Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
750 ml bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels, no bottle date that I can find, poured into a snifter.
A- Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head, nice retention and spotty lacing.
S- Funky, lots of citrus peel with a nice herbal element to it.
T- Very fruity, lots of pear, orange peel, some lemon, a bit tart towards the finish, some wheat sweetness as well.
M- Light-bodied, smooth feel, nice carbonation.
O- A nice wheat beer, actually quite flavorful and obviously very drinkable at 4.00% ABV, it's too bad we don't get this one in the US or I would buy it more often.
06-26-2013 03:36:01 | More by WillCarrera
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
750ml bottle poured into New Belgium snifter
Vintage: Didn’t catch this, but it was a newer label.
From notes. Enjoyed a couple summers back at a backyard BBQ with the usual suspects in the Mile High Knight's tasting crew. If memory serves correct, I can thank André for this one. Cheers!
A: Hazy, hay-ish yellow. ¼ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.
S: Very herbal and strong. Notes of white grape skins, tart grapefruit, white pepper, touch of lemon, and cracked wheat. Interesting, but slightly too much here.
T: Taste is quite mellow compared to potent smell. Mix of herbals notes, soft citrus, and some wheat. Touch of yeast too. Nice and refreshing.
M: Light bodied with gentle carbonation.
O: Different twist for this style, but quite enjoyable. Clean. Crisp. Solid!
11-15-2012 13:30:06 | More by spdyfire83
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
Thanks to Umberto for sharing this during our epic drinking session at the Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy.
Pours a hazy brigt golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lastig ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
Sligtly earthy, vegetal aroma with farmhouse funk, bready yeast, peppery spice, light fruit and faint citrus. Nice farmhouse character with musty earth and wet hay followed by pepper, coriander and apple. The citrus presence is there but I'm not picking up much grapefruit in the nose.
Medium bodied and much cleaner than the nose suggests. There's still a subtle farmhouse presence but I was expecting it to be a bit funkier. Slightly earthy with hints of grass and straw followed by bready yeast, zesty spice and citrus. The citrus presence is much stronger than in the nose with lots of lemon peel and grapefruit. The must and spice flavors are there preventing it from ever becoming too sweet. Well balanced and really easy to drink. Very refreshing.
09-04-2012 00:26:41 | More by corby112
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
Bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012
A pale yellow color with a white head. As soon as the bottle is opened an intense skunked aroma is apparent. Smells almost Heineken-like. There is a light fruitiness and just a bit of yeast. Taste-wise, things are significantly better. Not much skunk on the palate, but good light malt flavor and a hint of lemony tartness and yeast. Some wheat flavor and a pretty easy to drink beer.
07-30-2012 19:09:26 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
750mL bottle courtesy of one of the PDX crew. Thanks!
Reviewed from notes.
A: Straw yellow. Little to no lacing.
N: Intense lemon sourness, to the point where it knocks out the rest of the flavors. Green apple, lime, citrus.
T: Tastes like Thai food. Lemon, lime, green apple, mint, ginger. There's also some jalapeno pepper going on here. The nose is quite tart but the body's very much on the sweet side of the spectrum.
M: Very, very light. Like lemonade.
O: Definitely interesting, and it's memorable because of how completely bizarre it is. Saying that about any other brewery besides Fantome might shock people, but I'm guessing the rest of the beer world nods its collective head in agreement. Good enough to recommend if you're into weird, though.
07-09-2012 03:30:12 | More by writerLJBerg
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Platinum with steady white head and lots of trailers of bubbles. Insanely strong funky nose: yeasty, white grape skin, and cat box, with boiled broccoli and lemon peel underneath - not entirely unpleasant but very arresting.
Candy sugar, lemon, white currants, a touch of funky in the form of washed rind cheese, then fresh chopped herbs for hops.
Citrusy end and musty rind linger. Bone dry, crisp and light.
Lemon and yeast. A more perceptive taster said this is like an old style spontaneously fermented blanche rather than the spiced, Pierre Celis-made, reborn wits. Very drinkable, but undone by a nose that's all wrong.
Just plain weird.
06-19-2012 11:01:17 | More by StJamesGate
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
750ml bottle 4,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass
No bottle or cork dates.
White label with a ghost on and not the label shown above.
Appearance: Heavily hazed, light golden-yellow body topped by a large white head. Head retention and lacing are actually quite poor for such a light beer.
Smell: Mmmmm there is a ton of lemon right off the bat. Mostly sweetened lemon flavour (reminds me of lemon sorbet), but some tart fresh lemon is also present. Other notes include: Sweet oranges, lightly tart granadillas, coriander, light white pepper, wheat, honey and a hint of funk.
Taste: The flavour leans a little closer to a regular wit than the nose, but is still dominated by lemon (both the sweetened flavour and fresh). The coriander makes more of an appearance, as does wheat and earthy yeast. Pepper and tropical fruits are also noted. A distinct musty funk is noted in the after taste.
Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and refreshing - one of the best summer beers I have come across.
Overall: This is a very atypical wit, but delicious non the less. I would love to have a stack of this to drink next summer.
01-24-2012 08:34:07 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
750ml bottle poured into a matching Fantome tulip. This brew appears a strikingly clear color of yellow. A finger of white froth sits atop and slowly dissolves and holds around the edge of the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a halo effect across the surface of the brew. A light swirl agitates more bubbles from solution but fail to ever capture that initial formation from the pour.
The aroma coming out of my glass is very vibrant with lemon. It covers the whole spectrum of lemony aspects from rind to flesh and zest with even some almost exaggerated artificial lemon candy inclusion. Some sweetness is present that presents a bit of wheat-like grain to cereal inclusion that is a nice change of pace from the straight lemon character that was so bold initially. As the brew warms up, the lemon character flirts back and forth between candy sweet smelling and lactic/sour almost like a berliner weisse. No complaints here, I am loving this experience.
The taste of this brew does not disappoint. I am going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of the better, if not the best examples of a witbier I have had in a very long time. It displays a very bold lemon flavoring that is not too far off from yellow tart candy that would be a strange hybrid if you mixed skittles, sweet tarts and coriander into a solution. The first couple of sips shock the palate with lemon but as you get accustomed to it, a bit of grainy backing comes forward tasting of wheat and bready grains.
This is a light bodied brew with a fizzy amount of carbonation in the feel but it doesn't display visually the amount of carbonation it has that is most noticed once it hits the mouth. It is very crisp and easy drinking brew with a depth of lemony character unlike any other wit I have had before. For only 4% abv, the alcohol is felt down the back of the throat which makes me really scratch my head and wonder if that is accurate. Regardless, this is some quality stuff right here and something I would certainly enjoy having again.
2nd pour from the bottle thoughts:
I highly recommend you swirl your bottle before pouring. Getting some of the yeast up in suspension really produces the expected look of style and makes for an overall better blended experience. Having a little bit of yeast in the profile brings out some herbal and earthy qualities that were previously missed. It also mellows out the bold focus on the lemony aspects in both the nose and flavor.
12-02-2011 01:22:32 | More by stakem
Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.