Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - ÉtéFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply a great drink. Traditional spices bottle conditioned in the winter and wait till the summer. Pleasantly decent aroma, somewhat grassy. Starts moderately sour and ends sweet aftertaste. After exploding the cork and pouring the large head, wait 15 minutes or so for the experience and it is less sour. great yeast, apple, grassy, citrus, orange peal, coriander, tad cider but not overt, peach apricot bannana, lemon marmelade. WIll have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -11%
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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
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 Thorpe429
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Updated review (04.06.2013): Amazing notes of lemon with a bit of pine tree. Backing light acidity and a bit of pineapple. Tropical fruits. Very dry and light.

Original Review (04.22.2011): Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a slightly-murky golden-ish beer with a good white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings forward a good mild funk along with some hay and earth. Some peaches and other stone fruits lingering in the background. Some floral notes as well. The taste lays it all out--funk, earth, hay, fruits, and some dry floral notes. Really nicely balanced with a crisp, dry finish. Drinks pretty well. A very nice beer.

Best quote during the consumption of this beer: "You don't have a power animal? I'm laughing at you."

Original Scores: 4 / 4/ 4.5 / 4.5 / 4 = 4.28

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color and a large white head with good retention. Pretty decent clarity, I can almost read through it (I did have to be careful pouring the second glass though as some yeast from the bottom of the bottle was starting to cloud the beer).

S - Strong sour aroma with a good, hoppy backbone and floral notes; especially lavender. There is also a good bit of barnyard funkiness in this one.

T - Musty, earthy funk up front followed by a nice, assertive sourness. I get some hop flavor and a moderate level of bitterness that fades and then returns at the very end of a long finish and possibly some black pepper notes. The overall impression is of a very dry, vinous beer that is reminicent of a dry champagne.

M - Quite dry and sour, but it doesn't scrape the palate and finishes very smoothly. Moderately high level of carbonation.

D - At first I thought that this beer was a bit too wine-like for me, but after about half a glass it really began to grow on me. I had it with a meal of french bread, good brie, apples, and cream cheese topped with organic fig spread, and man did it work well. The funkiness of the beer helped to keep the flavors of the food alive and fresh and the tartness worked well with the fruit. Fantome is a brewery I regard more highly each time I try one of their beers and this beer was no exception.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly yeast-flecked tangerine orange with lemon peel trim along the bottom of the glass. The huge crown of soft, sticky, lemon chiffon colored foam is all kinds of gorgeous. I'm not the least bit surprised given the brewer who created it. Ete looks like the beer equivalent of a perfect summer day.

The nose is as mysterious and as wonderfully mouthwatering as I've come to expect from Brasserie Fantome. I have no idea what the hell goes into these saisons, I just know they smell and taste like a dream. This one contains the usual spicy funk (or funky spice), with a lighter vibe than usual. It's certainly lighter than Automne and Hiver. Lemon? Cedar? White pepper?

I love and appreciate the fact that anyone who is paying attention could easily identify the Fantome saison season in question simply by drinking a few mouthfuls. The flavor profile here is nothing if not summer-like. The usual sour acidity is present, mixed with a bracing shot of shaved lemon and orange zest, gentle farmhouse funk and a potpourri of warm, peppery spices that I couldn't identify in a million years.

Like most Fantome beer, this one has a prominent woodiness that tastes cedary to me. If anything is, that has always struck me as a unifying feature of this brewery's beer. Also, like most Fantome beer, the brilliance of any given ale isn't completely revealed until one gets into the middle portion of the '750'. Whether it's getting used to the strangeness or warming, I couldn't say.

This ghostly ale is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze on a scorching day. A day like today, in fact. I have no idea what sort of black magic goes into completely burying an 8.0% ABV without a trace. The mouthfeel could be a fraction more creamy and more mouthfilling, but it's pretty damn good as is.

Saison D'Erezee doesn't match the brilliance of Fantome Saison, but it's my co-favorite (along with Hiver) of the 'Four Seasons' saisons. It's light and fruity and tart and spicy and funky and... well, it's just phenomenal beer. Too bad summer, and Ete, has to come to an end.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bubbly lace stays from an active carbonation, amber brown in colour that has a cloudy murky look to it.

Smell: Dirty earth aroma; musty basement and tree bark. Hints of odd fruit and malted grain are there but the earthy smell is strong.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, herbal oily hop up front. Harsh medicinal phenolic bite with hench-flavours showing additions of herbs and spices very few can be picked out other than some liquorice … rosemary? Mildly tart. Bitter and dry finish with lingering phenols.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp with a slight viscous mouth feel that feigns a body bigger than it actually is.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer does not surprise me from Fantome … always pushing the envelope and always original. Just a big ass farmhouse style ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears hazy and orange / yellow in color. The head is white and fizzy, stands in around half an inch thick, and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été. The beer emits a cornucopia of fruit scents, including oranges, pineapples, and pears. In addition to the fruit, the beer has a pleasant yeasty smell and flavor. This is a unique beer, and one I really enjoyed. The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence a non-issue. The beer carries with it a certain amount of fruity sweetness that makes this bottle best shared and enjoyed in small quantities.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange tone with an effervescent bubbly off white head, leaves great evenly dispersed Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Sharp sweetness upfront candi sugar is evident, with awesome fruit filled undertones. A great wild spiciness and a woody cask aged funk to it. Taste: Rolling pale malts candi sugar, mild bitterness bubblegum sweetness complex layers of sweetness. A bit of a cidery finish to it very sweet but yet there's a balancing effect from the mildy toasted malts and fresh touch of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge to it, effervescence is clear with a bubbly mouthfeel medium bodied ale meant to be enjoyed one at a time. Drinkabiliy: Save this one for special occasions a true Belgium delight quite a rarity in the states, very tasty and evenly balanced makes for sipping pleasure.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
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 stakem
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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 RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a minimal white head. Nose is yeasty, ctiric, and sweet. Also seems to be a chalky edge to it as well. Flavor is sweet and smooth. Actually a bit sweeter than I had been expecting. I wonder what some age on this thing would do to that sweet. There also seems to be a strong orange flavor on the profile. Feel is a little bit thinner than I would expect. I can't say it's watery, but it doesn't have the "bubble" that others do. Very drinkable. This baby is smooth, even, and flavorful. I am moving out of town in a few weeks and I hope to be able to find this again in NYC. Damn good!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy summer solstice, everybody!
To toast the season, it's time to crack open my Fantome Ete bottle, waiting in my bookshelf cabinet for nearly six months, waiting for the official beginning of ete, don't you know.
I crack the crown and start to pour, then realize I didn't pop the cork yet!
Silly me!
A furious pop, and then that sour must emanates from the neck and invades the air...pours out a very cloudy pale amber, with huge head, tall and puffy, eventually sliding down to size. but going about it slowly.
Aroma: ah, this is the stuff! Thick with yeast, tingly spices, a panoply of fruits, well balanced, citrus, plus peach, apricot, all blended together perfectly. Heavenly! Gorgeous! I'll taste it one of these days, just let me smell her some more...
(days later...) Big mouthfeel, huge texture, fullness of fruit, nice hop appearance, and large, tasty malt all up in the mouth. Very juicy and flavorful all the way, rich and full bodied. Sweet, yet dry in the finish. Lordy, but I like this! Yeast is a huge aspect of the flavor profile, and without it, this brew would be nothing like's delicious, though, maybe even perfect.
I'm gonna sit with it for a while and consider how perfect it is...
pretty damned near perfect...I'll ruminate some more...wonderful, subtle, sophisticated spices. Marvelous fruit.
Must return to this again, before the summertime leaves us, and maybe in the fall, to remember it by!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this in a random bottle shop in downtown Brussels - Fantôme doesn't appear to have very good distribution in northern Belgium. Served in a Stella Artois stange (it's the only thing we've got at the hotel here).

A - Three fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates very quickly to leave a ring of stray bubbles and a few splotches of lace. Hazed, semi-transparent golden straw/white peach color, with lots of visible tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Not particularly interesting looking.

S - I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cork. Tons of Belgian yeast, earthy spices, ripe lemons, wood, medicinal herbs, touches of horsey funk and wildness, and a bubble-gum malt backbone. The combination of flavors, depth and complexity is utterly ridiculous.

T - The taste is much milder, with some peppery spice, a bit of tart lemon and orange zest, a touch of funk, and a lot of sweet fruity malts with notes of apricot, peach, and banana. It's very nice, but not as eye-popping as the smell.

M - Light body, some residual dryness, a little carbonation tingle on the lip but somehow low carbonation (!?) while swallowing. Very refreshing and style-appropriate.

D - 8% ABV? Are you joking me? I initially misread the label and thought it said 5%, and didn't even think twice until I looked at the profile. Super refreshing with none of the typical impediments (booze, carbonation, aftertaste, etc.) I completely intend to drink all 750ml myself while doing some work this evening.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wahoo- got to try this nectar of the gods at the VSK night @ the BTAH in NYC.This poured a cloudy and murky shade of orangy brown, lifting a slight tiny bubble head and leaving some classic lacing. Nose is all about the funk. Earthy stuff we have hear. Limes, peat, malt sweetness up front and more spicy tart hoppy ness in the finish. COMPLEX! What a delight in a glass. This is a brew with a ton of character, must be sought out by fine beer lovers.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/09/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. Not sure of the bottling date. Was purchased in Feb '07 and the cork says 086/477044. Never have been able to figure out the Fantome dating system. Poured into my Fantome tulip.

Appearance- Starts out as a nice bright golden colored pour, ends up a bit on the amber side with the yeast poured in at the end. Nice frothy 1/2 inch sparkling white head. Leaves nice rings and patches of lace behind.

Smell- Smells very lemony, earthy, hay-like and a bit of funk after the cork is removed. The nose decreases a bit each time as it's consumed. Still a nice lemony nose remains for the duration.

Taste- Kinda like a hard lemonade flavor here. Mild funk, but not as much as the traditional Fantome saison. Some wheat, some dry grass and a slight sour note. Has a light sugary note as well. Small hop notes noted in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with a perfect carbonation level. Lighty foamy buildup after each swallow.

Drinkability- One of the better Fantome brews. They are all great, but this one is right up there with my favorites. Perfect summertime brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper-amber color. It is fairly well carbonated, which generates a prodigious light tan head. This has the characteristically spicy, musty Fantôme nose with a bit of sourness. It also has aromatic notes of crushed crackers, biscuits and a bit of fruitiness. This beer is well carbonated as it causes a prickling sensation as it crosses my tongue. There is a nice dry malty finish of biscuits and toasted malt; it is unusually malty for a Fantôme. There are some fruity notes of orange and plum subtly here as well. There are also lots of subtle spice notes here. It is a good mix of spices (many from the yeast) that are not quite perceptible enough to pick out. Perhaps there are notes of ginger, orange peel, chamomile, clove and cinnamon. As the beer warms up the fruity notes come to the fore, with plum, pear, and apple being dominant. This is just a really enjoyable beer, another home run by Dany.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale honey color with some haze and suspended particles. Nice golden glow to this one. Fairly thin head, but it sticks around as a thin ring for quite awhile. An aroma of minerals, red apple, pear, a touch of white pepper and some herbaceous and earthy notes, followed by a soft tang of Belgian yeast. Very slightly sweet smelling. The taste is fairly mild and smooth- more mild than many other Fantomes that I've had. A pleasant lemon flavor starts thing off followed by an herbal tinge and the barest hint of funk. Coriander and a very slight touch of pepper rounds it out. A slight sweetness undergirds the rest. Very smooth and a bit puckery in the mouth. Quite refreshing, but not overly complex.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
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