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 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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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip. Body was an orange amber, with about a half a finger of white head. Some nice lacing finished off some impressive visuals. Nose was sour, with lemon peel, grapefruit, and sour white wine.

The flavor were sour, but not over the top wild, which was received nicely by this sour/wild ale non. Brew was incredibly smooth, with notes of grass, lemon, and orange peel. Finish was dry. Mouthfeel was creamy and light.

Overall a great beer, and one of my favorite saisons to date.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my New Belgium globe glass. 086/477044 indicated on the cork. Poured a reddish-caramel color with hazy clarity and a two inch, dense, bright white cap - excellent retention and delicate strands of lacing formed during the tasting. Nose is vinous up front, light sour fruit in the middle, and a hint of graphite in the back. Citric acid hits quickly, but then it's all pencil lead. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively. Citric acid in the beginning causes a slight pucker, but then there's a residual burn at the finish. Drinkability is fair - alcohol is well-hidden, but the graphite/pencil lead flavor is too overpowering. Definitely my least favorite offering from Fantôme; however, worth a try.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle, straight from the case/box. despite the label's pre-set markings for date/batch, none of them were notched. cork printed with: 086/477044

poured into tulip

amber copper color, clear on first pours. moderate head soon fades to wisps and ring. sparse lacing.

aroma: apple cider and wood notes, with light caramel. hint of spice. hint of noble hop. gentle, very faint phenols.

taste: apple and pear, light caramel. grassy hop and mild to moderate bitterness peaks with gentle phenols and light pepper. spice and herb are even lighter.

quite smooth, but also ever so slightly watery. it does it almost chewy later on with the yeasty pours from later on in the bottle. gentle to moderate carbonation gives additional body. faint acidity and astringency in the finish.

a bit unspectacular. everything seems all a bit diluted to me...

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged. Let sit for about 20 minutes before opening. No pop of the cork whatsoever before it hits the Ommegang chalice...

Steady carbonation rises from the slightly cloudy honey-colored body to a surface of yeast wisps that was preceded by a 1/2 finger translucent whitish-blue head. Pretty typical look for the style.

Nice - ample amount of horse blanket acidity in tandem with huge yeast and wheat electricity. I can't place the softer, sweeter tones - a little bit of honey caramel stewed white fruits - maybe a pear?

There's a metallic tinge that needs to burn off for a while. The aforementioned saison electricity really could use a little more carbonation to diffuse properly. The hop bite has a little more Saaz than I would like...the malts are stewy and maybe a little too sweet - even some prune in here...OK, the metallic tinge is gone and carbonation is picking up. Still, the flavor profile is a little less funky and bends a little on the side of red wine vinegar. Bottle doesn't look compromised by any means - just a flatter sensation than what I'm used to. After a while it picks up, and I get a little more clove-ish and peppery spice. Interesting ad well-crafted; maybe not my thing but the construction is good.

As this rounds into form it develops a solid palate presence for the style. Typical carbonation bite and tingle tempered by the darker fruits and spices, with a slight acetic tinge. Feels like an old-school saison, only a little less dry and bright.

This one is definitely crafted in an Old(er) World style for a saison. It has a few flat notes and imperfections from wild ingredients that we enjoy and sometimes even cherish. No beef on the construction; the electricity comes through in the end but I'm thinking the residual sugars and the acetic tone are a little too much for me and they obscure the bright yeast and wheat tones I enjoy in a saison. This ultimately takes on fruit cake spice notes. But what the hell, it's a winter Saison...whaddayuexpect?

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

Ok, possibly my favorite style, and the brewery that does it better than anyone. Match made in heaven? Only issue was opening it. Wasn't crazy about using a corkscrew on a carbonated bottle. But didn't have much choice. It worked out fine.

Appearance - Dark orangish/amber with over an inch of nice tan head that gets out of there quick. Darker than most saisons I've had. It's fairly clear, and has a very nice glow.

Smell - Funky. Not sure if it's funky or skunky. Which happens with a good saison. Plenty of crisp apple. Some booziness almost. A little bit of wet hay. Very sour. More mellow than expected.

Taste - Sour. Some apple as well. Some funk. A little alcohol astringency. A lot of pear. Definitely tart. Almost has a Flemish sour thing going on. But it's pretty mellow. Not as deep or earthy as I'd prefer. Has a nice sweetness running through it.

Mouthfeel - Really excellent. A pretty solid body with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good. The taste is so mellow it's easy to put down, but the carbonation makes it so you don't want too many.

Huh. Everyone describes it as "weird" and I can't say I disagree. It wasn't what I was expecting/wanting, but that doesn't make it bad, necessarily. Got a strange sweet/sour thing going on, and not nearly as much gross funk as I was hoping for. It's not bad, but now I just really want to try another Fantome offering and see what else they bring.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little hesitant to pick this one up after the Fantome Saison I had was a skunky mess. Beer guy at De Vino's (who is a Belgian maniac) said they were often a mixed bag. This one, fortunately is delicious.

Appearance is excellent - a light orange color, slightly opaque, with a large two fingers of white head that leaves excellent lacing throughout th goblet. Looks as good as a saison can.

Nose is farmhouse funk up front. Sourness. A touch of citrus fruit and a spot of malt. Belgian yeast.

Flavor is delicious, and all over the place. In no particular order: candy sweetness, lemons and lime, a touch of dried fruit right off the bat. Wheat. Farmhouse funk as it warms up. A touch of sourness in the back of the mouth. Earthiness, apples, and spicy tartness. This isn't a sweet beer, but it's not overtly sour either. A nice mix to this one.

Feel is good. Fairly smooth carbonation, perfectly suited to the sour earthiness. Body is medium, fine for the style.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this one. A really tasty, funky, unique saison. I'd definitely go for it again if the price was right.

De Vino's/$16/750 ml

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Photo of bronzeside
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall, a bit disappointed, as I've read so many great reviews of Fantome products.

S--From a 750 ml bottle, into a tulip glass.

A--Nice cloudy copper/orange color, with moderate to low orange tinted head. More funky stuff came out of this bottle at the end than any other beer I've had--and I tried to be careful. Moderate "Belgian Lace" only appeared on the glass only after the last pour.

S--Sour Hay

T-- The "Saison" style is one of my favorites, but the Fantome "Hiver" tasted more like a "trainer" version of a gueze. Tinge of turpentine. Grapefruit w/o sweetness.

M-- Good, crisp, different than what one expects from appearance, as no thickness to it.

D-- It's not hard to force this one down, but do not think I'll go for another. I'm just not into it. I intend to try other Fantome products as they are so highly rated--just hope that I like them better.

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

750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade poured into my large duvel tulip glass

A- Body is a nearly opaque golden yellow color. Pours with a giant, foamy, white gushing head (the bottle was a gusher) that very slow fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there though little lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic as you can see yeast sediment, bubbles, and cloudiness whirling about the beer.

S- The main character of the nose is a tart lemon presence. Below this is both a sweet bready yeast, a soft spiciness, and a barnyard like yeast funk.

T- Subtle tart fruit comes through a little bit upfront but the main characters are a herbal hop flavor and a funky yeast. The finish adds a touch of spiciness to what is already present, the hops flavors get a bit bitter, there is just a touch of,there is a touch of alcohol astringency as well, and the most interesting part is a touch of piny hop flavor that emerges quickly and comes to be potent then immediately disappears-but still the main character of this beer is the funky yeast. What lingers is a minimal hop bitterness a tartness that fades quickly, a and a hint of bready yeast.

M- Medium carbonation and somewhat dense (for a light beer) smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is another great saison from the fantome lineup. I pretty much want to try them all. Not my favorite but still very wonderful. It's interesting, drinkable, and complex. I have another bottle (a very generous extra in a recent trade) in my cellar so I can have this one again without having to travel or trade for it. Great beer and looking forward to trying more Fantome's!

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark copper color with a thin white head.

S: Tart fruit and a bit of spice.

T: A very nice saison. It's fruity with pear and apple coming to mind. Finished tart. There is some light spices that are always there but they are difficult to identify.

M: Smooth, very light and fine carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, an excellent winter saison.

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Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark hazy golden, amber highlights, topped by afoamy white head that is quite thick, holds very well and leaves a lot of lacing on its way down.
Aroma is mostly spiced, with lots of them. Pepper, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, along with earthiness and fruitiness. A little funk rounds it out.
Medium bodied, nicely carbonated adding a pricly feeling to the body, spices again dominate the flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, pepper. Fruitiness, lots of oranges, earthiness.
Very nice, but in the long run, the drinkability suffers a bit given the spiciness. Still well worthwhile.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 722 ratings
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