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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 195
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002

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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 96
Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby/burnt orange color with no head, no carbonation and no lace

Smell: Apple, pear and a touch of caramel

Taste: Tart fruit forward, with the apple and pear tones bringing along some underlying sweetness, as well; some oak and leathery character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and still

Overall: Not what I was expecting at all; closer to a Flanders than a Saison; not an unpleasant taste but I am not sure that the brewer would be pleased with how the beer has developed

Photo of tclipse
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Totally and utterly flat. Not a single bubble. It smelled delicious and the flavors were nice, but the mouthfeel was horrible as a result of the horrible undercarbonation.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a fizzy light caramel colored head that recedes pretty quickly.

S: Light bread and caramel with a light underlying funk to it. Red apple and some toffee.

T: Bright and juicy with some red apple, green strawberry, apple cider spice and some lingering green apple tartness. Sort of a strange beer and nothing like I would expect from a Saison, but very good.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber, cider, opaque

S: Ripe apples/cider

T: Tart green apple, lychee, pear, a little funk from Brett?

M: lighter mouth feel than what I expected, smooth, very light carbonation

O: highly drinkable but very tart sour beer. Very cider like and not at all what I expected from a farmhouse/saison.

Photo of Spelaeus
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceeded expectations. Wonderfully fruity and lightly tart. Absurdly drinkable, no sign of abv. Not at all what the word "saison" brings to mind, but this is a style that's all over the board. Somewhat heavy with medium-low to medium carbonation (a plus in my book), flavors of green apples, pears, and peaches. A little bit of lychee nut flavor, which may be the brett. I've gotten similar flavors from homebrews with brett trois. Really just wonderful.

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I really wish this had any carbonation whatsoever. Has potential to be an awesome beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The historic patience that allow for true saison flavor to emerge might be the long-lost ingredient in the styles and why many modern versions fall into Belgian obscurity. Yet Fantome brewers still value those traditions and it shows in taste.

The seasonal ale pours with eruptive carbonation. Shy of gushing, its billowing stature impresses the eye and the nose as its high effervescence heightens the beer's acidic fruit character, earthen spice and seems to lighten its bready undercurrent.

With just enough grain sweetness and bread textures to aid in support, these act as a spingboard from which the fruit and spice medley bounce onto the tastebuds. Ravishing fruits of green apple, lemon and orange are all present, however the strong peach and nectarine flavors steal the show. Seeming soft with "cream sickle" character, even its hazy orange stained glow suggests much the same. Yeasty and spicy late, notions of shortbread and peppercorn rise to balance the fruit. A medium-light attack of hops pierces the fruit, cream and sweetness with dry hay and lemongrass.

Playfully acidic in finish, the ale shies away from souring, but greets the palate with the tang of cider, rose wine, and the peppery tannins of fruit pits. White pepper, black pepper and a pep of perfumy coriander all waft about the finish giving the ale a sense of finesse and earth in aftertaste.

Photo of impending
2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've loved many a Fantome but over the long run I've come to realize
on a brewer/infected beer ratio level, relative to the rest of the world, it's unacceptable
I've simply had too many infected Fantomes
I'm being generous rating this infection a 2
no cheers
jd

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, spice, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting sour qualities that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch poured into a LA tulip. Stoked for this one!

A: Murky/muddy ruby body with only the faintest amount of head appearing after a vigorous pour. Essentially flat, but oddly enough the dark body coupled with the stillness is pleasing to the eye in a way.

S: Tart cherry, orange zest, and red wine upfront layered with signature Fantome funk. A touch of raspberry, floral honey, and alcohol. Very vinous and complex.

T: More tart cherry, pineapple, and granny smith apple. Lingering red wine character in the taste as well. A sweeter than usual backbone props everything up. Despite the underattenuation still a pretty fantastic tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied and flat, with a slick feel on the palate. Slight acidity lingers and coats the palate. Not necessarily bad, but a little carb would have done this beer wonders.

O: Pretty amazing aroma and taste, but the appearance and mouthfeel leave some room for improvement. Had heard rumors of the lack of carb and underattenuation of this batch but went for it anyways. Vaguely reminiscent of a less lactic and uncarbonated flanders red. Would love to try this with some C02 and hope the second bottle carbonates after some time in the cellar.

Photo of stakem
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml neon orange labeled bottle poured into a matching fantome tulip. The brew appears a hazy color of orange cream-sickle with a frothy white creamy topping. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass. When held to the light, it has a beautiful clarity that appears golden to orange which is so strange because from afar it looks quite clouded.

The aroma is quite fruity with a zesty essence caught between something like grapefruit and/or orange juice. There is an earthiness smelling somewhat like cork and a hint of must in that classic fantome sort of way.

The flavor is quite tart and zesty a little hint of grapefruit-like bitterness with a fruity zest quality like oranges, lemons and limes. A bit of juicy pulp and cork-like earthiness with a straw-like grain quality and a hint of cracked pepper.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very dry, clean and easy drinking. The best way I can describe this is take a great bottle of the classic fantome saison but instead of pineapple/strawberry this is more like orange/lemon/lime. Really fantastic stuff.

Photo of yourefragile
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle, thanks Thorpe!

Pours a thick hazy pale bana golden color with a thin white head, fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Aroma of hay, funk, lemon-vanilla creamsicle, lemon juice, grass, orange peel, and meringue. Fairly sweet flavor up front, like a slightly sour lemon meringue, vanilla sweetness, grass, lemon zest, and an earthy funky finish. Medium thick, low carbonation and a lingering puckering sourness on the finish. Unlike any other Fantome (or saison) I've had.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure the year of this bottle. Cork says 086/477044. Pours a very hazy, golden straw-like color with some nice carbonation. About an inch of fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Scent is initially very mineral-forward...I'm not sure how I feel about this. Tons of spices and herbal aromas with a bouquet of fresh flowers and earthy notes. Hints of barnyard as well. Taste is vitamin-like at first...with subtle mineral flavors, that immediately turn to tart lemon flavors. Tons of spice and herbal flavors with some funky Belgian yeast. Pleasantly tart with each and every sip, this beer becomes more enjoyable. The mineral flavors start to blend together with the tart barnyard and the floral spiciness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one Fantome that I have never seen in stores, so I was very eager to trade for it. I'm very glad I got to try it, but it is not my favorite Fantome. I enjoy Printemps and Original Fantome better. Still a great beer though, as Fantome can do no wrong.

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Rbald42 for the hook up with this beer. Apparently this bottle vintage is circa '04.

Appearance: Pours out a gorgeous, crystal clear straw color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 3/4" of egg shell white head forms which has very nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Hints of white grape and pear hit me the most initially. Some mineral comes out, as well as a bit of funk and a touch of both lemon and herbal notes.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smelll. Pretty strong pale fruits come out in this, followed by mineral, some grassiness and a bit of lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light body and fairly high carbonation makes this about perfect for mouthfeel. Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Great vintage saison that held up very well. Would definitely have again.

Photo of craytonic
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps one of my new favorite fantoms

Appearance: Murky and hazy golden-yellow with a nice white head

Smell: Light, earthy funk with lemon grass and citrus notes, very light and pleasant

Taste: Similar to the nose, night mild funk, slight sour citrus, touches of lemongrass and hay. Slightly earthy. Really well done

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but it works with the flavor profile

Overall: Very tasty, one of my new favorite fantomes.

Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Huhzubendah at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, lemon, grassy and earthy notes, light oak, and light funk. Nose is awesome, loving the oranges.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, wood, funk, and earhy notes. Some hay as well. Ton of oranges and citrus again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. More carbonation than most of the Fantomes we tasted today, and just the right amount. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall this was an awesome beer; probably the best Fantome we had at the tasting out of about 20 (though it rivals the normal Fantome Saison). Tons of oranges, lemons, and citrus, and very easy to drink. Something I would love to get more of.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

gotta get me more fantome! i really have just cracked the surface with these but they are just soo good!

pour could not have been better with an amazing golden amber color with a good haze to it and great carbonation visible throughout. huge white head on top that led to a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glasses.

aroma is light at first but builds as the night goes on. light citrus touches, fresh herbals, light flowery mix an a nice grain bill seem to support a rather complex flavor. and that is exactly what i get with a quick dose of lemon right off the bat. it transforms into a nice pear and apple flavors, loads of grass and quick hits of lavender and a touc of peppery like spice seal it. this is exactly what i was looking for. clean, crisp, sparkling and refreshing. near perfect.

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I put too much pressure on this beer to be awesome. Served in a Russian River wine glass.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass, nice steady carbonation.

Aroma is mildly funky, nice, and a little like grass.

Beer is mildly flavored, its a little thin on the palate too. There is a mild floral property to this beer but I think I really like the regular saison much much more than this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Updated review (04.06.2013): Amazing notes of lemon with a bit of pine tree. Backing light acidity and a bit of pineapple. Tropical fruits. Very dry and light.

Original Review (04.22.2011): Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a slightly-murky golden-ish beer with a good white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings forward a good mild funk along with some hay and earth. Some peaches and other stone fruits lingering in the background. Some floral notes as well. The taste lays it all out--funk, earth, hay, fruits, and some dry floral notes. Really nicely balanced with a crisp, dry finish. Drinks pretty well. A very nice beer.

Best quote during the consumption of this beer: "You don't have a power animal? I'm laughing at you."

Original Scores: 4 / 4/ 4.5 / 4.5 / 4 = 4.28

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears hazy and orange / yellow in color. The head is white and fizzy, stands in around half an inch thick, and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été. The beer emits a cornucopia of fruit scents, including oranges, pineapples, and pears. In addition to the fruit, the beer has a pleasant yeasty smell and flavor. This is a unique beer, and one I really enjoyed. The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence a non-issue. The beer carries with it a certain amount of fruity sweetness that makes this bottle best shared and enjoyed in small quantities.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased at Beer Mania in Brussels, 10 euros. The bottle is corked and capped, same as all Fantome bottles I've had, with no indication of vintage on the cork nor on the label. The label looks different than the BA listing, more of an orange background.

The beer pours out very hazy and light orange shaded gold, like a watered down orange juice. Few bubbles on top. It smells like it might have a little age on it, a slight medicinal quality behind the bright citrus which surely must be the intent of this summer seasonal. Along with the orange and lemon aromas I think I can detect some kind of spice, maybe more of a rind or something but it's really light.

The citrus flavors are at the forefront, matched by some apple and cough syrup (possibly not intended). The flavors are actually stronger than I expected, and the thicker-than-your-usual-saison body conveys those flavors efficiently. Some carbonation was present despite the lack of foam, giving it a good lively mouthfeel. Very interesting, I'd love to try another bottle if I could be certain it was fresh.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle w/ cork and cap. no date found; notching scheme on label, but not utilized. dunno if i got this in a trade or not, but either way, tried to get this straight from the case, to avoid skunking.

from notes, tasted june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

hazy, almost cloudy, despite settling in the fridge for two days and decanting a full 1.5 cm. deep orangey straw color. 1-finger head fades to wisps and ring. some splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: funky tropical fruit, like guava, plus grapefruit rind (but not like fresh american hops). almost... leathery? musty wet hay. weak bready malt underneath to the end. orange peel and spice w/ phenols in back too.

taste: similar flavors, w/ acidity upfront and that tropical fruitiness again. mild euro hopping for mild to moderate bitterness. bready malt, though a bit watery. spice and phenols. still weirdly and overly fruity too, imho.

light to medium body, with acidic and astringent note in middle onwards, slightly smoothing out for the finish. mild to moderate carbonation, giving some body.

really not liking the overly tropical fruity quality in all the recent fantomes i've tried. not that it's all that bad as beer, but just not what i'm looking for in a saison.

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four or so year old bottle tasted on Memorial Day 2010

A: Rusty, murky amber body. Not too much in the way of particulate. One fingered off-white head. Good retention keeps the head around for a bit before forming a fine skim and a good ring. Spotty lacing.

S: Funky dark fruits and bright, sour citric notes. Lemons and grapefruit are the most notable citric notes. Musky with a nice farmhouse character. Pungent.

T: Lemons, grapefruit, some figs, lightly sour cherries, some misc. berries, earth tones, leather, barnyard funk, and lactic acid. There is a hell of a lot going on here, which is not all that unexpected from Dany. My only wish was the flavors were a tad bolder, but this might be the result of the age on this bottle mellowing things out.

M: Smooth bodied. Medium weight. Nice gentle carbonation, not flat, but certainly mellow. Nice tartness and funk. Good lingering finish.

D: Top notch, the flavors are a little on the stronger side of things, so Été is not as refreshing as the regular Fantôme but this is one delicious beer. Now to track more bottles down....

Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle recently acquired in a trade with Rbald42, thanks again for the brew Ryan, have been wanting to try this one for a while now, did not waste much time once it arrived, poured into my new crazy Kwak glass with a wooden stand tonight, cork has the following number written on it: 086/477044, color is a golden orange amber with some highlights, very cloudy body, one and a half inch creamy white head, decent retention, sticky at first but not later on, aroma consists of hay, tons of funkiness, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, almost every citrus fruit you can think of, earthy wild yeast, oak, grassy scents, and white wine, flavor starts off witha mildly tarty sourness filled with different fruits, almost chewy in the finish but still a lot of lemon juice and other citrus, finish is very dry and earthy, there is so much funk lingering in the aftertaste, lots of tart flavors coming through, lots of banana and plum by the end but what threw for a loop was that it was still sour with those tastes, I would usually expect the beer to sweeten up a lot, caramel and crazy spices by the end, dry, citrusy, funky, and spicy mouthfeel, medium bodied, looks pretty thick through the glass, well carbonated for its style, almost felt like a gueuze at times, taste lingers a very long time, easy to drink but too light for a gueuze, no alcohol in the flavor and drank great for eight percent, smooth with tons of different flavors, not heavy, got close to finishing the whole bottle with little effort, best Fantome beer I have had to date, gives new definition to funkiness, this beer will continue to get crazier with age it seems, really want more, recommended

Photo of MasterSki
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this in a random bottle shop in downtown Brussels - Fantôme doesn't appear to have very good distribution in northern Belgium. Served in a Stella Artois stange (it's the only thing we've got at the hotel here).

A - Three fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates very quickly to leave a ring of stray bubbles and a few splotches of lace. Hazed, semi-transparent golden straw/white peach color, with lots of visible tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Not particularly interesting looking.

S - I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cork. Tons of Belgian yeast, earthy spices, ripe lemons, wood, medicinal herbs, touches of horsey funk and wildness, and a bubble-gum malt backbone. The combination of flavors, depth and complexity is utterly ridiculous.

T - The taste is much milder, with some peppery spice, a bit of tart lemon and orange zest, a touch of funk, and a lot of sweet fruity malts with notes of apricot, peach, and banana. It's very nice, but not as eye-popping as the smell.

M - Light body, some residual dryness, a little carbonation tingle on the lip but somehow low carbonation (!?) while swallowing. Very refreshing and style-appropriate.

D - 8% ABV? Are you joking me? I initially misread the label and thought it said 5%, and didn't even think twice until I looked at the profile. Super refreshing with none of the typical impediments (booze, carbonation, aftertaste, etc.) I completely intend to drink all 750ml myself while doing some work this evening.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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