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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

BEER STATS
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#5,248
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
723
pDev:
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Ratings: 723 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perhaps the best saison I have had. It is very nicely and aggressively hopped, without overpowering spice, pleasant appearance, excellent taste in citrus backbone. Of the top 10% of all beers, and higher in terms of saison. Excellent Fantome that I must try aged.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

love this stuff, and the love for this brewery is not unfounded, as some claim. these beers are so unique and special, and this winter saison is special too. its very yeasty copper colored, with a smallish white head and tons of sediment. the nose has some holiday spice. not like a pumpkin beer or anything, but i get some cinnamon and some cardamom, maybe a hint of candy apple, and of course the yeast that makes these beers famous. the flavor has a pleasant malty front end, and basically a soft spice into a spicy yeast finish. where the spicing stops and the similar character of the yeast begins is not decipherable. either happy coincidence or brewers genius, and i will choose the later, for lack of any real understanding about the recipe or process here. baked dessert notes with zero sweetness is the go here, with some chai tea notes and a prickly carbonation that makes it sing. a top tier saison, subtle yet ultra distinct. easily worth the 15 bucks they ask for it, even though it gets a shade boozy as it warms, its never anything but a flattering effect.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head.
S: There are light aromas of mustiness and sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has complex and well balanced flavors of apples, spices and yeast. A little bit of sourness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, particularly after it begins to warm up and the flavors develop.

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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 biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Burgundian bottle. Thanks be to DoktorZee for the early X-mas gift from his recent SoCal sojourn. 'Hiver' equals 'winter', of course, and beyond the name, the only other indicator of seasonal affectation is the general listing of 'spices' in the specified ingredient list.

This beer pours a slight cloudy, dark golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy and thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some randomly sized flecks of fuzzy lace around the glass as it very slowly seeps away.

It smells of moderately smoked, peaty malt, like Islay meets Havana, with a seaside medicinal character that I have to stretch a bit to relate to any farmhouse funk qualities of note, though horseblanket and wet musty grain come to mind, somewhat. The taste is much more approachable, relatively, right off the bat - a caramel-tinged grainy malt, some lingering fleshy smokiness, a surprising, bitter noble hoppiness, a prominent sulphur character, a bit of soft, musty barnyard, lightly wafting gasoline fumes, a touch of tanned leather, and some burgeoning vinous notes.

The bubbles are generally supportive, and little more, the body an almost medium weight, and actually smooth enough, given the swirling demons around this whole project. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt sweetness enough to successfully counter the not quite played out smoky medicinal, musty notes, as the bitter hops hang out in the background, laughing and lounging.

One hell of a complicated, complex, and very busy beer, mes amis. It swings wildly from the dankest of Scotch influences, to the (almost) serenest of softy malty, yeasty farmhouse incarnations. Apparently there are some generic 'seasonal' spices added to this unholy mix, but I am patently unable to discern their provenance, given the distracting otherness overtly on display here. Interesting to try, but not one I would choose to actively revisit.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Huge Fantome fan so I was excited to bring this one out from the fridge. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap over an internally housed cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired for around $15 at Hi Time Wine Cellars. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery, which I respect and admire.

8.00% ABV confirmed. I like the label; that sort of cute humour surrounding a mischievous ghost.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork popped with ease. No beer surged out. Carbonation seems ideal. It's a fun bottle to open.

A: Colour is a clear white wine/peach as I pour. In the glass, the colour is a darker hazy yellow, semitransparent and translucent. Yeast particles are easily seen floating about. Head is a three finger beige colour delight, featuring good cream and thickness and excellent (8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Not quite the milky white I see in some of the best saisons, but very appealing. Looks as it should for the style. No bubble show.

Sm: Butterscotch, caramel, lemongrass, light lemon zest, gose-esque salt, light tart lactic peach notes, bretts, banana, white wine/white grapes, pear, and heavy Belgian sugar/candi notes. A bit like one of those caramel popsicles you'd get at a fair. I get more and more depth of flavour as it warms. Bretts. I search for white pepper (my favourite characteristic of saisons) but don't find it. Perhaps it's subtly integrated. In any case, I'm not disappointed; with Fantome I always know I'm in good hands. A moderate strength aroma of masterful subtlety and complexity. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Salt, lemon zest, banana, milky caramel, fermented pear, dominant lactic bretty yeast notes, and vague white wine/grapes. Belgian sugar as the foundation here actually comes off a bit overwhelming, blocking out the intricacies of the more subtle notes. I don't find white pepper. Butterscotch comes through; too much for my tastes. The salt was unexpected but works here. The balance just doesn't feel as masterful as it did in other Fantome saisons I've had. It could well be personal taste. Hopping here is floral and minimal; the spices take the spotlight not the hops. And rightly so. The climax is more of that juicy pear zest joined with the lactic notes; I don't much care for it. Maybe it's a bit too sweet, as generic as that sounds? The caramel certainly bothers me. The complexity and subtlety here are unquestionable, but I'm just not big on this beer. No alcohol comes through in the flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body. Perfect carbonation. Good thickness. A bit sticky. Soft. Suits the flavours pretty well. I could see how someone who enjoyed the flavour profile would find the mouthfeel very helpful in delivering those flavours.

Dr: Unfortunately, this Fantome just wasn't for me. It's not as drinkable as most Fantomes because of the light saltiness (and for me personally because I don't really care for the flavours), but if you enjoyed it I'm sure you'd have no trouble putting it down. It hides its ABV well. I wouldn't buy this one again; there are quite a few Fantome saisons at this exact price that I love. I adore Fantome, but I just didn't take to this one.

D+

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Autumnaldave for sharing...

It pours a light brownish orange, with a little suspended sediment. Hiver is a bit darker than the "regular" saison from Fantôme. There is smidgen of spotty lace here and there. Carbonation is visible.

Initial note of citrusy lime and hay, becoming musty and dank later on.

Malty, a bit of sweet/sour interplay, musty Belgian yeast, with a drying finish. This bottle seems less earthy and herbal than the last one I can remember. The 750 is probably best shared, but it's definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a poor head and spotty lacing

Smell: Crazy aroma of rotting melon, lychee, tart apples and, unfortunately, acetone

Taste: Starts out with a tart honeydew flavor that is joined by a bitter balsa wood flavor that becomes increasingly dominant; after the swallow, the balsa wood flavor persists and overwhelms the fruit; there is a touch of something herbacious, like cardamom, in there as well

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing, but not as tasty as some of the other Fantômes in the lineup

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a half finger of fluffy, off white head that fades to a thin layer and sticks around while you drink your beer.

Smell: There us a strong yeast smell along with juicy fruit notes. I'm also getting a mild tartness that reminds me of white wine. Very fruity and lively.

Taste: Lives up to the smell. The tartness is more prevalent here than it was in the smell. White wine and yeast along with some fruit notes. Just enough sweetness. The tartness continues through the finish with a really mild bitter note that I assume is from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very aggressive, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Another winner from Fantome. I just love the fruity notes that makes this brewery so special. Several layers of flavor, quite complex.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty dark yellow color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird spice mix with some strong Saaz hops. Taste is incredibly dry probably from the mix of spices and hops but doesn’t really excite my taste buds. Body is about average and carbonation is quite low. Not bad but just doesn’t provide the magic that I usually find in Fantome beers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber body, cloudy, yeasty. It's topped by a thick and retaining white head.

Typically bizarre Fantome aroma, funky and herby, soil, musty barn, spices of some sort, a little dark candi sugar. The fuck?

Surprisingly mellow on the palate, malty yet dry, minerals and herbs, leafy hops. Strange, but drinkable and refreshing, with a dry, peppery and spicy finish.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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