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Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 43
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 12-23-2005)
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Patrick999
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really, this just blew me away. A "Dstructo Returns from Belgium" opportunity, indeed. Thanks for offering this one up man!

This pours some serious white-gold with some nice foam. Beautiful beer.

Nose is of big white grapefruit and orange blossom. I was floored. Just an incredible nose.

While there was white grapefruit overload on the nose, there was little to be found on the palate. Instead, a clean, smooth flowery hop character along with some tartness.

Perfect mouthfeel. Plenty crisp, but in no way overcarbonated.

I had no idea this was only 4%. Wow, if only I could get this more often. This was tons of fun to drink, and I'd wager polishing off the 750 myself would have been no problem at all. This was one cool beer.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy pineapple/piña colada gold color with a small bubbly white head that disappears fast leaving some thin patchy lacing.

S - Huge amount of grapefruit jumps out of the glass. Some orange citrus, pineapple and tropical fruit. Very light wheat and spice aroma. Strong, intense, and enjoyable fruity aroma.

T - Similar to nose, but the fruitiness is a bit more subdued. Still a lot of grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. Gives off some tart flavor. Some floral/herbal hops along with the wheat base. Slight weed aroma. Hints of pepper in the background.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and fizzy with a touch drying finish.

D - Very drinkable with a nice mix of different citrus and fruity flavors paired with the wheat and pepper taste of a typical witbier. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Notes: A nice witbier with plenty of citrus. Packs a lot of flavor, especially for the ABV. Definitely not like a typical witbier, but a very enjoyable. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of muttyd
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chris (bearsonacid) for sharing this bottle.

Hazy yellow with a huge head. This beer smells like straight up canibus and grapefruit. Slight musty aroma (typical of Fantome), but the canibus/grapefruit aroma dominates the nose. Flavor follows the nose upfront, but it finishes with a strange floral almost peppery flavor. Dry finish and leaves you wanting more.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a few bottles of this rare Fantome offering at Deep Ellum this past weekend.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of head. This is a rarity for a Fantome offering.

Beer had a strong Orange peel smell too it.

Taste was outstanding. Crisp and light. Lots of floral and even more grapefruit in the taste.

Beer is carbonated well which gives and excellent mouthfeel.

At 4%ABV, I could drink four of these by myself.

Photo of Maltzilla
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dstructo for this gem!
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large cognac snifter.
The color of autumn sunshine . . . if you could only really bottle such a thing. LOL! Medium head which dissipated slowly into lacing at the top. Once the beer settles, the "sunshine" look of it kinda hazes over a bit with more of a white element.

The nose? WOW! Think of your nostrils being pummeled with a mallet made of grapefruit. Intense citrus and definite grape fruit aroma is almost overwhelming, but in a very, very good way. Never had anything like it

Taste: As I go for the 1st sip, I'm almost squinting my eyes, expecting to drink a form of carbonated grapefruit juice. And there was the magic of Fantome: not a grapefruit note to be tasted in the drink. Not a one that I could pick up at least. Great spicy taste, some citrus back notes, a bit of vanilla and oak as well, but no grapefruit. An incredible beer!

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: This is listed as a witbier, but I felt it more as a saison . . . almost bordering on a sour. That said, the drikability is definitely up there with witbiers. This could easily be the 1st of many glasses for me. Smooth and very tasty.

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Goldorak
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a pair of these on my visit to the brewery, and since this one only clocks in at 4%ABV, I figured I better drink them sooner than later.

Appearance: Murky banana peel yellow, head consisting of a few spots here and there.

Smell: A citrusy, pineapple funk, with a side of passion fruits and mushrooms covered in dust. Wild stuff!

Taste: Tart and sweet like pink grapefruit juice, with a weird but good yeast flavor, with a tangerine/mandarin orange sweet finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, but cooky for a "Blanche", be it Belgian or otherwise. A bit thin, but still a classic Fantôme that I could drink all day long.

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle picked up at the Delirium Café in Brussels, I'm not sure how recently it was made, as it's never seen stateside. The label is not the yellow one pictured, but a basic black and white with a large Fantôme ghost. Poured into my Supra tumbler after the cork limped out with no pop, Fantôme Blanche is generally still, some lazy bubbles stream up from the bottom, and larger ones coat the walls of the glass, providing a deception of spritz. The beer is a pleasant hazy straw yellow with no head or lace.

Smell is amazing, floral and citrus potpourri, with just hint of musty, sour wheat, but overall on the restrained side, but very appealing.

Taste is very nice, like the nose, it's floral (lilac) and citrus (lemon lime), subtle. A very well done wit, tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry and light bodied, but it's sorely lacking spritz.

Drinkability is high, as this is a very tasty wit. Properly primed, it would be perfect. I love Fantôme, and this is a great example of why.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Alvinne bottle shop by my wife. Minimalist black & white label with a ghost on it (not as pictured). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a big white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving minimal lace. Hazy pale yellow body.

S - Massive aroma of weed, weeds, dandelions, herbs (catnip?), skunk, sharp lemon peel, and as it warms up a bit sweet malt emerges.

T - Taste is a lot milder than the aroma, with only faint weed and herbs and a bit more sweetness. Some yeast and light lemon peel in the finish.

M - Very light body, surprisingly low carbonation, quite refreshing and quite appropriate for a 4% beer.

D - This was kind of awesome in that peculiar Fantôme sort of way. It's like Dany replaced the coriander and orange peel found in traditional witbiers with marijuana and lemons. We crushed the 750ml bottle - wish this one was sold stateside (or is it? I've never seen it).

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Liquoric3
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pixieskid
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Alex. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mirky gold color, large bubbles, some whisps on top.

S - Marijuana, herbal, grassy, lemon peel. A very unique nose, to put it lightly. That said, it smells very refreshing and crisp.

T - Lemons, herbs, floral notes. Reminds me of summer. Like the nose, very unique and enjoyable. Not as much marijuana as the nose, but still, very cool.

M - Light, good spritzy carbonation, refreshing, dry finish.

O - Really cool beer. Very unique and something I really enjoyed. Too bad it's a tough beer to locate or I'd get more of this. Recommend.

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by yourefragile at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a clear pale yellow color with light sediment floating in the glass, one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells lemon juice, peaches, tropical fruits, yeast, and light earthy notes. Super citrusy/lemon nose and very fruity, I love it.

t - Tastes of tropical fruit, lemons, citrus hops, floral and earthy notes, tiny bit of spice. Very good again, almost as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink, would have liked a tiny bit more carbonation, but still good.

o - Overall a great beer from Fantome; this ranked behind the Ete and the normal Saison as probably the best Fantome I had at the tasting. Super fruity/lemon nose and easy to drink, a witbier I'd love to get more of.

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Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.