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

bottle notches: e/O/13

poured into Cantillon tulip.

a: pour a rich amber/murky orange color with slight ruby hue. decent amount of carbonation is evident, almost a fingers worth of a LIGHT tan head.

s: at first it's definitely a funky smell. slight citrus smell followed by brief leather notes.

t: I know this is supposed to be a "saison with spices" but I feel like I'm barely any spice notes. the taste is reminiscent of a wild ale, citrus upfront followed by sweet cherries. as it warms some sweetness from the malt comes through.

m: I was expecting a really dry finish on this one but it's incredibly session-able.

o: This is probably my sixth or seventh Fantome offering, while certainly not my favorite I really dug the flavors and balance in this one. I was hesitant to buy this one because of the "spices" since that's usually not my favorite but in the end I'm kind of missing the spices since I can barely get a hint of the taste. expensive for what it is but given the scarcity of Fantome in my area I don't mind.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours an extremely cloudy dark orange with a very puffy, two finger offwhite head. Very foamy, as expected from Fantome and most other saisons

S- slightly spicy aroma, lots of banana and clove as well. Maybe a little citrus

T- lots of bitterness though, a nice sweetness is the main flavor that comes through. A little bit of banana too...typical Fantome, very complex and interesting, though not world-beating

M- medium bodied, on the thick side

O- not great, not bad...interesting, but "interesting" isn't worth 14 bucks a bottle

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Photo of brystmar
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown, muddy body. Very hazy, nearly opaque. Good head and lace, meh retention. Smells roasty with a shot of funk in the middle, but it's not strong enough to truly appreciate. If I could re-do all my ratings this would be a 3.0, but alas, consistency calls.

Drew a big blank after my first sips. Seriously, tastes like nothing. After it warms, some roastyness emerges with a bit of tartness at the end. Overwhelming flavor is still nothing, though, and that's simply unacceptable for a $20 bottle.

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

Bottle with best by date of October 2013.

Poured a surprisingly deep, orangish amber color. About a 2 finger head that laced well. Smelled mostly of subtle fruits and spices. Hints of banana there, as well as slight coriander and clove, but not a lot. Tasted the same as the smell, but oddly malt forward for a saison. Provided good balance, although I think the malts had taken over just a little. Fairly light and fairly carbonated. Not heavy, but also not light for the style; just about right on.

This beer may start to open me up to more traditional Belgian saisons. Always been a style I shy away from because I don't love spicy beers, but this one showed me how they could be different.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazed amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears & grassyness, the most dissapointing aspect of this beer

T: Follows the nose, much tartness, a bit of grapefruit up front. Slight white grape flavors, much tartness & lemongrass notes as this warms. some green appleskins & a touch of sour cherry. Sour/tart/dry finish, very more-ish

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, that picks up as it warms, some stickyness too

Super easy to drink, but bloody pricey

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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 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 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 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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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 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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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Fantôme outlined ghost tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a three finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, fruit, floral, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, bread, funk, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one wasn't other-worldly it was really solid. This fact made this one very easy to drink and smooth. I have really started to like the funk character that I pick up on in some Saisons, and wish that more breweries would adopt this in their brews.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and capped bottle poured into a snifter. Pretty large yeast cake settled down at the bottom of the bottle. Keep chilled and served pretty cool and allowed to warm.

Appearance: Medium brown with highlights of orange throughout. Cloudy but with a nice two finger beige head that keeps nicely and provides a solid lacing.

Aroma: Very traditional Fantome. Big green apple brightness, pears, and a nice pronounced barnyard funk. A bit of earthiness as well.

Taste: The sweet apple and pear notes provide a really nice backing. Lemon and citrus notes blend in nicely too. The barnyard funk is prevelant again. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel for the most part. Nice prickly carbonation to back up that light feel.

Overall, another great Fantome saison. The mix of fruit and funk is top notch. A bit lighter in flavor than other Fantomes, but very nice for the ABV. I would purchase this again, Fantome never disappoints.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Fantome tulip because my Fantome tulip is the ghost containment thing from Ghostbusters, you know? The thing the EPA villain in that movie turns off and releases all the ghosts they caught?

Beer is light brown and hazy with a small white head, some lacing, low carbonation and low retention.

Beer smells a little cidery, sweet, mildly spicy. Nice yeast esters.

Beer tastes cidery, sweet and fruity at the lead off and the finish is a little dry, the overall beer is fine but it is not my favorite of the night. A little too apple-y sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy dark color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple

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Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber, notched '13. I poured into a snifter, muddy brown pour with a big ass head, lots of lacing. The aroma is funky, sour apples, barnyard. Sour apples and funky, slight lingering sourness on the finish. The body is light, effervescent. A little different take on a saison, not really working for me, not sure if it is Fantome's batch variation or me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Darrell at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. A lot dark than I'd expect from a saison and Fantome beer, but hence the name.

s - Smells of spices, apples, fruity malts, earthy notes, yeast, floral notes. A nice mix of light spice and fruits, especially apples. Very nice.

t - Tastes of spices, fruity malts, apples, lemons, floral notes, light funk, yeast, and bread. Again, nice fruit; I like this one quite a bit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation, but still good here.

o - Overall a really nice beer from Fantome and a nice "different" saison. Lots of apples and fruit which I liked; something I'd like to have again.

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

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $16. Poured from the green bottle w/ a Grey Ghost w/ BBB underneath him & grey label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has e, O, & 13 stamped off on the side of the label but none of these have wording by them...

Aroma- Light sour aroma hits the nose first and then a ton of barnyard note thats great. Huge citrus aroma follows (coming from probably some hop character) and this is all. These two overpower everything but isn't a bad thing.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that looks like hundreds of spider webs hooked together. The head stays the entire time. Very cool! Has a cloudy, dark orange colored body then. Leaves thick lacing. All-around, awesome! 2nd Fantome in a week that has an unbelievable appearance.

Flavor- Has a nice fruity starting with a bit of sourness again. Puckers the mouth for a bit but then has a bland finish. Very light spices and hops. A very small bitterness level is present.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth til the finish where theres an awesome puckering (not good for the style though?). I'll take it but will have to rate it down.

Overall Impression- Yet ANOTHER great one from Fantome! Besides Cantillon, this will be my second stop while in Belgium next summer. I would definitely go back for this one but would recommend many more of theirs first (Magic Ghost!).

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears hazy and light brown hued with a small, off white head.

The aroma brings some cinnamon, funk, earthy notes, apples, ripe apples or apple skins. It smells like a funky, earthy, apple cider. Interesting.

The flavor is decent, but not something of which I would want a lot. Perhaps this just isn't my thing. Again, earthy, funky apple cider.

The body is pretty thin, with appropriate carbonation.

A small snifter sized pour was plenty for me. Overall, interesting, and definitely worth trying. I would be curious to have this again, as I suspect a lot of bottle and/or batch variation with this beer, and Fantôme in general.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber/copper color with one finger of tight, frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is tart, dark fruits, light caramels, earthy/funky nuances and some faint brighter fruits.

Taste is very interesting, dry overall (on the finish) but with some caramel sweetness up front along with mild, dark fruits such as plums and hints of fig. Midway through is very smooth with some tartness and light hop bitterness emerging along with earthy flavors and some pear/apple notes. The finish is tart, fruity, dry and mildly vinegary.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with a very smooth feeling and above average carbonation with tight, small bubbles.

Overall this beer is extremely drinkable, it has a light flavor that is very complex and the dry, tart finish leaves you wanting another sip. I wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Edit: 10/31/2011, I had another bottle of this and MAN, amazing. Changed my #s a bit to reflect just how awesome this beer is.

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Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge amount of off white foam. Once the foam subsides, there is just a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Really nice. Fruity notes with some spice and earthiness as well. There is also a sweetness along with the fruity notes.

Taste: Light and quite crisp. The fruity and herbal notes from the smell show up in the taste as well. Not a whole lot of sweetness. The finish has a bitterness that tastes like aged hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. Super carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer needs aggressive carbonation, but it was a little absurd how much it kept foaming. The smell and taste made it worth the wait. I would have another if I get the chance.

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Fantôme BBB Dark White from Brasserie Fantôme
3.96 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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