Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - AutomneFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Automne

Brewed by:
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 Rastacouere
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful blond gold hue with a typical fantôme climbing foamy white head on which crazy lacing takes place. The nose is very grassy, full of hay, belgian barnyard scents with fantôme yeast, but perhaps a little more subdued than in most of their other beers. Generous and spicy saaz are pretty well integrated and will later give an almost intense bitterness in the finish. Unexpectedly that bitter in fact, but acidity is restrained all the same. It’s as refreshing as can’t be although it doesn’t seem as complex as most other fantômes in my opinion. It’s well focused, but rather limited to those grassy and lightly floral saaz hops and that burnt earthy hay-ish yeast, with lemon hints. Mouthfeel is creamy, with high carbonation, but still lower than fantôme standards, well rounded though. Great dry beer, but not particularly worth seeking.

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Photo of ark57
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy, ruby-brown with a big tan head. The aroma has yeast, cooked vegetables, licorice, mustiness, spiciness, and a nuttiness. A mocha flavor is the first flavor I detect. There is some licorice, the familiar Fantome farmhouse character, a nuttiness, and a slight tartness. The finish is slight bitter and dry. It is brewed for the fall, but I would drink it all year round.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fantôme Saison D’Erezée - Automne was served from a 750ml capped and corked green bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a hazy but vibrant reddish-orange tawny hue, and was topped by a resiliant and thick light tan head that left blanketing lacing. The nose presented an assertively tart musty-dusty sourness that was edged with notes of lemon/lime and softened with an herbal oregano-like aroma. Quite interesting but not particularily captivating. On the palate, a earthy tart apple body expands with pronounced vinous highlights and subtler accents of decaying wood chips/mulch, ginger, bitter tannic cherry, and oddly enough, Italian herbs. The tartness is balanced out by a enjoyably soft, lightly malty sensation in the finish. A lingering dry lightly tannic vinousness resulted in a refreshing, quenching feeling...I really enjoyed this aspect. I felt that the body was a bit too thin for the character of this beer, and lacked the amazing smoothness that is found in many other Fantome brews. The Automne was a robustly flavorful, complex, balanced, and quenching beer....and yet another masterful and original creation from Fantome.

Many thanks to skyhand for delivering this one into my hands...via the Seattle-Stumptown Trading Club.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Unsure of production year (white label with pink line drawing of the picture you see at the top of this review page)...

Appearance: hazelnut brown, quite hazy, a light brownish red layer of foam, good head retention

Aroma: very fruity (reminds me of a popsicle from Denmark that I use to eat as a kid), nutmeg, yeast, lactic wildness, nutty and woody, chestnuts?

Flavor: quite dry and a bit tangy, there are a lot of tannins in here giving it a slightly bitter bite, nutmeg or all-spice, yeast, chestnut puree, finishes quite dry with a sourish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, very astringent making your mouth feel very dry and "fuzzy"

Overall Impression: Tasted this one at Delirium Cafe last night with some non-beer-geek friends. Provoked them to embark on a "taste adventure". Certainly wasn't what they expected. Threw me off as well. Had a really hard time figuring out what he chucked in this beer when he brewed it. Almost certain it is chestnut puree and nutmeg.

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Photo of cokes
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent, rusty, autumnal cherry. Low clung tan head above.
Earthy and toasty aromas, with underlying herbs, green apples and white grapes.
Begins and stays persuasively toasty. Some dehydrated cherry skins are noticed, but fruitiness is generally repressed. Traces of carob and (maybe) liquorice. Earthy yeast traits. Mulch and bark and dust. Finishes herbal with a minor grape surge near the closure
Dry throughout.
Light-med bodied with stunted carbonation (after the initial fizz). There is no indication of its strength at all.
This is good, just underwhelming, considering.

Props to Huge, once again.

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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 BeerBuilder
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a murky brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is filled with spices. It is malty, floral, and phenolic. Smells like my medicine cabinet. The flavor has a solid malt backbone, with the spicy, pepper flavors, along with the phenolic flavor. It is a full-bodied, warming beer. Very unusual; not what I was expecting after tasting their saison.

Sampled 12/13/03

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking clear burgandy tone. Appealing streams of carbonation are visible. A thick crop of beige head sits on top and sticks around forever. Aroma is leafy, grassy, herbal, limey, sweet and like tree bark. This one tastes quite dry and earthy. Like wet leaves. A little raisiny. Alcohol is minimal. And slightly sweet flavors of bubblegum and candy seep in as well. Not my favorite Fantome offering, but decent enough.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy dark yellow, almost muddy, color with a puffy white head that disintegrated fairly quickly and left nice amounts of lace that crusted up on the glass walls.
Nose: quite floral and fruity. Had aromas of rotting peaches and apples, yeasty malt, hints of toffee, and a dank mustiness.
Taste: varied and unusual. Lots of fruit flavor, mainly in the form of over-ripe apricots and peaches, some tart apples, and doughy malt. An earthy, acidic bite flowed over the tongue. A mild toffee flavor was picked up and the finish had a bitter tannic quality reminiscent of tea leaves.
Feel: full and creamy. Finish was dryly acidic.
Overall: well, that was unlike any beer I can remember. Sweet and still carrying a acerbic bite and a strange melange of flavors, this turned out to be quite enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a hard night at work and I'm darned thirsty, in need of some sweet relief, preferably in ale form. Though we are hot on the heels of "printemps" around here, I hope a Fantome Autumne will do the trick. And I haven't any Fantome in too, too long, so this should be good!
Appearance is russet-toned, bright reddish at sides, with a huge, pillowy, softly collapsing, creamy-colored head, nicely laced, attractively dotted.
Aroma: big fruit greets the nose, plums, grapes, cherries, but with a wicked, spicy twist, sharp, and slightly citric, with a hint of apples as well. Does an admirable job of wishing the tongue to be closer to the drink!
Taste: medium blast of hops on the palate, with a full force of flavor, including all of that fruitiness notied in the nose. A delicious blend of apple and cherry, with plenty of yeast added in the profile. Malt is full, though not obtrusive, stands back silently and provides ample support, but doesn't throw too much into the taste. Body is medium, and the finish is fantastic, for the taste never, ever really leaves, merely settles back on the palate, quiet, but still there, still delicious.
Flavor continues to be bright and tasty, and the alcoholic content remains shy, but begins to protrude toward the middle. There's a warm cinnamon-y, clove-y spice content that melds well with the various flavors and is an excellent comfort against any infirmity. Tastes like any utterly perfect autumnal potion, but still does the trick here in the first fresh steps into March.
So, glad I've got 1/2 a 750ml left of this beauty, and by the time I'm done, I can say, to paraphase B.B.King, "The Chill Is Gone"!

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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 Jarod
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 9, 4 FL 07 - big bottle

This beer after the pour when held to the light had a ruby brown color that in the beginning of the bottle was slightly hazy and near the last pour became progressively cloudier. The head that was formed was creamy beige/tan in color and fairly dense, but not too lasting, it quickly fell to a light covering and a ring on the edges. Great carbonation bubbles present. There was no lace present. The aromas were semi-faint when first pooled from the fridge, but when left for 5 minutes to heat up slightly aromas of light hops created a bite in the beginning, then an ashy feel came into the nose along with a farmy sense, some earth, spices (cinnamon), a slight cat urine was noticeable (but not intolerable) and hints of dry cocoa powder in the end. The flavors were also affected greatly by the temperature, also they were different flavors then I expected. An dry ashy feel fell on my tongue at first, then light hops and spices (cinnamon), and some orange peels became noticeable. Then as it warmed slightly along with the others the farmy taste and roasted malt grains started to take the forefront. It finished with a combination of dry cocoa powder and bitter chocolate. The aftertaste was a rather light combination of hops, cocoa and farm. The body was medium. The 8% alcohol was well hidden in this beer, but after a session of drinking it, the percentage was noticeable when I went to get up. Not overly powerful, but nice and warming. A good combination of flavors, fairly distinct in the way they were presented and were surprised by the cocoa powder. Only wish the aromas were slightly more pronounced, I had to constantly take whiffs. Over all I enjoyed it and would get again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is yeast, malts and a little veggie? A nice malty beer, with a definite vegetable undertone to the flavor. Yeasty and malty. Very different taste, hard to describe. Tasty and very drinkable, but not easy to put into any one category. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of DrewS
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two words - geuze light. Appearance is a hazy orange with a small white head that fades pretty quickly to almost nothing. Light and fruity in aroma with that distinctive smell you find in so many farmhouse brews. This brew goes down quite easy with its light to medium body and the small but ample carbonation. The assertive tartness of this beer is the most noticable. Hop and malt flavor is hidden behind the predominate fruity tart flavors but still somewhat detectable if you really pay attention. The alcohol (8%) goes completely unnoticed on the tongue but slowly warms the belly. Light and refreshing, a great find for those into geuze and artisanal farmhouse brews.

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

This beer was fairly dark brown and cloudy, with a small amount of white foam. The smell was very good: malt, grapes, coffee, licorice. The taste was good, though a bit sour. The flavors of malt and grapes were noticeable. The mouthfeel was good, but the body was very modest. The drinkability was OK, but I would prefer a more full-bodied beer.

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

Unique beer from a unique brewery. If you like the tart / sour beers like Rodenbach and Dutchess de Bourgnoise (sp?) then you will love this Autumn Saison from Fantome'.
Slightly sour, earthy aroma, pale brown color with high carbonation. Tart spicy flavor, not overly sour, suprisingly malty along side. Light feel in the mouth with a sharp slap on the tongue from the hops at the finish. From what Ive read, you only get a beer once from these people, as they never make the same beer twice, and only make Saison and special batches as they see fit. Well worth trying.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dug this brew, cinamony, tart sour, acidic, and flavourful, ABV hidden well, lots of complex flavours, very earthy, round palate, i just loaved, so different and unique, highly recomended.

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