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Fantôme Printemps

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Light, fruity and champagne-like. Fantôme brews special seasonal beers, never repeating a recipe from year to year. This one is for spring . . .


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
75 cl bottle shared in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours a cloudy light amber colour with a nice fluffy white head. Taste is overpowering thyme. Unfortunately, I do not like thyme so cannot mark this particularly high. However the underlying taste is somewhat reminiscent of a La Chouffe and the mouthfeel is spot on for the style and very surprising given the strength. Looking forward to trying the other Fantome brews with the absence of the thyme note.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (1895) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orange liquid with small white head. Aroma of oregano, spices, herbs, bread, white pepper and bubblegum. Taste is dry and light sour with notes of oregano, basil, bread and white pepper. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice but very herby.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is huge spices /herbs, flowers, almost medicinal, some fruity hop notes, some pepper. Flavour is very very spicy, again almost medicinal, some light hop and malt notes. A bit too spicy for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3143) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Hazy golden pour. Aroma is very spicy, anise, floral and quite intense. Flavor is quite bitter, very spicy and with a smooth texture. A bit too much for me, but intriguing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle sampled at De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of saison yeast, oregano, light citrus. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Subtle palate at first, with grassy and weedy aspects developing into a big soft grassy more bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A nice unusual saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Sample @ the Molen monthly tasting. thick creamy white head. Slightly hazy golden blond pour. Some citrus. Pretty nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clear copper with a big white head of foam. The aroma is grassy, earthy, a little tea like perfume notes. The taste is like a dry, herbal bitterness. It sweetens up about mid palate and begins to warm the back of the throat with dry alcohol heat. Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (4865) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours weak cloudy golden with a huge frothy white head. Aroma of weak sour apples, spices and earthy hops. Taste is very weak sour, more fresh apples with a herbal and spicy edge, very good. Dry mouthfeel, medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Thrilled about drinking my second Fantôme saison, this the Printemps. Nice golden color with the slightest touch of orange. Two fingers of thick head dissipate on the quick side but lots of lacing, the beer clearly has some substance. A little bubble action in the glass. The nose on this thing. Wow. Incredibly complex. You could think you're drinking two or three different beers. It starts with green bottle skunk, in a good way. Has a pale lager aroma on the first pass. Lemon, pale grains. The skunk passes quickly, unlocking a substantial fruitiness. Strawberry, peach, nectarine. The other pale lager side is still there with heavy notes of wild field grass. The final pour with sediment adds cracked black pepper to the mix. Taste features the same fruitiness/pale lager marriage. And then there's the flavor that lingers on the finish--that unmistakable Fantome smokiness. It's somewhere between a meaty smoke and cigarette butts. Immediately hits the mouth on the finish and accentuated by the heat of an exhale. Really like nothing else out there. The smoke is the dominant flavor but there's a bit of funk and a sour orange bitterness as well. Not much pepper other than a few heavy cracked pepper sips on the final pour. Definitely a medium bodied beer, the hefty mouthfeel is welcome because it finishes dry and allows for easy drinking but feels full and soft on the tongue. As complex as I've ever had. The complexity alone is worth the trip. Not a top saison for me but lots if fun to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
airrick2003 (411) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Appearance: pours with a huge beige head that settles down into an incredibly dense head that towers above the rim of the glass, beer is a light gold color, very hazy Aroma: really strong funk from a barn yard, alcohol, lemon, pungent Taste: orange coriander on top of a very strong funk from the farm, alcohol, some sourness, some tart Palate: average to soft c02, funky aftertaste, heavier mouthfeel Overall: takes a while to pour this one down but looks awesome when done, has a lot of funk all around which I like when go for this style, definitely recommended, complex ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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