Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
587
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
Wants:
62
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75
For Trade:
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Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 587
Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid golden amber hue. Dense, stiff ivory white head leaves, delicate, but sparse lace. The aroma is a melange of mellow clove, unrefined, raw honey and stately, citric lemon like tartness all tied together by a bready sourdough yeast presence. Trace ethanol spice surfaces with a swirl. Very well rounded and appetizing aromawise. Flavorwise, this brew is dominated by an impression musty, overripe tangerine juice cut with hints of cider vinegar and fresh ground coriander. Tartness and residual sweetness are well balanced, but there's a subtle, plant sap like bitter component which augments in intensity mid palate, and becomes a hair obtrusive. Phenol is of an understated, herbal, dried oregano like suggestion. Moderate in body, with sufficient dextrins and wheat derived protein for a soft, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Trace solvent fusel and ethanol hints emerge late and lead into the dry, peppery, balmy and gently tart finish. A flavorful brew, indeed. A touch rough around the edges, but aren't most good saisons? One could cellar this if he/she wanted to. I didn't have the patience.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale and dulled yellow hue. Short, bubbly white head dissolves into a formidable collar. Lace is quite nice. Leather and hay and lemon peel and vinegar all blend to create a forthcoming and enjoyable nose. Flavors are quite nice. Lemon drops as well as lemon rind. Subtle acidic vinegar like tones. Orange and hay. Bitter (and aged?) hops. A blanket of fruitiness and tartness literally covers the tongue and stays long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is lively and inviting. Another nice brew from the Fantome.

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Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have so many beers that I save for special occasions, that I don't have any ordinary beers left. Does that make sense to anyone ? bennybrew help me out here. So I had a Spring Belgian Saison on New Year's Eve, Eve.
First of all cool bottle as you can see from the pictures now. Murky dull bronze color. Head is full, dense, bubbly, foamy light tan beauty. Eye Candy. Lots of sweet sugary smell, toasted carmel, candy sugars, and some earthy slightly dusty farm smells. Taste is sugary sweet, carmel and hints of cinnamon, spices, fresh cut grass, and wheat. Cloudy yeasty pour yields a muddled combination along with rich belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol heat throughout. Tight bitterness finishes. Flavors get a bit medicinal toward the finish, but it could be the alcohol finishing up. Medium to full bodied, kind of started like a tripel,was a dubbel in the middle, and finished differently altogether. I guess that's why it's a Saison. I believe this is my first example of the style. Very much worth the wait, very flavorful, but a bit exspensive. $8.99
I paired this with a grilled chicken spinich salad with toasted pecans and sun dried cranberries mixed in. Very nice match with all those flavors.
Purchased March '03 -World of Beer Store-Clearwater, FL

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes! This one is carbonated. (I wasn't so lucky last time)

Pours a golden yellow color with a huge fluffy white head. Tons of bubbles going in every direction, appears very carbonated. The smell is yeasty with hints of citrus and banana. The taste is explosive as I would immagine with all those champagne like bubbles. Very crisp and clean. Extremely smooth. If I didn't know better, there would be no way to tell this has 8%. Citrusy and sweet in the beginning. Nice touch of bitterness in the end. After taste is a bit earthy maybe even grassy.

I love this beer and will be buying again.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit hazy bronze-ish amber color with a low but steady light beige head. Light carbonation but leaves sheets of lace. Spicy, mostly malty, aroma; not what I expected at all - not very Belgiany, yeasty, etc... Primarily malty and spicy in flavor; not at all like Saison Dupont. Spicy cardamom or black licorice notes.... Medium bodied and smooth with a light spicy and alcohol finish but pretty well balanced.

A good brew but not worth the price ... stick with Dupont for an awesome saison. Understand that this is their Spring brew; would like to taste their regular saison to compare to Dupont.

Label states: "Belgian saison ale brewed with spices"

($8.99 / 25.4 oz. corked and capped bottle)

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With one of those lovely corked and capped bottles that are a royal pain, I finally poured this beer into a glass. It was a hazy yellow color and formed a huge bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and bread is present. A flavor of hops, citrus with lemon dominating with a slight yeast character. The finish was a touch dry. Not a bad saison, but expected from this brewer.

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Photo of aracauna
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body was a nice rich, dark amber topped of with a stiff foamy off-white head. The aroma is grass, green tree leaves broken in late summer (oak, pecan), plums, tangerines and cheese. The flavor is light biscuity malt and subtle fruitiness, maybe pear.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Printemps is the Spring offering from Fantôme. The cork fought hard & took some extracting. It finally popped with a loud crack, followed by impressive gun smoke from the 1 Pt 9,4 fl.oz greenglass Bottle. A head formed inside, as the change in partial pressures released the CO2 from its liquid exile. A fruity looking apricot-peachy skin color, with some russet, autumnal tones. Not totally clear, it had a mild haze, but this is a Saison & perfectly acceptable. The beer emerged from the small bottle mouth with huge carbonation. Hard to carefully pour without upsetting the yeast – ah! who cares - I like my beer with a 10” head!!!. It positively smattered the sides of my drinking glass with a muddy cream colored whispy lace, as it slowly collapsed to a realistic tighter level of around ¼”. Aromas immediately reminded me of a strong Kasteel Blond fused with young lambic, intermixed with fresh herbal notes and spicy undertones. The nose also gave warning of vinegary, acidic tastes - but these never quite transpired. For the alcohol is prevalent at the beginning (indicated as 8% ABV) and really hits the cheeks causing some “salivian” reactions. This alcoholic sucker punch soon makes way for a lovely smooth spicy middle that Really Teases you, “Which floral offerings are in this beer ???”, Hhmm…. You will constantly ask yourself this question. You will never know!, for it is a trade secret, but man is it great fun guessing!. Mouthfeel is powerful & very good, no doubt aided by the alcohol & carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry. As I worked my way thro' the beer, I started to get a hoppy, coniferous pine needle trait in the end, which was very refreshing. Also, I found that when I added the sediment at the end, it contributes a greater spiciness to the beer, and dried fruits, sultanas, etc. in the aftertaste.
A VERY complex, Saison beer, that will no doubt horrify and stun some drinkers....
......But I think its Bloody Fantastic!!
Heres to the next 100 Beer Reviews !

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