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Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Black GhostFantôme Black Ghost

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BA SCORE
87
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 19.64%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 01-06-2004)
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nutty brown color, but once in the glass, it's black. 2" light brown head that sticks around for a while. Not any real lacing.

The smell is of molasses candy, fresh baked french bread, and musk.

The flavor, which is supposed to be a big secret, seems like anise [licorice neccos] to me. There are also plums and black cherries in the taste.

Good mouthfeel, very wet, a short finish with some pucker. I think this ale would be an excellent addition to Peking duck with white rice and Chinese broccoli.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 05:20:39 | More by MrSeth
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750ml green magnum with no freshness date. Evil looking Casper on the label.

Appearance: Hazed dark brown hue, spritzy lace has trouble retaining an head at all.

Smell: Dirty rag of wood floor cleaner, vanilla and musty basement.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Crisp and smooth on the palate. Muddled herbal flavor up front, some sort of pepper (white peppercorn?) with a very mild heat hits middle to end. Thyme, root veggies, mineral, lemony twang and basic cellar must in the palate. Finishes with a dry earthy tone and warmth from the alcohol and peppery flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Sorry but this does nothing for me, I love the rest of the Fantome brews but Black Ghost is an odd ball ale. I will certainly save the rest to cook with. A beer like this shows the other end of the spectrum of what beer can beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 03:24:36 | More by Jason
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yoko

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Most notable visually was the mounting tan head that exceeded 3 fingers in a Rapscallion snifter. Within minutes a gentle blanket with a swatch of darker sediment settled. With each taste a cascading lace adorned the glass. The brew poured a murky dark chocolate/black which allowed for no light to pass. The nose was the delight of this Black Ghost coming up sour with a cocoa base note. Sweets of black cherry/prune blend with the berry tartness of bosen and goose berries. Citrus, yeast, pepper, must, and carbonation finish the nose complex. The mouth and taste, for me were a disappointment, especially after my brethren's reviews. Mouthfeel was on the low end of the medium continuem; the last 2/3rds swept by an imbalanced dominance of carbonation and its subsequent bite. Dried grasses finished as did a bitter bite residual which remained after the upswing midway through the taste sample as did a dry yeast with musty hay notes. The finish thinned out reminding of a seltzer yet a high seated musty bitter remained in the palate.

The nose is the nicest part of this beverage. This kind of carbonation is not of my suit, nor do I find it in harmony with the overall character of this style. With all the hype I was dearly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 21:48:49 | More by yoko
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carln26

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep black color, I mean a dark stout color with no real highlights. The tan head was thick an rich with an immense carbonation. I poured this into a Unibrou Don de Dieu glass, and the head overwhelmed the glass, and overflowed. The nosr has a sweet caramel and date character backed by a delicate spice. Cinnamon, orange peel, light pepper, and something more mid-east in nature (almost the incense you smell in church during the holidays). The taste has the malty sweetness up front with more of a toffee character here, then a big spice component in the middle. The orange peel, and cinnamon along with the unidentified spice comes back through, There’s a little nutmeg in there too. The finish has more hop character, a little hop flower and grapefruit, along with a mild alcohol warming. Very full, rich mouth feel, and a good drinakbility. Another great offering from the craftsmen at Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 22:00:15 | More by carln26
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle provided by the very generous skyhand. Been sitting on this one for quite a while, waiting for a worthy occasion. Lively pour and it is dark, muddy approaching black. Gorgeous, big bubbled head. Nose of sweet cherries, vanilla, sour, & farmyard dusted with cocoa & espresso. Multi-layered & complex in the mouth with a delectable sour kicking finish. Some moderate bitterness accompanies rum soaked raisins, molasses, & a mysterious funk. Never have I tasted anything that approaches this flavor profile. Full bodied & active in the mouth with the unmistakeable sour funk finishing the brew beautifully along with a kiss of vanilla, blackberry, & cherry concentrate. Drinking this was truly a wild ride. Mysterious, inimitable invention.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 23:53:05 | More by garthwaite
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twelvsies

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this last night and was blown away. I actually was so riled up about the beer (and a little tipsy, admittedly) that I deleted my whole review cause I wasn't paying attention. Oh well, gave me an excuse to go get it again tonight! Let me just start off with this... HOLY FUCKING SHITBALLS. This beer is nothing like I could've ever imagined. So complex. Pours a dark dark almost black brown color with a good amount of head that sticks around long enough to tell some ghost stories. When I poured this I thought my socks smelled real bad but it turned out to be the beer. I don't know why that dirty, stinky, rotten, cellar puddle smell is so wonderful, but somehow it is. That funk-nastyness comes out in the taste as well, so odd and moldy tasting. Once again, I don't know what it is that makes this grossness taste good, but it's doing it's job. Maybe it's the ghost... BOO! In addition to the garbage taste there's a nice, flavorful Belgian dark ale in there. Ripe dark fruits galore, chocolaty, some figs and prunes or something. Also a nice alcohol taste to it, like aged bourbon or whiskey barrel flavor. Nice woody character. A bit wine like. I could stay here and drink a few of these and create a super long list of all the odd tastes I'm getting here but I'll let you experience it for yourself as you should. I sometimes sit around and try to think of a "new" color. It never works. I always think I get there and then really it's just a combination of two other colors. Well this to me is a totally new taste. Really amazing. If I could rate it higher than 5 I would. Nice medium smooth mouthfeel here. A real pleasure, challenge, and overall experience to drink. Every sip is a new little adventure. I know I'm getting a little carried away here but this beer is so insane. Go scare yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 02:34:47 | More by twelvsies
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddied magenta stacked tall with ashy tan suds.
Fragrant of cocoa powder, black cherries, molasses, vanilla, prairie grass, and basements.
Begins with a stonewalling fudge notion, unbreachable to begin with, though in time it dissolves into more fluid shapes of carob and caramel. Plunges into the cauldron of a dark fruit stew, full of boiling cherry, plums, and dates, thickening a molasses broth. Then it pauses a moment, at the apex of its glory, then goes utterly beyond itself, and breathes out vanilla vapors, oak, hazelnuts, and toasted coconut. The fruit brightens as it draws back in. Pears, apples, and peaches, all overripe and beginning to decay. Dripping red grape vinousness and plump with Fantome's signature mildewed lime rind yeastiness, full of things left undisturbed in dark corners. The cocoa powder suggestion offsets some of the typical Ghostly sharpened tartness. And it concludes full of pepper, tarragon, cedar, and early summer fields in full, obscene blossom.
The yeast pour adds further dank farminess and a blanketing caramel-nut breadiness. Alcohol is not mentioned because it is not noticed.
Moderate in texture, heft, and carbonation, especially after it sits a few moments.
In some ways, this is a most approachable Fantome creation, while being absolutely one of his most arcane.
Superb. Or should I say, fucking unreal.

My utmost thanks to Bighuge, once again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 17:28:48 | More by cokes
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 00:05:15 | More by goodbyeohio
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ithacabaron

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown into my oerbier glass. Hey -- I thought this was supposed to be Black Ghost, not Brown Ghost. A small head fades down to a film. Not all that impressive, folks.

Smell is interesting, but, on the whole, pretty clean and muted. Slight floral notes collide with the smell of Hershey, PA. Interesting

Taste is a much larger landscape of sensations -- this one's a shape shifter. Strong notes of dandelion leaves, a subtle but deep fudginess, and flashes of cold steel land on the tongue. Very saison-like, but also a winter warmer. It's hard to wrap your tongue around this one, but I like what it's doing.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perhaps a little less would have been good in order to taste all the sensations more completely, but all in all, not bad.

Drinkability is very good -- the 750 was a nice session.

All in all, I could definately see spending another evening with this brew, if only to try and figure more of it out. Sometimes Fantome can be a touch up and down with quality. This brew, although disappointing in a few categories, makes up for some of its brothers' failings with its unique yet coherent profile on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 04:50:29 | More by ithacabaron
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/19/05- Purchased at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle shared by three BA members (hslater, axisjones and gclarkage) $15 for the bottle, poured into tulip glasses.

Appearance- Almost pitch black in color. Light and smooth looking head with above average lacing.

Smell- Dark, sweet and fruity scents. Not sure what the main scent is, but there is a managerie of them.

Taste- Damn, what's up with Fanotme. You can never figure out what the hell to make of any of them. All I can say it that they're all outstanding so far. This one has hints of raisins, prunes, maybe plums? Then it has a bit of bitterness almost like a brown ale. Then I taste a bit of roasted coffee flavor like a stout?!?! WTF!!!!
Damn you Fantome for making a mockery of my taste buds!

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, can't really detect the alcohol, nice mouth coating experience.

Drinkability- I WILL be searching this one out again. Another true enigma created by Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 21:49:45 | More by GClarkage
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a ruddy sediment filled brown with a tall foamy light tan head. Not much lace was left but the head stayed afloat atop the muddy body. Wow this is one interesting brew, the aroma has all sorts of odd scents coming at you. Strong barnyard funk, sweet and tart fruit and a mix of spices. Interesting roastiness or burnt scent is in the background. A lot more was going on to the point it is ridiculously complex. Taste was equally as complex with a mix of fruits, funk, spice and the kitchen sink. I was fairly confused drinking this as to all the flavor coming together so well. Something I would have to have a few bottles of to really appreciate though I enjoyed this one. Ends on a odd roasty burnt cocoa note. Almost medium with a real smooth creamy feel to it. Its pretty damn drinkable for the complexity and oddity that it is. Definitely one of the most unusual beers I have ever had, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 17:14:18 | More by meathookjones
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ugly as hell. Muddy, sceptic tank brown, with zero head, and plenty of weird sediment. Reminded me of the mixtures I used to make with apple juice, 5 different food colourings and half of my mother's spice rack back when I was a kid.

Smell: Horseblanket, frankincense, plums and/or mincemeat fruit, minty freshness. Ho yeah!

Taste: Very acidic, tart with raspberry and blackberry tang, milk chocolate, oak and an all around aura of funkalishiousness, if you don't mind the expression.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 03:05:02 | More by Goldorak
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IrishMike

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled 2005 (purple label) and purchased from my local liquor store at $8.99 for a 750ml bottle. Cork was nearly impossible to remove, or perhaps i'm just a wuss.

Appearance- Pours into the glass with a menacingly dark color (deep brown, almost black) with a 1" dark tan head that strangely dissipates into a very large ring around the glass. In the center lies a massive pool that initially refuses to go anywhere. A little lacing to top it off. Let it settle for three minutes or so, however, and the head and lacing are completely gone. There's something about this that seems almost.... mysterious...

Smell- there's quite a bit going on here, that's for sure. A very earthy and natural tone sets the stage, gently blending into a yeasty and, oddly enough, coffee odor. Dark chocolate and that belgian spice character also noted. Slowly changes over the process; seems to take on slightly different notes every time i take a wiff.

Taste- a beer that can be both sedate and strong all at the same time, the beer seems to actually build momentum from the start of the sip until the end of the aftertaste. More and more seems to compile itself over time; starting out with a musty and earthy character (eating dirt? nah, that seems a bit harsh), then the yeast flies in, out come the spices, dark fruits, the dark chocolate, the expresso, and everything else. Really starts out small and then explodes. Long (and i mean somewhere in the realm of ten seconds) after i swallowed, a roasted bitterness and warming sensation abruptly entered. This beer tastes weird. Weird in the best way possible.

mouthfeel- I'm generally a fan of full-bodied brews (i.e. extremely heavy), something that i usually don't associate with Belgian beers. But this actually had quite a nice mouthfeel to it, very full and rich.

drinkability- I'm halfway through this bottle as we speak and there is absolutely no signs of me slowing down. This beer is such a curious creation that i'm actually finding myself drinking more and more in a futile effort of trying to figure it out. I expect that this entire 750 will be gone within the hour. I assume then tomorrow i'll purchase another bottle to try the same thing, and so the cycle will continue. Frightening drinkability.


There's something i can't quite figure out with this beer. I mean, yeah i certainly enjoyed it (perhaps a little too much), but it also frustrates me drinking it. Every time i think i have it completely figured out, it changes on me. Evil. Pure evil. Black Ghost is indeed a apt name for this mysterious brew. Buy it if you enjoy a good challenge.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 04:14:31 | More by IrishMike
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danadeny

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purple labeled version. Something about this beer (i can't put my finger on it) is delicously drinkable. Dark brown bubbly body, off white frothy head. Smells yeasty, musty-earthy, slight fruit, and a espresso-chocolate, almost too complex, i was getting confused wondering if i was really smelling all this. tastes of chocolate and coffee aftertastes. awesome ballance, light sweetness, hard to pick out some flavors, earthy-musty, light roasted malt, light bitter hops.mouthfeel is watery smooth. drinkability is high because of it's overall ballance.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 19:56:37 | More by danadeny
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 03:45:28 | More by blitheringidiot
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a medium head that fared average in the retention department, no lacing really but I wasn't expecting any from this beer.

At first smell, this brew reminded me of a Flanders ale (Rodenbach Grand Cru, or Duchesse de Bourgogne) with its rather pungent acidic and fruity aromas. It was a welcome change from the hoppier and maltier ales which I have been drinking as of late.

The flavours of this beer were right in line with the aroma profile. Fruity and tart with a dominant undercurrent of green apples and grapes. The beer's vinous traits were accented by a bracing dryness towards the finish that, I think, would make it a perfect apéritif before sitting down at a table for a long meal or as an accompaniment for this feast. Surprising dryness for a beer with this high an alcohol content.

Very hard to find in Canada, I want to extend many thanks to Goldorak for giving me this bottle as a Christmas present. I owe you one Martin!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 23:16:40 | More by Beersignal
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sweethome

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue.. Big spicy nose - coriander, hops, and an earthiness. A yeasty flavor attacks upfront, followed by a strong perfume spice. A roast malt flavor builds and mixes well with the spices. Corriander is present throughout, anice flavor blend well with the roast. A fine beer with a unique combination of flavors that really works.

The complexity of flavors from this brewer always seem to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 04:38:28 | More by sweethome
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Poured out a dark dirty ruby/brown color with a huge head that had to settle down, no matter how slow I poured it.

Smell was good, but I thought it was a little light. Some good fruit notes came through. Grapes, cherries, prunes, dates, various spices. Some yeast aromas also hide in the background.

Taste. Damn was this good. Fruit, wood, spices, hops, yeast, it's all in here. Every sip you take, it seems you find something completely different. As it warms up, you can really taste the spices in this brew. But for all I know, it seems like every fruit and spice known to man kind is here in. So complex, so tasty, so good.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Carbonation was perfect I thought. The flavors last quite a while after you finish it, which is bittersweet in a way, once you've run out, it seems like it's mocking you to get more, but on the other hand you can really enjoy the flavors after it's all gone.

Downright excellent. And to think how much I paid for this, it seemed like a steal. Just an amazing beer.

Special thanks to Venom for pointing out where it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 19:11:32 | More by necoadam
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Froathy, active light brown head fades quickly to a film leaving some strings of lace. Earth aroma with a bit of tangy dark fruit. Dark brown, almost black colored beer with a ruby hue. Creamy chocolate with some roasted malt and a bit of raisin. Barely bitter cocoa/coffee flavor towards the end with a pinch of alcohol. My stomach is warming up slowly but surely. Soft, creamy mouthfeel and a body just thick enough to hold all that flavor. Strange, but interesting aromas that give only a subtle hint of flavors to come. There's all kinds of stuff going on in there, half of which I can't quite describe, but all of it I like. Unique, almost strange, but definitely good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 03:05:11 | More by HappyHourHero
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pink and black label, limited edition 750ml bottle corked and capped, 8% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very deep brown with scant sediment, forming a large light-tan head with very good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very enticing..lots of musty basement, mold, Belgian sour funk, farmhouse, stinky leather shoes and dirty socks...I love it. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-dense, at times oily, body. The carbonation is just right...not overly zippy as many Belgians can be. The taste is wonderful...begins with tons of rotting fruit, black cherry, and a touch of sour funkiness, although it's not very tart...the middle is rich with tobacco, subtle cocoa powder, and leather. The "spices" this is evidently brewed with is not noticeable, although some warming alcohol gives me a pleasant sensation in the belly, though never hampering the palette. A touch of tartness and chalk rounds out the spry yet mellow earth finish. The aftertaste is tobacco and leather. Bitterness is mild and earthy.

This is just a wonderful brew. Smooth and easy drinking yet so rich and full of nuance. I love all the funky flavors and aromas going on here. Now I want to try the whole Fantome line-up. This was just absolutely stellar!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 00:51:22 | More by Mitchster
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet brown appearance. Not much light gets through this one. Thick crop of beige foam that appears to be stained with blood. Retention is outstanding. Lace is quite adequate. Aroma of black cherry, boysenberry, wet cardboard, musty yeastiness and cedar. The flavors are quite subtle, but yet so damn complex and varied. I'm getting a lot of fruit juice like qualities. Dark fruits. Currants. Blackberries. There are also traces of rum-like alcohol qualities, but not a lot. There's a nice dry snap from the hops. Yeastiness is musty in character. Body is light and the carbonation is low to moderate. Nice feel in the mouth overall. And quite an enjoyable brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 04:18:21 | More by Bighuge
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maxpower

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and hazy dark plum in color, small creamy brown head that leaves some lacing in the glass that doesn't last, chocolate and yeasty aromas. Plum, cherry, chocolate-toffee and spicy flavors. Medium bodied with not much carbonation, almost flat mouthfeel, finishes with a pleasant sourness.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 13:37:43 | More by maxpower
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a light brown, rocky, head. Retention is low, but provides a fine creamy layer and a sticky lace. Aroma is of malt, caramel, spices, and is lightly tart. Flavor has a caramel sweetness with dark fruits chocolate, pepper and an unexpected tartness. The finish sneaks up and has a nice surprising dryness. Palate is medium bodied, peppery, light effervescence and creaminess and a lingering hop bite. Black Ghost evolves and changes character, aroma and flavors throughout. A well-balanced yet complex beer without heavy, intense flavors and palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 02:04:24 | More by SeanChouffe
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a very dark, dirty brown like muddy pond water. The head was small.

Smell – The aroma here is light, even at room temperature. The light fruits are sour and somewhat dark. There’s a dominant deep grape side to this nose. I can also pick up some hearty prunes.

Taste – Wow, did this ale come alive at the taste. The prunes are huge and very dark. The dates seem dipped in a light chocolate sauce. There are also some light zesty citrus notes and big, powdery spices. On top of all this, there’s a wonderfully strong yeast base.

Mouthfeel – This BSDA is medium-bodied with some sharp, leafy bitterness. It just explodes in the mouth.

Drinkability – I’ve never had anything quite like this. It is a must try for any Belgian beer fans. I’m sure I haven’t even come close to catching all of the flavors here. What a treat.

Comments – Big thanks to skyhand for mustering up the willpower to save some of this for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 16:57:39 | More by RoyalT
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 03:21:30 | More by kmpitz2
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