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Fantôme BBB Babillard Dark

Formerly brewed at Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Bottle...holy jeez! It’s like Rodenbach Grand Cru’s little brother. Very prominent apples, very crisp. Clean finish; enough alcohol to declare its presence but it’s not overpowering. Ultra-sweet-smooth, my highlight beer of the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2008
Courtesy of The_Beer_God as part of the 6th Richmond Gathering. Deep amber, clear, nice head. Nutty, earthy tartness in the aroma. Earth, roast, nuts, some woodiness but not oak. Very, very complex to say the least. There is a heck of a lot going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2003
So far, this is my second-favorite Fantome brew, though evidently others don't rate it as highly. While some found it sour bordering on Flanders Red Ale territory, I saw nothing of the sort, so I suspect a bad cork or infected bottle was to blame for others' sourness issues. The beer's 8% alcohol is hard to discern and the body is moderately malty with only slight citrus notes. Great farmhouse, yeasty aroma and a beautiful beige head. Noticeable sweetness to be found. Very little bitterness here - this beer is about a dense malty, earthy body with lots of yeasty character. Think of a Saison meeting a Brown Ale. Just delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 21, 2003
very pretty head, special, it christals!! this is a very complex brew, fresh mocca??!! earthy, wildberry, bitter malt finish with berries, earthy notes and a little "rousse" feeling about this brew....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2004
Alcohol-spiked clovey oranges with dark candi sugar in the aroma. Opaque brown body with light tan head that recedes to cover. Slight sourness and roasted malt character in the background. Very spicy up front with decent bitterness. Spiciness lasts on the tongue. Body is lighter than normal for a Fantome but still very nice in the mouth. Refreshing and very easy to drink. Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3949) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Brux 07. Vintage at the BierCircus. Poursa clear brown with an average off-white head. Moderate sourness. Aromas of chocolate and mocca. Also resin and average yeast aromas of leather, earth and must. Fruity aromas of raisins, prunes and souris port all stored on cask wood. Medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. Sour coffeiis finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
I definitely noticed the cocoa notes in here. This is my first beer from the vaunted Fantome and it is not a disappointment. I also have a bottle of the Printemps and am looking forward to sampling all I can find from this interesting brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Dark burgundy murky body topped by a medium fizzy head that has decent lasting power. The aroma is sweet mlalts, a little bit of barnyard, and some woody notes lurking about also. The flavor is interesting, not much sweetness at all which the nose leads yout o believe that their will be. Moderate tartness and bitterness. The finish is a wee bit sweet but more so tart. The body is medium. The alcohol is very well masked and is not really noticeable until after the swallow when you experience a light warming sensation down rough your gullet. Overall a very interesting and unique experience. This one leans towards a Flemish Sour but there are definitely lots of other things going on. Aother winner from Fantome. Thanks to Andre’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Impressive Belgian ale, reddish brown in color, very sweet & malty nose, fruity flavors with a very crisp & smooth body, very tart & tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Burnt malt ashes embedded in the littoral core of this funky sweet river of candied prune juice…A top-hatted gentleman gazes upon this beautiful natural occurrence and, in his drunken stupor, drops a shot of whisky and a butt of his cigar into the fruity current…A citric sand taints the otherwise sweet and roasty fruitiness and carries the tastebuds even further into the brewer’s convoluted imagination…

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