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Saison D�Erezée - Hiver by Brasserie Fantome
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
Binny's Orland

Hiver pours surprisingly clear for the first glassful and surprisingly it's a bright glowing copper. Tinycarbonation bubbles stream up the sides of the glass to the 2+ finger head. The head shrunk to a thick creamy cap of off-white. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass..

The smell of this saison is craziness. I can't hardly figure out what the aromas even are. Definately some dry and wet musty hay. Damp wood. Cobwebs and dirt along with a field that is on the brink of making me sneeze. I don't know what to make of the aroma. As it warms the aroma softens.

Flavor is along the same lines as the aroma. Still has all that old barn character but the flavors meld moreso than the aroma. On the finish there's a pleasant fruity sweetness (peach) along with a caramalized malt character.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. lively carbonation tickles the tongue and cheeks.

The interesyting flavors really work your mouth. A couple glasses in a sitting is enough for me but it is disappearing quickly.

This beer is really throwing me for a loop. I can't make up my mind if I love it or hate it. It's definately funky and interesting. I wish I knew what went into making this beer, I'm sure I'd be surprised if I looked at an ingrediants list. The flavors and aromas really evolve as this beer sits.

Reviewed: 9/1/07

Price: $11.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 0
Pours a hazy, earthy looking copper color - the color of freshly squeezed apple cider. Darker than I am used to, but what the hell, change is good. Almost two fingers of bone-white head takes it's rightful place, with decent retention. A closer inspection reveals very active carbonation on the rise within... this was suspected due to the impressive collar around the inner periphery of the glass, and the constant thin cap... all of which lead to beautiful lacing.

The aroma is enticing - makes my mouth water. Coriander and orange pith lead the way, followed by a light pepperyness accompanied by that oh-so familiar barnyard funk - sweet Jesus. Some sweet spice joins in the dance - a pinch of cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg as well. The aroma of raw, wet wood strikes the nose - very interesting.
Very well balanced and harmonious.

The taste is more mellow than the aroma suggests... and off-key for a Saison - even a Saison of winter. Large amounts of coriander and orange zest/pith, along with the sweet spice, just as the nose promised. White pepper is there, but somewhat muted by the spices used, and the wheat nature of this. Along with the yeasty funk (which is excellent), there is a noticeable tartness - the two balance the other so well... the two gems in the area of taste here, and carry through the finish very nicely.

Medium in body, crisp yet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting. Quite dry - this is very important, and accomplished. Carbonation is a bit soft, but well done.

Interesting winter Saison. I was kinda hoping for more of a seasonal spice element to this, so I am mildly let-down.
HOWEVER, this is a Saison, and a Brasserie Fantôme Saison at that, so one can't be too disappointed, eh? Very enjoyable and refreshing, with that wonderful Fantôme yeast funk to it... soooo freakin' nice.

Served In: Other

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 7 18 4 9 0
Poured in everything. Looks like dark rust. Nearly opaque. A hardened soft glow seeks the center but doesn't even come close. A tall, all encompassing, cap of thick, luscious foam sweeps up the side of the goblet growing like the increasing wind of a oncoming storm. The top is tanned light brown in hue with a spot of brown leather in the center from the yeasty drippys. Tends to keep one heck of top sitting there the whole glass through; from pour to pour until the bottle is empty, the top is always sitting with a solid presense. Lacing is slow and low into the glass with patterns of thickly stringed blobby forms.

Aroma is soft and tender of a darkened tartness of citrus and smokey malts. Kinda grapey, kinda plummy, a certain funk of leather and wet, old wood simply keeps it interesting to the nose.

Flavors are simple in composure but complex in layers and length. Simple ways about it seem forebodingly dark and seeping into a sweet, deep tartness thats amazingly soft and supple. Flavors are a wave of mixtures making the overall current a tasty little display of dark grape and citrusy orange dusted with cocoa and semi tangy molasses. Very moderate really but lasting. Rides out for a tauntifingly, yeastified, sweet, and candied treat. The semi sweetness, sugared cookie doughness, and wood/leather funk hints is the make and mark of a great Belgian beer. And this smacks of that fact.

Feel is sublime! So succulant, so soft and tender. It works sublimely with the flavors across the palate. As if to unfold, or create a breeze with verve and steadiness. The body is just over medium and never strays from there. Texturized in fluffy stuff that yeasty things like to create. Perfect.

This is one very damn fine brew. That 8% and bigger 750ml bottle can catch ya off guard right quick if your not careful. A sipper, sure. But downable all the same.

Served In: Goblet

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