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Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 150
Photo of ddedhed
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass. The color is hazy orange/amber with a fluffy white head that is half the glass. The head is very nice, and I noticed that it continued to froth up in the bottle of what wasn't poured yet as well. The smell is a pleasant yeasty, sweet bready, slight herbal mix. Taste is a sweet bready, yeasty, apricot mix. There is a slight bitterness that give way to a smoky/leather finish that is not off-putting at all. Actually, a nice complement to the initial taste. It makes a nice counter balance. I am reminded of some sort of almond pastry or desert the longer I drink it. The mouthfeel is typical saison with a nice effervescence and crispness. Overall this was rather enjoyable. There is a lot more flavor than I anticipated from a 4% beer. I will definitely seek another bottle in the future.

Photo of Smurf2055
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2008 so about 5 years old.

Pours a dark copper/light red color with a pretty big head that dissipates quick. Very funky nose to this one. Hard to describe exactly whats there but the words herby, earthy and funky all come to mind. Very complex taste. Its not tart, not sour, not hoppy, not bitter and not malty. so what is it? hah, it has a very "spicy" (but not in the hot way, in the pepper/nutmeg/cinnamon way) flavor as well as a very "herby" flavor. it also has a very dry feel to it, which is rare to find in beers. lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a real unique and enjoyable beer. definitely one id recommend picking up if you see it, you wont regret it.

Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The saison poured a dark copper color with an aggressive white head. The aroma was a strange smokey sort of barnyard funk. Saisons have a very distinct aroma, this one added the notes of a smoke beer. I am not certain if it is supposed to have that distinction. In the initial taste, one detects lemon rind, smokey, and that certain barnyard funk. The rind is most potent in the aftertaste. There was really nothing particularly special about this one. In fact, I wonder if something was a bit off about this delicate creature. It may be my least favorite Fantome effort.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

One of my favourite styles, and the best brewer of that style as far as I'm concerned. I always love the label art on Fantome's bottles. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass (ugh..) bottle with pry-off cap sealed over an internally-housed branded cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop. Expectations are through the roof. Label identifies it as a saison, so that's what I'm reviewing it as. The label doesn't corroborate the ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Spices."

My label just says "Dark White." There's no "BBB" in the lower left corner like I see on google images.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal. Liquid does start slowly surging upwards, but it's not a gusher or anything.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of nice healthy light khaki colour. Nice smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Somewhat frothy. Retention is excellent; seemingly indefinite but probably a good 15 minutes - though I'm not waiting to find out. No real lacing as the head ever so slowly recedes. Fluffy and appealing overall.

Body colour is a glowing nontransparent peach. No yeast particles are visible, but it's too murky and hazy to see them anyway. No bubble show. Pretty decent vibrance, though it is a bit understated.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for a saison with the exception of the remarkable head retention. I'm excited to try it, but other Fantome saisons have looked better.

Sm: Heavy biscuity yeast character, with subtle clove, vitamins, and bready doughy notes. This beer screams that it's alive and kicking. Wow. Some bretty funk here, but not as much as in other saisons.

I get some subtle well integrated spicing, but as always with Fantome it's so well executed that each individual spice is difficult to isolate. White pepper. Some very light citrus twang.

Earthy. Grainy malts. Bready malts. Biscuit malt. Grassy. Clean overall.

I'm not getting any of the fruity notes some other reviewers are describing. Doughy yeast is by far the dominant note here.

No alcohol is detectable. A pungent aroma of moderate to pretty strong intensity.

T: Bready and doughy as hell. Light bretts lend a bit of funkiness. Lightly earthy. Not getting any fruits. Light indistinct spices; I find clove and white pepper.

I'm a bit concerned about the quality control with this bottle; it definitely seems a bit off. Rather bland and narrow-noted for a Fantome beer.

Bready malts, graininess, light grassiness. Hay. Any hop character is minimal in presence and floral in character.

Dough is dominant. It's shockingly simple and boring considering the brewery. Something's wrong here; I think it's lightly infected perhaps? I've never experienced infection in a beer. This isn't offensive or foul; it just seems off on a basic level.

As it warms, I do get hints of fruit after all. Apple, cidery notes, and maybe fig. The white pepper also comes through a bit more. Apple pie. Nutmeg.

Touches of citrus rind on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness. Good carbonation. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Suits the style well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Somewhat acidic.

Dr/O: Kind of a dud from Fantome, but I do think I just got an off bottle. At around $16 USD a bottle, that's frustrating. I've never had quality issues with Fantome until now. I'd like to revisit a good bottle of this, but I won't be shelling out my own money to do so. Really disappointed, but it's not undrinkable - just a bit boring and bland. I'll happily finish the bottle, but I really wanted and expected more from Fantome. Comes off a bit like a homebrew saison in its muddled unfocused character. Alcohol is well hidden, though.

Served chilled but not cold and allow to come to room temperature.


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Thick caramel colored, foamy head. The beer is a dark amber hue

S: Plum undertones, with the typical saison barnyard funk.

T: The beer is light bodied, with a slight funk.

M: Light mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: This is a great offering from Fantome. He's offered up a very drinkable saison with a low ABV that has excellent balance.

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mntlover
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheRuss9585
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Andrew4321
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of NateMac13
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly drinkable, spicy off-dry saison, which I found well-balanced despite my usual aversion to spiced drinks.

Amber in color. Off-white fluffy head. In the aroma, spices dominate: pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, grains of paradise. Also brown sugar. Taste is off-dry, with some huskier grain flavors. Medium acidity, balanced with malt sweetness. Fairly high carbonation. Very drinkable and well balanced. May be my favorite Fantome. Drinkability is very high, just what I want from a saison.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colour, still but massive, and celestially beautiful head - off-white, fluffy, serene. Just impeccable look.

Smells lovely too. Funky, but fresh with apricot, lemongrass and pepper at the back. Slight vinous bordering on white wine vinegar, just a touch of acidity. Beautiful.

Taste is vinous upfront, bit of oaky chardonnay that develops malty sweetness with a touch of fennel, clove and overcooked sweet pastry. Nice crispness at the back, just a whisper of tart on an otherwise funky palate. Bit metallic as well? Very nice, anyway.

Bit of sizzle on the mouthfeel but not harsh. Works quite nicely with the body.

Lovely saisony notes. Fresh, complex and enjoyable.

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of volta
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
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