Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #234
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,456
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
341
Ratings:
609
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DaggerEyes from New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dried apricot color with a polished coppery hue. Foamy two finger high head rises up quickly even with a slow and careful pour, really clings to the glass some crazy lacing though it settles down and becomes a little splotchy. The head shrinks down to about a quarter or a finger high and stays that height through the end.

Rustic funky and earthy on the nose. Musty yeast. Earthy fruit, cranberries, crab apples, wet leaves a bit herbal

A bit of a lemony taste, very earthy, phenolic, tart a very slight bit vinegary.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation hits the tip of the tongue but then fades away. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, clean refreshing finish

Another world class beer from this awesome brewery!

Mar 03, 2008
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Fugazme from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally broke down and spent the money at Spirit World... priced at $16.99... but the manager gave it to me for $14.99...

A wonderful "pop" of the cork... a nice musty aroma emerged from the bottle with a bit of mist...

Pours a great orangey/coppery glassfull with a good bright white head... goes down fast to a pretty good looking cap and swirl is excellent.

Aroma is very cheesy and musty... this beer is a couple of years old by default being at Spirit World (they just hauled out last years christmas beers to sell for this year) and has stood up very well. Lots of lemony sourness... very nice.

Taste is sour upfront... bit of sour apple and lemon... lots of funkiness... quite good.

Mouthfeel is even a touch creamy.

Worth the wait and the money...

Oct 05, 2007
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impending from California

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear rich amber copper, dense frothy egg shell colored head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is rich as well, earthy old sock low notes which fade with warmth, sweet fruity high notes

Surprisingly strong herbal bitter is the dominant flavor, masticated tree bark, tobacco. Lots of fruits, none ripe. Dry twang kicks in the aftertaste, the herbal bitter stays long on the tongue. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Oct 06, 2012
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cfh64 from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Nov 10, 2012
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Agold from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Jun 11, 2012
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rem5 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not one of Fantome's better beers, although better than the best imitation. No other brewery can touch Fantome on Saisons.

Pours a hazy golden. Decent carbonation, however no head and no lacing.

Smells citrusy, spicy, and almost a little cheesy. (if you've ever been in a cheese shop). The smell may also be a result of the flavor. It has an odd smokey flavor. Smoked peat or something similar.

Taste is very interesting. It is definitely a traditional fantome saison with some "extras". I think it has an additional spice addition and smoked malt or peat.

Overall, irrespective of what BA calculates this, I would give it a B+. Its no Magic Ghost but its not bad. Certainly an acquired taste and should be enjoyed with food. Something salty even.

Aug 29, 2011
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Jeeb from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jun 18, 2014
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Hojo for breaking this out

A cloudy orange body with a fluffy white head than never quite dissipates. Good amount of clingy lace, with some modest sip marks.

The nose is fairly straightforward for a Fantome. Some underlying notes of sage, leather, citrus, doughy yeast, and a touch of mint.

An excellently balanced saison. Delicate flavors roll over the tongue. A little bit of grassy/earthy bitterness with herbs, mint, lemon, and slightly damp wheat.

Light bodied, crisp, and pretty damn dry.

This is a great classic example of the style with a ton of nuanced complexity. It seemed like something new popped up with every sip.

Mar 11, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, yeast, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and a solid set of flavors.

Aug 28, 2012
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thufflife from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jun 19, 2014
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Jul 14, 2013
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

Nov 26, 2011
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sendbeer from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Aug 08, 2014
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rallison from California

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

A Fantome that I haven't had? Sweet. You truly never know what you are going to get.

Cloudy darker golden color with a minimal head.

Huge earthy spiciness in the nose. This immediately reminds me of the nose of Pissenlit (the dandelion beer), despite it being years since I've had that beer. Grassy, earthy, flowery, wow. I swear, this smells exactly like dandelions. Loving it. Touches of sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste itself is a very mellow, balanced, smooth beer. Low carbonation - tastes like a fair bit of wheat was used to soften the body. Slightly watery mid-palate. Could probably use a touch more carbonation. Still, nice.

This beer is great, if only for the nose. The taste and body are good, but it is the nose that keeps drawing me back.

Recommended. Oh, Fantome, how unique you are.

Apr 21, 2009
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Gobzilla from California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Mar 30, 2013
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mmahut from Czech Republic

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark yellow with no head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Apples, citrus, pears. Very fruity with some alcohol tone.

T: Sour fruits and hops, taste is very similar to smell here.

M: Medium sour body leaving a fruity after-taste.

D: Very easy drink for the summer :)

May 07, 2010
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Fantome's 2013 Printemps is a saison with notable bitter hops, lemon-lime zest with coriander and saison yeast complexities. The smoke flavor is enough to detract some points early on, but as it disappears without any effort in a modest amount of time after opening, I feel like I was able to experience the full spectrum of what Dany was trying to offer here. Would I get this again? Definitely, but I do hope that the brewer is able to resolve these smoke-like qualities appearing in his beers, as others seem to have not been so fortunate with Fantome as myself.

Pours a large, dense (small bubbles), cloud-like head of fluffy white foam, with excellent retention of several minutes, very slowly fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, a dense wash of wavy, pock-marked foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy beer (20-30% opaque), very active and numerous.

Aroma is fairly bright, rather floral, fruity in a lemon citrus way, with some coriander and a bit of the Fantome yeast strain(s) yielding slightly light mustiness and sitting-in-the-sun hay. Kind of like a saison-witbier hybrid, very pleasant, and definitely a flavor combination that has influenced other saison brewers.

A moderately light, slightly salty, smoky flavor is present in this beer at first, but as the beverage warms, this fades out and allows the other flavors to become dominant: eventually, I'm not able to detect any smoke character at all (without the smoke, I would have rated this 4.25-4.5). Front of palate detects lemon-lime zest with hints of coriander, flowers, candied ginger, Fantome yeast mustiness and hay-like funk, and pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of clean, assertive hop bitterness with notable floral qualities, coriander and lemon peel, candied ginger, mild yeast-influenced mustiness and hay-like flavors with a slight pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate picks up strong, clean hop bitterness with equally notable coriander and lemon-lime zest flavors. Aftertaste of clean, assertive hop bitterness with some floral and herbal notes as well as minor pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in, at first, a slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but this quickly becomes lightly foamy, which is classic and quite pleasant for the style. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

Jul 27, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased oh, over a year ago or so from Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle number 086/477044.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden straw colour with a big, fluffy white two finger head that is incredibly stable. Looks like whipped cream atop the saison. I cant stress how much like whipped cream this is, it just sits there, barely slumping at all!

S - Lots of horse blanket and hay here with lots of funky green apple. Light peppercorns but this is sooo much funky barnyard and apple. Really impressive with light citrusy herbal notes too.

T - Taste isnt quite as enjoyable as the nose. The barnyard funk is there, with a bit more peppercorn. Don't really get any apple, get quite a bit herbal quality towards the end. The aftertaste though...I'm trying to find the words to describe it. Its almost well...minty. Very bizarre...

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side with lighter carbonation. Somewhat of a letdown when compared to the rest of the beer. Again, that aftertaste is kinda strange.

O - Overall this was a really great beer with a wonderful appearance and nose. The flavor was good, but the aftertaste really messed with me. Still a solid saison.

Jul 09, 2012
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bennetj17 from Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml, corked and caged. Purchased about a year ago at Cyclone Liquors in Ames, Iowa.

The colour is a hazy, orange/copper with a thick tan head about 1/2 inch. The head holds well for a few moments before it dissolves into a thin film. Subtle carbonation appears throughout. In the first whiff I know right away I've got a Fantome: awesome, funky citrus/fruit aroma with plenty of coriander and other earthy spice. I almost get a note of fresh cut lumber, which is odd but interesting.

The taste starts out with a tangy sweetness, with some floral spiciness in the mix. The finish changes a bit with some dry, leafy, sweet corn notes, and an unexpectedly decent bitter flavor. The body is light to medium, with some moderate carbonation. Solid.

I love the earthy, peppery spice of a good Saison, and the Printemps demonstrates this with a great added complexity. There is such a range of flavors (sweet, sour, spicy, bitter) all rolled into one, that this beer is one hell of a balanced gem. I am not sure of the actual date on this, but it must have had the right amount of age on it when I opened it. Recommended...

Feb 20, 2007
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superspak from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no best before date notched. Pours hazy golden straw color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass; plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, pepper, hay, lemon, earthy spiciness, and big funk. Incredible aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of lemon, tart apple, pepper, hay, citrus, grass, bread, herbal spice, and some funk. Fairly dry finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, pepper, spices, and light tartness on the finish for a bit. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation; with a fairly prickly, yet smooth mouthfeel that drinks easily for 8%. Alcohol presence is pretty much non existent. Overall this is definitely an excellent saison offering from Fantome. I would not expect anything less.

Jan 16, 2012
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masterkush from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, poured into a new belgium globe.

Looks fantastic, a nice cloudy golden appearance. Exactly as I would expect from this type. Little head, however a nice fine lacing which sticks to the glass.

Smell is peppery, some hops and malt. A nice funk. I know this is different from other saisons already.

Taste is as the smell would lead you to expect. A bit more peppery then the smell would lend, however it's quite a pleasant surprise. It's a great tasting brew, and really something different from other saisons i have tried, yet maintains the style.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, not as dry as I would expect, nor as carbonated as other saisons. However, it's not bad, it melds well with the taste. Again, a unique experience.

Given the mouthfeel, the taste, I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol is well hidden, no cloying, this beer just goes down well and leaves you wanting more.

A fine beer, fantome once again does not let me down. I would recommend this beer to everyone to at least try, if you are a fan of saisons, this is a must have. Another fantastic beer from Fantome.

May 30, 2008
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tjfinkle from California

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into tulip enjoyed with dinner

Appearance- Very light straw color with light lacing

Smell - lemony and slightly funky, smells quite refreshing

Taste - Again, lemon flavors with some spices and funk

Mouth- Very crisp and refreshing with a dry finish

Drink- Very easy drink, especially during summer could compliment a lot of foods well and is quite refreshing

Aug 11, 2010
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rayjay from Hawaii

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby orange color with medium carbonation and a thick brownish-white head. Smells like sourdough bread. Great flavor of carmel malts and light bitter hops with a twangy sour yeast kick that dominates the aftertaste; I get that same tangyness from some old ales, Yard's Old Bart, and Courage RIS and I love it and want to learrn more about it. Finish is very dry and makes you want more. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Wit beer texture. Refreshing and lip-smacking good. Even better as it warms. I LOVE THIS BEER!!! Must seek out more...

Sep 14, 2006
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TrueRates from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new Fantome for me! Pours a cloudy hay like color with a frothy, dense bubbled head. The head died down to a thin lacing after about a minute. Aromas of lemon juice, pine sol, sourdough, and lovely saison yeast . Lovely bright acidic lemon-lime taste with lots of wheatlike bread characteristics. Clean dry finish with phenomenal refreshment. High drinkability and hides the 8% alc. very well. Pretty amazing stuff!

Jun 27, 2010
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Delerium from Maine

4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow....
Dani definetely hit this batch with a zest of Tangerine, you can smell it, taste it, and feel it. Nice hop notes, very dry, crisp, and clean. This is totally different than last years batch (as is always with Fantomes beers). This is beer is VERY REFRESHING. The key word to this beer is BALANCE, and this is the perfect example of a Spiced Saison. An absolute masterpiece, and a religious experience. I highly recommend this beer. Chris

May 12, 2007
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
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