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

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A: Pours a nice cloudy straw yellow with a decent amount of pure white head that takes awhile to settle. A thin ring of foam lines the glass, and there is only a touch of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is lightly sweet, with grain, lemon, grass, and maybe a bit of apple. There is also yeast and spice in the back end.

T: This beer starts out sweet with mild malt and good grass character. The lemon and spice cone on in the middle, but the spice never dominates. Mild bitters, green apple, and yeast in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. It’s mild and refreshing from start to finish. This beer envelops the palate and is extremely well balanced. Spice and yeast linger, but nothing too over the top.

O: Another really drinkable saison from Fantome. I am not sure what year this beer is, but I would imagine that it has been in a cellar for over a year. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this in the future for comparison.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. The foamy white head retains wonderfully and leaves a thick blanket of lacing coating the glass.

S: Lemon rind tartness. Freshly cut grass. Pepper, spices, and garden herbs. Slightly musty like an old book. Bread and biscuit malt base. Lightly estery with a sense of banana, pineapple, and tangerine.

T: Much more funky than the nose suggested. Rustic, horse blanket. Sharply phenolic with a strong hit of clove. Pepper and spice. Light lemony tartness. Herbal mid palate with tastes of thyme, oregano, or other such garden herbs. Playful tropical esters of pineapple and tangerine. Grass and hay. Grainy. Phenols come back toward the end with brute force, stopping just short of being a total turn-off. Medicinal, band-aid. Finishes with strong phenols, hay, and must.

M: Medium bodied. Feels slightly weighted due to a restrained carbonation. Very creamy and even a little slick.

O: Very raw and rustic. A bit much, actually. It would be world-class if the phenols were reigned in a bit more. They get a little rubbery and plastic-y. It isn't enough to derail the beer though. In fact, the strong phenols seem to fit in an odd sort of way.

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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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Photo of magictacosinus
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

When I heard they were offering flights including this at Trappist Provisions, I knew I had to pass by and try some Fantôme kookiness for the first time. This was very strange! Poured into a 6oz wine glass out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a golden straw, classic saison color with a frothy, white head. Bubbles seem to come in dregs, but dissipate rather quickly. The head seems to eventually go away as the carbonation disappears, but some decent lacing remains on the glass. Not bad, but NOTHING that indicated me what I was about to get myself into.

Right, so right at the front, I'm immediately getting all kinds of off aromas and phenols that Fantôme is known for, and yet to be credited or disregarded for: grassiness, barnyard haystacks, funky earthiness, manure (not joking), sweat, dandelions, basil, rosemary, lightly tinged lemongrass. What the hell is this? Completely bizarre - cannot make out any notes resembling malts or grains for that matter, although if anything validates as "rustic" or "earthy" in the realm of beers, this takes it to the most literal form possible.

The flavor is ever MORE bizarre! There's immediately touch of the grassy haystack flavors (luckily no cow dung here) that immediately changes into a peat smoked malty haze. Charred bark melds with gritty grains and malts and immediately a charcoal-like aftertaste follows. There's a tinge of pepper, maybe some strange off saltiness, but the smoky flavor goes on for a while, and leaves bright dandelion and cilantro herbal flavors at the back of the tongue. A touch of bitterness, and maybe some grainy earthiness, but otherwise totally out of whack in a way that is fascinating yet not very pleasant. Alcohol is marvelously hidden. I shouldn't have let this sit around and get warmer though - by the end, the smokiness turns to a near pork rind astringency, and the grassiness gets so funky and herbal that I was on the verge of gagging without even aiming to.

This was utterly strange, and I admit full responsibility knowing what I was I was getting into here. It seems every review of this beer is different too, and while I don't think I got a bad bottle (indeed, the earthiness here is astonishing), the malts may be too over dried or smoked. This was an eye-opening beer indeed, but I do hope I have more uplifting rather than physically demanding beers from Fantôme in the future. As of this review, I have a saison in my cellar that I'd like to open soon. Here's hoping it turns out okay!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this bottle is from last printemps. But it's the best I can do. Tasted 31 March 2013.

Pours a mostly clear orangey gold. One finger of white head, okay retention, not much lacing. A bunch of big bubbles sitting on the surface after it subsides.

Smell begins with a blast of white grapes. Powerful chardonnay, followed by a light floral note, and underlain by pale malts. It's different, without much of the other elements I expect from a saison. No funk, only the tiniest hint of spice.

Taste is similarly dominated by dry white wine. That's almost all I taste, and it's an oaky chardonnay-like dryness. It's like a good chardonnay, but sadly, I don't like chardonnay, and I really wish this tasted more like a beer. Where exactly is the saison character in this? If I dig, I can find about 20% that feels like saison, in the robust pale malts and the sizzly spicing. But the rest says white wine. Weird.

Feel is quite light-bodied, evaporative on the back end. Medium-low carbonation, which is just fine. The lightness is really pleasant, making it feel delicate and refreshing. The high point of the beer.

There are some things I really like about this beer, and I'm actually enjoying drinking it, mostly. But it reminds me way more of a dry white wine than a beer, and that's not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve had this in my fridge for long enough; time for some legendary Belgian beer.

A: A truly captivating presence – pours a luminescent gold with a torrent of bubbles rising through. It shines in every light, constantly drawing your eyes to the glass. After a few moments, what’s left above the body is a layer of hardy lacing, showing precisely where the white, creamy head had previously risen to; that, plus a half-inch of creamy retention, give this the classic saison look.

S: A nose that’s alive with complexity, a delicate mix of fresh fruit and earthen mineral scents. A long-winded tone of soil and dark herbs bring to mind mushrooms, mulch, and leather – abnormal as they may be, they hang on for the duration of the nose, and my palate becomes more and more intrigued by the minute. Lime rind and fresh mango pick up toward the middle, pushing toward the final Belgian end: zesty, catty hops and a mildly funky yeast note.

T: This is a slow-developing, exquisite palate; flavors go deeper and deeper with every subsequent sip. Moderate phenolic flavors with a strong backbone of soft candi sugar and sweet malt comprise its strongest, most superficial layers, but interspersed throughout is a woody, meaty, herb-laden flavor of (like the nose) cooked mushroom and hickory – it’s absolutely mind-boggling how it works so well nestled amongst the otherwise sweet palate. There’s a certain funk to it, too, a musty effect that goes perfectly with the herbs that the mushroom tastes bring with them. Hops are present throughout the palate, but take a back seat until the finish; the syrupy character of the sugars melds with leafy, rindy hops and a wood-smoked dryness to form a chewy, balanced aftertaste.

M: Quite filling, to be honest. I never thought I’d have a saison that would be this much of a sipper, but the sugars of the palate thicken it up to the point of syrupiness, nearly. It would go well with a nice seafood dinner – not light enough to be overtaken by the food, not heavy enough to become the centerpiece of the meal.

O: A saison that people described as having mushroom and smoky rauchbier flavors would scare me out of a purchase, but plunging headlong into unknown flavors is what craft beer is all about. Now that I’ve had it, I know exactly what I would expect the next time I drank it, and I don’t think that would be as fun; picking out all the intricacies of a strange beer like this is the main reason I buy these crazy Belgian concoctions in the first place.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for popping this one open - I'm always excited to try something from Fantome that I've never had before. Pours a bright orange-tinted yellow color; cloudy and musky with a few pieces of sediment floating around. The foamy white head is a few sparks of carbonation short of being fizzy; it lasts for only a few moments before it's gone.

Lots of lemon and lemon zest in the first whiff I take. Almost borderline Lemon Pledge, without the heavy amounts of "cleaner" in it, although it does have a very crisp and clean smell. I can definitely say that I haven't smelled anything else like this; other bits of fruit dangle around the edges - pear, light citrus, and maybe even banana? Spices seem heavy as well; clove, white pepper, and maybe even ginger.

Printemps, like many Fantome brews, is so hard to figure out. It's so enigmatic, strange, different, and just completely unlike anything else. I have nothing else to compare to. I finally pick up a familiar smell - some wet hay and light funky barnyard, very characteristic of the yeast used in many Fantome beers. I can't even imagine how this one will taste.

As expected, I take a sip and the first thing I think is, "what the hell am I tasting?" So different and unique and strange and tasty, all at once. Lemon hits first up front - not tart, however, rather it's sweet and actually quite spiced. Bits of cardamom, white pepper, clove, ginger, and a clusterfuck of other unidentifiable things rush into the scene. Light rotten banana and sweet pear accompany the lemon zest in the fruit department as well.

Malts lend a big helping hand; some caramel and sufficient breadiness give a nice backbone to the beer. This beer is sweet without being sickeningly so, and so goddamn discernible that it's crazy. I'm getting some notes very reminiscent of Pez candy and light strawberry fruits near the end, too - something that I was picking up on much heavier in the regular Fantome saison. Must be something unique to the brewery. Whatever it is, I love it. Medium bodied with a crisp mouth feel and a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

Holy smokes, I don't even know where to begin with this one. It's so extremely different than anything else out there that it's quite hard to gauge relative to anything else. So tasty and unique, refreshing and drinkable for being 8% ABV. Fantome never disappoints (not me, anyway) and Printemps is no exception.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Hojo for breaking this out

A cloudy orange body with a fluffy white head than never quite dissipates. Good amount of clingy lace, with some modest sip marks.

The nose is fairly straightforward for a Fantome. Some underlying notes of sage, leather, citrus, doughy yeast, and a touch of mint.

An excellently balanced saison. Delicate flavors roll over the tongue. A little bit of grassy/earthy bitterness with herbs, mint, lemon, and slightly damp wheat.

Light bodied, crisp, and pretty damn dry.

This is a great classic example of the style with a ton of nuanced complexity. It seemed like something new popped up with every sip.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching Fantome tulip. At the time of this review, this is the most current, fresh release that has a new style label that matches the Hiver and Classic saison label. The brew itself pours a brilliant clear golden copper color with a rich white froth of head that holds with solid retention and paints webby strings of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap without even needing to swirl. Subsequent pours get hazier as you approach the dregs on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma has an oily lemon essence somewhat reminescent of coriander. Some herbal hop inclusion is also there along with almost an addition of garden herbs like parsley an a cooling sort of mint. There is a bit of a solvent alcohol note that while not out of place for an 8% brew, it is atypical for Fantome which usually hides the alcohol masterfully.

The flavor is a bit herbal, bitter and rindy. A taste of grass is left inside the mouth along with mint, herbs and rinds somewhat like coriander but with more of an oily feel and less lemon than expected. There is some funk present in this that is minorly phenolic. Like the aroma suggested, the neutral sort of alcohol presence is fairly bold from mid palate into the finish that really draws out the perceived bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is always a unique experience enjoying Fantome. I gotta say though that maybe it is the freshness of this offering that I am not particularly fond of or perhaps a more aggressive hopping rate in Dany's offerings lately. While I have enjoyed this brew significantly more in the past, this was still a worthwhile adventure. Like all Fantome offerings, you have little to no idea what you are in for. This was by no means the worst Fantome offering ive but it also pales in comparison to the classic Fantome saison when it is "on."

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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 bigfnjoe
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and capped bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very, very light shade of yellow with a one finger white head. Even more pale than your generic lager, looks almost like lemonade. Head is robust and sticks around for awhile. Interesting

S- getting a little bit of lemon peel and coriander, with some slight funk coming through as well. Solid

T- very...bland. Some light funk, some light lemon, and not much else going on at all. Honestly, tastes like a Summer Shandy with some extra lemon juice in it....disappointing

M- medium bodied

O- yeah, I know there's a lot of bottle variation with Fantome...but this one is a complete miss. Nothing interesting going on here at all

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter, hazy golden pour, moderate head, decent lacing. The aroma is herbal, green apple. It has herbal hops and spices, lingering finish is a mix of grassy hops, lemons. The body is light, easy drinking. Something did not work for me, enjoyable brew, but it was missing something.

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Photo of cvm4
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden amber. Somewhat clear. Big, frothy two finger head.

S - It smells off... I'm getting some yeast, grasses and light pepper.

T - Just tastes like an over spiced beer. I get no endearing qualities of a saison or what a saison style beer should be. It's very vegetable/herbal along with mild fruit notes.

M - Great mouthfeel... High carb and lighter body, which I love in saisons.

O - This is my second one to try and I waited until the second to do a review. The first was an older label and I declare the newer label the winner. But, overall I wouldn't say this is a top rated saison. Too grassy/herbal/vegetable and nothing that sets it apart besides underwhelming me.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2012 vintage) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a touch of orange. A few yeasty particles float in the liquid that is capped by a big finger of dense white and whipped creamy head with good staying power. Tons of webby lacing coats the entire glass as the beer level falls.

S - Very spicy on the nose and more than a little bit skunky. The skunk is very noticeable and dominates the early nose of the beer. Closer inspection shows sweet and juicy fruit aromas - peaches, oranges, lemons, apricots. Light malty sweetness, traces of grain. Hops are grassy and floral.

T - Sugary sweetness at the base, layered with citrusy lemon and sweet oranges. Medium level hop bitterness, spicy and grassy hop flavors. A touch of herbal flavors. The hops really take center stage...each sip starts with an inhale that brings in the skunky aspects, a bit of alcohol.

M - Lots going on here...body is on the lighter side and loaded with carbonation giving a bit of a foamy and tingly feel. The skunky aspects first register in the nose and then hit the back of the roof of the mouth on each sip/inhale. Alcohol becomes more noticeable and is felt on the inhale as the beer warms.

O - I don't know...I always find these Fantome seasonal saisons to be quite good, interesting and a bit on the fringes of what I typically get out of this style. Even as broad as this style designation is, these beers always seem a bit weird to me...and typically in a good way. This one is no different. Judging the inidividual components, there is nothing that stands out as remarkable, but the overall package really works well. Somehow, the beer smells and tastes of the spring season...can't quite place how/why, but it does and I give the beer points for that. A bit off the beaten path, but really enjoyable saison.

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Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear rich amber copper, dense frothy egg shell colored head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is rich as well, earthy old sock low notes which fade with warmth, sweet fruity high notes

Surprisingly strong herbal bitter is the dominant flavor, masticated tree bark, tobacco. Lots of fruits, none ripe. Dry twang kicks in the aftertaste, the herbal bitter stays long on the tongue. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Printemps Saison, 2012, pours a cloudy orange under a small, foamy head that doesn't ever quite dissipate.

Nose reveals gamey prosciutto, grilled, smokey beef brisket, sage, lemon, horse blanket (the only saison I've ever had that literally smells like what I remember of horse blanket), dried and fresh apples, chamomile, thyme, and basil.

Taste quite simply follows nose. Complex but elegant because all notes are distinct but perfectly balanced against each other. Could use a little more acidity on the finish to clean off the amazing animal complexity. But that would gild the lily.

Creamy mouthfeel with nice but hardly overpowering carbonation.

I have enjoyed beers before. This is a revelation.

I imagine this would go well with duck, venison, and good, gamey pork or beef.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a good sticky foam head. Not towering, but this one lasts.

Spicy barnyard malt, yeast, husk, some grassy notes.

Hops up front, with some mint, pepper, husk, yeast. Big hop finish that is more pure bitter than anything. A hopped-up saison. Not sure how I like this. It works, but odd.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Tasty and crazy complex. Some parts I kinda like, the rest I love. Worth trying, but not what you'd expect.

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Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vint 2012:
Pours a nice golden ale with a solid finger of tight, white foam. Smells a bit skunked, with a good herbal character, some sage, mint and grass, soft and sweet yeast with a bit of clay and coriander. Hints of noble hops and a bit of cigarette butts. Flavor is bitter, with accents of corn, medicinal bitterness, manure, a bit of hay and oxidized grain. Medium bodied with limited carb and a dry finish. I’m torn on this beer, it is very, very complex – but do I like it? I certainly respect it. The nose is beautifully intriguing, and yet the flavor is a little disappointing. I imagine the 3f gueuze fan to really like this one, but it is a little too funky it seems for my liking. I am confused as to whether this is actually skunked, as the beer was stored in a store, albeit in the back of a shelf, out of maximum light…. Who knows. It has some character that would make me think this has some pilsner stylizing to it.

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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 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 ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Glowing golden and yellow at the edges with significant hazing and floating sediment. Moderately sized, near-white head that leaves webs of lace on the way down. Pretty.

Floral yeast, apple, earth, and some funk combine very nicely in the aroma. There's also some white grape notes as well, especially as the beer warms. There's a tiny bit of a mustard aroma as well, especially on longer, bigger whiffs.

The flavor is more concentrated on the pear, green apple, white grape elements found in the aroma, with the earthy funk and mild bitterness only playing a small role. Somewhat grassy and mild yeast complement this nicely.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I suppose it could use more bubbly.

I'm enjoying this quite a bit, as I do most Fantome offerings.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This spring seasonal pours a light bodied, very cloudy and creamy tangerine orange in color with a billowing three finger, very soapy white head. The nose is mellow and citrusy with traditional Belgian yeast character. It's nothing crazy, not overly unique, but true to the style. The flavors are dry and musty. There is plenty of orange peel , grass, and musty funk and yeast. It has a grainy after taste. It's different. It's just really mellow. The flavors are what you'd expect from the style, and this brewery. This beer just isn't really unique. Compared to their other offerings, this is kind of in the middle of the pack. The mouthfeel isn't as stellar as their other beers. It's dry, lighter in body, and is relatively easy to drink. Still, it is hard to compare a saison like this to their regular. They're totally different while still sharing house characteristics.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Honey amber with some effervescence and the lightest of heads. Almost clear.

S: From a distance, unbearably skunky. Up close, sort of lagery and bland. Reminiscent of Heineken. Bleugh.

T: Not that good. Very Euro-lagery in character, from the light spritz to the grassy-weak hops to the grainy malt characteristic. I am incredibly disappointed, especially after other excellent Fantômes I've tasted.

M: Grainy-sweet...feels like it belongs in a 'forty.'

O: Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this is just not very good. I would never recommend it, and I'm sceptical about paying the money to verify my terrible experience.

EDIT: I'm going to keep the above review (scores were 4.5A/2S/2.5T/2M/2O), but in an effort to improve what I was drinking, I sloshed around the last third of the beer bottle to agitate the yeast, and it definitely made the beer better. Here goes a same-night re-review.

A: Almost a finger of white, frothy head fades soon. The beer is a honey-dull brown, opaque.

S: Skunky, but with fresh flowers (jasmine?) and fruit.

T: Still grainy with skunky-poor hops, but the added yeast gives it a well needed dimension. Light spice and a fruity tartness puts up a losing battle against the overwhelming corn-like malt bill.

M: Same complaint as before...if malt liquor used Belgian yeast. ;)

O: Still not that great, but at least it's noticeably a saison.

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

Gambled again on a Fantome...and won. Beer looks as expected, poofy white head, fade qucikly. Golden straw color and opaque. Aroma is slightly off putting. Band aide, phenols, some straw. Also a dose of funkiness. Flavor is initially sweet, and lemony like a sweet tart lemon candy. The band aid shows up again here in the flavor. A little tart, a little funky. Dry, but with a distinct twangy tart aftertaste. Overall there are a lot of things going for this beer...but the band aid is a little much for me.

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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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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
4.04 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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