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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002

BEER STATS
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103
Ratings:
166
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
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4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review is for two different vintages. But rating is only for the first one -- a rare 2005-ish bottle. Drank 2016.
Pours like the haziest NE IPA you've ever seen. Like mango juice hazy, orange, glowing.
Aroma is Fascinating. Herbal, vanilla, sourness, citrus. Minty perhaps.
Taste is insane! Like someone melted a orange creamsicle into a gin & tonic. A LOT like that in fact. Tart, almost sour, and a bit funky but tastes incredibly fresh. Not the least bit tired despite its 10 years of age, and doesn't have a hint of alcohol burn despite its 8% abv. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
Loved this. My 2nd Favorite Fantome I've had. I won't tell you my favorite because I don't want others to go after them. ;-)

Next is a ~2012 vintage (best by 2017). Aroma is sour, Gueuze-like, a bit acetic, and definitely some classic Fantome funk.
No head, very little carb. Couldn't get a head to form even pouring from 8 inches above the glass. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Just like that, no other descriptors needed. Yep, an ugly beer!
Taste is pleasantly tart, but has a weird mouth-drying, flem-forming aftertaste. A bit of herbal tannin bitterness. Kind of sweet, a bit of overripe fruit. Strange - my throat gets quite flemmy after each swig. Not sure I like that. Would love the taste of it weren't for those factors.
Mouthfeel would be nice - it has substantial body - but in the end it is quite lacking due to low carb, tannins, and wierd flemminess.
Overall I didn't love this one. I feel like it had potential, but some odd flaws kept it from being very enjoyable. Too bad the pre-2010 iterations are white whales. Would love to revisit those but doubt I'll have the opportunity, but I am not sure I'll want to revisit the 2012 vintage.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, label says best before end 2017. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy brown color with pretty much no head whatsoever. No lacing, either. Aroma is subtle at first but gets stronger as the beer warms, it smells like red apples, caramel and woodiness. Luckily the flavors are stronger in comparison to the aroma. It tastes like red apple, cherries, caramel, vinegar, stone fruit, earthiness, oak and some light spiciness. The tartness is subtle. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with very low carbonation. I thought this was OK overall, it's not my favorite Fantôme brew but still an interesting one. I'd like to try a different batch of this in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Clear amber body without much of a head. Very thin collar. Smell is like spiced apple cider. Some vinegar. Taste is lightly tart. Vinegar tartness. Strong cherry and dark fruit sugars. Finish is a little apple-y. Very low carbonation. Medium heavy. Not what I expected at all. Pretty tasty beer, but heavier and sweeter than I thought.

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Photo of mattreitz49
1.5/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer had to be infected. Absolutely no head, smell was very astringent, and the taste was vinegar. Because others have rated this so high, I have to assume infection. If not, I don't get this beer at all. Unfortunately, this is my second bad experience with these guys.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.53/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I just don't get it. Officially done with these guys. Gusher as usual. Dark brown pour, no head and very little bubbles going on. Smells like apples and lightly tart fruit, no yeast funk. Flavor is overly cloying sweet fruit with weird spices (not uncommon for these guys) and nothing else to speak of. Harsh spices and cloying sweet notes on the tongue make me want to pour this down the drain....aaaaaah, there it goes, that's better. Time to go drink a beer that isn't made by a joke of a brewery. Time to just close up shop for these clowns.

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Photo of MarioM
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy amber color with no head just a light fizzle of a head that quickly dissipates to nothing. A very murky beer, not very nice looking.

S: Aroma is tart and flanders red like. Hints of dry fruit, tart cherries, red wine, brett funk and some wood spiciness.

T: Lightly tart, cherries, some oak spice character that's most likely yeast character. I also get a very faint fantome character in the background but its very faint. Taste is dominated by dark tart fruit. But generally a tart amber beer with no distinct Fantome Ghost character to it... :(

M: This is a light tart beer that finished extremely dry and almost gives you a slight cotton mouth feel. The tartness works with the dryness and helps dry out the mouth. The beer finishes with a lingering cherry and fruity taste. Not bitterness.

O: Not going to lie, I was not a fan of this beer. I expect something stragne and special when drinking Fantome and to me this was simply tart and fruity. No weird Fantome yeast character that you get in their standard saison or in Hiver. However, this is a decent sour red.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a deep amber and clouded through. It has a small, reluctant head, beige and creamy. The beer looks thick, viscous. This heft is felt in the body, though it gives the beer a pleasant depth and goes down easily, avoiding any accusations of syrupy messiness. The beer smells of toasted malt fruit. Heavy plums, sherry, fresh tart cherries, wood. Vinous spice. It’s uniquely Fantome and wonderful. Light acidity. Fruit sweetness without any cloy in the finish. Apples, grapes, spice. Wood and tart stone fruit lingers on. Magical.

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Photo of kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Enjoyed on 6.20.15, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours an interesting caramel brown color, burgundy hues, tans and browns as the light strikes the beer, opaque and very hazy with a bone colored head that offers low retention and little lace. The aroma is interesting, nutmeg, spice, coriander, all spice, funky yeast, barnyard, horseblanket with dark, chewy grains and stone fruits. The flavors echo the nose, big spice bill, very Christmas like, stone fruits, yeasty, chewy dark grain, very unusual blend, loads of nutmeg and coriander, almost getting a pumpkin pie spice aspect, definitely not a summer vibe, but it does remain enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fantastic, a hallmark of Fantôme bottles, coating, gentle, soft, moderate carbonation, very smooth and gliding with a creamy finish that hits the spot.

Verdict: A very unusual saison from Fantôme, loads of spice and darker malts, quite earthy and reads more like a Holiday beer than a Summer saison. I didn't dislike this beer, but my expectations were for something quite different. This had a bit of a cult like following and I'm not sure I understand why, but I'd definitely enjoy one of these bottles in November or December.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby/burnt orange color with no head, no carbonation and no lace

Smell: Apple, pear and a touch of caramel

Taste: Tart fruit forward, with the apple and pear tones bringing along some underlying sweetness, as well; some oak and leathery character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and still

Overall: Not what I was expecting at all; closer to a Flanders than a Saison; not an unpleasant taste but I am not sure that the brewer would be pleased with how the beer has developed

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Photo of tclipse
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Totally and utterly flat. Not a single bubble. It smelled delicious and the flavors were nice, but the mouthfeel was horrible as a result of the horrible undercarbonation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a fizzy light caramel colored head that recedes pretty quickly.

S: Light bread and caramel with a light underlying funk to it. Red apple and some toffee.

T: Bright and juicy with some red apple, green strawberry, apple cider spice and some lingering green apple tartness. Sort of a strange beer and nothing like I would expect from a Saison, but very good.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber, cider, opaque

S: Ripe apples/cider

T: Tart green apple, lychee, pear, a little funk from Brett?

M: lighter mouth feel than what I expected, smooth, very light carbonation

O: highly drinkable but very tart sour beer. Very cider like and not at all what I expected from a farmhouse/saison.

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Photo of Spelaeus
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceeded expectations. Wonderfully fruity and lightly tart. Absurdly drinkable, no sign of abv. Not at all what the word "saison" brings to mind, but this is a style that's all over the board. Somewhat heavy with medium-low to medium carbonation (a plus in my book), flavors of green apples, pears, and peaches. A little bit of lychee nut flavor, which may be the brett. I've gotten similar flavors from homebrews with brett trois. Really just wonderful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The historic patience that allow for true saison flavor to emerge might be the long-lost ingredient in the styles and why many modern versions fall into Belgian obscurity. Yet Fantome brewers still value those traditions and it shows in taste.

The seasonal ale pours with eruptive carbonation. Shy of gushing, its billowing stature impresses the eye and the nose as its high effervescence heightens the beer's acidic fruit character, earthen spice and seems to lighten its bready undercurrent.

With just enough grain sweetness and bread textures to aid in support, these act as a spingboard from which the fruit and spice medley bounce onto the tastebuds. Ravishing fruits of green apple, lemon and orange are all present, however the strong peach and nectarine flavors steal the show. Seeming soft with "cream sickle" character, even its hazy orange stained glow suggests much the same. Yeasty and spicy late, notions of shortbread and peppercorn rise to balance the fruit. A medium-light attack of hops pierces the fruit, cream and sweetness with dry hay and lemongrass.

Playfully acidic in finish, the ale shies away from souring, but greets the palate with the tang of cider, rose wine, and the peppery tannins of fruit pits. White pepper, black pepper and a pep of perfumy coriander all waft about the finish giving the ale a sense of finesse and earth in aftertaste.

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Photo of impending
2/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've loved many a Fantome but over the long run I've come to realize
on a brewer/infected beer ratio level, relative to the rest of the world, it's unacceptable
I've simply had too many infected Fantomes
I'm being generous rating this infection a 2
no cheers
jd

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, spice, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting sour qualities that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch poured into a LA tulip. Stoked for this one!

A: Murky/muddy ruby body with only the faintest amount of head appearing after a vigorous pour. Essentially flat, but oddly enough the dark body coupled with the stillness is pleasing to the eye in a way.

S: Tart cherry, orange zest, and red wine upfront layered with signature Fantome funk. A touch of raspberry, floral honey, and alcohol. Very vinous and complex.

T: More tart cherry, pineapple, and granny smith apple. Lingering red wine character in the taste as well. A sweeter than usual backbone props everything up. Despite the underattenuation still a pretty fantastic tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied and flat, with a slick feel on the palate. Slight acidity lingers and coats the palate. Not necessarily bad, but a little carb would have done this beer wonders.

O: Pretty amazing aroma and taste, but the appearance and mouthfeel leave some room for improvement. Had heard rumors of the lack of carb and underattenuation of this batch but went for it anyways. Vaguely reminiscent of a less lactic and uncarbonated flanders red. Would love to try this with some C02 and hope the second bottle carbonates after some time in the cellar.

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Photo of stakem
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml neon orange labeled bottle poured into a matching fantome tulip. The brew appears a hazy color of orange cream-sickle with a frothy white creamy topping. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass. When held to the light, it has a beautiful clarity that appears golden to orange which is so strange because from afar it looks quite clouded.

The aroma is quite fruity with a zesty essence caught between something like grapefruit and/or orange juice. There is an earthiness smelling somewhat like cork and a hint of must in that classic fantome sort of way.

The flavor is quite tart and zesty a little hint of grapefruit-like bitterness with a fruity zest quality like oranges, lemons and limes. A bit of juicy pulp and cork-like earthiness with a straw-like grain quality and a hint of cracked pepper.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very dry, clean and easy drinking. The best way I can describe this is take a great bottle of the classic fantome saison but instead of pineapple/strawberry this is more like orange/lemon/lime. Really fantastic stuff.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle, thanks Thorpe!

Pours a thick hazy pale bana golden color with a thin white head, fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Aroma of hay, funk, lemon-vanilla creamsicle, lemon juice, grass, orange peel, and meringue. Fairly sweet flavor up front, like a slightly sour lemon meringue, vanilla sweetness, grass, lemon zest, and an earthy funky finish. Medium thick, low carbonation and a lingering puckering sourness on the finish. Unlike any other Fantome (or saison) I've had.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure the year of this bottle. Cork says 086/477044. Pours a very hazy, golden straw-like color with some nice carbonation. About an inch of fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Scent is initially very mineral-forward...I'm not sure how I feel about this. Tons of spices and herbal aromas with a bouquet of fresh flowers and earthy notes. Hints of barnyard as well. Taste is vitamin-like at first...with subtle mineral flavors, that immediately turn to tart lemon flavors. Tons of spice and herbal flavors with some funky Belgian yeast. Pleasantly tart with each and every sip, this beer becomes more enjoyable. The mineral flavors start to blend together with the tart barnyard and the floral spiciness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one Fantome that I have never seen in stores, so I was very eager to trade for it. I'm very glad I got to try it, but it is not my favorite Fantome. I enjoy Printemps and Original Fantome better. Still a great beer though, as Fantome can do no wrong.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Rbald42 for the hook up with this beer. Apparently this bottle vintage is circa '04.

Appearance: Pours out a gorgeous, crystal clear straw color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 3/4" of egg shell white head forms which has very nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Hints of white grape and pear hit me the most initially. Some mineral comes out, as well as a bit of funk and a touch of both lemon and herbal notes.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smelll. Pretty strong pale fruits come out in this, followed by mineral, some grassiness and a bit of lemon acidity.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light body and fairly high carbonation makes this about perfect for mouthfeel. Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Great vintage saison that held up very well. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of craytonic
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps one of my new favorite fantoms

Appearance: Murky and hazy golden-yellow with a nice white head

Smell: Light, earthy funk with lemon grass and citrus notes, very light and pleasant

Taste: Similar to the nose, night mild funk, slight sour citrus, touches of lemongrass and hay. Slightly earthy. Really well done

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but it works with the flavor profile

Overall: Very tasty, one of my new favorite fantomes.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Huhzubendah at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, lemon, grassy and earthy notes, light oak, and light funk. Nose is awesome, loving the oranges.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, wood, funk, and earhy notes. Some hay as well. Ton of oranges and citrus again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. More carbonation than most of the Fantomes we tasted today, and just the right amount. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall this was an awesome beer; probably the best Fantome we had at the tasting out of about 20 (though it rivals the normal Fantome Saison). Tons of oranges, lemons, and citrus, and very easy to drink. Something I would love to get more of.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

gotta get me more fantome! i really have just cracked the surface with these but they are just soo good!

pour could not have been better with an amazing golden amber color with a good haze to it and great carbonation visible throughout. huge white head on top that led to a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glasses.

aroma is light at first but builds as the night goes on. light citrus touches, fresh herbals, light flowery mix an a nice grain bill seem to support a rather complex flavor. and that is exactly what i get with a quick dose of lemon right off the bat. it transforms into a nice pear and apple flavors, loads of grass and quick hits of lavender and a touc of peppery like spice seal it. this is exactly what i was looking for. clean, crisp, sparkling and refreshing. near perfect.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I put too much pressure on this beer to be awesome. Served in a Russian River wine glass.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass, nice steady carbonation.

Aroma is mildly funky, nice, and a little like grass.

Beer is mildly flavored, its a little thin on the palate too. There is a mild floral property to this beer but I think I really like the regular saison much much more than this one.

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93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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