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 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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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml from Nikki's $9.99. Into Chimay chalice.

A- A rusty, hazy, yellow with burnt orange highlights. Looks stunning, really nice presentation.

S- Cinnamon? Spices, usual barnyard funk, wet grass, flowers, very fragrant.

T- Wow. Sweet, musty, peppery, complex. A bit more robust in flavor then some other Fantomes I've had. A mild lemon, tangerine, and... pear skin? fruit essence is there as well. Too much to quantify, but very impressive.

M- Good carbonation. I was worried, as my bottle of Pissenlit was dead flat, but this one reasurred me with a healthy pop and a nice, not-too light but light-enough body.

D- High. I really loved this beer. No one makes a saison like fantome, and this is a very unique one at that. Well worth the money, and then some. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber with hints of dark orange. Lightly hazed. Big bubble dirty white head with hints of orange. Head fades to about a finger of thickness.

S - Lots of spice in the aroma that definitely bring thoughts of winter to mind. A musty earthiness as well. Just a bit of lemon zest comes through as the beer warms.

T - Absolutely fascinating taste. Somewhat fruity with hints of baking spices. Lemon zest, tangerine, honey, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon all come to mind. Light earthiness with a light mustiness. The tastes are all over the place but somehow come together perfectly.

M/D - Light, crisp and very well carbonated. Ridiculously easy drinking.

This is my first Fantome beer and I think it is great. I wasnt sure what to expect and with all the spice in the nose I was a little skeptical, but it came together very well. Certianly looking forward to more Fantome beers down the road.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip, no idea on the date, but I'm pretty sure it probably isn't too fresh

Pours a murky orangey amber with a large fluffy white head that recedes pretty quickly. Little bands of lacing as I get through the beer. It gradually gets darker and more murky towards the end of the bottle.

The smell is very rich, fruity, and floral. Peaches, green apples, sourness, wet hay, grass, earthy/funky cheese, flowers. As it warms the earthy and funky flavors come out more and more.

The taste is bright and fruity. Along with the smell. The sourness isn't at all over the top but is a significant presence. While the character from the yeast (and maybe spices) is dominant, there's a subtle maple syrup sweetness in the background that is nice.

It's pretty highly carbonated but not fizzy. The carbonation helps the bright fruity characters come across initially. Finishes dry and earthy.

As far as drinkability, I really wouldn't think it necessary to share a 750ml bottle. It's both refreshing and complex.

While it may be a little "out there" for the style, I don't think anyone could knock this brewery for making more complex and interesting versions of saisons.

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

Poured a deep golden, bronze color with a half inch, fluffy tan head. Large bubbles and lacing on glass. Nose is earthy, caramel and citrus. Good yeast character as well. Taste is citrus, an orangy touch with a bit of caramel and a medicinal character.

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Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden ripe banana color with slight golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger fizzy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with a lot of crisp light fruit notes. Not as earthy as I expected with hints of apple, cherry, berry, pear, pepper and bread. Not skunky or earthy as many of their other beers and saisons in general seem to be.

This beer has a very complex flavor, especially when it warms up properly. Very crisp medium body with a decent amount of bready yeast in the mouthfeel and a lot of crisp light fruit notes. Apple and pear come to mind but there is also a very nice berry, especially strawberry presence as ell as some sweet cherry. In addition to the sweet fruit notes from the Belgian yeast strain there is a slight peppery sweetness and a very subtle medicinal note. Not funky or earthy as most of the saisons I've had and very little bitterness or hops.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2008. Pours a very cloudy orange-amber with a huge off-white head that lasts. Smells slightly infected, with a bit of light sourness. Incredibly yeasty, with some strong fruit up front, followed by a kind of spicy bubble-gum character. Some light ginger notes. Generally sweet. It's a bit harder to taste the infection, fortunately. Tropical fruits and some spice, along with some slight metallic notes. Bready again. Grassy hops add a nice bitterness to an otherwise sweet beer. Not as dry as it could be, unfortunately. Medium body with high carbonation. Wish Fantome had a bit better quality control.

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

Nothing beats a true Belgian Saison. Such succulent sweetness, yet so dry and spicy with those palate challenging 'Belgian' character.

The beer pours a hazy golden with an eggshell head that billows in rocky fashion wiht loosely knit pockets of air.

Malt sweetness swirls with a lot of spice, woodsy, musty, and attic-y qualities. Sweetness upfront is all malts with a sugar cookie and biscuit note. Spicy pepper notes compliment the corriander, orange peel, and lemon zest very well for complexity and balance (in the absence of meaningful hop character). A cork-ish woodiness with a dusty, musty note shies away from any brett character but does hold an aura that boarders on funky notes.

Sweetness up front makes the initial sip very inviting and soothing, then the beer dries out beautifully as the light hop character delivers an earthy, spicy note to compliment the spices in the throat. A truely wonderful beer as should be expected from Fantome.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0,75 l into Duvel tulip. Has a best-before tag, but no one bothered to etch it.

I can't remember the last 5 I gave for appearance, but this one's unique. 3F of velvety off-white head lounging on top of a deep / semi-opaque orange-gold colored body. You can see the sediment suspended, while carbonation struggles through slowly to the top. Cool.

Smelled of apple skin, and a rich yeasty quality that seemed like walking down into a damp basement. Strong pull yields some nice sweet spices as well.

Taste was mellow - some tart green apples, musty hay, and a hint of spice (ala apple cider) to keep things interesting. Nothing harsh or tacky.

Mouthfeel was quite creamy smooth for a Saison. With the exception of the light tart quality, it was almost reminisent of an English Pale Ale.

With the pleasant flavor and that great creamy mouthfeel, I found this highly drinkable. I went thru this bomber way too quickly.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice looking autumnal orangey amber. it's got a moderately sized very light khaki head, that fades to a ring.
it's got a tight funky little nose. you get apple, pear, a whisper of corriander, a touch of spiciness, and an undercurrent of musty funk.
the flavor is a bit more tart than anticipated, but nothing over the top. up front there are some sweet spiced cidery notes, and a bit of caramel. it quickly transitions to the funky sour notes of apple, lemon, and slightly richer underripe pear. slight corriander follows, before a dry finish. as in the aroma, a soft undercurrent of musty hay is present, as well as a sort of live wood type flavor, as in not at all like barrel aging.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation.
the drinkability is good. you get a nice fairly moderate sourness, some funky earthy flavors and some sweeter spiced cider or tea notes, providing a good balance to a tart saison. refreshing and well worth my $$.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Apple cider-like amber body... smallish off-white cap... subtle lacing.

S: Ripe apples... funk. yeast. general tartness. winter spices like nutmeg, coriander, maybe some pepper. dark fruits in the background.

T: Much like the nose... "hiver" is right... this is a nice darker-winter saison... its got a nice warming quality to it with the winter spices like nutmeg and coriander... lots of apple flavors... one of the things that continually makes me smile with most of the fantome saisons. figs and raisins are here as well.

M: Medium bodied. perhaps a tad over carbonated, but otherwise enjoyable... somewhat of a rounded finish but not too much of a prolonged aftertaste.

D: Quite nice... the winter saisons don't quite have the refreshing qualities of the standard saisons... for me this is a detractor although it provides a nice treat from time to time.

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Photo of Cresant
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750mL green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I have cellared it since 10/08. The body was a cloudy but bright butterscotch color. The head was eggshell white and a cap remained throughout. More speckled yeast appeared on the second pour.

Smell was interesting. Wet concrete. Fruity and earthy. Lychee. Spiciness seemed to increase as it warmed and again on the second pour.

Taste was pears. Apple peel. Puckering tartness. Mild black pepper. 7-Up - like or party punch flavors. Drying finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. A nice frothy white head formed about a finger thick. This slowly faded to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orange/amber color.

Aroma is earthy, spicy, slight funk, some yeast and also a touch of light fruit.

Flavor is really delicate, but also has quite a bit of complexity. All the initial signals of a Saison are present. Definitely earthy with some white pepper, yeasty notes and some delicate fruits in the background. Peach doesn't jump out, but I keep getting a of some peach notes. Crisp finish with the slightest metallic/mineral notes right at the end. I get ore earthy notes and a more pungent funk as it warms. Some apple notes are also coming through as it opens up a bit.

Mouth feel is much creamier than I had anticipated. Not creamy like a big stout, but still silky smooth with a milky quality to the smoothness. Still light and delicate. Very subtle pin point carbonation.

Very drinkable. I know this comes out in winter, but still think this is a nice summer option. Pretty complex

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Photo of PALMEJ1
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first Fantome and it does not disappoint.

a-great honey orange color with a nice off white head. normal carbonation.

s-pepper and spice right when the cork is popped. once in the glass I get lemon, citrus, grapefruit?. getting another fruit smell but I can't pinpoint it. traditional belgian beer smell but with a funky twist, excellent! only fault (if you could even call it that) is that the smell is not as bold as it could be.

t-great. smoother and milder than expected, but in a good way. It's like a funky saison dupont/ Local 1 all rolled into one. wonderful fruit/funk aftertaste. best saison I've had. zero alcohol taste chilled or room temp.

m-smooth and creamy. perfect carbonation for style.

d-perfect. could drink this year round. would be great on a hot day. very impressive brew.

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

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden brown with a 2-3 inch, off-white head. Great retention, yet practically no lacing.
Smell - Lemon and hay are most noticeable.
Taste - Tart, slight funk with a bready, toasty malt backbone and some spice, possibly cinnamon or nutmeg. Acidic twang.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, yet a full mouth-feel and a smooth, dry finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. No discernible bottling date on the bottle.

A - Pours a dark bronze body with a two inch head that takes a while to back down. Darker body that most saisons that I've encountered.

S - Very spicy. Lots of white pepper, nutmeg, and coriander. Fruit notes are golden raisins, apricots, a touch of tart raspberries, green apples, and underripe pears. The farmhouse funk is pretty prominent, even as the brew is still pretty cold. It's like smelling fresh fruit in a damp, musky basement.

T - Lots of juicy, ripe fruit as the most prominent taste, against a backdrop of tart wild-yeast funk. Apricot, lemon, and apple flavors stand out the most. The spice profile has a subtle winter touch, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish is long and pleasingly sour.

M - Very nice carbonation with juicy, delectable fruit flavors.

D - Delicious - I'll have no problem finishing off the bottle on my own. I expected the "Winter" Fantome to be heavy on spice, but this brew had a tart fruity flavor profile along with the requisite funk. This would be an excellent cheese beer: I would pair this with Comte if you wanted to highlight the fruit flavors or with a young Tomme de Savoie if you wanted to bring out the earthy funkiness.

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

I cracked this one open yesterday before we ate. I had been saving it for a special occasion, but I decided it was a special enough day. 750ml bottle was capped and served at cellar temperature. Poured into several glasses.
Very nice ruby tinted amber in color with a small off white head that came up and over the top effortlessly as it left a nice touch of lacing along the sides of the glass. Some sediment could be seen in the bottom of the glass. Very tart aroma here, sour vinegar like at first, but allowing it to breath and open up left me with a rich, delicately sweet like flavor, my wife likened it to almost like it was blended with Sangria, but I did not pick that up. Light overall feel with a nice level of carbonation that came off just about right to push the flavor across the palate. Smooth, light fruit notes lingered long on the tongue after the last sip had passed.
Overall a very solid offering here and one I am glad I got to try. Not too heavy at all, and really drank quite light given the ABV. I would have no issue at all with going back for this one again.

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

750mL green glass cork/cap finish. No date ticked off on label. Just came into VT a week or so ago.

Appearance: Poured into my Le Merle tulip. Thin white head fades quickly by leaves a thin layer. Wonderful cloudy amber/brown color with hints of orange and yellow.

Nose: Citrus fruits up front, lots of lemon and orange. Some sweet spices, leather, tea, wet grass.

Palate: Lively and spicy, but still somewhat sweet. Has this flavor that reminds me of sweetened ice tea with a lemon twist. Earthy, yet sweet with citrus. Finish is spicy and crisp.

Notes: Really refreshing, especially for a "Winter beer!" There's this hint of sour/wildness that comes out way on the finish that I love. Balanced, reserved and elegantly refreshing. Not as spicy as a lot of saisons.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 732 ratings