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Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme

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90
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 39
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 stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

stakem, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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 mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%

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
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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 Chriscrundwell12
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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 26, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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 Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Sean9689, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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).

MasterSki, May 31, 2011
Photo of muttyd
4.63/5  rDev +14%

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.

muttyd, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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 FreshHawk
4.63/5  rDev +14%

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.

FreshHawk, May 27, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

mymrnngjckt, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

ccrida, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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.

Patrick999, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Maltzilla
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Maltzilla, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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 Nickls
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

(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 Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

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 Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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%

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 Goldorak
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Goldorak, Dec 23, 2005
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Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.