Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of coriander, cherry, clove, raisin, roasted grain, pear, earth, hay, cocoa, peppercorn, must, light funk, and yeast spices. Very nice and interesting aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of cherry, pear, raisin, roasted grain, cocoa, coriander, clove, earth, hay, pepper, grass, toast, herbal, must, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of peppery spice on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, dried fruits, roasted grain, cocoa, clove, pepper, toast, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance between roasted flavors and spiciness; great amount of flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 8%, with pretty much zero warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison! A lot of nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Very unique and interesting; but very enjoyable.
09-01-2012 05:26:33 | More by superspak
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
750ml poured into a matching Fantome tulip. This is the "noire de noire" version which I am uncertain if that makes it any different from the normal Black Ghost. In my glass, it appears a very clouded light brown color. When held to the light, it appears more of a deep copper to amber with some yellowish hints around the edges. A rich 2 finger cap of fluffy yellowish/tan head sits atop and maintains throughout the entire duration with a finger's strength supported by a constant stream of bubbles rushing to the surface. As the cap fades, it leaves strings and spots of lace sticking to the glass.
The aroma starts with a bit of dark fruit quality faintly reminiscent of apples and quickly turns to a spice like pepper. As it opens up, there is some leather quality to this that mixes with earth and something that is almost soapy. More earthiness comes out of this brew as it warms up, but it takes on more of a hop earthiness with a very muted note of citrus.
The taste is significantly more bitter than I was expecting. It has hop flavoring that is herbal, earthy, floral and rindy. When small sips are taken, there is a bit of fruit and citrus character but it is dominated by a wet leathery flavor. Mid palate a taste of dark graininess somewhat like chocolate is present but it dissolves fairly fast into the bitterness. The aftertaste is quite herbal and drying with a faint soapy flavor just like the aroma led on.
This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that visually looks effervescent but in the feel it is spot on for the style. This brew really has me scratching my head. It was not what I was expecting and there seems like an exaggerated bitterness here that doesn't quite fully come from hops. I can only imagine that the mystery ingredient or "spices" here might be bringing there own level of bitterness into this brew. Of all the Fantome offerings I have had, this one is quite reminiscent of a cross between the second batch of Clos Preal and BBB Dark White. Unfortuantely, those 2 brews I just mentioned are among my least favorite of Dany's offerings.
07-25-2012 01:10:18 | More by stakem
4/5 rDev +3.6%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of spices, with some additional dark fruit notes and some strong Belgian yeast. The flavor is very complex. I get some light tartness and funk from the Belgian yeast, but I also get some spices, caramel malt, orange and apple notes. A slightly funky, spicy and fruit saison that works very well together. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-07-2012 03:27:57 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle from 2009, enjoyed at Lord Hobo from a tulip. Reviewed from notes.
I'll grant that I drank this in a dark bar, but the beer appeared almost black at first. Virtually no head on this one.
The aroma is absolutely wonderful. Absolutely huge brett notes, pungent and funky with a very clear tartness. I could smell the funk as soon as my glass was poured, and this truly does remind me of a dark sour. Apart from that very strong, earthy sourness, there is a slight hint of cocoa.
Gotta love Fantôme - there's virtually no sourness at all in the taste. Instead, there's a rich array of flavors that are at once evocative of an totally different from many BSDAs. Chocolate and a curious mix of baking spices. Belgian yeast. Lightly smoked malts, with a little touch of bacon. It's absurd, but it really does work.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it's not terrible. For such a complex beer, this was really quite easy to drink.
I ordered this bottle expecting whimsy, and I wasn't disappointed. Totally bizarre and idiosyncratic - I expected nothing less.
12-10-2011 20:25:20 | More by amphion1065
3.9/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours a dark brown with a thin white mousse that surprisingly laces pretty deep into the glass.
S: The nose is interesting, and as other reviewers have noted, is reminiscent of a sour Flanders red ale. Suggestions of black cherry, spiced pears, apples, oak, and lactic, funky yeast are very apparent on the nose.
T: Opens sweet and smooth with notes of caramel, red apple, black cherry, pear, dark bread, woody spice, oak, must, and lactic, sour yeast. The finish is tart and funky with a combination of spice, caramel, yeast, and fruit flavors. Surprisingly, there is no alcohol burn whatsoever.
M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm with subtle carbonation. Easier to drink than one would expect.
O: This seems to be another one of those beers that I like and others don't. Regardless of what one thinks of it, it is very different from most Belgian saisons. Worth a shot.
10-27-2011 13:10:14 | More by mrfrancis
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
trying to get ahold of some more fantome bottles so if you read this feel free to send some more my way.
Poured a beautiful clear brown with a huge frothy head. Smell was very spicey, grassy and earthy tones with a hint of sweetness. The taste was classic belgian and very nicely done. Fruitness and spices predominate, no hint of alcohol, which at 8%abv is incredible. Really smooth and effortless in drinkability. This is a fantastic brew, way too easy to drink, honestly the easiest 8% I have ever had.
07-06-2011 00:26:18 | More by mikesgroove
2.8/5 rDev -27.5%
750ml from somewhere in Colorado, I can't honestly remember where I got this or how much I paid for it. Into a NB Globe.
A: More red in color than anything else has an off white head, not quite an inch worth that recedes to a cap about a quarter of an inch thick. Decent clarity on the initial pour. Interesting looking beer.
S: Pretty light in the nose initially, quite phenolic, after it breathes a bit of a spicy profile starts to show itself and a few burnt malts. Definitely not a typical Fantome beer. Black pepper is definitely in there as well. Not sure on this one.
T: Very odd, some lacto notes and maybe a bit of funk, and then a weird malt profile of slight roast and and a bit of a pilsner malt bite to it as well. After that there are some pretty distinct notes of black pepper. Pretty decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Maybe just a touch of oxidation in there as well. Hmm...I'm not sold on this one. Strange, and really not that enjoyable, seems really watered down for a beer this 8%.
M: Very light bodied, fairly strong carbonation, also fairly dry. Once again, very watery beer.
D: Probably my least favorite beer, to date, from Fantome. Very watered down and strange tasting, I'm going to have to say that the black pepper flavor is not pleasing at all to my palate and that's the main spice that stands out for me. Not very enjoyable, but I will finish the bottle. A rare miss from Fantome.
01-16-2011 00:26:26 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
750ml shared courtesy of viggo I believe - thanks man!
Pours a ruddy brown with hints of cherry and tinges of purple - loads of yeast in the bottom.
This is one funky duck - makes me think Flanders Red meets Black Saison. Peppery on the entry with a serious funky sour cherry kick, fruit cake, vinegar, light lemon, caramel malt, some wood. Sour pucker ending, light sweetness throughout. Not bad but it seems kind of disjointed and the oddness sort of wears on you, just not that drinkable.
12-08-2010 17:27:43 | More by ritzkiss
3.3/5 rDev -14.5%
This is an extremely strange goose.
Dark brown pour with a tan head that laced well. Flanders red meets fruit lambic meets saison in the nose. Funk and sour fruit. Interesting and unexpected. Flavour has much of the same. The funkiness of a saison is there, but so is the sour fruitiness of a flanders red, coming to the fore with a big cherry character. This all combines somewhat uneasily with a light roast. Medium-light body with a spritzy carb.
There are certainly a lot of things going on here, and its an interesting beer, but it doesn't quite come together as I hoped. Still enjoyable, but I expected a bit more from Fantome.
Cheers to Eric for bringing this over a while back.
12-08-2010 14:58:20 | More by bobsy
Fantôme Black Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.