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Fantôme BBB Dark White | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme BBB Dark WhiteFantôme BBB Dark White

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Ego on 09-12-2006

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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 274
Photo of crossovert
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle, corked and capped. Cork says 086/477044.

Pours a rich plum color with a dirty looking big off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing when it recedes.

The smell is pretty interesting, very yeasty and spicy, very spicy. It has clove and pepper, yeast twang, and some fruitiness. I'm not really picking up any hops in the smell.

The initial flavor is light but it rounds out to a curiously spicy and tasty brew. The tasty is mildly sour, and a bit sweet with a huge flavor of pepper. It also has some lemon and bitterness. It is pretty damn good.

The mouthfeel is the only thing here that could be a lot better, it is slightly watery, but that helps the drinkability.

My experience with Fantôme has been good so far, they really know how to do the Saison and experiment with it in a positive way.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear reddish amber color with a 1" head that has some large bubbles.

Smell: malt sweetness and some fruitness comes through mildly.

Taste: nice malt presence here. Pepper and some other spiciness, hints of vanilla, some dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness create a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildy dry at the finish. Short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this beer had a great flavor and the bomber was quaffed rather quickly. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Retired? Huh, guess I lucked into a bottle. Pour is lighter than expected. A dark brown with a light mocha head. Head is nice, leaves moderate lacing and is regenerated with a swirl. None of the aromas I associate with Fantome. Slight lemon zesty sourness, no real funk. Fairly clean and somewhat yeasty, but very mild. Taste follows suite. Possibly the least flavorful beer I have ever had from Fantome. Spices only come through late in the bottle, after it has had some time to warm, and I have poured the dregs - nutmeg and an unwelcome bitterness. Body and mouthfeel are typical of Fantome. Very drinkable, though a bit thin. Alcohol is not noticeable. A good beer, but not what I was expecting, and a bit of a let down.

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

Apparently this is a new batch, and I've submitted a change that it be "un-retired." Available at Max's today during 72 hours of Belgian.

The beer pours an amber ice tea color with good head retention and lacing. As for the nose, this is fantome, so it goes without saying I'm going to struggle with this one. However, I get some lemon zest, light rootbeer, quinine, mince and light sour funk. Flavors aren't nearly so complex on the palate, and the beer finishes with some surprising dry bitterness. Also, as is so often with beers from Fantome, this is surprisingly light on the palate, and really quite drinkable. The beer carries its 8% abv. very, very well, making this beer dangerously drinkable.

One of the easier to drink and appreciate beers I've had from Fantome. Good stuff!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head and little touches of lacing. Body is a turbid and opaque aged copper color with no carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Fresh baked artisanal bread, whole cereal grains, strawlike notes, and an overall mustiness throughout. Nuances of non-descript spices and burnt candy sugar.

T- Tastes like a loaf of artisanal bread baked with tons of rye and numerous other whole grains. No hops detected at all. The finish is mildly bitter with lingering notes earthy juniper and clove.

M- A nice medium body... nicely attenuated, but some firmness comes from the ample soft carbonation.

D- Delicious, the alcohol is well hidden, and it seems to stay perpetually interesting without every becoming overpowering.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, murky, coppery-orange with an initial 3 finger frothy light beige head that displayed amazing retention eventually settling to a thin, frothy layering after several minutes while leaving a sticky, and full lacing on the sides of the glass. The yeast sediment provided a a nice cinnamon/nutmeg colored swirl on the top of the head. Visible carbonation appeared light.

S: The nose was spicy, with black peppery oranges, Cajun spicing, and some blacken steak seasoning. Yes seriously.

T: The flavor was spicy oranges with some blacken season and came off with a beautiful peppery taste. There was some celery notes as well detected as a nice hop spiciness. Overall a very well balanced saison with a great black peppery spicing that stands out.

M: a very nice effervesce, spritzy, light and oily with a spicy black peppery fade.

D: Incredible drinkability as to be expected from fantome. At $11.99 a bomber it was worth every penny and then some. Would drink this on a regular basis if it wasn't retired.

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Photo of number1bum
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to mymrnngjckt for this treat.

Pours a light amber, slightly orange color, good clarity and a fizzy but creamy two inches of light tan head. Keeps a very nice, full lace and leaves a little stick here and there, too.

Smell is initially spicy and yeasty, but overall I'd describe it as musty. Even the spices lend a musty sort of aroma, so I can't figure out what they are. Maybe I'd call it herbal, as well, and the only spice that really seems distinct is pepper. Really pretty strange and funky, but interesting.

Taste is also spicy, musty and herbal. Big pepper flavor, especially, along with some yeast and funk that again are best described as herbal and musty. There is some fruity flavor and a hint of malt sweetness, as well, both of which I didn't really find in the nose. That balances out the spice and generall mustiness. Pretty complex and quite different.

Based on some of the other reviews it seems that maybe the abv is not listed correctly here, and maybe it's much lower. You wouldn't know it based on the way it drinks, even the mouthfeel is a pretty solid medium body.

This is certainly a different saison than I have experienced before. One of the more interesting brews I've had in awhile. Very peppery and very musty. Not too shabby at all.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: It pours a hazy, orangish amber hue, with a nice bold three finger head. Nice retention and some lace. Nice steady stream of bubbles rise for the duration.

S: Nice sweet fruits like apple and apricot with a blast of funk. This one has a nice tart character that makes it extra nice.

T: The malt really comes out in a nice sweet way. Very fruity with a nice deal of tart green apple and sweet peachy/apricot. There is a touch of spice but a hint of acidic sourness is what puts this one over the top.

M: Medium in body fairly sparkling with a somewhat dry finish. I like it.

D: I like a touch of funk in my beer and this one has it. Combine the sweet malt and splash of both bitter and sweet fruit, and Fantome has another winner.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, lots of carbonation visible in the glass, bubbles stick to the side like champagne.

Signature Fantôme yeast in the nose, mildly dank cellar, with some mystery spices that reveal themselves later.

Initial mild tartness, orange rind, with a spicy aftertaste that lingers for awhile. After a few sips, the spice builds and it becomes evident that cracked peppercorns are in there. Black pepper, maybe white too. The finish is almost savory due to the spice level.

Well carbonated, medium body. It's certainly a unique Saison, and I wouldn't expect any less from Fantôme.

Huge thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one.

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

This bottle has been stored for a year or two. Poured into a tulip. The foamy head is very dense. Copper/orange in color. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth until the end of the sip when a sharp, flowery hop bitterness kicks in. This pleasant bitterness lingers on the palate. Almost citrus effervescence. Carbonation has kept well. Sticky malt character on the roof of the mouth more apparent after several sips. The 8% ABV sneaks up on you with this one too. The malt character and the appearance are my favorite aspects of this beer. Definitely a well built saison with a few unique elements. There are probably very few bottles of this still out there. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tall Adnams glass.

A: Wonderful cloudy golden color, with a big pillowy off-whitehead. Head stays for awhile, lacing is excellent down the side of the glass. Tasty.

S: The smell is of citrus (grapefruit mostly), and powerful. Yeast in the background as well, and there is a slight sour smell.

T: I was expecting much bigger flavor. Its a slightly fruity, sour beer. I don't hate the flavor, I just wish there was more to it.

M: Watery, doesn't feel like there is anything in the beer.

D: Honesty, with such mild flavor it is pretty easy to drink. I can't believe the abv on this, its very very well hidden.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome has to be one of my favorite Belgian breweries... all of their beers are unique, distinct, and inventive masterpieces of innovative brewing... Purchased this green, 750ML bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $11.99... Logo sticker states "Belgian Ale brewed with spices"... this is a very light, refreshing, spritzy beer, and from what I've been told, the ABV is around 4.5% and certainly not 8%... Pours an impressive golden-brown, copper hue with foamy head that soon receded... not as giant as some other Fantome samples... The beer has a very spritzy, champange and seltzer-like quality... Very pepperish and biting flavor with citrus and lemon-like characteristics... Smell is very akin to the flavor, with florals, fruits, pepper, and citrus nuances... mouthfeel is light, not creamy or thick at all, and drinkability is very good because of the relatively low ABV... not my favorite Fantome sample, but all in all, a unique and different brew... Worth a try...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and almost no lacing. Aroma is somewhat funky and sour and leaves me perplex. Taste is dominated by some wheat malt with some weird funky notes and some sourness. While I usually dig funky and sour beer, this one leaves me a bit confused since the sourness is more apparent to a non-voluntary infection then a planned open-vat infected beer. I used to really like this brewer but the last couple of beers I drank from this brewer left me on my appetite.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marking four years to the day as a registered BA, I'll treat myself to one from the cellar... Fantome's BBB served at between fridge and cellar temperature. Only the Duvel tulip glass will do for this adventure!

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear rich orange into the glass... the head billows up to a full three fingers, popping but not fading away much at all. Bright ivory in color, the crown laces in long patches and really does well, considering there's no replenishment being created from the etching in the floor. Great looking blazing orange beer.

Smell- Hay, grass, lemon rind... the citrusy nose is really upfront here. This one smells like damp, dew-covered straw and hay mostly... with fresh lemon squeezed all over it.

Taste- Wildly interesting, and that is a bold *under*statement. There's absolutely *no* tartness as the nose would suggest, this beer exhibits a beautiful floral bouquet, sweet and flowery as if it were brewed with rosehips. Flavors of white and black peppercorns lightly sting the tongue's frontal portion... the hops are perfectly placed at the very back of the tongue, imparting the most subtle finishing bitterness. Superb balance overall, it's so damn delicious and there's *no* trace of alcohol whatsoever... except for a slow, warm shadow behind me. I would really love to know how this beer was created.

Mouthfeel- On the thinner side of slick, it begins to foam delicately whilest in the mouth but never gets to the level of sublime. It becomes almost watery during the swallow, not a bad thing considering all of the incredible flavors going on.

Drinkability- So rightfully good on its own, I can't even think of what sort of food would complement this beer justly. If I ever get the opportunity to try this again, I would probably enjoy sampling it once again with out culinary partnership... it's completely unique and absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that glimmers with a beautiful, pale ruby hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma has a characteristic, Fantôme. fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Once I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma though, the pepper becomes quite noticeable. The pepper is quite interesting and quite distinct. A musty note mixes in with the pepper aromatics as does notes of berries, raisins and plums. I am not sure if it is the pepper or not, but there is an underlying herbal note that is quite nice.

Light, yet somewhat sweet tasting. The beer has a certain light tartness to it that could just be yeast derived. The light sweet & tart notes accentuate flavors of plums, red delicious apples, and perhaps even some woody tamarind notes. The pepper, while not as distinct as it was in the aroma, adds a chewy, almost savory quality to the finish of this beer; and this certainly helps dry the beer out without watering it down & almost requires one to take another sip. It is fairly well carbonated and this contributes a zippy, lightly frothy, character of carbonic acid & carbonation which helps clean the palate. There is enough pepper here that it would seem like it should add some significant spiciness to the finish of this beer; somehow it does not, and while spicy at times, it really is a smooth black pepper note that lingers on the palate for quite some time after the beer has left my mouth. While the black pepper notes are noticeable, I wouldn't quite say that they are dominant, and certainly not dominating; there is enough other flavors contributing to this beer that this is just a very well balanced, flavorful beer.

This is another fantastic beer from Dany. This would be a great beer as an aperitif, or even with a salad / appetizer course. I am even more exited that it is not at the usual 8% alcohol; I really do wish that more of these lower alcohol beers were available from Fantôme. I have always wondered what a distinct amount of black pepper in a brew would be like, this definitely has it, and I am definitely really digging the contribution. As mentioned before this really makes me want to eat something hearty (perhaps a pepper-crusted steak, or a rack of rosemary roasted lamb chops). This is definitely one of those beers that gets more intriguing and much more enjoyable as I work my way through this bottle. I am having a hard time not saying that this is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of rayjay
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I finally tracked one down! I love the BBB forum, and thought I might never even get to try this.

A: Big fluffy white head. A hazy tan to orange colored beer.

S: Lots of black pepper, dust, and the usual Fantome funkiness.

T: Very watery flavor profile. Although it's not overly carbonated, it tastes very much like seltzer water. All other flavors are washed away by it, at least until it warms up to room temp. Only a tiny bit of watered down malt comes through, along with a tiny bit of funk, some tartness, and the black pepper.

M: No real problems here, pretty on par for other Fantome beers.
D: Not interesting enough to be drinkable. My least favorite beer from Dany so far, which hurts me to say because he's my favorite Belgian brewer. I'd stick with the Saison or Printemps, persnally.

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Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Forms a very large, slightly off white head that settles down pretty quickly and leaves good lace on the glass. Rosy orangeish color and moderately hazy, really an extraordinary color when you take the time to appreciate it.

S - Noticeable acidity. Smells of rasins, figs and chocolate.

T - Tart and fruity. Nice hop character to balance the sweetness. Flavor is similar to the smell, but when you give it a few moments to finish there is a subtle tingling of pepper on the tongue.

M - Fairly thick body with moderate carbonation

D - At first this beer struck me as a relatively straight foreward saison, but when the spice hits in the finish it totally transforms the beer. I can't belive how satisfying the heat in this beer is. Truely a beautifull brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light amber with a decent head that fades to a ring and leaves very little lacing. The smell is mostly lemon citrus with a touch of white pepper and perhaps a touch of coriander. A little light but fairly complex. The taste is even more complex, with that same hit of lemon and a big whallop of pepper. Its like they replaced the hops with white pepper here! Very unusual and delicious. In addition, there are some other creamy and spicy flavors that are hard to pin down (My wife says its Frankincense, nut I'm not sure what that tastes like). Mouthfeel is quite creamy and spicy while still being refreshing. As all of the Fantome Saisons are, this is quite drinkable. I start craving Saisions as soon as the weather turns warm. This one is explosive enough to pair nicely with food or drink in warmer weather as well, and quite unusual. This brewery should be a world heritage site along with Cantillon.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: I had this last night at a tasting with some friends. We were all very enamored by this beer. We poured it into a pitcher. The color was a bit orangish, with a bit of a head. The aroma is peppery, and the rest is up for grabs. It has a wonderful aroma, but complex. There is a ton of aromas hiding in the mix, but they don’t stand out over one another. The taste is similar. It is dry, and a bit peppery. We were trying to find other specific flavors, but I decided that it is a glorious sum of the parts and should just be enjoyed. This is an excellent creation!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a slight haze. Tiny amounts of CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the fluffy, beige head. Spotty clumps of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemony, grape seed, chardonnay, light oak, apple skins, and carambola melon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with oak and a grassy, hay, and floral flavor coming through with a honey and apple sweetness up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oaky, earthy, citrusy, with a dry apple finish.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome strikes again...hazy golden-brown, fantastic head and amazing lacing. Retention isn't as good as I've seen, but everything is so spot on. The aroma is a blast of peppery yeast, quite decent but a little mysterious.

The flavor bears out the nose in a big way. Huge peppery flavor dominates start to aftertaste, there's the characteristic saison smoothness, good rich mouthfeel. It's a hair thin for my personal pleasure, I think the wheat keeps the body down a little. There's some crisp carbonation, and a nice tart character in the middle that keeps things from tipping too hard to one side.

Never had a Fantome saison that was less than complex, unique, interesting, and terrific. This one is a bit heavy on the pepper flavor but it's very charming and ridiculously drinkable (as always).

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Photo of bennetj17
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangy/tan appearance with a good deal of cloudiness. No head to speak of, just some light froth leaving a ring in its wake. The aroma is interesting, a mix of spicy fruit funk that is hard to describe really. Not particularly inviting, but interesting in that typical Fantome way.

The flavor is decent. It's is again a bit tangy, but with almost a vegetable-like taste to it, perhaps corn or lima beans. The finish is not noticed immediately, but develops after a few sips, becoming quite spicy/peppery. Very unique, and the taste does grow on you a bit. The mouthfeel is light, but definitely not thin, with fine moderate carbonation.

This was not one of my favorites from this brewery. Throughout the experience, though, you realize you found something different that is still rather drinkable. If you are seeking something new, then give it a try...

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Photo of KingSpank
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this is something novel. This is my first encounter with a Fantome beer, and certainly a rewarding experience. The aromas and lingering flavors from this beer are certainly unlike anything I've tasted/smelled before. Aside from some more typical Belgian flavors, the unique spicing adds two interesting elements. First, there's the white pepper mentioned in previous reviews that adds a pleasant spiciness that slowly builds and accumulates on the tongue as you work your way through the bottle. However, there was something else that no one else here has mentioned that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Something flowery that I think I've breathed in from incense or hookah tobacco. I can now say with some certainty that the aroma is that of roses (yes, I sucked on a dried rose petal the next day... really), but I won't be absolutely sure until I make the comparison side by side. In any case, Fantome has produced a beer that is well rounded and drinkable, and does a spectacular job of showcasing its spices, keeping them supported by a warm, full, yet not overbearing malt body underneath. This is not something I will be hoarding, but was a great experience nonetheless and a truly impressive piece of craftsmanship.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBB Dark White pours an orange color with a white head from a 750 ml brown corked and capped bottle that opened with a nice pop. Spicy/peppery aroma, some citrus also in present. Taste is spicy, quite a bit of pepper, citrus also is pretty strong, especially as the beer warms, as is some typical Belgian funk. I like this beer, it's not mind blowing, but it's pretty good. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy, lazily carbonated nectary amber, orange at the lighter edges. Three fingers of light beige head sustain for some time. Flares of lacing spray the inside of the glass.

The aroma is dominated by earthy spices with clove, coriander, and cinnamon. Esters of banana and green apple poke through, and the grain pulls up the rear with a touch of biscuit and a wheaty tang.

Upon sipping, the grain is more prominent, with a mild malty sweetness leavened by mellow clove spice and the soft edge of wheat. A mild acetic sourness and equally mild earthy funkiness slide along the middle. The finish dries considerably, but there also comes a thin but "off" ashy smudge. There's an intriguing simple complexity but the finish undoes it a bit.

Between light and medium bodied, the carbonation is lively, and the sweet & sour motif coats nicely and with pepper.

I popped the cork and it spewed from within, a fun beginning, but maybe, and unfortunately, a high point as well. Left to itself, best case, it's tasty enough, but it's really too thin to totally forgive the somewhat unpleasant, if brief, misstep in the finish. It's mostly smooth, and goes down well, but it's limitations present an obstacle. I'll likely look to other Fantome offerings in the future.

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
3.96 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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