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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 MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-lemon, grains, strong bandaid, belgian yeast, light fruit and spices

T-grain, floral, honey, yeast, slight tartness, little nutmeg and apple, straw

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little dry

O-decent saison, but I prefer the regular to this offering, easy drinking if you get past the bandaid nose

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Photo of scottfrie
2.09/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

750ml into snifter.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a fluffy, huge, whipped egg-white head that very slowly faded into a fuzzy and thick collar.
S: Meaty, savory, smoke fills my nose. I get notes of band aids and maybe a hint of mild lemon and caramel beneath.
T: Dirty dish water, peat, sour old grains, boiled meat, and faint citrus. The finish has a terrible sourness, and the aftertaste is peppery and full of grain.
M: Medium-full body, fluffy carbonation, muddy, sour, greasy mouthfeel.
O: Bad bottles are bad. I've heard of these smoke bombs but haven't encountered one yet. Very disappointing. I will have to revisit this again with hopefully a good bottle as I am not getting any of the flavors other reviewers are describing.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped & corked 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No date visible, but presumably from this past winter.

A: Hazy, orange-brown body with 2 fingers of off-white head. Ok retention. Nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with musty, fruity notes. Apple and apricot. Hay. Bread.

T: Spicy, earthy yeast opens and introduces a slightly nutty, rustic maltiness. Light hop bitterness on a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is consistent with 8% or just slightly more present than expected. Pretty clean finish with light floral elements in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Fuller than your typical saison, but fits well with the flavor profile.

O: A tasty, malt-forward saison. Reminded me a bit of a biere de garde without losing it's fundamental saison qualities. Probably would have enjoyed this more a few months ago, but on a temperate May day it still drank pretty damn nicely.


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Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly head that reduces over time. Lots of floral, smokey notes with some fruit. The smoke really comes through in the taste (I suppose that's the lavender), coriander, spice and more floral, peaty notes. Medium mouth with a fairly long aftertaste. Quite unlike any farmhouse ale I've ever had. Very complex and well-made. Probably not something I'd grab often, except to show the variety of saisons.

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Photo of draheim
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky copper color w/ a 1-finger off-white head that settles to a thin film of sea foam.

Aroma is mostly floral, almost perfumy. If I had to guess, I'd say lavender, hibiscus, and jasmine. Kind of tea-like. Underneath that is a subdued spiciness.

Taste is likewise very floral, with hints of honey. More lavender and jasmine here, kind of soap-like. I'm not sure what they were going for here, but I'm not sure they nailed it. Tastes a little like one of Dogfish Head's more experimental releases.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly soft and clean. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall, I don't know that I'm on board w/ this one. It's OK, but feels a bit muddled. Probably won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and capped bottle from Tipples "Best before End 2016." Pours hazy amber dark orange colored with a fluffy off white or yellowish khaki head. Aroma of winter time spices--coriander, cinnamon, a little nutmeg maybe--yeasty apples and pears, some candy sugars, hay, and some funky yeasty character. Flavor is lightly dry hay, some accompanying spice, a bit of sweet sugars and honey, and finishes with a good but of light fruit character like apples and pears. The spices and hay funk lighten things up and keep this from being too heavy. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall an enjoyable brew!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a fine white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, saison yeast, honey, light fruit, especially apple, mild Belgian spicing. Flavor is light fruit with an interesting earthy character, completely defying identification of flavors, mild citrus, finishing with earthy Italian herbs; thyme and rosemary, with finishing bitterness that seems much more medicinal herbs than hops. Light to medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I've been waiting a long time to try a Fantome (the distributor was out of our state for a long time and I only saw bottles of questionable age and storage on my trips, so only got a chance now). I'm on the fence with saisons in general, not really liking the aggressively funky and/or sour ones, but enjoying well made herbal versions. This one was worth waiting for. An ale in which it is almost impossible to describe the flavor components even though it is full flavored, but everything really comes together. It invites repeated tasting to try to tease out the identity of the flavors. I'm sitting here licking my lips to taste the mildly bitter herbal flavors left over from my last sip as I type. Really enjoyable, complex and integrated. I look forward to future opportunities to try Fantome ales. This is the kind of beer that makes trying new breweries pay off.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml green glass bottle of unknown vintage (though probably the most recent). Purchased recently from the Brewdog webshop. A winter saison brewed with spices.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and fine sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, fruity yeast esters, earthiness, subtle caramel malt and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Very nice.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a prolonged dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, coriander, spice, bubblegum, yeast esters, earthiness, faint caramel malt and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated with a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A subtle, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and lovely body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of banana, spice, fruity yeast esters and earthiness.

Excellent - simple yet complex. Looks great, if rather murky. The aroma and flavour are intensely yeasty, with fruit and spice notes that remind me of a good hefeweizen (especially the banana). Great body with a perfectly judged texture. Nice and nicely done. A fantastic saison - well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version: Pours a hazy copper with amber edges, one finger thick of offwhite foam, a few rings of lace down the glass. Smell: sweet with caramel and bread, red delicious apple, subdued grassiness comes along. Taste: caramel and overripe red apple, grainy twang, date, plum skin, vinous finish with some earthy and cluster-y hop. Medium plus bodied and sugary but with a nice drying finish. Pretty straightforward as a saison or at worst saison-ish, but it's meant as a winter seasonal and it plays that hand well.

2016 is much the same but there's just a tiny bit of the 'tome cheesiness in the finish. Even as "just" a winter seasonal it's among the best. First bottle of 2016 was perfectly carbonated, second bottle started pouring fairly flat but the last half was cask-like and fantastic.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy and dank ochre color with two fingers of beige head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, light spice and Belgian yeast.

The taste matched the aroma with Juicy Fruit gum, light spice, Belgian yeast and caramel malts at the end.

Medium bodied and quite sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A flavorful and easy to drink Saison from Fantôme.

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Photo of JulioH
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition

I opened this bottle somewhat concerned because of previous reviews. Did I get a bust, a literal fantome?

As I was serving, I saw some yeast deposited at the bottom of the bottle. The liquid was dark yellow, almost reddish, and very little carbonation was formed. The nose was non existent at first, but after swirling, the classic scents of a saison, a wheat beer, were released. The scents kept increasing as time went by.

I tasted it and it was the classic saison taste. A little bitter, definitely hoppy, a little sweet, a little yeasty, with little carbonation that was only felt after I played with it in my mouth.

Overall, a great import, definitively something that can be had in excess. The artisanal taste is present, and that makes this beer a classic saison.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, corked and capped and served into a large wine glass. Pours a medium orange/golden with a touch of haze. A white cap shows decent retention.

Nose is a bit funky and tart with some earthy citrus perhaps hop based notes. A pleasant mustiness accompanies. A second pour after some warming yields a bit more hop spice to the aroma.

Taste is spritzy and smooth up front with light citric and malt notes. Offers a lingering finish of a medley of flavors with notable pepper spice, orange must and a nice tart character. Quite smooth on the feel, spritzy up front and segueing to a smooth malty middle and a tart and rather dry finish.

Overall a solid offering with a good amount of depth.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fantôme Hiver ("winter ghost") actually pours like a summer rosé, at least without the sediment added in; everything beyond the first few ounces comes out looking a little like a cinnamon-doused cranberry sauce. The bottom of my glass is sandy enough to act as an hourglass. And anything that could have passed for snow quickly melts away.

What goes into a Fantôme recipe is anyone's guess; how to describe what they smell like is often just as much of a mystery. Saison yeasts are naturally full of spicy phenols and fruity esters but this bouquet also has eccentric notes of mulled apples, flowers, mint, and citrus zest.

As is also typically the case with Fantôme beers, putting a finger on exactly what is tasted is a tricky ordeal. This sample is markedly different from the previous ones I've sampled - hardly surprising given that the recipe changes every year. The flavour is oddly iced-tea-like and has hints of cranberry, hibiscus and mint. It'd make a good herbal tea.

There's no vintage stamped anywhere on the bottle or cork; it's been in the cellar for so many years that I can't remember exactly when I got it. Aging hasn't exactly been kind; a lot of folks will tell you that Fantôme beers are some of the best candidates for aging but they're not. In my experiences they are typically funkier when fresh. The cellar only oxidizes things.

Fantôme Hiver is perhaps my least favourite of Dany Prignon's creations. This may have something to do with the fact that each time I've tried it has either been at a tasting or from an aged bottle, but I doubt that: great beer is great regardless of sample size and some of my highest ratings were aged. Fantômes aren't cheap; skip Winter for a more pleasant saison.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface islands.

Smell - Citrusy and sweet. Pale malts and some earthy notes. A little cidery.

Taste - Much more cidery. Apples and esters. Yeasty. Pale malt. Minimal sweetness beyond the fruitiness. Strong earthy flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated, but not too high.

Overall - This bottle could be pretty old. Seems to be falling a little flat in the finish.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

~1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head with great retention and scattered lacing. Gold and coppery straw brew, nearly opaque.

Smell is of lemon and citrus, wheat, yeast, and some barnyard funk. Out of the bottle, there was a skunk-like aroma that happily faded in the glass.

There's some slight up front funkiness in the taste, with a good amount of sweet Belgian yeast and straw. Sweet and balanced maltiness. Finally, there's a massive dose of funk at the end, like eating a huge mouthfull of aged cheese.

Light feel with a slight carbonation sting. Still a slow sipper because of the funkiness.

This is a very complex saison with quite a bit going on. It's less drinkable because of that throaty, malty funk at the end of each sip, but it's by no means a bad flavor. Very different from any other saison I've had, and an excellent and interesting experience.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What an incredibly cool beer. It didn't tasting particularly amazing and I don't have an overwhelming desire to drink it again, but I adore it for its originality. I feel this way about Fantome in general. They want you to drink their beers, furrow your brow and go, "Huh. What the hell am I tasting?" Hiver is just like that. It's unlike any beer I have ever tasted. It's a cigar in a bottle, with an incredibly strong taste of smoke and some underlying grassy spice. I was drinking it and wondering how something that looked like that could taste like you're sitting in a cigar bar. There are flavors in there that I seriously cannot identify, but they're hanging around, and they are great. Big fan, and I am thrilled that I got to try this.

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Photo of harrymel
1.86/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A second go at it. Vint 2013 (prolly)

This is murky and light amber with a solid quilt of toasted cream foam. Smells primarily of skunk and bandaids. Then some soil, hay, clay, shit and leather. Flavor is plastic, bandaid, bitter, well, quite frankly this beer is shit, and tastes like a tack store with manure to boot. Medium bodied with moderate carb and of dry. A really shitty beer.

Reviewed 09/2012
Vint 2012(?) 3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3 - 3.35
Pours amber with diaphany and a solid white surface character. Nose with vanilla, sweet grain I get from most Fantome’s, and plenty of pepper and clay; also a surprsingly skunked character. Sweet flavor with the pepper tones and a sweet grainy character and some clay flavor. Full, over full body with not only a full body (poor for this style) and hi carb and a semi dry finish. Not that intriguing, not that great (at least for what the hunt requires in my life)

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass to the face

A: Hazy blonde golden color nice head forming

S: Fruity esters galore

T: Yes, fruity esters, spices! lots of em, peppery, a bit sour bit funky

M: Dry finish a bit spicy but nice

O: This is a real interesting saison that I thoroughly enjoyed. Everything blended together for an interesting and pleasurable experience.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml picked up at House of Brews in Mt Pleasant. Fairly dark gold pour, a thin layer of white head. Retained very well. Stuck to the glass just a bit.

Aroma, light vinegar at first pop of the bottle, but in the glass this is barely there. More citrus zest, yeast. Herbal spice and tobacco.

Taste, there is a sweet spice up front, some caramel malt and brown sugar like sweetness as well. Quickly fades to leather, tobacco, earthy cocoa. Citrus zest is prevalent. Herbal funkiness, hay and grass in the finish.

Heavy side of light body, ample carbonation but it is quite fine in nature and is almost creamy in the back of the throat. Alcohol is completely hidden. No problems drinking this for me.

Definetely no infection in this one. This bottle looked older, though I didn't look how to date these, at least 9 months old I'd say. Very intersting brew, I enjoyed it immensely. May not be to the standard of the style, but I enjoy the variants of the style even more sometimes.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, shaker.
dark copper, big head. smell is of band aids and horse blanket, in a good way. super funky taste, burnt cigarettes, stale bread, like you're drinking leather. high carbonation, medium bodied.

overall extremely interesting, not sure I like it. see what you think.

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Photo of MarioM
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

A: High carbonation, very white and creamy head with a mix of large to tiny creamy bubbles. Very transparent light copper color with many bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head mostly dissipated in about a minute down to a thin creamy film with ok lacing when swirled. Can't wait to try this puppy.

S: A smooth fruitiness with that distinct Fantome smokey funkiness that's so unique about these beers. Fruit aroma is sweet like strawberries but there's also some grassy earthiness behind the fruit and mixed well with a hint of smoke. Very interesting and unique smelling brew. Can't wait to try.

T: Wow, tad smokey with flavors I can't even explain. Fruityness is there with some great bitterness but very complex and hard to explain the flavors I'm getting. Its f-ing delicious! Its a bit sweet but dry like a saison should be, but there's a good malty backbone that supports the beer well. Hard to explain what fruits I'm getting that contribute to the great aroma and sweetness. Complex and a must try.

M: Dry and crisp with good body. Finishes dry and a bit sweet as well, but is very enjoyable and makes you want more and more and more. A strange bitterness lingers but not a hop bitterness, best way to explain is, which I heard someone say and make complete sense, that weird tonic water bitterness.

O: A very very good Fantome and unique complex beer that made me struggle to explain the flavors I was tasting, yet I'm enjoying a lot. A must have. Don't be afraid of picking one up even with all the Fantome horror drain pour posts that are common. Go for it and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yeasty orange with giant head that died at a moderate pace and left lace patches. The yeast first hits me as I smell and I get some citric notes, possible tropical but most likely some sour apple or grapeskin fruit aromas, a little bit of funk and tartness. Taste is more of the same as I am getting a yeasty beer that is fuller-bodied and smooth and gives off minor sweetness, balanced with a sour apple or grape skin taste that also give off a good amount of barnyard funk and puckering tartness at times. Really sharp due to good carbonation and spices, the ABV seems to be slightly noticeable and this beer gives off a warming sensation in the finish. I can see why this is a "winter" beer, or at least available in winter, as it seems to be less fruity and more spicy/warming and fuller bodied to complement a winter month. Anyway, I had it in the middle of summer and still find it great.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a bright orange with some floating particulates topped by a dense three finger off white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of spice, a bit of pine and some biscuity malt
T: taste is a lot of funk, some band aid, horse blanket, slight sweetness, and some herbal hops. swallow is more funk, some pine, band aid and spice as the throat is numbed like after drinking cough syrup
M: medium in the mouth with soft but ample carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: It seems like a lot of Fantome beers have a lot of that band aid flavor. I'm not the biggest fan of it but it isn't extremely one note. Great complexity and flavor overall.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
3.99 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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