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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ego on 09-12-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer that eventually disappears. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is the same with a slightly sour quality to it. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and very fruity saison.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark amber color with some reddish hues. Off white head with some lasting power. Nose is pretty funky and unusual, even for Fantome. Some really interesting acetic notes along with a decent amount of funk. The taste brings in some vinegar and a bit of funk. Some darker characteristics as well and maybe a bit of earth. Difficult to describe. Good carbonation and on the lighter side considering the flavors. Drinkability is average, as I'm really trying to figure this one out and coming back for more, yet at the same time I don't know how much I'm really enjoying it.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color is very dark and intriguing for a saison and has reddish hues. It is slightly hazy and has a light amount of carbonation. Lacy patterns of bubbles are floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate musty and sour aromas in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is a mild amount of sourness in the taste, which has notes of fruits and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink, especially given its low alcohol content.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and almost no lacing. Aroma is somewhat funky and sour and leaves me perplex. Taste is dominated by some wheat malt with some weird funky notes and some sourness. While I usually dig funky and sour beer, this one leaves me a bit confused since the sourness is more apparent to a non-voluntary infection then a planned open-vat infected beer. I used to really like this brewer but the last couple of beers I drank from this brewer left me on my appetite.

Photo of SocalKicks
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy dark color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750ml bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Appearance is dark and white. Solid head retention and lacing.

Smells...interesting. Cumin, maybe? Pepper? Very spicy. I also pick out botanicals, dried herbs, barnyard, horse must, pig pen.

The palate is balanced, light - dark malts meet ambiguous and confusing spices and herbs, faint sourness, white pepper, drying funk. Finishes herbal and spicy, flavors linger for such a light beer. Good stuff, strange shit but thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, lots of carbonation visible in the glass, bubbles stick to the side like champagne.

Signature Fantôme yeast in the nose, mildly dank cellar, with some mystery spices that reveal themselves later.

Initial mild tartness, orange rind, with a spicy aftertaste that lingers for awhile. After a few sips, the spice builds and it becomes evident that cracked peppercorns are in there. Black pepper, maybe white too. The finish is almost savory due to the spice level.

Well carbonated, medium body. It's certainly a unique Saison, and I wouldn't expect any less from Fantôme.

Huge thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace and tons of sediment in the glass.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic with some spicy notes.

T - It tasted very tart and acidic. It had a nice spicy bitterness with a funky bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I love the touch of tartness and acidic bite.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine goblet.

Another beer-of-the-month-club delivery. It pours a cloudy autumnal brown topped by nearly a finger of whitish foam. The nose comprises must, cider, apple pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a plate o' peaches and creme. The taste holds notes of cobwebs, something akin to brett, tart apple cider, ginger, pepper, and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, the spices really contributing some unique flavor variations.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrEntropy for cracking this.

Pours a fizzy head of 1/2 finger, hazy golden orange reddish hue.

Nose has darker Belgian malts, light spices, light sweet candi sugar, touch of ester and slight darker Belgian malts.

Taste has darker Belgian malts again, esters, some belgian fruits, bit of tart bitterness, light sweet syrups, some candi sugar, smooth with a bit of fruits, bittering hops. Finishes with bit of bitterness, not too dry, light sugars and candy, estery and light funk.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall great, darker malts, great malt flavors, sugars, fruits and esters.

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.