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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Belgian Saison

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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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 405
Reviews by kkipple:
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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Props to my buddy Chris for popping this out of nowhere as I was sipping on a SN Topedo. First time trying this one, bottle from 2006.

Weird weird weird. This is a hazy and dirty farmhouse gold-yellow with tons of yeast sediment that eventually settles into a sludgy pile at the bottom of my glass. A fat and apparently everlasting head sits a good 3cm above the beer for ever and ever. Wait, I take back what I said about the yeast settling out... there's still lots of little floury flecks suspended at all levels of the elixer. Just a strange lookin' brew - but did we expect any less from Dany Prignon? No we did not.

Smells like... cedar? Hmm. There is a (comforting!) Saison base here, but a whole lotta character that I can't pick out. Woody, spicy, peppery, lemony, potpourri, cinnamon, summer flowers... I could go on, if I could pick this stuff out. It's not so much distinct smells though; it's terribly harmonious, like a fine perfume. The smell itself sticks in your brain and is hard to dissect. It just smells like... "Hiver". And it's very good. So yeah, exceptional.

Tastes like... and this is almost a cop-out, but it tastes just like it smells. Really. It was almost a relief, wondering how this would turn out. But it really DOES taste that unique. Farmhouse with a touch of sour, lots of spice and earth, pleasingly dry, honeycomb lite sweetness, and peppery-citric... it's strange and wonderful and just shy of being world-class.
I have never tasted another beer like it.

Mouthfeel is almost an afterthought - of course it's going to be good. Saison perfection, fluffy and medium-thin with a dry, spicy and lightly sweet finish. Flawless.

Hiver is complex stuff, yet not. It's one of those beers that lends itself endlessly to picking apart, yet as another review noted, with Fantome beers that can be counterproductive. Just sit back and enjoy the experience. Beers like this is why we do what we do - to experience sensations not found anywhere else on God's green earth.

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More User Reviews:
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 numenor1
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy brown with a very modest tan head. A little reticent as far as aroma goes, faint unidentifiable spice with mild citrus, dried fruits. A touch sour upfront, very earthy, somewhat musty, some dark fruity esters, candied orange peel, subdued yet sweet doughy malts and a touch of soy. Plus an added spice component that i can't put a finger on. Alcoholic spice through the back end, finishes a little dry. Really unusual. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Almost the sort of carbonation I look for in my stouts. Alcohol is present, but not a hindrance. Weird, but good.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hiver in a Duchesse goblet. Burnt orange amber color with a bleach white head of thin dimension. Lingering does the foam.

White grape, light honey, lemony tartness, nectary malt, hint of allspice and cardamom, farmhouse yeast, and a touch of vanilla.

Bright acidity without exceeding "tart" into the land of sour. Less of the funk and more of a white wine and lemon zing. Not tangy, just really bright and semi-tart. Firmly bitter for a saison. There is a light Bretty note that is understated, but delicious. Great flavors and complexity.

Tart and light and airy. An easy drink with a semi-stinging finish. Refreshing.

Very distinct. Not too showy, but tasty. The yeast doesn't steal the show.

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Photo of adkrogue
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ej285701
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing beats a true Belgian Saison. Such succulent sweetness, yet so dry and spicy with those palate challenging 'Belgian' character.

The beer pours a hazy golden with an eggshell head that billows in rocky fashion wiht loosely knit pockets of air.

Malt sweetness swirls with a lot of spice, woodsy, musty, and attic-y qualities. Sweetness upfront is all malts with a sugar cookie and biscuit note. Spicy pepper notes compliment the corriander, orange peel, and lemon zest very well for complexity and balance (in the absence of meaningful hop character). A cork-ish woodiness with a dusty, musty note shies away from any brett character but does hold an aura that boarders on funky notes.

Sweetness up front makes the initial sip very inviting and soothing, then the beer dries out beautifully as the light hop character delivers an earthy, spicy note to compliment the spices in the throat. A truely wonderful beer as should be expected from Fantome.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

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Photo of jlenik
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by: ????

a: cloudy orange hazel. two fingers worth of beige head, falls down to one fingers worth and stays for a bit. supreme lacing.

s: malt, spices, slight tartness.

t: toned down citrus, apples, spices, bitterness. malt is in the background holding up the stage. funk from the yeast is nice and adds some dryness.

m: nice dry saison, this is what some american saisons should strive for. you wouldn't even think this beer had alcohol in it.

o: Loved every Fantome I've been able to buy and Hiver is no disappointment!

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Photo of brureview
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed by this beer.

The beer was sealed by both a cap and cork. The beer had a huge head, 4.5 fingers in a tulip glass. The color was an attractive honey.

There was a mild lemon aroma from the head.

The mouth feel was fine- carbonated in accordance with the style.

The taste was a letdown. Lemon was present, but an off spice,which I couldn't identify, dominated the taste. The presence of the spice imbalanced the beer.

Overall: disappointing. Could have been more balanced. I prefer the American Saisons, and the Belgian Saison DuPont which is traditional.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy ruby color. It's a bit darker than other saisons I have tired, but attractive none the less. The head is mamouth in size and lasts forever. The aroma is of orange, plum, honey, yeast and earth. The taste is more earthy than the aroma with the fruit and honey lingering in the background. The finish is mildly, but noticably hot. The mouthfeel is very much too style: light bodied and dry with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer that I would love to drink again. However, I would still rather have regular Fantôme, or Fantôme Saison D’Erezée - Été as I think they both were a little more complex.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked and capped bottle. Chilled before opening. The cork pops off with a pretty violent noise. Poured into my Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: As evidenced by the force the cork popped off, there is some heavy carbonation. Pours a three finger, pillowy white head with really nice retention. Golden orange, a little on the darker end of the spectrum.

Aroma: Really nice Fantome funk notes with some green apple tartness and a touch of honey sweetness. Some bitter and floral type notes in there as well. Nicely balanced.

Taste: The funk note stands out and provides a really nice flavor profile. There is a really nice balance of sweet and bitterness from the hop profile. Restrained, balanced, and complex.

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, but the body is a bit on the heavy side.

Overall, a really nice and refreshing saison. Probably more restrained on the funk and tart notes than the regular version, but still maintains a lot of the quality that makes that great. Very tasty.

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Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of BRoss242
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice poured into a tulip glass, ruby red in color with a 1 finger tan head that stayed for a good while before settling to a nice film on top, and nice lacing around the glass.
Smell had hints of caramel, vanilla, spices, and a faint touch of fruit which all blended very well.
Taste has the vanilla and spices still there, with bitter oranges and pepper dominating the back of my tongue more bread and funky yeast coming out as this warms.
Mouthfeel this beer has a strange silky feeling from the vanilla and yeast on the front of my tongue, but the bitterness from the spices and fruit in the back of my mouth keeps me wondering what I will experience next.
Drinkability since this is the second time was able to enjoy this beer once in January and now today, I think this beer was really done right. I will be looking for this again when it is released this year and hopefully I am lucky enough to do the same comparison again.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml bottle in a tulip glass

BAside: my son kept asking "When are you gonna drink the ghost beer?" :)

Uncorked with a POP that would wake the dead, or worse yet the aforementioned sleeping son....geeze.

Poured with energy, life, surging, some strength to it. Dull, slightly sour nose, wet rocks, grapes, summer fields, an old abandoned barn, stale ginger candy. With some air I'm getting honey and faint spices. A fat 2 fingers of mixed scrimshaw ivory foam settled slowly to a thin blanket with some edge lacing. Subsequent refills of the tulip restored the head to a very fat finger's worth with a slow fading back to a covering. The color is stunning - thick, clouded, hazy, the perfect burnt orange hue, its radiant.

Its light, creamy, even, a sour candied sweetness, not bittersweet but more "bittersour" with a sweet accent. Its odd that while tart its not puckerish at all. Semi-dry with a somewhat ciderlike feel and a back of the mouth crunchiness, the sweet quality is elusive & hard to pin down, but its there keeping everything in balance. This is not revealing itself in any hurry, which is cool. I am enjoying the casual, relaxed, end of day quality it evokes, not out of strength of the brew but rather the "mood" of the beer.

With a little more air & warmth it starts to get a little more bittersweet as the tartness fades. Its growing faintly spicier, a bit yeasty, but still very even & balanced in a peculiar bitter-sour-sweet menage a trois la taste, which means Dany is appealing to 3 of the 4 sensations the human tongue can taste/infer....clever lil' ghost.

With the bittersweetness comes some earthiness (I must admit any alcohol is completely hidden from taste, only revealing itself in a faint, cool glow wringing my teeth with a dull aura). It actually takes on faint vinegar-like aspects on the palate, nibbling not biting, spices like cinnamon and old ginger peek out, then it finishes a little syrupy, slightly silty, bittersweet, leaving a surprisingly clean aftertaste that is coating, numbing and echoing of yesterday's bread today in bready sweetness.

A beautifully crafted, very coy, seductive "burlesque beer". I really enjoy the slow pace it set, how it subtly evolved, and especially the gestalt of the bittersoursweet triumvirate. Aside from spicy fare I can't say I can't think of any food this wouldn't pair well with, with a special nod to simple fare involving meats & breads. I will make the "D'Erezée" beers of Fantôme part of my celebrations of the seasons. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong, super thick two-finger head. Looks a bit like bread in color and consistancy. The retention is awesome. The deep, deep amber, rust color helps bring out the sno capped head, bread-dough head gain so much appeal to me. The bubbles are a little hard to see in the deep amber, but look very nice amidst the light yeast suspension. The aroms is lightly tart and mildly malty. Gives the presence of tart melons. The taste laclkks on the fruit so to speak. Can still detect some tart honeydew. But the main stay is some light red, grapes. Musty and eartthy malts and hops. Very natural taste to this beer. Was very nice to sip while watching Super Size Me.

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Photo of mmva321
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Really, this beer is just on the wrong side of being great. Perhaps, since this is my first Fantome beer, this is some experimental bastard offspring of their more established parent, the saison. It's still a good beer, and you're proud of it, but it went to a large state school and you went to an ivy.

A: Pours a murky/hazy amber color. The body is a beautiful orange with a visible amount of haze that stays suspended and still. It has a good three finders of bubbly off-white head with some quickly dissolving lacing. Great, but no wow factor here.

S: What I hope the calling card of this beer is supposed to be, relative to the others, is its sweet fruitiness. It's overpowering to a fault, though still pleasurable. Crisp fruits like apple and pear with sweeter toffees and malts meld well together with a strong yeasty funk. The fruits, for me, are just too overpowering. Tone it down a bit, and I know other ingredients and auromas would come through.

T: This is perhaps where it comes closest to hitting its mark. There is nothing really knew to say here that I didn't say for the smell: fruits, toffee, yeast, sweet, funk is all still there, in fact the crisp fruit is even more overpowering, but that fruitiness is very good, and the other flavors act as accents. It's like apple cider really, and it gets you drunk so I guess this is the preferrable option.

M: My ideal mouthfeel is one that you don't even notice: it doesn't draw attention to itself and lets the taste speak for itself without trying to but in and say, "Ooo, feel how carbonated or thick-bodied I am." It's a good sign if I reach the feel category of a review and realize I need to pay close attention to the feel because I hadn't even thought about it yet. This is that. It's slightly carbonated and medium bodied and that key word, for me, for the feel: appropriate.

D: Good but not great. Recommended for those who like fruitier and cider-like beers.

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