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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat

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very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 01-16-2005)
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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one a while back, it's gotta be at least two years old.

750 ml. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear light golden hue with fluffy three finger white head that crawls down the sides of the glass leaving a creamy wall of stick. Aromas consists of spice, honey, and some dirt. A touch of citrus and light grass in the nose as well, pretty typical saison to me. Ok, taste begins with much of the same flavors I detected in the aroma. Sweet honey, spice and tingle, with some freshly cut grass flavors as well. Unfortunately midway the flavors turn into a skunky mess, almost like an adjunct macro-lager with some pepper. Light and stinging body with strong carbonation, a bit too strong actually. The feel needs to be toned down a bit, but ok overall. Nothing too special with this beer. Not sure if I sat on this too long, but at 8% I would think it'd hold up fairly well. One and done for me, glad I tried it but I won't be looking for this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:53:20 | More by BeerTruth
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4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a visit to Colorado, a good friend and I stopped at a liquor store and inquired about Fantome after spotting the Christmas. They brought this out, making a mention that this was one of a managers "white whales" of beers. I love Fantome, so it didn't make much of a difference.

I was going to buy it.

Pours from the bottle a rich honey, to light amber. Wasn't really sure what to expect. The head fizzes up but dissipates down rather quickly and remains as a thin off white, creamy film over the top. Bubbles lace very inconsistently and most at a great distance to one another. A slight orangey in tone, nothing too unusual for a saison.

The nose is struck very prominently but a green bottle, slightly yeasty, nearly sour ale funk. There is a bit of grass and mingling citrus fruit with grapefruit and orange. But the smell alone worries me a bit with the funk. I'm not getting any chocolate, or any noticeable peppers... It is a tad vegetal. It does change and becomes more complex as it warms.

The taste! What a surprise! This is not funked out by the green bottle exposure at all. Completely recognizable as a Fantome. The Fantome yeast is quite apparent in all it's earthiness and funkiness. There is a pinch of damp woodsy, logs. Like a forest after a gentle rain. I catch a tad amount of cocoa but it is twisted into the earthy yeast and this sort of ashiness. The peppers are not hot but quite vegetal. This beer is also citrusy, lemony and grapefruity and a bit of orange... and... AND it is a tad sour. In a good way! Not a bad, 'oops, messed up and now the beer is sour way'. No this tastes good and comes off as possibly intentional to me. Very complex... very saison... very Fantome. So much nuance it is ridiculous.

Mouthfeel is great, just a pinch dry. A mild, mouthwatering sourness. Foamy, refreshing, and easy to drink. Just as a saison should be. It is a tad sweet but it is not sticky or offending. It is just really clean cut and nice.

In the end... another magnificent Fantome saison. All the little things happening in this beer make it a great choice and a must try... even a beer at $15 that I would not hesitate to buy again if I have the chance. Who cares if the appearance is profound and the smell isn't clear or telling. The taste is mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

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A: Hazy honey yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Jalapeño, cardamom, nutmeg and funk in the nose.

T: Chocolate, jalapeño and some Belgian funk. Spices are less present in the taste.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: I knew what to expect, given the ingredients, but it was a bit disappointing, given the popularity of some of their other beers.

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A - Pours a nice cloudy Straw colour with a one fingered head that reduces to a film quickly.

S - Aromas of Not much chocolate

T - Heavy sherbert and citrus notes up front, with some wheat, the finish has faint chocolate and is slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body with spritzy fullish carbonation.

O - Disappointed that there was not more chocolate in this, however it still is a great saison in its own right.

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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.