Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

146 Reviews
THE BROS
65
poor

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 38
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: francisweizen on 01-06-2004

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a medium to dark brown in color without much head to speak of. The nose is full of caramel and roasted coffee. The taste was nice caramel, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not exactly what I expect from a belgian strong dark, but it was nicely balanced, though a bit thin. The mouthfeel was a little watery initially, but seemed to thicken as the beer warmed. Drinkability on this one was really good...smooth, easy drinking and not offensive at all. I'd definately have this one again.

Edit: The second bottle produces more head. about 3 fingers, that falls to coat the beer very well. There is a slight sourness, as all Fantome beers have. I don't think I am going to change the numbers. Its a nice brew, but I think I hit the numbers right the first time. (777 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped. Pours a hazy reddish amber with sediment. The head is bubbly, white and creamy and retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts, funky yeast and acidic and tart fruits and some band-aid. Cinnamon comes out as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet fruits, and spicy funky yeast followed by a sharp tongue biting tartness and chocolate. It's pretty acidic and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer.I'm not sure what to make of it, but would try it again. (552 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 750 ml green magnum, capped and then corked, the first time I ever had to utilize a corkscrew to open a bottle of beer. Immediately started to froth over once it was open, I had to pour it quickly into a chalice, which in turn created a massive creamy tan head. Purple label with an old-timey black ghost lurking over a grey computer generated castle.

A murky opaque brown appearance to the body, cloudy and a bit swampy, I feel like I need some galoshes on to wade in there. And of course topped off by the above-mentioned massive head with amazing retention.

The aroma is a contrast of effervescense and funk, at first light and citrusy, moving towards raw earthy tones. Spices in the middle: sarsaparilla root, licorice, tall fresh grass, clover honey, carob nut.

A big whammy on the flavour, I wasn't expecting that at all. Lambic-like at first with it's stark acidity, white grape peels and fresh lemon, yet after a while it mellows out with a bit of honey and carob, towards a spectrum spanning finish of deep black soil and bark, a bit leathery with Turkish coffee grounds. Some bready malt is apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin from the acidity, not much body to it, but it does become creamy at times. This is definitely something to be appreciated by the lambic and gueuze crowd, complex in the span of its flavour profile, but not very solid or balanced. More like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Still, many thanks to Phyl21ca for the sample to try. (1,485 characters)

Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one has been on my wants list for a looong time. finally found one on a recent trip to merchants in dearborn.

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled dec 27/08.

pours deep red-brown with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is definitely fantome - and good. their usual yeast character is there. white bread and cracker. a bit fruity. some light spice. touch of alcohol, but certainly not 8% worth. a bit toasty too, with a little nutty character coming through.

taste is good. wow, i didn't expect the sourness from the aroma, but it's surely there - not really in a vinegary way, more in a sour fruit way. sour cherry. light citrus. white and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. just a hint of fruity sweetness appears from time to time, then disappears just as quickly. the fruity depth is great, with shades of dark fruit, citrus, and other sour fruit thrown together. balancing that all is just a hint of alcohol and a touch of yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high carbonation level. right around or slightly under medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. i love the interplay of the sourness, fruitiness, and light malty background. this is pretty unmistakably fantome, and quite tasty. would i call it a BSDA? probably not, but it is interesting and it works. good stuff. (1,374 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased corked from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Definitely does not pour black, but rather a burgundy, ruby-red hue with a massive-sized foamy head that retained impressive staying power and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell was replete with malts, slight alcohol, yeast, esters, caramel, dehydrated fruits...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, however the alcohol was less noticeable on the tongue than in the nose... Included in the flavor was a strong, funky, pepperish essence that was pleasing without being too cloying or overbearing... As expected from this unique brewery, the taste is certainly different, with a distinct tartness present in the overall flavor...
Good, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability for an 8% ABV brew...
Another winner from Fantome...
Recommended, and different from their usual Saisons... (876 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown.

Moderately aromatic, with notes of caramel, cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried leaves, seawater, red apples, grapes and bark along with the usual Fantome tartness and funk.

In terms of style, this beer falls somewhere in between a flanders red ale and a dry stout but essentially, it is in a class all by itself. Dry, slightly tart, with notes of wood, grapes, cherries, coriander, red apple, bark, chocolate and coffee beans. Watery texture. Thin body. Lacking complexity and balance and very dull compared to past Fantome offerings. This is my third sampling of this beer and I know my review is against the grain but I still don’t understand this beers popularity. (674 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Muddy brown head poured big and foamy and faded to nice layer...

Aroma - Strong fruits... as soon as the cork was popped i could smell fruit. Raisins and blackcurrents, some strawberries. Toasted caramel / bready maltiness, chocolate, coffee hints, nutty...

Taste – Not what i expected considering the aromas... Very fruity (red grape, blackcurrents, ripe bananas), strong wine / port notes, aniseed, yeasty, nice hop bitterness, spicy malts, bitter chocolate, fairly noticable alcohol...

Feel - Oily, light sharpness - quite dry... Medium body. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - An excellent, and very different, beer.... Highly recommended... (733 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another truly unique artisan ale from Fantome. Pours a Glowing orangish brown with a thin tan head. The nose has fresh fruits, peppery yeast, damp manure ridden soils, and a bouquete of herbs and spices. I would call this a blend between a Flanders Red and a Saison. Fresh fruits, subtle musty funk, flowery hops, and earthy Belgian yeast. A clean, crisp body with delicate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Superbly balanced ale that pairs well with fine meats and cheese. (478 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tall head that settles quickly. Sweet aroma, lots of lemon, some kind of fruits. The flavor is less thick than I expected and it tends to change a bit as you drink it. Lemon is there for sure. Slightly tart. This is a good beer, but it didn't live up to the expectations that I had for it. I would definately have it again, though. (368 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.33/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Oh so spooky black Casper ghost over a castle with a pink background. 8% ABV. Brewed with spices. Back label recounts the fabled mystical lore of Fantôme.

Capped & corked bottle popped open with a solid thrust! Pours out into a narrow tulip with dark cloudy orange brown russet hues topped off with a khaki taunt head cap that settles to a frothy ¼” rock coating.

Molasses cake and carrot cake scents front the distinct aromatic profile. Spices of nutmeg, spice wafer and pepper.

First Swigs: Spice wafer and nearly Wheatsworth cracker malts. Some hints of cola and musty wet leather meets vanilla. Quite complex. Lingering maple nougat candy aftertaste. Some awl-kee-hawl vodka notes and yeasty pinch flavors. Through the offering, some woody bark notes and walnut essence become more prominent. Hell, coconut macaroon flavor, too. Milky cream suggestion.

Mad props to the soft shush carbonation that caresses the tongue. Delicate light body. Drinkability is helped and hindered by the unique factor. This has a sharp signature flavor that aids to the appreciation while yielding a proper time & place style.

Last Swigs: Toasted macaroon meets wisps of vodka and walnut. Rorschach test in a bottle. Each BA review is a diary. You could put the flavor of your first break up with your girlfriend and it would fit this beer. The flavors roll on like a piece candy straight from Willy Wonka that evolves into a variety of palate pleasers about every ten seconds, and evoke ideas from a memory bank. Maybe more flavors exist but my fingers are tired of typing. Thanks to fellow BA PopeDX for the gift 750 mL bottle, as this called for a special celebration to try. Today is my first day of official unemployment. A style debate could possibly be going on here. What style is licking a 9 volt battery? 45/4.34

Beer is good. Happy beering. (1,891 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Today has been a dark, dreary rainy day. The dark grey skies seemed to be the best indication that I should break out the bottle of Black Ghost that has been sitting in my fridge. It pours a deep, murky, swampy black with a wonderful creamy billowing two finger tan foamy head that has great staying power. Dark brown accents shoot out of the edges of my glass. Aromas of dark roasted, burnt grains mingle with notes of dark cherry and fruit. Rotting vegetation and a funky aromatic earthy yeast culling barnyard tones enter with an underlying floral nose. Like a compost heap accentuated by an unknown mix of spices and a touch of sourness. Menacingly complex, each inhalation brings a new sensation and new images to mind.

First sip brings a roasty, dark maltiness with a touch of cocoa along with a big wall of floral and rotting vegetation flavors. Incredibly earthy with a dense spiciness and some underlying sourness. I think I can pick out some cinammon, cardamom and anise - but it's really a unique mix of tantalizing flavors. There's a mellow barnyard funkiness but it takes a back seat to the spiciness of the brew. Spent firewood from the night before. Each sip is a new experience. Finishes clean with a lingering earthy cocoa. An incredibly complex, enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and arid with a sturdy carbonation. It's hard to even put the glass down here. I find this very drinakable and the 750ml bottle will make for a perfect end to the evening. If you're a Fantome fan, this is well worth seeking out. Another undoubtedly unique experience from Dany. Long live the friendly Fantome! (1,621 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown murky appearance with tan head and decent retention. Minor lacing. The aroma is very vinous with a hint of cherry tart. Very winelike in the flavor also, earthy, fruity and lightly tart. There is a light sweetness to balance it out and I detect just the tiniest hint of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very silky and nice, good carbonation. Alcohol did not taste too powerful, but the fruity wine flavor tended to dominate which affected the overall drinkablility some. I always enjoy a Fantome and this was another unique one that I would recommend trying... (572 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.14/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review. The third of four consecutive Fantôme beers that I purchased for $13.99 one day at the Beer Engine in Lakewood. I have been wanting to drink these since I got them a few months ago and now is the time as I approach my 800th review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. green bottle which was corked and capped but removing the cap resulted in no carbonation release, it was all held in by the cork. Lot # and "best by" date not marked on the label of my bottle. The little chart is there but nothing is marked. The cork has the exact same mark as the regular Fantôme Saison, 086/477044. Poured into my gold rimmed Ommegang "Westvleteren" style goblet.

A Light brown, creamy head that started out as about 2 inches but dissipated down to a thin layer on top of the brown/orange translucent body. Good look that is reminiscent of more classic Belgian Strong Dark Ales. 4.0

S Strong Belgian yeast, malt smells. Sniffs taken later in the bottle pour revealed more of the rotten, putrid tastes that I describe below and so I am going to lower my smell rating from 3.5 to 2.5

T Not good. I am a fan of Belgian beers and Fantôme beers in particular but this one has a rotten kind of taste that is not welcome. I don't know if that is the "Noire de Noire" aspect or what but it makes it difficult to drink. Behind the rotten grains taste is the malt and probably the yeast but it is difficult for me to get past that rotten wood taste. I have reason to believe that the beer was fresh and not skunked since removing the cork released a fair amount of "mist." 2.0

M Sharp with the rotten tastes, strong, not well hidden ABV and malt. Not a good feel which is heavily influenced by the taste. 2.0

D Not good at all. I drank about 14 ounces of it and simply could not keep drinking this beer. I could not believe it but it became a drain pour after a few minutes of consideration. 1.5

Notes: A big dissapointment due to the rotten grains taste that I got. I would not recommend this beer unless someone can advise me that this bottle was not typical. (2,057 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL capped-and-corked green-glass bottle into my Oerbier glass.

Burnt umber-tinged bole liquid which glows a soft coppery chestnut when held up to the sun. Thick creamy wheat colored head which recedes to a half finger of whipped foam - superior retention, slow running sand-dune-like lacing with (oddly) phantom shaped tears.

Musty aromatics with dark fruit, and farmhouse (or maybe attic) scents along with faint malt, cocoa, loam, and spice. Very subdued overall.

The sour palate entry is unmistakably Fantôme suggesting Brett., crab apples, lemon zest, and Luxardo. Some noble hop notes along with lightly roasted speciality (and pils?) malt add depth, while there is a faint herbal/spice note (dandelions, cardamom, burdock root?) leading into an earthy, dry, mineral-rich (but still very tart) finish.

Creamy, effervescent, medium-bodied, and a touch astringent.

Supposedly this started out as a sort of hybrid of a Saison and an Irish Dry Stout - the former is much more identifiable here, but the malt profile, puckering sourness, and odd spice profile makes this brew truly defiant of style guidelines (and thus, that much more difficult to rate). (1,181 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish with a small tan head lots of bubbles trapped on the glass but they soon vanish. Can see red brown hints when looking into the brew.

Aroma is funky musty cherries, mixed with other fruit grapes, apricots, currants. Very tart smelling funky yeast aromas everywhere some peppery spice also in the mix.

Taste is like the aroma fruity, tart and dry. Good carbonation brings fruit esters out and they mingle with musty farmhouse flavors and some roasted malts. Finishes with spice clove, pepper even hints of spruce mixed within.

Mouthfeel is light for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The taste is strange for the style also, good but different.

Drinkability is good but very strange for the style tastes alot like the Fantome Sassion I had the day before. Thanks go to IrishMike for this bottle numbered 772. (834 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How do you see a black ghost if they lights are out? Pours a lighter shade of black, if that is possible, that is similar to a schwartz if it were. Boarder line dark brown. Ok clarity, but a good soft white head. Did hide to the edge and very limited retention throughout.

The nose has more of a white wine characteristic more than anything else. Noticeable grapes with some minor lactic sourness on the backend. No real malt characteristic but there are some minor esters, plums and figs mostly. Some light funk and spices, pepper mostly. There is a noticeable oxidation that is somewhat sherry like.

The taste is more subtle than the nose. The winey flavors back off a bit but are still there. Some sweetness up front but the sourness comes out quickly. Doesn't take long to adjust, but once you do the yeast characters really come out. Some bready almost flour-like notes but light against the lactic sour notes. A bit of funk but not as much as expected. Almost smooth in the finish that I associate with diacetyl.

Overall I know this is very unique. Not a traditional Belg Strong (if that is possible). But closer to a gueze and a belg black (like 1554). (1,162 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hit with the ester of dark fruit upon opening. pours a nice solid mahogany copper. bottle has a lot of junk in the trunk. big head that quickly turns to ring around edge of glass. smells of black fruit: fig, blue and black berry. sweet alcohol as it gets warmer. hint of sour oak. tastes is all that and some. fruit is there mostly fig, hardy fig skin blends well, sour wood, then dry cocoa and malt. about ten seconds after a few sips i noticed the light heat of pepper on the tongue. fantastic mix of flavors. a little watery on the feel as the carbonation disappears completely as you work your way down the bottle. not dense. crispy and dry. chocolate and pepper seems to dominate the texture in the aftermath. fantastic beer made for nothing but fantastic occasion. great for storage. probably even better with age. (820 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pop when the cork came out. Almost lost an eye. Pours a dark, but not impenetrable, brown in color with a thick fomay head that never quite disappeared. Nose was my favorite part--like a candy factory. Got some toffee, molasses, lots of sugars, grapes and prunes coming out of this beer. Flavor is a bit of a downer after the aroma--not as big as I was expecting. They are complex and pretty much the same as what I got out of the aroma, but more muted and dull. Almost like an eraser that does not quite erase a pencil mark. Does the job but not quite as perfect as you expect. Mouthfeel is nice and full and almost sticks to my cheeks. (642 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dilly Deli.

Poured clear dark brown color with a large fizzy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was as complex modetate spicy nutty sweet and alcohol. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish with medium alcohol bite.

Good strange brew. (365 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy light brown color almost a deep amber color with a huge tan head coming out of it that barely let's me fill half beer half foam in my glass. The head is a little thick with tiny bubbles and falls at an average pace to a rocky meranguie finish. Pretty decent lacing is left on my glass.
S= belgian spicyness is in th beer. Notes of clove and darker fruits comes through... lots of grapes in it with prunes and dates. Some apples in it as well as a little funk I guess.
T= pretty darn good. It has some of the phantome sourness in it with the darker notes coming only from the nose after I breathe out. The sour green grapes dominate the flavor and it reminds me of the saison only not as good. A little less refined and more acidic. Pretty decent. After reading some past reviews noone mentioned the fact that it has a nice green grape sour bite. Sort of raw lemon as well. The dark dates and prunes I smelled are almost nonexistant just because the sourness washed them away. Delicious.
M= dry as hell and super crisp. Reminds me of eating a lemon.
D= great another solid beer from them that I have tried. Really makes me wonder how they put this unique sourness in these styles. Super dry smooth and refreshing. Impressed and ill be going back for it. (1,268 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a familiar dark, showing only the slightest hint of red glow under some intense light. a brownish head that shrinks over minutes, although it leaves something behind. some carbonation is happening here.

lacing is spectacular.. very tight-knit with a beautiful gravity effect with each tilt of the glass. entrancing.

aroma is fantomey, if such a word exists. awfully tart in the nose for something so dark. wheat, something roasty, and something citrusy combine for what seems to be a richer fantome scent experience.

taste... first thing that hits you is the bitterness of the oft-quoted 'horse blanket' in the back of your throat and an alcoholic bitterness heading down. this leaves me with a hint of chocolate and some astringency. following sips surpass the bitter and allow a bunch of fruity, sweeter tastes to emerge. cherries, ginger and clove.

mouthfeel is light and bubbly, perfect counterpoint to the complexity of the body.

average drinkability, will edit if i finish the bottle and change my mind :).. overall, my 2nd favorite fantome to pissenlit, happy i had the opportunity to try one. bottle #2 goes underground for now. (1,158 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy dark brown with a small beige head, good lacing.

smell is faint, musty, some dark fruits, almost a red wine smell.

taste is sour, dark fruits (prune, raisin, red grapes), malt in the back, some spice, dry ending, thick mouth-feel, some bitterness, sour lingering aftertaste. (293 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours deep red brown, extraordinarily clear despite the darkness of the color - almost jewel-like in the way light breaks through every once in awhile. Fluffy two-finger light khaki head settles down to a thin sudsy cap with decent stickage.

Nose is beautiful - sour cherries break through right off the bat, wafts of green apples, anise seed, underlying soft cocoa, dark fruits - so much going on in this one. Incredibly subtle in terms of variety of aromas.

Taste is incredibly unique. Up front, is dry and intensely earthy. Musty tobacco, turnips (yeah), dark fruits, old leather, (light) green apples, cocoa and licorice as temps increase - this is one dank, savory beer. Lightly sour towards the finish. Loads of spices swirling around in there that I can't even begin to identify lend a dry bitterness on the long finish. I get very little sweetness from this, at any temp - it's dominated by musty earth tones, dirty, nutty, with other notes swirling in and out of the profile - umami. Interesting; I'm not finding instantly appealing, but I keep coming back to it. Totally sits outside the box of what you normally associate as the flavor profile for any beer - this one is dry and dusty, earthy, a must try, but this will not be everyone's thing - probably not mine, but glad I got a chance to try it.

Mouthfeel is light, medium-thin body, very light carbonation.

Drinkability is hard to decide upon. This isn't a flavor combo that I think I've ever really craved before. I don't really crave it now that I've tasted it either. This one seems more intellectual exercise than rewarding sensory experience to me - YMMV. (1,662 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black opaque, decent head, no lacing, off-white foam

Smell: Best part of it, roast malts and a bit of funk

Taste: Charred, burnt malt, musty leather, sour fruit, burt coffee, burt toffee, espresso, blackstrap molasses. Very bitter and acidic.

Mouthfeel: More porter than BSDA

Drinkability: Didn't finish it, I know this varies a lot from year to year and batch to back, I think this one must represent the low point of the cycle. (445 characters)

Fantôme Black Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.