Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015 opened with friends. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottom, was careful not to pour it into glass. Pours a mostly clear darker yellow golden color with white head. Champagne yeast, spices, sweetness, and some earthiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a champagne-like note.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This beer really sets a high bar for what the style strives to achieve. I can't really add to the other reviews in any meaningful way. Just buy this beer and enjoy it. Had it on tap at the Bierstation in KC, and it was just as pleasant as it was unique. You don't even get a hint of alcohol and the yeasty notes are very subdued in this tap version that you rarely find.

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Photo of Prager62
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bottle I purchased at a Hyvee in Iowa on a recent trip to Colorado poured in my footed Belgian ale glass.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent amber color with a generous finger of soapy off white foam.

Smell- Bready yeast, allspice, cinnamon, wet grass and a little sour funk.

Taste- Allspice, coriander, floral and caramel take center stage. There are grassy and slightly minty undertones in the finish with a hint of musty funk.

Feel- Crisp and slick up front with a semi dry finish.

Overall- A flavorful saison somewhere between a pumpkin beer and winter warmer. The spices are there but don't override the earthy-funky notes of the saison aspect of this beer. A delicate balance and crisp smooth feel that made this beer quite enjoyable for me. I'd give this a recommendation.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep, hazy amber, soapy 1 finger head, decent retention
S: immediate sharp pepper and some subtle citrus and grain, a touch of astringency and sharpness coming through, hints of a dry cheesy funk that would be quite bracing if it were not so understated, (the cheese is not mild but it is not a super prominent feature), also a touch of white vinegar here
T: the pepper (upon literally comparing this with actual white pepper I can confirm that while I don't get white pepper in the nose I do get it in the taste) is so prominent here, it is immediately chased by the sharp cheese funk, they almost bleed into one another, there is a maltiness here as well though it's difficult to be more specific than that suffice it to say it doesn't seem like pilsner or pale malt, I think it may be a vienna or toasted malt of some sort (this will make more sense as the beer sits), some fruit notes do sneak out from under all of that pepper and cheese though they too are hard to pin down, maybe some white grape, lemon and pear, there is a bit of a lingering bitterness here as well though it doesn't stay on the tongue really, there's also a subtle sweetness in the fruit notes that as they say, you could blink and would miss
M: intensely dry, I love dry beer and this is almost too dry for the beer it is with for me
O: there's definitely a lot going on here, though I'm not so sure there is a lot to love, it's not a bad beer (it's definitely an assertive one) but I would have a difficult time selling this to someone on the experience of drinking it. It's certainly an interesting curiosity at a reasonable enough price but I would say if you are looking for a saison that tastes at least in some sense like what one would typically expect from the style, look elsewhere. That being said Fantôme beers in my limited experience are always something different and anything but typical though in this case maybe not in as good a way.

FINAL THOUGHTS: though it takes some of the pepper settling out considerably, there is definitely some vienna or otherwise toasted malt in here as well as a biscuity quality

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle (aged three years)
Pours a medium deep straw color with generous amounts of head.
Aromas are yeasty with tons of white pepper and spice.
Flavor is in line with aromas. Peppery, some light tang. Boom.
Finishes dry, which I love.
Overall, hope you like white pepper, this beer is well crafted and delicious.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring of 2016 - On tap at The Sovereign in Washington, DC. Poured into a large white wine style glass.

Disappointing. This beer is too smooth and with out that bite that comes with the carbonation, citrusy and bitterness combination the fruity flavors did not shine like maybe they could. 3.5

A - Very cloudy with an amber/cranberry-like color. 3.25

S - Generally lacking in the aroma department. Unremarkable. - 3.25

T - Definitely fruity with pears prevalent. 3.5

MF - Med body with a semi-dry finish. Almost creamy. 3.5

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; lot bj13, best before end 2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/copper color with 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, light banana, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, lemon, orange, berry, pepper, clove, coriander, lavender, hibiscus, toasted bread, hay, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy opaque burnt orange. Zero head. No activity.

Smell: Funky Belgian yeast, tart, slight Belgian sugar, dried hay, and a pleasant sourness that compliments the sugar notes.

Taste: Fresh green apples with a Belgian yeast funk greet the palate then a big pop of clove, green banana, sourdough bread, baking spices, and sour raspberries. Finish is earthy and grassy with a lingering saison funk.

Feel: Flat. Like zero carbonation. Body is medium and is slightly sticky. Finish is dry with mild booze.

Overall: A very interesting and complex saison with many levels of flavor enveloping each other in complimentary ways. It just a shame that it's flat as tap water. Bummer. Would be really interested in finding this on tap.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice glass, straw yellow and haze, frothy white head and nice lacing. Smells bready with obvious fresh brett character or hay and earth, not horse blanket/barnyard and a hint of tartness. Tastes like a sour dough bread with nice underlying tartness and a touch of mystery spices. A bit of spiciness and clove like phenols become evident at the end and persist a bit too long for me. Full mouthfeel and some pleasant alcohol warming, finishes crisp and dry. A great beer, had no idea what to expect when I picked it up. A lightly tart twist on saison.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Comes out a golden straw yellow. There's a lot of sediment at the bottom but a fairly carful pour and you can avoid getting all of it. Still fairly hazy. White cap and some pretty decent lacing.

Smell is really nice. There's some nice bready aromas with a little bit of funky tartness in the back.

Taste is on par with the smell but I like it a little more. A doughy bread flavor with some cranberry like tartness that's almost but not quite sour, slight natural spice (not hot spice).

Mouthfeel is good. Very light bodied for how flavorful it is. Good balance with natural sweetness and has a tart dry finish. Very drinkable. Great beer a standard setter. I believe this is a 2012 bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Poured into Duvel tulip, muddy dark amber/orange, with adequate creamy head. Saison herbal aromas beefed up with some savory spices, and some malt evident. Taste follows with the spices taking more of the center stage, not overpowering, but wonderfully accenting the normal saison flavors. Body a bit thicker than normal, but can feel the effervescence.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber-brown liquid with slight white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Hay and dark Belgian candy sugar.

T: Dark Belgian candy sugar flavours of toffee and candy along with alcohol and a strong herbal element in the finish with spice. Possibly grains of paradise. Very unique.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Very dry in the finish. I think a lot of sugar was used in this beer, combined with the mysterious and highly attenuative Fantome bugs to create a very dry brew.

O: This is sort of a head scratcher. I have never had a beer like it. I would like to reharvest these dregs with pilsner malt and see what flavours emerge from the culture alone.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice amber or even orange colored beer with massive head and thick lacing left behind. Malt sweetness and straw in the nose with a yeast scent as well. Tastes a bit peppery but sweet with a nice bitterness. The sweetness is like bitter burnt caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This may be my favorite Belgian brewery and it's a crime I can't find any of their stuff more often. This offering is a unique farmhouse ale and has some weird funk notes but is to be appreciated given the class it's brewed with. If only I could have more Fantome in my life.

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Photo of TheSmokingChimp
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

l- Rich hazy amber
S- Peppery somewhat underwhelming for a saison
T- Dry Caramel how is that a thing?
F- Smooth and effervescent like a saison should be
O- yes

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 edition.

A: Hazy golden brown, with a thick, tan mane. Head dissipates slowly, leaving wideband lacing.

S: Slight coriander is very evident in the tripel-like scent. Slight cranberry, soap, and funk. Interesting nose, to say the least.

T: Strong, scotch-like caramel flavors up front. Slight toasty/bitter malt hits the back of the tongue, along with moderate hop bitterness. As the bitterness fades, Belgian spiciness takes over and leaves a nice warming sensation akin to the tripel flavor the nose alludes to, plus slight lemon. Feels like a sin to be drinking in the summer, though...

F: Thicker than I'd expect in a saison, but again, likely works well with the correct season.

O: Pretty good, and stylistically very unique compared to anything else I've had before. Would like to revisit this on Christmas Eve, in front of the fire.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's been long enough since I had a Fantome that I got a little nervous when I pulled off the cap and didn't hear a fizz. But, oh, j/k they do that weird hidden cork trick thing.

Pours a thick, hazy, dull orange with a nice and retentive white head.

Smells a tiny bit funky, mostly spicy yeast with a tiny bit of fruit. Nice and complex. Absolutely zero off nodes.

Tastes spicier and slightly less complex than it smells. Wonderful yeast profile, no alcohol whatsoever. Strong black pepper, mild coriander, dark fruit. The yeast hangs on the back of your throat long after the beer goes down, leaving a pleasant aftertaste similar to an excellent trippel.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.11/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours out hazy orange with a big overflowing head and lots of bubbles. Smells of blue cheese and smoke. Taste has an odd bitterness with smoke and funky cheese. Body is light and effervescent. Infection?

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Photo of mick303
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle into a tulip glass, a robust dark brown colour with great lacing, very interesting aroma of dark fruits, earthy notes, with an interesting spicy melange, warming with an interesting yeast interaction. Taste is very nice, blending complexity from the masterful saison with a hard-to-pin-down spice mix, very robust and complex. Well-suited to a winter evening and a well enjoyable beer. Fantome has their saisons quite dialed in, and this doesn't disappoint, had side by side with Arthur, two very different interpretations, this has by far the darker more robust and spicy beer and in its own way was very nice.

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Photo of tronester
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, with a big dense white head. Aromas of smoked meats, toasted barley, and apricot. Taste is an initial flavor of peaty scotch, then some stone fruits, and finishing with a dry, grain taste. Medium mouth feel. Overall an interesting tasting saison.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantôme Hiver Saison pours hazy gold under a pure white, very finely bubbled 2-3” pillowy foam cap that slowly collapses to a ¼ - ½” film. It offers a mild floral, spicy fragrance with fruit – citrus with slightly over ripe fruit and light malts with a hint of barnyard. It is very dry and has an assertive hop finish. The carbonation and texture are very fine and soft. The beer is yeast driven but well balanced by the hops. Younger versions tend towards cidery while older have more lemony wine notes and the Brettanomyces gets bigger. Both are very good.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a murky dark honeycomb colour with a nice off white head that laces well.

S - Belgian yeast and spice

T - Up front some noticeable spice followed by some sweetness and a spicy bitter finish

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

.O - A little sweet for me. But the spice works well despite. Another very good offering from Fantome

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Photo of ianw87
3.75/5  rDev -6%

This is the best beer I've had from Fantome. It is very sweet. Almost honey like. By far the sweetest Saison I have ever had. It's very drinkable, and I enjoyed it. I would drink another one but, wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Shared with friends a 2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A - Clear, fancy honey colored, delicate carbonation, little lacing.
S - Wildflower honey, lemon rime rubbed in your hands, a lasting gentle funk to it.
T - Gentle lemon, blood orange in the front, honeycomb rides the middle, clean yet lightly sweet finish lingers while.
M - A touch thick (age) beautiful feel throughout, carbonation is low so body ensues, lite tartness cleans it all up.
O - The age on this had wonderful benefits, the honey vs. lemon. The carbonation settled down.
The developing sweetness were all a treat.

Cheers all

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Photo of admiral
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

An exceptional, full flavoured Saison.

aroma: musky sherbet, ripe citrus with some tartness and slight spice.

taste: grapefruit, apricots, wine, sherbet, malt, spices, slight lemon, slight marmalade with pepper and overall a pleasant tartness

excellent drinking beer with lots going on and alcohol hidden well. Very nice to share.

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