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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 09-12-2006)
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy, light brown, full off white head, receding to thin ring. Little to no lacing.

Aroma - Saison through and through. Lemon, wheat, horse blanket.

Taste - Smoke, lemon, yeast, orange peel, horse blanket, complex and good.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light bodied, dry.

Overall - Surprisingly smoky. Not terrible, it's just not what I was looking for/expecting. It's a classic saison in the other senses. Definitely try it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:44:23 | More by KVNBGRY
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rand

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: The brew appears a color somewhere between apricot and leather, opaque and forms a frothy, cavernous 2-inch head. Patchy lacing is everywhere.

S: Horse-blanket, barnyard funk, right up front, typical of Fantome. Smoky, woody. Grassy snap lingers at the edge of the bouquet, with a smidge of alcohol.

T: Layered and complex, the smokey, funky aspects hold subtle notes of unripe fruit and dry grass. Malty sweetness just barely pushes back strong tones of smoke and leather. A distinct hop snap dries the palate , leading to short, dry finish.

M: Medium-to-full bodies, but ample carbonation adds levity.

Fantome and Jolly Pumpkin are my go-to breweries when I feel like I've drank too many beers. Off-centered style that almost always work.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 05:12:07 | More by rand
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brewtus

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with a two finger white head. Smell is bready, funky,nutty, some sweet spice. Taste is smoky, some dark fruit, funk, slight citrus, some roasty and nutty flavors, bready . Consistency is full of carbonation, really nice. Overall this was pretty good.the first sip isn't awesome but once your palate is primed, it's a nice take on a season.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:49:34 | More by brewtus
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Notched freshness date of October 2013, consumed August 2013.

A: Burnt sienna in color. Surprising clarity, but this was poured with care taken not to rouse the yeast. Two fingers of cream colored head retain very well. Thin, foamy rings of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee, bread crust, and perhaps even a whiff of iced coffee with sugar and cream. Tart and slightly acidic, aromas of macintosh apple and peach. Black peppercorns. Earthy and dirty yeast.

T: Red apple skin and peach tartness. Orange peel. Moderately acidic. Lots of malt coming through with tastes of mild coffee roast, bread crust, dark caramel, and toffee. Dirty, earthy yeast. Black pepper comes out in a very quick, dry finish, along with peach tartness and vanishing caramel malt flavors.

M: Light bodied. Carbonation is ample but soft on the palate. A notch or two above watery, the body is fleshed out just enough to make it work.

O: It sort of comes across as a rustic saison meets English mild, the way the malts come through. It took a little while for the black pepper to come through, but it fits nicely enough. Not a lot of complexity, and not the most memorable thing Fantome has brewed, but it's very easy to knock back.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 22:48:43 | More by ryan1788a5
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into globe/wine glass at the gnarly barley in Orlando, FL. Amazing pour..burnt orange color with about 2 fingers of head. Classic amazing fantome funk atoma but somewhat muted with hints of spices. Taste is again classic fantome barnyard but again a bit more muted than usual...lots of peppery notes and a hint of citrus. Its thick but light...its got a good feel to it for being so light in abv. Really another fantastic brew from fantome. I absolutely love everything Danny bottles. Thanks for brewing Danny!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 19:08:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep copper / amber pour with 3 fingers of beige colored head which diminished slowly.. not much lacing left behind. aromas of wheat, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight oxidation. the flavor is spot on for a belgian dubbel.. with a slightly farmhouse funk to it.. pepper, banana, cloves, candy sugar, farmhouse yeast leaving behind a wet paper/hay flavor in the finish which only makes you want more sips to try and get rid of it, and by the time you realize what you're quenching, it's actually that weird flavor!
medium body with high carbonation, drinks fairly nice.

this is a surprise - didn't really know what to expect and wasn't let down. not as funky as i had hoped, but a pretty solid beer nonetheless.. not like most saisons i've had either.. more on the darker belgian ale side.. which i guess makes sense with the name being dark white.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 00:48:18 | More by facundoCNB
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a finger thick dense foamy cap covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty barnyard funk and tartness/sourness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a fair amount of mustiness to them. Overall the flavors of this beer are rather tart and there are some hints of fruit and spices.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is surprisingly tart for the style (saison) but still very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:02:41 | More by dbrauneis
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ddedhed

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass. The color is hazy orange/amber with a fluffy white head that is half the glass. The head is very nice, and I noticed that it continued to froth up in the bottle of what wasn't poured yet as well. The smell is a pleasant yeasty, sweet bready, slight herbal mix. Taste is a sweet bready, yeasty, apricot mix. There is a slight bitterness that give way to a smoky/leather finish that is not off-putting at all. Actually, a nice complement to the initial taste. It makes a nice counter balance. I am reminded of some sort of almond pastry or desert the longer I drink it. The mouthfeel is typical saison with a nice effervescence and crispness. Overall this was rather enjoyable. There is a lot more flavor than I anticipated from a 4% beer. I will definitely seek another bottle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:50:45 | More by ddedhed
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2008 so about 5 years old.

Pours a dark copper/light red color with a pretty big head that dissipates quick. Very funky nose to this one. Hard to describe exactly whats there but the words herby, earthy and funky all come to mind. Very complex taste. Its not tart, not sour, not hoppy, not bitter and not malty. so what is it? hah, it has a very "spicy" (but not in the hot way, in the pepper/nutmeg/cinnamon way) flavor as well as a very "herby" flavor. it also has a very dry feel to it, which is rare to find in beers. lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a real unique and enjoyable beer. definitely one id recommend picking up if you see it, you wont regret it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:37:08 | More by Axnjxn
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The saison poured a dark copper color with an aggressive white head. The aroma was a strange smokey sort of barnyard funk. Saisons have a very distinct aroma, this one added the notes of a smoke beer. I am not certain if it is supposed to have that distinction. In the initial taste, one detects lemon rind, smokey, and that certain barnyard funk. The rind is most potent in the aftertaste. There was really nothing particularly special about this one. In fact, I wonder if something was a bit off about this delicate creature. It may be my least favorite Fantome effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:05:38 | More by JohnnyHopps
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

One of my favourite styles, and the best brewer of that style as far as I'm concerned. I always love the label art on Fantome's bottles. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (ugh..) bottle with pry-off cap sealed over an internally-housed branded cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop. Expectations are through the roof. Label identifies it as a saison, so that's what I'm reviewing it as. The label doesn't corroborate the ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Spices."

My label just says "Dark White." There's no "BBB" in the lower left corner like I see on google images.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. Liquid does start slowly surging upwards, but it's not a gusher or anything.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of nice healthy light khaki colour. Nice smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Somewhat frothy. Retention is excellent; seemingly indefinite but probably a good 15 minutes - though I'm not waiting to find out. No real lacing as the head ever so slowly recedes. Fluffy and appealing overall.

Body colour is a glowing nontransparent peach. No yeast particles are visible, but it's too murky and hazy to see them anyway. No bubble show. Pretty decent vibrance, though it is a bit understated.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for a saison with the exception of the remarkable head retention. I'm excited to try it, but other Fantome saisons have looked better.

Sm: Heavy biscuity yeast character, with subtle clove, vitamins, and bready doughy notes. This beer screams that it's alive and kicking. Wow. Some bretty funk here, but not as much as in other saisons.

I get some subtle well integrated spicing, but as always with Fantome it's so well executed that each individual spice is difficult to isolate. White pepper. Some very light citrus twang.

Earthy. Grainy malts. Bready malts. Biscuit malt. Grassy. Clean overall.

I'm not getting any of the fruity notes some other reviewers are describing. Doughy yeast is by far the dominant note here.

No alcohol is detectable. A pungent aroma of moderate to pretty strong intensity.

T: Bready and doughy as hell. Light bretts lend a bit of funkiness. Lightly earthy. Not getting any fruits. Light indistinct spices; I find clove and white pepper.

I'm a bit concerned about the quality control with this bottle; it definitely seems a bit off. Rather bland and narrow-noted for a Fantome beer.

Bready malts, graininess, light grassiness. Hay. Any hop character is minimal in presence and floral in character.

Dough is dominant. It's shockingly simple and boring considering the brewery. Something's wrong here; I think it's lightly infected perhaps? I've never experienced infection in a beer. This isn't offensive or foul; it just seems off on a basic level.

**
As it warms, I do get hints of fruit after all. Apple, cidery notes, and maybe fig. The white pepper also comes through a bit more. Apple pie. Nutmeg.

Touches of citrus rind on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness. Good carbonation. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Suits the style well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Somewhat acidic.

Dr/O: Kind of a dud from Fantome, but I do think I just got an off bottle. At around $16 USD a bottle, that's frustrating. I've never had quality issues with Fantome until now. I'd like to revisit a good bottle of this, but I won't be shelling out my own money to do so. Really disappointed, but it's not undrinkable - just a bit boring and bland. I'll happily finish the bottle, but I really wanted and expected more from Fantome. Comes off a bit like a homebrew saison in its muddled unfocused character. Alcohol is well hidden, though.

Served chilled but not cold and allow to come to room temperature.

C+

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 05:54:02 | More by kojevergas
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Thick caramel colored, foamy head. The beer is a dark amber hue

S: Plum undertones, with the typical saison barnyard funk.

T: The beer is light bodied, with a slight funk.

M: Light mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: This is a great offering from Fantome. He's offered up a very drinkable saison with a low ABV that has excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:30:27 | More by VWBuggirl
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a cream colored head that falls slow to a cap. Leaves some good lace behind on my St Bernardus goblet.

Aroma is wonderful sweet malts fruity notes white grapes, sweeter apples some nice spice mellow clove and pepper along with some grassy/earthy hops. there is some funk underneath it all horse blanket, but can't get over how pleasant it smells sweet but not near cloying just fruity goodness.

Taste is sweet malts so briefly move to tart fruits good funky notes with lots of spice kicking in. Good funky,fruity, spicy Saison. Finish is funk horse blanket with lots of spice clove and pepper. Hard to believe something 4% is so favorable.

Mouthfeel is light crisp with pretty peppy carbonation, perfect for this brew.

Overall go enjoy this one, have to say I am biased I love Fantome, but still an excellent brew. Very enjoyable and favorable heck of a 4% beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:18:27 | More by mntlover
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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly drinkable, spicy off-dry saison, which I found well-balanced despite my usual aversion to spiced drinks.

Amber in color. Off-white fluffy head. In the aroma, spices dominate: pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, grains of paradise. Also brown sugar. Taste is off-dry, with some huskier grain flavors. Medium acidity, balanced with malt sweetness. Fairly high carbonation. Very drinkable and well balanced. May be my favorite Fantome. Drinkability is very high, just what I want from a saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:55:49 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour, still but massive, and celestially beautiful head - off-white, fluffy, serene. Just impeccable look.

Smells lovely too. Funky, but fresh with apricot, lemongrass and pepper at the back. Slight vinous bordering on white wine vinegar, just a touch of acidity. Beautiful.

Taste is vinous upfront, bit of oaky chardonnay that develops malty sweetness with a touch of fennel, clove and overcooked sweet pastry. Nice crispness at the back, just a whisper of tart on an otherwise funky palate. Bit metallic as well? Very nice, anyway.

Bit of sizzle on the mouthfeel but not harsh. Works quite nicely with the body.

Lovely saisony notes. Fresh, complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:48:46 | More by laituegonflable
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Fantome beer with 4.5% abv? sure. Hazy peachy colour, with a lasting white head.Leaves lace lines. Belgian yeast and pepper aroma. Middling mouthfeel.A lightly acidic taste, like Apple cider, pepper is significant. Not complex flavour, but nicely drinkable for sour/wild fans. SIgnificant but suitable carbonation. Not a digestive.A funky residue.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:58:24 | More by Sammy
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csiewert

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy copper color, with tons of fluffy white head that laces incredibly well and retains throughout the entire drink... Just be careful not to pour the yeast cake from the bottom of the bottle or you'll have tons of floaties

S - typical saison funk with earthy spice an hop notes... Perhaps some slight hints of lemon/citrus

T - once again, you get your funky saison notes, followed by the earthy hops and spices, with a clean fruity finish

M - a slight burning sensation on the tounge... Very dry, but that fits the saison profile

O - good saison, just avoid the giant yeast on the bottom

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:37:19 | More by csiewert
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from K&L Win Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Rich and Sam in Sydney during our Fantôme Tasting Day.

Pours a very deep coppery orange colour, with surprisingly good clarity. Head is foamy like uncooked meringue, and a similar mildly creamy colour. Lace forms in great swathes down the glass. Body is very light, but the carbonation seems quite static when the glass is tilted. It looks good, I'm tempted to say very good.

Nose is quite sweet, and with some sweet spices to match it, but it is brushed with the Saison palette as well, leaving some nice green funk underneath, and a touch of tart acidity. Spices become more prominent as it warms: some cinammon, perhaps cardamom and something vaguely zingy and citric. It's very pleasant stuff.

Taste is not unexpectedly rather light (it being only 4% ABV), with a very mild phenolic bitterness through the centre. Dried apricot characters come through towards the back. Lingering acidity and a faint spritz of carbonation keep it alive for longer than it has a right to be. It's quite refreshing, but it doesn't have much in the way of structure or depth to the palate.

It's very drinkable, however, and rather pleasant, if falling short of some of the other Fantôme beers. Then again, if you raised this one up to the level of the others, you might end up with a very similar beer--I can see how this one fits into the range.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:57:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/12/12

Appearance: Cloudy light brown/dark orange - pours with a large, foamy, off-white head (even when poured gently) - leaves some nice chunky lacing

Smell: Lightly funky, mostly smells like a damp basement - lightly tart and lightly floral - some pale malts, some grass, and some phenols - pretty tame given Fantôme's typical weirdness

Taste: Damp, musty basement juice - lightly funky, with an overall dirt-like tartness - lightly floral, grassy - mildly acidic - some light fruits, some lemon - some yeasty flavors

Mouthfeel: Light, nicely carbonated, finishes with a nice drying dryness

Overall: Tasty but not mindblowing

This is a solid offering from Fantôme. It's not going to turn any heads, but it's flavorful and interesting. It could be a bit more complex, but it's impressive for 4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:46:55 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, until the sediment hits, then it becomes cloudy. Yeast in suspension. Dark copper/amber. Head is off-white, massive, bubbly, and dense. Retention is high. Big clumps of lacing. Solid carbonation.

Smell: Very mellow. Lightly floral. Earthy and grassy. Yeasty. Damp. Slightly musty. Some hay and funk. Slightly salty. Very very earthy. Old and damp.

Taste: Earth and salt. Damp, musty. Touches grass and hay. Some nice herbal notes. Incredibly mellow. Damp flowers. Some leafy edges. Mild toasted malt presence. Bready, borders on cracker. Some pale malts as well.

Mouthfeel: High side of moderate carbonation. Body is light but pushes toward medium as it warms. Mild effervescence.

Overall: Delicate and light. Lovely to drink.

Nice soft complexity. Fantome but dialed down a touch. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:23:02 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle notches: e/O/13

poured into Cantillon tulip.

a: pour a rich amber/murky orange color with slight ruby hue. decent amount of carbonation is evident, almost a fingers worth of a LIGHT tan head.

s: at first it's definitely a funky smell. slight citrus smell followed by brief leather notes.

t: I know this is supposed to be a "saison with spices" but I feel like I'm barely any spice notes. the taste is reminiscent of a wild ale, citrus upfront followed by sweet cherries. as it warms some sweetness from the malt comes through.

m: I was expecting a really dry finish on this one but it's incredibly session-able.

o: This is probably my sixth or seventh Fantome offering, while certainly not my favorite I really dug the flavors and balance in this one. I was hesitant to buy this one because of the "spices" since that's usually not my favorite but in the end I'm kind of missing the spices since I can barely get a hint of the taste. expensive for what it is but given the scarcity of Fantome in my area I don't mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:33:40 | More by jlenik
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours an extremely cloudy dark orange with a very puffy, two finger offwhite head. Very foamy, as expected from Fantome and most other saisons

S- slightly spicy aroma, lots of banana and clove as well. Maybe a little citrus

T- lots of citrus....no bitterness though, a nice sweetness is the main flavor that comes through. A little bit of banana too...typical Fantome, very complex and interesting, though not world-beating

M- medium bodied, on the thick side

O- not great, not bad...interesting, but "interesting" isn't worth 14 bucks a bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 01:02:17 | More by bigfnjoe
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brystmar

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown, muddy body. Very hazy, nearly opaque. Good head and lace, meh retention. Smells roasty with a shot of funk in the middle, but it's not strong enough to truly appreciate. If I could re-do all my ratings this would be a 3.0, but alas, consistency calls.

Drew a big blank after my first sips. Seriously, tastes like nothing. After it warms, some roastyness emerges with a bit of tartness at the end. Overwhelming flavor is still nothing, though, and that's simply unacceptable for a $20 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:57:47 | More by brystmar
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with best by date of October 2013.

Poured a surprisingly deep, orangish amber color. About a 2 finger head that laced well. Smelled mostly of subtle fruits and spices. Hints of banana there, as well as slight coriander and clove, but not a lot. Tasted the same as the smell, but oddly malt forward for a saison. Provided good balance, although I think the malts had taken over just a little. Fairly light and fairly carbonated. Not heavy, but also not light for the style; just about right on.

This beer may start to open me up to more traditional Belgian saisons. Always been a style I shy away from because I don't love spicy beers, but this one showed me how they could be different.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 12:08:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazed amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears & grassyness, the most dissapointing aspect of this beer

T: Follows the nose, much tartness, a bit of grapefruit up front. Slight white grape flavors, much tartness & lemongrass notes as this warms. some green appleskins & a touch of sour cherry. Sour/tart/dry finish, very more-ish

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, that picks up as it warms, some stickyness too

Super easy to drink, but bloody pricey

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:27:42 | More by russpowell
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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.