Fantôme BBB Dark White | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ego on 09-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Walnut
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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 BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 EdgarGerik
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JavierGC
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 w5baron
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 wonothesane42
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tjk135
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puftdank
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
3.96 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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