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 Klym
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Shared with Cavery.

A: A wheat gold color with a microbubble head that leaves a little lacing.

S: The first thing that struck me from this beer was actually a skunk (as in the animal) smell. It died down after it warmed up a tad but still lingered. Otherwise, wheat, lemongrass and a tad of hay.

T: No skunk in taste, otherwise it's very similar to the nose. There's a really nice and interesting rotted-wood funk character to the taste that I find remarkably enjoyable. Really awesome flavors running around this for a saison.

M: Medium body with plentiful carbonation and a dry finish. Does the beer just fine.

O: Pretty excellent saison. I'll be seeking out more fantome after this.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I understand these beers differ from year to year. Unfortunately, the date code was not filled out on this bottle, so I am not sure what vintage it is.

Fantome Printemps pours a cloudy golden color that has a bit of orange amber showing through at the widest part of the vessel. The head is almost white, but not quite there. It dissipates quickly and does not leave much lace.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is pretty crazy. It is super bright and fresh with plenty of zesty lemon and lime aromas mixed in with some white pepper and a minty herbalness. There is also a pale malt character and some floral hoppy character.

The flavor carries the same very citrusy and peppery character. There is a definite spice thing going on in the flavor as well as an extremely floral character. I am having a really tough time placing some of the flavors in this brew. The malt character is fairly buried, but is pale in makeup with a touch of grainy wheat like character.

The body is medium with a very effervescent carbonation that you can even hear when pouring. As I savor the beer it warms up and smoothes out, adding another dimension to the beer. The finish is dry and crisp with some citrusy flavors.

Drinking this beer was quite the experience. It will stand out as one of the more unique brews I have. I really wish I understood the dating system and could figure out when this brew was made. Far from the best saison I have ever drank, but surely the most unique.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle unleashes a great cascade of foam into the glass. Creamy, tiny white bubbles seeking escape from the murky orange below. The turtle slowly pulls the head back in, leaving a beer with little lace and no staying head.
The first aroma is the barnyard. A closer inspection reveals hay and lemons, a bit of coriander, perhaps. Nice, but not something particularly special. However, the first tilt to lips is refreshing and delightful, and at $9.99 a sixpack, this is going to be my go-to-beer for the summer. Shiit, wouldn't that be nice? Big lemony flavor with some hay and grain. Goes down so smoothly. Dry without being thin. The slightest bit of pucker to it.
yeah, this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Thanks to Mothman for this one. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is strong lemon lime aroma mixed with some medicinal notes. Smells like a lemon lime soda. Light mouthfeel. The medicinal notes in nose is stronger in the taste. Light lemon in the flavor as well with some bitterness that builds in the end. It’s decent for a summer brew.

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

I love saisons and always jump at the chance to try a new Fantome. Got my buddy to pick one of these up in Colorado and bring it back to CA.

750 mL with a batch number on the cork but not sure what the date it was bottled is. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a darker shade of yellow topped with a couple inches of solid white head which receded into a nice ring of foam leaving some scattered lacing. A nice swirl revived a half inch of head.

A nice burst of lemon and green apple and some kind of fruit candy that for the life of me I couldn't recall but definitely recognized. A mellow dusty funkiness throughout gave some nice character to this beer, a tinge of tartness as well but not as much as some Fantomes I've had. Tasty earthy floral notes meld into grassy bitter and spicy hops, shares some characteristics of a green tea. A good dose of tasty farmhouse belgian yeast. A delectable and complex beer. Absolutely no alcohol presence.

Light and refreshing for 8% with a dry finish, a beautiful summer beer with smooth carbonation. Very enjoyable. I love Fantome.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter. Cost was about $14.00 at a local Portland bottle shop.

A: Pure clear lemon juice with a huge paper white head. Ridiculous lacing. 5/5

S: Lemon zest, lemon zest, lemon zest... WOW! How do you even do that? Secondary characteristics are very herbal. Rosemary specifically is very robust. My interest is officially piqued. 4.5/5

T: Rosemary dominates here again. I'm going out on a limb here and saying that it was definitely a brewing ingredient. Unfortunately, it comes off a little too strong and is cloyingly powerful. Some esters and a small amount of funk linger in the background but little else is discernable. I can't call this good because of how it turns one-dimensional, and I can't even call it average since it's so unique. I'm afraid I'm just not impressed by this bottle of Fantome. 2/5

M: Creamy body with soft carbonation. Just what I expect from a Fantome. 4/5

O: It smells great but fails on the taste. A below average score seems appropriate. Due to bottle variation, I would be willing to give this another chance, but this is one variation I would not want to revisit. 2.5/5

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Photo of cbeer88
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/capped bottle poured into Duvel tulip, reviewed from the first pour, which was about half of the bottle. Nice pop from the cork on opening.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a full 2+ inches of fluffy white head. Head dissipates quickly. Cloudy golden orange color that you can't see through, but more pretty than murky. Slight lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell: Heavy limes, yeast, and some kind of unidentifiable spice rack-esque odor. Very pleasing and unique with the limes. I like it a lot.

Taste: Good enough, but not nearly as good as the smell. Earthy, slight citrus, sweet, then bitter on the finish. Traces of pepper in there. It's really missing the funk you'd expect from a Fantome, so slightly disappointing in that regard. Definitely a saison, though nothing exciting for the style.

Mouthfeel: Adequate carb, light body. Smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Extremely high. Alcohol is non-existent to the point that I can't believe this guy is 8%. I don't quite dig the taste enough to say I'd like to drink this all day, but I could if I had to.

Overall: I popped this guy in the fridge as a post lawn mowing treat, and it delivered. The ABV is on the high side for a lawn mower beer, but it kind of works. At $15 I will go for other saison alternatives in the future, but it's a good beer and worth trying once.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Super hazy bright golden color. Tons of yeast floating is suspension. Not that much head at all.

S: Wow. Super bright lemon grass. Little bit of mint. It smells like a really diesel Thai dish. Lots of fruit. It has an earthiness but it lacks that Fantome something something. Amazing.

T: Minty. Lemon grass. It tastes like a fresh spring day. Mission accomplished. It lacks all of the usual fantome funk. It is not a clean tasting beer but something totally different from them. A slight tartness in the finish but it is very soft.

M: The least carbonated fantome beer that I have ever had. Still quite creamy and enjoyable. My first creamy saison.

D: Insanely drinkable. All Fantome beers drink well but this might be the best of the batch. This really hit the spot on a day like today.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a bottle in my Birthday BIF box from dmeadows (Thanks, Denis!).

Poured into a MJ Tasting glass. Pours a hazy light straw color with a big white head that drops rather quickly. Some sparse lacing that drops quickly back into the beer.

Aromas of spicy, lemon, peppery yeast. Lemon zest, musty. Fermented pineapple.

Flavors of tangy, slightly sour, with light acidity. Lemondrops. Some chalky mineralliness. Musty. Finish is very short, leaving behind some lemony sourness and minerals. Alcohol hides very well. As is the spicing.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Mouthcoating sourness with the tug at the back of the teeth.

Overall a fantastic example of saison. Deceptively light and easy drinking for its alcohol level.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a small white head (poured aggressively). Appearance is kinda scaring me, because the head is more like bubbles..and could possibly be flat. Nope! Not flat! Thank God! Scent is very funky with some lemon zest. Hints of tartness and barnyard linger with my glass, along with some lovely citrus and orange peel. Taste is barnyard funky and very lemony. Nice spiciness and slightly tart. Some yeasty flavors with delicious citrus. Mouthfeel is very's like...mouth-watering. Someone reviewed this beer as being "juicy" and I totally know what they mean. This beer is juicy with subtle carbonation and a nice, refreshing, clean finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, the appearance threw me off, but this turned out to be a superb beer. I absolutely love it!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of jkane101, I cant thank you enough for this one man. Pours an uber-hazed gold color with a dense white head. Retention is above average and lacing is decent.

Nose is very fruity and grainy...hint of brett and Smartees candy. Definitely farmhouse-y, earthy lemon zest and spiced almost tea-like presence. I like it. Alot.

Juicy, tart and grainy, almost a sour presence that works so awesome with a saison. Very light, especially for an 8%'er. ABV is so well hidden. Very 'spring' feeling, just a nice crisp saison that is very unique. Fantome makes some crazy shit that never fails to impress, if not always amaze.

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

Body is a hazy light yellow. With a half-inch head pour, the head dissipates to a ring and cap. Small amount of lacing.

Smells like--spring! There's some fresh lemon rind, green grassy hops, flowers, and some honey/candi sugar/malt sweetness.I wouldn't be surprised if some people find it rather strong smelling.

Tastes of light malt and lemon rind, hops come through in the long dry finish. There's a honeyed sweetness that balances the lemony acid.

Body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a most refreshing mouthfeel.

This beer summons to me a field of wildflowers in the mountains somewhere. It is light and lively, and the alcohol is not noticeable. A real pleasure to drink this one.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very clear slightly orangish gold with a huge cap of white foam that was 3" at first and grew after the pour. It took a couple of minutes before it even started to fade a little.

Aroma: Little bit of spicey pepper and dry wheat with some reserved citrus. I'm getting oranges in particular. I am getting peaches and apricots as the head fades farther. Very clean and subtly complex aroma.

Taste: The flvor is quite dry with subtle sweetness. The spices are apparent, but not overpowering. The beer is medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish has some citrusy sweetness and some spices and alcohol in there to dry things out. I can't say that I am picking up much hops on top of everything else.

Opinion: This is a really good spiced beer and probably one of the best complimented flavor I have had to date. The citrus is really neat and it is adding to the spice and alcohol as a very well crafted blend. I would definitely recommend this beer, though it is not a flavor I would want to drink often.

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Photo of wschmit
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Duvel Tulip. The label's a bit messed, so I can't tell when it was bottled, but the dude at the store said it's probably last year's. I'll go with that, as it's pretty funky-smelling as I open it.

A: Beautiful, hazy, straw body with lots of bubbles supporting a bone-white head that sputters down quickly, popping loudly. Not much lacing, but a bit.

S: Lemon, some herbs, 7-Up, and slightly bitter, astringent lemon or lime peel. There's a pronounced, sweaty funk, too, in the good way, maybe fresh-cut grass. This smells like a slightly barnyard, homemade lemon-lime soda. Delightful.

T: The taste is just a bit sweet, in a wheaten way. I like the astringent citric notes, and the mild, sour sweatiness melds everything together in the end. The barnyard really lingers in the best way possible.

M: Lighter side of medium. There's definitely some "chew," but it's pretty well carbonated and goes down nicely. Not a touch of alcohol.

D: Profoundly drinkable, if you're into saisons. Easy-going, refreshing, springlike indeed. Fantome's among the best, and this is no exception. This clocked in at 15 bucks for the 750mL, and is utterly worthwhile.

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Photo of gameface23
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clean, light yellow. Expressive head.

S: Slight barnyard funk, unpeeled citrus.

T: Predominant taste of an Italian lemon soda, some herbal notes and spice, and finishes with an earthiness.

M: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

D: The alcohol is VERY well hidden. I can't believe this is 8%. It drinks like it could be 4.5%.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy golden color with half a finger of white head that leaves slight lacing.

Slight smell from this beer. A hint of bready yeast funk. Almost a small skunked aroma. Musty, hint of citrus.

Taste has an immediate hint of light struck skunk to it, (damn you fantome and your green bottles) blends to a small citrus bite and yeasty funk with a peppery spice i can't quite place. Not nearly as crisp and citrusy as the fresh original fantome.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a saison with moderate to high carbonation. Works well and feels like a well crafted beer in my mouth.

Drinkable and 8% abv is really not evident, but the lightstruck slighty skunked, muted flavors detract. I need to get better at ensuring my fantome bottles are fresh and well kept.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: While the nose wasn't quite as strong as I expected there were some good elements of malt, citrus, and that typical barnyard funk.

T: A vibrant flavor of citrus (lemon) a nice helping of malt, the aforementioned barnyard funk, some yeast, and a dose of phenols. Very fruity, sweet, and complex.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable saison.

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

Sits a hazy yellow with a white head. Had almost a straw color to the brew.

Smell was heavy in spices. There was a decent amount of lemon and orange citrus with coriander, wheat, sage, thyme, and some rosemary.

The taste was all citrus up front. The spice notes came in hefty after the citrus fruits washed over.

This beer was very smooth. The tartness of the citrus gave the taste a small jolt but it wasn't attacking.

Very refreshing, a beer that would be all the more awesome on a summer day. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow color with tiny bits of floating sediment in it. Produced a light bubbly white head, but it did stick around for the duration of being in my glass. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A dry, yet lightly earthy lemon and orange peel. A potent spice: coriander or rosemary; maybe even sage.

(T)- Again, a nice dry light earth aspect. The fruit of lemon peel and orange takes center stage with those spices in the background. A bit reversed from the smell, but for the better.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Gladly not as spicy as the smell led me to believe.

(D)- A solid saison. A bit heavy on the spice addition for me, but it is a nice crisp and refreshing beer fitting for those spring or summer days out on the porch.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle.

A- Poured a very hazy lemony yellow color. One finger white head shows medium retention and dies to whisps of foam covering the top of the beer. Medium white ring style lace on the sides of the glass.

S- This has a blast of lemony citrus upfront. Actually this stays up front most of the aroma profile. Earthy smelling with grassy notes and some light almost weed like aroma. This actually gets really strong once the beer warms up! There is some light barnyard funk which I expected with this one. The base beer you can barley tell is their saison I would say. Overall this just smell wonderful.

T- The nose brought this beer up and the taste kind of let it go back down a notch. There is a lemony citrus hop bite right off the bat. This fades quickly into a pilsner like malt and lemon grass overtones. There is also a sugary sweetness that some might say is a little sickly sweet but it is fine with me. The yeast really shines as well toward the middle of the beer. The ending has lemon notes that carry past a stale hop bite. There is some light funk that is also in the ending that balances out a sugary sweet alcohol finish.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Lemon and more lemon left on the palate. Sweet alcohol, lemon notes, and light funky pilsner malt left in the aftertaste. Flavors were well balanced at times I thought. The lemon can be a little much at times through the beer. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean tasting for a Fantome beer.

D- I could drink multiple glasses of this one easy. I find that Fantome really knows what they are doing with the Saison style and world. ABV was nice and hidden until the end. Sugary sweet at times which halted a little bit of the drinkability to it.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, 2010 version (?).

Lemony gold and hazy. Creamy white head sticks around pretty well, leaving a few sheets of lace behind.

The aroma is fascinating. It is flowery and herbal, yet there is a pungent note of lime. Citrusy, but not in a hop sense. Marvelous.

Flavor is wheaty and herbal, with spicy notes such as oregano. Not as exciting as the aroma. Astonishingly clean for a Fantome beer, and not sour, but lightly tart. There's a bit of farmhouse funk and traditional Saison spiciness, but the beer's main focus seems to be clean and simple flavors. Earthy, with some citrus rind. The mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, though the high carbonation fades fast. Light and refreshing yet satisfying, this beer is incredibly drinkable.

Excellent Saison with an awesome aroma. Here's to Fantome!

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 750 ml bottle poured a hazy golden yellow color wiht a fresh 2 .5 finger head that receded to a brilliant white collar... smell is lemon first almost like a sprite then some sour fruit with some barn funk and wet grass with yeast and coriander nice spiciness ,,taste is much the same its a lemon sprite taste first followed by some sour fruit and barn funk yeast lots of nice spice flavors and malts play in the after taste..mouth feel is dry well carbonated crisp and refreshing... drink ability is good its has a nice funk to it just a bit to much lemon in the bottle i drank..will buy it again and drink it many more times

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 80.4% out of 100 with 592 ratings
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