Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme
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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
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
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
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
The beer appears hazy and orange / yellow in color. The head is white and fizzy, stands in around half an inch thick, and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été. The beer emits a cornucopia of fruit scents, including oranges, pineapples, and pears. In addition to the fruit, the beer has a pleasant yeasty smell and flavor. This is a unique beer, and one I really enjoyed. The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence a non-issue. The beer carries with it a certain amount of fruity sweetness that makes this bottle best shared and enjoyed in small quantities.
02-12-2011 18:19:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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
3.48/5 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
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
Four or so year old bottle tasted on Memorial Day 2010
A: Rusty, murky amber body. Not too much in the way of particulate. One fingered off-white head. Good retention keeps the head around for a bit before forming a fine skim and a good ring. Spotty lacing.
S: Funky dark fruits and bright, sour citric notes. Lemons and grapefruit are the most notable citric notes. Musky with a nice farmhouse character. Pungent.
T: Lemons, grapefruit, some figs, lightly sour cherries, some misc. berries, earth tones, leather, barnyard funk, and lactic acid. There is a hell of a lot going on here, which is not all that unexpected from Dany. My only wish was the flavors were a tad bolder, but this might be the result of the age on this bottle mellowing things out.
M: Smooth bodied. Medium weight. Nice gentle carbonation, not flat, but certainly mellow. Nice tartness and funk. Good lingering finish.
D: Top notch, the flavors are a little on the stronger side of things, so Été is not as refreshing as the regular Fantôme but this is one delicious beer. Now to track more bottles down....
05-31-2010 18:04:59 | More by callmemickey
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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
07-24-2009 04:45:38 | More by Floydster
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Picked up a bottle of this in a random bottle shop in downtown Brussels - Fantôme doesn't appear to have very good distribution in northern Belgium. Served in a Stella Artois stange (it's the only thing we've got at the hotel here).
A - Three fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates very quickly to leave a ring of stray bubbles and a few splotches of lace. Hazed, semi-transparent golden straw/white peach color, with lots of visible tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Not particularly interesting looking.
S - I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cork. Tons of Belgian yeast, earthy spices, ripe lemons, wood, medicinal herbs, touches of horsey funk and wildness, and a bubble-gum malt backbone. The combination of flavors, depth and complexity is utterly ridiculous.
T - The taste is much milder, with some peppery spice, a bit of tart lemon and orange zest, a touch of funk, and a lot of sweet fruity malts with notes of apricot, peach, and banana. It's very nice, but not as eye-popping as the smell.
M - Light body, some residual dryness, a little carbonation tingle on the lip but somehow low carbonation (!?) while swallowing. Very refreshing and style-appropriate.
D - 8% ABV? Are you joking me? I initially misread the label and thought it said 5%, and didn't even think twice until I looked at the profile. Super refreshing with none of the typical impediments (booze, carbonation, aftertaste, etc.) I completely intend to drink all 750ml myself while doing some work this evening.
07-14-2009 18:45:51 | More by MasterSki
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
2007 vintage. Received via trade long ago.
Pretty pale an triple-looking. Several sizes of haze from fine to chunky litter the body. Big foam with large bubbles, like milkshake faom but less dense. Very unique and luring, and confidently proclaiming it's handcrafted and artistic heritage.
Flavor and aroma are twangy, funky, homegrown, and high-class, much like a wild expensive cheese. Notes of old books, aged cheddar, wild yeast, sour green apple, white wine, salty plum skin, oyster mushrooms, fresh tart lemonade, very old oak, beautiful oxidation, herbal medicinal bitterness, ah the list goes on. All so well crafted and balanced, crafted by a true artist. Just like a fine chef using fresh farmer's market ingredients.
Big mouthfeel in the scope of things, but perfectly suited for the beer. It's a bit thick and sticky but the puckering refreshment makes it very drinkable. Mild bottle conditioned carbonation adds just the right zing and carries the aroma perfectly without distracting from the old school flavors.
05-10-2009 06:23:34 | More by rayjay
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
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
09/09/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. Not sure of the bottling date. Was purchased in Feb '07 and the cork says 086/477044. Never have been able to figure out the Fantome dating system. Poured into my Fantome tulip.
Appearance- Starts out as a nice bright golden colored pour, ends up a bit on the amber side with the yeast poured in at the end. Nice frothy 1/2 inch sparkling white head. Leaves nice rings and patches of lace behind.
Smell- Smells very lemony, earthy, hay-like and a bit of funk after the cork is removed. The nose decreases a bit each time as it's consumed. Still a nice lemony nose remains for the duration.
Taste- Kinda like a hard lemonade flavor here. Mild funk, but not as much as the traditional Fantome saison. Some wheat, some dry grass and a slight sour note. Has a light sugary note as well. Small hop notes noted in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Crisp with a perfect carbonation level. Lighty foamy buildup after each swallow.
Drinkability- One of the better Fantome brews. They are all great, but this one is right up there with my favorites. Perfect summertime brew.
09-10-2008 16:50:57 | More by GClarkage
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a pale honey color with some haze and suspended particles. Nice golden glow to this one. Fairly thin head, but it sticks around as a thin ring for quite awhile. An aroma of minerals, red apple, pear, a touch of white pepper and some herbaceous and earthy notes, followed by a soft tang of Belgian yeast. Very slightly sweet smelling. The taste is fairly mild and smooth- more mild than many other Fantomes that I've had. A pleasant lemon flavor starts thing off followed by an herbal tinge and the barest hint of funk. Coriander and a very slight touch of pepper rounds it out. A slight sweetness undergirds the rest. Very smooth and a bit puckery in the mouth. Quite refreshing, but not overly complex.
09-08-2008 02:19:27 | More by Georgiabeer
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
A: snifter. pours a richly, opaque tawny color with a pale orange/beige head with great retention rate and wonderful lacing.
S: huge sour citrus aromas that really bite the nose. lactic acid and some serious grapefruit tones.
T: wonderful sour lemonade taste. small hints of lactic acid but the citrus sours are the major player here. absolutely delicious.
M: the best part of this beer is how crisp and refreshing it is . great carbonation level and very relaxing mouthfeel.
D: even at 8%, this is a very drinkable saison, and delicious at that.
08-25-2008 03:45:19 | More by paulthebeerguru
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
4.03/5 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
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-31-2007 23:53:02 | More by MiguelMandingo
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
12-30-2007 12:13:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-15-2007 01:44:24 | More by nickfl
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
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-23-2007 22:11:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.