Fantôme Blanche - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-07-2006 18:28:15 | More by paterlodie
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-26-2013 03:36:01 | More by WillCarrera
District of Columbia
3.25/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
07-05-2010 00:26:53 | More by craytonic
4.75/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
10-02-2009 02:02:28 | More by Patrick999
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-24-2012 08:34:07 | More by Thehuntmaster
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
(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.
08-26-2009 02:05:37 | More by Nickls
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-23-2005 02:23:42 | More by Goldorak
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
07-09-2012 03:30:12 | More by writerLJBerg
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
09-03-2011 07:44:22 | More by Chriscrundwell12
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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!
11-15-2012 13:30:06 | More by spdyfire83
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
11-14-2010 05:57:38 | More by muttyd
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-05-2009 00:03:16 | More by DaggerEyes
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-24-2010 18:56:45 | More by mymrnngjckt
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
09-29-2009 17:27:17 | More by Maltzilla
Fantôme Blanche from Brasserie Fantôme
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