Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
584
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Photo of meadhead
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tart
Sour
yeast Lip pucker
old Nut shell
Corn dry Leaf
Strong pepper
grass Hay
hint of sweet lemon

A challenging ale

Pours a murky yellow tan
with a tiny fading head

Smells of Tartness and sour
with ambigous mustiness

Tastes like was mentioned
an almost
Grand Cru like sourness
without the fruitiness

Mouthfeel is good and
nicely carbonated

drinkability is hampered by the sourness
but makes
a nice sipping ale with dinner
(not my favorite cup of saison
but quality stuff nonetheless)

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Photo of zoso1967
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark amber brown with a smaller creme head. Nose is slightly yeasty and grassy, but rather mild. Certainly not what I have come to find other Fantome brews to be. Flavor is a bit different than I am used to from these guys. I get a subdued sweet with a tart ending. Almost a old grass influence, but very mild. Touch of wood. Tangy is the key word here I think. Feel is fairly standard for the style. It is drinkable, sure. But I am wondering if this is a bad bottle, or just how the style is. There is nothing really exciting or interesting about this beer, except how different it is from others from the same brewery.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

green 750ml bottle. cork 086/477044. notching scheme on the label is never utilized. tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden straw color w lightly orange tint. slightly hazy first pour, even hazier in the second. murky dark dregs. 2-finger foamy white head, fades to thin wisps and ring, replenished by duvel tulip's etching. great curtainous lacing.

aroma: very fruity tropical aroma, like fresh squeezed orange juice, w touch of passion fruit and pineapple. like starburst candy. lots of mustiness upfront, but dissipates and becomes a gentler farmhouse scent. fruitiness, also now with white grape character, remains dominant however. hint of hops. candied orange peel, candied ginger, traces of licorice and anise.

taste: the same fruity-sweet, candy-like flavors again, w bright to moderate acidity, plus some bready malt. some grassy euro hops w relatively mild bitterness. similar spicing as the aroma, in the backend and the finish. mild farmhouse notes, but again just dominated by the fruitiness, further accentuated by acidity.

light to medium body, somewhat smooth, cut into sharply by acidity and touch of astringency. acidity and the light crispness of otherwise moderate carbonation, helps w moments of fluffiness, but still a bit on the acidic side.

DANY!! what's going on? something is off-kilter here! all your recent batches of saisons smell and taste like tropical starburst™ candies!

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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 gameface23
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clean, light yellow. Expressive head.

S: Slight barnyard funk, unpeeled citrus.

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

M: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

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

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Photo of GClarkage
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/11/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped and corked. Dating of some kind on the cork itself. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded orange-yellow in color. Smaller head than expected...maybe a 1/4 inch which settles to a nice rim. Light spotty and streaky lacing.

Smell- Heavy on the lemon and lime rind. Not as funky as some from Fantome. Maybe a wee bit of urine for good measure. Spices are there, but not overpowering.

Taste- First taste gives a very hearty limeade flavor. A bit of powdered sugar follows. Sour, but not too sour and sweet but not too sweet...if that makes any sense. Touches of corriander and white pepper...seems watery in the aftertaste. As if it's missing something to hold it together.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower mouthfeel. Dry and waterlike in the finish.

Drinkability- Hmmm, maybe this one was a bit past it's prime...seemed a tad flat. Still had good taste. Just lacking something to bring it all together...will snag another one in the future to compare if I can find one.

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Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a full and depp golden color, slightly veiled. A lot of compact and creamy foam.
The smell is balsamic, complex, with mint, dried flowers, white flowers, camomile, breadcrust, yeast, coriander, and maybe pepper.
The taste: fennel over all, but not intrusive. White flowers, with a felling of sharp and cutting dryness. Even musky notes.
Medium body, with an alcoholic present, but well hidden.
The fennel rises again in the aftertaste, with the other spices: ginger, pepper, anise, coriander. Then, slowly, they fade away, and it remains a sharp and persistent pepper.

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Photo of spamNeggs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ach. Well not the best example, perhaps. Cellar temp, gushed on opening.
I wish the taste followed the complex aroma, bit funky little spice/clove..maybe citrus. Really interesting.
Carbonation in this bottle is harsh. After the bubbles, it's heavy spice and not really balanced to my tastes. It did drink a little better 20m later.

Ah, even later I believe I can taste what it should have been.. far better. Maybe just a massively overcarbed example.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a beautiful golden clear color. Smells earthy, herbal, slight booze, band aid. The dominant tastes are sage and oregano. High carbonation, dry finish. The sage and oregano linger for a while as does the plastic band aid taste. I know that sounds disgusting, but it works. I would not suggest drinking the whole bottle alone. The taste is best in small doses.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangish gold. Small bubbly white head with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Flowers and powdery yeast. Bitter petal and musty damp earth. Lemon. Light pale malts add some light toasted and bready notes. fruity with some mealy pear and apple. Smells like Fantôme with that distinct funky powdery yeast. Some ripe banana and a light eatery spiciness.

Taste: Soft spice and yeast. Light clove and pale malt sweetness. Warming brings the yeast up a few notches. Some light lemon and melon. Flower petals and herbal, damp earth. Typical Fantôme funk is grassy with some hay. Musty. Slight bitterness. Mealy pear and apple skin. Lingering charred wood. Something akin to floral soap. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a moderate carbonation. A bit crisp with a medium body. Relatively clean for Fantôme.

Overall: Uh, yeah.

It's Fantôme. I swear be makes one huge batch and just leaves batches in various places in Belgium for a few months. This one was left near a farm, fire pit, and flower patch.

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Photo of
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. A cloudy yellow-orange liquid flowed into the glass and formed a huge light tan head. Aroma was overwhelming, spice (coriander?), barn yard, orange, grass, lemon, and on and on. Taste was, at first, puckeringly sour. This may have been a goof on my part as I had enjoyed a Loterbol before jumping into this beer. As I drank and the beer warmed, the sour character moderated into a much tastier citrus flavor. Grapefruit may have been the predominant fruit I picked up. Spices showed in the mix as well. Alcohol was well hidden from a taste perspective, showing up as pepper in the finish and a warming glow that started after the first few ounces. Mouthfeel was fairly light, hugely carbonated, and slightly astringent. Overall, quite a ride. I didn't like it that much at first, but now I am wishing I had picked up a second bottle.

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Photo of mmahut
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark yellow with no head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Apples, citrus, pears. Very fruity with some alcohol tone.

T: Sour fruits and hops, taste is very similar to smell here.

M: Medium sour body leaving a fruity after-taste.

D: Very easy drink for the summer :)

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Photo of wrycon
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-golden hue that seems to glow. Smells strange for a saison. The yeasts are present initially in the nose, but exit quickly and are replaced by an earthy almost smokiness. Wow, this is quite interesting. Some high tart / acidity / carbonation to start. This is muted halfway by another layer of intruding funk, that rounds down all the corners and lays fat on the tongue. The lingering aftertaste is a mixture of bitterness and sour smokiness. Very strange, but yet very drinkable.

Like It? Intrigued and Pleased, So Yes

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Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 bs870621345
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Halloween, Fantome? Why not!

Pours a hazy yellow color with a good amount of head. Decent lacing and nice collar.

Smells like lemon, lime, bread, coriander, something tart, and a little brett. Hints of apples and pears in there too.

Taste follows smell, but its a bit messy. It seems to have a ton of flavor, but there is something just strange. I like it, but I'm not sure if I'd crave it again, not sure about that though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, not what I think of for a summer time easy drinker.

Overall, its good, not great. Would be for a very specific person.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After about 4 1/2 hours of trying to pry off this bottle cap I was presented with a cork. Oiy...pop! Ok, cork was easy. And a wave of lemon comes forth. Sour lemon. Pours a hazy, light yellow/gold. With the smell it could look like a dirty lemonade. Great head, billows up to about 2 fingers, sticky lacing.
Aroma...yup, lemon. Tart. Light biscuit and dough. Faint banana and clove. A summer beer to be sure.

With the aroma being like it is I expected some lemon up front in the taste. No such luck. Flavors are subdued; honeysuckle, persimmon, pear, lemon on the back, sour. A quick pinch of bite at the finish.

Feels slick and wet. The carbonation is weak and could provide a snap to it, but no. It lacks some zip and therefore feels a bit flat.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange, transparent, with plentiful co2 and an off-white rocky head. Nice layer and retention and a sticky lace. Aroma is of fruity esters, spices, malt, earthy and a little horsy. Flavor is yeasty, and sweet at the start with a sharp biting finish. Palate is medium bodied and lightly creamy with a tart bite. Obviously a well crafted beer, yet not my favorite style. Changes character – sweetens, but does not balance out the sharpness of the finish.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples with "Best Before 2018" printed on the label. Pours slightly hazy golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, some spices--cinnamon, clove, coriander--and a really interesting floral note that differentiates it substantially from the regular Saison. Flavor is spicy, very big on the cloves with barnyard funk lingering, lots of yeasty goodness, hay, more spice. Light to medium bodied with some wheaty sweetness and medium plus carbonation. An interesting take on the style with a very unique spice note.

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Photo of rem5
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not one of Fantome's better beers, although better than the best imitation. No other brewery can touch Fantome on Saisons.

Pours a hazy golden. Decent carbonation, however no head and no lacing.

Smells citrusy, spicy, and almost a little cheesy. (if you've ever been in a cheese shop). The smell may also be a result of the flavor. It has an odd smokey flavor. Smoked peat or something similar.

Taste is very interesting. It is definitely a traditional fantome saison with some "extras". I think it has an additional spice addition and smoked malt or peat.

Overall, irrespective of what BA calculates this, I would give it a B+. Its no Magic Ghost but its not bad. Certainly an acquired taste and should be enjoyed with food. Something salty even.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a very murky brown with a white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. The nose brings some soft floral and citrus flavors with a bit of funk and hay. A bit disjointed. However, things come together much better in the flavor as the citrus and floral notes hit it off well with a bit of grass and funk. Good feel with some nice "Fantome notes," as I'd best be able to describe them. Drinkability is quite nice. Other than the appearance, pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped bottle served at 50 degrees in my ST tulip. No idea how to read the freshness dating, but I'm pretty sure it is a 2009 vintage. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a dense, rocky, two inch bright white cap. Lots of effervescing action beneath the cap and adhering to the bowl. Head eventually disperses into a fairly consistent skim with some swaths and spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Really complex nose - some kind of light, sweet tropical fruit, some citrus, a hint of cork, I am really digging what I smell and can't wait to taste it, so here goes. Taste is not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest - flavor profile is a bit flat. Earthy, grassy and a little tart with some citrus (maybe grapefruit) in the mix. Some of the light fruit comes out at the finish but it's definitely lacking the sweetness suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with not what I would consider a viscosity, but it definitely coats the tongue without lingering for long. Carbonation is lively and pleasant with a semi-dry finish. This beer looks, feels and smells great, but flavor is not what I anticipated. Not my favorite from Fantôme, but also not the worst I've had. Not sure it merited the $15.99 pricetag though.

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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

B+

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.
cheers
jd

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Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fairly non-descript appearance. Very clear for the style, with a copper orange color. The head is a very bright white, but doesn't retain that well. Each swirl brings new life to the head, but again, it's short-lived.

Smells saison-like. It's funky, that's the best word to describe it. Typical Belgian yeast with a pear skin/pepper scent that dominates. As it warms, the alcohol builds.

The flavor separates it from the wannabes. White pepper is always prevalent, but the pear and apple provide nice balance to the spice. Surprisingly, a crackerlike maltness evolves as the chill wears off.

I love Belgians, but I do wish they'd taper back the spicy pepper feel. This has a sweetness that almost cuts all the way through the spicy feel. Somehow, a creamy feel presents almost immediately as the beer hits the palate and works its way back. Medium bodied, the alcohol is mostly a bit player, its only job to warm the throat.

After the appearance, I had some doubts, but as usual, the Belgians know what they're doing. This isn't world class, but it's right up there. Despite the peppery feel, it goes down easy.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.
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