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 EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ the Avenue.

Pour is orange and cloudy. Can't see through it at all. Head was light and fluffy and bright white.

Aroma was nice and herbal, spicy, lightly grassy and earthy.with tones of citrus.

Taste is peppery, lightly hoppy, earthy, herbal and spicy. There is some nice citrus in there breaking things up and adding some nice balance and depth.

Medium bodied light carbonation crisp and refreshing

Great on the drink. Great price too! If this wasn't the last brew before leaving I would have grabbed another for sure!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Blind BIF #4 invitational from AleWather. Thanks Jeff!

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, almost cloudy orange with a big, offwhite fluffy head. Head is slow to drop. Lots of lacing potential.

Aromas of light malt, earthiness, graininess. Some funky soul.

Flavor of lemon zest, pineapple, grassy, herbal, spicey, white pepper. This is no American saison/belgian. Strong barnyard funk, that hints of aged cheese rinds. This is old country, not new world. Finish lingers, but not long, with a slight bitterness and funk.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, slightly dry, slightly puckering at the cheeks.

Very drinkable saison. Would love a cellar of this one.

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

Muddy looking and really cloudy. no visible chunks of anything though. strong white head. good lacing. typical belgian yeast, hints of pineapple, hint of barnyard funk, hay, and lemon. dry, definitely funky, slightly puckering. something about this beer is causing my mouth to water dramatically. mouthfeel is typical belgian. decent drinkability. this one is the very essence of "farmhouse."

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Photo of nas5755
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy pale orange with an dense head, great lacing and amazing retention.

S- Musty citrus, some pale malts and some spice from the yeast, no funk or lactic notes.

T- A really complex beer composed of grassy herbaceous tones, mostly parsley and thyme, maybe some rosemary. A nice mid palate sweetness loaded with sweet pear before a bitter herbaceous tone extends a dry finish.

M- Very smooth, a low carbonation level, very smooth nice dry finish

D- Pretty awesome beer, something I wasn't expecting. This beer really reminds me of the Stone, Victory, DFH collaboration last year, only alot better. The moderation of herbs really opened up the flavor profile of the yeast.

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Photo of AndrewNations
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this On tap at the 7th Annual Belgium Fest yesterday at Max's in Baltimore. This was one of my favorites of the day.

This one pours a nice bright to amber orange with plenty of white fluffy head. The heads on most good saisons are always so damn dense. I love it.

The nose is typical for the style and does not have one trait over powering the other. A decent amount of spice and peppery notes than go well with the yeast and lemonly tastes. There is some other spices going on here outside the traditional peppery finish that I cant quite identify. This is one I need a significant amount of time to truly appreciate.

All in all this is a unique Saison. The high abv is completely hidden and almost unbelievable. That coupled with the freshness factor of being on tap made this a great one to enjoy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday. What an excellent batch this is!

Light yellow with a dense, white head. The nose is great! Bready, floral, rustic and with some honey, this is quite herbal with some dried thyme. The complexity carries into the palate, opening light with a blend of honey, malt, herbs, bread. So complex,so well structured and so drinkable, this beer is light in body, has moderate carbonation and has an excellent finish with honey and herbs. Excellent.

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Photo of Sam21
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork and capped 750ml green champagne bottle with no bottling date, although there are numbers on the label to make this possible. They are simply not notched, which I have heard is the common reality of the Fantome Saisons. Purchased for $15 at Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market in Rhinebeck, NY. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance - The body of this beer is a murky orange with some subtle suggestions of light brown towards the edge. Beautiful color. The head is quite nice and fluffy following the pour but recedes over the course of a minute or two down to a thin sudsy cap. No lacing from this first pour. On the second pour I get the same looking head, but with a few wisps of wet lace that stick around for a bit.

Smell - There is a nice clovey Belgian yeast note right up front that mixes in with some strong fresh citrus bite. I'm noticing a nice lemon citrus twang biting through the soft and familiar Belgian yeasty aromas. The lemon twang seems to dissipate in connection with the head. I'm also noticing some ripe bananas coming through in the sweetness of this beer. There is a definite musty funk character that permeates throughout, although it is restrained to the point of being present without overtaking. It smells like a dusty basement rather than a brett farmhouse funk. This may actually be part of what I am perceiving as bananas.

Taste - Right up front I am getting a great mixture of mellow citrus, soft suggestions of clove, and a richer sweetness that I am interpreting as similar to a ripe banana. After the initial wave of flavors I am noticing that damp, woody, cellar character come out and mingle with some tart fruitiness. The finish is fruity with more clove and a subtle bitterness that makes a lightning quick appearance across the taste buds before being drowned by soft malt sweetness and a commanding palate dryness. As the beer warms, the beer seems to evolve ever so slowly in front of me, as a moderately strong peppery phenolic note joins in adding more depth. I am even noticing some subtle spices taking up place alongside the fruit. A hint of cinnamon? I took a little more time than usual to pick apart this beer and am impressed by all the little things going on. On a separate note, where is the alcohol? This might be the best hidden 8% I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with very soft, yet active, carbonation. It really glides across the tongue leaving no sense of thickness from the body. There is a light tingle of carbonation at the very end of each sip, but nothing more. Really impressive. Definitely not a super carbonated saison, but the carbonation is present and soft enough to really accentuate the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - First off, this is one of the most in-depth reviews that I have ever done of a beer. The drinkability of this beer is through the roof. Yes, it's not one of the prettiest saisons that I have ever seen with a head that lacked retention and lacing, although the color is beautiful. With that said, the flavors are so intriguing to me. Sweetness, musty earth, peppery phenols, and a quick kiss of bitterness amid a bone dry finish. I wish my bottle would hurry up and replenish itself.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the ghost wet my whistle in the past. Now, I had a bottle all to myself. From a 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Here's a saison with a crimson color to it. I'm used to the idea of my saisons being yellow, so this is a change in pace. There's a small head that forms, and it drops to nothing. A little trickle of lacing sticks arounds. Smell is...different than expected. It has a little bit of a fruity sourness, but also retains some spice elements.

Did somebody splash some Consecration into my saison? The shot of sourness I didn't expect, the tastiness of the beer was. I'm getting notes of black current, mixed berry, and typical assorted saison-like flavors. The carbonation of this beer is very low, but not flat. The other aspect I didn't expect was the easy drinking character of this beer.

I don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe in the folks at Fantôme. Expensive at $16.99, but people who like unorthodox beer should give it a try.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a burnt orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bretty funky aroma upfront on the nose with slight citrus, very grainy, and some tart character.

T: the various grains were alos big on the taste with mild tart character but had bretty, funky, oaky, and citrusy accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight citrusy, grainy, bretty funky, and tart finish.

D: it was drinking decent but have to say its not my favorite from the fantome brewery.

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

Murky golden body with a finger of frothy white head. Really nice retention and good lacing.

Smells of banana esters up front, some straw, a touch of spicy cloves and a bit of funk at the end. As it warms the the hay and funk become somewhat more apparent.

Tastes is all banana esters up front, biscuity malts mid palate with spicy cloves and a touch of hay and funk on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation starts off smooth with a nice bite on the end.

An easy drinker. Definitely one of the more tame Fantome offerings. More like a strong Belgian pale than a saison.

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Photo of ottovon
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opened with whiterascal. according to the beer guy where we bought it is is 3 years old (bottled '07)

A: it has a nice amber color with a fluffy white head. there is yeast suspended through out the glass.

S: i get hints of wheat and orange. there is the typical saison yeast aromas as well. i get some coriander and musky earthiness as well.

T: it is a little bitter in the finish. i was not expecting that. i get a lot of earthiness. there is some coriander and orange in there along with flavors from the yeast. there is a hint of spiciness as well, reminds me of pepper.

M: it has a medium body with ample carbonation. it is pretty smooth though.

D: very drinkable. I could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really surprised that this didn't gush when my buddy, Wilson, popped the cork.

Liquid fizzles like champagne, packing a thin ring of white foam, a hazy, pumpkin-colored body and over-active carbonation.

Smell packs a pungent wallop. A faint slice of tangerine is accompanied by the deepest basement musk I've ever smelled. There's also a cheesiness that will make sour and funk fans scream with joy. Others may be a bit overwhelmed.

Taste is subtle compared to the aroma. A clementine fruitness is bouyed by a malty dryness in the conclusion and some peppery spicing. This is rather relaxed flavorwise for a Fantome and I think the malt is certainly fitting for a "Winter" farmhouse ale.

Mouth is clean up front, followed by a heavy dryness in the conclusion. The lively carbonation and heavy spicing help the flavor resonate on the tongue.

As for drinkability, I've never had a Fantome that I didn't really enjoy sampling. This one was certainly better the second time around, showing off more malt body and funk stink. The 8% ABV is well masked and this seasonal is as drinkable as the original model.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very cloudy opaque brown with dayglo orange around the edge. Slight floaties suspended around the glass. Head is off-white, quite dense but not very thick, just a crown remaining. Some small trails of lace, but sparsely distributed. Looks alright, if a little odd.

Smell is very tart indeed. Lots of sharp - but not intense - acid coming off with citrus notes and some mustiness with slight caramel malt underlying. Some barnyard funk and maybe some tart berries as well. Pretty nice.

Taste is an odd one. Never reaches highs of funk or acidity, but as a result, strikes a nice balance. Some mild grain notes on front that evolve into caramel sweetness that underlies the rest of the palate, but layered on top early-mid is this citrus-tinged tartness, while also gatherine peach and baked apple flavours together. It then becomes slightly funky and damp on the finish, as the tartness trails off, and the sweetness remains as well. Nice, complex palate that nevertheless has a very restrained, even subdued profile.

Fairly foamy, and quite thick. Lots of texture that almost makes it feel layered in the mouth, like there's a base, and a texture above it that isn't quite connected; a bit odd.

An eminently drinkable saison with a great balance to it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours apple cider brownish orange with a soapy off-white head and some spotty lacing from the ring of head remaining.

Malt funk, apple skin,some apricot, husk, and musty spice aromas.

Acidic and prickly at first sip, with mild tart and bruised apple flavors, some husk/grain bitterness, intermingled with the acid, and some stone fruit nectar. Palate clears to bitter.

Carbonation makes this feel lighter than it is. Entirely drinkable and appealing. An incredible drink.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review in a long time. A Fantome beer is a good way to get back in the game.

A - Pours a ruddy copper/brown. A thin white head vanishes as soon as it appears. A rather ugly beer, by most standards, but the saison style allows a lot.

S - Stone fruit and apple. Cloves and cinnamon. A dash of citrus and a dash of funk. Fruity as hell, but baked by that saisony earthy mustiness. Very complex. each sniff brings out something new.

T - Red apple and peach. Funk and spice. Funkier than the nose indicated. A bit of peppery phenolic character. A touch of booze. Sweet peaches. Very nice.

M - A bit on the sweet side. I would like it a bit drier, but the style is so wide open it seems ok to me.

D - Very tasty, if a bit on the strong side. One I would like to revisit.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml with no bottling date, poured into a tulip.

A: Frothy white head, straw to ruby-like appearance with a nice funky haze. Good retention and a ton of lacing. I am getting really pumped just looking at this one.

S: Bright burst of apple and hops. It smells tart and sumptuous. Spices next, clove and cinnamon with a hint of toasty bread.

T: Apples and spices upfront followed by a solid blast of hops. Bread and carmel rear their head with some mineral bitterness. CLean and dry, very nice saison so far.

M: The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. It expands nicely as I swoosh it around in my mouth. Velvet smooth.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. I have never been disappointed by Fantome and this offering stands up well.

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

from 750ml bottle no dates notched on side

A- pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates to a fresh color some lacing present

S- is coriander ,clove,ginger,some banana and nutmeg other spices

T- is like a hybrid saison/ belgian golden ale..i get clove,banana,coriander mixed with yeast ,funk and fruit zest and spice for one terrific belgian ale/saison

M- is tart slight sour funk with just right carbonation.lots of flavors from fruits - funk with added spices

D- highly drinkable,very flavorful..this is a winter release but i could drink this in any season

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice straw hazy color. Huge head on this one that settles to about an inch. This is perfect.

As I poured the beer I got a huge aroma of nutmeg, and clove. When I smell it in the tulip, I get a balance of lemongrass and fruit spiciness to go with the winter spice.

The taste is nice and dry, with a finish of typical spicy saison with an added bit of cinnamon and clove.

Nice medium to light body, this is very drinkable. I nice winter beer for those of us who can get burnt out on stouts and barleywines. Very good.

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Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corky and slightly funky aromas--mos def a barnyard in my glass. some dry oak and roast. herbal hops; black pepper; fennel and seeds. plenty of interesting scents

bring the funk! er...bring a little funk (that's acidolphus, right?). sour but not biting. the funk is super interesting: i can't even really place it. one complaint is that the yeast character is lost

by the way, gorgeous deep garnet color. good lacing

suuuper interesting

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like champagne and cork and persimmon, with some wild clover and oregano.
T: It tasted very herbal like wild clover and oregano and other bitter earthy leafs, with some sour yeast. It had a bitter and tart but clean aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick and slick with a little carbonation. Very nice.
D: This was an interesting beer, but really not my thing. The strong herbal scent and taste were difficult to get accustomed to, but the body was solid and the alcohol was well hidden. No idea about how well it might age, but it was nice to try once anyway.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Orange and brownish color. Coppery. Hazy. Slight head, but not much.

S: Orange, persimmon, coriander, champagne, marjoram and fresh oregano. Very herbal.

T: Even more herbal than the scent. Somewhat bitter. Not much malt or hop flavors. Just more bitterness and herbal character as it goes on.

M: Moderate carbonation. Very fine bubbles. Relatively light viscosity.

D: Moderately drinkable. It'd be very drinkable if it weren't for the bitterness and high ABV.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow-copper color with a bubbly 1 finger head. It recedes to scummy white blobs on the surface.

The first thing I smell is dusty pillow with some lemon. There is a nice fruitiness with some sour flavors.

The overall taste is very light and refreshing. Some slightly sour fruity tones exist among lemon and funk. The yeast flavor is not as pronounced as in other saisons.

This is very light in the mouth with low carbonation and a slight dryness.

The drinkability of this is amazing. It drinks like a juice and would be a wonderful accompaniment to a summer day. I cannot believe that this is 8%!

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Photo of dstc
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden-orange color with an airy light tan head. Head falls to a very small one. Thin lacing.

Big funky aroma. Smells sour with a nice brettanomyces funk.

Nice farmhouse taste. Plenty sour with brett notes. However has a sweetness on the tongue.

Medium bodied in the moth with average carbonation.

Good stuff, just enough funkiness. Really like it.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL Poured into a Balloon

I have an irrational love of Fantome Saisons ... The Fantome Saison, Fantome Printempts, Fantome Noel ... all are near and dear brews. This was the first average, and therefore disappointing beer I've had from the legendary brewery.

L: Amber, borderline red with a finger of foamy, frothy head. Looks cold and delicious.

S: Crisp, fresh wheatiness with a touch of funk in the back. A hint sour, and fairly shallow for what I've come to expect from Fantome.

T: Slow-building into a wheaty sweetness. Touch of iron and funkiness in the middle, fading into a lingering cold sweetness.

F: thick, but light. Pardoxical, but .... ok.

D: Pretty good, but by Fantome standards ... this is weak sauce.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a strong burst of earthy spices up front along with caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and spicy up front with flavors of caramel, herbs, spices, apples and other fruit. Then bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There's also a touch of sourness faintly in the background. When all the flavors come together it has almost a cola-like flavor to it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty and excellent complexity, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer with plenty of interesting things going on to make it worth drinking for a long time.

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