Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - HiverFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver

Brewed by:
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 Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 +8%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coel
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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 +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 RobinLee
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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 -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steverx8
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 smithj4
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Ristaccia
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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