer, but it's not overtly sour either. A nice mix to this one.

Feel is good. Fairly smooth carbonation, perfectly suited to the sour earthiness. Body is medium, fine for the style.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this one. A really tasty, funky, unique saison. I'd definitely go for it again if the price was right.

De Vino's/$16/750 ml

Photo of bronzeside
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall, a bit disappointed, as I've read so many great reviews of Fantome products.

S--From a 750 ml bottle, into a tulip glass.

A--Nice cloudy copper/orange color, with moderate to low orange tinted head. More funky stuff came out of this bottle at the end than any other beer I've had--and I tried to be careful. Moderate "Belgian Lace" only appeared on the glass only after the last pour.

S--Sour Hay

T-- The "Saison" style is one of my favorites, but the Fantome "Hiver" tasted more like a "trainer" version of a gueze. Tinge of turpentine. Grapefruit w/o sweetness.

M-- Good, crisp, different than what one expects from appearance, as no thickness to it.

D-- It's not hard to force this one down, but do not think I'll go for another. I'm just not into it. I intend to try other Fantome products as they are so highly rated--just hope that I like them better.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade poured into my large duvel tulip glass

A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow color. Pours with a giant, foamy, white gushing head (the bottle was a gusher) that very slow fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there though little lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic as you can see yeast sediment, bubbles, and cloudiness whirling about the beer.

S- The main character of the nose is a tart lemon presence. Below this is both a sweet bready yeast, a soft spiciness, and a barnyard like yeast funk.

T- Subtle tart fruit comes through a little bit upfront but the main characters are a herbal hop flavor and a funky yeast. The finish adds a touch of spiciness to what is already present, the hops flavors get a bit bitter, there is just a touch of,there is a touch of alcohol astringency as well, and the most interesting part is a touch of piny hop flavor that emerges quickly and comes to be potent then immediately disappears-but still the main character of this beer is the funky yeast. What lingers is a minimal hop bitterness a tartness that fades quickly, a and a hint of bready yeast.

M- Medium carbonation and somewhat dense (for a light beer) smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is another great saison from the fantome lineup. I pretty much want to try them all. Not my favorite but still very wonderful. It's interesting, drinkable, and complex. I have another bottle (a very generous extra in a recent trade) in my cellar so I can have this one again without having to travel or trade for it. Great beer and looking forward to trying more Fantome's!

Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark copper color with a thin white head.

S: Tart fruit and a bit of spice.

T: A very nice saison. It's fruity with pear and apple coming to mind. Finished tart. There is some light spices that are always there but they are difficult to identify.

M: Smooth, very light and fine carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, an excellent winter saison.

Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark hazy golden, amber highlights, topped by afoamy white head that is quite thick, holds very well and leaves a lot of lacing on its way down.
Aroma is mostly spiced, with lots of them. Pepper, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, along with earthiness and fruitiness. A little funk rounds it out.
Medium bodied, nicely carbonated adding a pricly feeling to the body, spices again dominate the flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, pepper. Fruitiness, lots of oranges, earthiness.
Very nice, but in the long run, the drinkability suffers a bit given the spiciness. Still well worthwhile.

Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rich woody bronw with a silky tan head. Nose has citrus fruits, candy malts, spices, peppery yeast and earthy hops. The taste is also quite fruity and sweet yet well balanced by the herbal hops and yeast strains. Crisp medium body with a delicate carbonation. Another delicious ale from Fantome. Not quite as spectacular as their original Saison, but pretty close.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love when the Fantome visits.

A: Bright orange with a huge bounding head. Nice retention. Beautiful to behold.

S: Light citrus with spicy yeasty notes. Some malty bread.

T: Touch of funk, lightly floral, yeasty, hay, white bread. As it warmed I was reminded of the farm.

M: Lots of smooth tiny bubbles tingle and delight.

D: Easy and easier as it warms. Very nice offering from Fantome.

Photo of DigitalHype
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Metallic cap and natural cork. Best-before date was not stamped on this bottle.

Poured into ale glass. This is a bright golden color, with quite a bit of yeasty sediment. About 1/4" thick head, with retention, and short-lived, tightly woven lacing.

Aromas of orange fruit, spice, and sourdough. Flavors of thyme (heavy), with mild black pepper, orange peel, earth, and chalk. Slightly sour. Carbonation is just above moderate.

This isn't my preferred style. But, very well done.

Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Props to my buddy Chris for popping this out of nowhere as I was sipping on a SN Topedo. First time trying this one, bottle from 2006.

Weird weird weird. This is a hazy and dirty farmhouse gold-yellow with tons of yeast sediment that eventually settles into a sludgy pile at the bottom of my glass. A fat and apparently everlasting head sits a good 3cm above the beer for ever and ever. Wait, I take back what I said about the yeast settling out... there's still lots of little floury flecks suspended at all levels of the elixer. Just a strange lookin' brew - but did we expect any less from Dany Prignon? No we did not.

Smells like... cedar? Hmm. There is a (comforting!) Saison base here, but a whole lotta character that I can't pick out. Woody, spicy, peppery, lemony, potpourri, cinnamon, summer flowers... I could go on, if I could pick this stuff out. It's not so much distinct smells though; it's terribly harmonious, like a fine perfume. The smell itself sticks in your brain and is hard to dissect. It just smells like... "Hiver". And it's very good. So yeah, exceptional.

Tastes like... and this is almost a cop-out, but it tastes just like it smells. Really. It was almost a relief, wondering how this would turn out. But it really DOES taste that unique. Farmhouse with a touch of sour, lots of spice and earth, pleasingly dry, honeycomb lite sweetness, and peppery-citric... it's strange and wonderful and just shy of being world-class.
I have never tasted another beer like it.

Mouthfeel is almost an afterthought - of course it's going to be good. Saison perfection, fluffy and medium-thin with a dry, spicy and lightly sweet finish. Flawless.

Hiver is complex stuff, yet not. It's one of those beers that lends itself endlessly to picking apart, yet as another review noted, with Fantome beers that can be counterproductive. Just sit back and enjoy the experience. Beers like this is why we do what we do - to experience sensations not found anywhere else on God's green earth.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 at a recent beer appreciation dinner was the Fantome Hiver. Of the seven beers on the list this might have been the one I was looking forward to the most. It didn't disappoint, although it didn't end up being the hit of the night.

It poured an orange color, thick white head, and the aroma was more what I would expect from a Belgian White than a Saison, but it was still delicious. Very refreshing, well balanced spices between the citrus and malt flavors.

This wasn't what I was expecting to find at a Winter Warmers tasting, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious.

Photo of abfraser
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey orange colored with no head. Hazy. What looks like no carbonation. Uh oh.

S: Funky orange, black pepper, Belgian spice

T/M: Orange citrus. Nice tartness to it. Not sour, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is a little syrup-like. There is just no carbonation in this thing, which is a major negative in my opinion. Why does any brewer create something with no carbonation? I see it so often that it can't just be me getting bad bottles. I don't understand it. The mouthfeel (and beer overall) is also improved with some carbonation.

D: A little difficult.

The regular Fantome saison is one of the world's great beers, but this is just barely above average

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured hazy orange color with a large creamy white head that was lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate to heavy yeasty, herbs, ginger and cough drop aroma.

Medium body with a dry smooth texture and lively carbonation.

Medium to heavy sweet&sour spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet&sour finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid complex beer.

Photo of ballewblake
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Really weird soapy bubbles climbing the inside of the bottle after initial pour. White one finger head, orange body, opaque with sediment. Malty, candi sugars in the nose. Tastes is eh, okay. Not as funky as I was hoping or expecting. Not really that great when drank next to the Printempts. Not the best of Fantome, doubt I'd seek out again.

Thanks to beerdiablo for the offering.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with generous white head. Nose is citrusy (perhaps lemon and orange peel), bile, peachpit. Mixed herbs/spices in there too. Palate is slightly sour, good wheaty malt flavor, and rounds out nicely on the finish. Very drinkable and refreshing like a Hefe-Weizen. Though this is the Hiver (winter) beer, it would be equally welcome in the summer months.

Photo of echdk3
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt, 9,4oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip

A_Dark, creamy orange/tan color. White, dense head, whispy lacing

S_Dark and woodsy aroma, citrusy orange notes, strong gouda cheese, very inviting

T_Spicy, hoppy oranges. Bitter and earthy finish

M_Light, not chewy, medium carbonation, rolls off of pallet quickly

D_Alcohol is not oppressive in taste, clean mouthfeel leads to easy drinkability, somewhat filling

Note: Did not find any mention of "D'Erezee" on the label anywhere. Is this a different beer from this brewery? All mine says is Hiver Fantome

One more thing: I've had plenty of beers caged and corked with the big mushroom shaped corks, and I've had plenty of beers with just standard caps, but I've never had a beer with a cap on top of a slender-cylindrical-wine cork fully embedded inside the stem of the bottle. It was a nice surprise

Photo of bryanbrick
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight out of the bottle this threw me for a loop. A Saison style winter beer? Not what I'd pick but then again I'm not brewin' it.

Nice orange, color with rusty highlights. Quickly dissapating head and little lacing. Nothing special in this department but a enticing color none the less.

Wonderful aromas of orange peel, bergamont and something like grains of paradise. Really pretty stuff aromatically. Nice aromas for the season with notes of gingerbread and clove. The nose may be the best thing about this beer...

Bright and light on the palate with just a pinch of lactic sourness on entry. Sprightly is ther best word to describe this with its tangy citrus driven fruit and grainy undertones. Some estery flavors as well with green bananna.

Overall this is solid, delicious, beer with some nice palate restoring flavors at this point of the year where everything is heavy and dense. Goes down easy, but not the most complex beer out there.

Photo of jwjon1
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love this beer! There were so many different smells and flavors going on that I found myself spending more time with my nose in the glass than beer in my belly. Definitely a woodsy component going on, and I'm thinking rosemary bark or dried thyme. Maybe both. And juniper berries?

Not much funk, really, but the acid backbone is there making for a quite enjoyable drink on its own. My only quip is the residual sweetness is a tad too high to fully enjoy on its own (I suspect it is a fresh bottle), but with the right pairing...

Try it with a soft-ripened triple creme cheese, which brought both the beer and cheese to the next level. Phenomenal.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07

A: Pours a dark burnt cranberry color with a thin off white head

S: Aroma is pencil shavings from a sharpner. Yes as odd as it sounds that is exactly what it smells like. So number 2 woodiness? The label does say it has mystery ingredients. There is some light fresh pine scents as well detected.

T: For flavor the beer has a nice clean and smooth sourness from start to finish from the wild yeast. Some pungent grapefruit notes sneak in along with some sour oranges. The pencil shaving aroma definitely influences the flavor here and is detected upon every sip. Really weird.

M: Very smooth with almost no aftertaste.

D: good drinkability, unique and as strange as to be expected from Danny.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hiver is a slight bit darker orange than Fantome Saison but has the same moldy, wet grass aroma. Interesting peppery taste. Easy to drink but not quite as funky as other Fantomes. I do wonder what sort of strange ingredients end up in these beers....

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.