Fantome saison printemps that just arrived today. Interesting beer; smoky, funky, barnyard and unusual.
A few of the recent Fantomes have been exceedingly smoky for some unknown reason. I picked up a few of the regular saison and haven't really enjoyed this recent batch. Indeed there is a ton of batch (and even bottle variation) as he seems to toss in whatever is on hand when it comes time to brew. This is the first batch I haven't enjoyed, but it's pretty bad IMHO. I didn't pick up any of the printemps, but I don't believe that smokiness is an intentional character.