Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
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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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Photo of Fabianno
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML green bottle, corked, not caged, purchased at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ... I love Fantome products, so I had high hopes for their seasonal Spring sample... Green logo sticker with a menacing white ghost... Appearance was a bright orange and tangerine color with a decent-sized frothy head... as with many other Fantome brews, there was a noticeable champagne-like quality associated with this sample... obvious carbonation bubbling up, with a very spritzy, citrus-like smell... taste was similar to a seltzer-feel, with lime, nectarine, lemon flavors... very refreshing taste with a pepper-like quality also apparent... another good brew from Fantome, and as usual, bursting with unidentifable, unique flavors including a grapefruit and noticeable caramel - bittersweet aftertaste... Good, crisp, clean mouthfeel, with an equally good level of drinkability... the 8% ABV is barely noticeable behind a rich combination of aromas and flavors... Recommended...

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is slightly skunky, slightly funky yeasty. Lemongrass powdery-dry cirtric herbal earthy. Smells pretty good.

Pours moderately haze pale yellow apricot with mild head. Look good.

Nice tartness upfront, lots of yeast - funky not crazy, very lemon and some orange (blood orange?) with sweet-lemon sweetness. Dry powder, dry wheat. Maintains nice tartness and carbonation throughout. Moderately fruity. Not a light quencher like a typical Saison - lots of flavor and body with nice acidity indeed. Spicy white pepper maybe coriander. Wonderful tones of lemon (both in flavor and sweetness). Tastes good. Feels quite good. Great drinkability.

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Photo of dfried
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow in color, sudsy big bubbled head forms then quickly fell to nothing. There was a ton of bubbles clinging to the sides and rising right after the pour, then poof no head at all, wierd. Zesty lemon aroma, some wheaty notes, and perfumy herbs. The taste reflected the lack of carbonation, it was kind of flat and almost tea like in flavor. Tons of lemon in the flavor, some other citrusy notes like oranges. Musty barnyard grass and wheat flavors are there but take a back seat to the tangy, spicy herbal and citrus flavors. Despite the low carbonation, the mouthfeel was still quite tangy.

Overall: I am not quite sure if they intended this beer to be this low on CO2, and have zero head retention, but the flavors were still there and I thought it was pretty good all in all. The zesty-est saison I have tried. My drinking companion said it reminded her of orange spice tea. Great sping offering.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange cloud with a hard glow in bright light. Solid medium sized lightly yellowed cap puffs up quickly to reside to a firm lasting cap of about a quarter inch always present. Lacing is lightly foamy and patterned in thick strings and a few spots.

Aroma has a popping spice of lemon pepper with a slight musky rustic wave from the yeast action and a slight grassyness. Gently powering and adequately waftable on the nose.

Taste is quite spicy and complexly driven by the yeasty stuff. Partailly souring with lemon juice and lime skin, a bit of tangerine sticks to the gums and tongue in parts of the late finish. Tiny bits of white pepper, corriander, metalic scrappings, and high toned grasses make for lots of added interest. Nothing to withstanding in length as the peppery notes and tin phenols are the only thing that seems to stick in warmth as it floats into the finish. A light citrusy center envelopes as it begins to warm. The spices are quite complexing, but not quite as impressionable for me as the malt body in this is shortened compartively to other Fantome brews I like alot. Although, If ya like spicy beers, this will definately float your palate boat. A little too spicy for my buds, but likeable in an intriguing fashion as it tends to grow on ya with a wonderful spicy warmth.

Feel is firm and active with a whole lot of vibrant, mouth tenderizing spicyness. Mildly souring in a moderate tone of acceptable lemony-limeness and broadening yeasty grab and heavy texture. Dryness is also frim and moderate in tone, making for a slower session.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy, pillowy white head that takes quite some time to recede, leaving a thick trail of white lace down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light, little chunks of yeast are visible at the bottom of the glass and suspended in the liquid.

S: Floral, herbal aromas reminiscent of dandelions and violets are first to appear on the nose, followed by scents of biscuits, crackers, grass, straw, papaya, guanabana, unripened pineapple, orange, lemon, tangerine, spiced pears, clove, and lactic, funky yeast.

T: Notes of dandelion, heather, violets, fennel, clove, anise, crackers, biscuits, heavy cream, straw, grass, lemon, lime, tangerine peel, orange rind, green apple, unripened pineapple, guanabana, papaya, must, and lactic, vinegary funk contribute an especially turbulent feel to the mouth. The finish is herbal and floral with dandelion, heather, violets, cream, and baking spices giving way to delicate notes of spiced pears, oak, and cider apples.

M: Light-to-medium in body, smooth, and creamy. Alcohol presence is very restrained and the beer goes down very easily. The only problem here is that it is slightly undercarbonated. Still, it is easy to drink for such a complex, idiosyncratic ale.

O: It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Brasserie Fantome and saisons in general. This year's Saison d'Erezee-Printemps is an excellent take on the style. If you are into Belgian ales at all, then you will probably enjoy this, or at the very least, find it intriguing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer is a hazy yellow hue, with a small white head and moderate lacing. The aroma offers citrus, yeast, floral hops, funk. Another tasty offering from Fantôme. Well balanced and full of flavor. Medium bodied with just under average carbonation. Really smooth on the palate. Great feel. 8% abv is surprising, as this is pretty easy to drink. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lives up to the volatile nature Fantome has for pours, as it produces an near uncontrollable amount of head. I'd venture at least 75% of the glass is pure foam. It looks as you'd expect, but it's just over-the-top. Aroma has a distinct pizza dough quality - specifically, pizza hut - with notes of garlic, black pepper, oregano and baked bread. Odd, but I rather enjoyed it.

The spice is a bit less prevalent than on the nose, but possesses the same qualities - oregano & basil are upfront, pepper & peppercorn with dashes of Belgian yeast carrying the rest. Garlic, onion and some very mild phenol peaking in as well. Very distinct. I thought it came together nicely once you adjust to the huskiness of the spice. Feel is less carbonated than I like in my saisons, but still fine.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a pilsner apart from the strong soapy head and lacing.

Light breadiness, orange peel and zesty spice.

The base beer is light and unobtrusive but Fantome has added it's secret dose of magic to make this beer exceptional. I don't know what they did but it works (I swear I taste cannabis).

Mouthfeel light, ABV controlled.

Sessionable beer that seems simple and reserved but under close inspection is a complex and distinct beer.

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Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 SalMineo
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pretty good ale from Fantome. I had an older one of these that found in the back room of Julios Liquors.

Pour- Had a hazy golden color to it with just a little bit of yeast swirling around to it.

Smell-Had that fermented fruit smell to it. It reminded apple cider smell. As always there aromas are kinda of unique and enjoyable.

Taste-Mild fruit red apple tang to it with definitely a wheat presence to it. My buddy who drank it with me describes it as also having a sort of Tobacco taste to it although I could not detect it. I had more of a cider taste in my mouth when I drank it.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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 augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The birds have returned and the Chinese magnolias are in full bloom - seems like Spring is upon us here in Los Angeles, so time to crack open a seasonal ale.

Bottle lists a BBD range of 2008 - 2013, none marked. The cork code is simply the phone number of the brewery, so no clue when this was actually bottled (no later than 2008 obviously).

Cork comes out with a loud pop, which is a small triumph for Fantome - I haven't had a flat bottle in a while, but it used to be every one I purchased was severely lacking in carbonation.

Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Solidly opaque lemon-tinged icterine body. Active head hisses its way down to a half finger of creamy ivory suds. Good lacing and retention.

Lime, very faint penicillin, lactic yeast notes, and a light sourdough aroma as well. Restrained.

Lemon-lime, sour milk, mineral-rich champagne, pomegranate seeds, and lemon gum drops. Sweet, tart, with a slightly drying finish. I find myself searching fruitlessly for any sign of hops or phenols. Reminds me of a high-end fresh mimosa with maybe a dash of home-made bitters and a squeeze of slighly fermented lemon juice.

Creamy yet crisp. Just about medium-bodied, with a light effervesence.

If this is so much like lemonade, what is their Summer seasonal like (I'll have to open one of those next).

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Photo of nj111579
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Michael at a recent Fantome tasting, who are you going to call? Fantome drinkers.

Again beer is yellow with a haze and a small white head of small bubbles, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Lots of flowers in this one, yeast, esters, bready, mild funk.

Beer is thin, and thinned out a little more by carbonation, lots of breadiness and yeast in the palate here, strong finish, a little dry, mildly bitter, a good one, one of my favorites of the seasonal releases. Someone send me an Autumn.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not marked so now way to tell bottle date, I've had it a few months from a store that regularly moves product so I'm guessing less then a year. Poured into a tulip, it a appears a clear golden color with continuous bubbles rising to the top with a big white frothy head that lasts. The nose is definitely funky with a barnyard type smell and some pepper. The taste has the funk with a slight tartness as well as some good citrus flavors. Has a light crisp body with good carbonation, very refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Fantome's 2013 Printemps is a saison with notable bitter hops, lemon-lime zest with coriander and saison yeast complexities. The smoke flavor is enough to detract some points early on, but as it disappears without any effort in a modest amount of time after opening, I feel like I was able to experience the full spectrum of what Dany was trying to offer here. Would I get this again? Definitely, but I do hope that the brewer is able to resolve these smoke-like qualities appearing in his beers, as others seem to have not been so fortunate with Fantome as myself.

Pours a large, dense (small bubbles), cloud-like head of fluffy white foam, with excellent retention of several minutes, very slowly fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, a dense wash of wavy, pock-marked foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy beer (20-30% opaque), very active and numerous.

Aroma is fairly bright, rather floral, fruity in a lemon citrus way, with some coriander and a bit of the Fantome yeast strain(s) yielding slightly light mustiness and sitting-in-the-sun hay. Kind of like a saison-witbier hybrid, very pleasant, and definitely a flavor combination that has influenced other saison brewers.

A moderately light, slightly salty, smoky flavor is present in this beer at first, but as the beverage warms, this fades out and allows the other flavors to become dominant: eventually, I'm not able to detect any smoke character at all (without the smoke, I would have rated this 4.25-4.5). Front of palate detects lemon-lime zest with hints of coriander, flowers, candied ginger, Fantome yeast mustiness and hay-like funk, and pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of clean, assertive hop bitterness with notable floral qualities, coriander and lemon peel, candied ginger, mild yeast-influenced mustiness and hay-like flavors with a slight pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate picks up strong, clean hop bitterness with equally notable coriander and lemon-lime zest flavors. Aftertaste of clean, assertive hop bitterness with some floral and herbal notes as well as minor pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in, at first, a slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but this quickly becomes lightly foamy, which is classic and quite pleasant for the style. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange color with just under one fingers worth of bubbly white head that disappeared quickly. The smell is peppery with other spices like oregano involved. The flavor follows suit as you get pepper, coriander, oregano, and lime. The feel is just under medium as the carbonation is low and goes over your tongue smoothly. This is my first Fantome beer and I'm very excited to find more.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 paleoplant
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Printemps is likely a good Saison but it's the spicy notes that define the beer.

At its base, the pilsner malts give enough confection sweetness to keep it from complete dryness. Kettle caramelization gives more depth to the malt depth and sweetness. Otherwise, the beer is biscuuity and estery in true Belgian fashion.

But those spices give bold notes of cayan pepper, chilies, paprika, and softer corriander and curraco. A dash of cummmin here and white pepper there and we have a phenolic rich spiciness to give rise to the fruity esters, yeasty flavor,and sweet malts.

I find the spiciness to be as interesting as they are distracting. Other than that, Printemps is an average Saison for Fantome- which means that it is still excellent.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Solid pour provides a huge head with tight bubbles which hangs around for a while.

S- Hops, farmhosue yeast, and and citrus dominate the nose.

T- Tasty stuff, with sweetnes up front, a tart middle, and a drying finish. Wish the end was more of a dry finish than a hop bitterness.

M- Smooth and carbonated well, maybe a hint too much carb.

O- Overall, a solid Fantome, though I prefer the Hiver more.

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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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