Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
Brasserie Fantôme

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #263
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,067
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
346
Ratings:
614
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My god, the carb on this one! Even after the tiniest pour, it hurriedly spills out all over the glass, then retains a tall meringue foam for far too long, making it damn near impossible to pour yourself another quarter ounce for at least 10 minutes, which is difficult to do if you only have one glass ready. As far as the liquid itself, once you are able to get a visual on it, it's a relatively clear, classic amber.

Smell is intensely old school: musty aged hops with white wine and mild belgian phenols.

This translates as a little more boozy and punchy in taste, exhaling some of that gassy, petrol hoppage. I wish I knew more about this one. Its booze combines with the phenols and hops to a fairly sharp bitterness. The body is moderately light, and the foam doesn’t expand to fill the mouth, but is more of a minimally fine carbonation in feel before coming to a semi-dry finish.

It's not just old school in the world of age and lambic, but the hops being a little skunky sometimes give the base ale a sort of tangy ghost of Heineken too, while also exhibiting floral notes here or there.

Monday at 03:19 PM
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a moderately hazy, medium golden amber with about 7/8th of the glass foam, from an easy pour. The massive head has great retention, making it necessary to pour frequently to get some drinkable saison. Nice lacing! Aroma is classic farmhouse grainy malt, a bit of funk and herbal spicing; smells nice. Flavor follows with grainy, husky malt, saison yeast, a little funk, lemon and summer herbs, with an herbal bitterness to the finish. Active carbonation, but still a nice moderate creaminess. Although this bottle states "Shelton Brothers", that company's demise means that this came through a different distributor and already it appears that we West Coasters are getting a somewhat fresher selection from Europe. As with the Été I had years ago, this is a classic rustic saison with great graininess and interesting herb flavors from the yeast. Great mouthfeel. My last Fantôme gushered so much I only got a half glass from the whole bottle. I'm glad I'll be able to savor this one, if slowly.

Sep 25, 2021
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lupulo in Santa Cruz.
More funk on the nose than I was expecting. Flavor comes in with a lot of white pepper. A few more sips and apricot cones through on the nose along with some guava and herbs in the flavor.
I love me some Fantome even though they can be hit or miss. This is a hit for me.

Aug 13, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked green bottle, as Fantôme Printemps Saison (Belgian ale brewed with spices), Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8%. Orange colour, large head, slightly off-white. Interesting and unusual aroma of exotic spices, fruit and saison yeast. Quite sweet flavour, again distinct notes of exotic spices (can’t identify which ones), some fruit, a peppery bite in the finish.

Jul 31, 2021
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mactrail from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got out the corkscrew for this one. Pours out a pile of suds, leading me to believe "Fantôme" means "Wholly foam" in English. But it settles just enough to a clear yellow brew with whipped cream on top.

Tremendous sudsy, creamy mouthfeel that enlivens a Saison and lifts it from the yeasty dregs. Sweet malt with just the right amount of drying finish. Aroma of wheat and straw with flavors of sweet bread and pear. But I absolutely don't taste the alcohol, which is high for the style.

Otherwise this is the textbook example of a Belgian Saison, somehow more clean and lush than any other I've had this year. From the 750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Another Shelton Brothers import purchased from the local beer store.

Dec 23, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear amber golden body with a ton of white foam and lacing. Smell is magnificent, like woods after a rainstorm: mushroom, leaves, soft wood, mossy botanicals, earth, black pepper, biscuit made of beligan yeast, big basement funk with esters of lemon and pear. Taste starts with a sharp bitterness and the yeast before exploding with pear, lemon, orange, and melon juicy esters, while white pepper, funk, leaves, and grass linger. Body is yeasty, funky, sharp and light but not bright at all. This one is a hit fantome!

Jul 02, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I saved this for Good Friday. A wise choice. Because today really was the last day of winter weather (in Chicago) and now I am ready for Spring having had this light, ebullient saison. A new beginning, or at least a vision for post-lockdown.

Printemps is a very good-Looker: golden, huge fluffy head settling to lace and tight bubbles. Smells seem a trade-off: either you get mostly fruit in a saison or you mostly get spice. Printemps is an interesting combination of spices, but I prefer fruit. Tastes driven by Fantome's spice-yeast interaction are unique and wonderfully dry. Printemps sits in my mouth nicely. I had this with an average batch of my soup and Printemps made my soup better. In my book, this is high praise for a saison.

I am a big fan of Fantome. I will visit them when I get to Belgium.

Apr 10, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours semi hazy yellow orangeish with a huge meringue head. It dissipates eventually but always slightly lingers.
Smell is lemon and some funk. Flavor follows with citrus lead and some yeasty esters that create some sort of banana notes. Let’s you k ow this thing is Belgian. Finishes super dry to bring you back for more.
Pretty good beer.

Jan 14, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(750 ml bottle; updated label; best by 2020... shared between two fat tulips)

Voluminous inflation of cottony off-white foam on the pour, only half the glass was filled; foam building in the bottle; liquid was a cloudy, pale amber... on the nose: honeyed wheat, hint of dried golden fruit, subtle floral spice, little booze... on the palate: honey-lemon pancake-batter yeasty grain foundation; dry, grassy back end bitterness; earthy, mildly musky aftertaste... despite the ample carbonation, not a thin, spritzy feel - more nectar-like in its body, with a soft effervescence... overall, its 'rustic' appearance falls in line with their other brands I've tried, while its taste is relatively simple and straightforward compared to their standard saison, et al; I'd prefer to try some of their other ones before going back to this one (1433)

Aug 17, 2019
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head eventually fades to a lumpy layer on top of apple cider colored beer. Aroma is zesty with lime citrus, barnyard funk, and apples. Flavor is tart and juicy. Hard to describe barrage of flavors... Leather, apple, hay, lemon rind...

Sep 14, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge yellowed head that settles to a loose foamy ring and eventually fades to nothing. Aroma opens with fresh lime, coriander, herbs, and low-lying sweet bread notes. Flavors of applesauce, flowers, lemon/lime, restrained clove notes from the yeast, and faint mint. Some bready malt notes, but little sweetness. Medium bodied, smooth, pretty low carbonation but dry in the finish. Tasty - interesting as expected.

Sep 14, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excessive carbonation apparent after opening the bottle and the pour yields a massive 2+" white head. Aroma is typical Fantome, plenty of barnyard hay and grassiness to it. Definitely one of the cleaner aromas, there isn't a lot if any funk, its like some kid just aired and cleaned out all of the barnyard like he needed money for his chores.

Taste, its light bodied and dry, still kicking out those hay and grass notes. Still pretty clean too. Carbonation is all in 'never say die' mode. That keeps it almost too crispy and makes me wonder if it is whisping away that trademark funk here. Hides the alcohol very well, that's for sure.

Ultimately, at $20 a bottle, this one is nice to have on a summer day, but I don't know that it brings anything to the table worth straying from the original ghost.

Dec 03, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very still pour. Cap *and* cork and still there's no fizz, it's almost completely flat.

Smells fantastically complex. Skunk at first. Once I become accustom to it there's some more traditional nodes of horseblanket, grass, hay, and general funk. Very, very nice saison aroma.

Tastes... goddamn it, the flatness almost ruins the flavor. It's still pretty good, but nowhere near the wondrousness of the aroma. Up front you have all the aforementioned nodes of a rough, classic saison, all mingling together with impressively balanced intensity. But then the middle drops off into nothing, and while the finish strives valiantly to bring it back together it still doesn't work.

I dunno. It was pretty reasonably priced, so I might buy it again and re-review to see if I can get a properly carbonated bottle. As it stands, it's a frustrated mess that is brilliant in parts but does not come together well.

May 30, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lives up to the volatile nature Fantome has for pours, as it produces an near uncontrollable amount of head. I'd venture at least 75% of the glass is pure foam. It looks as you'd expect, but it's just over-the-top. Aroma has a distinct pizza dough quality - specifically, pizza hut - with notes of garlic, black pepper, oregano and baked bread. Odd, but I rather enjoyed it.

The spice is a bit less prevalent than on the nose, but possesses the same qualities - oregano & basil are upfront, pepper & peppercorn with dashes of Belgian yeast carrying the rest. Garlic, onion and some very mild phenol peaking in as well. Very distinct. I thought it came together nicely once you adjust to the huskiness of the spice. Feel is less carbonated than I like in my saisons, but still fine.

Sep 20, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with fluffy white head. Aroma has lots of herbs and spices like rosemary and thyme. Taste follows, herbal and sweet, like a sweetened herbal tea. It's quite rustic and tasty but I would prefer it to be more dry.

Sep 01, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head and plenty of floaters sinking to the bottom. Light fruits, white wine notes, chardonnay and pinot grigio on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much like a white wine, just has that type of a flavor to it.

Jul 06, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a wine glass.

Gusher when I pop the cork. I lose about half the bottle from gushing. Bummer.

Interesting copper color that's hazed out to high hell and has blonde hues. Foam like a root beer float, pale in color.

Smells a bit skunky and funky in a seductive and peculiar way. Herbal, floral, like a loaf of fresh bread. Floral honey too. I'm liking this in an odd way like that weird hipster gal that has something alluring to her.

So many flavors to take in here. Herbal tea-like, floral, honey and bread sweet, and some sort of spice like coriander or sage. A unique funk throughout.

Drinks lighter than the 8% but has a sweetness that suggests a Belgian Strong Pale. The funkiness and skunkiness being the elements that veer this into saison territory. I like the medley and the prickly herbal feel.

Pretty wild beer. Lots going on and it all works. Lots to savor. I have qualms about the price and the fact that I lost half the bottle but it tasted pretty damn good.

May 08, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange color with just under one fingers worth of bubbly white head that disappeared quickly. The smell is peppery with other spices like oregano involved. The flavor follows suit as you get pepper, coriander, oregano, and lime. The feel is just under medium as the carbonation is low and goes over your tongue smoothly. This is my first Fantome beer and I'm very excited to find more.

Feb 18, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

1.43/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Holy gusher batman. popped the cork and it literally hit the ceiling (10 foot), made a complete mess of the kitchen and filled the area with a skunk, lime and vinegar aroma. I was really looking forward to this and love Fantomes. This is my first experience with one that made a turn for the worse.

Feb 16, 2016
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heygeebee from Australia

3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Have had twice.... Once at tasting, once tonight.
I remember a very very lime driven zesty beer, well carbonated and spot on.
I am tasting an earthy, under carbonated, slight lime driven beer with lots of smoke notes, a la Fantome as usual.
The jury is out.

Jan 23, 2016
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into a beer goblet.
Look: clear, gold
Smell: Herb/spice bomb! Smelled like Ricola lozenges. No barnyard, no green strawberry aroma, no funk.
Taste: Tasted like a sickly sweet herbal liquor, like chartreuse. Little tartness. Phenols from the spices, tannic from the herbs, and overly sweet. Hard to get down a full goblet.
Feel: Viscous body, too low carb. Again, like Charteuse or herbal cough medicine.
Overall: Disappointed in this, my first Fantôme.
This is for the 2015 version, enjoyed in September of that year.

Sep 16, 2015
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Radome from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml green bottle into a goblet.

L - Color is light gold with some orange. Just a bit hazy with an unusual greenish tint when held up to the light. Head is ivory colored and piles insanely high on the initial pour. It settles to a thick blanket of creamy bubbles that looks like it could float a quarter even after settling.

S - Aromas are intense and complex and full of spices. Strong coriander is the most obvious component to me. It gives a sharp, medicinal note. Under that I get grassy notes, light lemon, and a bit of clove. The spices mask any malt or hops aromas for me.

T - The primary flavor component is sharp and medicinal, like the aroma, accompanied by strong bitterness. Again, it reminds me of coriander. After the initial astringent palate entry, things soften and the spices fade a bit. In mid-palate there is some low, clean, bready malt and grassy hos. In the finish are some bubblegum yeast notes, but at a lower level than the coriander, which reasserts itself at that point and in the aftertaste.

F - Medium body. Strong, prickly carbonation with some carbonic acid bite. Bitterness/astringency is strong but whether from hops or spices is unclear. Moderate alcohol presence. The finish is dry, despite some malt sweetness in mid-palate.

O - This is a strongly spiced beer with an unusually sharp aroma and flavor, but the overall experience is more pleasing than it sounds.

Aug 11, 2015
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James_Michaud91 from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very pleasant saison. Strong herbal (Chamomile?), floral, grassy character to this highly carbed saison. No offputting flavors or lack of carbonation on this bottling. The alcohol in this is completely undetectable at 8%. Starts out with a hint of sweetness that I thought worked well with the herbal/grassy character.

Jul 29, 2015
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spamNeggs from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ach. Well not the best example, perhaps. Cellar temp, gushed on opening.
I wish the taste followed the complex aroma, bit funky little spice/clove..maybe citrus. Really interesting.
Carbonation in this bottle is harsh. After the bubbles, it's heavy spice and not really balanced to my tastes. It did drink a little better 20m later.

Ah, even later I believe I can taste what it should have been.. far better. Maybe just a massively overcarbed example.

Jul 23, 2015
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tjk135 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much barnyard for me. Tastes like it was squeezed out of a horse blanket. I don't mind a little barnyard funk but this is a bit over the top.

Jun 29, 2015
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 614 ratings