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Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 41
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

DaggerEyes, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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).

Gueuzedude, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  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.

paterlodie, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

spdyfire83, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mothman, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Nickls, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

corby112, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of The_Walrus
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

The_Walrus, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Sarlacc83, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Insubordinator
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Insubordinator, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kscaldef, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of brandonld23
3.25/5  rDev -20%

brandonld23, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

craytonic, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 2011
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Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.