Posts Tagged ‘dany prignon’

fantome printemps

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

fantome printemps in the glass

when I went over to CB’s for his last brew day, I brought over a bottle of fantome’s printemps.

  • this saison is brewed by Dany as a seasonal beer (Saison d’ Erezee) for spring.  according to the distributor, each year’s recipes are unique.
  • although (in my opinion) this beer wasn’t as tasty as one of my all-time favorites, their standard saison, it was still a great brew – it had great carbonation and was earthy and spicy with subtle fruitiness.
  • as with all fantome brews, I will always grab at least one bottle of printemps each season when I see it on the shelf.  it’s a great warm-weather beer, perfect for a BBQ or outdoor gathering.

fantome printemps bottle

fantome saison

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

fantome saison

ah, fantome, how I love your saison.

  • the sheer fruitiness of this beer is unreal! I cannot believe how much tropical fruit aroma and flavor come from this yeast alone.  the fruit is not overwhelming though, it is very complementary, and the beer is ultimately complex and drinkable.
  • in fact, I have come across more than a couple clone recipes for this beer that call for strawberry, guava, and other juices in order to replicate the fruit elements of this yeast.  however, I have heard that wyeast occasionally releases a special strain of this yeast…
  • this bottle was especially fruity and clean.  however, it is always a crap shoot when opening a fantome bottle – since they are bottled by hand in small batches, they are very unpredictable in terms of carbonation and flavor.  every time you open a bottle you are rolling the dice.
  • on my trip to belgium last year, I tried to plan out a trip to Soy, where fantome is located.  however, it’s quite a trek from brussels, so the trip didn’t happen (some day!).
  • a little trivia – the equipment Dany Prignon uses over at fantome is from Brasserie d’Achouffe.
  • also, according to the same source, the brewery is named after “a legend of the nearby town of La Roche-en-Ardenne, which asserts that the ghost of the long-dead Countess Berthe de La Roche can still be seen walking amidst the ruins of the town’s castle
  • I just checked the ABV of this sucker – 8%??? where does the alcohol go?!?

fantome saison bottle

fantome saison in glass