Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rastaman on 09-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 53
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 NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz.
Corked and capped green champagne bottle; cork 086/477044.

Pours a light oak with deep tones of maple. Creamy, bright white head that lasts as a porous, creamy sheet. A few traces of spotted lace.

Tart, sour apple, cherry, orange. Dark, earthen mustiness with hints of vinegar and alcohol. Very similar to a Geuze in aroma.

Initial, piercing sourness: orange, sour cherry, and lemon; with a mild, swirling mustiness. The tartness quickly falls flat just as it's about to turn the tastebuds, and shifts to a full oak, earthen hops, and almost caramel flavor. A strange change in flavor from opposite ends of the tastebuds spectrum. Complex, but lacking intensity in flavor.

Medium in body; creamy yet gritty on the palate. The carbonation is kept in check nicely.

An interesting Saison; complex in flavor, but too mild for my taste. I'll pass on this in the future and explore what else Fantome has to offer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with expatsteve, golden2wenty1, and kathleen...courtesy of kathleen

appearance: pours into Great Taste of the Midwest sampling glass...hazy light amber body, a fall bronze shade. head is of the creamy beige variety and leaves behind some light lacing...certainly looks the part

smell: sour apple, caramel, very toasty aromas, strong woody nature, rather acidic, apple cider

taste: Certainly unlike any saison I had ever come across though that is a style I havent fully explored to this point. Flavour is herbal and very appropriate for the fall season...sour apple cider, light herbal tea presence, woody, toasty. Interesting, but not my fav

mouthfeel: sour on the tongue, medium body

drinkability: pretty drinkable and interesting enough to keep drinking despite the odd impression it left on me

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Photo of laintringulis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a cloudy bronze color with a thin beige head that turns into nothing quickly. Well carbonated, light plus body, almost medium.

Smells of apple cider, orange, nutmeg, funky yeast, and slightly musty.

Tastes of mulled apple cider with light fennel, nutmeg, and coriander flavors. Nice spiciness to it. Pleasant sweetness in middle to break up the dryness. I thought it needed a little more of that funky yeast.

Nice mouthfeel, very clean. The flavors linger in a good way. Not oily or watery. Nice to drink, but I think it best to enjoy this one at a time.

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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 Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearence, a murky dark orange with a huge, lasting head of foam. Devastatingly spicy, hoppy and numbing aroma of coriander, peppers, vanilla, nutmeg, strawberries and fruits. A sharp tartness begins, then leads into a spicy and bursting fruit flavor. Tons of spicing. Light in body but it still has a nice feel on the palate. Fairly subtle overall but for a saison this is absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both capped and corked. Not sure of the year. Probably at least a year or two old. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Light cherry colored, turning to a murky milk chocoate color. 1/2 inch head which settles to a light rim. Lacing is light and patchy.

Smell- Loads of fruit and spices. So much stuff going on here I can't really describe. Citrus for sure and some heavy spicing.

Taste- Picking up some orange and lemon, followed by a mish mash of white pepper, clove, cinnimon, cardomom, plus lots of other funky stuff. Odd and different, but nice. Maybe even a touch of mint sprig.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a light aftertaste

Drinkability- Well, this may have been my last beer for quite a while. Starting a 7 month fast (or trying to) while my wife is pregnant. This beer was one of the most different beers I have had. I'd like to try it again in the future to compare my notes. Worth a try for sure. Give your taste buds an experience.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel colored body with a frothy head that slips to a 1/4" but sticks around at that level and leaves dabs of lacing across the glass

Smell: All the ingredients of a tart applesauce (green apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and lemon juice) combined with a woodsy yeasty aroma

Taste: Starts with a whirl of green apples and spices; mid-palate is dominated by woodsy, earthy hops that are joined by black pepper; finishes with a strange subtle blend of dill and celery

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with pleasant carbonation

Drinkability: A whole range of things are going on here; very intriguing, but not necessarily a brew I would want on a regular basis

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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 Goldorak
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apprearance: Sewer brown, kind of like those cheap "just add hot water" hot chocolate mixes they sell at hockey rinks, just a ring of head and a bit of sediment.

Smell: Quite herbal, some cocoa, and some acetic acid aroma that was either like rice wine vinegar or tabasco sauce. How does he do it???

Taste: Unfortunately, this one came a little short taste-wise for me. Sure it was yeasty and had a dusty attic taste to it, but I didn’t pick up much of anything else, I would have loved it if it were as spicy as it smelled.

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Photo of texashammer
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown, shows yellow-orange in bright light. Huge, pillowy, rocky, fluffy cream-colored head. Resilient. Smells of yeast and light citrus, nutty malt, some subtle chocolate. Tastes of wheat, yeast, lemon, light nutty malt. Too light. Quick clean finish. Quick lively spritz on the palate. Good, but not terribly impressive.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 75 cl bottle, no dates, corked & capped.

Medium amber hue. Looks dense. Fluffy off white head. Patchy lace & thin lines of slow moving carbonation.

Nose is woody & acidic. Not too sure about this.

Some notes of spice, cinnamon stands out. Slightly lactic. No real hop character. Some earthy / woody flavours play along, too. Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. In the end, it is actually refreshing, & light on the palate.

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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 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 dwvarner77
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one, enjoyed in a session with him, sheepnutz, and kmpitz.
Pours a deep copper, pumpkin pie-like color, with a quarter inch of off-white head that falls to a slight frosting. Opaque, dirty and hazy, with some suspended sediment. Little to no visibly active carbonation.
The aroma gives me indications of apple cider and orange peel. The alcohol is also apparent in the nose.
The flavor is sweet at first, then builds a bit of an orange and lemony sourness. Light earthy malt, with just enough hop contribution for balance.
A light- to moderate mouthfeel, hints of sour flavor linger at the back of the tongue after the swallow. I don't pick up much of a hint of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Not aggressive at all, it's an easygoing brew that would be tasty sitting on the porch on a nice fall evening.

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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 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 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 marburg
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, rotting fruit brown with a hazy opacity and moderate head. Every aroma emerging from the glass has the aura of funk draped around its neck. Somewhat spicy and even roasty, this seasonal is not without inspiration as the very idea of rotting leaves can be conjured from its wild, woody scent.

Much less funky and tart in flavor, there's something missing here. It's dry, mildly interesting, and varied. But there's somehow no depth of flavor, no characteristic "spunk" that one can usually expect with Fantome. That said, from first sniff to last sip, the earthy, raw character of all Fantome products shines through and makes this worth trying.

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Photo of carln26
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown to orange, rather cloudy with a white head on tap. The head was a little thin and slow developing, I was at first a little concerned that the beer was going flat. The nose has a bread dough character up front mixed with spice. A cinnamon/nutmeg character along with hints of orange rind. There is also a layer of caramel there. The flavor loses the bread dough, but still has the spicy hints, and more citrus than I detected in the nose. The orange rind becomes almost a lemon zest. The malt comes forward with more of a toffee character. The finish is almost peppery. The mouth feel is thin and almost oily. Interesting beer

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The deep, dark brownish-orange body was very inviting. The full head was relentless and, when it finally went down, left a cool-looking round blob of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – The big, tart, farmy aroma came out strong even while still cold. They were grassy and supported by a strong yeast backbone.

There were some good hops to this one, too. I liked the light fruity notes that they gave off. It gave the nose a well-rounded profile.

Taste – The sharp, wonderful horse flavors were tart, easing their way into a light sourness that was firm but not overbearing. The light grass and balancing hops were followed by a nice, sugary finish. The finish was pleasing and very long in this Fantome offering.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit on the spritzy side but otherwise carries a solid mouthfeel. It’s big for a Saison, a bit fuller than medium-bodied I thought, with a lasting sweet finish. It left me with a surprising dry mouth after each sip.

Drinkability – This is a big, juicy Saison that may not be Fantome’s premier offering but is a solid drinker nevertheless.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Saison d’Erezée Automne is the Autumn, or Fall, offering from Fantôme. 1 Pt 9,4 fl.oz green glass Belgium flask bottle. Capped and corked, the cork took some care when removing, it looked a tad crumbly and fragile but thankfully it remained in one piece. The final tug resulted in a very loud “phrrupp” accompanied by a lingering white gunsmoke.

Appearance: The head formed early in the bottle as soon as the cork was extracted and started to work its way up the neck. So I decided to reach for my Duvel glass, hoping it would offer me some respite and avoid overspill. The head quickly races up the Duvel glass though & expands upwards at twice the rate the fluid does. Thick light brown head fills the entire void above the dark earthen brown body. It settles to a thin covering when it relaxes and leaves no lacing whatsoever. Finely attenuated carbonation.

Nose: For some really strange reason I always sniff the Cork when I crack open a Fantôme. This one is still quite moist but it has a very acidic apple juice odor to it. The brew itself has a rather restrained odor which does match the earlier one I got from the extracted cork. Funky malts and soil litter the aroma.

Taste: A weird malty start with a hint of bitterness which mixes with soil, earth, dirty potato skins and some liquorice in the middle. Lingering spices, tastes like liquorice and cardamom are in the short ending. This is like a funky Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel. Solid heavy body. The back end tastes like chewing on damp twigs which imparts a dry mulchy feel to the cheeks.

Drinkability: Not the most quaffable of Fantômes offering, and a tad heavy at times, but a decent brew to have with you whilst watching the TV, and the malty earth profile mean that it goes well with sharp Cheddar.

Overall: Summed up best by saying that this is Fantômes attempt at a ‘Brown Ale Saison’, if one existed, this would be it. A notch below other Fantôme offerings, and my least favourite of the 4 Fantôme Seasonals.

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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 putnam
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a burgundy/brown, the color of some Portuguese Duero reds after two decades in the bottle. The tower of eggy froth gives in to dimples, then cavities of air, providing room for a stunning bouquet of real munster cheese, sour, moldy red apples, penicillin, laundry detergent, braised root vegetables and pepper.
I scratch my head for the second time when confronted with a Fantome product; the flavors are nothing like what I expected after sticking a nose in the shell. Lots of roasted, burned hops and toffee flavors. I was expecting a Goudenband - all cidery and allspice-laden. Instead it moves in with low-acid, concrete and soot bitterness and leaves a track of pine cone, ragweed and dope.

An extraordinary beer that has all the character of a Gueuze without the sourness.

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