Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.15/5 rDev -18.4%
750ml capped and corked Burgundian bottle. Casper's evil twin graces the label. Thanks to hoppypocket for the trade.
This beer pours a cloudy, near-opaque murky brownish-amber colour, with tons of tiny rising bubbles, which seem to make the foamy, puffy, but heretofore stabilized beige head grow before my eyes, above the glass, into a weird set jello like state. Anyways, after a coon's age, I get some weakly distributed spotty lace around the glass.
It smells of smoldering tire fires, meaty caramel malt, earthy yeast, woody Islay peat, singed leaves, BBQ'd dark fruit, cheesy funk, battered coriander and black pepper, tanned leather, and herbal, soapy hops. The taste is thankfully dialed down a bit, the smoke restrained to a certain degree, yet it still permeates everything - the peppy, funky yeast, the fleshy black fruit, the sweating leather, the cocoa-tinged bready pale malt, the bludgeoned, and indistinct spice, and the herbal, leafy hops.
The bubbles are, as noted, a bit retarded in their over-ebullient nature, but actually settle down after more than a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and hardly smooth, as that cannot possibly be this one's game. It finishes mostly dry, the lingering ashy, peaty, and just plain smoky essence hard to define otherwise, even if there is other stuff with more pleasant things going on.
Wow. Wasn't expecting that. So, take a gentle, easy-drinking style, and lay waste to it - literal scorched earth, baby! Christ on a crutch, I have to work to find something nice to say about this. Ok, um, the overbearing smoke and overreaching carbonation aren't everything here - it just seems like it most of the time. Might make a good grilling marinade, I suppose.
11-09-2013 02:00:33 | More by biboergosum
3.29/5 rDev -14.8%
Bottle does not appear to be dated, despite the label having the ability to accommodate dating.
Beer is very murky and brownish. Not the "black ghost" advertised. Opaque. Large off-white head. Excellent retention.
Smell is yeasty, with some accompanying smoke. Malty, wood notes. Not what I expected!
Taste contains yeast quite strongly. Plenty of malt character, bready with a slight fruit flavour. Noticeable sweetness. Wood. Spices are quite evident but hard for me to single out- perhaps clove and nutmeg? Smoke is present in the flavour but not as strongly as the nose- strongest in the finish. Unusual flavour but not in a good way.
Rather heavy, with moderate carbonation. Oddly bulky, and quite astringent.
Overall, quite disappointing. The regular Fantome is certainly one of my favourite beers, but this one is not very good. The fruit elements are nice, but the woody character of the beer does not fit and does not work.
02-17-2013 20:27:41 | More by jrenihan
1.28/5 rDev -66.8%
Thanks to capra12 for this one. 75ml corked and capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a 2 finger frothy, cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear dark grape juice color. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good cling. Thin but oily legs. Very pretty.
This one smells something awful. Notes of peppercorn, coriander, tart dark fruit, dust, and must... all of which would be ok if it wasn't for the overwhelmingly tart vomit odor emanating from this brew. Yikes.
Opens roasted malt, rust, pepper flakes, poppy seed, and dirt. Tastes like someone dug up a grave and put the soil in this beer. Aftertaste of bitter ash, dirty water, and rust. It doesn't get much worse than this.
Light bodied with moderate carbonation. But really, how do you get a feel for the body of a beer that you can barely keep down? Goes down (unfortunately) thin and with a bit of booziness. Finishes messy with a harsh, linginerg, punishing aftertaste.
I can say with confidence that this is the worst beer that I've ever had the displeasure of reviewing. Like someone took dirt, ash, rust, and all things vile, mixed it into a saison, and bottled it. A miss if there ever was one.
01-04-2013 02:40:07 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.4/5 rDev -37.8%
Thanks to Moll for this one. Served in a Fantome tulip. Nose has a bit of light caramel with some bread crust. Slight nuttiness and dry yeast. Flavor is a bit tannic and oxidized. Odd. Another one I wasn't really a fan of (same night as Sante-16!), but I'm glad to have finally tried it and knocked it off my Fantome wish list.
12-16-2012 19:52:03 | More by Thorpe429
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
Acquired via online purchase
A murky, cloudy dark brown with a huge dark khaki colored head that stays and stays and stays, eventually cascading down into thick chunks of sticky lace.
A somewhat strange aroma of grass, hay, barnyard, some peat, and mild smoke character. Different than any other Fantome offering I've had. The smoke and peat character emerge more and more as the beer warms.
The flavor is too not like anything I've had before, though that's not surprising given Fantome's reputation. Smoke, peat, some feet, barnyard, grass, and a mild earthy hop character interplay with one another. It's interesting, but not one of the more pleasant Fantome offerings I've had.
Medium bodied with high, slightly creamy, carbonation.
I'm glad I tried it, but I don't need to have another. I wouldn't turn it down though, either.
11-16-2012 17:55:02 | More by ehammond1
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle opened on 10.25.12.
A - Pours a murky brown with a very large, tan head that fades slowly.
S - Funk, oak, and a mix of spices.
T - Funky, leather, pipe smoke, earthy.
D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.
O - Dark, deep and dirty. Not sure about this one.
11-06-2012 05:11:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
Thanks Michael, filling in my Fantome gaps slowly. This beer was sort of a disaster but before I give it a horrible review I want to go on record that will try this again in the future, a bottle of recent vintage and give it one more chance, but as this bottle stands it was like drinking the floor of a forest, dirt and twigs.
Beer is dark brown and really hazy, very hazy. no head, no lacing, no retention.
Aroma is dirt and mild smokiness...odd.
Beer is medium in body and tastes like dirt and wood. Weird. I did not like it.
09-28-2012 17:04:34 | More by drabmuh
Fantôme Black Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.