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Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
89
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 38
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

09-01-2012 01:32:52 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head and great lacing.

The nose brings a bit of very mild funk along with a nice bit of wheat and light grain. The flavor is mildly funky as well, though most of the flavor is coming from the wheat.

Really nice dry, bitter finish. Not over the top, but nice and crisp. Exceptional body.

Great brew and very different from other Fantome offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 10:40:29 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy white/golden color ale with a thin white head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma is a weird mix between some light wheat malt with some funky notes and some lemon notes can also be notice. Taste is very refreshing with a mix between some wheat malt and light funky yeast with some easily discernable notes of lemon. I would say that this is different then most beer from his style out there but very refreshing and no as funky as Fantome can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 18:14:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:09:26 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-25-2013 04:17:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:17:38 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael, beer was in the Fantome line-up at a recent tasting. Served in of course a Fantome tulip because why wouldn't I? This was one of the first beers of the night and quite memorable, reviewed from notes.

Beer is light yellow, really hazy, soft white head, one finger, decent retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is strong lemon, citrus, almost woody, like smelling a branch of a lemon tree, really strong, almost Pledge strong.

Beer is light in body and very fruity, strong lemon / lime flavor in this beer, it is not off putting but it is definitely strong, mildly sweet, a little dry on the finish. To sum up this beer in a word, Lemon.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:17:33 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 19:34:34 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
This beer has quite a bit of chill haze to it; the beer went into the freezer brilliantly clear, but now sits in my glass a fully hazy, orangish amber color. It is topped by an initially four-finger thick, pale off white colored head. The aroma is enticingly spicy with notes of orange, earthy spices and some dusty malt notes. There is a touch of herbal character as well as some other spice notes that are quite evident, but that I can't quite pinpoint well enough to tell what they are. Hints of dusty pepper, touches of ginger, and a spicy herbaceous character. There seems to be a touch of funk here as well, this smells in some way like a Lambic, though it could just be the spicing choice and yeast character (a taste will settle that though). The aroma is quite enticing, and I could spend quite some time just smelling this aromatic brew.

Quite light on the palate, in fact it is very light and easy drinking; eminently thirst quenching even. Somehow soft and creamy, sort of tastes like a dry orange cream soda. Lightly tart, though not overly so and it finishes with a spicy, peppery bite that has hints of ginger and arugula. This beer is really quite dry, I am not sure if there is even a hint of malt sweetness left. The peppery finish is quite interesting, it really lingers on after a sip and even tickle the throat with a hint of cayenne-like heat. There is some ingredient here that is really interesting, I can't quite figure it out. It is almost a savory flavor / quality (perhaps it is savory, though in this case the herb not the adjective I meant in the first place). Going back to the finish, perhaps it is more herbaceous than peppery (it is just a hint after all), or more correctly it seems to be some type of green herbal note that has a peppery character to it (something like arugula that I mentioned previously). This beer is also quite earthy at times, I don't mean some generic much, but instead a rich, nutrient rich loam that is peppered with mulched herbs.

Ok, this beer is just packed with complexity and it is only 4% alcohol. Plus the really light, quaffing character of this brew is just wonderful. I love it when brewers make beers with this depth of interesting flavors at relatively low alcohol levels. The spicing here is perfect too, whatever Dany did, this beer has a ton of spicy character that lies just below being recognizable. If it was not for the apparent, aromatic orange character, I would classify this more as a Saison (though historically Wits, and Saisons where really quite similar).

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 02:08:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:26:41 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-11-2013 00:01:15 | More by yourefragile
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:22:32 | More by stakem
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of the Fantome tasting. Label is black and white with basic ghost on it.

Pours still. No head had all... just a few bubbles. Color is a pale hazed straw yellow.

Aroma: A lot of grapefruit. Wheat and malty flavors. Reminds me of fresca. Lemon-lime citrus. Very unique.

Taste: A lot of spice. Grapefruit citrus, grapes, and lemon lime. It has a herbal taste to it. Some bready malts. Very yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Flat and uncarbonated. Light bodied with super low carbonation, if any. This part kills the beer for me. Ends pretty clean though.

Overall, the smell of this was awesome and the flavor was really good, but it was just a bit flat for me. Straight up fresca goodness. I did enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:12:18 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer is hazy and light yellow hued, with a small white head and sparse lacing. The aroma brings some light spice, candied fruit, and a subtle medicinal scent. Good flavor. Tastes like fruit juice in some regards. Refreshing and light, this is a stellar example of a session beer. A lot of flavor packed into a 4% abv beer. I would definitely have this again, and would like to have a few of these in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:08:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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ccrida

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:33:02 | More by ccrida
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange beer produced by Alex.

A - Golden, hazy beer with a foamy head that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Smells like marijuana, wild catnip, a little mint (which is also like catnip), hay, some citrus. Just kind of strange, but not unpleasant.

T - Not as much of the green stuff in the taste, as the malts come forward a little bit more. Actually fairly crisp and refreshing. A little more lemony citrus on the tongue with some nice floral notes.

M - Soft carbonation, light bodied, slightly drying finish.

O - For a weird beer, as in what's up with the weed, this was refreshing and easy to get down. Didn't like it as much as some, but it was good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:36:38 | More by AgentZero
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-03-2013 18:43:16 | More by chippo33
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-04-2012 13:34:21 | More by whartontallboy
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 17:42:28 | More by Sean9689
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-21-2013 02:06:54 | More by kscaldef
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 11:01:17 | More by StJamesGate
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 18:07:00 | More by FreshHawk
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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-09-2013 21:56:37 | More by CelticAleMan
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with about 7 bubbles of carbonation, so basically flat. It smells exactly like grapefruit juice! Citric with a slightly bitterness to it. The flatness kills this for me. There is absolutely zero carb and I think this one would really benefit from it. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is grapefruit and slight peach and some lemon.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:03:03 | More by kbutler1
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Litle white head due to hardly any carbonisation and a pale golden and hazy beer. Nose shows some orange and wheat but is a good crossover between a lambic and a whitebeer. Bretty and sweaty but still fresh with nice sour twist. Taste is more sour and dusty and very dry. Good touching bitterness in end but only sparely dosed. Litle watery mouthfeel but overall a very refreshing whitebeer that must be very enjoyable on warm days.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 18:28:15 | More by paterlodie
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Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.