Fantôme Blanche | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Goldorak on 12-23-2005

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Reviews:
32
Ratings:
56
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 56
Reviews by spdyfire83:
Photo of spdyfire83
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

292nd Review
750ml bottle poured into New Belgium snifter
Vintage: Didn’t catch this, but it was a newer label.

From notes. Enjoyed a couple summers back at a backyard BBQ with the usual suspects in the Mile High Knight's tasting crew. If memory serves correct, I can thank André for this one. Cheers!

A: Hazy, hay-ish yellow. ¼ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Very herbal and strong. Notes of white grape skins, tart grapefruit, white pepper, touch of lemon, and cracked wheat. Interesting, but slightly too much here.

T: Taste is quite mellow compared to potent smell. Mix of herbals notes, soft citrus, and some wheat. Touch of yeast too. Nice and refreshing.

M: Light bodied with gentle carbonation.

O: Different twist for this style, but quite enjoyable. Clean. Crisp. Solid!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hooliganlife
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this should be a recent vintage (2013-14). amazing, like tart passion fruit.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Umberto for sharing this during our epic drinking session at the Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy.

Pours a hazy brigt golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lastig ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sligtly earthy, vegetal aroma with farmhouse funk, bready yeast, peppery spice, light fruit and faint citrus. Nice farmhouse character with musty earth and wet hay followed by pepper, coriander and apple. The citrus presence is there but I'm not picking up much grapefruit in the nose.

Medium bodied and much cleaner than the nose suggests. There's still a subtle farmhouse presence but I was expecting it to be a bit funkier. Slightly earthy with hints of grass and straw followed by bready yeast, zesty spice and citrus. The citrus presence is much stronger than in the nose with lots of lemon peel and grapefruit. The must and spice flavors are there preventing it from ever becoming too sweet. Well balanced and really easy to drink. Very refreshing.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Insubordinator
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Goldorak
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a pair of these on my visit to the brewery, and since this one only clocks in at 4%ABV, I figured I better drink them sooner than later.

Appearance: Murky banana peel yellow, head consisting of a few spots here and there.

Smell: A citrusy, pineapple funk, with a side of passion fruits and mushrooms covered in dust. Wild stuff!

Taste: Tart and sweet like pink grapefruit juice, with a weird but good yeast flavor, with a tangerine/mandarin orange sweet finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, but cooky for a "Blanche", be it Belgian or otherwise. A bit thin, but still a classic Fantôme that I could drink all day long.

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Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange with a quickly fading head.
Aroma of orange peel, herbal notes, soft farmhouse notes. Quite acidic.
Similar flavours, more tartness and some big mandarin notes. More orange peel, somewhat herbal.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy white/golden color ale with a thin white head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma is a weird mix between some light wheat malt with some funky notes and some lemon notes can also be notice. Taste is very refreshing with a mix between some wheat malt and light funky yeast with some easily discernable notes of lemon. I would say that this is different then most beer from his style out there but very refreshing and no as funky as Fantome can be.

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Photo of Liquoric3
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy pineapple/piña colada gold color with a small bubbly white head that disappears fast leaving some thin patchy lacing.

S - Huge amount of grapefruit jumps out of the glass. Some orange citrus, pineapple and tropical fruit. Very light wheat and spice aroma. Strong, intense, and enjoyable fruity aroma.

T - Similar to nose, but the fruitiness is a bit more subdued. Still a lot of grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus. Gives off some tart flavor. Some floral/herbal hops along with the wheat base. Slight weed aroma. Hints of pepper in the background.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and fizzy with a touch drying finish.

D - Very drinkable with a nice mix of different citrus and fruity flavors paired with the wheat and pepper taste of a typical witbier. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Notes: A nice witbier with plenty of citrus. Packs a lot of flavor, especially for the ABV. Definitely not like a typical witbier, but a very enjoyable. Another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Maltzilla
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dstructo for this gem!
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large cognac snifter.
The color of autumn sunshine . . . if you could only really bottle such a thing. LOL! Medium head which dissipated slowly into lacing at the top. Once the beer settles, the "sunshine" look of it kinda hazes over a bit with more of a white element.

The nose? WOW! Think of your nostrils being pummeled with a mallet made of grapefruit. Intense citrus and definite grape fruit aroma is almost overwhelming, but in a very, very good way. Never had anything like it

Taste: As I go for the 1st sip, I'm almost squinting my eyes, expecting to drink a form of carbonated grapefruit juice. And there was the magic of Fantome: not a grapefruit note to be tasted in the drink. Not a one that I could pick up at least. Great spicy taste, some citrus back notes, a bit of vanilla and oak as well, but no grapefruit. An incredible beer!

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: This is listed as a witbier, but I felt it more as a saison . . . almost bordering on a sour. That said, the drikability is definitely up there with witbiers. This could easily be the 1st of many glasses for me. Smooth and very tasty.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head and great lacing.

The nose brings a bit of very mild funk along with a nice bit of wheat and light grain. The flavor is mildly funky as well, though most of the flavor is coming from the wheat.

Really nice dry, bitter finish. Not over the top, but nice and crisp. Exceptional body.

Great brew and very different from other Fantome offerings.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange beer produced by Alex.

A - Golden, hazy beer with a foamy head that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Smells like marijuana, wild catnip, a little mint (which is also like catnip), hay, some citrus. Just kind of strange, but not unpleasant.

T - Not as much of the green stuff in the taste, as the malts come forward a little bit more. Actually fairly crisp and refreshing. A little more lemony citrus on the tongue with some nice floral notes.

M - Soft carbonation, light bodied, slightly drying finish.

O - For a weird beer, as in what's up with the weed, this was refreshing and easy to get down. Didn't like it as much as some, but it was good.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels, no bottle date that I can find, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head, nice retention and spotty lacing.

S- Funky, lots of citrus peel with a nice herbal element to it.

T- Very fruity, lots of pear, orange peel, some lemon, a bit tart towards the finish, some wheat sweetness as well.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel, nice carbonation.

O- A nice wheat beer, actually quite flavorful and obviously very drinkable at 4.00% ABV, it's too bad we don't get this one in the US or I would buy it more often.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012

A pale yellow color with a white head. As soon as the bottle is opened an intense skunked aroma is apparent. Smells almost Heineken-like. There is a light fruitiness and just a bit of yeast. Taste-wise, things are significantly better. Not much skunk on the palate, but good light malt flavor and a hint of lemony tartness and yeast. Some wheat flavor and a pretty easy to drink beer.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a few bottles of this rare Fantome offering at Deep Ellum this past weekend.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of head. This is a rarity for a Fantome offering.

Beer had a strong Orange peel smell too it.

Taste was outstanding. Crisp and light. Lots of floral and even more grapefruit in the taste.

Beer is carbonated well which gives and excellent mouthfeel.

At 4%ABV, I could drink four of these by myself.

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Photo of edugasmtl
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of paterlodie
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Litle white head due to hardly any carbonisation and a pale golden and hazy beer. Nose shows some orange and wheat but is a good crossover between a lambic and a whitebeer. Bretty and sweaty but still fresh with nice sour twist. Taste is more sour and dusty and very dry. Good touching bitterness in end but only sparely dosed. Litle watery mouthfeel but overall a very refreshing whitebeer that must be very enjoyable on warm days.

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Photo of stakem
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a matching Fantome tulip. This brew appears a strikingly clear color of yellow. A finger of white froth sits atop and slowly dissolves and holds around the edge of the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a halo effect across the surface of the brew. A light swirl agitates more bubbles from solution but fail to ever capture that initial formation from the pour.

The aroma coming out of my glass is very vibrant with lemon. It covers the whole spectrum of lemony aspects from rind to flesh and zest with even some almost exaggerated artificial lemon candy inclusion. Some sweetness is present that presents a bit of wheat-like grain to cereal inclusion that is a nice change of pace from the straight lemon character that was so bold initially. As the brew warms up, the lemon character flirts back and forth between candy sweet smelling and lactic/sour almost like a berliner weisse. No complaints here, I am loving this experience.

The taste of this brew does not disappoint. I am going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of the better, if not the best examples of a witbier I have had in a very long time. It displays a very bold lemon flavoring that is not too far off from yellow tart candy that would be a strange hybrid if you mixed skittles, sweet tarts and coriander into a solution. The first couple of sips shock the palate with lemon but as you get accustomed to it, a bit of grainy backing comes forward tasting of wheat and bready grains.

This is a light bodied brew with a fizzy amount of carbonation in the feel but it doesn't display visually the amount of carbonation it has that is most noticed once it hits the mouth. It is very crisp and easy drinking brew with a depth of lemony character unlike any other wit I have had before. For only 4% abv, the alcohol is felt down the back of the throat which makes me really scratch my head and wonder if that is accurate. Regardless, this is some quality stuff right here and something I would certainly enjoy having again.

2nd pour from the bottle thoughts:
I highly recommend you swirl your bottle before pouring. Getting some of the yeast up in suspension really produces the expected look of style and makes for an overall better blended experience. Having a little bit of yeast in the profile brings out some herbal and earthy qualities that were previously missed. It also mellows out the bold focus on the lemony aspects in both the nose and flavor.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

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