Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver
Brasserie Fantôme Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Hiver (8.0% alcohol by volume) is the winter edition of Fantôme Saison and if you are lucky you can find it between December and May. The recipe changes every year - I have had 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages aged from 1 to 5 years. The beer pours hazy gold under a pure white, very finely bubbled 3” pillowy foam cap that slowly collapses to a ¼ - ½” film. It offers a mild floral, spicy fragrance with fruit – citrus with slightly over ripe fruit and light malts with a hint of barnyard. The barnyard and wet horse blanket funk is a little higher in the younger vintages and becomes more fruity as the beer ages and gives time for the Brettanomyces to work its magic. The younger versions are also more cidery while the older versions develop more lemony wine notes. The beer is very dry and has an assertive hop finish. The carbonation and texture are very fine and soft. The beer is yeast driven but well balanced by the hops. All the vintages I have had and the young and old versions are all very good. I particularly enjoy this beer with a BLT, Stinking Bishop cheese and KLey Lime pie while sitting in my garden. I rate it 93.