Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 589
Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MLDucky
1.43/5  rDev -64.6%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of spamNeggs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of tjk135
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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).

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped and corked 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderately gentle hand. Label reads: Lot 13 aj. Best By End 2018.

A: Hazy, honey-colored body. 1.5 fingers of dense off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Grassy, musty. Rather herbal, although the specific scents are a bit hard to pin down. Some sage, thyme, lemon balm. Slighter mint, eucalyptus. Clover. Faint candi sugar, honey. Lemon.

T: Slightly astringent bitterness initially. A touch of pale malt grain develops. Finishes semi-dry with a bit more sweetness than I was expecting. Works nicely, though. Linger floral hop bitterness and herbal notes in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Good vehicle for the flavors.

O: Unique saison with a very herbal character. Very suggestive of spring for me - brings to mind the essence of flowers, grass and all things green and blossoming. Imaging mowing your herb garden in beer form.


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Photo of laituegonflable
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale saffron-tinged champagne colour. Large fluffy head, a bit light-looking. Lace likewise doesn't cling. Nice-looking but such a big head should do more, otherwise it's just cosmetic.

Loads of free radicals coming off the head. Resinous and earthy. Somewhat metallic. Hint of fruit, but it's all quite dour bitterness. Needs more dimensions.

Taste is smokey, now hmmm... didn't expect that. Meaty, smouldery, almost peaty. It's an earthy smoke with touches of sweetness. Back gets an odd champagney zest that sits ill with the front, but really it's the front that's incongruous. Just settles down into earthy bitterness. An odd package, but a decent smoky palate.

Foamy, decent body. Very clipped, dry back. OK.

Really don't know what to make of this. No smoke on the nose, but virtually nothing but smoke on the palate. As a result doesn't fit together in a symbiotic way for me. Certainly an odd saison.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Fantome outline-ghost tulip.

Amber-copper color, hazy, with a finger or two of fluffy white head that receded to a thick collar, lacing the glass nicely. Lots of funk and spice in the aroma, herbal medley. Similar taste, lots of spices, I pick up oregano mostly, with some thyme, rosemary, and white pepper, mint leaves, freshly cut grass, light barnyard funk, crackery malts. The spices are dominant, even if the bottle doesn't specify exactly what spices were used. I've never heard of a beer that used oregano, but that's definitely what I'm getting the most, with rosemary as a close second. Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Typical Fantome offering in that you really never know what to expect when you pop that cork. I'm not a big fan of beers that are spiced in this way, but among them, this one was pretty good, and I thought the drinkability was fine.

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Photo of eandersen
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Savor 2013 tulip.

A : beautiful beer, right on point for the style. Golden orange, slight haze with a 3 finger white head. Nice.

S : very interesting. Rosemary, menthol, rose petal, pine, thyme, white pepper, clove, basil, slight bandaid phenols, slight sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Smell is very much dominated by herbal qualities.

T : menthol and rosemary up front, followed by a bready/spicy more classic saison taste. Finishes very light and clean with slightly linger phenolic notes hinting at the bandaid and medicinal qualities in the nose.

M : mouthfeel is on the light end of medium. I expected a touch more carbonation from this one, but admittedly that expectation comes from past Fantome brews all gushing on me.

O : definitely one of the stranger beers I've tried in quite a while. Expected this to be somewhat reminiscent of Fantome Saison, but it's an entirely different beast. While Saison is all about the phenolics, this one seems to be far less yeast driven and more dominated by the spice additions. Very interesting brew

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml green bottle capped and corked as is the Fantôme way. Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA and shared with Sam back in Sydney.

Pours a wonderfully clear and bright pale straw colour, almost like a fine pilsener. Head forms a fairly coarse-bubbled, but substantial and frothy head of pure white that settles out to a persistent half-centimetre of foam. Lacing is great. Body looks fairly light, but it has a hidden weight to it that forces some fairly languid carbonation. Looks really very good indeed.

Nose is wonderful. Bright, gripping funk that's clean and green, giving a crispness and vitality to the beer. There's a slight organic character to it that comes through, with a bit more earthiness and a sense of weird aromatics. It's mostly just bright and very clean—a really lovely aroma.

Taste is also extremely clean and bright, with a moderated funk that lends a crispness and a touch of acidity. Then all of a sudden, the green organic note evokes a hint of smokiness which is completely unexpected, but with the crispness of the body, and the mild acidity works really well. Finish is minerally and bright, with an almost salty accent to really clean things up. Quite remarkable stuff.

Feel is light and crisp throughout, with a slight frothiness that expresses some of the more delicate flavours.

Overall, this is gorgeous stuff, getting towards Fantôme at the top of their game. And with a brewery this good, their top game is fairly spectacular.

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Photo of SFC21
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer. The best way I can describe the taste is that this is a Czech pilsner brewed with saison yeast. . The floral hops and the saison yeast make for a beautiful pairing. Combined with the effervescent mouthfeel this makes for a great hot weather beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a hazy yellow with great head retention. Nice thick rings of lacing.

Scent comprised of white pepper, corriander and overall strong herbal scent.

Tastes begins with lemon and moves to a tart herbal and white pepper finish.

Very lively mouthfeel. Medium to lighter bodied.

Absolutely exemplary take on the style. Unique herbal character without stressing the point.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a murky peach-orange with two fingers of off-white head. Light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of cardamon, chili powder, barnyard funk, clove, light apple and earthy yeast notes.

The taste opens with the cardamon and clove notes along with apple, lemon, earthy yeast and barnyard funk.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one but didn't love it. The chili powder and cardamon notes in the aroma was just a bit too odd for me.

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