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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - ÉtéFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%

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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002)
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Photo of philipquarles


4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:24:41 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Absumaster


4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 11:39:39 | More by Absumaster
Photo of MiguelMandingo


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. Fantome has never let me down.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It produced a foamy 1 finger head, which is pretty minimal in comparison to their other offerings. The beer has a golden orange color, and is completely transparent. It has far less sediment and floaties suspended in the brew than other offerings by Fantome. It has a constant stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface of the glass.

Smell - This beer smells delicious - extremely complex. There is a lot going on here. There are lots of fruit scents in this beer, but the ones that really jump out are sour cherry, and green apple - it smells really tart. The sour cherry dominates the scent. There is a slight citrus scent as well, along the lines of lemon. There is a very musty, earthy, horse blanket scent that lies underneath - very funky.

Taste - Again, this is very complex. Although the sour cherry dominated the scent, it is the sour green apple that dominates the flavor. It is very funky and earthy behind the apple flavor. The flavor is rounded out by floral hops - I believe it is the same type that is used in Duvel. A friend with whom I was sharing this with described this beer as "a sour-flavored Duvel", and I would have to agree with his interpretation.

Mouthfeel - It is very smooth feeling, very velvety. It is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation level is nearly perfect - effervescent without detracting from the overall feel.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. All of the offerings I have sampled from Fantome have been nothing short of amazing - each beer is an experience. It was extremely easy drinking - to the point where I had to stop myself from finishing it too quickly. The flavor and scent where incredible.

Search this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:53:02 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a minimal white head. Nose is yeasty, ctiric, and sweet. Also seems to be a chalky edge to it as well. Flavor is sweet and smooth. Actually a bit sweeter than I had been expecting. I wonder what some age on this thing would do to that sweet. There also seems to be a strong orange flavor on the profile. Feel is a little bit thinner than I would expect. I can't say it's watery, but it doesn't have the "bubble" that others do. Very drinkable. This baby is smooth, even, and flavorful. I am moving out of town in a few weeks and I hope to be able to find this again in NYC. Damn good!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 12:13:06 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 20:39:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25oz. bottle.

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 14:29:46 | More by
Photo of brdc


4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:20:40 | More by brdc
Photo of nickfl


4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color and a large white head with good retention. Pretty decent clarity, I can almost read through it (I did have to be careful pouring the second glass though as some yeast from the bottom of the bottle was starting to cloud the beer).

S - Strong sour aroma with a good, hoppy backbone and floral notes; especially lavender. There is also a good bit of barnyard funkiness in this one.

T - Musty, earthy funk up front followed by a nice, assertive sourness. I get some hop flavor and a moderate level of bitterness that fades and then returns at the very end of a long finish and possibly some black pepper notes. The overall impression is of a very dry, vinous beer that is reminicent of a dry champagne.

M - Quite dry and sour, but it doesn't scrape the palate and finishes very smoothly. Moderately high level of carbonation.

D - At first I thought that this beer was a bit too wine-like for me, but after about half a glass it really began to grow on me. I had it with a meal of french bread, good brie, apples, and cream cheese topped with organic fig spread, and man did it work well. The funkiness of the beer helped to keep the flavors of the food alive and fresh and the tartness worked well with the fruit. Fantome is a brewery I regard more highly each time I try one of their beers and this beer was no exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 01:44:24 | More by nickfl
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 18:53:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly yeast-flecked tangerine orange with lemon peel trim along the bottom of the glass. The huge crown of soft, sticky, lemon chiffon colored foam is all kinds of gorgeous. I'm not the least bit surprised given the brewer who created it. Ete looks like the beer equivalent of a perfect summer day.

The nose is as mysterious and as wonderfully mouthwatering as I've come to expect from Brasserie Fantome. I have no idea what the hell goes into these saisons, I just know they smell and taste like a dream. This one contains the usual spicy funk (or funky spice), with a lighter vibe than usual. It's certainly lighter than Automne and Hiver. Lemon? Cedar? White pepper?

I love and appreciate the fact that anyone who is paying attention could easily identify the Fantome saison season in question simply by drinking a few mouthfuls. The flavor profile here is nothing if not summer-like. The usual sour acidity is present, mixed with a bracing shot of shaved lemon and orange zest, gentle farmhouse funk and a potpourri of warm, peppery spices that I couldn't identify in a million years.

Like most Fantome beer, this one has a prominent woodiness that tastes cedary to me. If anything is, that has always struck me as a unifying feature of this brewery's beer. Also, like most Fantome beer, the brilliance of any given ale isn't completely revealed until one gets into the middle portion of the '750'. Whether it's getting used to the strangeness or warming, I couldn't say.

This ghostly ale is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze on a scorching day. A day like today, in fact. I have no idea what sort of black magic goes into completely burying an 8.0% ABV without a trace. The mouthfeel could be a fraction more creamy and more mouthfilling, but it's pretty damn good as is.

Saison D'Erezee doesn't match the brilliance of Fantome Saison, but it's my co-favorite (along with Hiver) of the 'Four Seasons' saisons. It's light and fruity and tart and spicy and funky and... well, it's just phenomenal beer. Too bad summer, and Ete, has to come to an end.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 22:11:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 00:18:37 | More by Drew966
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sexy and cloudy peach juice color with lots of sediment at the bottom the glass. Head is small but present, just a smidge of off white color.

S: Pellegrino, lemon juice, bing cherries, jasmine, honeysuckle

T: First sensation is lime on tip of tongue. Next comes a dabble of grapefruit, peach, tangerine, creamsickle and honey,. There’s a peat smokiness in there which lingers for a good while. Limestone basic flavor adds good contrast against the sour flavors. Delicate wet blanket, minor grass clippings and some dry hay give it that trademark saison flavor. Finishes very tangy as citric acid spritzes across the palate brining with it slight vanilla tones.

M: Medium with a nice viscosity to it.

D: I like this saison. Its missing (what I dislike in most saisons) the over the top farmhouse flavors that make most saisons common tasting. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 16:51:19 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of peabody


4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 01:56:58 | More by peabody
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy tangerine with a fluffy white head and soapy lacing. Nose is tart and citrusy (lemon and lime). Taste- nicely tart and sour - quite dry (reminiscent of a good white wine). There is also some underlying woodiness and spice. Given the age of this bottle-, hops are still noticeable as well which is a treat. Cabonation is medium to high, and the alcohol is not noticable at all. A dangerous quaffing brew if there ever was one. I gulped down and bottle in no time and wanted more! I am really starting to enjoy this style of beer. Too bad saisons of any type are unavailble in my parts. Overall this is an exceptionally refreshing well done beer. First Fantome and hopefully not the last.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 20:36:15 | More by oakbluff
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold in colour with strong carbonation and a bit of haze. Aromas of sour apple, lemon rind, cut grass, funk , mild spice, light malt, and a bit of wet wood. Amazing compexity in the mouth with notes of wild flowers, pear, earth, honeycomb, slightly sweet (Maris Otter like) base malt, and more sour apple. The mouthfeel is quite dry, but not so much that the beer feels thin. Very refreshing for an 8% beer. I really can't get enough of these Fantôme beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:22:59 | More by fisherman34
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared with fisherman34, very thankful to be able to try this out. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pour reveals a light orange coloured brew with a light haze. 1/2 inch of head erupts and retains well, leaves lots of lacing. Carbonation is medium-high. Aromas are of funky yeast, grass, spices, tart granny smith apples, unripened apricots.

Taste is full of cheesy funkiness, summery fruits, some apricot, peach, and nectarine flavours, granny smith apple tartness. Flavour is surprisingly malty with a bit of a light caramel sweetness in the background. Nice complexity and lovely to roll around the palate. Dry in the mouth, a bit of puckering tartness with a hefty amount of carbonation, sticky in the throat. This is a boozy saison, but very drinkable, and the 8% is hidden well. Dangerously delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 17:07:14 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of kgotcher


4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 03:43:28 | More by kgotcher
Photo of BlindPig


4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 03:27:48 | More by BlindPig
Photo of bennetj17


4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, sun colored orange. Thin head, carbonation seems a bit low. Bright floral and citrus aroma with lots of lemon and orange peel spice. More citrus notes in the taste, a nice mix of sweet and sour flavors, with a light bitter finish. Some earthy, coriander spice adds to the complexity also. Alcohol is not noticible. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, but not thin. I enjoyed this bottle of Ete, but it was a fresh bottle, perhaps some aging might make it even better. Good thing I have another...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 18:08:15 | More by bennetj17
Photo of TastyTaste


4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml green glass bottle.

Appearance: Pours with an out-of-control head, slow fade, thick and ragged lace left behind. Body is a translucent orange-brown color, some sediment.

Smell: Unbelievably sour and citric in the nose, very pungent and fruity. Oranges and a slight flowry scent round it out.

Taste: More bitter than I expected, much of the flavor is orange rind and hops. Sour and sweet, the flavor is dry towards the end. I could see this being a fantastic hot weather beer, as the orange flavor would work perfect. Very good, overall.

Drinkablity: The body is smooth, yet full, almost like a glass of orange juice. These Fantome Saisons are interesting, and definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 19:16:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of fartingdog


3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 02:04:11 | More by fartingdog
Photo of ElGordo


4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 05:43:16 | More by ElGordo
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally opened up this discounted bottle I've been sitting on since last September. Summer Solstice is today, and this seems an entirely appropriate choice for liberation from the cellar. No clue as to the age, but probably about a year or two old. After a startling pop of the cork, this pours a deep orange with very little carbonation and thousands of suspended particulates under a frothy, peach-tinged white head. Tightly packed, uniform sheets of lacing shroud the inside of the glass. Aromas are primarily fruity, with Granny Smith apples, strawberries, dried apricots; some spicy and grassy notes appear as well. The taste is also initially sweet and fruity, with pineapples and some funky phenols predominating. Midway and through the finish it becomes more herbal tasting, almost vegetal with a wisp of mineral at the very end. Very little "barnyard" in this one. I tried another bottle last fall, and it was much more farmy. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than expected/remembered, but smooth and refreshing all the same. A bit dry at the end, almost a gesture toward a lambic pucker, but still a far cry from that. My favorite of the "Four seasons" saisons Fantome makes, and I'll make sure to pick this up again -- especially if I can find it for $8/bottle again!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 23:09:07 | More by orfeu
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had many bottles of this, but I just got around to reviewing this outstanding brew. While some saisons can be all over the spectrum, the ete is one of my favorites (Saison Dupont being the other). Lots of hearbs/grass and a little bit of yeast aroma. Also some lemon. Couldn't get much of a head going. What little head there was is off-white and fully diminishes. Moderately sweet throughout. Taste is exactly like what I expect from a top-of-the-line saison. God I love saisons; good in winter or summer. I would like to do a comparison tasting with htis up against Saison Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 17:02:23 | More by doubleipa
Photo of paterlodie


4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 17:12:43 | More by paterlodie
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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