Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

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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404
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pDev:
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I chose to open this in my sink, and it turned out to be a wise decision because it was quite a gusher. It was a murky orange/brown color. My wife thought it looked like cider, and that was an apt description. There was a huge, fluffy, meringue-like head, and a lot of clingy lace.
Lots of spice in the nose, with a little bit of caramel and fruit.
Spice-forward taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. The spice lingered. Some caramel and some raisin.
Medium-bodied. A little too much spice for me.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. The appearance is a very cloudy golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly apple but does have an old beer smell to it. The taste is fruity with some yeast tossed in. It is slightly tart.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For whatever reason it seems james always had the line on Fantome beers back around 2010 when I was getting into these for the first time.

Pour is hazy and amber, this is noticeably darker than your average or standard Fantome saison. Aroma hits a weird varied amount of smells, a little bit of barnyard funk, heavy on the spice rack, a little bit of malty caramel and coppery citrus.

Taste starts with the spice rack first, a bunch of stuff that obscures a traditional saison, heavy pepper, cardamom, coriander type of presence, assuming it is mostly yeast driven and not adjunct additions. Some dark fruit notes as well. Mouth feel contains a blast of carbonation that seems high, but then again, when I think about all those yeasty spice rack notes, I am glad the carbonation is this high. That caramel presence seems to be malt driven, this has an Oktoberfest/Vienna kind of vibe underneath the yeast.

A weird beer, kind of expected, would not repeat at a $20 price point.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interested to taste a winter offering from Fantome- sure there will be plenty of spices in this one, as it seems like a "wintery" thing to do. They say the recipe changes each year, it would be fun to try this year's version with a 2016.

L hazy/murky dark brown with ruby/orange highlights and a light white/tan head. medium carbonation with a small bit of Belgian lacing.

S: very spicy/ fruity and complex! There's certainly some funk in there too, not sure if wild yeast is at play but its likely.

T: This one is a bit aggressive and pungent up front, its slightly sour/acedic in the tongue upfront. The flavor does give way to some fruity esters/ horsey funk and Belgian spicing, but it takes a while. The warmer the beer is the more shines through. The sourness is a bit much here, and the flavors don't blend as well as some other fantome saisons I've had, but its still drinkable and has a nice aftertaste.

F: silky, lightly carbonated, goes down easy.

O: This one is a bit perplexing but is decent overall and still has the mark of a fantome saison. not my favorite bottle I've had but still a good saison nonetheless and very unique in its own right.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The head builds to 1.5"", with an almond, rocky center and creamy edge, over an almost clear (SRM 8-10) amber ale. A thick webbing of lace develops on a Cisco Fisheye Pint glass.

A light skunkieness opens with a yeasty funk. Warmth brings out honey sweetness and cinnamon. Other features include honeydew, misc. spice, and dry white wine. All against a musty wet forest.

Sweetness balances against a mix of light bitter acidity. All flavors are subtle and delicate, highlighting pepper, lemon zest and white spice, (Sage, cardamom?). Spruce punctuates each sip, while a distinct undertone of undefined fruit caries through nose to tail. The finish is mild, brief, and pleasant.

A medium body, with a soft-smooth texture, and dry-light alcohol. Carbonation is soft, almost flat.

This beer expresses what a saison can be, and embodies the district yet subtle attributes of the style. Comfortable, homey, and down to earth. This is a soft spoken warm and gentle beer, with a rare depth of character. Paired with brie, or scallops, Hiver is exquisite. I enjoyed a bottle while watching the super bowl with my best friend. Yes, life is good!

The above review was with yeast in the bottle.

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Photo of Dzu
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle.
L: dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: rich plums, caramel , nuts
T: not saturated , red fruits and berries.
F: medium body and medium carbonation
O: gorgeous Belgian beer. Worth a taste.

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Photo of Eziel
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coel
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloying and thick, love it

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 RobinLee
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super funky and dirty saison
Brux seems present
Citrus notes too

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Photo of madelf66
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steverx8
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +0.8%
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 -23.3%
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 +7.3%
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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