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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

116 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 204
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002)
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Reviews by silenius:
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from those cool 750ml bottles that are corked and capped into a ballon style wine glass. Served at 40 degrees F initially warming to 50 degrees.

It looks like an orange tinted Hefe-Weizen and has a good uneven head that did lace my glass.

The first whiff I detected a stinky foot for a second, but that blew off to reveal light lemon and honey notes. Nothing too sour.

Other reviewers have talked about the sour component in this beer, but I get none. Perhaps aging contributed to this? It is a nice smooth well put together moderate bodied solid beer that is not off the wall by any stretch. I would have given it a higher taste rating if it had more complexity. This one was straightforward and very drinkable.

silenius, Feb 04, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 12, 2004
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

tectactoe, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%

tbryan5, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Jason, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

merlin48, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Billolick, Oct 14, 2004
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 23, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

azorie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

cokes, May 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

ElGordo, Oct 02, 2006
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

swamiswamu, Dec 17, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

bditty187, May 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of philipquarles
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the new (2008) batch. Pours a light, hazy gold with a one-two finger white head. The foam dissipates after a bit leaving a thick film on top. Decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and other fruit esters, spices (coriander), and a bit of sugar. This may sound strange, but it smells a bit like Lemon Chicken (and I mean that in the best way possible).

Tastes sharply of lemon, followed by dried light fruits. Hops are there, but really overshadowed by the fruits; they do come through in the aftertaste a bit.

Mouthfeel is much more substantial than one would normally associate with the flavors present. Very little carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing, drinkable brew, though a bit too citric for my tastes.

philipquarles, Aug 13, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky burnt rustic orange with a creamy bone white head that was 1 finger high and exhibited an average retention length. The coloring was very nice, while the head settled to a thin whispy layering.

S: sour tangerines and an assortment of herbal hoppiness, most notable parsley, sage and some fresh hop vines. The aroma was subtle, yet pleasantly mixed, but not as dominant or complex as I found with many of their other beers.

T: The initial flavor yielded sour citrus, grapefruit, and lemon juice, perhaps compliments of brett. Tangerines, and some herbal hoppiness also play a role. There was a slight overall muskiness to the flavor with a nice tangerine sour kick coming in on the finish. Some mushy pears also linger about adding subtle hints.

M: sour, light in body with a very comfortable smoothness for texture. The carbonation is light while the finish is crisp and quick off the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good, another well crafted beer by fantome, solid by example and very easy to consume.

beerthulhu, Nov 12, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark orange with HUGE head that colapses into a firm, messy layering. Steady carbonation. Yeast sediment is black(!). Spicy, white pepper aroma. Saisons can take many forms, this one takes the form of a lambic. It's tartness is barely complimented by a mild sweetness up front. In the middle is herbs and spices that I've probably never heard of let alone tasted, but the pepper came back, I know that one. And I hate using the terms barnyard and/or horseblanket because I don't live on a farm and never have, but they're there. Finished dusty dry and quick, begging you to pour another glass. Addictive.

Give this to an unsuspecting guest and ask them what it is. They won't say beer.

pbrian, Nov 01, 2002
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2.53/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a big foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of weird spice mix with some sweet Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt, some spices with a weird funky notes that don’t mix well with the other flavour. Body is about average with some low carbonation. It just seems Fantome lost the way to properly mix funky aroma – I have been very disappointed in the last couple of bottle I tried from them.

Phyl21ca, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a yellow/orange/amber with nice tiny white bubbles that are two fingers high.
Smell is subtle in this farmhouse Saison. Odd spices and grapefruit/orange peel/lemon peel. Slight clove and cinnamon here also.
Taste is definatly lemon peel at first with the sweet/sour taste of young white grapes.
Mouthfeel is sour at first then a sugary sweetness melds with the dryness of grape skins.
This is a very good session brew and I wish I could go to where it was made and have a fresh mugfull of it.

peabody, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

largadeer, Nov 22, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

<i> Thanks to tiggmtl for bringing this to our tasting with MartinT, Oakes and Kimchee. </i> Appearance proposes a cloudy amber body with the almost typical Fantôme head, gigantic in size, off-white, mountainous, rocky with superb lacing. Yeast particules are everywhere. Aroma is very candyish, like sweet flowers, estery and eAstery, extremely yeasty as well. Lots of nuances in there, but flavor balance is mostly on the sweet side. Hints of powder sugar, vanilla, juniper, cherries, citrus... Taste surprises by its moderate sourness, sour grapes or cherries. Lots of fruity suggestions (myrtle, cranberry). Very spicy (ginger and many others hard to identify). Unexplicable barnyardy flavors gently complement this weird, funky fruitiness. Adorable as expected with just a slice of dry bitterness cutting through toward the end, but the acidity already had the harsh balancing task in hands. Great mouthfeel, highly carbonated, fluffy, airy.

Rastacouere, Sep 20, 2004
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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.