Fantôme BBB Babillard Dark | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by shapudding:
Photo of shapudding
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liked the touch with the double capping- cap with a cork also... Poured out a rootbeery color with a teensy bit of head that sat in the corners. Alot of carbination in the mouthfeel, almost a little too much for me. Scents and tastes of port wine and sherry, verrrry nice. Alot of biteyness...
Such good flavors and scents to this one... one for savoring, thinking about... enjoying... yum!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and capped poured into a matching Fantome glass. A fun experience to taste this and the normal version side by side. Was waiting several years for this opportunity. The brew appears a dark amber to almost mahogany color with a khaki head across the top.

This smells roasty with a fruitiness like raison, molasses, plum and earthiness. The taste leads in with minerals, bitter dry earth, roast and oxidative cardboard. It has almost a nutty to more earthen aftertaste with a slight fruity to cider suggestion.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a decent brew that is strikingly different from the light version. Was fun to try but at this point, the chase to acquire outshined the experience of drinking it.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour. Almost no head which is a shame for fantôme. Just a thin light brown cover. Big aroma of dark malts, caramelic and brown chocolate reminding. Rhubard and grassy hints. Gentle rhubard-like acidity on dances on the tongue. Very yeasty flavors whih are matched with a high quantity of candi sugar and spices (ginger, cloves, mint). Sweet chocolate and toffee flavors here may be even weirder than the atypical yeastiness considering the marriage with acidity. Honest bitter finish. Rather thick body, lower than average carbonation for fantôme. It makes me think of a more bitter and less sour black ghost.. which is, needless to say, a praise! Cheers to RoyalT!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: ruddy brownish red, a bit hazy, quite dark, a thin layer of tan foam develops on a hard pour

Aroma: roasty and bready (like pumpernickel), licorice, soy sauce, a bit musty, very light hops, yeast

Flavor: dry malt base with an acidic palate, corky and musty, wood tannin bitterness, slight herbal flavor, coffee, not much sweetness anywhere, finishes dry and acidic with some of that resinous flavor lingering

Mouthfeel: medium body, a bit astringent, alcohol warmth, gentle carbonation

Overall Impression: Dark saisons are few and far between and Fantome is definitely one of the pioneers of this style. It's a good beer, but the roastiness doesn't quite match with the acidic, earthiness of saison yeast. This beer reminds me a bit of La Tongrinnoise (from Br. Tongrinnoise), but I liked that beer a little more.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundian Babbler Belt Babillard Dark was served from a 750ml corked and capped green bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a murky molten-caramel brown, and was topped by a thin fine tan head that left nice sheets of lacing. The nose was intriguing and assertive, presenting a sour crisp clove-musty ripe pear maltiness. The flavor followed the nose closely, though it was much drier than anticipated. The lightly roasty soft pear-malt backbone had a refreshing, lighty acidic touch. The tart-pear flavor slowly increased in bitterness until a dry, refreshing, robustly bittered finish hit, leaving a lingering pronounced tannic pear and cherry essence...with a touch of creamy roastiness falling out at the very end? I found all of this to be strange yet very interesting and refreshingly enjoyable. Still, compared to other Fantome brews, it was less dimensional and balanced...and didn't have nearly enough of that amazing Fantome flavor. Though as it warmed, a number of nice subleties became apparent in the finish...which yielded most of the flavor enjoyment of the beer. The body was very smooth, full, and well carbonated, matching well with the flavors and providing an interesting contrast and balance with the acidic bitter crispness of the finish. Desptie the flaws, I found this beer to be nicely drinkable and worthwhile. Yet another original creation from the Fantome farmhouse!

Big thanks to skyhand for hooking me up with another from my favorite brewery!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear dark amber brown with a tan, tall head which fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly winey with chocolate and slight Belgian farmhouse aromas. The beer contained a slight chocolate aroma and some pronouced earthiness.

The flavor was winey and acidic with slight sourness and a slight molasses flavor. The molasses flavor transformed into a slight smokiness in the final incantation. Some cherrylike flavors were present as was the same earthy flavor as was noted in the aroma.

The finish was dry with lasting winey and smoky to almost roasty flavors. The body was medium light to light and watery. The carboantion seemed less than expected.

750 ml bottle purchased at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Interesting, but not a winner. The beer did become more interesting as it warmed and better over time.

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Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

This brew is a dark, murky brown colour with a nice, fluffy white head. The aromas are of mustard, dill, various other spices, and the typical farmyard aromas of a Belgian farmhouse ale. The taste is a nice blend of the afforementioned spices, light hops, and some deeper-than expected, roasted malts. The mouthfeel is quite light, but not totally watery, and the drinkability is decent, but not unbelievable, all in all this is a nice beer from Fantome, but nothing compared to some of their others!

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

Side by side Babillard dark and light. Thanks Dunt and Stakem.

Mahogany body with a thin khaki collar. Sweet fruit, Apple juice, alcohol, funk, basement, musty. Spicy, breads, malty. Unique and intriguing.

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Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special bottling and considering that I am very much a part of the Burgundian Babble Belt I feel quite special to partake in this Fantome.

Dark Amber.

Hints of cherries, mixed nuts, Fantome Funk, deep roasted malt and odd spicing.

A nice blend of malt, spices and hops. Notes of maple, apple, wood, spices and citrus fruits. A nice beer, but this is lacking the usual Fantome magic.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased in Brussels from Biermania.

Pours a deep, dark brown and make a full bubbly offwhite head, leaves a spattering of lace on my glass. Aroma is loaded with barnyard funk, a bit of roasted malts, vinegar, quite sour. Really interesting flavor profile, I'm tasting chocolate and deep, dark roasted malts and an incredible balance of bretty sour tones. This is almost like an imperial lambic stout. Sour cherries and chocolate are prevalent. Delicious! Tart and astringent, medium bodied with a very dry finish. Peppery carbonation. What a nice beer, it was the only bottle shelved at Biermania when I was in Brussels and it is great. I would definitely try it again if given the opportunity.

Just judging by the fact that this brew is retired... it aged incredibly well. If you have one in your cellar, give it a go because it is definitely peaking!

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Photo of erica
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one tasted grassy to me, I really don't have much to say about this dark Fantome ale. I liked it, but it didn't impress me much. It was a nice dark brown colour with a nice big head. It smelled like the outdoors, herbal more than spicy I think. It tasted much like it smelled, mustardy, and like wild greens, a teeny bit bitter. A good mouthfeel, nice consistency. That I liked. I would drink it again, but nothing really popped out at me with this one.

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Fantôme BBB Babillard Dark from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 14 ratings