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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

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.

Added by Jason on 02-19-2003

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393
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703
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -6%

On tap at Monk's, Philly, PA.

This keg must've been jostled a bit. One of the dirtiest looking beers I've ever seen, brownish-olive color, completely murky/muddy/opaque, like a glass of mud. There was a small off-white head on top, which retained well and laced the glass. In the aroma, bready yeast and a medley of overripe fruits, toasted grains. There was a bit of tartness to this one, lightly soured wheat, toasted grains, notes of pear and peach, white wine, lemon zest, herbal spice. Despite the ugly appearance--which, again, I'm attributing to the keg being jostled and just tapped--this was a pretty tasty brew. Medium body, moderate carb, mouthfeel was dry and slightly prickly. A good beer overall.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-lemon, grains, strong bandaid, belgian yeast, light fruit and spices

T-grain, floral, honey, yeast, slight tartness, little nutmeg and apple, straw

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little dry

O-decent saison, but I prefer the regular to this offering, easy drinking if you get past the bandaid nose

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Photo of scottfrie
2.09/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

750ml into snifter.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a fluffy, huge, whipped egg-white head that very slowly faded into a fuzzy and thick collar.
S: Meaty, savory, smoke fills my nose. I get notes of band aids and maybe a hint of mild lemon and caramel beneath.
T: Dirty dish water, peat, sour old grains, boiled meat, and faint citrus. The finish has a terrible sourness, and the aftertaste is peppery and full of grain.
M: Medium-full body, fluffy carbonation, muddy, sour, greasy mouthfeel.
O: Bad bottles are bad. I've heard of these smoke bombs but haven't encountered one yet. Very disappointing. I will have to revisit this again with hopefully a good bottle as I am not getting any of the flavors other reviewers are describing.

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

Poured from a capped & corked 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No date visible, but presumably from this past winter.

A: Hazy, orange-brown body with 2 fingers of off-white head. Ok retention. Nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with musty, fruity notes. Apple and apricot. Hay. Bread.

T: Spicy, earthy yeast opens and introduces a slightly nutty, rustic maltiness. Light hop bitterness on a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is consistent with 8% or just slightly more present than expected. Pretty clean finish with light floral elements in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Fuller than your typical saison, but fits well with the flavor profile.

O: A tasty, malt-forward saison. Reminded me a bit of a biere de garde without losing it's fundamental saison qualities. Probably would have enjoyed this more a few months ago, but on a temperate May day it still drank pretty damn nicely.

Prost!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly head that reduces over time. Lots of floral, smokey notes with some fruit. The smoke really comes through in the taste (I suppose that's the lavender), coriander, spice and more floral, peaty notes. Medium mouth with a fairly long aftertaste. Quite unlike any farmhouse ale I've ever had. Very complex and well-made. Probably not something I'd grab often, except to show the variety of saisons.

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