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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

122 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 200
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002)
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Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of fartingdog
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of orfeu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of doubleipa
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of egajdzis
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ego
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!


eyes..
beautiful murk of orange body, straw yellow on the bottom, half a finger of fluffy white head that will be there forever, excellent...

nose...
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...

mouth...
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!

verdict:
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.

Photo of brewbacca
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of axisjones
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bditty187
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes…

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 can’t 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 can’t taste a hint of the alcohol. There is a long aftertaste that doesn’t let you forget the nectar you’re 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 don’t 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. I’ve 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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of crookedhalo
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of swamiswamu
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of aracauna
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 isn’t the beauty that was Gourmande, but it’s tasty.

Photo of counselor
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.