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 MarkJBurch
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage. Hazy, straw like in color with a bone white head.

Yeast, grassy, spicy/ medicinal nose with a slight musty funk.

Flavor is similar to the aroma but less intense than I had anticipated. Light spice, lemon citrus and hay... Slightly metallic with a dry finish. Perfect carbonation and medium body.

Signature Fantôme. If I could I would buy this again... and again.. and again... and again...

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and capped bottle:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy pure white had that stays. Creamy lacing sticks. An elegant looking beer.

The smell is of lemon, freshly cut grass with tart fruity notes. Barnyardy hay and some floral notes mix in.

The taste is grainy and mildly funky with a mild sweetness. The fruitiness is lemon/orange tartness. Light peppery spiciness mixes with the sweet and tart. It finishes dry.

The feel, is, dare I say...perfect (and, if not, close enough to give it a "perfect" score). It is effervescent and creamy. Very smooth and undeniably refreshing. Alcohol is dangerously covered.

Fantome Printemps is another masterpiece from this great brewery. As usual, the description doesn't give it justice, as there is a way that this brewery has of making the spiciness elusive, a bit tough to describe, but so delicious. Subtle complexities are there, yet mild enough to make it so easy to drink. I can see how this fits the "spring" well, though completely enjoyable year-round!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL Fantome bottle ($14.99 in Detroit). The beer is hazed bright yellow-orange with a huge cumulus of white dry-looking foam. The aroma has some of the earthiness you expect from Fantome but above all I could smell fresh fruits like lemons, oranges, and pears. The fruit mixed well with the background saison must to give a really appealing nose. The beer tasted near perfect, sweet and sour components as if from the fruit themselves, maybe some spice or hops bite but not much, and the Fantome mystifyingly delicious base. The body is north of water but still light feeling, this bottle was empty before I knew it. Fantastic, among the best I've tried from Fantome, and really most everything they make is good.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very well carbonated beer, after carefully pouring this beer to create as little foam as possible, I still end up with a three-finger thick head that almost runs over the top of my tulip glass. The head forms a rocky, yet fluffy surface, which sits atop a fully hazy orangish straw gold color. As I pour this beer I get aromatic notes of Fantôme funk; lightly sour with a solid fruity interface. The aroma is quite fruity; it smells of apples, melon, pears and even some tart plum like notes. The aroma is so light and refreshing, just so inviting and so typically embodying the best of Fantôme aromatics.

The beer is nice and light on the palate, easily quaffable, and with its high carbonation almost ephemerally as it vaporizes on the tongue. This beer has a nice, noticeable, yet not dominating sour tartness to it that reminds me of pears, and a tart green apple. This beer is quite fruity, even though there is almost no sweetness left in this beer. It is quite dry with a nice grain character that shows just under the dominant fermentation character. This beer is so refreshingly light, a perfect beer for hot weather (interestingly enough it has been almost 90*F here today). There is not a whole lot to say about this beer other than it is an incredible Saison!

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Photo of uturn
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped & corked bottle poured into a boerken/boerinneken tulip.

A: As the cork was pulled out of the bottle a low hiss was heard. The beer poured a translucent golden yellow with a large 2 finger head with very active medium sized carbonated bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly and left a thin lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was all about citrus, leaning heavy on the lemon side with a mild funkiness.

T: The taste was mostly sweet lemon citrus up front, then a bite from some lemon zest to complement the sweetness. Not much sour or funkiness in this Fantôme just pure enjoyment.

M: The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with just the right about of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was amazing, this is one of the most refreshing beers that I have had in a very long time and not a hint of the 8% abv, heck you would think you were drinking an alcohol free beer, that is until you finished the bottle.

I would say this is a great beer to have NOT in the spring time (as the name suggests) but in the middle of the hot summer to help you cool down.

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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 Dspohn
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Gusler
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer upon its debarking the capped and corked 750ml green bottle sets in the glass a tarnished gold with a slight haze that clears after warming to the glass and room, the head is Herculean in size, creamy in texture and the color a bright white, as it slowly depletes the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet. Nose is a spicy mix of lime, wet wool blanket, sweet malt, and some wet fresh cut hay, start is sweet and has a nice grain presence, with a tartness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity with a crisp tartness that lingers long on the palate. Fantome is a magnificent brewery that produces a great many beers I love

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow pour with a small white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and citric. Sugary, orange, other citric flavors. Lemon. Palate is rich with flavors. At first the citris comes through from the nose, then it turns into a soury, overripe fruit. Cherry. Funky. Effervescence is present, but not as much as expected from the style. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a touch creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

This beer is a treat to drink because of all the wonderful and different qualities it brings to the table, err, glass. The beer starts out sweet and citric and moves into a funky sourish palate and finish. Each sip is a journey through many qualities. A pleasure.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 photomike
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the hazy color of hay with a wispy white head and little lacing.

Smells of sour green apples and white grapes with some barnyardy brett.

Taste is in the same league. Nicely tart with nice green apple, peach and underripe grape tastes with some wonderful barnyard funk. This is the beer I'd give to people to show just how tasty "barnyard" can be.

This is so clean and refreshing with some very nice, light carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. Refreshing and delicious, I could drink this all day.

Wonderful beer and big ups to bulletrain76 for sharing--I think I liked this beer more than anyone else at the tasting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick creamy head, built of impossibly small bubbles, very typically Belgian in appearance. Color is a glowing burnt orange/amber with serious bubble activity and just hazy enough to call beautiful. The abundant lace puts it over the top. This achieves that perfect look...according to my definition of what constitutes a perfect-looking beer.

The aroma features rough lemon and musty earth, backed up by flowery spices and something vaguely mineral. Sour cherry emerges after a bit. Delightful.

Flavor is definitely unusual. Probably the most intriguing and, as the label boasts, "adventurous" of the Fantomes to cross this tongue. There's a flash of crushed grain and rust (if I could imagine the flavor of rust) and then a sour fruitiness, but without the band-aid funk or yeasty slap many in this or the Biere de Garde style achieve. Sour cherry and grapefruit rind, and eventually, as it warms, less aggressive fruits, like banana and pear. An almost peat-like earthiness comes forth, the kind you might recognize from a Scotch Ale, but that's where the comparison ends; the malts here are light and bright while also possessing a raw, grainy feel. Sourness comes back to visit in the finish, puckering the insides of the cheeks, while a yeasty nuttiness tries pushing its way in. Very good, with remarkable complexity.

Not exactly sure how to rate the's an afterthought in the wake of each extremely interesting sip. Airy and springy, nice and dry, holding its own, but maybe on the too-thin side...or maybe not. It's fine.

Because this is such an interesting experience, something that makes you go "huh?" and has you contemplating rather than gulping to get drunk (respect beer!), and because this is pretty much the last thing you'd sit around downing with buddies while watching the game or whatever...and because it's a bit rare, maybe you wouldn't rate the drinkability through the roof. But then again, you might. One thing's for sure, it's an untamed, uncompromising, unusual Belgian ale...absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always full of excitement when trying a new fantome. Nice pop when the cork comes free, beautiful dark gold pour. Thick, almost amber with a huge, creamy white head. Gentle swirling in the glass works to coax the head back up to a steady 1/2 inch. Very pleasing. Smells faintly of lemons and honeysuckle. Taste is a surprising mix of sweet and sour. Some light tartness, almost like green apples, and lots of honeysuckle, some sweet vanilla, then the sour apple comes back. Mouthfeel is super smooth. Perfect for big gulps. Drinkability is perfect. I would drink another one right away if it was not so unusual for me to find, and so expensive. Really, a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange. A bright sun orange.

The aroma has tons of spices, corainder, fresh mint, and then lemon with a bit of a smokeiness along with a saison funk.

The flavor follows with a bright juicy orange, orange peel, and then a big sweet bready malt. Throughout there's peppery spice and herbs like corainder and floral. There's a smokey flavor and musty funk in there as well with a grassy dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

A really well made saison and I actually prefer it to Fantome Saison.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Fugazme
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally broke down and spent the money at Spirit World... priced at $16.99... but the manager gave it to me for $14.99...

A wonderful "pop" of the cork... a nice musty aroma emerged from the bottle with a bit of mist...

Pours a great orangey/coppery glassfull with a good bright white head... goes down fast to a pretty good looking cap and swirl is excellent.

Aroma is very cheesy and musty... this beer is a couple of years old by default being at Spirit World (they just hauled out last years christmas beers to sell for this year) and has stood up very well. Lots of lemony sourness... very nice.

Taste is sour upfront... bit of sour apple and lemon... lots of funkiness... quite good.

Mouthfeel is even a touch creamy.

Worth the wait and the money...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale yellow golden with a white frothy and tall head which lasted long to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with some begian saison yeast spiciness. Some slight acidity existed in the aroma, but the dominant aromatic was earthiness and fruitiness of orange and lemon.

The flavor was nicely done with a low wheat flavor, substantial, but not overpowering bittering and earthy hop flavors. The flavor was fruity with a lemon citrus flavor and slight orange peel flavors and bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting peel and hop bittering long into the aftertaste and very well done. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy due to the carbonation. This was probably one of the most drinkable Saisons I've had to date. The beer was nicely complex and inviting. Definitely one to purchase when the opportunity arises.

750 ml corked and capped bottle. No freshness dating.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. I need to get some more of these! 750ml corked and crowned bottle. Pop the top, and away we go. A light/mid orangey colour with a thick two finger head of dense egg-shell coloured foam. Aromas are all Fantome funk, and other junk. Brett characteristics are instantly recognizable, and on the back of the nostrils there is also a lactic presence as well. I also pick up the aromas of spices, flowers, french bread, earthy dirt, and spicy/floral hops that may or may not be German in nature. The taste is well integrated and funky to the max. Yeasty esters, dance with spicy notes, floral hops, and light, airy malts to creat a spectacular taste sensation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied/creamy smooth and to die for. Drinkability is killer. Dany strikes again.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had in the fall with a hope of spring. Has zest. And not as acidic as the winter version. A beautiful pour of cloudy orange. Nose is musky sour tang and floral pollen. Palate in the perspective of saison is dry tang but an essential grassy brisk quality. Malt comes through in mild hint of honeysuckle bitter floral sweet. Honey. Licorice. Coriander. And there a Dandalion bitter. And i warm of black pepper that sits on the tongue. A jolly pumpkin mineral an equal balance of tart, herbal and grass. Sour apple finish that is actually on the subtle side.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden-orange with a huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon, grass and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity sour apple, pear and spicy flavors, peppery and dry finish. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, I love it.

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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 Bierguy5
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, 8% abv. Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky white head. Good head retention. A good amount of sediment floating about.

Funky, sour notes up front. A bit of lemon zest, and pepper. Yeasy and fruity notes. A bit herbal as well. Nice complexity.

Sour and lactic in the beginning. A bit of a lemon flavor. A faint pepper note. Just a shade leathery. Dries out near the finish.

Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden so very well. Delicious. Perfect for a sunny, warm spring day.

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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 DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dried apricot color with a polished coppery hue. Foamy two finger high head rises up quickly even with a slow and careful pour, really clings to the glass some crazy lacing though it settles down and becomes a little splotchy. The head shrinks down to about a quarter or a finger high and stays that height through the end.

Rustic funky and earthy on the nose. Musty yeast. Earthy fruit, cranberries, crab apples, wet leaves a bit herbal

A bit of a lemony taste, very earthy, phenolic, tart a very slight bit vinegary.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation hits the tip of the tongue but then fades away. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, clean refreshing finish

Another world class beer from this awesome brewery!

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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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