Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #234
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,582
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
341
Ratings:
609
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Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
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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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share last night, purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. '14 vintage.

This one pours a cloudy light orange/yellow, with a half inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

This one smells super weird, and just funky. I get cucumber, dill, parmesan cheese, oregano, lemongrass, grassy hops, and some mild tartness. What the hell is going on here?

The more I drank this, the more it grew on me. All of the above foods are there, with the parmesan and the lemongrass being the most dominant flavors. There's a mild hop presence, with a very atypical yeast character. There's some slight citrus, but this just mostly tastes super earthy and green. I have no idea what spices go into this beer, but I feel like someone raided an old spice rack and just went to town here.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly grainy mouthfeel. Slightly oily.

This was quite possibly the weirdest beer I've ever had, but it was oddly enjoyable.

Jun 07, 2015
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newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle I had was dated 1995. So I had low expectations of it holding up. Got an old apple taste from it. Surprised that the carbonation was high. Had an old vinegar smell to it. I do love trying these old bottles of Fantome I have.

Apr 15, 2015
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fairly non-descript appearance. Very clear for the style, with a copper orange color. The head is a very bright white, but doesn't retain that well. Each swirl brings new life to the head, but again, it's short-lived.

Smells saison-like. It's funky, that's the best word to describe it. Typical Belgian yeast with a pear skin/pepper scent that dominates. As it warms, the alcohol builds.

The flavor separates it from the wannabes. White pepper is always prevalent, but the pear and apple provide nice balance to the spice. Surprisingly, a crackerlike maltness evolves as the chill wears off.

I love Belgians, but I do wish they'd taper back the spicy pepper feel. This has a sweetness that almost cuts all the way through the spicy feel. Somehow, a creamy feel presents almost immediately as the beer hits the palate and works its way back. Medium bodied, the alcohol is mostly a bit player, its only job to warm the throat.

After the appearance, I had some doubts, but as usual, the Belgians know what they're doing. This isn't world class, but it's right up there. Despite the peppery feel, it goes down easy.

Feb 28, 2015
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Jonada from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange color with 1+ finger of an off-white head that dissipates to a thin coating and medium collar. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation and some fine sediment.

Smell: Huge aroma of spices and herbs. Oregano, maybe some basil, mint and some peppery yeast. Weird.

Taste: Follows the aroma almost exactly. Lots of oregano as well as a strong general herb/spice character. Theres a mild funkiness and a light malt character in there as well, but they're overwhelmed by the herbs/spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. 8% ABV is hidden well.

Overall: Weird. Very weird. Very strong herb and spice character, which is tasty, but given how overpowering it is, it makes it difficult to drink more than a few ounces (and a bit tough to rate as well).

Sep 22, 2014
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a beautiful golden clear color. Smells earthy, herbal, slight booze, band aid. The dominant tastes are sage and oregano. High carbonation, dry finish. The sage and oregano linger for a while as does the plastic band aid taste. I know that sounds disgusting, but it works. I would not suggest drinking the whole bottle alone. The taste is best in small doses.

Sep 07, 2014
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 609 ratings