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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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Oct 2013

Beer is dark red with brown elements. Good sized off-white head. Decent retention.

A bit tart in the nose, malty. Apple. Earthy. Spices, caramel.

Caramel and tart fruit (apple, cherry) in the flavour. Bread. Quite malty. Certainly some resemblance to a tart apple cider. Some farmhouse funk.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, good but nothing on the regular Fantome. Disappointing considering the brewery but a decent beer.

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

Bottle opened on 7.9.12.

A - Pours a dark, opaque orange with a huge light tan head that lasts forever.

S - Slight funk, lemons and spice.

T - Heavy spice and slight earthy funk. Pretty mild, but welcoming.

D - Light body, good carbonation.

O - A lighter body, but deeper spice. Just what I needed on a hot Seattle night.

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Photo of seth72104
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Batch E. Best before October 2013.

A: Fluffy-gorgeous off-white head tops a reddish-brown beer that that glows clear-dark amber in the light. Very nice.

S: White wine? Sour fruit. Exciting yeast. Light, tart, and pleasant.

T: Light, tart, and pleasant. Soft yeast is less spicy than offers a flatter, earthier grounding influence. Not as deep or interesting as other Fantôme offerings, but still pleasant. Cracked pepper is only distantly noticeable on the aftertaste.

M: Puckery and lightly carbonated. A spritely mouthfeel.

O: Good, but not great. Enjoyable, but not worth the cash. Still, recommended. Fantastic brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer that eventually disappears. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is the same with a slightly sour quality to it. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and very fruity saison.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of nmbr0ne
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Russian River chalice from bottle.

Appearance: Amber color with a nice white head. Great retention, slowly dissipating into a lot of lacing.

Smell: Funky. Tart. Yet tiny bits of sweetness. Fruity. Afraid it might be sour. Bit vinegary too.

Taste: Sour green apples throughout. The vinegary taste can be overwhelming. Not what I was looking for. Extremely dry finish. Funky. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but the vinegar flavors really threw me off.

Mouthfeel: Light. Crisp. Decent carbonation. No alcohol.

Overall: Besides the vinegary flavor that can be too much during some sips, I think this is a decent saison. Not my favorite, but I still enjoyed it for the most part.

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Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle, corked and capped. I think it came from Bottle Revolution for 15 bucks or so.

Appearance: Nice and clear orange amber with an excellent, tightly bubbled white head with infinite retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Funky and tangy with a bit of malty sweetness. Yeasty, spicy, and tart. There's a pretty strong citric note that could be from the yeast, but might be added citrus peel. Different, but good.

Taste: Musty, yeasty, and funky. There's considerable sweetness, but its pretty well balanced with the citric bite and a bit of acetic sourness. Spicy, complex and interesting, but strange.

Mouthfeel: Its carbonated on the high side, but still feels soft. There's enough residuals that it feels fuller than a normal saison. It also finishes sweeter than most saisons.

Drinkability: This is a tasty beer, but a very different saison. When I want a Fantome, I'll stick to the regular one. This is worth a try though.

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Photo of output01x
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL. corked and capped bottle (Best Before October 2013) into a tulip glass.

An aggressive pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent amber brown with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass between sips but does not seem strong enough to hold itself up.

As the beer is poured, a strong musty aroma is spread into the air. It is reminiscent of an old basement or a wet dog. Getting closer to the beer finds this same odor overlying a complex fruity and slightly sour cacophony of aromas. Notes of white wine vinegar, sour grapes, green apples, and pear are all apparent.

Sweet and sour fruit flavors strike the tongue at the beginning of each sip with notes of sour grapes, green apples, and plums. Swallowing the beer releases even more sourness to the delight of one's taste buds. A funky, slightly musty horse blanket-like flavor finds a temporary home on the roof of the mouth. The flavors of grapes and apples become even more prevalent and last for a good duration. However, as they fade, a fleshy pear flavor lingers on the tongue as the sour acidity from before continues stinging away.

The medium body really allows all the flavors to not only present themselves but also for them to be analyzed and dissected. Never does the body become sticky or coating which creates great drinkability. The carbonation only becomes slightly fizzy as the beer is swallowed, allowing the flavors to sparkle. This also gives this beer a very crisp mouthfeel. A white wine like dryness comes in at the end of each sip that pulls the drinker back for more after each sip.

Overall, the look, smell, taste, and mouthfeel of this beer are fantastic. The nose is strong and complex, offering the consumer a great way to pass the time between sips. The taste is just as complex as the nose. The sourness and funk may not be truly lip-puckering but should be enough to satisfy most sour fans.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Best by 10/2013.

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden amber. Huge head on this. It won't fit into two chalices. Eternal retention. Sticks to the glass. Looks great.

Smell - Wow, it's a complex smell. Bretty funk, acidity, grainy malts. The sour notes are interesting, but they come off as cidery and vinegary. Light, but still a bit odd.

Taste - Grainy malts are prevalent. Certainly the sour apple acidity persists. Very bright sour fruit flavor up front, but not puckering. Just a touch of acidity. Again, it's a bit too vinegary for me.

Mouthfeel - That vinegar finish is too much for me. Dry and lingering. It even lingers in my nostrils for a while. The carbonation is strange. It looks well carbonated, but it comes off as very smooth. I'd like it to be a bit more.

Overall - So as much as I'm complaining about certain aspects, the complexity of this beer is enough for me to forgive its flaws. It's far more interesting than any American saison I have had. I see why Fantome is the ultimate in saisons.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace and tons of sediment in the glass.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic with some spicy notes.

T - It tasted very tart and acidic. It had a nice spicy bitterness with a funky bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I love the touch of tartness and acidic bite.

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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of N8DAGR8
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First time I tried this beer it almost killed me. The second time I opened it with my thumb on the cork and could barely hold it down. Beware of this one.

A: Pours out very dark for a 4% saison. Huge head that falls very quickly, but rises just as fast when you pour. Another warning. Muddy copper in color.

S: There is talk of bottle variances being big in Fantome bottles and this is definitely one occasion. Nothing like the first one I had. Smell is of apples and some light citrus. The bready quality is what is throwing me off here, the malts seem to be in the forefront. The last one I had was citrusy and hoppy in the front.

T: Apple juice, slight tartness. Fades into sweetness though. Wondering how two bottles could vary so much here. First one I tried was a lemon bomb, second one was a malt bomb. Not sure how to rate this.

M: Thin, a bit flat and under carbonated. A bit like a sweet apple cider. Again, nothing like the other bottle.

O: Disappointing. Should have reviewed the first bottle tried. Not impressed with breweries with bottle variances.

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