Fantôme BBB Dark White - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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.

Photo of PerHops
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of DearthVader
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of bs870621345
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large white head that fills up the top of the tulip (about a 8 or 9 ounce pour so that's a lot of room for head). The lacing is a little sticky.

The aroma yields apple and clove with a touch of honey. This is one of the most enjoyable aromas I've come across. Very fruity and inviting.

The taste is very dry and crisp. The fruit that was evidenced in the aroma is muted in favor of toasty malt and a crisp gentle hop finish.

The body is light on this and the carbonation relatively lively. This is very drinkable.

Well it's Fantôme so it is obviously amazing.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle w/ a presumed best by date of October 2013. I have no idea what the tick mark next to "e" means. Somebody beer mail me if you do. Pours a nice burnt orange w/ lots of carbonation. Has a fluffy, off white head. About 3 fingers worth of head. Great lacing!

Nose is a champagne like fruit. Peaches - slightly sour. Reminds me a little of sparkling water actually. A slight funk in the nose but pretty minimal.

Taste has lots of carbonation that scrubs the palate! Light, citrusy, slight coriander spice to it. Nice citrus hops to balance this out. A little funk to this. Not Brett, at least not an overly present one. A little like sour peaches. Very well tasting for me. Not outstanding though. Has a tart finish.

Mouthfeel is a medium & overall drinkability is a pretty high for me. I love, love, love Saisons & this is good but not the best. It's a little underwhelming for me. But a nice beer to try & one that I would recommend. But a little pricey for a bottle. As I write this, the bubbles are actually rising up the bottle. I've NEVER SEEN THIS BEORE! The head is growing! Wow. This truly is a rare beer & experience, for me at least.

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy weird light brown. White head wisps away to a cap and thick ring, not much lacing left.

Scent is back of a shed, sleeping on a haystack barnyard funk.

Taste brings the barnyard but brings the oddball fruit + spice on. A unique blend of farm, lemon/lime, apple cider, slight sour notes, even milky notes.

Nice mouthfeel for 4%, medium carbonation.

As expected from Fantome, a wacky beer, but also as expected it keeps you sipping and interesting. Not an every day beer for sure but nice.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely murky amber-brown swamp body with a one finger white head. Retention is pretty nice and a ring and cloud stay behind. Spotty lace patches around the glass.

S- Funky barnyard earthy, some kind of dusty old feel to it. A nice bouquet of fruit, dark fruit and some citrus alike. Slightly sour fume like a lambic.

T- Once again the fruit and funk are both present, citrus fruit, dark fruit, barnyard, cherry, lemongrass. Some nutty hints as well. Somehow milky in a way. A bit of the musty old hint as well.

MF- Light body and fairly low carbonation. Slightly tart like a lambic.

A very interesting and hard to review beer. Definitely worth trying depending on the price.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Icehouse57
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.... 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!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like swamp water, the head is white and short lived.

Spice and citrus zest on the nose.

Pitch perfect acidity is the calling card of Dark White. It sneaks in on the entry, but builds strength in route to the finish. Its not funky or bretty or sour, this is the kind of acidity you get from a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Champagne. It makes the mouth water. Beyond the crisp acidity and beautiful finish. It has a light metallic note with good citrus character and lingering earthy notes. The finish is crisp and satisfying.

Sharp on the tongue. Bright, refreshing, but full bodied.

Wow, talk about looks being decieving. No darker flavor notes at all, no real malt character. Just a tremendous Saison with a zip of acidity. Fantome continues its excellence with this one.

Photo of krisandajt
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston.

The cork slides out with a huge pop and the beer pours a muddy whitish-brown color with a huge and frothy white head. The rocky head eventually settles into a medium-sized disc on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with very light hints of chocolate. Also present are large amounts of musty hops, grass, and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by grassy and light funk. Midway through the sip hints of cocoa powder make an appearance before being ousted by earthy hops. The earthy hops, light malt, and funk carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer, as I am with almost all Fantome beers. A very interesting take on the saison and one that's well worth a shot.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beersack for busting this out. This beer probably should've been drank years ago, but oh well...

A - The brew pours an orange-amber hue, is faintly hazy but not opaque, and is capped with a very modest frothy head, leaving a series of lace collars upon the glass.

S - The aromatic element is very unusual (welcome to the world of Fantome) and seems to have some contrasting themes. One one hand there is sweetness in the form of dark fruit including prune and fig as well as light caramel and faint diacetyl. On the other hand, there is a slew of strange earthen and tart nuances including tea, leather, guava, green apple skin and Indian karela.

T - The taste is again unusual, and I am not sure initially what to think of it. There seems to be a sort of chalky and tea-like flavor pervading here. Who the hell knows what spices went into this thing and what it would've tasted like in a fresh state. As it airs out, strange leather AND fruit leather aromas meld, revealing a bizarre concoction of nuances that could be summarized as prune-flavored leather black tea. There is some caramel sweetness, and as it warms a bit more, additional notes of orchard fruits begin to emerge. The finish is very dry, and there is the slightest acetic tinge throughout the brew.

M - The feel is a tad less than medium-bodied and is very softly carbonated.

D - This brew reminds me of a Hair of the Dog brew for having a certain leathery quality. I dig it.

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown color with a huge loose bubble head that quickly disipates into a sparse cap that leaves some chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma seems big on coriander, overipe apples, some lemon and a cooked veggie funk. Very much reminds me of a wit aroma which I am not that fond of.

The taste starts off with a coriander blast and vegital funk. There is some pepper spice as well. Tart apples mix with lemon rind. There is a grassy hop element that adds some bitterness in the end. The coriander seems to fade as the beer warms and the tart fruit and bitter hop flavors seem to take over. I pick up some light earthy funk but nothing too descript.

The feel is light to moderate and quite spritzy. Spicy and sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy bitterness.

A well made beer just not my cup of tea. Seems to be a cross between a wit and a saison. The coriander and veggie aspects of wits I do not like so it reflects in my grade. For those who like wits, give this beer a try.

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

Pours a clear, grapefruit red with a thin white head on top. The color is beautiful.

Earthy, slightly musty, red grape juice on the nose. Wood, hay and light spice. Sweet and lightly floral. Very nice.

Leafy greens, a hint of hibiscus and earthy grape skin roll around on the tongue. Some grass and light lemony/grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel is somewhat rustic with a faint slipperiness to it. Carbonation is small and tingly, fits the beer well. Some tannic, dry, bitterness.

Drinkability is good. This reminds me of Saint Roch to some degree, which is one of my favorite Fantomes, besides the original. At 4% this is sessionable, but like most Fantomes it has some oddities, which cut down on the drinkability a little bit. However, it's the notes that are hard to describe that make Fantomes fun to drink. Worth checking out.

Photo of abuliarose
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt sienna body with a finger of airy, quickly-dissipating head. Some delicate lacing. Smells like blood orange, actual blood, a little wheat and some funky spices. Hibiscus maybe, or pomegranate. Some fresh peach. All interesting.

Tastes light and a little fruity. Light peach and hibiscus. Slight vegetal flavor. Hints of nuttiness and caramel malt underneath, but mostly light-tasting and a tad acidic. Juicy like citrus but without the tang. Mouthfeel is light and a touch dry with complimenting carbonation which tickles but dies quickly. Very refreshing, very drinkable.

Overall one of my more favorite Fantômes that significantly deviates from the classic.

Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.