Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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

Added by Jason on 02-19-2003

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Photo of codewarrior
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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 +11.9%
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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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruby-gold, with a faint head.

S: Sour apples, tart mixed berries, notes of citrus.

T: Certainly is interesting, tart cherries, sour apples, bitter citrus hops. Faint honey sweetness to round out, but makes you pucker, very enjoyable.

M: Kind of thin, lower carbonation.

D: High ABV, but to be honest, I ended up drain pouring a decent amount of it...because nobody else would drink it with me.

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Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours thickly from the bottle, the color and seeming consistency of caramel, with tiny dust-like yeast particles floating throughout. A tiny, fizzy head composed of some big bubbles erupts quickly and leaves without a trace within a minute. No lacing to speak of.

S: honey, caramel, orange blossoms and perhaps a bit of balsam, coriander and cinnamon. Not bad.

T: again I get some honey, along with burnt sugar, juniper, spruce tips and caramel. It's very floral and nicely sweet throughout, though the finish has an interesting dryness.

M: subtle fizzy carbonation amidst a light, watery body.

D: I hear Fantome's brewer Dany Prignon changes his recipes every year. There's no way to tell when this one was bottled, but I'd venture to say it's fairly old from the lack of head and the malt-forward body. Not bad, though I would've liked to have tried it when the spices were more prevalent.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty malt with citrus fruit and a funky yeasty nose so far so good

T - Follows the nose starts off with wheat then quickly the citrus flavors come through finishes off wonderfully with the funky yeast thats a little tart I'm not sure if it should be slightly tart but I'm loving this bottle that is

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I'm kinda mad that I only got one bottle of this now because this stuff tastes awesome I'm glad its one of those drinking a 750 by myself days now because this is one that I'm glad I'm not sharing do yourself a favor and find a bottle of this stuff

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this beer is from 09/ 10 winter offering but, it could be two years old 08 / 09 winter. As usual the bottle is not notched with a date or dated on the cork.

This Hiver pours with big head of foam and a nice clear deep orange color. The nose was unexpected not much fruit or tartness. Aromas of milk chocolate, fudge, cocoa/ hot chocolate powder mix. Some apple, raisins- yeasty almost like tootsie rolls, very malty.

The taste is similar to the nose with some fruity plum and fig flavors, but mainly the milk chocolate, fudge, chocolate powder mix. Good carbonation up front then goes flat, and creamy mid-palate. Alcohol as usual is not detectable. Malty, yeasty finish with saison tartness and funk as beer warms. This seems like a English brown ale/ Saison blend more than anything. It's unique, not my favorite Fantome beer, but would taste again.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another great blend that is suppose to have a "winter" feel. hiver meaning winter. i can see the cabin fever quality but the beer. a crispy mild acidic herbal beer. golden murky look. nose of citrus funk and burnt coriander. dry pilsner malt bitter with an earthy quality. quite floral lilac and lavender grassy bitter as well. the acidic is more appetite inducing and not so much astringent but more of a mineral quite. i can see this aging improperly and having a hint of alka selser.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Sunshine orange with a two-inch head that broke to one in a hurry and pretty good lacing

S- Wheat and oranges with a little bit of lemon

T- Tons of citrus, lemon and orange and lots of wheat, with a very grainy aftertaste

M- Thin but with a pretty good bite and I rather enjoyed the aftertaste

D- It's a big bottle but a pretty good beer. I'd have it again but according to the label I won't get the chance

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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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is yeast with some lemons and a little bit of funk. The flavor is a lot of toffee with some spices. I also get some orange, caramel malt and yeast. A very malty, toffee-like saison and an interesting twist on the style. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

I'm not sure I quite understood this beer, though I enjoyed it. Pours a hazy russet brown color with big sandy head that laces pretty well. Nice looking, but looks more like a dunkelweisse or something like that than a saison.

Smell is unlike any saison I've had before, but I guess most of the ones I've had were trying to be summer or spring beers. This one hits a bit harder in the malt department with some moderately roasted malts, giving a wheat toast backing to the nose and flavor. Some cinnamon and some other odd spices are there too. Mutes some of the fruity notes that I enjoy so much in the other Fantomes.

Taste plays up the malt again, and this drinks more like a Belgian Brown Ale, if there is such a thing (I guess like an Oud Bruin without the sour edge to it). Again, nice hearty spice notes that are hard to describe, along with some nutty notes from the malt. I guess this is as much like winter as you can get with a saison.

Feel is similar to the other Fantome beers, nicely carbonated and smooth, but while I would like a bit more carbonation in the others, I think this one does well with what it has or could even use a bit less carbonation. A good drink, a nice end to the Fantome, Fantome Printemps, and Fantome Hiver trifecta tasting we had.

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Photo of sketchpunx
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a slight lacy head. Nice smell. funky hay and fruit.
Taste is a little off. Not a lot of carbonation or flavor.
Mouthfeel is thinner than i would like.
maybe an off bottle?
I Expect better from fantome...
Maybe this was an off batch, i hear that can be the case with fantome...

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

Thanks Chris for sharing. Served in a tulip glass. Bottle is of unknown vintage as the label wasn't notched.

A - Big creamy foam with great retention, eventually settling to a thick chunky cap and leaving patches of lacework. The body is a hazy amber color with obvious suspended sediment and bubbles.

S - Old hop, candi sugar, peppery spices and herbs, musty attic, earthy, lemons, and some grassy and floral notes. Somewhat indescribable.

T - Taste is a little more typical saison, but not by much. Some pale malt and sugary notes obfuscate the aforementioned collection of flavors a little bit. Finishes with some herbal bitterness.

M - Zesty carbonation in an otherwise smooth, medium, body. Finish is lightly sticky and chewy. Seems to have more heft to it than some of the other seasons?

D - This was quite good, but I have no idea how or why (nor do I know what makes this specifically winter-related). As with all Fantôme products, the next bottle could be totally different.

So I tried this a few months later courtesy of Nate. His particular bottle smelled of skunky weeds, funk, wet dog, ghost pussy, lemony citrus, sweat, and lambic flavors, as well as typical Saison stone fruits and peppery yeast. Taste was again more traditional Saison. I'm beginning to think every batch is a totally different beer.

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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 womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade. A Fantome saison is never a bad thing.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with an initially fluffy off-white head that dies down to a thin ring.

S: The nose is incredibly funky with lots of barnyard and lemony tartness. A bit of honey and sweet wheat and bready malts.

T: The favor does not exhibit as much of the same funkiness that the nose does. A mild cork flavor along with some sweat and lemons. Quite dry, but still a bit of sweet malts and lightly spiced.

M: The body is medium with a solid effervescence and a drying finish.

D: I'm becoming more and more of a fan of saisons, especially Belgian produced ones, and this type of beer is why. Really nice variety of flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet fruit, citrus, light wheat, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of citrus, yeast, some spice, and wheat.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice saison from Fantome. No funk to it but easy to drink. Would try again.

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Photo of TommyW
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy, reddish gold with a bubbly, off-white head that fades to a lasting ring.

S- Nice mix of fruit, sour funk and some earthy and spicy notes.

T- Surprisingly tart and sour, but the sour aspect doesn't overpower the other flavors. Some nice citrus and other fruits along with a little spice are also noticeable; and a deep earthy flavor helps keep the tart in check.

M- Medium body with a carbonation of lots of tingly, tiny bubbles.

D- A little bit of a different approach to this style, but this beer is still very good.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head. Average retention and minimal lacing. Very pleasant and complex aroma blending funk, sour, sweet yeast and fruit, spices, orange, lemon, etc. Surprisingly sour and funky without being over the top or taking away from all the other flavors. Sort of reminds me of a strong orange and coriander wit crossed with a dark, lemony saison. Soft fine carbonation, perfect for the style, but slightly thin in the finish resulting in a not quite clean and dry aftertaste. As usual, a challenging and complex beer from Fantome, not my favorite, but worth a shot.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet Tuilp, this brew pours a caramel yellow with a fluffy/frothy head sandy blond head that is quick to dissipate.

The aroma is complex, yet reserved. Sour, musty, with notes of cider and citrus. Spicy, yet undefined.

The taste is sour, yet soft. Sour is complemented by sweet, yet reserved, notes of light caramel and fruit.

The mouthfeel is lacking when compared to the complexity of the smell and flavor profile of Hiver. A little too light and under-carbonated. Drinkability, however, is just right.

Overall Fantome Hiver posses amazing complexity, which is full of surprises and depth. I think everyone's pallet can mature by tasting this beer. It's sourness is never over powering,and match with the drinkability, Fantome has hit a home run.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a very hazed orange color with a fluffy layer of tan foam. Good retention, ok lacing. Not as impressive looking as some of the other Fantome offerings, but solid nonetheless.

Nose has some orange zest, honey-sweet malts, maybe a bit of ginger and cinnamon...does not smell as 'spiced' as I thought it might going in. Has some saison yeast notes, but not overboard.

Surprisingly sour-ish on the taste with a pithy, citric bitterness. Some rotting wood flavors indicate some brettomyces is at work and lend some earthy balance to the brighter, citrus side of the beer. As the beer warms, some grainy malt and fruity/farmhouse yeast come out to play. Probably one of the most refreshing winter seasonals I have ever had! Mouthfeel is slick and slippery without being thin. Carbonation is ticklingly fine-bubbled. I might like regular Fantome better, but this is beguilingly good. Would buy again in a heartbeat were it available here.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 06/03/2010
Vintage: 2008
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Unbelievably, I have sampled a ton of Saisons in the past, but this is my first taste of a brew from Fantome(the benchmark for Saisons).

Poured a golden straw in color w/ light ruby accents, w/ a one finger head that quickly dissipated and became non-existent. Brew left little to no lacing on the glass. Nose was of floral bouquet, fruitiness, and wild funk. Taste was of light fruit, spices, and breadiness up front, and a finish of mild acidic tartiness. The drinkability was fantastic, as the brew was so light and aromatic, w/o a hint of booze. I polished off the 750ml. bottle w/ ease. The mouthfeel was thin, refreshing, and finished very dry like a good wine. Also, carbonation level was perfect.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew from Fantome, and look forward to sampling their other offerings soon.

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark orange-caramel pour with some nice fantome floaters. Nice head and lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of spices, perhaps some cedar and apricot? Lots of lemon as well

Taste: Outside of the cedar, apricot, and lemon I can't pin anything else down (coriander?), but this one is loaded. A mystery with each sip, making it a work of art. Nice sourness too it. Nice touch of funk (cat piss possibly, in a good way). Reminds me more of an autumn day, or the end of one after spending the sunlight hours apple picking with a crisp afternoon shade chill just setting in.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation, one tick down from the perfect mouth coating

One of my favorite Fantomes, very tasty.

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

A: hazy Orange Color bright white head good lace and head retention

S: Lemon, Lemon Zest, funk, rustic, earthy and acidic

T: funky, earthy, rustic, lemon zest, lemon, acidic and a very dry beer. no hint of any sweetness odd for 8% abv

M: light mouth high carbonation nips at the tongue

D: drinkable but have to be in the mood for funk and a dry beer

overall: the beer is very unusual. I have never had a Saison like this one. I think this brewery ferments this beer at a really high temp, 80 or 90 f. I did like it I would try stuff from this brewery again.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I have had it in the cellar for a little while figured it was time to try this out.

A - Hazy copper orange pours with a foamy head that really sticks to the glass.

S - Slight smokiness to it along with faint orange and dark cherry.

T - slight tartness kinds of reminds me a bit of supplication from russian river with the slight taste of cherry funkiness.

M - liked it, that tartness and dryness stays with you and is really leaves a nice feel.

D - I would definately have again.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - presumably the 2009 batch, blue gradient label, no date - served into a tulip glass

Pours a vibrant tangerine shade of orange. Ask the average craft beer drinker what style of beer this is based on appearance and the majority of people would say IPA or Imperial IPA. Two fingers of off-white/creme colored head form a solid little cap on top of the body. It looks to be thicker than the normal saison but that may be the mindtrickery of looking like an IIPA coming into effect. It looks fine.

The nose is, typical of Fantome beers, complex. The funk is felt upfront with the smells of mildewing wood and musty basement. The funk meshes with the sour notes - vinegar and sour orange. There is a tiny bit of cherry which comes across as cherry cough syrup because I am always getting the cherry along with the medicinal-tasting phenols. It hits all of the saison notes but in refreshingly atypical ways.

Hiver tastes mostly of sour orange and cherry. There is a relatively hefty maltiness which doesn't clash with the sour flavors because the funk makes for a very slightly rotten grain taste coming from the malt. Dry hay barn funky flavors meet drying, decently astringent hops. This is definitely a saison for those who like their wild yeast strains. One might reasonably say that this is a wild ale if not for the saison flavor points being hit, especially the tell-tale dryness.

The body might be a little thicker than optimal but the carbonation level is pretty lively and helps to cut any heaviness. The dryness level is spot-on. It tastes all juicy and sour but the finish is hoppy and astringent and drying as a good saison should be. A pretty remarkable shift in feel, actually. The strange-for-a-saison flavor profile and the large-for-a-saison ABV of 8% limit the drinkability to merely "good."

This batch of Fantome's Winter seasonal Saison is no match for the flagship Fantome Saison. But who cares? Because this is one of the finer saisons you will come across anyway. It does what a good saison is supposed to do while simultaneously being playful and innovative with the style. Fantome is so good.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 722 ratings
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