Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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94
outstanding

95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 150
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 195
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 150
Photo of drewbage
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (366 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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). (812 characters)

Photo of dave750
2.81/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (781 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (928 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!
Silly me!
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.
Sublime.
Must return to this again, before the summertime leaves us, and maybe in the fall, to remember it by! (1,451 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (274 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (810 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,546 characters)

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

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. (728 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dull copper appearance. Frothy and airy eggshell colored head of medium size. Retention is better than adequate. Lacing is quite full. Beautiful nose of bubblegum esters, grass, cider, must, yeast and freshly soaked forest. The flavors are splendid. A subtle cidery, acetic acid presence mingles with bread tones and fruit tones galore. Bubblegum and pear. Just a little tartness. Damn, this one is good. The mouthfeel is lively and inviting. Body checks in around medium. This could very well be my favorite Biere de Garde to date. (534 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was another wonderful brew from Fantome. This stuff is a dark orangey colour with blonde/golden highlights. It looks like a saision watered down with a wit beer. The aromas are tart, funky, and reminiscent of a crazy saision hanging out with a kick ass berliner weisse beer. The taste is similar to the aromas...tart and funky with some definate sourness on the back of the tongue. The malts and hops are in there, but this brew is all about the spices, tartness, and sour finish. The sourness and tartness become almost unnoticeable half way through the bottle and you are left drinking a near-perfect blend of a saision and a wit, IMO. The mouthfeel is creamy and astrigent at the same time, which gives this brew excellent drinkability. Another Fantome that you must seek out, buy, and cherish! World-class! (815 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a suprise to see this at the CTRiver Brewing festival. The beer was a dark golden color. It had a huge head. The aroma is hard to describe, as it is very complex, but wonderful. There is also a complexness to the taste. There are fruits (but not really sweet, more tart) and caramel, some subtle hops. Another great experience from them! (342 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bubbly lace stays from an active carbonation, amber brown in colour that has a cloudy murky look to it.

Smell: Dirty earth aroma; musty basement and tree bark. Hints of odd fruit and malted grain are there but the earthy smell is strong.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, herbal oily hop up front. Harsh medicinal phenolic bite with hench-flavours showing additions of herbs and spices very few can be picked out other than some liquorice … rosemary? Mildly tart. Bitter and dry finish with lingering phenols.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp with a slight viscous mouth feel that feigns a body bigger than it actually is.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer does not surprise me from Fantome … always pushing the envelope and always original. Just a big ass farmhouse style ale. (795 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark orange with HUGE head that colapses into a firm, messy layering. Steady carbonation. Yeast sediment is black(!). Spicy, white pepper aroma. Saisons can take many forms, this one takes the form of a lambic. It's tartness is barely complimented by a mild sweetness up front. In the middle is herbs and spices that I've probably never heard of let alone tasted, but the pepper came back, I know that one. And I hate using the terms barnyard and/or horseblanket because I don't live on a farm and never have, but they're there. Finished dusty dry and quick, begging you to pour another glass. Addictive.

Give this to an unsuspecting guest and ask them what it is. They won't say beer. (707 characters)

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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