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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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85
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Reviews by jakester:
Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle or label.

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with an effervescent carbonation. A two finger head of just off-white foam forms on top, eventually falling to a nice coating and a ring. Great lacing. A thick brown goo of yeast rests on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is funky, spicy, earthy, yeasty, and flowery, with notes of some spice I can't identify. Black pepper seems to be the main spicy smell. This really has a wonderful smell.

Flavor is, I swear, cocoa, which is not in the aroma. Also spices like black pepper, cinammon, and some odd spice which is delish. Very nice Belgian barnyard lurking not too far from the surface. Yeast comes through very well. This is a very tasty saison. Hop profile is very low, and the aftertaste is spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Can't really detect hop bitterness. Finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. Fantastic burps, and I mean really! Mouthfeel became more full bodied after I poured in the yeast.

This, to me, is one of the better saisons I've had. Good Belgian funk, different spiciness, and the chocolate works very well. A complex, very well made saison, in every respect.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep and murky, dark-amber-ish color with a HUGE light-beige head that pillows up and leaves nice lacing behind. Not what I was expecting from a beer with "Chocolat" in the name, but I guess you never know what to expect from Fantome. And I love it. Still looks pretty good for a saison.

First whiff is pretty fruity with a light tartness to it; ripe, green apples, white grapes, light cherries. Each successive sniff puts more and more of that funky-ass Belgian yeast in my nose. Wet wood, musty cellar, corky. Maybe not the funkiest thing out there - but it's still pretty damn funky. I think the tart fruits keep it in check a little bit. Some very mild spice on the end of the aroma, though I wouldn't say chili powder like the bottle advertises. It doesn't smell "hot" or anything... just like some kind of weird spice. But not chili powder. No chocolate to be found in the nose, or at least not that I'm picking up.

The taste provides a very solid mixture of fruity and funky - balanced well for how strange Fantome stuff usually is. Pears, apples, grapes, all tart - not quite to the level of puckering, but borderline. Once the sour washes away, a delicate sweetness forms from these fruits. The fruitiness is met with funky yeast, cork, musky cellar, and wet barnyard notes. Funkalicious. Although it's a bit lighter on the palate than in the aroma - tart and sweet are the real kings, here. Some other seemingly random spices make their way in... still not tasting like chili powder, and still no sign of chocolate. The beer, however, is still pretty delicious. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Chili powder and chocolate are apparently in this beer. I taste/smell neither. But the beer was still very good - classic Fantome funk with a nice cloud of tart and sweet fruits. This almost tasted more like a sour/wild ale with brett rather than a straight up saison. In any case, I liked this one much more than reviews on this site would indicate. To each their own - you can all feel free to send your Fantome my way!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy yellow orange color with a deep white head that lingers and leaves some spotchy lacing on the side of the glass. Quite nice. Aromas of funky, fruity yeastiness with hints of cocoa throughout. Stong spiciness with peppery notes. Red chili peppers come out in the nose...not strong but still noticeable in the background. Unique and quite enjoyable. Slight barnyard aromas...fresh and abundant.

First sip brings an intriguing mix of light malts accentuated by notes of cocoa, light fruits and chili. Barnyard notes throughout featuring earthy yeast. Red chili peppers make a subtle appearance mid palate and really add to the interesting complexity of this saison. Mellow cocoa and spice follow through the finish with fruity flavors throughout. A lovely brew here. Incredibly complex and satisfying....another winner from the masters at Fantome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good flow of carbonation. Goes down easy and tasty. I could easily enjoy a 750ml of this to myself no problem! An intriuging saison done as only Dany and the magic of Fantome can. I wish I could find this brew more often as it's damn enjoyable. Many thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this one!! Well worth seeking out!

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle corked and capped, w/o freshness dating. Pours cloudy, yeasty medium brown, with a tan silky, fluffy head, lots of crazy, stringy lacing. Nose is chocolaty with a hint of vanilla and some spice. Very smooth mouthfeel , lots of chocolate and gentle, subtle undernotes of chocolaty malts and perhaps a slight peppery chili note lingering on the palate long after the brew has gone down. Delicate, understated and tasty, more fine, interesting and intriguing suds from the Fantome folks, well worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one as I have never had a Fantome beer I didn't love.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Luckily I poured carefully because there were huge chunks of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is heavy on the Belgian yeast, orange citrus and possibly a little bit of cocoa. Even though I might smell cocoa, I doubt I would have detected it if not for the name of the beer. Overall, a nice aroma.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. I get a ton of orange and lemon notes as well as some Belgian yeast. The first taste is of a classic, citrusy saison. There is a nice malt character to the beer and the 8 percent alcohol is also present. I also may get a little bit of dry cocoa powder in the flavor. I detect no chile notes in the flavor. All of that being said, the best part of the beer is the acetic quality to the flavor. This beer is slightly sour and a little bit funky, making it easy to drink. The tartness reminds me of the regular Fantome Saison, but the flavor profile of this beer is completely different. Outstanding flavor overall.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very happy I got to try this one.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Aye Carumba! Pours a cloudy dark amber with no head but a bit of lacing. Smell is yeast and a bit of chili. Kind of spicy and sour.

Taste is sour, chili after taste. I think this is infected, but it's actually kinda good. Sour and sharp with a good yeasty saison flavor. Very tasty.

Photo of ehammond1
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Hazy golden orange with a very thin off-white head. This beer leaves tiny spots of lacing down the glass, though there isn't much there.

Grass, hay, a strong funk, and some white fruit combine. If I try really hard, I can convince myself there's a hint of bitter chocolate in the nose, but that may just be my imagination. There's a strong vomit aroma that I can't get past.

Funky yeast, bread, grass, and an unpleasant sour acidity make up this beer's flavor. Again, there might be just a hint of bitter, old chocolate on the finish, but it's certainly faint if it's there at all. Unfortunately, vomit flavors dominate.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

This was one of the most disappointing beers I've had to date. After enjoying every Fantome iteration before this one, I got giddy when I saw this bottle in the store. What an absolute letdown.

Photo of ADR
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky medium brown appearance with orangey highlights (the last glass is so choked with yeast it looks like chocolate milk). Large flat-topped head of over an inch in height on a fairly careful pour. Laces in small patches on the glass. Distinct musk, yeast and a poultry farm aroma, some uric acid senses. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is plenty ample and prickly. Sharp flavors, very general roasted and mild pepper sense, phenolic with reminders of pure gum turpentine. Fruit tones seem to lean in an apricot direction. Any cocoa seems to be detected late, but its very muted at best (later glasses take on a husky nutty body, another reminder that many beers have stages of development). Light and airy finish that blends really well with the aroma -- that distinctive quality that brings many Fantome beers into the home stretch. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a good amount of yeast sedimate. The white head is fluffy, thick, and it fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a rather complex aroma. I detect spices most. It is peppery. I smell a yeasty, earthy aroma. Slight citrus aroma is present also. It is also mildly hoppy.

This beer has a slightly spicy, chili flavor. It has a citrusy flavor, lemony. I taste a slight chocolate flavor, but it is very subtle. It has a yeasty flavor also. I taste a very slight clove flavor. The alcohol content is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor of this beer.

The chili pepper warms the mouth a little. This beer is well carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving an aftertaste sort of like eating mild chili.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but the flavor is great. It is definately a unique beer. I am very happy to have tried it. Too bad it is a little pricey. Well worth it though.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a murky brownish-copper color that becomes opaque as the bottom half the bottle is poured. The head is three-fingers of tan foam that eventually recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells earthy and softly funky. Light green apple aromas abound with the funkiness that pervades many of Fantome's beers. Also present are mildly sweet malt aromas backing everything up.

Tastes good. Flavors that are both sweet and tart kick things off - grainy light malt flavors with a hint of mustiness along with good amounts of green apple flavors. The second half of the bottle yields small amounts of breadiness from the addition of yeast and a lot more cocoa flavor. The cocoa is fairly subdued and only hits near the end of the sip, before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation that settles down after the beer has a second to sit.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more trying to figure this beer out.

Overall this is probably somewhere in the middle as far as my top Fantome beers list goes however it's definitely one of the more avant-garde I've had. An interesting beer, I just wish the chile powder made more of an appearance. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: dark orange, slightly copper in color. awesomely thick head, which took some time to dissappear. nice thick gooey lacing ( i've found this with almost every fantome i've purchased).

smell: like a spicy farmhouse. oak, spice, slightly moldy (in a good way), but no chocolate... have i been had?

taste: ah there it is... a wonderful hint of chocolate mixed amidst a nice touch of spice and malt. not tart, not sweet. it was just right. the booze is mixed so well, that you forget you're drinking a beer. almost dessert-like. the sweetness comes out a bit more as it warms.

mouthfeel: slick but not oily. nice blend of carbonation and sweet afetrtaste.

drinkability: i seriously coulda drank like 3 or 4 of these.

Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a light glowing brown with a nice head that lasted well and left great lace.

The smell is not very strong, but it has a nice mix of spice, wild yeast, and a light hint of chocolate. In the mouth, pale malts and spice lead and wild yeast flavors dominate the finish. Chocolate and hops are very light in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good but thinner than expected, while drinkability is high.

Wild yeast flavors are far more substantial than the chocolate.

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.28/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare!
Pours Hazy peachy-copper color with a short white head very Low retention. And I got the dregs so mine was extra cloudy.

The nose is not the most pleasant. Brett. Sour pear. No chocolate or chili. 

Flavor fallls short as well. No chocolate or chili characteristics which is very disappointing. Just bitter and sour fruit. 

Mouthfeel is light bodied with Medium-High carbonation. Bitter. 

Overall it was a big disappointment not just for me but for all of us in the bottleshare. None of the flavor characteristics shine through that it says it's made with like chocolate and chilis. I think they put the wrong label on the bottle?? Not a fan.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantome's Chocolat welcomed me with a very loud "POP!" once the cork was released. It was poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass and gave a thick foamy head with a rocky top, and that dirty orange/bronze color is very attractive.

Smells close to a typical tripel, all spices and yeast coming to the nose. Some white and black pepper, clove, cinnamon, a little cocoa in the background.

Flavors show a sharp, spicy, only very faintly chocolately saison. Chili pepper appears in the middle, but it's enveloped by the more common elements of the style, with flowery spices, alcohol-soaked peach and yeast bitterness dominant throughout. Warming this beer lets the flavors come out with more depth, I wish I would've let it settle to just barely below room temperature before opening.

Mouthfeel offers a quick-drying sensation, a bit of a letdown as it takes any residual flavors along with it into the ether. Only flavor lingering in the aftertaste is the cocoa, but it's incredibly subtle.

Fantome stuff is always enjoyable, their sense of adventure and sometimes even innovation is a joy to experience. This one didn't bring out the advertised cocoa and chili pepper quite enough, though I'm sure some people prefer that these remain merely subtle components, as they are here.

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another masterful crafted beer from this brewery. I did not know there were chile peppers until after. It was like a saison with chocolate, with carob. I guess the bit of acidity on the palate was the chile peppers, and knowing it would have left me pondering it, sipping it, enjoying it more. Still, they are mystery brewers and it was a bit drying yet greatly satisfying. Still needed lots of good red wine after to get my palate to neutral. A bit brown on beige colour. Funky yeasty aroma.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL green-glass bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Unknown vintage.

Cloudy goldenrod liquid is suffused with golden-yellow highlights. A tall rocky head recedes to a thin soapy layer leaving behind large merengue-like strands of lacing. Shimmering tears slowly drag down the sides.

Sourdough starter, unripe orange, clay, and maybe a hint of red pepper is delivered by the nose.

Surprisingly tart on the palate (well, this being Fantôme, I shouldn't be surprised I suppose), with significant sourness from the yeast. Buttermilk, orange zest, unripe strawberries, and faint green apple skins are present in the profile. Light herbaceous/weedy flavors suggest hops as well. The featured additives of cocoa and chili only come out in the finish - with a mild heat offset by the nutty/earthy flavors of cocoa bean. Neither hot or bitter, the flavors add just a bit of complexity rather than steal the show from the base saison.

Medium-light bodied, with active carbonation but not much effervesence. The chilli contributes heat in the place of the alcohol - making this slightly more warming than you might expect.

More subtle than I was expecting, the flavors fail to confound but also fail to impress compared to some of the other offerings from this eccentric brewery. Then again, perhaps because of this restraint, it isn't difficult to drain a full bottle in a sitting.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what to expect from Chocolat, but this wasn't it!

An inviting light brown. Big head off the pour settles to a thin line. Substantial lacings to the finish.

Quite restrained aroma. Not as funky as Fantome's usually are. I get an interesting sweetness, but hard time pegging it down from smell alone.

Not knowing that this was a chocolate-chili mix, my first sip gave me the impression that this was a clever attempt by Fantome to recreate a chocolate flavour with a mix of spices (as opposed to actual chocolate and malt). It's just such a different aspect of chocolate than you see in most efforts, much more milk-chocolate truffle than dark bitter-sweet. Now BAs with far better palates than I say they couldn't find the chile, but I thought it came through loud and clear in the finish and then I realized what I was drinking. Not the chile flavour, but certainly the heat comes through in the end, just like you would get in a chocolate bar or truffle with chile in it.

As usual, a nice light saison character to the beer, manages to remain refreshing despite the unique ingredients.

Not my favourite Fantome product, but that doesn't mean much. Still a fantastic, unique brew.

Photo of MADPolo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a light cocoa edge to this wonderful, easy drinking saison, but that's it. I was expecting a little bit darker color because of the name, but it's not that dark at all. It pours a hazy orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is better than average, but it still dwindles to a thin cap; and, fortunately, it does leaves some very nice lace in its wake.

The nose is typical of the Fantome beers, although this one is, perhaps, a bit restrained. It's subtly tart and floral (with some lemon, wet-hay, and barnyard mud) over a mild maltiness. And there is a very mild suggestion of cocoa in there, but it's definitely not chocolatey.

Smooth and slick across the palate; it's medium bodied and delicately zesty before becoming a bit airy.

There's a mild note of chocolate to the flavor, but it appears more in the aftertaste than it does in the mouth. Otherwise, it's a pretty basic saison with some very approachable barnyard notes; a subtle spiciness; and some grassy hops. As you progress through the glass, the cocoa does build, however.

It's a really unique and creative saison, but could anything less be expected from the Brasserie Fantome? Unfortunately for beer cogniscenti, it's not quite as aggressive as their other beers. However, considering it does have a light chocolate component to it, a certain amount of subtlety is needed to make it work.

It's definitely worth trying, and it might just grow on you!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a Blue Point Snifter

A: Poured a 2 finger coarse white head the dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Brew was a dark almost reddish pink.

S: Skunky with a touch of sour fruit and yeast.

T: Skunky, earthy and sour throughout and ended the same but with a slight touch of hops. Left little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, and very carbonated. Finish was crisp and quick.

D: I wouldn't have this again. Maybe because I don't like the Saison style but if I wanted a tasty brew, I'd go with Southhampton's Saison. Really not impressed.

Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. "Brewed with cocoa and chili pepper" stated on the label. Pours a nice dark amber orange with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by a yeasty barnyard smell that is musky and slightly peppery. I really enjoy the smell of Fantome brews and this is one is no exception. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Taste starts out with yeast and a peppery spicyness. A few seconds after the sip you can start to feel the tingle from the chili peppers in the back of your throat. This is another very enjoyable brew from Fantome that is a unique exerience.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Paired with grilled mahi-mahi.

Appearance is the typical hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma has an acidic vinegar note mixed with herbs and white pepper. The flavor has a hint of the cocoa powder with what reminds me of fresh red pepper. Not really hops to speak of, just farmhouse funk with the chili and cocoa additions. Not drastically different from Fantome's other saisons, but a good and interesting beer to pair with food.

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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.