Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 334
Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mondial 2005. Good cork explosion. Incredible amount of foam in initial pour, that the sever poured off just foam for Olivier. Creamy smooth, creamy finish. Yeasty, fruity. Unknown spices, woodiness.Mellow. Fantome - so unpredictable and great. Worked in a hot day, and would in winter.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. Pours a hazy orange amber with a minimal white head.

Nose is amazing! Huge assertive orange spice. The single most assertive bold orange spice nose I may ever have smelled. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is rich and lightly creamy with nice carbonation and a nice texture and feel. A quality mouthfeel.

Flavors? Flavors are just plain weird. The nose promises oranges and spice and one anticipates a sweet character. Flavor hits you with strong bitter orange peel that gives way to a lemon/orange flavor and a bitter orange marmalade finish. There is an herb quality and character to this beer, initially stange and offensive that become very appealing.

A wide range of assorted spices and herbs in the complex flavor profile-white pepper, black pepper, lemon peel, basil, could keep going. Very complex and ends with a finish of "green" - Ivy, celery, light pine.

Goes from sweet to pine bitter with lots in between. I suspect that one will love or hate this one; and, it deserves a taste; it's unique.

The more I drink it the more I want to drink it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color; a thin layer of bubbles cover half of the surface.
S: The smell is rather earthy; there are moderate sour aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruit.
T: Light flavors of citrus fruits stand out in the taste, which also has some notes of spices (pepper in particular).
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate; the finish has a bit of dryness.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Printemps is likely a good Saison but it's the spicy notes that define the beer.

At its base, the pilsner malts give enough confection sweetness to keep it from complete dryness. Kettle caramelization gives more depth to the malt depth and sweetness. Otherwise, the beer is biscuuity and estery in true Belgian fashion.

But those spices give bold notes of cayan pepper, chilies, paprika, and softer corriander and curraco. A dash of cummmin here and white pepper there and we have a phenolic rich spiciness to give rise to the fruity esters, yeasty flavor,and sweet malts.

I find the spiciness to be as interesting as they are distracting. Other than that, Printemps is an average Saison for Fantome- which means that it is still excellent.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (come on!) bottle with pressure cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger milky white head of good frothy cream, great thickness, smooth rolling consistency, and great retention for the high ABV (~10 minutes). There's not much lacing at all, unfortunately. Body colour is a dull muted orange-copper. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks about right for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely brett yeast lends it a farmhouse rustic feel with notes of clove, light white pepper, and spice - maybe coriander. Quite grassy. Hints of orange fruit esters, but dry fermented ones rather than juicy citrusy notes. Crystal malt. Some caramel. A bit of musty earthiness. Maybe a lactic hint. An average strength aroma. I want more pepper out of a saison, but the aroma - as always with Fantome - is impressively subtle and complex. No alcohol comes through. The refined orange and clove notes - arising, no doubt, from the yeast - are dominant. Without question, this beer is alive.

T: Lovely orange and lilac notes, with heavy clove on the climax. Subtle milky, lactic, and brett-y yeast notes throughout, with a hint of biscuit and some earthy character. Hopping is minimal and entirely floral, complemented by the complexities and depth of the yeast. No alcohol comes through; maybe an ester or two about the climax. Pale malts, biscuit malt, and even a bit of apparent wheat malt comprise the foundation. Its milkiness unites the flavour profile with the fermented orange dominating. Refreshing, complex, and above all subtle. White peppery notes sprinkle the third act. To nitpick, it is a touch too bitter.

Mf: Milky and silky with some dryness towards the back end. Perfectly coarse throughout to coax out the flavours. The milky feel perfectly balanced against the grainy coarseness of the yeast and champagney tingle of the crystal malts. A bit nectary, even slightly oily. Luscious and soft on the palate, with excellent presence. Complements the flavours exceptionally well; custom tailored to match them. Artfully executed.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which is itself nicely hidden. A refreshing saison and a delightful beer, this offering from Fantome will please any true saison lover. Worth cellaring for sure; I know I'll be having this one again. One of the better offerings I've had from Fantome - and that's saying a lot. Hell, it's one of the better saisons I've had. Definitely recommended.


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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been an elusive one to track down... Once the cap comes off, the cork slowly and mysteriously works itself free, as if pulled by a phantom's death grip.

Wisps of gunsmoke waft from the bottle, exhibiting little carbonation at first. After pouring, the glass explodes with foam, but luckily is contained. A good four fingers of foam remain in the bottle for the duration. The body is a burnt orange, obscured under cascading dirty foam. An aroma of sweet and earthy spice is present.

First taste is rich and malty, but alternately unique and spicy. The sweet malt up front is countered by a residual bitterness, and earthy spice at the end, not unlike baker's chocolate. It's similar to an old ale, but with the effervescence and spice of a saison.

The richness makes this one a moderate sipper, but with a dryness that makes you crave more. Very impressive!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey/straw color with a nice Belgianesque head that really delivers the lace

Smell: Bready pear with lemon and key lime highlights

Taste: Fruity, up front, with the lemon, key lime and pear flavors jumping out followed by a peppery yeast character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, all of the flavors meld together though the fruity elements dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Another very nice Saison from Fantome; the flavors become considerably more pronounced as it warms

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of white head. The head fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Light and rather fruity. I'm getting a mild sweetness and a ton of banana.

Taste: As in the smell, there is a ton of banana. Some other fruity notes in the background. Maybe a mild herbal note as well. Very light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not as good as the regular, but still quite nice. Very light and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled estery and spicy. Lots of yeasty notes, too.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear notes. Good funky, phenolic flavor on top of sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an outstanding saison. Another great brew from Fantome.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is somewhat vinous with some sour notes with some weird floral-like notes. Taste is a mix between some strong Belgian style malt with some funky and sour notes and a strange herbal/floral ending. Full body with some strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The last few Fantome I have had have been somewhat disappointing but this one was different and very tasty.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into naked lady duvel glass.

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention. Color is a hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemon/lime citrus soda. Smells like sprite. Has some straw/wheat flavors. Not very funky.

Taste: Again, it starts out with a lemon lime soda. Very sprite like. Unique. Straw flavors with a light farmhouse flavor. A bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer was very unique, but very tasty. Extremely drinkable. Not for everyone, but I do recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome's spring saison is a lively and refreshing yellow-gold ale with a splash of citrus and touch of spice that's sure to please. Carefully poured or not, it's got a good haze to it due to its yeast (which just doesn't seem to want to drop out of suspension - but this one should be enjoyed fresh anyway!); and although it's bright-white head comes up fairly full to start, it just can't seem to hold. Thin lacing adds to its visual appeal, but again, it's not quite as full as might be expected. Its very fine and natural carbonation leaves a gentle spritz on the tongue that works quite well with its refreshing, lightly tart character. Juicy notes of orange, lemon, and lime laced with a delicate spiciness and some powdery yeast swirl about in the nose over a base of honey-drizzled and lightly candyish malt. It's more tart than sweet, however, and some musty lambic-like notes lend it a charge of excitement! The flavor simply continues what the aroma begins with much more depth. Some notes of coriander come into play, and there's some more intense citrus (blood oranges? red grapefruit?) as well as some interesting phenolics that seem to rise and fall throughout the serving and an herbal hop character that's quite nice. It finishes dry with a reminder of the tartness and phenols that have just passed, and a light smudge of spiciness (which could be attributed to actual spices or some alcohol, but it's not really clear). As a spring beer I'm not really sure, but this is a great summertime refresher with plenty of character to keep it interesting. And, it makes a great substitute for a Mimosa at any time of the year! It might not rack up the high scores that some of the more intense Fantome beers do (this is a bit lighter and could give a better appearance), but don't be misled... this is one great beer that's worth keeping on hand.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
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