Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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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:
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(Beer added by: Goldorak on 12-23-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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 corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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 kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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 CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kbutler1
2.85/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of pixieskid
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like fantome, hazy amber-orange. Pours with a huge, craggy head.

Smell: Lots of off funk, mostly diapers, but also some spices (mostly pepper), wood and herbs.

Taste: Again with the wet and dirty diapers, hope I didn't get a bad bottle. ALso loads of pepper and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, excellent in this department

Drinkability: Taste makes it hard to envision drinking more than a glass or two of this, although I appreciate the low 4% alcohol level

I later had a second bottle of this that was much better, lacked the dirty diaper notes. I've bumped the score slightly.

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of brandonld23
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

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