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Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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88
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 56
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 47
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Goldorak on 12-23-2005

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 56
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange with a quickly fading head.
Aroma of orange peel, herbal notes, soft farmhouse notes. Quite acidic.
Similar flavours, more tartness and some big mandarin notes. More orange peel, somewhat herbal. (208 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes- share from a kind RB)

A - Looks like freshly squeezed light orange juice; didn't really have much of any head really

S - Pure fresh grapefruit; sour; and a bit musty

T - Grapefruity; white pepper; bit of a twang

M - Thinner overall; very subtle carbonation

D - Nice drinking; intriguing and at a very low abv which made for easy down

Overall, perhaps one of the strangest in the style that I've tried, but certainly enjoyable. (445 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.29/5  rDev +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. (629 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (764 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- No carbonation whatsoever, some bubbles are apparent, murky, white yellow straw color.
S-The aroma is actually really nice, big lemon lime, grapefruit, fruity aroma, smells really tasty.
T- Could use a lot more carbonation, pretty flat, fruity floral taste, some spice, lemon grapefruit, slight sour apricot flavor.
M- Light mouth feel, really under carbonated, smooth drinking with a clean finish.
O- This beer would be really nice if it had more carbonation, really nice fruity grapefruit aroma and taste to it, but too under carbonated for my liking. (587 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

292nd Review
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! (802 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks a bit like grapefruit juice. Hazy lots of yeast. A two finger head disapates to half a finger

Funky sweet sour tart tangy

tastes like grapfruit juice and sweet tarts

medium full body foams up a bit in
mouth. Medium bubbled carb

awesome and refreshing beer. (267 characters)

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Maltzilla
4.41/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,179 characters)

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Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.