Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver | Brasserie Fantôme

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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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a light white head, fair retention.

S: Sweet oranges, rum, rustic and yeasty.

T: Orange and caramel with some fermented brown sugar and lemon. Dark Belgian fruit flavours overall with a hint of lactic acid and Christmas spice, cinnamon.

M: Medium-bodied, very soft carbonation making it watery.

D: Similar flavours to Black Ghost, but this is a better beer. Not mind blowing, just a good Christmas saison.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - rich amber color, foam is light and dissipates quickly. light effervescence. looks like I poured it too energetically - looks like lot of suspended yeast in there.

smell - musty, cherryish, spices, sweet candy, fruity.

taste - sweet finish, you can taste the spices and fruitiness of the beer. a little bit of bitterness from the yeast. Also some definite sourness. some alcohol taste. sweet and sour feel.

mouthfeel, slightly thick, coats your tongue. not as light feeling as most saisons.

drinkability - not as drinkable as other saisons or fantome de noel, but still quite good.

a very interesting beer but not your typical saison.

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

A -
Honey brown haze. Thick light tan head which falls slowly.

S - I can smell the funk two feet away as I pour! Funk, sour cherries, wood and sweet malt.

T - Tart cherries, funk..some sourness. Wood, lemon zest, yeast. Initially I got a bit of metallic taste which disappeared later on. This beer certainly gets better as it warms. Dry fruity finish.

MF - Nice active carbonation with nice carbonation structure.

D - Really a nice brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Michael Jackson tasting glass. Pours with almost no head, but a great tarnished copper liquid fills the glass. Plenty of yeasty sediment. Smell is subtle but horse blanket and wet funk make their appearance, with a nice malt backbone. What's great about this one is that there's some funkiness up front, but a delicious caramel malt adds some major complexity here. This one goes down extremely smooth and leaves you wanting more. I'll look for this one again. Very intriguing and unique.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. The cork came out with a glorious pop, which is exciting as Fantome products I bought years ago were often flat (I've had remarkably good luck with them lately).

Bronze and deep carrot orange liquid, lightly hazy, with a massive assembly of tiny ascending bubbles which help sustain the active but persistent beige head. Very dense uniform lacing slowly recedes leaving behind wide amoebic patterns.

Subtle aromatics: light hay, wildflowers, faint tang from the yeast, and a hint of hops.

Faintly toasted malt on the palate which is steamrolled by a potent tartness reminiscent of lemon zest and slightly sour raw milk. Clove honey, light pepper and winter spices add some sweetness and complexity to the profile. The finish is very lightly bitter and malty.

Gently effervescent and surprisingly light-bodied. Alcohol is sneaky.

Sweeter, maltier, and more restrained than most offerings from this brewer - it doesn't really fit in with the rest of their line, but might be a good place to start for those unaccustomed to bracing/rustic funk and tartness of some of their other ales. It would also pair well with a simple repast of good cheese, olives, and bread...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lighter orange-brownish hue, slightly hazy, with a bit of a foamy white head, decent retention, but no real lace.

S - The smell is vague, but good. Belgian yeast, a bit of light mustiness, some faint florals and spices in the nose.

T - The taste is of slightly sweet malt, and vaguely musty and floral flavors. There is some vague funk, more musty than funky though, and a little bit of a non-descript fruitiness tending toward apricot or peach. I am not blown away; this is a decent beer but certainly not excellent. It is a bit unusual, but not enough to be intriguing, and it is a bit off of a 'solid'.

M - I didn't think the mouthfeel enhanced this brew. Too softly carbonated; not flat, just a bit wimpy.

D - Overall, it is still a good and interesting beer, but certainly not a must-seek.

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Photo of thekanna
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle found at Village Pump Liquors in College Park, MD.

A: Beautiful dark apricot color with about 1 finger of off-white, darker cream head.

S: Belgian yeasts, fruity tartness, some faint spices and sourness.

T: A vinegary apricot taste with a good amount of resonant spiciness, tartness to make the lips pucker, and a slight saison funk. Slight bitter hoppiness at the end; mostly the sourness shines through.

M: Nice and full-bodied; a little tart for my liking, but the heaviness is appropriate for a "winter warmer"-type brew.

D: Nice sippable brew. Makes me curious to try the other seasonal brews from Fantome, as well as the normal saison.

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Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2/23/10

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 2 finger, white head. Clear, golden body.

Smell was musty, fruity and a mellow sweetness. Hints of spice as well.

Taste had some mellow sweetness, some musty, sweaty, farmhouse flavors, although subtle. Mild bitterness in the middle that fades in the end to a clean finish. Very clean finish. Seems to lack belgian estery flavors.

Mouthfeel was light body with medium carbonation (seems a little low) and slightly dry finish.

Drinkabiliy was very good. Well balanced.

Overall it was a good Saison despite being low on Belgian flavors, carbonation and dryness.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a very dark honey gold with some light tan yeast throughout. The head is off white, only rising about a finger and is gone quickly. The lacing is good.

The aroma is super light, your get mostly yeast, with some banana, and light hops at the end.

The taste has more flavor than the aroma but it starts off pretty dead. The middle brings a big hoppy bitter surpise and the beer finishes like a typical saison with some grassy earthiness. There is a little sourness. There's a lot going on, but not a big fan.

The feel is medium bodied, with a very lasting feeling, you taste the beer on your tongue several seconds later.

The drinkablity is pretty good, very surprised this is 8% but at the same time I don't really love the taste so I probably wouldn't crush a whole bottle myself.

Overall, the beer is ok. A little twist on a saison but nothing special that I'd seek out.

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

Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a slightly off-white head. Almost looks like a darker grade of honey.

The aroma is at first almost salty, which then gives way to a spicy vegetable stew smell. The label on the bottle states that special spices and herbs were used, but my nose is having a hard time defining exactly what I'm smelling. Very interesting. Bits of fig and other dark, rich, fruits mingle in the background, along with some orange rind and a slight tinge of funkiness. Swirling the glass further reveals some cinnamon-apple aroma as well.

The taste is somewhat bitter at the start, moving into bready malts and light fruits (ripe, slightly sour grapes). Some pepper-laden hops and spice. Overall, a little more bitter than what I'm used to and also slightly more sour than other saisons I've had.

Mouthfeel is slightly mouth puckering and the body is on the heavier side for the style. Peppery, yet creamy. Keeps you interested.

Drinkability is pretty good. A little thicker and spicier than I would want for a go to saison, but this is the winter release, so the changes seem to make sense to me. Splitting a bottle is about perfect.

Overall, this is my first Fantome and I thought it was quite good. I still think Saison Dupont reigns supreme over this offering, but I have yet to try Fantome's regular saison, which I hear is their flagship beer. For the price I probably won't pick this up again, but if I come across any other Fantomes I'll definitely have to give them a try.

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Photo of hawks10
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one finger of bright white head which dissipates rather quickly...

Aroma on this one is pretty weak, earthy lemon with some funk mixed in there...

Taste, for lack of a better word is good. Sweet upfront, somewhat reminded me of a wit. Orange with a citrusy bite, finishes with a little funk/grassy taste, but not near as funky or sour as other Fantomes I have tried...

I think the mouthfeel was the weakest part of the beer, not bad, but lacking compared to the other aspects. Thin and somewhat flat tasting, not much carbonation on the tongue...

Drinkability is high but was satisfied after one bottle...

Overall, a good beer and always fun to dig into a Fantome. I still think the regular saison is the best however. Beer was consumed pretty fresh, bought a couple more and am eager to see what happens over the next couple years...

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Photo of Patrick999
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantome, always guaranteed to be fun and interesting.

Poured into my unbranded tulip, Hiver shows a sunny, slightly hazed gold with shades of red. Fantome is never the foamiest saison out there, but the retention here is good, and leaves some excellent lacing.

Reviewing this after I just reviewed Speedway Stout is going to be a challenge....hehe. Oh well, that's what palate-cleansing water crackers are for. There's a slightly sour-smelling musty aroma, along with some unidentified garden herbs. Oregano? Sage? I'll go with those.

You don't know what you're going to get with Fantome, and this is no exception. The common Fantome thread is the slightly funky, tart character. But then Dany throws in all kinds of unconventional ingredients, always leaving you guessing as to what you're tasting. Acquired taste to many, revered by saison lovers everywhere. Hiver is very interesting indeed. I think oregano is a good descriptor here, as well as...tomato? Basil? I'm not kidding, it tastes like tomato and basil! I'd be surprised if there wasn't tomato in here - I really taste it. Also a bitterness that I can't place....OK, I taste some peppery hop, but there's something else contributing bitterness as well. Excellent, as usual.

Carbonation is sharp per style, but not at all overbearing.

High ABV for a saison - but I don't taste that. Instead, the tart, herbal nature of this saison forces you to slow down. I don't place this on quite as high a level as the Printemps in Dany's 4-season rotation, but it's still world-class.

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Fantome with a cork, we are off to a good start. Pours a honey brown colow with a pillowy off white head that slowly settled into a nice cap. The aroma is quite faint, not that impressive, I did pick up some tart funk. The taste is malty, like a british ale, kind of like Bass. There is a nutty and woody flavor,some yeast and metallic notes, a light grassy hop and very light funk. Seems to be more of a Biere de Garde, though not as sweet. The feel is light, almost watery, soft carbonation despite the nice head, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Hmmm, not sure what to think. Definitely does not seem to be a saison. More malt forward with a nutty taste, muted yeasty flavors and not much funk. A brown saison maybe? Anywho, I actually like it but scored it down due to style. Interesting, worth a purchase.

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

Winter was quiet and sweet with this lady. We spent all day and night in bed. We only went out for necessities because it was too cold to stray from our heated surroundings.

I would watch her brush her hair. It was the color of apple cider. The shampoo she used was a little strange. It smelled like Blue Moon and church on Easter Sunday. I could pick up the subtle notes of orange and lily that were intertwined with her natural fresh hay scent.

She had citrus zest and a tart attitude. A bit shallow though. Her personality was watered down and humor was rather dry. Even still she was as cute, sweet and refreshing as a cold glass of southern tea. She warmed you up without even knowing it and left a taste in your mouth like Sunset Wheat's distant Belgian cousin. I wanted to see her everyday. But she left me as soon as 25% markdown came after the season was over.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a one finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Very light lace.
S: Musky, dank malt. Light funky yeast an fruity esters. Mostly a lemon/grassy aroma.
T: A musky, dank, and metallic flavor. Light funk and fruity esters again.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated. Not hard to drink. Something to sip on.

Not bad, a little underwhelming. Probably a one time purchase for me though. Fairly average for the style.

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Photo of peabody
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a really clear weak ice tea color with one finger or less of white suds.
Smell is kinda strange. Almost smells like a Heiny but surely not. I am not getting the spices one might think should be here.
Taste is creamy malt and black bitterness. No sugar here.
Mabey this is a bad bottle but the mouthfeel seems quite clean. No aftertaste though and I am not belching any spice at all.
This isn't very good at all.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the most interesting beers I have ever had!

It pours golden brown and chunky. The head holds strong. The smell is yeasty and earthy, good. The taste has a sour quality to it that doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. It is thick but surprisingly very drinkable because of the bit of sourness and makes the next sip more enjoyable.

Overall, I enjoyed it very much because of how unique it was.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass) cork says 086/407044
A- This beer pours a hazy brown body that is a bit dense with a sea of microbubbles gliding up the side. There is a creamy bubbly light tan head that last a good bit.
S- This beer has a cardamom and brown sugar note with a sweet dried orange perfume note. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more milk chocolate and citronella.
T- The tart cherry hint gives way to stale chocolate flavor and a finish of brett tartness and a nice red wine vinegar note.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat. D- I really didn't like the first few sips but as it opened up I really started to like it. The bright tartness has just a hint of jam and some soft farmyard notes with a milk chocolate note that sounds odd but all works together.

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

Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a translucent red/amber. Beautiful two finger, thick, white head. Head dissipates quickly. Sparse lacing.

S: Orange and lemon zests. Catty, herbal and lightly sweet.

T: Citrus fruits such as orange, lemon and grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Wonderful saison yeast sourness.

M: Full bodied, chewy, light carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth with light carbonation and bittersweet finish that stays with you. I want more.

My first from Fantome which I've been meaning to try. Delicious.

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

A: Dark ruby red, slightly cloudy with almost no head, just fine bubbles. Decent lacing.
S: Wow, lots of funk here. Like Butterfingers bars stored in dirty sweat socks. In a good way.
T: Taste starts with creme brulee and progresses to sour and spice, then ends with a dry finish. Obvious brett and lacto.
M: Great body.
D: A fascinating and unusual brew, unexpected characteristics for a winter beer. I bought two bottles to store, I'll let you know how it evolves.

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Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is fantastic. It has a really excellent pale malt scent and yeast aroma. It's light and fruity with just the appropriate amount of farmhouse funk. It's lightly earthy with a mild sourness. The taste is equally fantastic. It's funky as hell with loads of yeast character. There is a light earthy feel with a basic pale malt base. It goes down very easy. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Wow, these guys just produce the finest farmhouse ale around. They are incredibly drinkable as well as being intensely complex.

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Photo of adamette
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. The second of four consecutive Fantôme beers that I purchased for $13.99 one day at the Beer Engine in Lakewood. I have been wanting to drink these since I got them a few months ago and now is the time as I approach my 800th review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. green bottle which was corked and capped but removing the cap resulted in no carbonation release, it was all held in by the cork. Lot # and "best by" date not marked on the label of my bottle. The little chart is there but nothing is marked. The cork has the exact same mark as the regular Fantôme Saison, 086/477044. Poured into my silver rimmed Hennepin goblet, my only Saison glass. A word about the bottle/label: I personally love the wrinkled label on the front and back. I read some negative comments about it here in other reviews but I found it to be charming.

A 3 inch light brown head that stuck around for 3 minutes, now is 0.5 cm on the top of the caramel, slightly translucent, slightly opaque body with plenty of yeast floating about. I like this look and it is different from the standard Fantôme Saison. Repeated pours got increasingly darker, becoming an opaque dark caramel with even more yeast sediment floating about. If it can be improved, I do not know how. 5.0

S Belgian yeast, some malt but also a nice peppery wheat/grain smell that I like. This presents as a nice, strong Saison. None of that weak stuff here. 4.0

T Really good Saison backdrop with a front of nice, sweet, peppery wheat with some strength from the reasonably big ABV. This is probably the best Saison I have had. It really pushes what a Saison can be like while staying within the style nicely. Taste was more intense as I reached the bottom of the bottle. 4.5

M Moderate with plenty of wheat/grain tastes, some sense of alcohol and the Belgian yeasts. Despite a significant head the beer is not particularly smooth to the feel. 4.0

D Good, and better than the standard Fantôme Saison (can't help but compare...just had one last night). I did not drink the two tablespoons of yeast in the bottom of my glass, however. 4.0

Notes: As I enjoyed this beer I got a sense of why Fantôme gets so much attention here on BA. All Saison fans should proceed in obtaining this beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange, some floaties. Nice creamy head, good retention. Smells of grassy maltiness, nice subtle fruitiness, orange i think, mild clove spices. Tastes of mild fruity spicy malt. Extremely dry earthy backbone, some pepper flavors present. Bitterness is fairly low but there to dry the palate. Finishes dry and herbal with some tangerine. Good carbonation, crisp.

A really nice saison, very unique, one of a kind. Not sure if i was totally sold by it, but i'm glad i tried it. Love the fruitiness and the dryness, a good sign of a well crafted saison.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 724 ratings
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