Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Sour tart aroma with light wood, a hint of creamy fruitiness, a hint of spice, and yeastiness. Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate white head. Starts fruity with a hint of tart strawberry. Mild yeastiness in the background. Finishes with a mild tarntess, spiciness, and woodiness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Big peppery aftertaste. I never noticed the pepper in the flavor, but really noticed it in the aftertaste. This stuff is outstanding! I’m shocked this doesn’t score much higher.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.Cloudy/hazy, deepsih amber Loved this stuff. Loads of cracked pepper on the nose. Palate is quite peppery aswell, with some lovely cutting acidity(soft citric yeastyness), and then more pepper and herbal notes in the finish. I love these sorts of beers.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
20060922 750ml bottle shared at Dickinsonbeer’s O-Fest. I’ve been lucky enough to have this brew a number of times now and would certainly include it in my short list of favorite Fantome beers. I’ve made a big mistake in missing the chance to stock up while it was around and now I’m not entirely sure it’s even still on the shelves. Well, the quick recap is that this crazy concoction is a beautiful mix of stone fruits (cherry, peach, apricot) and black pepper. Oh, there’s no mistaking this is brewed with pepper as it’s well past subtle. Lots of carbonation. Flavors of mango, papaya, plum, peach, saltine, and long lingering pepper. Dusty attic. As I continue to work on this, the pepper even starts to feel hot. Just great stuff.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
lorirae (10) - USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma smells much more live than it tastes, however the yeast is very mild and pleasant. The long spicy finish of the beer is the highlight for me. Hints of coriander and black pepper seem predominant.
jrt (62) - USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I wonder about Fantome ratings. The thing you gotta realize about these beers is that they are very sensitive and don’t keep well in anything less than the best conditions.
I’ve had some real drain-pours!!
Whats more, the beers are quite inconsistant bottle to bottle - even within the same case!
That said, I have had about 3 bottles of Dark White lately and I have been lucky in that they were all quite good.
It is a peppery beer, but also very leather-funky and sour like a lambic, with that rich, warm cereal fantome yeastiness. Fruity, too.
Even if Fantomes werent so scarce I wouldnt drink Dark White every day, but it’s still a really really interesting and drinkable beer.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Peculiar greyish tinge to the pour; but ultimately results in a deep, rustic amber in my snifter. Very beautiful in the glass, topped by a persistent graphite-yellow head. This Fantome is ’elusive’ and ’deceptive’, for sure. While, initially, ’simple’ and ’straightforward’; it slowly pulls back the veil to reveal its secrets. Nose is brimming with doughy yeast, spicy pepper, silly putty! funk, and countless dried herbal notes: think thyme, savory, and marjoram. Flavor rings true, swirling sweet earthy dough with the amalgam of herbal nuances. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, but ’oily’; which is cut by the mineral-laden, spicy/peppery finish. A brew of contrasts for sure. Robust, yet thin and nuanced. Bold, but strikingly subtle. The Fantome works his magic ... 4.5% abv, thank you!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle, capped & corked: relatively fresh - sampled September 2010: deep, slightly cloudy auburn with a solid off white head. Deep, autumn aroma - the smell of freshly raked leaves burning in a steel drum...creamy palate with an irony-bitterness that fades into vanilla, honey and dusty chocolate...ha-dark and white-simply amazing. Dry, cherry skins mixed with a vegetal bitterness linger with a honeycomb sweetness. The funk and complexity live up to something only Danny and the fine folks at Fantome can create - thanks!
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-24-2010 22:14:21
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky golden pour covered by a compact egg shell head. I just can’t believe this is only 4%, this was packed with character once warming up. I initially found it soft with the usual fantôme yeast magic procuring a rather hoppy and herbaceous profile that quickly gained a musty and peppery edge. Zesty lemon expands beautifully with the explosive yet softly displayed carbonation. Strongly effervescent, but with the usual Fantôme diplomacy that accentuates the dryness. Finishes strongly floral, bitter and slightly mineral, very dry, perhaps as much as Brise-bonbons. A huge success. Went from a ~3.5 to a 4.2 from first to last sip.