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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
89
very good

627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | 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
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up a 750ml bottle and received a cascade of foam. Following clean up, it poured a light brown/amber color with a slight haze due to some yeast I stirred up in my fumbling. The smell was earthy and yeast at first, the some type of spice, a whiff of alcohol, and finally a perfume/rose note. Taste was not as complex as the smell, with a tart citrus being the most apparent. You also got a bit of sweetness from the malt, and finished with a little pepper for seasoning. Mouthfeel was medium in body, and, surprise, carbonation was pretty high. I really liked this beer and found it very drinkable.

, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reddish plum color with slight haze, fair bubbling. Head is short and doesn't last too long. Aroma is medium strong, with earthy notes, cherry and other dark fruit, and light spice. The flavor begins very subtly and lightly sour. It improves toward the finish which is rather dry and bready. Not much sweetness overall so I have to give credit for being very true to the style. The taste is not that strong, but its interesting and hard to discern. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, with lower carbonation, not bad. This was suprisingly very drinkable. Not one of Fantome's best but a nice saison...

bennetj17, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a creamy but thin off-white head, the plum/caramel color helps make this a great looker. The bubble activity was simply fascinating. While there was constant effervesence, a second body seemed to be moving around in the liquid. It's probably sediment, just what exactly I'm not sure, but I know I've never seen a beer quite like it. Great start.

The aroma is also totally unique. A bit mysterious, hard to close in on. Vinuous in general, but with a grape-iness that mingles with scents of leather and spoiled dark fruits. I'm also reminded of mushrooms marinated in a wine sauce. The yeast here produces some wacky traits. I like!

The flavor is not surprising after taking several whiffs, but it is indeed wild. Mirroring the aroma, it lays out a barnyard funk at the beginning of the sip, and also reminds of a variety of warm, overripe dark fruits: pomegranate, plum, grape, and even a peppery zing. There's even a bready heartiness here. The finish offers a long-lasting sourness. Lots going on here. Clearly a complex, fascinating, delicious, compelling beer.

Metalmonk, May 29, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in everything. Looks like dark rust. Nearly opaque. A hardened soft glow seeks the center but doesn't even come close. A tall, all encompassing, cap of thick, luscious foam sweeps up the side of the goblet growing like the increasing wind of a oncoming storm. The top is tanned light brown in hue with a spot of brown leather in the center from the yeasty drippys. Tends to keep one heck of top sitting there the whole glass through; from pour to pour until the bottle is empty, the top is always sitting with a solid presense. Lacing is slow and low into the glass with patterns of thickly stringed blobby forms.

Aroma is soft and tender of a darkened tartness of citrus and smokey malts. Kinda grapey, kinda plummy, a certain funk of leather and wet, old wood simply keeps it interesting to the nose.

Flavors are simple in composure but complex in layers and length. Simple ways about it seem forebodingly dark and seeping into a sweet, deep tartness thats amazingly soft and supple. Flavors are a wave of mixtures making the overall current a tasty little display of dark grape and citrusy orange dusted with cocoa and semi tangy molasses. Very moderate really but lasting. Rides out for a tauntifingly, yeastified, sweet, and candied treat. The semi sweetness, sugared cookie doughness, and wood/leather funk hints is the make and mark of a great Belgian beer. And this smacks of that fact.

Feel is sublime! So succulant, so soft and tender. It works sublimely with the flavors across the palate. As if to unfold, or create a breeze with verve and steadiness. The body is just over medium and never strays from there. Texturized in fluffy stuff that yeasty things like to create. Perfect.

This is one very damn fine brew. That 8% and bigger 750ml bottle can catch ya off guard right quick if your not careful. A sipper, sure. But downable all the same.

Fantome rocks!

tavernjef, May 26, 2006
Photo of Boto
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This beer pours a very hazy red-tinged mahogany brown color. There was a small off-white head that dies off quickly. The aroma is pleasant, albeit a little weaker than I expected for this beer. The aroma is complex. It is appealing, with notes of caramel, sourness and I’m not quite sure. It is definitely complex. The taste is good. Somewhat tart, a hint of pepperiness, some fruits, caramel, the list goes on. Very nice.

Boto, May 21, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/16/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Tempe, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caped and corked. No freshness dating. A code on the cork, but don't know how to read. Assuming either a 2003 or 2004 version as it was purchased in the fall of 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark grape colored pour. One inch head which hoovers for a while. Leaves light chunks and streaks of lace.

Smell- What the hell? Some really different stuff going on here. A pretty strong scent of vanilla with a base of powdered sugar and a floral. and perfumy chamomile tea like scent. Odd for sure, but really nice. Smells more sugary than sour. Very earthy and dirt-like.

Taste- Damn, the taste is even weirder than the smell. This is a true definition of a sweet and sour beer. You could almost dump this over your pork, chow mein or whatever and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. A really nice sweetness at first followed by a pretty sour mouth puckering right after. A mixture of fruits, but I can't tell which. Kinda like a smoothie with with a bunch of herb extracts that a sherpa from Nepal would give you while camping at base camp at Everest. It does have a definite winter feel though.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, afteratse is sour, but short lasting.

Drinkability- LongBeachBum was right on in his review. This beer will truly confuse many, if not most beer drinkers. It sure did to myself and BA member Spinlock who consumed this beer. At first sip I really didn't think I liked it, but as I got close to finishing it, I'd wished I had another bottle, if not 2 or 3. It grows on you. As usual, this is truly another outrageous beer from Fantome. I'm really glad I had the pleasure of trying this one and will look for it again in the future.

GClarkage, May 17, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma recalls dark, burnt malts and burnt fruits. Some carmalized sugar and vanilla notes as well. Reminds me of a brown sugar coated fruit pancake that has sat too long on the griddle. Opaque red-tinted brown body with a two finger thick tan head. For is bready with a mild, wholesome sweetness and a crispness that starts at the tip of the tongue and stays strong enough to whipcrack the throat as you swallow. There is a pervasive toasty, grain flavor that reminds me a lot of sweet toasted wheat cakes. Not the most compelling Fantome, of the few I’ve had, but it is interesting and certainly tasty.

Jredner, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wine stained leather. Incredibly aromatic, milk chocolate, fruits (grape, currants), coriander, lactose and molasses. Subtle, funky, light bodied, lingering flavorful with a variety of fruit (grapes, apricots, raisins) and spice (coriander, wood shavings). Not as tart as I was hoping for. Well hidden alcohol, like every Fantome beer. I’m not taking this to the grave with me but I still enjoyed it.

Crosling, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only my second offering from Fantome,poured a hazy deep amber with a big fluffy slightly off white head that takes its time as it settles leaving a creamy mass.Whoa dont like the aromas there is funk and then there is nasty funk almost skunked and barnyard "stuff" when taking first whiffs that was a major turn off.The flavors do not reflect the funkiness of the aromas though dried fruits,prunes and raisins the Belgian yeast is quite perevalent as well with atouch of iron in the finish as well.Nice full creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth oh so smooth.Damn if the aromas were not so out there is woulld be sublime as it is its a fine beer in it self.

oberon, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just shy of a really good beer. After a good pop from the cork this poured very well into my Duvel glass. A turbid brown with a moderate haze as some of the yeast got in with the beer. nice big head that faded back. Smells fruity and spicy malt, with a woody smell of cut wood not piney or oaky just wood there is also a good amount of yeast and some funk. The first sip was a bit under whelmed as this is my first fantome. I was hoping for something better. It starts to grow and I am really tasting this beer. There are hints of oxidation in the fruit of the malt up front a nice funky yeast charcter that is through the middle that carries over to spice. It has a good body and the 8% is not even a factor. Easy drinker, but not something I would have regularly. Thanks to AB for the bottle.

Higravity, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured with a monster of a head, 3 fingers tall. Brew was a dark shade of muddled brown. After settling the head sat 1.5 fingers over the brew. Nose was musty and dank upfront with light raisin and brown sugar, but all being moderately subdued. Flavor was much more prevalent than the nose. Mounds of raisiny fruit and lighter earthy musty barnyard funk. Feel was moderate with a nice active carbonation. Almost refreshing on the tongue. Flavor was very different from what I was expecting, but I should know already that Fantome is going to transcend the saison style. I enjoyed the flavor, but this was not the favorite Fantome I have experienced.

kmpitz2, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of filabrazilia
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a gigantic tan head that ocvers the glass with exceptional lace. The carbonation effortlessly floats to the head like water in an aquariam (I'm sure I've used that analogy before).

There is a slight sour aroma that is musty, earthy and vaguely reminisent of a dank barn. You wouldn't think that would be a favorable impression but it is. There is a slight sweetness that balances this earthy "sourness."

The taste is mild but very memorable. There is a light "meaty" quality to the flavor. There is a touch of malty sweetness that is finished with a hop bite (grassy and citrusy).

This is a light to medium bodied beer that has a sharp hop finish. As it warms, the malt lingers in the mouth. A fruity effervesence introduces itself somewhere in the sampling.

This beer grew on me as I drank it. As it warmed, it asserted itself and told me to like it more. I hope this spectral being haunts me for years to come.

filabrazilia, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of aeroslipton
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy dark amber. This had a granny smith-meets tangerine-meets nutmeg & other spices flavor, as well as the " fresh cut hay" smell I am used to in other farmhouse beers. Not much of a mouthfeel,(though I am not sure what distiguishes mouthfeel), but still had those beautiful champagne-like Belgian bubbles. Not the kind of thing I could drink a ton of, but worth trying once. Very unique

aeroslipton, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sephiroth, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

gbontrag, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HappyHourHero, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Hefe
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hefe, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

whartontallboy, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

fisherman34, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

twelvsies, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Crotor
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Crotor, Mar 30, 2005
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.