Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme
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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
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-06-2007 20:36:15 | More by oakbluff
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-21-2007 23:22:59 | More by fisherman34
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-21-2007 17:07:14 | More by trevorwideman
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
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
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
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...
10-14-2006 18:08:15 | More by bennetj17
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
10-11-2006 19:16:47 | More by TastyTaste
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
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
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
06-21-2006 23:09:07 | More by orfeu
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-09-2006 17:02:23 | More by doubleipa
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
4.78/5 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
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
draft 10oz pour at moan and dove 11/16
woody amber appearance, clear with little to no head. slight haze in the center of the chouffe teardrop. aroma blossoms beautifully with must and well-oiled baseball glove. mark took a sniff and smelled walnut skin.. abandons the fresh, hoppy, grassy funk of fantome saison for more of an antiquey, damp basement, wet groundfallen leaves thing. summer seasonal that looks and smells and breathes autumn. taste is light for 8% with big port flavors and sweet liquor-marinated cherries all the while maintaining crisp, cool, silky and airy mouthfeel. the finish brings out some bacterial tartness, an unexpected and oddly balancing trait. surely one of the better fantome beers and a nice change of pace from the lighter saison styles. could have had two more.
11-17-2005 14:12:07 | More by goodbyeohio
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a light orange color with a large head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is exactly what I was expecting - sweetness, citrus, musty, funky - all around goodness. The flavor has slight sweetness, citrus, funkiness, mustiness, all the goodness. The mouthfeel is moderate, but right on for what it should be. The drinkability is very good. Great brew.
11-09-2005 13:56:26 | More by clvand0
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a nice hazy peachy folor with a finger of head that sits nicely atop the brew. Nose is really balanced barnyard mustyness and lemony. Slight sweet citrus character as well. Beautiful nose. Flavor is very nice. Mellow, not strong at all. Light mustyness, very mild tartness. Balanced to the max. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Very small grainey quality on the aftertaste. Incredibly drinkable brew. A beer to savor.
10-29-2005 03:11:08 | More by kmpitz2
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a medium sized egg-shell white colored head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, vanilla, spices, lemon, brett, and hay. Taste of sour lemons, citrus, herbal notes, bretty yeast, and a light alcohol finish. Great balance between sweet and sour. A nice, funky, tart saison, I like it!
08-09-2005 12:14:36 | More by egajdzis
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Appears a beautiful orange color, slightly dark amber with a huge foamy head riding on top. Smells of cut grass, dusty rags and a slightly sweet and sour granny smith apple fruitiness. The funkiness doesn't come through in the taste though, but instead is a nice mellow and sweet fruityness, once again reminiscent of apple skin. Black pepper taste as well, and there is a slight bitterness in the grassy finish. Also loaded with those secret Fantome signature spices which I can't possibly pretend to identify. Excellent use of hops and malts, as they are both very subtle, yet this beer is full of flavor. Can't get enough of the airy, yet somehow medium bodied mouthfeel that this beer has to offer. So easy to drink as well on this summer evening. I don't know how he gets these relatively "light" and spritey beers at %8 alcohol without affecting the flavor, but it's a miracle. Maybe not as complex as some of their other killer beers, but this one still holds it's own as a more traditional saison, though still standing apart from the crowd in true Fantome fasion.
08-09-2005 00:46:54 | More by twelvsies
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
no freshness date... $9.99 @ Buy Rite, Edison NJ (they have a bunch)
the cork smells like skunked chardonnay, foam is trying to escape out of the top, better pour this already!
beautiful murk of orange body, straw yellow on the bottom, half a finger of fluffy white head that will be there forever, excellent...
belgian trappist funk with a geuze-ish characteristic, grass, bread, honey, rotten citrus, some dark fruits buried in the back end.. and do I detect something like.. cinnamon ? again.. excellent...
8% ? are you kidding.. this is almost as smooth as apple juice with a tart finish... it is part dry, part still wet on the pallette after a sip! the carbonation fools you on the body which is actually quite light. is there some straight forward hop flavor in there ? in one sip I think "geuze" ..another I think "pale ale"... and another "belgian farm"... but all are subued here and not as distinct as those styles. incredibly drinkable!
great beer, worth picking up no doubt.. very easy to drink and yet interesting to try and breakdown all that is going on here. this beer isnt harsh in any aspect imo.
07-20-2005 02:37:45 | More by Ego
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
4.72/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy golden orange with a white frothy head which fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was earthy with light fruitiness. The brett was barely noticeable but distinctly present. Within the earthy aroma was a light citrus fruitiness. Belgian farmhouse aromas were light yet present.
The flavor was slightly sour, but not overly acidic with a very light spiciness and a distinct lemon citrus note which grew on the palate. The flavor also contained a good bittering presence which took the balance toward dry and hops.
The finish was dry, almost bone dry. The citrus flavor lasted with light spiciness into the aftertaste. The body was medium but seemed less due to the carbonation level.
750 ml corked and capped bottle. No freshness dating, yellow and black label with été as the only verbiage. At first sniff I was going to write this one off for MIA complexity, but the flavoring was such that while still not overly complex, instantly likeable and the dryness commands one to take another sip or finish off the bottle, or both.
06-12-2005 22:30:50 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
4.55/5 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.