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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 88 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

Sour! Holy Moses this makes my mouth pucker.

Strong-willed carbonation. Cork pops off like a dress on prom night. Racing head with impressively iridescent gingerbread to brown hues. Smells of bristlecone piney hops, must, dank dark dampness, earth, and oak leaves. Tastes slightly citrusy and heavily of rotten fruit, mostly apples. Perhaps some rotten meat as well.

The mouthfeel is what really makes this beer interesting. It is really sour, similar only to one other beer that I have had before, New Glarus’s sour brown. They share a closely similar appearance as well. The texture is also quite unique and rather like warn shoe leather or rawhide. This leathery quality seems to make its way into the aroma and taste as well. I can’t say that I like it very much but I do suppose it could grow on me as my taste buds age and I continue to crave new and different beers. This one is definitely sui generis.

11-14-2005 02:14:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Sephiroth


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Finally, my first Fantome. The bottle was well pressurized. After going into a tulip, the beer appears to be a clouded auburn color, with a half inch of foam that isn't going anywhere. The final pour is a muddy brown. The smell is funkier than I was led to believe by the salesman, which is a good thing. The spiced malt refuses to be outdone, though, and reminds me of a christmas ale.

This is an excellent saison. It has the soft malts of a brown ale, with holiday spices and farmhouse funk. The flavors are well balanced, with no one flavor standing above the others. This one is just slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is softly carbonated, and medium bodied. The drinkability could cause me to cause a scene this coming holiday.

09-29-2005 01:18:05 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of gbontrag


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

cellar temp is mid 60s right now.
whoop, there rises a froth of large beads. It's not thick and collapses to puffy soap suds. Way murky toasted hazelnut-skin color. the froth turns the color of creamy peanut butter as it continues to fall and lace.
Intense citrusy aroma; fresh lemon balm, chervil, sorrel and clary sage flowers. It's like zesting a lemon and lime in the glass producing an incredibly refreshing aroma.
oh wow, caramels are melting in my mouth. Homemade caramel with raw pecans and peanuts. Jazzy carbonation. It's like the perfect naked turtle served with soda water and fresh sage and horehound. This is so drinkable. The aftertaste is clean but for the caramel finish. This isn't immense, and it doesn't blow my mind, but it sure is good. As the yeast rises it makes it's funkiness heard.

09-10-2005 02:11:51 | More by gbontrag
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

Hazy chestnut colored beer with a small, dense, cream colored head that faded slowly leaving a few amoebas of lace. Quite interesting smell that bounces back and forth between tangy lemon and a unique cotton candy aroma. Tart lemony flavor almost becomes sour before the rich malty caramel base takes over. There are hints of floral hops throughout, and soft sugary (cotton candy, the blue one) finish. Light, fluffy mouthfeel. A freaky, crazy beer. Fantome makes the most unique beers I've ever had, and this one is currently the most warped one I've tried. I couldn't even imagine a beer tasting like this, but somehow they pull it off.

08-28-2005 23:59:31 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

perhaps the best saison I have had. It is very nicely and aggressively hopped, without overpowering spice, pleasant appearance, excellent taste in citrus backbone. Of the top 10% of all beers, and higher in terms of saison. Excellent Fantome that I must try aged.

07-31-2005 23:03:27 | More by Sammy
Photo of Hefe


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a McChouffe tulip from a corked and capped 750ml bottle. The cork releases with a satisfying Fffft! Initially a murky brown colour that shows reddish highlights. A tan head slowly rises from the depths on top of the fine steady carbonation, it then proceeds to slowly fade into obscurity. As the beer warms, aromas of caramel, earth, apple and orange rind escape from the glass. These follow through into the flavour, with the earthy-mustiness slightly more prevalent. It gives a very vinous impression. Very delicate mouthfeel, these flavours are never overbearing and as I said before the carbonation is delicate. Definitely to be savoured with fine cheeses, a good meal, or good friends.

07-24-2005 23:47:29 | More by Hefe
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours out a hazy deep brown-red with a thick tan bubbly head that holds relatively well.

Smell is yeasty, funky, earthy, with a bit wet leather in there. Much more inviting than it sounds.

Taste is pretty tart on the front end, but that gives way to a amazing yeasty flavor that also has a bit of malty alcohol, spice, and more earthy flavors. It's quite a taste, and it also features a nice super-dry finish. Yum.

Mouthfeel could use a bit more carbonation, but it's still a nice medium.

Overall: Quite a nice Fantome offering, and one that I'm glad I tried. I don't know if it's their best, but it's definitely tasty.

07-21-2005 01:25:35 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown with a tight bubbled yet small off-white head which rose slightly and fell slowly but coated the glass.

The aroma was fruity and interesting with a definite sweetness and a strong sweet caramel aroma. The aroma was bready and biscuity, but more akin to a sweet roll than a biscuit. The malt was complex and interesting. The beer was quite fruity with no particularly distinguising fruit but more the fruity aromas found in a fruitcake, a complex mixing of aromatics.

The flavor was crisp with a sourness that while unexpected was extremely interesting. The flavor as the beer first contacted the palate contained that same malty caramel nature, but quickly transformed into an acidic sourness that was present but not over the top. The bready and biscuity flavors were present but overshadowed by the souness and the bittering which was quite high.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity and bittering combination coupled with the souness aspect long into the finish. The body was medium. Will have to seek out a newer version to see if the sourness is universal or just an aspect of aging. The sourness in this case does not boost the drinkability for me.

750 ml bottle, capped and corked. Back label says 2003, but was marked by Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. $9.29.

07-04-2005 20:11:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Red and orange in colour with minimal carbonation. A veritable flurry of aromas: light malt, citrus and grassy hops, apricot, chocolate, and mint. The flavors are just as wild, with more chocolate and mint, horse blanket, yeast, red licorice, Christmas spices, and a bit of lactic sourness. Wild and fun! Even with all of these flavors going on, nothing seems out of place. No one flavor gets in the way of another.

06-30-2005 18:23:30 | More by fisherman34
Photo of Gusler


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

The beer after its departure from the 750ml green capped and corked bottle resides in the glass a slightly hazy crimson with tints of copper, the head is modest, creamy and a winsome light tan in color as the head fades away, the resultant lace forms a silk like skirt to surround the glass. Nose has the Fantome damp cave musky aroma I find pleasing, hints of over ripe sour apples, and a slight sweetness also present, the start is tart and the grain profile light with the top thin. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops mellow, the tart over ripe apple taste lingers long, desert dry aftertaste, and I must say that Fantome makes my favorite Saisons.

04-13-2005 20:47:18 | More by Gusler
Photo of twelvsies


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

OK I admit it, I am now officially totally obsessed with Fantome. I originally had their regular saison beer last fall and I remember thinking it was decent, but nothing spectacular. Since then my palate has been destroyed by many a great beer and I love the style now, I wish I could find that beer again. But I've been getting their other products, which are all fabulous. Last night the Black Ghost almost made me poo my pants... Anyway, on to the review. Appears a very dark almost totally red color in the light, but there's some brown in there too, with a nice bubbly head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Smell is typical Fantome (meaning anything but typical). I thought it was my smelly feet, but I think that's the beer. Not as stinky as some though. But very dusty and dirty. This dust flavor really comes out in the taste as does an incredible array of fruityness and woodsy tones. Also a bit of alcohol notes or some wine flavor. I love the complexity of a Fantome beer. Mouthfeel is super dry and also incredibly light and thin, in a good way. Feels great. I don't know how they do it. If you haven't had this, go out and get it, and any other Fantome product you can find. And if you have had it and didn't like it, still go out and get it, cause you're probably wrong and I bet you'll change your mind.

04-09-2005 01:03:53 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Crotor


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours an aggressive, bloody red with three fingers of dense, lingering, off-white head.

The aroma is wildly funky on opening. It's all musty madness tinged by lemon. Woody and slightly vinous, with some alcohol... And again, musty as hell. I've never smelled anything like this.

Oh man, was that tartness unexpected. After the initial acid attack, there's a weird musky-musty compost heap in the back. There's a slight herbal element, and some definate astringency. After another bout of tartness there's a solid jig of horse sweat. Goddamn. The myriad of flavors is more than I can process. It makes me feel all tingly, and that ain't the alcohol...

The mouthfeel is all a contrast between a smooth, creamy foam and a cutting tartness and astringency. It makes your mouth wonder what the hell is going on. Masterful.

A helluva beer. Certainly one of the weirdest beer's I've ever had. And almost certainly one of the most complex. Highly recommended.

03-30-2005 01:17:28 | More by Crotor
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance: Clear crimson tone. Huge and airy light tan head. Retetention is good. Too good. I have to wait too long to get to the good stuff. Fine beads of carbonation slowly metriculate to the surface.

Nose: Purple grape, wine-like acidity, oak and must.

Flavor: Dank malts. Yeast. Mild lemon pepper. Candy. Warm biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Thsi stuff just dissolves in the mouth. So light. And eloquent. Very appealing feel to it.

Drinkability. The taste is very good. The mouthfeel is very agreeable. The alcohol is nicely hidden. All this leads to a high quotient of drinkability. This is one I'd return to again.

03-28-2005 04:45:37 | More by Bighuge
Photo of santoslhalper


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearence: Pours a nice red with a thin, creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is suprisingly fruity with a wonderful wood and earthy qaulity to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Chocolate covered oranges. What the hell? Maybe it's just me, but that's what it tastes like. It's a little too tart in my opinoin, but the flavor itself is really nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: A nice, tasty brew. A little better than the other Fantome I had. The fruitiness was impressive indeed. The complexity is quite nice, and makes this all the more drinkable. Try it.

03-17-2005 20:27:09 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of stcules


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Copper/cherry wood. White head, quite compact. Beautiful appearance.
The smell is quite peculiar, with heral, musk, white flower, honey, and a hint of vanilla.
Then laurel, definitely. In any case, herbal (maybe thyme?). And a lot of other spices: cardamom, cinnamon, tamarind, anise, green tea. Grape must. Maybe even some dried mushrooms. Earthy.
Complex, it is easy to talk about this beer for hours, finding always new things.
The taste is sweet, spicy, with the same notes. Even fruity notes, and slightly sourness. Medlars. Sour cheeries. Fruit stones, grapes-stalk, woody notes.
Medium in body, with a long aftertaste, woody and tartish, lightly sour, with fruit stones, and almond.
Dry and astringent finish, almost white wine - like.

03-17-2005 20:17:55 | More by stcules
Photo of silenius


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a strange brown muddiness with a light tan head that faded quickly to something that looks like a petri dish culture coating the top of the beer.

Smell is pure brown sugar with vanilla cream and mandarin oranges! Very tasty smelling!

Taste has a light funk to it that is slightly sour. Comes off with a orange citric sharpness with the brown sugar and vanilla cream playing an equal role. Very tasty.

Finish is a light orange rind bittering. Intriguing beer.

03-02-2005 02:57:03 | More by silenius
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +1%

Pours a somewhat hazy brown. When held to the light theres some very nice reddish hues. Decent head that is gone way too soon. Big,spicy aroma. Very peppery. Earth like-somewhat sour. Just a hint of wet straw in there. Malt dominates. Spicy flavor-again with the pepper. Big old hunk of Belgian "funkiness" going on. The finish is dry and crisp. Somewhat tart. Overall good body. Very drinkable. Another fine saison from Fantome.

02-26-2005 01:32:42 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of xgrigorix


4/5  rDev +1%

Green 75 cl bottle, corked & capped. No dates.

Deep amber in colour. Tight beige coloured head, spoty lace.

Slightly acidic, cocoa powder, & whiffs of leather.

Allspice, hints of anise, more cocoa. Just a little bit tart & pretty funky when it comes down to it. Underlying earthiness, prickly carbonation, soft.

01-31-2005 18:21:21 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of meathookjones


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle sampled on 12/31/04. As soon as I opened this bottle I could smell the huge funk I was in store for, wow. Pours out darker than the saisons I have had before appearing a murky brown in the glass with a slight tan head. The head bubbles out of sight quickly leaving no trace of its existence. Big huge nose full of funky farmhouse smells. This is by far the strongest farmy smelling beer I have ever encountered. Underneath all that funk was a nice subtle sweetness and some notes of fruits. Taste was sweet with plenty of fruitiness. A bit earthy and bitter towards the end. Notes of spiciness and a light tartness rounded out the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very smooth feel to it. Pretty good all around Saison that brings a huge funkiness.

01-14-2005 14:58:31 | More by meathookjones
Photo of Skidz


4.97/5  rDev +25.5%

750ml green bottle, capped and corked. Rolled to enjoy full flavor of the yeast.

Pours out golden amber brown and sits chocolate brown in the glass with a large, creamy light tan head. Speckled lacings and a good thick skim over the surface.

Smells musty and malty. Full of scents of bitter orange and lemon with a nice rhubarb-like tartness. Crusty brown sugar coating. Nice yeasty, crackery build with moderate hop spiciness with plenty of herbal and leaf-like aromas.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, packed with thick, gooey malt flavors. Brown sugar runs all over the place and is paired with a mildly tangy lemon flavor. Grapes and peaches roam about, stumbling upon mellow herbal hop flavors. Bay leaves and thyme come to mind. Foresty like flavors of oak, acorns and dry, fallen leaves. Finish is smooth and bitter with lingering lemony tanginess and herbal spiciness.

Rediculously smooth in the mouth, creamy like it was a sin. Carbonation is light and billowy. Rich, full body gives this beer all the muscle it needs.

I couldn't be any happier than I am drinking this beer. Flavors are all there and then some. Soft as hell, and simply the best thing I can think of to be drinking at this very moment. Another bottle is the only thing that could make this any better.

12-17-2004 22:58:36 | More by Skidz
Photo of RoyalT


3.88/5  rDev -2%

Appearance – This one is orange in the body with a light brown haziness to it. The head was thick and white and very fluffy with some good retention.

Smell – The deep, rich malts opened up nicely right from the pour. They were complimented with a good, raw, lemon aroma that wasn’t too big or sour. Some light, leafy bittering hops rounded out the nose. The farmhouse flavors so common in this style were subtle but present throughout.

Taste – This one has a good, yeasty backbone to it. There are some good light fruits in the middle such as oranges and lime. The finish is bitter and herbal like a fine European tea.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some modest tart sensations at the front of the tongue. I thought it was a bit flat, though.

Drinkability – I like my Saisons tart and lively and this one came up a bit short. Otherwise the flavors were very good. It is definitely an easy drinker though pales in comparison to the “Winter” which was discontinued in 2002.

12-03-2004 14:16:48 | More by RoyalT
Photo of marburg


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

To: Me
From: Myself

Please stop overutilizing the terms "funky" and "farmhouse" to describe beers unless they are this particular Fantome product. To not cease using these terms would be a great disservice. Because this is truly a funky bitch of a beer.

A crazy mix of blood oranges, golden raisins, honey, melon, and caramel. At times, the orange/caramel reminds me of an orange yule log-type dessert I had at an elegant holiday dinner. Fascinating. Begins on the palate with dried apricot and lavender. Spicy bread, mint cookies? Hints of smoked graham crackers? Dirt? Hell if I know. This might be beyond my powers to describe. But this beer really brings the funk when it hits the finish. A wild, lingering plant-like bitterness literally dominates the finish and rides on well past.

This is nature telling me that alcohol is good.

Raw, absolute, beer.

Thanks for your time, and again -- no overuse of the word "funk" on other beers.


10-27-2004 23:25:17 | More by marburg
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Winter 2007 / 2008 Release; Sampled February 2008
A very dusty yeast as it is roused quite easily in the short trip from fridge to counter. As soon as I pop the cork it begins to gush, though not s fast that I am not able to get all of the bottles precious cargo into my glass. A careful pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale white head. The beer is quite light for a winter brew (definitely lighter than when I last had this) and it would be reasonably clear if not for the clumpy dancing yeast chunks that populate the well carbonated brew. The beer is a slightly amber tinged, honey color. The aroma has a distinct bread-like / biscuit like malt character to it up front, but then quickly picks up fruity notes (that are accented by a light tartness) of melon, lightly tart plums and perhaps a touch of apple. An earthy, herbal spice character also plays a significant role with notes of distinct cumin (so much so that it makes me think of Mexican food), some light citrus peel, perhaps a touch of coriander like aromatics and a touch of yeast-spiciness.

Lightly tart tasting, but still has just enough sweetness to help accent fruit flavors. The beer is quite light bodied and has a zesty carbonation to it that provides a smooth, peppery bite. A distinct, earthy spice note really lingers on in the finish; it is a sort of cross between milk weed, cumin and coriander stalks. The fruit notes provide flavors of star fruit, touches of tart plum, green melon, some tropical fruit note that is not quite ripe and notes of green grapes. What ever the origin of the spice notes, it leaves a touch of a tannic, slightly astringent, mouth coating character that really lingers on the palate for quite some time after each sip. As the beer warms up a bit it picks up soft notes of anise and with the herbal notes even something like a fresh fennel bulb. The malt plays a slight role in the flavor, but does provide a nice bready grain character in the finish, as well as some grassy grain flavors, sweet malt notes and a touch of soda cracker dry malt flavors.

I really like this years release, the slightly under-ripe tropical fruit note pairs quite well with the earthy spice notes and the light tartness. It is a perfect example of a Saison (even for the Winter Season); a rustically refined appearance, flavors that are quirky, dynamic, characterful and complex, this beer keeps me engaged and interested in the flavor combinations as it flows across my palate.

Sampled November 2004, Winter 2004/2005 Release
This beer pours a hazy amber-plum color. The head is creamy and frothy and has a light brown tint to it. The aroma is nice and fruity with notes of crisp apple, tart plum, tamarind, and raisins. There is perhaps a hint of other aromatics such as molasses, chocolate, and damp earth, but the fruity notes definitely dominate.

The taste is lightly sour up front and finishes with a crisp bite of apples, with a late hit of roast coffee bitterness. This beer is quite well balanced and much more tasty than the Fantome "Winter" that I last had. This beer is quite light on the palate, as all of Dany's beers are, and the rich flavor notes make this a perfect Winter Saison. There are definitely notes of chocolate in this beer, but the fruity notes dominate like in the nose. I get notes of plum, raisin, fig, and apple. There is also a certain woodiness here, which hits the back of my mouth. This beer is really quite good, it is so perfectly in balance right now. I am not too sure how this one will age (given its perfect balance right now), but you can certainly count on me stashing a few away to find out.

<b>Sampled November 2004, New shipment<br>
4.1</b> 8/7/9/9/9
This beer pours a hazy amber-plum color. The head is creamy and frothy and has a light brown tint to it. The aroma is nice and fruity with notes of crisp apple, tart plum, tamarind, and raisins. There is perhaps a hint of other aromatics such as molasses, chocolate, and damp earth, but the fruity notes definitely dominate.<br><br>

The taste is lightly sour up front and finishes with a crisp bite of apples, with a late hit of roast coffee bitterness. This beer is quite well balanced and much more tasty than the Fantome "Winter" that I last had. This beer is quite light on the palate, as all of Dany's beers are, and the rich flavor notes make this a perfect Winter Saison. There are definitely notes of chocolate in this beer, but the fruity notes dominate like in the nose. I get notes of plum, raisin, fig, and apple. There is also a certain woodiness here, which hits the back of my mouth. This beer is really quite good, it is so perfectly in balance right now. I am not too sure how this one will age (given its perfect balance right now), but you can certainly count on me stashing a few away to find out.

08-30-2004 18:54:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ark57


4/5  rDev +1%

It is a dark orange/copper color and is hazy with tight bubbles in the head. The aroma shows the characteristic Fantome house yeast. It is musty, bready, and funky with some grain and spice. It is slightly tart with a smooth body and has low carbonation. It tastes of farmhouse and winter spice. Very nice.

06-16-2004 16:51:33 | More by ark57
Photo of HiroProtagonist


4.8/5  rDev +21.2%

Fantome Hiver was served from a 750ml capped and corked green bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a murky orange-caramel hue, and was topped by a mountainous, creamy, and unyielding off-white head with that left tracts of thick messing lacing wherever it touched. The nose was quite intruiging as is ususal with Fantome concoctions. A sweeping edge-less granny smiith tartness was conjugated with subtle spice complexities....nutmeg, ash, allspice(?) and finely powderd ginger root! Pulling in the wafting aromas very slowly was necessary to achieve the full ofactory experience. The taste closely followed the nose. A silky, creamy, and smooth tart-crisp apple-pear maltiness builds up to a prickly white pepper and ginger spice transition into a distinct moderately bittered finish that left lingering yeasty esters, white pepper, and pronounced bitter orange peel notes. The flow of flavor was excellent, consisting of distinct phases and intensities. The body was full, creamy, smooth, and somewhat fluffy with carbonation...melding very well with the flavors and personality of the beer. Yet another artistic masterpiece from Fantome: delicious, seducing, mysterious, wonderful.

04-03-2004 06:33:52 | More by HiroProtagonist
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.