1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

Not Rated.
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - HiverFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

648 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 648
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 36
Gots: 88 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-19-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 383
Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +17.7%
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 +11.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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 +13.9%
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
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -6.8%
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....

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/16/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with no real head. Aroma of light fruits and spices. Flavor strongly of spices (especially thyme and oregano, which I'm not sure is used in beer...but that's what I got...), some wort spoilage, pear. A surprisingly light mouthfeel. I thought the spices combination was odd at first, but as I continued to drink, I enjoyed it more and more. One of the better Fantome's that I've had.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had almost an entire review written and then my 1yr old pounded on the laptop and managed to close the window...argh! He sure is cute, though. Here goes at trying to recreate the magic...

Pours a hazed honey orange color with two fingers of near-white head. Head is dense and creamy and retains quite well, with a full and pretty thick lace and leaving some splashes of stick on the sides. Also some dark brown yeast sediment floating around which eventually settles to the bottom.

Smell is incredibly spicy, which seems to me to be black peppercorn and maybe some cumin or cardamom. Also a pine/fir aroma, but not like a hoppy pine aroma - more like a sappy aroma. Not lost in the smell is a musty yeast aroma. I'm not 100% sure what all the spices are but they are very intriguing and I like it.

Taste is also very spicy, with a big black pepper flavor and some other spice that I'm not sure about - I'm going to stick with cumin and cardamom. There is a strong pine/fir flavor as well, like sucking on a pine cone or a sprig of rosemary. It's very herbal and even a bit minty, like spearmint. Also a bit of malt sweetness and even some sweet juicy citrus flavor is apparent here and again. There is some musty and earthy yeast flavor, as well. Also some herbal and spicy bitterness in the finish. Each sip reveals something new - it's quite complex and very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth; it's dry through the finish as the spices really dry out the mouth.

This is one of the most interesting saisons I've ever had - not surprising from Fantome! Tons of spices, not all of which I can even figure out, and it's very complex. Lots of flavors here that you will rarely find individually in beer, let alone altogether in a single one. I don't think I'd want to drink something this spicy all the time, but once in awhile it's a real treat. Definitely recommended!

Photo of tendermorsel
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my DT tulip glass. I real treat from Delirium's cellar.

I poured this a bit too cold. Sour and funky nose. Minimal head. What head the beer had literally disappeared in minutes.

Musty taste and really hoppy. Grass and lawn clippings were present with each sip. As it warmed it opened up and I tasted less of the hops and more of the sour notes. A TON of sediment at the bottom of my glass.

Not what I was expecting at all. I enjoyed this one. I may have to revisit some of Fantome's offerings.

Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with orange hints nice foamy white head falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice bready malts lots of fruits soaked in earthy yeasts that add to the funk. Nice grassy/hay aromas mingle into mix to aid the funk. Aroma is classic Fantome and excellent.

Taste is tart fruitiness with nice dry finish. The fruits apricot and pear mingle with grassy funky barnyard flavors with pinch of dirt thrown in for good measure. Finishes dry with lingering grassy hops and dry earth(dirt) on the tongue. Pushing 4.5 just not quite up to the aroma

Mouthfeel is good light medium just touch too much CO2 for my tastes but good non the less.

Drinkability is great very tasty earthy, fruity, funky and delicious what more could one want.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle for about 8 months, purchased during Christmas in Chicago. Large green Fantome bottle, cap over cork. The beer is dark copper color with a very thick off-white foam, spitty and wet looking, lots of wet lacing on the glass. The smell is musty, funky barnyard or something, very difficult to pin down. There's a pine needle aroma in it, not from hops but maybe from actual pine needles. Also some ginger bread-like spices, this gives the feel of winter or late autumn. The taste is stunningly good, I'd guess it would be difficult to improve on. It tastes tart and a little sour, some gingerbread coming through again, and all kinds of funk like other Fantome beers I've had. The mouthfeel is smooth like a cask ale from a beer engine, extremely easy to drink. If you like saisons then any Fantome beer is a solid choice, this one might even be the best of the bunch for me so far.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw to orange with loads of fluffy white head that takes its time receding and leaves very attractive lacing on the glass.

Aroma of spice, orange zest, yeast, fresh berries. Taste is a very spicy zesty yeasty hodpodge. While very bubbly, the mouthfeel is light and smooth. Finish is potent with spice with a hint of hops.

Nice tasting brew, would pair well with cheese and fruit. Personally, I preferred the other Saison. Spice and funk levels reduce drinkability.

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep amber toned orange with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a mild cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the cap.
Smell is of the signature funk and must with an earthy, citrus, candy orange slice coming through.
Taste is of the aroma with more fruit shown in the flavor with some caramel malt, mild funk,fresh dough, sliced apples, and gentle spicing.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, smooth, and dry in the finish.

Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and capped bottle poured into a tulip glass. Freshness label not notched (though years run from '07 to '12, so I'm assuming its a safe bet to say that it is fresh.) I was careful in pouring near the end of the bottle to leave the sediment in the bottle.

Pours hazed golden with a huge white head that descends to a lasting thick cap. Uneven rings of lacing adorn the glass.

The smell is of lemon, barnyardy, hayish mustiness/funkiness, lemongrass, a touch of caramelish graininess, and that spicy touch that this brewery is so adept at doing that makes it tough to describe but a pleasure to smell (cinnamon? pepper? something(s) else for sure. Whatever it is, it is wonderfully rich and complex, yet soft. Very appealing in its uniqueness.

Like the aroma, the spicing is tough to pinpoint, but adds a wonderfully delicious balance to the citric/lemony/orangey tartness, barnyardy yeastiness, herbal/earthy bitterness (which stands out quite a bit) and carmelized grainy sweetness. The complexities intertwine nicely, giving it a great balance. Complex, yet soft and refreshing. Alcohol very well covered.

The feel is light, almost airy, yet with a solid body. Pretty amazing.

Once again, Fantome has created a work of art. After a bit into it, it seems to say - stop analyzing, and just drink and enjoy, as I'm too tough to "figure out" what makes me so wonderful anyway!

Very drinkable. A winter release that I could easily enjoy year-round.

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served into my Fantôme tulip, cellared 5 months, the cork pops with authority, slow, forceful bubbling up the neck and just barely out the top before I pour the first glass, after which I can safely rest the still active bottle. Hiver is is a ruddy dark gold, first clear with small particles, later duller and murky. Equally attractive ( and overly energetic) on the pour, with an eggshell head that settles to a very thick skim, leaving heavy Brussels lace and then rocky chunks of foam. Served a bit warmer then cellar temp after letting the bottle rest before opening. Nice rustic yet elegant presentation.

Smell is bright tropical fruits, strong Red Delicious apple, fresh damp earth, very organic, a damp, dew covered orchard as the suns wakes the land.

Taste is at first sharp and astringent, musty and peppery, bone dry, a bit boozy, with a strong, full feel, I had another bottle when I first bought these, and it was softer, although perhaps more complex taste, with thicker, maltier mouthfeel and none of the sharp biting finish. Dumping the dregs to top off my last half glass really tempers the flavor in a pleasant way, in spite of the chunky mouthfeel. Am I mushroom hunting in a cold Erezée forest?

Mouthfeel is drier and boozy, or softer and thinner with a few floaters which quickly settles as it warms. The fresh bottle I had was malty and thinner.

Drinkability is pretty good, with bold, complex flavors that I enjoy but are not for everybody, this one constantly changes, both as it ages and as it warms. While I prefer a more pithy saison, this a bit sharp until you dump the yeast, which not everyone may want to do. Still, I think it is a good way to capture the taste of winter. I'm glad I have a bunch more, and will be curious to see what happens to them with time, and if I will wish I would have drank them more on the younger side. I wanted to give the bugs time to work, but here they are mainly just eating the remaining sugar, more of a dry, sharp and neutral impact rather then totally funky or sour, which is my preference. Washing down some spicy chili dogs brought out the spiciness pleasantly and was a good pairing. As often seems to be the case with Brasserie Fantôme, by the last few sips of the glass, I totally on board and milking every last sip.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep golden, a little murky, inch of white head. Spotty lace, head dies down to a very nice creamy layer. Beautiful beer, looks like a mead or cider with a think layer of cream on top.

S: Sweet with a bit of earthiness, not just earthy yeast, fruity, apple mostly, spicy.

T: Sweet up front finishing in a very noticeable spice (sage perhaps?). Fruit, earthy yeast mixed in. Very good taste, love the spice. A bit sour, mild bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied, very little carbonation, not nearly as dry as my other Fantome experiences. Very good drinkability.

I hope that I am not judging too quickly (3-4 offerings), but Fantome has rocketed up to the top 2 spots of my favorite breweries. It's incredible to see what one brewer can do with really one style (Saison).

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.