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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Jason on 02-19-2003

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Consume before" no idea (no notches).
Pours a medium amber color with plentiful off-white head and good clarity as it's the first pour. Excellent head retention as well. Aromas are a muddled mass of sweet malts, wheat, horse hair, bright peach like fruitiness, and just a touch of floral hop aroma. On the palate the spices really open up, lots of pepper, grains of paradise. The malts are quite light in toast with just Munich providing the bulk of flavor. The mid palate brings a touch of oak and smoke finishing quite bitter with a slight astringency. The saison yeast character isn't as overwhelming as a regular Fantome saison but there's quite a bit of funk in there. Overall, this is a rollercoaster of flavor with spices and toast and hops really taking you for a ride. The combination of black pepper and hops takes its toll hurting drinkability.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle pours a dirty amber body with a 2 cm beige head that has excellent staying power and laces moderately well. Typical Fantome aroma is earthy, spicy, fruity, herbal, lemony, and yeasty. Some exotic spices seem to be lurking underneath, maybe grains of paradise. Mouthfeel is medium with a spritzy and velvety carbonation. Taste opens dry and herbal, with some caramel and floral hops. White pepper and coriander, maybe a pinch of ginger add a nice spiciness. Something exotic here, as well. Fresh orange notes creep into the profile midway through and stay to the end. Finishes dry and herbal. Wow! A masterpice of pastoral simplicity with an exotic complexity. Very nice.

Photo of jph424
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful light brown with hints of red. 1 finger eggshell colored head disipates quickly leaving a ring around the outside

S - Peppery with sour fruit and a little funk

T - Very unique. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. A small kick of peppery spice and sour fruit. Has almost a funky lambic characteristic to it on the finish that I can't really put my finger on.

M - It has almost a club sodaish mouthfeel. Pretty highly carbonated.

D - Definitely a sipper but a unique and interesting saison that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome's Winter offering is perhaps one of the brewerie's best beers that I've yet tried... copped a large, 750 ML green, Belgian bottle with a blue logo sticker and a white ghost from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Just recently sampled Fantome's Spring / Printemps Saison, and compared to that one, this one is bursting with flavorful character... wonderful nectarine-hue with a large foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power... the nose was replete with grapefruit, citrus, and powerful florals... taste strongly mirrored the aroma, with a noticeable pear, apple, grapefruit, and citrus taste - strong lemon and coriander round out a very tasty and satisfying beer... like many Fantome brews, there is a noticeable spritzy, seltzer, champagne-like character in this one, a very refreshing and elegant beer that goes down crisp, clean, and smooth, without the slightest hint of alcohol despite the 8% ABV... one of Fantome's best brews... if you are a fan of this unique brewery, this sample is a must-try... Definitely recommended...

Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy reddish orange that almost seems like it is glowing. this one looks perfect for about a minute after it is poured, but the off white head shrinks down to a thin layer on top of the beer pretty quickly after that. it leaves some very nice lace as it is drunk as well. nose is musty/farmy, slightly yeasty spicy, slightly spiced spicy, and has hints of fruitiness. taste is absolutley fabulous. farmy funk, lemony, a little green apple, and some spice from the yeast and maybe added as well (clove, pepper, cardamom, ginger...??). mouthfeel is fantastic. soft and silky and smooth without being too thick. long finish with lingering lemon and a bit of ginger. it is interesting because the ginger is in the taste, but the warming/burning sensation i usually get from ginger laden drinks isn't there. it really lets the other flavors share the spotlight. amazingly complex and well balanced. this was my first beer from the elusive and mysterious fantome brand that i've heard so much about. i was very impressed. can't wait to see some more of their stuff. for anyone who loves saisons as much as i do, this is a must try.

Photo of MisterClean
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml at Manderes in Folsom

A - Unfiltered and golden in color. Slight head, which wanted to stick around for a bit.

S - Earthy hops, very bready malts, and light alcohol.

T - Breadiness to the extreme. Sourdough rye, and bready malts consume the beer. Like nothing I've ever tasted before.

M - Lingering breadiness, slightly estery, and slightly warming.

D - Not sure if I can drink like a true session, but a wonderful tasting beer nonetheless.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: I was not expecting this at all, I had to read some old posts to see that this was the beer and didn't go bad. In this case it pours a very nice looking deep orange red with a little bit of thin wispy head that really takes some effort to get some retention.

S: I smell very little yeast, it almost smells closer to an unblended lambic than a saison. Sour fruit (apple and spice) very herbal as well with little sense of malt or hop.

T/MF: Woody and sour, thought there was a little bit of apricot but damn if I don't taste some cork in here little bit of carbonation that moves flavor across the palate, good hop bitterness up front and little on the finish, a little grassy but very earthy. Something to try but certainly not a favorite saison of mine.

D: I can say that I was surprised by this beer but in a let down sort of way. It was like no saison I've ever had but a funky bacterial farm beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Fantome and it does not let me down. Pours with a small foam that holds up well and leaves some nice lacing. Has a cloudy reddish orange color.

The nose is full of spices, sweet malt, damp barn and slightly sour fruits.

Tastes of funky (old, yeasty,) earth, some spices, hops, a bit sour and wood . Cant wait to get my hands on more of this stuff.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at the Austin BA meeting. Thanks to Beerzack for providing the bottle.

Poured part of a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It was a deep hazy caramel brown color. It produced an extremely fine textured 1 finger head that eventually dissipated to a thin crown that stayed throughout the drink's entirety.

Smell - Beerzack pointed out that the beers malt scent reminded him of pilsner malts (I am not an expert on pilsners, and do not have much experience with them), and that the hop profile was that of noble hops. I could detect a funky scent to it that reminded me of Brettanomyces.

Taste - This beer tasted way different than it smelled. There was a slight sour flavor, but it mostly tasted of caramel, or burnt sugar, with a thin layer of spice, and it had a pretty significant hop profile at the end - very grassy.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and dry at the finish. The carbonation level was nearly perfect. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Awesome. It was very easy drinking and very invigorating. This wasn't like any other saison that I have ever had. It was extremely complex and had many layers of flavor.

Photo of BeerZack
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange caramel-like brown color with a pretty decent head.

Smells of sweet pils malt with spicy noble hops, slight skunk/funk/sour thing going on that is intriguing.

Sweet and sour impression, but not in-your-face with the acetone like a sour ale. Some caramel and spicy earth flavors that lead to a bit of a hop bite on the finish.

Tart and refreshing. Unlike the "regular" saisons I'm used to, but very very interesting stuff.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

probably not the best beer from this brewery to try first. I picked this up wanting to explore the saison / farmhouse ale style further. A - rich golden amber beer, nice solid carbonation with a thick white head. Neat cork under a cap bottle as well.
S - sort of funky yeasty not quite skunky with a strong secondary orange / tangerine / leather note.
T - served close to room temp and hard to describe. Similar to the aroma - sort of funky yeasty, dry caramel malts with a strong secondary orange / tangerine / leather effect.
M - medium bodied, high carbonation level (not fizzy), sharp pungent and dry in the finish.
D - a taste adventure. even now typing this I'm at odds with this one. On many level's it's intriguing, inviting and many layered. On the other hand it's got a weaving in and out herbal orange note which I might prefer more as a tea with honey.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While I understand the saison/farmhouse ale style is a mile-wide, this beer struck me as having pretty significant similarities to a barley-wine, although not a great one. It has an intensely malty flavor and lots of alcohol esters, but I didn’t really enjoy it.

This beer poured a rather unimpressive hazy orange brown with a soapy head. The beer had little to no aroma to speak of. The flavor reminded me a great deal of barley-wine like flavor in that it had a slightly sweet malty, alcohol ester-y, astringency to it with some intensity. However, mouthfeel was thin and I wasn’t really all that taken with the beer overall.

Not recommended.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark apple-cider like appearance, with lots of head and no lacing. Not bad, not great...

S - The aroma seems to focus on fruit (apricot, prune, banana), with some spice (Jamaican Jerk spices), but every time I seem to spell something a little different... This is fun, what beer is all about.

T - Started out very tart, apricot and grape, black current focus, with strong alcohol notes in the finish, and a brown sugar quality in the finish. As it warmed I picked up more malt in the entry, with a more floral quality in the mid palate, and more fruit (grape/pear) in the finish. Again, all over the place with this beer, Wonderful complexity.

M - Nothing really too exciting here. The bottle I got was not really crisp, not really flat, not thick or thin, a little silky do to the alcohol, but nothing to write home about...

D - I just noticed that I'm killing off a bottle of this stuff by myself... Thank God it's a cool night, this will warm me right up. This is just what one is looking for when one picks up a Fantome, something to relax and ponder...

Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very large, slightly brownish white, head on top of a dark orange body. Good lace, decent retention.

S - Sour with some peppery yeast aromas and a bit of caramel. Slight herbal note, maybe oregano.

T - Pungent sourness followed shortly by savory, earthy spiciness. Pepper, lemon zest, sage, and cumin. The hops only show themselves in the finish, where they contribute an appropriately herbal, earthy hop character that lingers on the palate after everything else has faded.

M - Full, rich mouth-feel with a bit more residual sweetness than I would normally expect. Moderate to low carbonation.

D - Although the aroma is a bit weak, I rather like this beer. It displays a wide range of savory flavors that you rarely find in a beer, even a saison. I really get the feeling that this deserves to be paired with a creatively marinaded pork chop and some roasted carrots.

Photo of joe1510
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Binny's Orland

Hiver pours surprisingly clear for the first glassful and surprisingly it's a bright glowing copper. Tinycarbonation bubbles stream up the sides of the glass to the 2+ finger head. The head shrunk to a thick creamy cap of off-white. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass..

The smell of this saison is craziness. I can't hardly figure out what the aromas even are. Definately some dry and wet musty hay. Damp wood. Cobwebs and dirt along with a field that is on the brink of making me sneeze. I don't know what to make of the aroma. As it warms the aroma softens.

Flavor is along the same lines as the aroma. Still has all that old barn character but the flavors meld moreso than the aroma. On the finish there's a pleasant fruity sweetness (peach) along with a caramalized malt character.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. lively carbonation tickles the tongue and cheeks.

The interesyting flavors really work your mouth. A couple glasses in a sitting is enough for me but it is disappearing quickly.

This beer is really throwing me for a loop. I can't make up my mind if I love it or hate it. It's definately funky and interesting. I wish I knew what went into making this beer, I'm sure I'd be surprised if I looked at an ingrediants list. The flavors and aromas really evolve as this beer sits.

Photo of Onibubba
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be my shortest review...I don't know what I just drank. I can't begin to describe it. No idea what the spices were. Some sour, some funky tartness. A bit thin, but still highly drinkable. I think I need another bottle...Maybe two. I liked it.

Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazyorange marmalade colour with a creamy off white head billowing up the glass. Smell- is sour with a hint of skunk. Taste- earthy, very dry and metallic. There is some nice citrus here- lime, pear and applel. Hops are noticable with the dryness otherwise muted and somewhat grassy. Spicy- not sure what exact spices are there. Drinkability- no booziness at all. Thin body , medium carbonation makes for an easier drinker. Not sure about the metallic and earth (dirt) tastes, but damn interesting beer.

Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle with the familiar ghost label. Marked for freshness, but no dates were notched on this bottle. Likely a 2006 or 2007 release since the earliest printed best-before year is 2007.

Pours clear dark-copper & chestnut with thin head that recedes more quickly than usual for Fantôme. The aroma is spicy and yeast heavy; dry leaves, coriander, orange peel, and black pepper with tart lemon fruit backdrop. In flavor, more overtly sweet and fruity than other bottles sampled in past. The orange, lemon, and lime over-tones are initially sweet, developing slight tartness in the finish as the pepper and other spices come to the foreground. Touches of rough hop and good toasted malt in the finish. Flavor is pleasing, but somewhat short-lasting. Body is clean, moderately light. The carbonation is restrained and malt presence becomes slightly syrupy as the beer warms. Nice, but not outstanding like some of the other Fantôme seasonal brews.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml bottle in a tulip glass

BAside: my son kept asking "When are you gonna drink the ghost beer?" :)

Uncorked with a POP that would wake the dead, or worse yet the aforementioned sleeping son....geeze.

Poured with energy, life, surging, some strength to it. Dull, slightly sour nose, wet rocks, grapes, summer fields, an old abandoned barn, stale ginger candy. With some air I'm getting honey and faint spices. A fat 2 fingers of mixed scrimshaw ivory foam settled slowly to a thin blanket with some edge lacing. Subsequent refills of the tulip restored the head to a very fat finger's worth with a slow fading back to a covering. The color is stunning - thick, clouded, hazy, the perfect burnt orange hue, its radiant.

Its light, creamy, even, a sour candied sweetness, not bittersweet but more "bittersour" with a sweet accent. Its odd that while tart its not puckerish at all. Semi-dry with a somewhat ciderlike feel and a back of the mouth crunchiness, the sweet quality is elusive & hard to pin down, but its there keeping everything in balance. This is not revealing itself in any hurry, which is cool. I am enjoying the casual, relaxed, end of day quality it evokes, not out of strength of the brew but rather the "mood" of the beer.

With a little more air & warmth it starts to get a little more bittersweet as the tartness fades. Its growing faintly spicier, a bit yeasty, but still very even & balanced in a peculiar bitter-sour-sweet menage a trois la taste, which means Dany is appealing to 3 of the 4 sensations the human tongue can taste/infer....clever lil' ghost.

With the bittersweetness comes some earthiness (I must admit any alcohol is completely hidden from taste, only revealing itself in a faint, cool glow wringing my teeth with a dull aura). It actually takes on faint vinegar-like aspects on the palate, nibbling not biting, spices like cinnamon and old ginger peek out, then it finishes a little syrupy, slightly silty, bittersweet, leaving a surprisingly clean aftertaste that is coating, numbing and echoing of yesterday's bread today in bready sweetness.

A beautifully crafted, very coy, seductive "burlesque beer". I really enjoy the slow pace it set, how it subtly evolved, and especially the gestalt of the bittersoursweet triumvirate. Aside from spicy fare I can't say I can't think of any food this wouldn't pair well with, with a special nod to simple fare involving meats & breads. I will make the "D'Erezée" beers of Fantôme part of my celebrations of the seasons. I highly recommend this.

Photo of crwills
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Poured a semi-opaque golden orange. Aroma is slightly spicy floral hops with hint of tangerine. Flavour is sour, funky, and very nice. Mild leather, and some coppery/metallic flavours (like pennies). Excellent, heavy mouthfeel that's thick but not oily. Mild lemon and tonic aftertaste. My first Fantome (but not my last!)

Photo of Lexx
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a tasting hosted by biegaman, and this one was contributed by Viggo. Thanks, Eric!
This poured a slightly orangey, lightly cloudy apple cider color with a small, dense white head.
The scent was mostly metallic, funky sour, with some minor hops, cherry and just a bit of tangerine. Rather pleasant.
The taste was pleasant, nice and sour and quite funky, with a little bit of cherry.
The mouthfeel was quite chewy, but not in the usual way. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it, but I felt like I had eaten fruit afterwards. Over all, quite nice.

Photo of grub
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. Viggo contributed this one, so thanks eric!

750ml bottle, capped and corked.

pours reddish orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves some spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. light orange and spice. bit of alcohol. reminds me of a christmas cake.

taste is nice. christmas cake again. light orange citrus. low bitterness level. bit of spice.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced and interesting, though not quite to my taste.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is maybe the oddest tasting beer I've had from Fantome. Its still good, its just that its profile is a little different. Pours a medium amber with a moderate wispy hhead that fades to a thin cap. Little lacing. The smell is a huge whallop off grains of paradise- peppery, somewhat earthy, a little citrusy. The taste is similar with addded notes of basil and tomato- my wife thought it tasted like a pizza with a particularly tangy cheese! Very unusual. Its relatively lemony as well and pretty thin in the mouth, so its not heavy at all and still quite reffreshing. Its almost impossible to believe that this is 8% alcohol. I think this one is a nice match foor a light summer dinner as it seems to cry out for food.

Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The green 750 ml. Bomber design, and the capped and corked seal were typical Fantôme. When poured into a tulip glass, the beer looked hazy orange, and the head atop it was tall and proud. The smell was floral and laid back, and was a little bit of a step backwards compared to other products of this brewery. The taste was very dry and showcased a tangy earthy taste, which was possibly resulting from the use of aged hops and some unusual spices. There taste profile was quite unique with such wildly varying flavors like while grape juice, mint, lavender, and sea salt. Very refreshing and easy to drink despite the lack of sweetness, this was definitely not a winter beer. Worked its charm on me, but was not as full bodied as I was expecting. I can't believe that this beer is 8% ABV. There was absolutely no hint of any alcohol in the taste. A bit more bland than other Fantôme beers, but still a good one off release.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.