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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

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
Ranking:
#2,173
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
175
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
13
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of mattreitz49
1.5/5  rDev -64%
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 impending
2/5  rDev -52%
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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a big foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of weird spice mix with some sweet Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt, some spices with a weird funky notes that don’t mix well with the other flavour. Body is about average with some low carbonation. It just seems Fantome lost the way to properly mix funky aroma – I have been very disappointed in the last couple of bottle I tried from them.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
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 dave750
2.81/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold color with a steady stream of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A thick off-white head rises to about medium height and lasts a relatively short time before dissipating to a thin film on top of the beer that lasts for the remainder of the glass. The aroma of tart citrus and watermelon is mild in strength. An herby hop influence joins in later.
A strong sour lemon and mildly bitter herby hop initial taste dominates to the end. The bitterness intensifies at mid-taste and grows stronger until it matches the sour lemon peel by the end. A hint of nuts emerges late as it warms.The body was thin but with good carbonation. Heavy bias to hops.
The sourness was a bit too much for my taste. Overall the flavor was fairly one-dimensional and lacking depth.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of fartingdog
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few Fantomes in the past and remember it not being one of my favorite producers, as I don't particularily care for the tartness. It's been a few years since my last, and as my palate has changed, might as well give it a shot. I have to say that if you like a very good beer with the tartness, Fantome is primo. If you like the tart/sour beers, this is a great example of a farmhouse saison and very true to the style.

Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thin head and good lacing. Smell is of citrus and wood. Taste is full barnyard - earthy, grassy and tart. The tartness hits up front, subsides then resumes on the finish. Excellent body, and a faint bit of alcohol warming afterwards.

Interesting to revist, but I like to limit my stay. One glass of this 750 is about my limit. A well done, quality beer - great for some people, but it's not really my cup of meat. Personally I'll probably wait a few years before I hit this brewer again.

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Photo of
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25oz. bottle.

Hazy, dirty orange color. Large, creamy, off-white head. Good lacing, minimal legs.

Tart! Pepper, citrus - lemon. Touch of funk/horse blanket/wet leather. Something sweet surfaced as the temperature increased. Fruity, melon-like. Touch of cotton candy.

Quite TART. Very grassy. Lemon citrus as well. Not much of anything sweet in the taste, even with a good bit of warming. Alcohol very well hidden. For me, tartness hides anything else going on.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Seemed like another big Brett. This wasn't bad, but didn't do a lot for me. I've enjoyed other Fantomes and saisons more. The tartness seemed to overpower anything else going on.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
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 MarioM
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Jhfinn
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle w/ cork and cap. no date found; notching scheme on label, but not utilized. dunno if i got this in a trade or not, but either way, tried to get this straight from the case, to avoid skunking.

from notes, tasted june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

hazy, almost cloudy, despite settling in the fridge for two days and decanting a full 1.5 cm. deep orangey straw color. 1-finger head fades to wisps and ring. some splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: funky tropical fruit, like guava, plus grapefruit rind (but not like fresh american hops). almost... leathery? musty wet hay. weak bready malt underneath to the end. orange peel and spice w/ phenols in back too.

taste: similar flavors, w/ acidity upfront and that tropical fruitiness again. mild euro hopping for mild to moderate bitterness. bready malt, though a bit watery. spice and phenols. still weirdly and overly fruity too, imho.

light to medium body, with acidic and astringent note in middle onwards, slightly smoothing out for the finish. mild to moderate carbonation, giving some body.

really not liking the overly tropical fruity quality in all the recent fantomes i've tried. not that it's all that bad as beer, but just not what i'm looking for in a saison.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Dirtinabottle
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
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 tclipse
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
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 kevanb
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey-gold body with an oily, bubbly white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of honey, tart lemons, peach juice, and oh-so funky bleu cheese crumbles.

Taste: Malted wheat flavor that's defintely bready, though yields little sweetness. The tart, citrusy lemon and juicy peach flavors are much more pronounced in the taste. Oh, and yes, that cheesey character is still there. Finishes dry with a lingering lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Who knew you could ever cram this much character and creativity into not just one, but many saisons.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased at Beer Mania in Brussels, 10 euros. The bottle is corked and capped, same as all Fantome bottles I've had, with no indication of vintage on the cork nor on the label. The label looks different than the BA listing, more of an orange background.

The beer pours out very hazy and light orange shaded gold, like a watered down orange juice. Few bubbles on top. It smells like it might have a little age on it, a slight medicinal quality behind the bright citrus which surely must be the intent of this summer seasonal. Along with the orange and lemon aromas I think I can detect some kind of spice, maybe more of a rind or something but it's really light.

The citrus flavors are at the forefront, matched by some apple and cough syrup (possibly not intended). The flavors are actually stronger than I expected, and the thicker-than-your-usual-saison body conveys those flavors efficiently. Some carbonation was present despite the lack of foam, giving it a good lively mouthfeel. Very interesting, I'd love to try another bottle if I could be certain it was fresh.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I really wish this had any carbonation whatsoever. Has potential to be an awesome beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
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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