Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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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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Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of GRG1313
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 metter98
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +1.5%
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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +6.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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 oline73
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a very murky brown with a white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. The nose brings some soft floral and citrus flavors with a bit of funk and hay. A bit disjointed. However, things come together much better in the flavor as the citrus and floral notes hit it off well with a bit of grass and funk. Good feel with some nice "Fantome notes," as I'd best be able to describe them. Drinkability is quite nice. Other than the appearance, pretty solid all around.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, brownish orange body, topped by a four finger mountain of dirty white head. The head settles slowly and leaves behind decent lace.

S - Sour and earthy with lots of floral aromas. Notes of jasmine, saffron, and wildflower honey with an earthy hop character in the background.

T - Nice, herbal hop bitterness up front, along with some spice notes. Pepper, pollen, and coriander. The hops give way to floral notes and surprisingly restrained acidity in the middle, followed by a dry, somewhat malty finish with black pepper and herbal hops mingling in the background.

M - Very high carbonation, a smooth, full body and a bone dry finish with a hint of alcoholic warmth.

D - Quite drinkable with food, but it gets a bit medicinal towards the end of the bottle when enjoyed by itself. Very complex floral/ herbal character, in which the hop and spice notes play off each other nicely. Overall, another excellent spiced saison from Fantome, and quite evocative of the spring season it is supposed to represent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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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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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky medium amber with heavy spring showers of fine yeast. The forecast calls for clearing with heavier showers later in the bottle. The tremendously sticky, meringue-like, pearl colored head required a quick reaction on my part to stay within its glassy confines. Huge fat globs of lace are plastered to the glass and further confirm my impressions of appearance greatness.

The nose is wonderfully spicy, gently funky and earthily fruity. I'm not at all well-versed in the saison style, so I'm unable to name the specific components responsible for the bewitching melange of rustic smells emanating from this beer. Coriander and white pepper-sprinkled pears is about as close as I can come. In addition, there's a gentle underlying funk that caresses the nose rather than assaults it.

Printemps is interesting and is distinctly different from anything that I've had previously. The primary flavor is heavily spiced pear with a trace of bitter citrus zest. Like the nose, the herbs and spices resemble coriander, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The beer seems slightly sweet at first, but it dries out rapidly and finishes with an impressive, snappy, tart, dessicating quality. If any candi sugar has been used, it's been used sparingly (although my stomach tells me that the sugar load is on the high side).

Yeast and spices are clearly the stars of this show. All elements work together for the benefit of the whole, but don't engage my fancy on the palate quite as much as do in the nose. Alcohol is barely noticed; an impressive achievement at 8%. I had to remind myself to look for it or it would have escaped my attention altogether.

As alluded to above, the mouthfeel is interestingly dichotomous. It starts out slippery, slick and somewhat full... then lightens considerably on the tail end. The usual frenetic Belgian carbonation is nowhere to be found (and isn't missed), though the beer is still plenty active in the mouth. In the end, the mouthfeel displays a winter-into-spring quality that is as fresh and alive as the season for which it was named.

Fantome Printemps is a lovely, offbeat beer that I found increasingly enjoyable with each successive sip. It has flavor to spare, but is never intrusive or overbearing on the palate. I'm well into the second half of the 750 and I'm still having a great time trying to sort through and identify the various flavors as they wash across my palate. Spring may have sprung, but this is a beer that I could enjoy in any season of the year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice and rich golden color with a smooth even coating of lace ringing the glass. nice head of about three inches tops the glass and settles down into a smooth layer that persists throughout the sessioon.

aroma is light, lots of lemon right up front here with huge carbonation and hints of pears and bananas. lots of grains and bready notes, light yeast with a touch of citrus follows. warming brings the fruit out a touch more with a healthy dose of lemon rind. clean and crisp with a light feel and a very nice level of carbonation. crisp flavor of light tart apple, light grains and a touch of sweet grains fills out the profile. but the strong almost soda like taste was hard to ignore.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've come to expect this appearance: frothy head that settles in a rocky fashion, leaving plentiful chunky lace. The liquid is slightly darker (golden amber) than other Fantome offerings I've tried, but still has the typical cloudiness.

After having the winter ("hiver") version of this, I am noting a small difference to the aroma. This is more earthy but mildly so. There's a light sweetness to the nose.

The flavor is also more earthy (lightly so). There's a bit of a band-aid taste. The hop is present in the swallow, but doesn't last long. The body is full with a very high carbonation--chewy and spritzy. Easy to drink and better than most beers. Again, I would attribute that to a departure from the usual yeasty, earthy Saison.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum with no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin Brussels lacing on top of a hazy orangey hue. A bit of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Musty yeast with a cellar, ripe fruit and expressive herbal aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Musty barn yard, mildly tart, earthy with a wood and hay flavor. Raw grain and ripe fruit … lemony with more earthened tones. Minty with more thrashings of herbal and medicinal phenols. Bitter and sweet … very raw. Finishes with a barrage of phenols and lands semi-dry on the palate. Warming alcoholic esters in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: A killer brew, you taste bud will never be the same … beer has never tasted like this before. Past heavenly and only the most pungent of cheese will make a dent in it character. I went with an aged blue cheese … between the two it was like cutting teeth, lovely.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by someone at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky orange-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemons, citrus hops, funk, spices, Belgian yeast, and light dirt/earthy notes.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemons, earthy notes, spices, pepper, yeast, and some funk. Lots of lemons, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good saison. Heavy on lemons and citrus, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Would like to have it again.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer is a hazy yellow hue, with a small white head and moderate lacing. The aroma offers citrus, yeast, floral hops, funk. Another tasty offering from Fantôme. Well balanced and full of flavor. Medium bodied with just under average carbonation. Really smooth on the palate. Great feel. 8% abv is surprising, as this is pretty easy to drink. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Nice white head. Retains well.

Smell - Lots of pale malt. Fruity and yeasty. Some lemon and grassiness.

Taste - Bright lemon tart flavor. Sugary and very malty. Grainy malt, but a lot of sugars. Similar grassiness. Lemongrass?

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy. Too much sugar. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Hefty saison with some very interesting adjuncts. Just too much sugar to be really great.

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