Garrold (6017) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Belgiuminabox. 4.5%. At some point I’ll get round to visiting Fantome. I’ve a soft spot for their beer. It’ll be a trek. I’ll be busting for a beer. I’ll revert back to my primal instincts, and fancy a lager and lime. All being well, I’ll get one of these... 77ships (11745) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2015
Courtesey of Kraddel. Sampled 750 ml. bottle @ De Rampkrot. Near clear orange with zero head. Nose is huge plastic sour lemon juice, aspirin, oddly strongly sour, big on lemon,…. Taste is bottled lemon juice mixed with aspirin, touch wild herbs, lactic but mainly hugely lemon sour with aspirin,… Sour wood. Med carbonation, very one note,…. Ugh, not sure even how this is a witbier. I am slightly tempted to say that the grapefruit version was way better but given batch variation that is a pointless statement plus I drank that one at the brewery where their beers still taste great. kraddel (9548) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2015
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2014 Total Score: 4.1
75 cl. bottle @ brewery split by 3. Thx! Label just said Blanche but they confirmed that they were indeed with added Grapefruit. Fantôme-style. It was very nice of them to open the bar just for us despite being closed & Dany Prignon to even give us a short tour on top despite being busy. Pours hazy golden, white bubbles on top. Nose is heavy on grapefruit peel, lots of it, light zest, candy sugar. Taste is way less grapefruit than I hoped for, bit comparable to saison on tap, candy sugar, yeast, spices, touch sweet only light almost lacto note with some zest & light grapefruit peel in the back, bitter peel after the sweetish stuff. Candy sugar body. Easy to drink. No coriander at all. Pretty good, first new good Fantôme beer in a long time. The Saison was really good on tap @ brewery but isn’t it always? Good to have something good by Fantôme once again after a long string of very disappointing stuff.
Pours clear blonde, no real head. Smell is sharp bitter soapy, lemon and hay. WTF ???
Taste is bitter, citrussy, sweet, hay and funky back. Very citrussy allover. slightly overcarbonated ( isnt fantome supposed to be flat ??? lol )
Really weird...You get what you aim for ? hawthorne00 (4274) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle, BB end 2017. Label just says Blanche but it must be this one [edit: ABV matches too]. Hazy gold with a coat of white head. Intensely grapefruity aroma - juice not zest - some hay, flowers. Light bodied, lowish carbonation. A slight creaminess just about stops it being watery. Lots of grapefruit again, some soft grainy sweetness, lavender (in a little burst), apricot and white pepper. Moderately bitter, a little astringent, stemmy and tingly at the end. Deeply refreshing. zacgillbanks (5765) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A cloudy yellow coloured beer that pours with a foamy white head that rapidly disappears. It has strong bitter lemon, barnyard, toffee and floral citrus flavours followed by tart lime, oak and malt on the finish. Very nice considering the relatively low ABV.
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head and a high effervescence that keeps it alive for the whole session. Head leaves a good lacing. Nose is of genuine grapefruit and light wood. Taste is lightly acidic and of pretty impressive grapefruits again. Some wheat flour. Body is medium, carbonation high. Incredibly refreshing. Overall a hit by Fantome, I need more! larsga (7690) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2015
Medium offwhite head. Hazy deep yellow body with light
carbonation. Lime and guarana aroma with mealy waxy notes.
Certainly unusual! Sweet-acidic cucumber and guarana taste with
mealy wheaty notes. Mid-to-thin body. Sharpish mouthfeel.
Dryish-acidic tropical fruit with sharp, astringent cucumber
finish. Lingering wooden acid. That finish is just horrible.
Undrinkable. (0.75l bottle, I forget where from.) czar (9802) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
pours hazy/cloudy pale golden with a frothy and creamy eggshell white head, good retention and lacing. very fragrant grapefruit aroma and taste - lemony funk on the tongue, rustic graininess, funked up yeast profile - spicy, bretty and fruity-plenty; very floral too, pepper. lively carbonation, light body - lean yet never watery; gently lemony tart, dry and rustic grassy-citrusy finish - superb mouthfeel. high drinkability. amongst the best fruit non-fruit lambic beer i’ve had so far. excellent stuff! tom10101 (6341) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). Best before 2017. Split 3-ways with Adam and Heather.
AdamChandler (5252) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Appearance: Hazy bright golden/orange with a medium bubbly white head and some lacing.
Aroma: Fantastic wild farmhouse aroma along with lemon, brettanomyces, light spiciness and floral/herbal presence.
Taste: A little less enticing than the aroma, but still an amazing farmhouse character along lemon tartness, honeyed sweetness, citrus/orange, light spicines, floral notes and mild peppery notes.
Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fluffy mouthfeel. Dry finish. Floral / lavender aftertaste.
Overall: It’s quite debatable if this is a Witbier or not, but is sure is that it’s a fantastic concoction from Fantôme. Beautiful wild farmhouse character. Extreme drinkability and good depth. A beer I would love to have many bottles of next summer. Superb!
75CL - Best by end of 2017. Thanks Tommy for sharing this bottle. Split 3 ways at just below room-temp. Was stored cellar temp but is a recent release. Enjoyed in Hill Farmstead stemware.
A - Huge cork pop, I was afraid of a gusher but I caught it in time. 2 finger off-white head, is a murky golden orange, jus a little haze.
S - This is the single-greatest smelling Witbier I’ve ever had. Very yeasty, a light lemon tartness, some very interesting herbal like rosemary, lavender and peppercorn aroma. I also get a really great orange fruit juice. Orange Peel, honey, very floral.
T - This is a really great beer. I get this lovely tart grapefruit, wheat body that is totally overwhelmed by citrus, european hop bitterness. I get chamomile, lavender, lots of floral notes and the juiciest nectarine. This is really something special
M - Leaves a very tingly tongue. Great bottle conditioning with a filling mouthfeel with lots of carb. dry and effervescent.
O - Overall, there’s so much to say. It’s possibly the best witbier I’ve ever had, a great mix of so many flavors with this salad herbal that really literally makes my tongue tingle. Lovely fruitiness and the yeast is so well integrated. This might be out of this world in 5 years. seriously.