Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver
Brasserie Fantôme

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From:
Brasserie Fantôme
 
Belgium
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #542
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,595
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 14.68%
Ratings:
749
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 12, 2022
Added:
Feb 19, 2003
Wants:
  49
Gots:
  89
SCORE
88
Very Good
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - HiverFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver
Notes: 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 ChainGangGuy
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

750ml bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged-brown body with a minor murkiness and a high, airy, yellow-khaki head that's rather lasting.

Smell: Caramel, bready-toasty malts coated in crushed peppercorns and tossed with chopped dried dark fruits and licorice snippets. A minute nuttiness, even a far-off hint of milk chocolate on the deeper inhalations along with a jumble woodsy, musky, herbal tones.

Taste: It's a sweet opening, an almost oozing caramel taste that welcomes in a vinous red wine quality and dried cherries, bitter orange, berries and plums. Hiver has a striking pepper note, like nibbling on a handful of peppercorn medley. Incoming toasted breadcrusts. Then, it's anyone's guess, particularly as the varies notes shuffle around like a deck of cards. A moment it's like biting in a fennel frisée apple salad, the next it's burley tobacco sprizted with gentian liqueur.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Endlessly spirited carbonation.

Overall: Hiver is an alluringly complex and engaging amber saison.

Jan 12, 2022
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3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Orange to brown colour, no head. Slightly sourish and oaky aroma. Moderately sour and distinctly oaky flavour, also distinct bittering hops in the finish and aftertaste.

Jul 31, 2021
Photo of hman43
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours brown with a large tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of dark caramel and dark cherries. There is some light biscuit in the background with medium spice. There are also hints of plum.

Taste: The flavors pop with spices that include coriander. There are malty flavors of caramel, biscuit, and roast. There are some dark cherries and plums in support.

Feel: It has a medium full body with plenty of lively carbonation.

Overall, the spice is a bit stronger in the flavor for my tastes. With that said there are plenty of complex elements create many distinct flavors.

Jul 04, 2021
Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. I think this is from 2017 (Lot 3N 2 17 BB end 2020).

Pours a cloudy medium amber, with a huge head of spongy foam and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of spices, caramel, malt, black pepper, coriander, some Belgian yeast and funk, some wheat, some apples. Similar flavors- spices, caramel, malt, wheat, coriander, cloves, apples, light Belgian yeast and black pepper. Has an herbal and grassy flavor, especially on the finish. Smooth, a very good light to medium body, well carbonated on the high side, a little fizzy.

Very enjoyable overall, although it probably was a little better when fresher. Solid base saison, good spice mix, the light fizziness was a minor distraction. My first from Fantome, hope to try others.

Aug 24, 2020
 
3.5 by qqq from Rhode Island on May 23, 2020
Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Now my 9th from Fantome, their issue is value. Every Fantome saison I've had has been worth having once. But not all are worth having twice. For Hiver, I'm sitting on the fence about twice... primarily because I had Hiver past its prime. Lot 18 is on the cork and I take that to be 2018. Saisons are better fresh and I'm guessing this was bottled over 18 months ago. But then, the recipe changes every year... so get it fresh.

That said, Hiver is definitely worth once. It's a good-Looker; big generous head with active protein from Fantome's famous yeast. Smells are more holiday spicy than fruity, which is understandable given the season. Tastes are balanced, but lack the richness I thought I was going to get from the yeast. In the mouth, Feel has sufficient bubbles but I'd like more rich. Finishes nicely dry.

I am a fan of Fantome. I have put them on my BBBL (Belgian Brewer Bucket List) and I'd like to check-off a visit sooner than later.

Mar 20, 2020
 
4.04 by 4ster from Canada (ON) on Feb 08, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

2019 batch Cloudy sepia body with a foamy white head and lacing. Phenols, caramel, biscuit, fruit cake, dried apple, and slight must. Taste has traditional saison spices, fruit cake, smoked malt almost like a rauchbier, apple, pear, lemon rind, and wet earth. Feel is bread yet not very thick, has booze leakage but stays dry. Not my favorite fantome, but not bad

Jan 15, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured beautifully from a bomber into a tulip glass. Hazy reddish brown color with a fluffy, foamy head and excellent lacing. Warm spicy smell and taste. Fruit flavors, orange, lemon with cinnamon. Had it with Thanksgiving dinner.

Nov 28, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(750 ml bottle; purchased at State Line... split between two fat tulip glasses... review transcribed from notes)

Tall head, dark copper liquid... malty, subtle raisin, cherry notes, soft lingering fruity spice... berry muffin... dry-ish, mildly peppery aftertaste, cherry gummy note... way more dry than sweet... Affligem Noel, mixed with spicy, earthy saison... one of the better Fantome I've had; intend to grab another (1609)

Nov 16, 2019
 
4.1 by HopBelT from Belgium on Sep 18, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

How have I not reviewed this?
Foamy creamy dense head, decent retention and lacing, semi hazy blond color

Nose super fruity with mild funk, grainy doughy wheat and sweet malt, little citrus and fruit cake

Taste more fruit cake, big fruit, little sweetness, candy with light alcohol, saison spices and funk, little bitterness, drier semi stick sweet finish

Mouth is med bod little sticky sweet, lighter carb

Overall not bad but doesn't get to the great fantome beers of the past

Aug 21, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by PEBKAC from North Carolina

Bottle from Tasty Beverage in Asheville a few months back. Best by 2020.

Duvel tulip. Needed to make room in the fridge. First world problems.

Copper, opaque brew. Long lingering head.

Smells hoppy, cereal malt, herbs, black pepper.

Taste is bitter & quite dry from the start. Big pepper presence. Lingering mellow aged hops from start to finish. Cereal malt. Herb-iness. Very easy. Not estery, spiced or yeasty in my opinion. Drank it too early?

Tasty.

Jul 06, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

It's definitely a foamy boi, pouring a massive light brown-colored head that's very long-lasting (sadly...) and textured almost like cream. The body has a dark chestnut hue to it, unlike a traditional saison. Of course, the head also leaves behind large splotches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma invokes one part winter warmer, one part saison. It's very heavily spiced with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove running rampant. Beneath that lies notes of black pepper, grass, and cedar. I don't pick up much of the malt backbone, with the saison yeast likely eating up most of the sugar. That sugar (both candied and malt-derived) presence is missed here, and would have done a good job ballasting the hefty spice characteristics. Still, points for a creative beer that has an element of cohesion to it.

It takes a few sips to really know what's going on with the flavor profile. The very first sip reveals winter spice, winter spice, and more winter spice. There are touches of caramel and gingerbread to round out the back end, but the main event is a bombardment of cinnamon, ginger, clove, black pepper, star anise, and allspice. Caramel malt isn't particularly evident at any stage, and fruity esters seem to come and go intermittently. It also seems to finish slightly hoppy (actually appropriate for a winter warmer). While I personally find it overspiced, I also really enjoy how rustic and...ahem...festive it tastes.

Dry, dry, dry. Not even off-dry like Dupont, but properly dry and almost parching. This is superbly attenuated, and goes down far too easily for an 8% beast. Carbonation starts off high, but calms down greatly after a while - the natural dryness of the beer keeps it easygoing.

Too spicy? Perhaps. Lacking supreme balance? Yep. An interesting and unique drink? Double yep. Ask me to describe it, and I'd either call it an incredibly rustic winter warmer or a slightly overspiced dark saison, depending on my mood (and my level of inebriation that evening...) I wouldn't exactly recommend this to neophytes, as it's an expensive bottle of beer that - while well crafted - may not be to everyone's tastes. Rather, this is something for the beer nerd who's sick of all the samey IPAs and pastry stouts all over the shelves and wants something truly out there.

3.69/5: Fantôme does what Fantôme does best - push the envelope

May 27, 2019
Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by janubio from Spain

Bought from Belgian Beer and Food. Pours a dark orange-brown colour, huge head with long retention,good lace.
Aroma is spices and herbs.Not sure, but I'd say, among them, cardamom, pepper, fennel, cloves, coriander, anis. Caramel too and. of course the Bretts.
Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation.Sweet and dry finish.
Sharp taste that matches the aroma.
Complex, rich. Another great one from Fantome.

Dec 25, 2018
 
3.93 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2018
 
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Jun 03, 2018
 
4.47 by Beeznic1983 from Florida on Apr 01, 2018
Photo of Quafftastic
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Quafftastic from Virginia

Very tasty and easy to drink. Very different than typical saison

Feb 28, 2018
 
3.87 by WalkerHater from Northern Ireland on Feb 27, 2018
 
4.21 by emincems from Turkey on Feb 09, 2018
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Jan 07, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ordybill from Georgia

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.

Jan 07, 2018
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3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jan 03, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Ricelikesbeer from Colorado

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.

Jan 02, 2018
 
3.75 by John_Beeryman from Virginia on Dec 10, 2017
 
4.05 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Nov 14, 2017
 
3.32 by peensteen from Canada (ON) on Aug 21, 2017
 
3.67 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 08, 2017
 
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jul 14, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Jul 08, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dzu from Russian Federation

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.

May 22, 2017
 
3.74 by Eziel from Ohio on May 19, 2017
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Coel from Pennsylvania

Cloying and thick, love it

May 01, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TX-Badger from Texas

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.

Apr 15, 2017
 
4.1 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Apr 15, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by geodonnokepyo from Pennsylvania

Super funky and dirty saison
Brux seems present
Citrus notes too

Mar 25, 2017
 
3.31 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2017
 
4.09 by steverx8 from England on Feb 26, 2017
 
4.59 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2017
Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 749 ratings