Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
53
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.28%
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of One4thRoad
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy brownish-red color with two fingers of head. There's a touch of lacing. The smell is sweet and spicy at the same time. There's lots of honey, oranges, and ginger. The taste is sweet at first, with lots of maltiness and some ripe melon. The finish is tart and spicy with some cinnamon present, very nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel is incredible for a saison. The drinkability is deadly. There's no way this beer is 8%, I don't believe it! A big shout out to Chris for bringing this one to the table.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cloudy chestnut brown with a thick tan head that rose up in the tuliped goblet. Aroma was outstanding. Extremely complex; I picked up earthiness, wood, strawberry, musty hops, esters from spices that Fantome strives to keep secret, very fruity aroma. I'd venture to compare to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Malty and tart, phenolic and well-balanced. Yeasty and spicy, maltiness with a fruity backup. Cocoa in there as well. Mouthfeel is rich and almost chalky, well-balanced with a dry finish. I'm blown away... this is one of the best beers I've had recently. Need I say it's drinkable?

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Photo of clvand0
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light to medium cloudy brown color with a medium head and decent retention and it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice: slight funkiness, oranges, sweetness, spices. The flavor was much the same. Quite a bit of the spices in this one. Good malt profile and very tasty. This one has the best mouthfeel on a saison that I've had. Very nice. Drinkability is wonderful for the alcohol level.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always an adventure for the taste buds. The pour brings a vibrant rust-colored hue, lightened with blonde streaks and modestly carbonated. Head retention was slight, but withstanding. Bold aromas of citrus fruit sweetness and tartness with an equally bold earthy, musty scents. Flavors bring an alternating citrus sweetness with a lemony sourness and acidity. The fruits cover the over-rippened gamut, from oranges and limes to pears and appricots. Neither the sweetness, nor the tartness overwhelm, rather moderate eachother nicely. No real astringency or unnecessary bite. Well matured and formulated. Simply a great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Moinette goblet, received a big creamy head that retained well and sizzled on the surface. Dirty golden-yellow vibrancy to the color (with the occasional tiny floater), which seems to be add odds with most reviewers' reports of caramel/brown/amber colorings. I see none of that, but this is indeed the Automne label, exactly like the pictured bottle. [I bought this in Brugge, Belgium, but interestingly the label appears to have fallen off at some point, and was taped on with scotch tape. This is how I purchased the bottle. Perhaps the label was put on the wrong bottle?]

The smell comes off this one strongly. It was beckoning from over a foot away from my nose. Closer inspection brings yeast, spearmint, tarragon, sour apple and anise. One of the most unique aromas I've ever smelled in a beer.

Flavors bring out the tarragon and anise, some grassy sourness, with a very light mint spice further back. Bitterness is prominent, and mingles nicely with the earthiness of the yeast. Finishes dry, with a creamy and only mildly-carbonated body delivering the goods.

Utterly unique, as is expected from Fantome, and even delicious. Left-of-center enough where you may not be compelled to drink it every day (if only it was available enough to do so!), but really no problem getting this large bottle down. It drinks slowly, smoothly and patiently...a bottle you can savor for well over an hour.

[EDIT: The taped-on label is really bothering me now, after reading all the other reviewers' reports of a darker color...but I bought this as the reputable Bier Temple, so I assume, until I try another bottle, that this is the Automne. Curious...]

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Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This is a murky brown liquid with a small, whispy head of tan foam. Aromas are instantly fantome. Funky, wild yeasts, spicy, herbal hops, big beautiful spices, and more. There is a nice bready malt backbone, but this beer is all about the herbal spiciness of the hops. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and nearly chewy and the drinkability is excellent. Another Fantome classic!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Fantome "wine bottle", capped over the cork. I bought this several months ago from Cloverleaf in Detroit, probably around $10.

The beer is dark copper red with lots of foam and lacing on the glass. The smell is so good, resinous and grassy, kind of funky and woody. The flavor is sweet upfront, possibly some apples and almonds in the middle, and sourly bitter in the back. The bitingly bitter after-taste is all that keep's me from drinking too quickly, knocking the drinkability down a point. Really this is nice in spite of the after-taste, and probably it was intended even if I don't appreciate it. Overall a very good beer from a unique craft brewer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber golden (tea colored) with a barely off-white head which rose very tall and fell very slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was low with some earthy hop presence most notably. The aroma contained a light citrus note and a slight chocolate presence in the background.

The flavor was crisp and bitter with earthy hop presence and farmhouse spice flavors. The bittering contained a powerful earthy presence and a slight citrus complement or lemon and perhaps lime. Also present was a very, very slight chocolate that existed just after the hop flavor and before the finish.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrusy flavor with a very slight chocolate into the aftertaste with a hint of spice. The body was medium with a nice level of carbonation that made it seem just a bit less. This beer had the drinkability of a champion and with a smidge more complexity, especially in aroma, would have been a contender. Doesn't matter, this beer was a Fantome, if this one doesn't suit, try another!

750 ml corked and capped bottle. No freshness dating.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not too sure as to the age of this beer, but it does have one of the older Fantôme corks, so it is over a year in age at the least. The beer itself pours a hazy orange-straw color. It is well carbonated and supports a white head The aroma is sour, fruity (melon, pear, and apple), musty, dusty, and also has some aromas of ripe cheese. The taste is dusty, though only lightly sour, and bone dry, which mellows the fruitiness that was sensed in the nose. There are still some sour melon note in the taste though. This is typically Fantôme in its light refreshing character and funkiness. This is very enjoyable and I really wonder how old this is, it could be a couple of years but it is certainly not showing its age.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0.

This brew pours a hazy tea color with a finger of head that falls to generously coat the beer. Not quite what I was expecting. A little dark. The nose is musty, like a wet basement, with lemoney zest and some spicey notes playing around in the background. The flavor is nice as well. Zesty and earthy lemon, spicy. Very interesting and tasty. The musty flavor holds on in the finish. The feel is very good, on the high end of moderate wtih a moderate bubble. Very crisp and refreshing. Drnkability is very good. The alcohol is nowhere at all in this beer. The flavors meld very well. A highly quenching beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Particularly harvest-y in look; conjuring up images of pumpkins, gourds, et al. Captive head, 1”, and sturdy, crazy cling.

Nose is awash in conventional Fantome craziness; pepe le pew, barn funk, wild grasses, rose-hips. Strong and zing-y. Not necessarily what I’d imagine as a fall beer, but enticing nonetheless.

Taste is a zippy saison above a sturdy brown-ale malt character, with the saison images winning the final race. Drying end actually grows puckery and addictive. Delectable sweetness fades in and out. Perfect autumn beer.

I adore this beer, its zippy palate is amazing and one 750 disappears quickly.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This saison beer with spices has been in my 50F fridge about a year, and was bought from belgium.

head is a nice 20% for this orange-brownish beer. odor is spicy and peppery (surprise) and in a way reminds me more of food than beer.

Taste is complex, spices (peppery) and a very distinct saison character vying for dominance. I think the spices really augment the beer character. The 8% is invisible.

the aftertaste starts moderately spiced and after a few minutes, spices are all I taste.

This is an absolutely fabulous beer from this very competent brewery. A must-try. These folks know their stuff!

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, saddle leather brown with an amber edge. Cottony, dirty honey cream head that laces well. Smells of fresh grass and mown hay. Light toasted caramel notes. Rusty barn door hinge; faint tart funk and some cob webs for good measure. Complex aroma and good, but not overly aromatic. Taste is lightly toasted caramel-wheat tang. Grass, lemon-grass. Pepper notes. A little fruit (plums?). Acidic tartness escalates to a dry, bitterish finish. Maybe some yeast in there. Medium-bodied, sparkling mouthfeel with a hint of minerals. Me gusta.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Stellar brew. Full. Tart. Very unique. Always fun to have a beer that tastes like nothing else you've ever tasted.

Sort of a tan golden brown, made mostly opaque by the suspended yeast, which i was careful to pour into the glass for the full effect. Fairly light while very complex. Didn't taste the alcohol at all. Perfect for a hot summer evening.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Fantome Automne pours out a murky orange brown color with a small head. The aroma is fruit and yeast, a little tangy, with some mint. The flavor is sweet at first, with noticable wheat flavors. Turns slightly sour and very tangy. Fruity strawberry flavor. Strange minty flavors. The mouthfeel is a little too light. This beer is very refreshing. A very strange beer, even for a saison, even for Fantome. I think the flavor is delicious, but I see why some people wouldn't like it.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle From Bello Vino.

Poured hazy amber with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy yeasty sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This was a standout beer.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 67 ratings