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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Ego on 09-12-2006

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Photo of deapokid
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,581 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (978 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.67/5  rDev +17%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,541 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (1,833 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a tulip glass

A: Nice hazy golden yellow with a half finger sized bright white head composed of small creamy to medium sized bubbles. Looks to be dissipating quickly with medium carbonation. This is a recent batch of Dark White without the BBB on the label but rather just 'Fantome' instead. It seems like this is no longer a dark/brownish brew like some pics on google.

S: Nice clove spiciness ,citrus ans 'who knows what else' character with some yeast mustiness and earthiness. There is definitely that characteristic Fantome yeast character that I absolutely love. Can't wait to taste.

T: Oh wow, the first second is some nice malt and slight fruitiness then a second later, BAM! Fantome funk with a slight smoky thing going on that fades after the first sip but kinda remains in the back of the throat. Very nice fruity character and a delicious spice character from the yeast and spices working in harmony. Danny! How do you do it! Lol The flavors in this are so intriguing, interesting and delicious!

M: The feel on this guys is a bit creamier and less carbonated than other Fantomes, eg. their standard Saison or Printemps but it's gentleness is quite nice. I've been dialing back the carbonation on my homebrewed saisons so this is encouraging. There is a nice fullness in this beer without being sweet. Its full but not thin and definitely does not feel or taste like the BA advertised abv of 4%. If I had to guess I would assume the standard Fantome 8% abv... Regardless, the beer finishes with a refreshing bitterness and slight grassyness. I love the lingering Fantome funk lingering after taste that I absolutely LOVE ans is why I find these beers so interesting. F-ing delicious!

O: Well worth the $$$ for this puppy. Found a few bottles in a Bay Area bottle shop and glad I picked them up. Can't wait to try this with some age. Yum! Search for this or grab a few if you happen to come across. A very unique beer compared to all saisons and just plain delicious! (2,005 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (772 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (760 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of output01x
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (2,075 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (775 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marking four years to the day as a registered BA, I'll treat myself to one from the cellar... Fantome's BBB served at between fridge and cellar temperature. Only the Duvel tulip glass will do for this adventure!

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear rich orange into the glass... the head billows up to a full three fingers, popping but not fading away much at all. Bright ivory in color, the crown laces in long patches and really does well, considering there's no replenishment being created from the etching in the floor. Great looking blazing orange beer.

Smell- Hay, grass, lemon rind... the citrusy nose is really upfront here. This one smells like damp, dew-covered straw and hay mostly... with fresh lemon squeezed all over it.

Taste- Wildly interesting, and that is a bold *under*statement. There's absolutely *no* tartness as the nose would suggest, this beer exhibits a beautiful floral bouquet, sweet and flowery as if it were brewed with rosehips. Flavors of white and black peppercorns lightly sting the tongue's frontal portion... the hops are perfectly placed at the very back of the tongue, imparting the most subtle finishing bitterness. Superb balance overall, it's so damn delicious and there's *no* trace of alcohol whatsoever... except for a slow, warm shadow behind me. I would really love to know how this beer was created.

Mouthfeel- On the thinner side of slick, it begins to foam delicately whilest in the mouth but never gets to the level of sublime. It becomes almost watery during the swallow, not a bad thing considering all of the incredible flavors going on.

Drinkability- So rightfully good on its own, I can't even think of what sort of food would complement this beer justly. If I ever get the opportunity to try this again, I would probably enjoy sampling it once again with out culinary partnership... it's completely unique and absolutely worth seeking out. (1,897 characters)

Photo of Icehouse57
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my first glass, I poured gently, expecting a saison-like head to develop and lots of carbonation.

It was a bit of a struggle to get a decent head on the beer to be honest. This is pretty much the only flaw I found in the beer, was the lack of carbonation. Maybe the cork didn't seat properly... I don't know. It just wasn't enough carbonation for me.

So, now to the rest of it.

Poured a brilliant clear tawny brown color. Almost amber... but not quite. Beautiful. Not much head though....

Smelled like wet hay, apple, juicy fruit gum. A hint of brett funk in the nose, but not overwhelming.

Interesting.... extremely well balanced and complex for such a low ABV beer. Acid kept building throughout each drink. Tasted just a smidge of wet-horse blanket.... straw....apple. A peppery kick right at the tail end... Very, very nice. Would have been made a little sharper by more carbonation.

Mouthfeel was a little thin.

Very nice beer. I wouldn't rate it all 5s though.... I've had better... but this is a nice, different saison! (1,041 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 (418 characters)

Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent saison. It's light and very easy to drink. Perfect for a hot day. It has depth of malt flavor, great funky, barnyard yeast and a delicate balance of sweet and tart notes. The mouthfeel is lively and the beer feels full but light on the palate. The beer is a medium brown, transparent until the yeast starts kicking up, with a creamy off-white head. There are plums, apricots, berries, apples, wood, honey and subtle spices bouncing around the beer. It's more tart/sour than funky, but the funk is there. It smells like partially fermented cider spilled on a clean pile of hay in a barn. Drinks much bigger than the abv. Very good beer. (656 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its been a long time since I've been this excited to try a beer. As soon as I heard of this, I knew I had to try it any cost. Fortunately all I had to do was drive to Maryland. Growing up, my sister called me DDD for Danny dum-dum. I responded with the much more creative Becky bird brain, or BBB. I'm thrilled to be sharing this with BBB and her husband.

a: This was a crystal clear amber color with golden edges. It poured with a small, short lived white head.

s: Very appealing green apple aromas are the most noticeable. As it warms a healthy dose of funk emerges, along with some cinnamon and black pepper spiciness.

t: This is amazingly flavorful for a 4% abv beer. Refreshingly tart and moderately funky green apple with hints of cherry dominate this one. The spices are relatively mild, but the peppery bite at the very end gets increasingly intense as it warms.

m: Full bodied for a small beer, I wouldn't have minded a bit more carbonation.

d: If this was more affordable I'd drink this by the gallon. This uniquely flavored saison doesn't take much of a toll at only 4%. BBB like it too. (1,104 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle, corked and capped. Cork says 086/477044.

Pours a rich plum color with a dirty looking big off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing when it recedes.

The smell is pretty interesting, very yeasty and spicy, very spicy. It has clove and pepper, yeast twang, and some fruitiness. I'm not really picking up any hops in the smell.

The initial flavor is light but it rounds out to a curiously spicy and tasty brew. The tasty is mildly sour, and a bit sweet with a huge flavor of pepper. It also has some lemon and bitterness. It is pretty damn good.

The mouthfeel is the only thing here that could be a lot better, it is slightly watery, but that helps the drinkability.

My experience with Fantôme has been good so far, they really know how to do the Saison and experiment with it in a positive way. (820 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the mood for a saison, hopefully this'll do the trick.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Short's pint glass. The initial pour reveals a clear, amber colored brew (much to my surprise). There's an ample amount of slightly yellowish head, well over two inches worth. Retention is very good, plenty of schtick on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice light funk, a little bit of Belgian yeast, a hint of fruit, and a light peppery note. Smells very refreshing.

Taste: Very refreshing. Nice light fruity flavor balanced out with some funky goodness. There's a nice clean peppery finish right at the end. Really a tasty and well-rounded brew.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, but the body is a bit thin.

Overall (Drinkability): This brew hit the spot. Nice flavors that compliment each other, and a very sessionable ABV. I'm very glad I have another bottle of this down in my cellar. Definitely recommend. (918 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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... (1,240 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: I had this last night at a tasting with some friends. We were all very enamored by this beer. We poured it into a pitcher. The color was a bit orangish, with a bit of a head. The aroma is peppery, and the rest is up for grabs. It has a wonderful aroma, but complex. There is a ton of aromas hiding in the mix, but they don’t stand out over one another. The taste is similar. It is dry, and a bit peppery. We were trying to find other specific flavors, but I decided that it is a glorious sum of the parts and should just be enjoyed. This is an excellent creation! (578 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBB DARK WHITE

A - Uncorks like champagne! Few beers have had such pop n' steam action. This one poured a four to five finger head *before I stopped pouring.* The head seems to have the illusion of receding upwards into bubbles, rather than falling back into the beer. Sticky, inconsistent retention. Barely translucent amber, pumpkin colored with a bit o’ sediment.

S - Belgian yeasts are evident, as well as the trademarked saison ‘funk.’ Hints of apple and lemongrass, as well as fruit rind. Spice seems predominantly ginger.

T - While the base is definitely comprised of the same fresh wheat taste that characterizes a saison, “dark white” holds true. The flavor is rightly a darker take on a traditional witbier, with a surprising hop palette that the nose doesn’t even hint at. Zesty fruit rind, coriander, and spicy hops come up front, carrying through to a body of light biscuity malt and wheat. The finish is tangy and crisp, sweetly floral.

M - The high carbonation is very evident. Leaves the tongue dry. Relatively full-bodied. Good for style.

Overall - A very nicely done saison, and a good offering from a brewery that pretty much makes every beer a variant of the style. This would be a good one to purchase and age. (1,248 characters)

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 4% Fantome - that sounds pretty good on a day I don't feel like drinking much of anything heavy.

Cork extracted with some force. Nice looking poor into a Stella glass. Brownish red, almost the color of a Flanders Red.

I get cinnamon stick in the aroma here, with some sweaty, bacon-y funk. Odd combo, but it works. Quite "funky," to be sure.

Odd, spicy beer. My initial reaction was "ehh...what is this?" but I can feel myself warming to it with successive sips. How to describe it...at first, it had a semi-unpleasant crushed-aspirin bitterness and some hefty spices. It also seemed to drink quite a bit bigger than 4% in body, a role reversal from the bigger Fantomes that usually hide their strength. No matter their stated strength, all these beers feel about 6% to me!

This has a meatiness to it that you wouldn't have expected. I get some of that smoky bacon in the finish and aftertaste. Up front, mineral bitterness, giving way to nutmeg and cinnamon, and the standard Fantome tart character. Sometimes the tart clashes with the spice a bit. That would be my main complaint with this beer. But sometimes it doesn't clash, some sips, it works. That meatiness and a tiny hint of root beer wraps things up.

Strange beer, maybe even stranger than many of the other Fantomes. It is very nuanced and demands contemplation - this is in no way suited for mindless drinking. Despite the aggressive spicing, the bottle is disappearing quicker than I thought. It's fun to drink. But it probably won't be everyone's bag. For the saison lovers, an outstanding beer. (1,571 characters)

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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (904 characters)

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.