Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme
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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
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Hazy peach with an inch high egg shell colored top of dense foam. The cap delicately fades off leaving a light skim and a fluffly firm collar. Lacing is whispy in a broken sheeting.
Aroma has a nice soft lambic tone to it serving up yeasty sourness and feathers a twangy acidic tanged push over very light and dry breads. Notes of some barnyard funk and ripe white sharp cheese adds some extra interest.
Taste is bold and snappy in the front, quick little jump of super tame peachy/pearness mixed with some of the yeasty tartness. Never brash or harsh though. Very smooth and delicate yet grabbing and centered up front. Fades off just before the half way point with a very nice melllowing easy fluff of tangy fresh bread. Finishes long with light drying tones with tiny bumps of acidic notes that touch metallic tinges and citrus pith scraps. Very airy and smoothly fluffed the majority of its character. The dryness and its crescendo towards the finish is amazingly delicate and leaves just the slightest reminents left of sour stuff along the way along with even slighter herbs and grasses.
Feel is pretty darn close to full, maybe medium-full with a lean towards the full. Has a light and fluffy carbonation, and again, its delicate nature and finely rendered smoothness is really nice on the palate. Really nice. Lightly bready in all the right areas and the sour/tart stuff is always within check, big time in check. Its never out of control and what's there is just right for the style.
A fine, fine treat. Delicate and tasty. Smooth and airy. It has its own presense - like a spirit or ghost.
Eluding to the name sake...
04-28-2005 02:33:16 | More by tavernjef
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a hazed peach color with a huge lasting off-white head into the Fantôme tulip-shaped glass. Intricate lacing. Subtle farmhouse funk with healthy doses of pale malts and a touch of spelt. Light honey and floral undertones. Very enticing. A bit sweet and malty, with light spicing showing up nearer the finish. Lightly hoppy and astringent, and altogether fruity. Spritzy mouthfeel, consistent with a saison. This is one saison you'll be happy to revisit over and over.
04-24-2005 18:21:07 | More by crookedhalo
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Lightish, cloudy orange in color, with a moderately sized off-white head. Really just perfect looking. Nose is spicy, with slightly sugary fruit and a noticeable yeasty funk character. Fruit comes out strong in the flavor as well -- a bit pearlike. This starts off tart and fairly sharp, but mellows and sweetens a bit as the beer warms. Finishes with something of an oily hop presence, and merges imperceptibly into a kind of funky canvas bag aftertaste. Quite dry in the finish, bringing out yet another way in which this style-defying beer flirts with lambicity. But I've never been big on pigeonholing. Fact is, it's yummy and drinkable as hell.
04-14-2005 02:41:58 | More by mzwolinski
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
This is a orange colored pale beer with a large fluffy white head that remians throughout the beer. Aromas of fresh grass, lemon, apple, pears and peach. The beer had a crisp mouthfeel, clean noble hop profile, refreshing, fresh lemon twist-like. I would never have thought this was an 8.0 abv beer, it is so summer perfect. There was a very mild yeast profile, fresh cut hay and barn like, as opposed to the horse hair barn taste. I am glad I didn't find this in the summer, or I would have either blown my whole beer budget or been pissed that I couldn't get enough to satiate myself and share with my friends.
When you find this, get it.
12-04-2004 02:21:40 | More by counselor
4.18/5 rDev -3%
Huge fluffy head with a curious orange tinge over clear golden amber. Specks and spots and lacy trails on the sides. Brisk citrus aroma all the way down the glass.
Tingling tiny effervescent bubbles. Very tart. Lingering resin with emerging juiciness on top of the mouth. I keep thinking about biting into orange slices, or peeling a juicy orange with the zest squirting citrus oil all over your hands.
11-08-2004 00:50:58 | More by gentlebubbles
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
4.88/5 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
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
<i> Thanks to tiggmtl for bringing this to our tasting with MartinT, Oakes and Kimchee. </i> Appearance proposes a cloudy amber body with the almost typical Fantôme head, gigantic in size, off-white, mountainous, rocky with superb lacing. Yeast particules are everywhere. Aroma is very candyish, like sweet flowers, estery and eAstery, extremely yeasty as well. Lots of nuances in there, but flavor balance is mostly on the sweet side. Hints of powder sugar, vanilla, juniper, cherries, citrus... Taste surprises by its moderate sourness, sour grapes or cherries. Lots of fruity suggestions (myrtle, cranberry). Very spicy (ginger and many others hard to identify). Unexplicable barnyardy flavors gently complement this weird, funky fruitiness. Adorable as expected with just a slice of dry bitterness cutting through toward the end, but the acidity already had the harsh balancing task in hands. Great mouthfeel, highly carbonated, fluffy, airy.
09-20-2004 02:56:38 | More by Rastacouere
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Simply a great drink. Traditional spices bottle conditioned in the winter and wait till the summer. Pleasantly decent aroma, somewhat grassy. Starts moderately sour and ends sweet aftertaste. After exploding the cork and pouring the large head, wait 15 minutes or so for the experience and it is less sour. great yeast, apple, grassy, citrus, orange peal, coriander, tad cider but not overt, peach apricot bannana, lemon marmelade. WIll have again.
09-19-2004 03:14:38 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
Moderately aromatic, with notes of butter toffee, grass, fantome funk and various passion fruits.
The first Fantome I have experienced that had a fairly high level of tartness. Notes of decaying apple core, dried light fruits (banana especially), green apple, tree branches, pear, herbal hops and various spices. If I would have sampled this blind, I would have still known that it was a Fantome beer. Fantome is so distinct. Stunning.
09-13-2004 22:31:40 | More by Crosling
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
This beer pours a clear copper-amber color. It is fairly well carbonated, which generates a prodigious light tan head. This has the characteristically spicy, musty Fantôme nose with a bit of sourness. It also has aromatic notes of crushed crackers, biscuits and a bit of fruitiness. This beer is well carbonated as it causes a prickling sensation as it crosses my tongue. There is a nice dry malty finish of biscuits and toasted malt; it is unusually malty for a Fantôme. There are some fruity notes of orange and plum subtly here as well. There are also lots of subtle spice notes here. It is a good mix of spices (many from the yeast) that are not quite perceptible enough to pick out. Perhaps there are notes of ginger, orange peel, chamomile, clove and cinnamon. As the beer warms up the fruity notes come to the fore, with plum, pear, and apple being dominant. This is just a really enjoyable beer, another home run by Dany.
08-30-2004 18:45:21 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Cloudy and hazy glowing orange in color, huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity citrus and yeasty aromas. Tart fruity, spicy flavor. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, finishes sour.
08-23-2004 15:55:37 | More by maxpower
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
4.7/5 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
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
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Orange/amber with a perfectly solid puck of cream-colored pearlessence on top.
The nose is of thoroughly macerated, partially digested, whole limes, lemons and cinnamon.
On the palate it moves steadily and massively to deliver sweet nougat flavors as well as those of cream, pine cones, apple cider and calvados. Despite its richness there is a firm, bitter conclusion that can be compared to concrete and raw oak.
I recommend abusing this beer a bit - drink it warm, squish it between your teeth. There is nothing you can do to upset the deep, giving core of flavor.
I don't know how many authentic Saison's I've tasted, but it is a style that is rarely at hand. It would be easy to compare this with a "Flanders Golden Ale" such as St. Sylestre's 3-Monts - only it is certainly darker and spicier. Or it might beg comparisons to particularly rustic, wild-yeast influenced Dubbels such as Duinen - only it is creamier.
07-12-2004 21:15:59 | More by putnam
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
4.55/5 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%
It does not look like much. It is a cloudy dark orange. The aroma has a strong lemon zest smell. It is medium bodied with a lot of citrus in the taste (lemon). It finishes bitter and with a slight tart dryness. This is an amazing funky, refreshing beer that is a real treat.
03-08-2004 14:55:01 | More by ark57
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
4.88/5 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
4.1/5 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
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.