Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
Sampled March 2007
This beer has quite a bit of chill haze to it; the beer went into the freezer brilliantly clear, but now sits in my glass a fully hazy, orangish amber color. It is topped by an initially four-finger thick, pale off white colored head. The aroma is enticingly spicy with notes of orange, earthy spices and some dusty malt notes. There is a touch of herbal character as well as some other spice notes that are quite evident, but that I can’t quite pinpoint well enough to tell what they are. Hints of dusty pepper, touches of ginger, and a spicy herbaceous character. There seems to be a touch of funk here as well, this smells in some way like a Lambic, though it could just be the spicing choice and yeast character (a taste will settle that though). The aroma is quite enticing, and I could spend quite some time just smelling this aromatic brew.

Quite light on the palate, in fact it is very light and easy drinking; eminently thirst quenching even. Somehow soft and creamy, sort of tastes like a dry orange cream soda. Lightly tart, though not overly so and it finishes with a spicy, peppery bite that has hints of ginger and arugula. This beer is really quite dry, I am not sure if there is even a hint of malt sweetness left. The peppery finish is quite interesting, it really lingers on after a sip and even tickle the throat with a hint of cayenne-like heat. There is some ingredient here that is really interesting, I can’t quite figure it out. It is almost a savory flavor / quality (perhaps it is savory, though in this case the herb not the adjective I meant in the first place). Going back to the finish, perhaps it is more herbaceous than peppery (it is just a hint after all), or more correctly it seems to be some type of green herbal note that has a peppery character to it (something like arugula that I mentioned previously). This beer is also quite earthy at times, I don’t mean some generic much, but instead a rich, nutrient rich loam that is peppered with mulched herbs.

Ok, this beer is just packed with complexity and it is only 4% alcohol. Plus the really light, quaffing character of this brew is just wonderful. I love it when brewers make beers with this depth of interesting flavors at relatively low alcohol levels. The spicing here is perfect too, whatever Dany did, this beer has a ton of spicy character that lies just below being recognizable. If it was not for the apparent, aromatic orange character, I would classify this more as a Saison (though historically Wits, and Saisons where really quite similar).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Hazy light orange/golden pour, pretty underlying pink hues. Bristling, half fizzy/half creamy white head, extremely well retained. Lacing is copious and scattered oddly about. Aroma is sweet yeast, toasted grains in moderation, barnyard smoothed over with a banana cream twist, lemon zest and sweetened lemon juice, cotton candy, orange and the slightest white pepper nuance. Flavor is semi-sweet with accentuation of the lemon and yeast notes. Moderate bitterness makes the mouthfeel lively, additions of pine and sourness make it moreso. Palate is light to medium bodied, very effervescent and moderately acidic. Finishes sharply with lingering sweetness and yeast particulates dancing across the tongue. Fantome rocks. This is the only witbier I could presumably drink all day. The Fantome never grows tiresome. In fact, Fantome only becomes more interesting with every glass that empties, with every bottle opened. Like no other brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
A bonus bottle with my Pissenlit strong auction bottle. I sampled this after a homebrew Saison of Piscator34’s and I liked the homebrew better. Funky salted pineapple aroma at the top of the bottle. Add the yeast and get pine cleaner. Thin body. Drinkable sour/salted fruit salad blend. Funky fruit taste keeps you sipping. Definitely unique as a Saison or a Witbier. The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottled. Beer is light-to-medium gold colored, hazy, with a small, white, frothy finish.<P> The aroma is malty with a moderate note of toasted grain, trace of caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of grapefruit, light note of pine, trace of lemon zest; Yeasty with a moderate note of horseblanket, trace of dough; Miscellaneous trace of white pepper.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic/dry with an average-length, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish. Lingering trace of sweetness.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Courtesy boboski. Hazy orange and a large, frothy, white head. Nose is pure Fantome. Sour barn funk, lemony citrus, and some wheat. Same flavors- iced tea mixed with lemonade, sour barn, and a solid dose of wheat. Medium, balanced body. Very drinkable. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Hazy light orange, thin head, small tight bubbles. Big yeasty aroma, spicy citrus, orange peel. Flavor is biting spices, yeast. Big funkiness. Light sweetness, citrus fruit. Mild hopping. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6484) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of orange/lemon zest, pepper, grass/moss. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Tasty stuff...not what I’d call a witbier really, but lovely aromatics and wonderfully quaffable balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4972) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2006
75 cl bottle. Pronounced the same as its sister beer, the Blanche Hotton Eau. Different label (red) and definitely a different beer (if it was originally intended to be so, is another question). This one pours with a cloudy orange golden colour with pinkish notes and a fine white head. Geuze-like aroma full of grapefruit and a hint of wood. Grapefruit flavours, dry acidity and some mild woodiness. Very dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonattion, lightish body. This is great and refreshing stuff, close to a geuze in character, and definitely the successful one of the Blanche Hotton sisters!
Earlier Rating: 10/13/2006 Total Score: 2.9
75 cl bottle. Peachy golden colour, much darker than your typical wit, hazy with a rocky white head that reduced to a minimum. Artificially sweet and fruity aroma with hints of wood and spices. Very sweet and fruity with raspberry and winegum flavours. Feels a bit like a wit mixed with artificial fruit sirup. Towards the finish woody dryness hits in, giving the beer some lambik character. The funny yellow label cannot mask a less successful experimental beer, though. Points as always for originality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20325) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
[Bottled (as Fantôme Hotton Blanche)] Cloudy amber. Winegum aroma. Medium sweet with loight, rounded mouthfeel. Plenty of herbs and winegum. Unusual, estery witbier, still with the refreshing qualities of the wit, but with an altogether different flavour profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle, London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2006. Looks like pineapple juice. Musty, slightly clammy aroma. Even smells a bit like pineapple. Tastes like fruit juice - Robinson lemon barley water springs to mind. Thin mouthfeel. Atypical for a Belgian wheat, although bucking the norm is par for the course for Fantome. In this case, I don’t think non-conformity entirely comes off, for me at least.

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