Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.85/5 rDev +23.4%
The third of three Fantome reviews:
Pours a bubbly cherry red, almost like a champagne in viscosity, with a billowy and sticky finger of foam. The lace is as thick as cake batter and coats the glass like a layer of paint. This is a sight to behold.
Scent is sweet and forthright, packing in coriander, cherry, dark berries, banana, dates, raisins and a hearty dose of muskiness. Oddly enough, the bouquet of aromas is reminiscent of a German Dunkelweizen.
Taste is not as sweet as the smell would make you think. It has much more body and texture than most beers boasting cherry mash. Peach and plum are also present in equal doses, juxtaposed against a big hit of funkiness and major-league barnyard musk. The dry conclusion isn't overpowering due to an almost Gueuze-like sourness and the thick undercurrent of sediment almost makes this beer seem like a playful take on fruit juice cocktail.
Despite the big flavors fighting over your taste buds, this still manages to show balance and go down smoothly. It also displays a variety of characteristics, ranging from a yeasty creaminess to an assertive sourness to a subdued dryness.
Although the bottle itself carries no ABV, I had a feeling this one was a bit lighter than most of their models. If it wasn't nearly $20 a bottle, I'd say that it could be the perfect Belgian session beer.
Of the three Fantome beers I reviewed this week, this was the best of the bunch and each one was better than the last. Their beers are like a voyage and I was so intrigued by the flavor profile that all 750ml was gone before I knew it.
05-31-2010 14:58:01 | More by deapokid
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
Pours a hazy amber/copper color with one finger of tight, frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass.
Aroma is tart, dark fruits, light caramels, earthy/funky nuances and some faint brighter fruits.
Taste is very interesting, dry overall (on the finish) but with some caramel sweetness up front along with mild, dark fruits such as plums and hints of fig. Midway through is very smooth with some tartness and light hop bitterness emerging along with earthy flavors and some pear/apple notes. The finish is tart, fruity, dry and mildly vinegary.
Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with a very smooth feeling and above average carbonation with tight, small bubbles.
Overall this beer is extremely drinkable, it has a light flavor that is very complex and the dry, tart finish leaves you wanting another sip. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.
Edit: 10/31/2011, I had another bottle of this and MAN, amazing. Changed my #s a bit to reflect just how awesome this beer is.
11-01-2011 01:23:27 | More by trevorjn06
4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
05-23-2011 21:06:11 | More by CanuckRover
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
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!
01-22-2011 23:55:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that glimmers with a beautiful, pale ruby hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma has a characteristic, Fantôme. fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Once I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma though, the pepper becomes quite noticeable. The pepper is quite interesting and quite distinct. A musty note mixes in with the pepper aromatics as does notes of berries, raisins and plums. I am not sure if it is the pepper or not, but there is an underlying herbal note that is quite nice.
Light, yet somewhat sweet tasting. The beer has a certain light tartness to it that could just be yeast derived. The light sweet & tart notes accentuate flavors of plums, red delicious apples, and perhaps even some woody tamarind notes. The pepper, while not as distinct as it was in the aroma, adds a chewy, almost savory quality to the finish of this beer; and this certainly helps dry the beer out without watering it down & almost requires one to take another sip. It is fairly well carbonated and this contributes a zippy, lightly frothy, character of carbonic acid & carbonation which helps clean the palate. There is enough pepper here that it would seem like it should add some significant spiciness to the finish of this beer; somehow it does not, and while spicy at times, it really is a smooth black pepper note that lingers on the palate for quite some time after the beer has left my mouth. While the black pepper notes are noticeable, I wouldn't quite say that they are dominant, and certainly not dominating; there is enough other flavors contributing to this beer that this is just a very well balanced, flavorful beer.
This is another fantastic beer from Dany. This would be a great beer as an aperitif, or even with a salad / appetizer course. I am even more exited that it is not at the usual 8% alcohol; I really do wish that more of these lower alcohol beers were available from Fantôme. I have always wondered what a distinct amount of black pepper in a brew would be like, this definitely has it, and I am definitely really digging the contribution. As mentioned before this really makes me want to eat something hearty (perhaps a pepper-crusted steak, or a rack of rosemary roasted lamb chops). This is definitely one of those beers that gets more intriguing and much more enjoyable as I work my way through this bottle. I am having a hard time not saying that this is a phenomenal beer.
10-11-2007 14:51:25 | More by Gueuzedude
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
A - Forms a very large, slightly off white head that settles down pretty quickly and leaves good lace on the glass. Rosy orangeish color and moderately hazy, really an extraordinary color when you take the time to appreciate it.
S - Noticeable acidity. Smells of rasins, figs and chocolate.
T - Tart and fruity. Nice hop character to balance the sweetness. Flavor is similar to the smell, but when you give it a few moments to finish there is a subtle tingling of pepper on the tongue.
M - Fairly thick body with moderate carbonation
D - At first this beer struck me as a relatively straight foreward saison, but when the spice hits in the finish it totally transforms the beer. I can't belive how satisfying the heat in this beer is. Truely a beautifull brew.
06-11-2007 06:10:44 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Fruity and spicy with low-lying sweetness and moderate vinous notes- this is a great beer for wine lovers.
Dark White starts with a mild rusty colored pour. A sandy tan head billows up the glass and laces very well in retraction. A rocky textured head sprinkled with yeast and spice are halmarks of Fantome beers.
Spicy and fruity with a sharp acidic sensation to the nose. Cherries, plubs, grapes, and figs start the mix while a vinous red-wine note polishes off the aromas just before the end. Then, a peppery twang follows up with aggressiveness and zest.
Flavors also start out fruity with plumbs and grapes leading the way. A tanniny/oaky note gives some wood and nutty flavors before ushering in a light musty/horsey flavor. Light on sweetness, the aggresively attenuated beer turns to a dry fruity/spicy blend that ultimatly allows the black pepper notes to dominate in the end.
Despite the fruity or sweet aromas or flavors, the beer is creamy because of the abundane of carbonation early on, but seemingly evaporates in the mouth for a effortless drinking experience. As the beer whisps away, the alcohol and pepper provide the bone dry and warming finish. Only a light tannin quality remains.
A very good Farmhouse Ale that correctly displays the classic dry fruitiness, distinct spiciness, and dusty/musty character to provide deep complexities for extra measure.
06-01-2010 00:09:53 | More by BEERchitect
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
750 mL bottle, best before Oct. 13, poured into a large wine glass.
Pours a hazed, rustic amber/brown color with a dirty off white head that has nice retention, fading to a thin film and light lacing. Body is very soft, medium thick with light, fine carbonation. Very refreshing and gentle on the palate. Aroma and flavor are a constantly evolving, complex peculiar blend of ripe fruit and yeast sweetness, peppery spice and smoky meatiness. More restrained, though not as strong as other Fantome's is the musty, earthy funkiness. The flavor starts with the fruit and yeasty flavors before alternating mild peppery spice and dry meat like smoke. An odd, extremely drinkable saison, if not for the price point would be an amazing low ABV summer beer of choice.
06-07-2010 01:11:58 | More by yourefragile
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
A: Poured a dark, murky, coppery-orange with an initial 3 finger frothy light beige head that displayed amazing retention eventually settling to a thin, frothy layering after several minutes while leaving a sticky, and full lacing on the sides of the glass. The yeast sediment provided a a nice cinnamon/nutmeg colored swirl on the top of the head. Visible carbonation appeared light.
S: The nose was spicy, with black peppery oranges, Cajun spicing, and some blacken steak seasoning. Yes seriously.
T: The flavor was spicy oranges with some blacken season and came off with a beautiful peppery taste. There was some celery notes as well detected as a nice hop spiciness. Overall a very well balanced saison with a great black peppery spicing that stands out.
M: a very nice effervesce, spritzy, light and oily with a spicy black peppery fade.
D: Incredible drinkability as to be expected from fantome. At $11.99 a bomber it was worth every penny and then some. Would drink this on a regular basis if it wasn't retired.
08-18-2008 22:33:46 | More by beerthulhu
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
picked this up at VE. Pretty stoked to try it.
A- Body is a murky very dark amber hue. Pours with a 3 finger foamy white head. Leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Great retention at 1/2 finger.
S- Pear, tart acidic sourness, lemon, barnyard funk, a hint of peppery spice. The tartness is most prominent and is moderate in strength. The funk makes a good backbone. Pretty much screams Brett.
T- Initial flavor is pretty funky with an accent of sour. Lemongrass, a hint of herbal hops, yeasty funk, and a very mild accent of tartness. The flavors intensify slightly for the finish- with a mild accent on herbal hops and lemongrass. Left to linger is a hint of lemon and a hint of funk.
M- high carbonation and light weight but full yeasty body.
D- This is a really good and very different fantome brew overall. It is so full of flavor for the the low ABV that it contains. Its a low ABV and a 'dark white'- but definately is a saison at heart. Fantastic beer. There may be a few of these left at VE-I may buy 1 or 2.
03-24-2011 01:54:42 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
03-08-2012 19:24:18 | More by output01x
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
A- Beautifuly dark amber. Aggressive head that mellows out after a few minutes.
S- grass, green apple, red apple, a little funk, a little citrus
T- Amazing balance between sweet, sour and dry. I get ripe apples and young apples. Caramel, lemons, and lots of minerals.
M- Perfect malty smoothness in the beginning followed by nice carbonation and a little pucker from the sour. Flawless.
O- An answer to all those
09-06-2011 00:00:00 | More by PerHops
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head and little touches of lacing. Body is a turbid and opaque aged copper color with no carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.
S- Fresh baked artisanal bread, whole cereal grains, strawlike notes, and an overall mustiness throughout. Nuances of non-descript spices and burnt candy sugar.
T- Tastes like a loaf of artisanal bread baked with tons of rye and numerous other whole grains. No hops detected at all. The finish is mildly bitter with lingering notes earthy juniper and clove.
M- A nice medium body... nicely attenuated, but some firmness comes from the ample soft carbonation.
D- Delicious, the alcohol is well hidden, and it seems to stay perpetually interesting without every becoming overpowering.
02-14-2010 00:51:53 | More by jgasparine
Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.