Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme
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2.53/5 rDev -41.3%
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 dont 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.
11-29-2007 20:39:54 | More by Phyl21ca
2.78/5 rDev -35.5%
Hazy gold color with a steady stream of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A thick off-white head rises to about medium height and lasts a relatively short time before dissipating to a thin film on top of the beer that lasts for the remainder of the glass. The aroma of tart citrus and watermelon is mild in strength. An herby hop influence joins in later.
A strong sour lemon and mildly bitter herby hop initial taste dominates to the end. The bitterness intensifies at mid-taste and grows stronger until it matches the sour lemon peel by the end. A hint of nuts emerges late as it warms.The body was thin but with good carbonation. Heavy bias to hops.
The sourness was a bit too much for my taste. Overall the flavor was fairly one-dimensional and lacking depth.
07-23-2004 19:33:11 | More by dave750
3.3/5 rDev -23.4%
I've had a few Fantomes in the past and remember it not being one of my favorite producers, as I don't particularily care for the tartness. It's been a few years since my last, and as my palate has changed, might as well give it a shot. I have to say that if you like a very good beer with the tartness, Fantome is primo. If you like the tart/sour beers, this is a great example of a farmhouse saison and very true to the style.
Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thin head and good lacing. Smell is of citrus and wood. Taste is full barnyard - earthy, grassy and tart. The tartness hits up front, subsides then resumes on the finish. Excellent body, and a faint bit of alcohol warming afterwards.
Interesting to revist, but I like to limit my stay. One glass of this 750 is about my limit. A well done, quality beer - great for some people, but it's not really my cup of meat. Personally I'll probably wait a few years before I hit this brewer again.
10-07-2006 02:04:11 | More by fartingdog
3.33/5 rDev -22.7%
Hazy, dirty orange color. Large, creamy, off-white head. Good lacing, minimal legs.
Tart! Pepper, citrus - lemon. Touch of funk/horse blanket/wet leather. Something sweet surfaced as the temperature increased. Fruity, melon-like. Touch of cotton candy.
Quite TART. Very grassy. Lemon citrus as well. Not much of anything sweet in the taste, even with a good bit of warming. Alcohol very well hidden. For me, tartness hides anything else going on.
Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.
Seemed like another big Brett. This wasn't bad, but didn't do a lot for me. I've enjoyed other Fantomes and saisons more. The tartness seemed to overpower anything else going on.
10-08-2007 14:29:46 | More by
3.48/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
10-04-2010 08:36:35 | More by tai4ji2x
3.63/5 rDev -15.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey-gold body with an oily, bubbly white head.
Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of honey, tart lemons, peach juice, and oh-so funky bleu cheese crumbles.
Taste: Malted wheat flavor that's defintely bready, though yields little sweetness. The tart, citrusy lemon and juicy peach flavors are much more pronounced in the taste. Oh, and yes, that cheesey character is still there. Finishes dry with a lingering lemony aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Who knew you could ever cram this much character and creativity into not just one, but many saisons.
09-13-2007 18:53:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
11-07-2010 19:52:23 | More by TurdFurgison
3.88/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-12-2008 23:14:38 | More by beerthulhu
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Glowing hazy amber body with a small-for-Fantome white head. The aroma is highly fruity with lots of orange and even a little lime (especially in the slightly lime bitter-salty finish.) The beer is lightly tart which makes it a very refreshing beer. I really do love Fantome. This isnt the beauty that was Gourmande, but its tasty.
12-07-2004 23:42:52 | More by aracauna
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
02-17-2011 21:47:48 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-11-2003 15:04:19 | More by Jason
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-10-2012 04:39:05 | More by DovaliHops
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
A reddish color with a thin head and some waves of yeast.
Smell is full of red fruit, cherries and raspberries. There a such a lot of flavors going on it is hard to describe. I get fresh mowed grass, wood and spices like lemongrass. Also a big flowery smell like orchids or chrystanenium.
Taste is tart, the yeast provides an array of tastes with strong fruits, spices, lemongrass and flowers like horseflowers. A light medicinal taste also coming from the spices I think. A medium bitterness. Aftertaste is spicy with fresh ground black pepper taste, that also burns the tongue. A beer that grows on you with every sip.
02-10-2008 11:39:39 | More by Absumaster
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Sampled from the a tall green bottle (750ml) of the 2004 Ete.
Beer pours into a Fantome tulip glass a hazy glowing gold orange with a low almost non existant head.
Aroma is deeply full of honey and flowers and the aroma of a orange cream popsicles.
Flavor is apples and peaches with a long sweet finish with an aggressive CO2 induced cinnamon spice finish.
08-11-2004 08:00:13 | More by drewbage
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-13-2008 22:24:41 | More by philipquarles
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-14-2007 01:56:58 | More by peabody
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-09-2012 03:45:38 | More by zhanson88
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-02-2006 05:43:16 | More by ElGordo
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-04-2004 18:32:15 | More by silenius
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Fantome Saison D'Erezee - Ete pours an orange color with a white head from a green one pint and nine point four ounce bottle. There are citrus like aromas as well as just some plain old funk. There is a touch of sourness at first, some citrus and spice and then there is some funk. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. To quote P-funk, gotta have some funk. Recommended.
07-20-2007 00:18:37 | More by Drew966
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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