Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.9/5 rDev +13.7%
A- Huge off white head that had great head retention. Faded into a nice thick lacing that stuck to the side of the glass. Darker golden orange body.
S-Light hops with nice calm orange, lemon, and spices in the nose. Lighter on the yeast than usual. Kind of a unusual hint to it too. Couldn't pinpoint what it was.
T- Bigger orange flavor and light lemon taste too, from a good dosing of a european citrus hop. They left a lingering bitterness. Flavors were all well blended together making a very complex brew. Bit of yeast comes through. Light warming from the alcohol also.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Really smooth (like most Fantomes).
D- This was a great brew. I am getting way to many favorite beers. All the Fantomes are really different from each other even though under the same style. This one is just as close to perfect for a saison as I think you can get.
01-17-2007 03:27:48 | More by BlindPig
4.88/5 rDev +13.2%
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 Im 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! Its 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 Im 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 its 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 ..youll end up with this bad boy. Fin Superb!!! Im heading back for some more of this next week. Go get one of these, you owe it yourself and deserve it.
Not for Sallys!!!
10-12-2004 05:42:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5 rDev +13.2%
Fantome Belgian ETE was served from a 750 ml green corked and capped bottle, with a label depicting the cartoony fantome. When the beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, an ample off-white head rose then fell to become a thick and fine blanket, leaving delicate arches of lacing. The effervescent liquid was a glowing orange-red, and appeared quite alive and ready to please. From a distance I can smell the products of Brettanomyces. I was drawn in closer for a full olfactory experience. The nose contained a cornucopia of outdoorsy aromas, with an earthy and rosy moderate sourness expressing itself most dominantly, with notes of grass, must, garden flowers, and a touch of sweetness. Excellently done. If I thought the nose was good, I had another thing coming. This was simply one of most delicious beers I have ever experienced. First of all, the body was so unbelievably silky that I could just curl up with it forever, I never imagined a beer could feel like this. This silkiness releases a barrage of flavor, beginning with a mellow and buoyant sour/acidic light malt body, which carried with it flavors of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime) and spice, finishing less only mildly acidic with lingering notes of flowers, earth, citrus, and a hint of honey. The tartness was always under control, and in balance with the rest of the flavor. The slightest touch of sweetness towards the end wrapped up the package perfectly. The carbonation was right. My fanatism for these funky saisons has been kicked up yet another notch. Thank you Fantome!
02-09-2004 00:58:49 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-01-2005 22:45:41 | More by merlin48
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
Large, capped and corked bottle, waiting in my cellar for about 10 months. Somehow, I missed spring and summer with this one.
It pours a gorgeous bright yellow, almost pumpkin-colored, with a huge, fluffy and ever-lasting head.
A very nice, tart, pungent aroma, with a pronounced earthiness, followed by a fruity smorgasbord, prominently citric and particularly made of oranges, but others play a role.
Taste is quite impressive as well, think flanders red and saison, all in the same glass. Acidic and tart, tangy, sour at times, than earthy, hoppy and malty.
Impressively easy to drink, this medium-bodied masterpiece hides its alcohol quite effortlessly.
By far the best saison (not my favorite style) I ever had. If I have a chance, will pick up a few for next season.
09-27-2007 01:20:40 | More by brdc
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
12-17-2004 02:23:43 | More by swamiswamu
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
Happy summer solstice, everybody!
To toast the season, it's time to crack open my Fantome Ete bottle, waiting in my bookshelf cabinet for nearly six months, waiting for the official beginning of ete, don't you know.
I crack the crown and start to pour, then realize I didn't pop the cork yet!
A furious pop, and then that sour must emanates from the neck and invades the air...pours out a very cloudy pale amber, with huge head, tall and puffy, eventually sliding down to size. but going about it slowly.
Aroma: ah, this is the stuff! Thick with yeast, tingly spices, a panoply of fruits, well balanced, citrus, plus peach, apricot, all blended together perfectly. Heavenly! Gorgeous! I'll taste it one of these days, just let me smell her some more...
(days later...) Big mouthfeel, huge texture, fullness of fruit, nice hop appearance, and large, tasty malt all up in the mouth. Very juicy and flavorful all the way, rich and full bodied. Sweet, yet dry in the finish. Lordy, but I like this! Yeast is a huge aspect of the flavor profile, and without it, this brew would be nothing like this...it's delicious, though, maybe even perfect.
I'm gonna sit with it for a while and consider how perfect it is...
pretty damned near perfect...I'll ruminate some more...wonderful, subtle, sophisticated spices. Marvelous fruit.
Must return to this again, before the summertime leaves us, and maybe in the fall, to remember it by!
06-22-2004 07:40:29 | More by feloniousmonk
4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
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
02-14-2011 21:53:37 | More by Thorpe429
4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
This brew pours a semi-cloudy ruby-orange color. The head is billowing, white and creamy. The lacing is thorough, and sticks to the sides of my glass. The aroma is very complex. Dry earthy tones are noticed first, but then oranges, grapefuits, tartness, and sourness appears as well. The taste is earthy with oranges and grapefruits, and mild tartness. The mouthfeel is spectacular. It is medium bodied, smoot, creamy, and somehow manages to be both juicy and dy at the same time. Overall, this is a great beer. I don't think I could drink this beer everyday, but I certainly would never pass up the chance to have one.
12-01-2005 21:37:26 | More by KarlHungus
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
No freshness date. Great poorout with great lasting thick white head and clear golden beer. Nose is that of a sweet and flowery early summer. Fresh, sweetgale, sweet roses, lavendel and fresh dried grass. Very clean but still with saison funkyness. Taste is strong and heavy peppered, dry, bitter but still fresh cause of that great arome it just has. Quiet alcoholic, and well carbonated brew hides the enormous peppertone in the mouth a bit but too me litle overdone to make it fine mouthfeel. This also tempers drinkabilty a bit but maybe just fine to enjoy longer. Best Fatome brew I had so far and tasted many, cleanest one probably also and wonder even where that heavy fatome yeast funk and sourness has gone but great adchiefment and chapeau!
01-04-2006 17:12:43 | More by paterlodie
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured into a Fantome tulip at Toronado, a sight to behold.
This is one of the most beautiful beers I had seen, the super model of saisons. Hazy orange golden with a massive rocky white head that would not die down and had perfect lacing. Erection inducing, that good.
The smell was signature Fantome, meaning... Granny Smith apples big time with a bit of funk, some wet hay and a sweet citrus. Complex in the nose, but nothing compared to the taste.
The complexity in the taste is absolutely staggering. Once again, you can't mess with Fantome, they put flavors in here you can't even begin to define. But attempting to- apple, horse blanket, funk, oak, clove, i could go on and on. On another note, not a single percent of alcohol was detected.
Drinkability is off the scale. Seriously thirst quenching, goes down like candy, and the alcohol isn't present at all, except when you try to stand up. Unbelievable, worth every penny.
06-20-2005 07:43:16 | More by axisjones
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
What a suprise to see this at the CTRiver Brewing festival. The beer was a dark golden color. It had a huge head. The aroma is hard to describe, as it is very complex, but wonderful. There is also a complexness to the taste. There are fruits (but not really sweet, more tart) and caramel, some subtle hops. Another great experience from them!
09-07-2003 13:00:09 | More by Boto
4.7/5 rDev +9%
The booyah of sasions, meaning amazing, if you ever come across this drink it right away if you see more then one bottle on a shelf buy them all, you'll be in heaven for a majorly long time. for any other anwser regarding this beer read axisjones' review of ETE, I enjoyed it with him.
07-13-2005 08:06:59 | More by brewbacca
4.7/5 rDev +9%
Very deep gold, bordering on onion skin. Typically huge, very fine, rocky, fluffy, Fantome head.
Sweet and phenolic yeasty notes lead over dried floral and rich bready malt aromas. Touch of sassafras and cinnamon. Just a beautiful nose - arresting complexity, but well-balanced and composed.
Medium full in the mouth, with the malt sweetly caressing the palate, while the medicinal, herb and root notes nip and bite. Great fun. Good length.
Lovely, soft bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. This one is incredibly drinkable, but well worth extended contemplation. Its so captivating, that this is actually my tenth bottle of this, and I've gotten so wrapped up in it each time, that I've forgotten to do a note!
Per the importer, this is the Ete brewed for the summer of 2003 (yellow, black and gray label).
07-28-2004 14:11:59 | More by Realale
4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-23-2004 00:10:54 | More by WVbeergeek
4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a rich hue of orange colro with a pale light head. Light clingy lacings. Aroma is very delicate blend of candi malt, spices and sour yeasties. Light clove, and fruity esters. Slight maltyness.
Light mouthfeel, goes down incredibly smooth and easy for a 8% ABV. Very refreshing carbonation.
Awesome flavor, light funky sourness with a sweet malty candyish backbone. Dry and tart lemony citrus finish, maybe a bit too dry if I can find any fault.
All in all an awesome beer, so refreshing and so unique. For $10 a bottle this is a way better choice than any wine at that price. A great substitue for white wine at a party or dinner. Get some soon and often if you can find it. You owe it to yourself to try a Fantome, I have not had a bad one yet.
04-06-2007 03:43:28 | More by kgotcher
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
01-18-2013 01:58:36 | More by yourefragile
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
A dull copper appearance. Frothy and airy eggshell colored head of medium size. Retention is better than adequate. Lacing is quite full. Beautiful nose of bubblegum esters, grass, cider, must, yeast and freshly soaked forest. The flavors are splendid. A subtle cidery, acetic acid presence mingles with bread tones and fruit tones galore. Bubblegum and pear. Just a little tartness. Damn, this one is good. The mouthfeel is lively and inviting. Body checks in around medium. This could very well be my favorite Biere de Garde to date.
01-13-2004 04:55:06 | More by Bighuge
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-27-2011 03:36:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-07-2014 15:42:12 | More by stakem
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-09-2011 22:04:32 | More by mdfb79
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-14-2004 03:11:10 | More by Billolick
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
05-07-2004 07:34:08 | More by cokes
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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 cant 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 cant taste a hint of the alcohol. There is a long aftertaste that doesnt let you forget the nectar youre 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 dont 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. Ive 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.
05-02-2005 15:32:07 | More by bditty187
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.