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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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94
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 199
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 96
Reviews by Floydster:
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Aaaah, the Planets have aligned and all is well with the World. Another Fantôme for me to Review. This is probably the one Fantôme seasonal [out of the four] that I have tried the least so I am eager to try it again. I picked up a bottle in NYC some months ago and it is still there pending collection come dispatch, so in the meantime I decided to feed my feeble Fantôme fix and pick up a West Coast delivered bottle for Review. Glad I did. The label on mine has a yellowy background with the standard generic Fantôme back label. The cork was pristine and almost new in appearance once I removed the large crown cap.

Appearance: Funky hazed peach body with a myriad of orange and tangerine fusel refractions that punctuate the late night darkness of my Apartment when this Ghostly apparition is backlit. The head is smooth, Fantômesque in stature and presentation. A creamy bone white color it laces exceptionally well, immensely impressive presentation.

Nose: Oh yes, Brett laden lambic aroma mixed with a funky dirty yet ruddy cheeked fresh-air country feel that I love. The nose occludes that of the outside World, and I’m all the better for it. A natural Farmyard Bière de Garde entrance fills the nostrils and knocks away the Cobwebs, it you have allergies you better avoid this one! It’s full of flora and fauna yet all mixed in with a stinging horse blanket feel, a turbo-Saison nose all round.

Taste: Gorgeously tart and puckering, incredibly sharp for a Saison. Lambicland meets the mystic workings of the farmhouse. Solid in your face tastes huge, bold, big and ball-busting. Pertinacious flavors linger and abound long after the beer has gone south.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, like the first time you get to touch that sexy underwear that you bought your beloved; this feels so much better in the mouth than it looks. Silky and finely attenuated it dances on the tongue; it hides nothing, a very sexy depilated Saison that needs some serious attention from your tongue.

Drinkability: Awesome. What a marvelous creation this is. Yeah I’m biased I know, I love Fantôme, I make no bones about it, but I have had one or disappointing brews from the Soy based Master recently, so it’s good to be reminded that the staple Seasonals are still up there, way up high with the big bad farmyard boys where they belong.

Overall: By far my favorite of the four “regular” Seasonals. Yet another mighty solid offering from the Morris Minor driving Fantôme Master. A little more ‘out there’ in the funky department, but this is still a World Class Saison. If you see a “regular” bottle of Saison doing a line of Coke on your Coffee Table…..you’ll end up with this bad boy. F’in Superb!!! I’m heading back for some more of this next week. Go get one of these, you owe it yourself and deserve it.

Not for Sally’s!!!

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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%
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 +10.1%
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 tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bubbly lace stays from an active carbonation, amber brown in colour that has a cloudy murky look to it.

Smell: Dirty earth aroma; musty basement and tree bark. Hints of odd fruit and malted grain are there but the earthy smell is strong.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, herbal oily hop up front. Harsh medicinal phenolic bite with hench-flavours showing additions of herbs and spices very few can be picked out other than some liquorice … rosemary? Mildly tart. Bitter and dry finish with lingering phenols.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp with a slight viscous mouth feel that feigns a body bigger than it actually is.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer does not surprise me from Fantome … always pushing the envelope and always original. Just a big ass farmhouse style ale.

Photo of merlin48
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something special for review 800. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. Curse these Fantome corks!
Appearance: Clear, tangerine orange body on the initial pour, with two fingers of white billowing head. Lots of carbonation evident in the glass. Exceptional head retention and cirrus and cumulus clouds of lace decorate the sides of the glass. The body clouds a bit on the 2nd and final pour, but the overall appearance of this fine Belgian Saison is a joy to behold.

Aroma: Complex and inviting, similar, yet different than the regular Fantome Saison. Citrusy lemon, a hint of tangerine, clover honey, exotic spices, and the signature Fantome funky yeast. Herbal and grassy notes abound.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. Citrusy tart, with a wonderful funky yeast presence.

Taste: Incredibly complex. Like the aroma, lemony citrus, honey soaked tangerine, herbal and grassy, clover honey, lemonzest bitterness, leathery yeast notes, pear and green apple fruitiness. This one is amazing, with its depth of flavors. So earthy you can almost taste the dirt. Some dry, vinous character, but no noticeable alcohol. Slightly acidic at times, but mostly smooth and herbal. Some chalky notes at times. Finish and aftertaste are dry, spicy, and lemony. Evokes thoughts of idyllic poetry and buccolic art.

Drinkability: Incredible! Limited by availability more than price. Give me a bottle of this and I will wander to a meadow and graze with sheep, thinking wonderful thoughts about the amazing complexity of this nectar. This one comes close to all 5's.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wahoo- got to try this nectar of the gods at the VSK night @ the BTAH in NYC.This poured a cloudy and murky shade of orangy brown, lifting a slight tiny bubble head and leaving some classic lacing. Nose is all about the funk. Earthy stuff we have hear. Limes, peat, malt sweetness up front and more spicy tart hoppy ness in the finish. COMPLEX! What a delight in a glass. This is a brew with a ton of character, must be sought out by fine beer lovers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange tone with an effervescent bubbly off white head, leaves great evenly dispersed Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Sharp sweetness upfront candi sugar is evident, with awesome fruit filled undertones. A great wild spiciness and a woody cask aged funk to it. Taste: Rolling pale malts candi sugar, mild bitterness bubblegum sweetness complex layers of sweetness. A bit of a cidery finish to it very sweet but yet there's a balancing effect from the mildy toasted malts and fresh touch of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge to it, effervescence is clear with a bubbly mouthfeel medium bodied ale meant to be enjoyed one at a time. Drinkabiliy: Save this one for special occasions a true Belgium delight quite a rarity in the states, very tasty and evenly balanced makes for sipping pleasure.

Photo of kwkdmk
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spelaeus
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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 seanthornton152
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smudgy brass hued with a few particles to obscure clarity. Scattered and rapid carbonation via microbubbles. The head is moderate and bone colored, but bleached a bit. And it stays all the while.
Gueuze-esque cidery, white vinous nose right away. It changes quite dramatically. Less of the sharp acidic tones, and more of the earthy, herbal, musty scrapings.
The taste undergoes a simliar transition. Lambic sourness off the bat. Cider and acetic acid, mixed with an underlying oaky chardonnay. As this warms, it changes thoroughly. Sharpness vanishes, as do any gueuze traits.

It becomes pears coated by multiple layers of dust. Bits of thyme and clove and rosemary and pepper. But spicing, on the whole, is muted. It travels country roads later, with distant horses and closer stables, full of must and hay. Afterward, fruitiness regroups. Lime, grape, and orange sherbets, melted, with streams of dairy creamer (when consumed at cellar temp- as I recommend- these are the benchmark flavors). Turns grassier around the close, aided by cobwebs and cold cement floors. Alcohol is never even considered. This is scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel is perfect. The juxtaposition between whole milk and sparkling water is euphoric. Sagging and dense, but bright and perky.

All told, a mindblowing shapeshifter here. This begins as a generalized gueuze and transforms, Optimus Prime style, into one of the best and most satisfying Saisons around.

This is fucking fantastic.

Huge, I salute you, once again.

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply a great drink. Traditional spices bottle conditioned in the winter and wait till the summer. Pleasantly decent aroma, somewhat grassy. Starts moderately sour and ends sweet aftertaste. After exploding the cork and pouring the large head, wait 15 minutes or so for the experience and it is less sour. great yeast, apple, grassy, citrus, orange peal, coriander, tad cider but not overt, peach apricot bannana, lemon marmelade. WIll have again.

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml corked bottle with a yellow-orange label that is different than the one pictured here. Pours a hazy deep golden color with orange highlights when held up to the light. Head is considerably smaller than most Fantome beers - just a quarter-inch or so of creamy wheat head that subsides to a thin ring. Crisp aroma of tart fruit, citric acid, a whiff of floral hops, and a touch of vinegar. Palate is decidedly sweeter than the aroma - light sweet fruit (maybe a touch of peach?), becoming more tart before the swallow. Notes of fruity hops and light acidic vinegar become more pronounced towards the back of the mouth. Body is well-carbonated and lightly creamy. A thorough pleasure to drink.

Photo of swamiswamu
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its all there, the gigantic unwaivering head, the lacing, the half an inch of sediment on the bottom. The taste and smell are almost to complex to explain. The interplay of the malt, hops and yeast dance throughout the tongue. One of the best breweries out there. Amazing.

Photo of tclipse
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
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 hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes…

Largely clear on the first pour but it was very hazy on the second as the settled yeast found their way into my glass. Regardless the liquid was dark gold in hue, slightly coppery with a hint of bronze. The head was faintly off-white in color; at its highest point the foam was two-fingers in elevation. Head retention was decent, a foamy cap lasted the entire consumption and this cap was about a half finger in height. There was tons of unorganized subsequent lacing. It looks great in my glass. It is eye-candy for the beer nerd.

The nose is magical and very lively. The aroma dumbfounding me, I smelled it over and over before I wrote down one word to describe it. Nothing jumped out from the glass with a distinctive vibe but, then, everything jumped out at once. Sure, some of the smells were obvious, there was plenty of Belgian yeast funkiness, there were slightly sour undercurrents, and it was grainy (in a good way), plus light citrus, hay, grass, caramel, apples, candy fruit, wood, a barn, melons, and marshmallows. None of these aromas are stronger then the next. Overall the potency is moderate but the nose is very articulate. Inviting.

The palate is wonderful; it is everything I could ask for in a Saison. I am very impressed with the malt foundation; it is plenty healthy and rich with a toasted bread and caramel backdrop. It is kind of like a Bière de Garde. There are mellow honey influences throughout and even mellower kisses of spices that run a wide gamut. Most of these “spices” I can’t pin down, they are so elusive and light. Candied melon. Green apples. There are suggestions of dates and figs. Wood. Farm. Barn. Earth. Bitter herbs. And so much goddamn more! How does Fantome do it repeatedly? (That is a rhetorical question). This beer is jammed packed with flavor yet I can’t taste a hint of the alcohol. There is a long aftertaste that doesn’t let you forget the nectar you’re drinking. This is a wonderfully flavorful quaff from start to finish.

Medium/medium-full mouthfeel, the carbonation is low and natural, the mouthfeel is wonderful. It is so relaxing and insanely fitting for the flavor profile, wow. I don’t think the mouthfeel could be improved upon. The carbonation might be too low for cheese but wild game? Hell yeah. Fruit? Hell Yeah! A la Carte? Hell Freaking Yeah! Lovely.

This Saison is fantastic and perfectly drinkable. I’ve had this beer in my DBF for almost a year! What the f#ck was I waiting for? I am so lame. Did I ignore it for a reason? Did it fall into a black hole for months only to return to my amazement? That is the only valid answer. I purchased this bottle in Burnsville, MN. I hope I can find it in Iowa City because I need more. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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