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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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very good

239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber, notched '13. I poured into a snifter, muddy brown pour with a big ass head, lots of lacing. The aroma is funky, sour apples, barnyard. Sour apples and funky, slight lingering sourness on the finish. The body is light, effervescent. A little different take on a saison, not really working for me, not sure if it is Fantome's batch variation or me.

bonkers, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Darrell at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. A lot dark than I'd expect from a saison and Fantome beer, but hence the name.

s - Smells of spices, apples, fruity malts, earthy notes, yeast, floral notes. A nice mix of light spice and fruits, especially apples. Very nice.

t - Tastes of spices, fruity malts, apples, lemons, floral notes, light funk, yeast, and bread. Again, nice fruit; I like this one quite a bit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation, but still good here.

o - Overall a really nice beer from Fantome and a nice "different" saison. Lots of apples and fruit which I liked; something I'd like to have again.

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $16. Poured from the green bottle w/ a Grey Ghost w/ BBB underneath him & grey label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has e, O, & 13 stamped off on the side of the label but none of these have wording by them...

Aroma- Light sour aroma hits the nose first and then a ton of barnyard note thats great. Huge citrus aroma follows (coming from probably some hop character) and this is all. These two overpower everything but isn't a bad thing.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that looks like hundreds of spider webs hooked together. The head stays the entire time. Very cool! Has a cloudy, dark orange colored body then. Leaves thick lacing. All-around, awesome! 2nd Fantome in a week that has an unbelievable appearance.

Flavor- Has a nice fruity starting with a bit of sourness again. Puckers the mouth for a bit but then has a bland finish. Very light spices and hops. A very small bitterness level is present.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth til the finish where theres an awesome puckering (not good for the style though?). I'll take it but will have to rate it down.

Overall Impression- Yet ANOTHER great one from Fantome! Besides Cantillon, this will be my second stop while in Belgium next summer. I would definitely go back for this one but would recommend many more of theirs first (Magic Ghost!).

DCon, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears hazy and light brown hued with a small, off white head.

The aroma brings some cinnamon, funk, earthy notes, apples, ripe apples or apple skins. It smells like a funky, earthy, apple cider. Interesting.

The flavor is decent, but not something of which I would want a lot. Perhaps this just isn't my thing. Again, earthy, funky apple cider.

The body is pretty thin, with appropriate carbonation.

A small snifter sized pour was plenty for me. Overall, interesting, and definitely worth trying. I would be curious to have this again, as I suspect a lot of bottle and/or batch variation with this beer, and Fantôme in general.

Huhzubendah, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

trevorjn06, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge amount of off white foam. Once the foam subsides, there is just a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Really nice. Fruity notes with some spice and earthiness as well. There is also a sweetness along with the fruity notes.

Taste: Light and quite crisp. The fruity and herbal notes from the smell show up in the taste as well. Not a whole lot of sweetness. The finish has a bitterness that tastes like aged hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. Super carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer needs aggressive carbonation, but it was a little absurd how much it kept foaming. The smell and taste made it worth the wait. I would have another if I get the chance.

oline73, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy tan with an almost amber color around the outside. A thin but strong head leaves good lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Zesty saison nose with lemon/citrus, sparkly yeast tones, some subtle spice, and dark fruits.

T - Sharp and zesty out of the front, with an almost lambic like quality that evolves into a fruity, raisiny character that reveals some fruity spice and a refined, elegant finish of malt and acidity. This beer has a wine-like quality, similar to a rose. As the beer warms it reveals more layers, with green apple, plum skin, and other fruits revealing themselves.

M - Clean, dry and smooth.

O - A great food wine! Not sure about solo drinking for this one, but if you're interested in something different to pair with some seafood or spicy food, its a good call.

doopydoogle, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of impending
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid tone caramel garnet, dense light beige head receded slowly, nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is lively yeasty, spicy, gingery. very nice

Apples and pear appear in the taste. Tart on the cusp of sour but doesn't cross over. Well defined crisp dry finish, a defining strength. Aftertaste fades with tiny bitters, a quiet echo holds for quite a while. No funk, mildly earthly. Thin lively mouthfeel.

impending, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A – Opaque cider brown. Deep bone-white head.

S – Pepper, sage, savory meats, and salt. Just a hint of lighter citrus and floral notes.

T – Huge presence of grains of paradise that lends a savory quality to the profile. Lemon, green bell peppers, orange zest, coriander, and sage. Mellow, semi-salty herbal finish.

M – Medium body. Poor carbonation. Dry finish.

O –Either this was a contaminated bottle, or this is a savory take on the style. If the later, it was interesting, but it just didn’t work as well as I would have liked it too.

vfgccp, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brownish orange color with a thick light tan head.

S: Yeast, light spices, and light fruit.

T: An interesting saison, as could be expected from Fantome. Lots of fruit in the form of apples and pears. Slightly tart and only a hint of funkiness. Quite a bit of spice in the finish, both white and black pepper.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: Another great saison from Fantome. Seek this out if you love the style.

willjschmidt, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

paperbackfoster, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark copper to almost brown color that is fairly clear when held to the light. A mountainous formation of white fluffy head, 4+ fingers strong sits atop the brew. The cap is slightly off-white in color and holds very well. As it fades, it leaves some spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The smell is yeasty and overall quite muted. Faint lemon notes with a little bit of tart green quality. A bit of sulfur is evident mixed with a light mineral tang that is reminiscent of what a leaking co2 tank smells like.

The taste is toasty caramel malt sweetness with a touch of mineral quality. Some herbal hop aspect is evident with rindy hop and pulp flavoring. There is a familiar fruited alcohol quality that is similar to other Fantome offerings.

This is a light bodies brew that is very carbonated. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation here. The alcohol is well integrated and seemingly nonexistent making for a brew that goes down easy. The tangy and mineral aspects in the aroma and flavor come out as it warms and gets to be not so enjoyable. I really like Fantome as a whole. This brew however missed the mark and just didn't live up to the standard of their other offerings.

stakem, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a dark amber with a nice fluffy head that hangs around for some time leaving good retention.

S - Kinda weak fruits (apples) and spices (pepper) but with nice saison funk coming through.

T - Similar to the nose with weaker fruits and spices but that nice fantome saison flavor profile. Nicely tart with some light earth/oak notes.

M - Really solid mouthfeel. So light in the mouth with a great smoothness and tartness. Just like every other Fantome.

O - Overall, I liked this beer. Its a great saison, it just doesnt stack up to some other Fantome offerings for me though.

rudzud, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of PerHops
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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

PerHops, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 poured to my La Fin Du Monde tulip and consumed during a packing session where I had to get 7 boxes packed in a matter of 3 hours. Still haven't finished.

Pours an interesting rustic brown with a tan head. Wasn't expecting that. Very nice head retention for the style and some sticky lacing left behind.

Smell is fairly weak with mostly apple, pepper, and the beautiful Saison funk shining through.

Taste is upfront with some sour apples. Very nice tartness to this beer like most of Fantome's Saisons. Definite pepper, and a nice slight oakiness to it.

Mouthfeel is near perfect, but do we expect much else from Fantome? Light and acidic with a very nice dry finish. Perfect for the style.

Fantome is winning me over quickly. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

DearthVader, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz green bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Best before 10/2013.

Bright oak in color with a slight haze. Lightly creamy white head that recedes to intact pools of bubbles. Thin lacing with decent strength.

Sharp notes of acidic, tart fruit: green apple, orange; that recedes to the background a bit behind a funky, spicy farmhouse must; medicinal, earthy aromatics.

As the aroma foreshadows, the flavors begin with a big tart bite that almost hint at a vinegar quality. The sour quality never quite bites the tastebuds as it is relieved by an earthen must. Medicinal and tea-like flavors allow for a very mellow, clean finish. Notes of green apple, lemon, and pear in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; a touch filmy on the palate in spots, but mainly clean.

A real drinkable Saison; clean on the palate and not over the top in terms of flavor.

NEhophead, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: e,Oct, 2013

A: Pours an orange-brown ale with hazy clarity. A single finger of white, soapy head falls eventually to a quilt of the same. No lace.

S: Apple, grain, yeast, some hay and funk. I quite like this, smells crisp, fruity, refreshing.

T: Saison with a funky edge to it. Some hay, some apple skins, some nice lactic tartness.

M: Heavy body with moderate carb. Dry crisp finish. Normally I would prefer my saisons to be a little thinner, but this suits the beer well.

O: Great stuff, not what I expected, and definitely I would recommend as a textbook example of the style, but excellent nonetheless. If somebody wanted to try something new in the saison category, I would recommend this.

harrymel, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a half inch of white head. Minimal lacing but not overly inviting.

Smells like apples, earth, must, hay, spices, and pear.

Let me warn you right here- always take a few sips of Fantome beers and let them run over you. They never taste good on the first sip. Okay on to the sip; opens with a musty cellar like quality moving into a citrus, apple, pear flavors and then to hay, earth, must, and apples. Has an oak like dry finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate, crisp, and great carbonation.

Overall, its good. I love the concept of the variation of beers from bottle to bottle and this really feels like a farmhouse ale.

bs870621345, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 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
Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy head that settles with sticky lace.

A bit of a champagne aroma with some chessiness to it and a little bit of metallic hops. Some brett funk and a little bit of apple in the aroma. Dry toasty malts on this one with hints of caramel in the finish. Nice bitter grassy hops round this one out.

Nice light body with active carbonation. Overall an enjoyable lighter drinking beer.

Bendurgin, Jul 04, 2011
Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.