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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

brystmar, Sep 09, 2012
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always enjoy trying Dany's creations and was happy to find this one up in Milwaukee. Cork pops and pours into my Fantome glass a deep hazy brown with red accents and a creamy inch of off white head that has great staying power. Aromas of crisp earthy, bready malts along with a mellow barnyard accent. Yeast tones meet a melange of spiciness where the pepper takes the lead. Slight fruit undertones as well.

First sip brings a cornucopia of flavors. Crisp, slightly bready malts meet a good mix of fruity flavors intermixing with the classic Fantome yeast. As it flows down the pepper kicks in and there's a slight burn on the back of the palate. Mild tartness along with a barnyard / hay accent. Lots going on here...tasty, spicy saison.

Mouthfeel is light and arid making this incredibly drinkable. Creamy with perfect carbonation. Overall, I never quite know what to expect when I crack a Fantome beer and this was a winner for me. At 4% it's incredibly drinkable and the black pepper is well integrated and not overdone. Now it's time for me to find another bottle.

orbitalr0x, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.99 for the typical Fantome large green bottle @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Corked and capped.

Pours heavily hazed, muddy lighter brownish. Fluffy off white head, stays at the real thick film stage and leaves ample strands of lace.

Sweet, fruity nose with a hint of herbs.

Always a treat to taste and enjoy something new and different from Fantome, this one seems to be on the understated side, with some pepper, more herbal fruityness and and some minerally notes coming forward. A hint of sour on the back end. Went great with some Cypress Grove goat cheese, but likely most saisons would.

Yeasty final pour brings out some more moderate sour, more depth on the pepper note and some barnyard earthyness. A worthy treat for fans of the style and the brewery.

Billolick, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +2%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston.

The cork slides out with a huge pop and the beer pours a muddy whitish-brown color with a huge and frothy white head. The rocky head eventually settles into a medium-sized disc on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with very light hints of chocolate. Also present are large amounts of musty hops, grass, and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by grassy and light funk. Midway through the sip hints of cocoa powder make an appearance before being ousted by earthy hops. The earthy hops, light malt, and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer, as I am with almost all Fantome beers. A very interesting take on the saison and one that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +2%

weonfire, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best before October, 2013. Originally brewed (in 2006) for an auction for Burgundian Babble Belt members to benefit an ill French girl?

Auburn body, lightly hazy with ochre, rust, and bronze highlights. Isabelline, creamy head recedes to a single finger with crenelated arcs of slow moving sandy lacing which is bonded to the sides by tears.

Musty, spicy, almost savory complex aromatics. Hay, mildew, sea urchin, raw milk, wildflowers - along with some unidentifiable fruit notes.

Lightly tart chalky flavor with French toast, citrus, and an intensely earthy profile with hints of compost, loam, and leaf litter in a dank rainforest. I don't normally give much of a thought to ale being a "living" thing, but this beer has a particularly inescapable mix of tastes that suggests both living and decaying wild micro-organisms. Well balanced none the less, and oddly refreshing despite the funk.

Not-quite-medium-bodied, creamy, fairly effervescent, with an infintesimal degree of astringency.

One of the more unusual examples of the style - but the purity, nuance, and terroir may win you over even if there aren't many ready analogies to describe the flavor...

augustgarage, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an interesting light copper. Big white head with nice sticky lacings.

Nice funky aroma, I tend to get a nice cheesiness off alot of Fantome brews and this is no different. Pick up a bit of spice too.

Yum. Lots of light fruit flavours for a saison. Nice apple transformed into calvados with the moderate pepper. Wheat plays a nice part, lending it a good farmhouse feel and nice dryness. Finish is quite spicy.

A beautiful drinker, went through two bottles of this with a friend and we couldn't get enough.

Actually one of my favourites from Fantome, find this really checks the boxes for me.

CanuckRover, May 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantome
Notched e October 13
Tasted 22 Jan 2011

Interesting beer. I'm guessing the name comes from the clear, deep chestnut body with a reddish cast, and the creamy off white head that tops it. The retention is good but not great, and it drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering within a few moments. The lacing is a bit better, and with each sip a ring of solid lace is left about the glass. Of course, in time they fade as well. I was quite surprised at how clear it remained throughout the entire bottle. Only in the final pour were a few chunks of heavily sedimented yeast released.

The nose is funky with Brettanomyces. It brings to mind images of rusted galvanized metal, mud, and horses. It's sharp, tangy, and slightly musty with a good bit of leather and some minor wet straw.

In the mouth it's surprisingly smooth with a very-fine bubbled, natural carbonation that's on the lower end. It's medium bodied and lightly creamy.

The flavor retains the Brettanomyces character, but it's not as strong as the nose suggests. There's a touch of grassiness /pepperiness to it, and some mildly sweet and gently caramelish malt appears, followed by a dusting of gentle, non-specific spice. A moderate bitterness slowly rises in the finish, and it becomes peppery, dry, and dusty with a metallic edge. It lingers for quite some time. Overall it's a very smooth transition of flavors from start to finish - perfectly rounded and balanced.

This is a beer that's meant to be enjoyed in a full manner, not just sniffed and sipped at. It begs for food, and paired with a very simple pizza of rustic bread with fresh diced tomatoes and onions caramelized in olive oil, it really worked against the burnt edge of the crust, the acidity of the tomato, and the sweetness of the onion. Magnificent!

NeroFiddled, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in at the shop last week and figured I'd give it a shot. No clue as to specific qualities on the label, but a customer said it's full of black pepper flavor.
Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty orange-red color topped by a couple of inches creamy, off-white head that lingers for quite a while. Aroma of grapefruit, black pepper, and only a touch of the signature Fantome mustiness.
Palate is characteristically complex. Up front a nice light citrusy quality dominates, like apricot and grapefruit. Some light bready notes emerge before the swallow, finishing with a sharper citrus character. After a few sips a low burn from a black pepper emerges and builds continually with each swallow.
Body is creamy and well-carbonated, but at the same time a little watery. This beer manages to be supremely interesting, but at the same time quite drinkable. Not too high in alcohol, and my hophead girlfriend (who normally shies away from Belgians) loved it.

ElGordo, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of schmidtmattsays
3/5  rDev -23.5%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle with the code 086/477044 printed on the cork. Poured into a tulip glass, this brew an orangish amber color with a white head. Funky and fruity nose with some barnyard, pepper and must. Taste is complex that is slightly tart with some light fruity notes, bready yeast and a lot of lingering spicy pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little too thin. Overall, not the best from Fantome but it certainly is still a very good brew. Recommended.

cjgator3, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark White, interestingly enough, pours a dark copper color. It's moderately hazy, but penetrating light gives it a bit of a crimson look. An active white head covers the top. It stands about two fingers tall before falling to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was definitely light.

The nose is good, but could use just a little more strength. It kicks off with a nice blend of herbs and spices. It's very earthy and a little grassy smelling. There's also a nice musky scent, but nothing funky. Pepper is very strong in the mix. There are subtle notes of dark fruit and tart cherry. They're very subdued, but add something positive overall. A little Belgian yeast is noted, but not much. More would be better. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. No big surprise there.

The flavor is good. There's actually a surprising amount of flavor for a 4% abv beer. It is very earthy, herbal, and musky. Those themes are consistent throughout. Pepper is the primary spice. It's not as strong in flavor, but it's very noticeable. Perhaps there are others, but I can't identify them. Secondary flavors include subtle tart cherry, grapes, and a tad bit of fig. In tandem, they add a lot to the flavor. Belgian yeast is more notable in flavor, but I'd still prefer a little more. Alcohol is completely buried. I'm not getting any. Finishes with earthy and spices notes.

Dark White has a light body that leans medium. Carbonation is active, but it's very plush and smooth for a beer of its stature. Classic Belgian mouthfeel. Very impressive. Drinkability is very high. Dark White is tasty stuff and goes down incredibly easy. I'll have no trouble polishing off this 750. Did I mention the abv was 4%?

Brasserie Fantôme has a legendary reputation for its Fantôme Saison. While Dark White isn't quite that good, it's pretty damn impressive. I was a little skeptical about how much flavor it'd have, but it delivers in a rather big way. It's not perfect. I'd like more Belgian yeast and maybe a little less pepper. Nonetheless, this is impressive stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from K&L.

Pours dark hazy reddish-brown in color with a two-finger whitish head and good lacing.

The aroma has Fantome's typical funky yeast notes with dark fruits and wheat.

Very interesting flavor - dark fruits, berries especially, with good funky yeast notes and wheat.

Nice palate, soft yet substantial on the carbonation.

Good beer. Very drinkable and even sessionable.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Best by 10/2013.

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden amber. Huge head on this. It won't fit into two chalices. Eternal retention. Sticks to the glass. Looks great.

Smell - Wow, it's a complex smell. Bretty funk, acidity, grainy malts. The sour notes are interesting, but they come off as cidery and vinegary. Light, but still a bit odd.

Taste - Grainy malts are prevalent. Certainly the sour apple acidity persists. Very bright sour fruit flavor up front, but not puckering. Just a touch of acidity. Again, it's a bit too vinegary for me.

Mouthfeel - That vinegar finish is too much for me. Dry and lingering. It even lingers in my nostrils for a while. The carbonation is strange. It looks well carbonated, but it comes off as very smooth. I'd like it to be a bit more.

Overall - So as much as I'm complaining about certain aspects, the complexity of this beer is enough for me to forgive its flaws. It's far more interesting than any American saison I have had. I see why Fantome is the ultimate in saisons.

Alieniloquium, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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

russpowell, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml dark green glass bottle without freshness date.

Pours clear golden brown with no head and slight lace retention. Smells hugely peppery and earthy. Black pepper, orange, and anise on a musty and leafy yeast base. The initial flavors are dominated by the spices; orange, pepper and anise vie for supremacy before being overtaken by a rounded and orange-tinged malt center. Finishes with parching dryness. Huge black pepper notes blend with the alcohol to create a lasting and mouth-tingling burn. Body is strongly carbonated and too thin (kind of watery actually). One of Fantôme's more experimental (but not more successful) efforts. Worth trying on a cool fall day if you're a fan.

dgallina, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of output01x
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL. corked and capped bottle (Best Before October 2013) into a tulip glass.

An aggressive pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent amber brown with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass between sips but does not seem strong enough to hold itself up.

As the beer is poured, a strong musty aroma is spread into the air. It is reminiscent of an old basement or a wet dog. Getting closer to the beer finds this same odor overlying a complex fruity and slightly sour cacophony of aromas. Notes of white wine vinegar, sour grapes, green apples, and pear are all apparent.

Sweet and sour fruit flavors strike the tongue at the beginning of each sip with notes of sour grapes, green apples, and plums. Swallowing the beer releases even more sourness to the delight of one's taste buds. A funky, slightly musty horse blanket-like flavor finds a temporary home on the roof of the mouth. The flavors of grapes and apples become even more prevalent and last for a good duration. However, as they fade, a fleshy pear flavor lingers on the tongue as the sour acidity from before continues stinging away.

The medium body really allows all the flavors to not only present themselves but also for them to be analyzed and dissected. Never does the body become sticky or coating which creates great drinkability. The carbonation only becomes slightly fizzy as the beer is swallowed, allowing the flavors to sparkle. This also gives this beer a very crisp mouthfeel. A white wine like dryness comes in at the end of each sip that pulls the drinker back for more after each sip.

Overall, the look, smell, taste, and mouthfeel of this beer are fantastic. The nose is strong and complex, offering the consumer a great way to pass the time between sips. The taste is just as complex as the nose. The sourness and funk may not be truly lip-puckering but should be enough to satisfy most sour fans.

output01x, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Fantôme outlined ghost tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a three finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, fruit, floral, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, bread, funk, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one wasn't other-worldly it was really solid. This fact made this one very easy to drink and smooth. I have really started to like the funk character that I pick up on in some Saisons, and wish that more breweries would adopt this in their brews.

thagr81us, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown color with a huge loose bubble head that quickly disipates into a sparse cap that leaves some chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma seems big on coriander, overipe apples, some lemon and a cooked veggie funk. Very much reminds me of a wit aroma which I am not that fond of.

The taste starts off with a coriander blast and vegital funk. There is some pepper spice as well. Tart apples mix with lemon rind. There is a grassy hop element that adds some bitterness in the end. The coriander seems to fade as the beer warms and the tart fruit and bitter hop flavors seem to take over. I pick up some light earthy funk but nothing too descript.

The feel is light to moderate and quite spritzy. Spicy and sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy bitterness.

A well made beer just not my cup of tea. Seems to be a cross between a wit and a saison. The coriander and veggie aspects of wits I do not like so it reflects in my grade. For those who like wits, give this beer a try.

Gmann, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a darker than your average saison, reddish caramel and chestnut color. Head forms large with a dense and rocky body and a good bit of lace.

Aroma presents a mix of peppery and sweet notes alongside a healthy amount of Brett character. Earthy musty notes and a rusty metallic note provide a rather unique aroma upfront before some malt notes come along.

Not quite as much funk as expected with the first sip. A good bit of peppery and lemony notes with a strong bready and slightly sweet malt presence as well. Something about this seems missing though. It seems to be lacking the bright and crisp flavors that define many a good saison as if the stronger malt flavors have muted some of the distinct yeast flavors that define the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp and plenty refreshing with a bubbly medium body feel. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, this is a fine beer worth a try but doesn't quite match up with the Fantôme flagship.

Kinsman, Jul 08, 2011
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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.