Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

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

Appearance – The liquid hit my glass in a fog. It is light brown in color and produced a massive, retentive head. The carbonation is noticeable but very easy.

Smell – This nose opened up quietly but expanded as it warmed. My favorite part of the Saison aroma, the horsey notes, were subtle but very clean. The leafy, herbish smells dominated I think and offered a promise of some light bitterness to this brew. The base was made up of a strong, heavy yeast and there was a light sourness that prevailed throughout.

Taste – This is a gigantic, hard core Saison that caught me by surprise by hiding behind a relatively mild nose. The malts clearly form the base here, but the strong leafy hops offer an effective counter attack. The horse is still light as it was at the nose. Overall, a very balanced and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium body for sure. There aren’t any giant carbs or sourness here, but there is a big herb-like bitterness sort of like endive or maybe even field greens.

Drinkability – This is very smooth for a Saison with an interesting dryness at the finish.

Comments – I opened this as the last home-drank bottle prior to my departure for the Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Yee-haw!

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Photo of soper2000
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy when my local goods store started carrying Fantome products (albeit only 2). So it's needless to say I picked this up immediately. My experience with Saisons isn't broad by any means so I didn't really know what to anticipate. The brew poured an orangish/golden color with a large frothy white head. Smell had a fruity tartness to it with notes of spice and a slight must. First sip, hmm... I get a lot of really dry spiciness. Notes of cinnamon, hay, and something floral. I was actually expecting something a little more tart after the sniffing the beer for awhile. As it warms, a lot of the dry spiciness seems to clean up and balance out. It ends up being pretty refreshing and it's hard to keep yourself from taking long swigs from the glass. Excellent drinkability despite the high ABV. This was definately an excellent pickup for me.

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Photo of danadeny
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first saison and I was surprised. The head was very nice. Large, frothy, white and lasting. The body was a murky yellow-orange with cloudy particles floating around. The aroma was powerfully spicy. The hops were nicely balanced in their power, with a hint of pine. The yeast was sweet, earthy and musty. The alcohol flavor is light, and the flavor is powerful. Full of spicy clove and pepper, and a little smokey. The body was full with a sticky thick texture. The carbonation was lively, and overall the brew had a bitter finish. The flavor had moderate sweetness, lightly acidic, and heavy bitterness. Overall a smokey, hoppy, spicy, lively brew.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Printemps is more of a tripel than anything else -- a tripel poured into a bottle that once held gueuze -- with loud banana esters and lemon on the palate and a hot, phenolic, almost tannic finish from the alcohol which you cannot taste but can certainly feel.

The yeast is overpowering in this brew and contends with whatever spicing Fantome intended for us to taste. The mouthfeel is very unpleasant through and through, though I do find some relief in a round, juicy midpalate that almost immediately dissapears.

This is a big beer, perhaps best suited for the fall -- despite its name. The flavors are quite dynamic, but I feel as though whatever is potentially good about this beer is slighted by the yeast. I'm almost reminded of Stone VE 040404 minus the disgusting lime. Undyingly herbal.

Relax, relax.

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

shared a wonderful bottle of this with my sweetie on a hot, humid philly afternoon. had wanted to order the regular saison but the place was out of it and offered this in its place. Pretty wonderful beer and a reinforcement of my experience of wonderful, complex beers from this brewery. My knowledge of the style is limited but I am fast developing a taste and I gather that this brewery makes some of the best around. 22oz bomber shared in two goblets. Beer poured a beautiful pale yellow golden color with good carbonation, head, and appropriate cloudiness. arome of damp hay, wet grass, and old musty tent-evoking memories of belgian wheat fields, flemish dames, and the red baron. Tastes of old memories- lingering complex sourness, but not overpowering. some residual sweetness and a wonderful refreshing finish with a nice hint of alchoholic warmth. this beer goes down too, too easy and again would think it to be amazing paired with grilled fish or mussels. It did just fine for us alone, or should I say kept us quite nice company, a friendship tht I think will grow and that we will not easily tire from. great, great summertime beers these Fantome saisons.

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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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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange hue. This beer is full of carbonation and pours a nice inch high head in my St. Bernardus glass.

Smell: This beer has pungent tones of dry fruits and spices. I believe I smell also some pepper notes

Taste: This beer is an explosion in the mouth. Tart, pungent spicy notes hit the pallate like no other. There is definetly some pepper notes in here along with fruits. This beer cools off after a couple of sips, noting caramel, sweetness and creaminess towards the end. Nice dry crispness to the end.

Mouthfeel: This beer hits the mouth well. Light to medium bodied with an nice finish.

Drinkability: This beer at first was almost a bit much. But it cools down after a couple of sips and really settles into something great.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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 cokes
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Misty dandelion with a moderated white crown, average in both height and duration.
The distant nose is all of cobwebbed doughballs, iron-spiked white grapes, and dew upon dry grass. Plenty pleasing, but altogether faint.
Begins with a stale sourdough bread notation. Lightly crusty, dry, and hard. Gentle pinot grigo traits fill the gaps. White and lightly sweet with firm acidity. Phantoms of gueuze, but lacking potency, concentration and funk. Dilute lemon juice. Herbal as it rides out, with outpoking blooms.
Breadier and fuller post-yeast pour, and it finishes more closely to lemon-infused green tea.
Nearly medium in body with compacted but rapid carbonation.
No hints of the strength. None at all.

Decent beer, but this is at the bottom of my Fantome list (joined, perhaps with his Winter 2000 Saison). This lacks the usual pizzazz.

Thanks for all the Fantome stuff, Huge. Much appreciated.

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

Storm season has officially begun around here, and once the wetness stops, let's pray these April showers that come our way better bring some pretty damn gorgeous flowers that bloom in May! Anyway, to honor the start of the season, let's have some spring saison, eh?
Hazy, pale orange appearance, transparent at glass's foot, with a good, 1/2" fluffy head
Nose is yeasty and citric, musty, sour, heavy on the lemon.
Spritzy play on the palate at first, brightly tangy,with an everlasting tickle on the tongue, brisk and refreshing. Lightish body, beautiful texture, solid mouthfeel, goes down ever-so easily, like any saison should.
8%? They fooled me!
An excellent way to toast the demise, at last, of winter!
Now, to say goodbye to all this rain!

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Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with delicate lace and stain, its a pretty sight in my Corsendonk glass.

Smells of tart Granny Smith apples with soft and sweet yeast edges. Opens to notes of white pepper and lime zest though it continues to exude a pure and clear sent of Granny Smith essence.

Taste is both complex yet smoothly integrated. Flavors are sweet pale malt, some sour funk, and white pepper flowing into a finish of creaminess, green hops akin to tasty salad greens, and an occasional alcohol fusel. At just above cellar temperature it fuses into a flavor eerily similar to a decent Chardonnay - tart apples, pepper, and creaminess. Not the most gangbusters Saison I've met, in fact quite moderate and subdued, but more drinkable in its smooth character.

With a moderate mouthfeel of pleasantly slick fullness often pricked by a sizzle of carbonation, I found this to be an insatiable quaffer. It says Spring to me and will happily put it on my list of favorite Saisons. My first Fantome and it was goood drinkin'.

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

Pours a hazed golden color with a volcanous white head that stays around for a while leaving intricate lace in the tuliped Fantôme glass. A bit of chunks in suspension. Spicy, yeasty, lemon zesty, and peppery aromas with coriander or a similar spice noticable in the aroma. Taste's most interesting. Initially a mixture of citrusy sweetness and dryness furthered with a slight tartness in the middle and finishing a bit dry and inviting. Highly active carbonation leaves the tongue tickled and the taste buds satisfied. I've always loved all of the Fantôme offerings, this saison is particularly refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy dark golden color, large white head that sputtered down to a modest ring and skim. Deposited a fair amount of lace in its wake.
Nose: Lemony citrus aroma prominant with notes of peppery spice, shoe leather, and straw. Hints of alcohol present, too.
Taste: Biting citric acidity sizzles the tongue. Zesty lemon rind and dusty malts hold sway initially. Vinager-like sourness causes jaw to warp. Quite tart. Nicely spiced finish with pepper and coriander flavors helping provide a pleasant taste. Bit of a alcohol bite in the finish that left a vague warmth.
Feel: light, zippy and dry.
Overall: this brew had a nice cidery taste that was appealing. Tasty, refreshing brew. A bit high-powered from a %ABV standpoint but still a well-crafted saison.

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Photo of ark57
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like Fantome, but this is not one of my favorites. It is a murky copper in color. The aroma is spicy and hoppy. The medium body has floral and pine/spruce tastes. It finishes peppery. It is good, but I guess I just set too high of expectations for it.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

15 celsius in a trappist glass: Hazy liquid gold appearance, marvelously shiny. 1cm head that could last longer. Pure fresh cut grass emanes from this holy grail. Ridiculous amount of fine herbs (Chives, alfalfa, parsley) gives this seducing nose an almost botanic feel. In mouth, a weird fruitiness joins the blend, red bays, currant, coriander, sage. Quite hard to describe and original like any other of the house's creations. Finish also keeps this kind of herbal fruitiness and you just can't help but feel this has been made from quality water from a good well or straight from a pollution-less cascade. Different and refreshing in its wet hay acidity, but I doubt I'd buy again. Props to Martin for that generous sample!

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +13%
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 +9.2%
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 -5.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +9.7%
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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