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


 
Review by rhoadsrage on 07/04/13  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
52 3 6 10 4 3 2013
(Served in a tulip)
086/477044 on cork
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a thick sticky snow white head that produces nice broken lace and some long strands of tiny bubbles trail to the surface.

S- The nice saison yeast character leads to a full wet stale wood ash aroma in the finish that grows as the beer opens. Some green grass notes and dry bubblegum esters come through as it opens aswell.

T- The bright saison yeast esters are soon over powered by a big harsh bitterness and some smoky stale wood ash aromas in the finish lead to a slight band-aid hint as it warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to the finish and no astringency.

O- The nice saison is hidden away under the smoky bitter wood ash off flavors that go from balanced to dominating as the beer opens. It was hard to get through the full bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 10/06/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2010
Classic appearance. Sunshine and clear skies, white fluffy clouds. Carbonation streamers that show absolutely no quit in them... I am always amazed by Fantomes. Creamy and dense cap that keeps at an even 3/8 of an inch at nearly all times - lacing that would make Gam-gam cry. Crazy beautiful.

Aroma is all lemons and limes, straw and that wonderful, WONDERFUL Belgian barnyard funk. Dusty, minerally and leathery. My Pavlovian responses are in overdrive here. Just extremely earthy with a wonderful lime and hops backdrop. Fantastic.

Taste is more of the same, thank you, our zombie savior. Limes, peaches/peach pits with a touch of pear and tangerine rind. Lemongrass and wild flower honey sweetness. Not much for funk as the nose would have you believe - just minerally with some dusty earth. A real nice, lightly tart twang to the finish.

Light to moderate in body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Not as much of a carb bite as I remember, but it really compliments well.

Fantomes truly are the epitome of Belgian Saisons. That in itself says everything. Light, out of your mind refreshing (8%?) - this Saison just screams SPRING. Just phenomenal.
I live on the wrong continent.

Perfect Easter Saison. Geoi - many thanks!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2010
750ml
$13.99
West Lakeview

Printemps proudly shows off a glowing apricot body with enough haziness to make it difficult to see through the body. The white head is incredibly dense and creamy, instead of the intricate Belgian lace left behind it leaves chunky sheet lacing all down the glass that eventually fades back into the body. After a few minutes the head sits atop the body like meringue.

The nose on this beer is nothing if not unique. When cold it reminds me of a pool in the summer; yes, there's a slight smell of chlorine but it's not bad somehow. Dried apricot and a spiciness that I can't put my finger on come around secondly. If I had to make a guess on the spice fresh thyme would be closest but it's a fairly mild version. White pepper, orange peel and rotting cedar bring up the rear with some warming. This happens to be yet another odd Fantome from the smell of things and while interesting just doesn't do much for me. Warming does help this beer a great deal, as it nears room temp the aromas come together much better.

Sugar cookie sweetness lays down a solid base while the crazy spiciness and fruit layer over the top. The unidentifiable spiciness leads the way with dried, peppery apricots coming in waves. Green apple and gritty pear bring up the rear with a more vibrant, fresh apricot quality. There's a quick flash of tartness on the swallow and a musty aroma lurking underneath. Printemps is a good saison.

The body has a light airy feel with an active carbonation that adds a tongue awakening, but fairly soft, prickliness. There are enough hops in this beer to bring along a mild bitterness after a few drinks and the carbonation has the sensation of scrubbing the tastebuds along with a fairly dry finish.

The alcohol is deceptively hidden in this beer which could make for a dangerous libation. The lighter body keeps this beer flowing easily.

Printemps is another strange creation from Fantome but one that's grown on me as it's warmed. The flavors come together nicely and the spices used fit insanely well, although different. I can't get enough of the crazy creations coming out of the farmhouse in Soy.

Reviewed: 6/1/09

Price: $13.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 07/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Wow, just found a super old review of this sitting around. Not much to it, but I'll put it here until I have the beer again.

A - Golden in color and crystal clear. Foamy, soapy tan head. Foams big, but recedes quickly.

S - Barnyard funk going on here. Yeast and spices. Very yeasty with some "wild" things going on.

T - Big barnyard funk. Grassy. Sour notes all over the place.

M - Light and crisp. Champagne like notes.

Overall - Good brew here. Barnyard taste might be a little much for some.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Dark orange cloud with a hard glow in bright light. Solid medium sized lightly yellowed cap puffs up quickly to reside to a firm lasting cap of about a quarter inch always present. Lacing is lightly foamy and patterned in thick strings and a few spots.

Aroma has a popping spice of lemon pepper with a slight musky rustic wave from the yeast action and a slight grassyness. Gently powering and adequately waftable on the nose.

Taste is quite spicy and complexly driven by the yeasty stuff. Partailly souring with lemon juice and lime skin, a bit of tangerine sticks to the gums and tongue in parts of the late finish. Tiny bits of white pepper, corriander, metalic scrappings, and high toned grasses make for lots of added interest. Nothing to withstanding in length as the peppery notes and tin phenols are the only thing that seems to stick in warmth as it floats into the finish. A light citrusy center envelopes as it begins to warm. The spices are quite complexing, but not quite as impressionable for me as the malt body in this is shortened compartively to other Fantome brews I like alot. Although, If ya like spicy beers, this will definately float your palate boat. A little too spicy for my buds, but likeable in an intriguing fashion as it tends to grow on ya with a wonderful spicy warmth.

Feel is firm and active with a whole lot of vibrant, mouth tenderizing spicyness. Mildly souring in a moderate tone of acceptable lemony-limeness and broadening yeasty grab and heavy texture. Dryness is also frim and moderate in tone, making for a slower session.

Served In: Pint Glass

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