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Fantôme Black Ghost - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 37
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beethousand
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the bottle; didn't enjoy this as much as other Fantome beers.

Interesting herbal aromas and flavors, but overall a bit too dominant, especially as the beer warmed up. The nose was the highlight of the beer; the taste and mouthfeel did not measure up to the nose. Dry and alkaline in the mouthfeel--there are a decent amount of drying characteristics created in the mouth by this beer.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of robbyc1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its an insane amalgamation of a Belgian strong dark ale paired with a dry funky Saison type ale. Dry, deep malty, Very dry, lots of malt, but very dry, interesting, but hmm. Some chocolate in the back, what can I say , unusual, what else would you expect from this brewer.

Famtome has a deferential style from usual folks. Dry, dry, what else to say, it's unusual, can't really get another, too unusual. Will continue to try their other brews, though, on to that Xmas one...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep murky brown color ale with a huge dirty brown color head with good retention. Aroma of funky yeast, tart and strange spices. Taste is quite different from anything I had before and includes traces of unknown spices, roasted malt, funky yeast and a sour finish. Again, a very interesting experiment from Danny but IMHO not as good as the Strange Ghost.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked bottle served at 48 degrees in my DT snifter. Freshness dating not indicated on the label, but cork reads 086/47704. Poured a deep mahogany with some ruby highlights when backlight. One inch off-white head with latte-like consistency with tiny pockets embedded in the cap - eventually recedes into a thin, consistent skim. Half moon swath of lacing coats one side of the glass; decent legs on this one. Nose is a bit musty/spicy, muted dark fruit with a vinous/acidic quality. Taste is quite dry and a little woody; not getting the typical sweet and malty I've come to associate with the style. A little tart and also getting some nutmeg towards the back. Moutfeel falls between light-and medium-bodied with a nice, consistent background carbonation that keeps it lively and refreshing. Not my favorite offering from Fantôme, but alcohol is well-hidden and there's a nice complexity and refreshing quality that makes it fairly drinkable.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $14.99. Not nearly black, more dark brown with a funky aroma. Funky flavors like white grapes, malt, very little tartness, I wouldn't say this is quite sour. There is a little bit of dustiness to the flavor too. Overall, this is enjoyable if you like Fantome.

Photo of egajdzis
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish red color with a thin, off white, creamy head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour cherries, brett, and oak. Taste was very oaky, with lightly spiced cherry. Spicy sweet with lots of oak. Dry finish. The taste does not live up to the aroma, by far. I am surprised this is not listed as a Flemish Sour?

Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a mocha head that's on the modest side considering the force of the pour. Aroma is very strange: lemon, leather, and some kind of spiciness do not exactly scream BSDA. Flavor is strong on menthol/lemongrass with an even white pepper note that dominates the finish. Musty and earthy, at times vegetal and at times fruity. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little undercarbonated. Totally unique but kind of weird and I'm not sure I like the combination of flavor notes.

Photo of MrSeth
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a capped and corked 750ml bottle with a pink label vice the blue one in the picture. No dates noticed on the label or the cork. Poured into a chalice, Black Ghost had a ruddy brown color and a modest beige head that quickly shrivelled up to a minor skim, leaving no lace behind.
The nose had a wide variety of aromas swirling about; caramel sweetness, dark fruit (think prune/fig), a touch of not-quite-ripe peach and green grapes, and a light peppery spice. Oh yeah, and the ubiquitous Fantôme earthy, dusty, musty smell that no one else seems able to replicate.
The taste had a real sweet start to it - caramel-dipped cherries, light prune flavor and a moderate bready malt taste. As each sip reached the mid-range a peachy, leathery flavor burst forth. Cocoa, plums (not really ripe yet), and tart grapes jump up and down on the tongue, vying for notice also. As it reached the back of the palate a mix of spicy bitterness and that funky, almost boggy, taste clung to the tongue. The relatively high ABV is very well concealed. The feel was medium in body, lush and smooth; very nice.
I don't know, something about the way Black Ghost finished with each sip kind of turned me off. It's hard to explain when I've liked the other offerings from Brasserie Fantôme. Something about this one had me thinking I was glad to be done with it and I wouldn't be running out to get more soon. Good, but not great, IMO.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a little bit of a purple tinge. The head is bubbly and ferocious, but dies down quickly to a thin collar.

Smell: The smell is a wonderfully sweet mix of grapes and fruits, as well as candi sugar, but it still manages to maintain that signature Fantome "farmhouse" smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a super sweet malt focused mix of plums, grapes, and a nice hay taste. The flavors are complex, interesting, and well rounded, but just don't quite taste as good as I think they could. There is room for imporvement. The yeast flavor is also quite detectable as the glass warms up. The mouthfeel is rich and full.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but far from Fantome's best. The flavors aren't cutting it for me. I think either this could be better tasting, or this beer just isn't for me. Anyways, Fantome should stick with the Saisons, it's what they do best.

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ari32
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing this. Had never seen this one in the stores until last weekend.

Pours a cloudy orange, very murky, thick light tan head forms, drops to a very thick layer, drops some nice lacing on the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is like Fantome, yeasty, some bready malty, funky, spices, sour/sweet, spruce, chocolate, quite malty, neat stuff. Taste is real sour, funky, vinegar and brett, chocolate, malty, grainy and biscuity malt, lemons, light bit of fruit near the finish, quite sour in the end, not too complex. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and easy to drink, real nice sourness. Very drying in the finish, but a bit watery. Nice and very interesting but like most Fantomes just a bit watery and not as complex as they first seem. Thanks Russ!

Photo of brushtachio
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first ever Fantôme offering. Based on their reputation, I shouldn't be suprised to find a beer that doesn't seem to want to play nice with the other (sometimes legendary) members of it's style. This is the BSDA that sits in the back of the class, sporting a green goatee and making sarcastic comments everytime that holier than thou St. Bernardus raises his hand to answer yet another of the teacher's questions correctly. He may not be your favorite kid in the class, probably got put in there because he school didn't know where else to put him, but damn he keeps the class interesting.

Poured from a green bomber that was both capped and corked. Deep dark brown but far from black. Little to no head.

Probably served it a few degrees too cold but the smell definitely becomes more pronounced as it warms. Yeasty, musty but hinting at dark fruity sweetness that will suprisingly never show up in the taste. Sour twang in the nose proves a much more reliable agent of foreshadowing.

Taste has many of the components I expected and many I didn't. Each sip seems to emphasize one over the others giving you the impression that a vicious battle for supremacy between the flavors may be going on in the glass unbeknownst to you. Yeast, pepper, sour lemon, dried cherries, leather, earthy grass, my grandpa's bare dirt cellar.

Finish is very dry. Carbonation has some bite to it.

This is a sipper. One to give your palate a work out. One was enough but I enjoyed spreading the experience out for a couple of hours.

Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a very foggy murky brown color that pours with absolutely no head...and this glass exaggerates and maintains head very nicely. A lot of white yeast sediment chunks can be seen whirling about the body of this brew. The chunks are a bit too large and abundant for my taste.

S- Yeast funk, cola, and some dark fruit. Smell is mild but good.

T- A little bit of tart dark fruit upfront with a cola flavored background. Yeast is there too. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor and not much of a hop punch is offered.

M- The chunky yeast sediment detracts a little bit form the mouthfeel which isn't as smooth and creamy as I would like but it's still there and low carbonation.

D-Decent beer but I won't pay $14 for it again. Not the best in the Fantome lineup. I did enjoy it though

Photo of shroompod
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy brown. Small head , no lacing.

Getting a slight caramel sweetness on the nose. Slight funkiness is also present.

Initially tart followed by a grape/cider sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium , carbonation is low.

Overall a decent beer that probably find it's way into my cellar.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL cap and corked bottle courtesy of pghlee at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a big thick head that recedes quickly to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet saison-like smells and spices with a bit of dark roasted malts and even a bit of sugary sweetness. On top of all of this is a hint of the typical Fantome funk...lots going on.

The taste is has the Belgian yeast backbone with a quick tart hit up front. There are some definitely spices, especially in the finish, probably coriander and some others I can't identify. Again, there are some dark roasted characteristics that make things very unique.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a BSDA if that's what you call this.

As usual, a unique brew from Fantome that has a whole bunch of things going on that doesn't quite come together perfectly. Interesting and tasty, but not great.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maxpower
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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87 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.