Fantôme Dark White
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #538
Ranked #9,668
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Brasserie Fantôme
Very Good
Fantôme Dark WhiteFantôme Dark White
Notes: Saison brewed with spices.
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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of doughy, slightly caramelly malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters of green apple, pear, gooseberry, clove and white pepper, with just a hint of freshly mown grass.Taste is an excellent balance of slightly sweet'ish doughy, mildly caramelly malt, prominent fruity/spicy yeast esters of lightly tart green apple, pear, apricot, gooseberry, clove and white pepper, light hoppy accents of tropical fruit and grass, some quite subtle funk and an additional spiciness that gently unfolds ever so slightly in the aftertaste. Finishes with a very light tartness and bitterness, with some fruity esters and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, almost velvety, mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Another excellent Saison from Fantôme that exemplifies the complexity of their yeast culture and is enrichened by some additional hoppy and spicy accents, with the tartness being rather light here and very little funk coming through, making for a very complex, yet quite subtle balance that is just exquisite. The spices are also used rather subtely here, making it difficult to tell where the estery spice ends and the additional spices begin, although apart from the clove and pepper, there is perhaps some allspice, anise, cumin or cinnamon to this. All in all just an excellent balance of sweet'ish malt, both hoppy and estery fruit notes, light bitterness, tartness and spice, as well as very subtle funk.

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Photo of octortus
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL Bottle. ABV 4.7%.
Appearance: Murky orange/pink/brown, Medium carbonation, Two fingers of off white airy and fluffy head, Great retention, Cap remains.
Aroma: Malt sweetness, Spice, Orchard fruit (pear, apple), Stone fruit, Grassy, Floral, Grainy, Hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Prickly carbonation, Grainy, Crisp.
Flavour: Spice, Bitter, Orchard fruit (pear, apple), Stone fruit, Grassy hops.
Overall: Sure. Try it if you have the money to blow. This is my first from Fantome and not something I'll revisit. It fits the style somewhat well, I guess, but it's kind of just... there.

Review: 137

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep gold topped by a dense finger and a half of rocky off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of orchard fruits and honey with some grassy hops and light spice
T: Taste is slightly funky but a lot of orchard fruits with some peppery bite. Slight funk but good grassy note with some additional spice. Very light honey sweetness at times as well. On the swallow this beer is more orchard fruits, peppery spice notes, grassyness, and light chalky yeast.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent and just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. I expected something a little lighter but this one is a really beautiful shade of gold. Really nice complexity and flavor on this one which makes it a joy to drink. Definitely light on the funk which is nice since some of their beers have a little too much band aid flavor for my preference. Worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing The Silent Age. Very smooth, with a thick, sticky feel in spite of its low abv. Soft yet easily noticeable funky notes combined with a nice sweetness

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750ml green glass bottle with no visible BB date. The ABV also seems to be unstated - I can't see it. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York; I'm not sure how old this bottle is but it must be at least a couple of years old.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-marmalade hue with good carbonation. Produces a smallish head of white foam that dissipates rapidly, leaving only a thin collar.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast with hints of phenolics, subtle spice, mild dried fruit, marzipan, vague caramel, faint brown sugar, earthiness and significant oxidation (probably adding to the impression of sweetness). Quite complex but generally uninspiring.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast with notes of phenolics, spice, subtle dried fruit, marzipan/almonds, light caramel, mild brown sugar, a musty earthiness and oxidation. Little hop character and no bitterness to speak of. As with the aroma, complex but past its best.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, subtle spice, earthiness and a lingering oxidised sweetness.

O: A bit too old - I held on to this one for too long. Subpar looks, while the aroma and flavour are a flawed blend of fruity esters, oxidation, mild spice and sweetness. Decent body. Possesses some balance but way past its best. Oh well; I might re-review if I come across it again.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2018. Pours hazy reddish orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery/spicy bitterness and lightly tart/tangy yeast on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, fig, red/white grape, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing thorough the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is and excellent dark saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy red tinted dark orange, one finger of fast fading cream colored head, trails dots of lace down the glass. Smell: toasted date bread, caramel, plum, nutmeg, blue cheese note. Taste: caramelized pear, crisp apple, seedy concord grapes. Big grainy, grassy, and citrus-ish flavors blast through the fruit juice. Coriander and maybe orange peel. Finish is a bit citric and grassy with notes of red wine vinegar, earth, and goat cheese (I tend to pick up just a tiny bit of this in all Fantome brews). Pretty substantial body at 4.7% with restrained carbonation. From the nose this could be just a good spiced dubbel with a little funk, but one sip and it's instantly identifiable as a Fantome. Layers of big flavors and at sub 5% no less.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

such a weird beer, but this is one of those breweries i am always willing to take a chance on, especially when the beer is new, or has just come in, no chance of it being all stale yet right? this is a crazy brew though, tons of spices in it and tons of body, hard to believe its so low in alcohol. i agree with some of the other reviewers here that this is definitely over spiced. it is pungent in the nose, clove and allspice it seems, among others less common in beer, almost a zizzle on the tongue from it, like licking a battery or something, really odd and overly intense, especially towards the bottom of the bottle, like all the spice hasnt quite dissolved, so strange. that all said, i like how different it is, like cooked oranges and crazy saison yeast that has done what it could to make this rustic belgian beer, but the spices and huge body make it unrecognizable as anything we might be able to classify. well carbonated and somewhat juicy, wheat derived i would think, and spicy, intense, and somewhat fruity too in the end. maybe not quite worth the money, at least i wouldnt pay what i payed to have this again, but another challenging beer from fantome, and thats one of the things i pay for when i buy these beers...

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bit hazy bronze with a large thick sticky head and medium lacing. Nose is spice-forward with clove, anise, and some earthy and yeasty notes. Zero funk. Taste is full bodied malt with lots of dried spice. Too much nutmeg, clove, and other spices. One glass is okay, but 750 ml is a chore. After my second glass, I was really wishing I had someone to split with.
I would go with a different Fantome offering.

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Photo of MarioM
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a tulip glass

A: Nice hazy golden yellow with a half finger sized bright white head composed of small creamy to medium sized bubbles. Looks to be dissipating quickly with medium carbonation. This is a recent batch of Dark White without the BBB on the label but rather just 'Fantome' instead. It seems like this is no longer a dark/brownish brew like some pics on google.

S: Nice clove spiciness ,citrus ans 'who knows what else' character with some yeast mustiness and earthiness. There is definitely that characteristic Fantome yeast character that I absolutely love. Can't wait to taste.

T: Oh wow, the first second is some nice malt and slight fruitiness then a second later, BAM! Fantome funk with a slight smoky thing going on that fades after the first sip but kinda remains in the back of the throat. Very nice fruity character and a delicious spice character from the yeast and spices working in harmony. Danny! How do you do it! Lol The flavors in this are so intriguing, interesting and delicious!

M: The feel on this guys is a bit creamier and less carbonated than other Fantomes, eg. their standard Saison or Printemps but it's gentleness is quite nice. I've been dialing back the carbonation on my homebrewed saisons so this is encouraging. There is a nice fullness in this beer without being sweet. Its full but not thin and definitely does not feel or taste like the BA advertised abv of 4%. If I had to guess I would assume the standard Fantome 8% abv... Regardless, the beer finishes with a refreshing bitterness and slight grassyness. I love the lingering Fantome funk lingering after taste that I absolutely LOVE ans is why I find these beers so interesting. F-ing delicious!

O: Well worth the $$$ for this puppy. Found a few bottles in a Bay Area bottle shop and glad I picked them up. Can't wait to try this with some age. Yum! Search for this or grab a few if you happen to come across. A very unique beer compared to all saisons and just plain delicious!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy, light brown, full off white head, receding to thin ring. Little to no lacing.

Aroma - Saison through and through. Lemon, wheat, horse blanket.

Taste - Smoke, lemon, yeast, orange peel, horse blanket, complex and good.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light bodied, dry.

Overall - Surprisingly smoky. Not terrible, it's just not what I was looking for/expecting. It's a classic saison in the other senses. Definitely try it out.

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Photo of rand
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: The brew appears a color somewhere between apricot and leather, opaque and forms a frothy, cavernous 2-inch head. Patchy lacing is everywhere.

S: Horse-blanket, barnyard funk, right up front, typical of Fantome. Smoky, woody. Grassy snap lingers at the edge of the bouquet, with a smidge of alcohol.

T: Layered and complex, the smokey, funky aspects hold subtle notes of unripe fruit and dry grass. Malty sweetness just barely pushes back strong tones of smoke and leather. A distinct hop snap dries the palate , leading to short, dry finish.

M: Medium-to-full bodies, but ample carbonation adds levity.

Fantome and Jolly Pumpkin are my go-to breweries when I feel like I've drank too many beers. Off-centered style that almost always work.

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Photo of brewtus
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper with a two finger white head. Smell is bready, funky,nutty, some sweet spice. Taste is smoky, some dark fruit, funk, slight citrus, some roasty and nutty flavors, bready . Consistency is full of carbonation, really nice. Overall this was pretty good.the first sip isn't awesome but once your palate is primed, it's a nice take on a season.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Notched freshness date of October 2013, consumed August 2013.

A: Burnt sienna in color. Surprising clarity, but this was poured with care taken not to rouse the yeast. Two fingers of cream colored head retain very well. Thin, foamy rings of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee, bread crust, and perhaps even a whiff of iced coffee with sugar and cream. Tart and slightly acidic, aromas of macintosh apple and peach. Black peppercorns. Earthy and dirty yeast.

T: Red apple skin and peach tartness. Orange peel. Moderately acidic. Lots of malt coming through with tastes of mild coffee roast, bread crust, dark caramel, and toffee. Dirty, earthy yeast. Black pepper comes out in a very quick, dry finish, along with peach tartness and vanishing caramel malt flavors.

M: Light bodied. Carbonation is ample but soft on the palate. A notch or two above watery, the body is fleshed out just enough to make it work.

O: It sort of comes across as a rustic saison meets English mild, the way the malts come through. It took a little while for the black pepper to come through, but it fits nicely enough. Not a lot of complexity, and not the most memorable thing Fantome has brewed, but it's very easy to knock back.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into globe/wine glass at the gnarly barley in Orlando, FL. Amazing pour..burnt orange color with about 2 fingers of head. Classic amazing fantome funk atoma but somewhat muted with hints of spices. Taste is again classic fantome barnyard but again a bit more muted than usual...lots of peppery notes and a hint of citrus. Its thick but light...its got a good feel to it for being so light in abv. Really another fantastic brew from fantome. I absolutely love everything Danny bottles. Thanks for brewing Danny!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep copper / amber pour with 3 fingers of beige colored head which diminished slowly.. not much lacing left behind. aromas of wheat, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight oxidation. the flavor is spot on for a belgian dubbel.. with a slightly farmhouse funk to it.. pepper, banana, cloves, candy sugar, farmhouse yeast leaving behind a wet paper/hay flavor in the finish which only makes you want more sips to try and get rid of it, and by the time you realize what you're quenching, it's actually that weird flavor!
medium body with high carbonation, drinks fairly nice.

this is a surprise - didn't really know what to expect and wasn't let down. not as funky as i had hoped, but a pretty solid beer nonetheless.. not like most saisons i've had either.. more on the darker belgian ale side.. which i guess makes sense with the name being dark white.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a finger thick dense foamy cap covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty barnyard funk and tartness/sourness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a fair amount of mustiness to them. Overall the flavors of this beer are rather tart and there are some hints of fruit and spices.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is surprisingly tart for the style (saison) but still very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ddedhed
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
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.


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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Fantôme Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 290 ratings