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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 35
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by mmva321:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

I'm hoping for something a little sweet here, but it just sounds like an awesome interesting idea, having a chocolate saison.

A: What I love is the color of this beer: it's a red tinted orange. These deep colors mix with a yellow amber to make a beautiful body. What is okay is the 2 finger frothy white head that has good retention and leaves a delicate lacing. What I don't like is the clear body of the beer that has just a little murkiness.

S: It's almost like a tame saison, which is really tame for Fantome. I get an earthy yeast to it along with some hop characteristics and a sweet malt that gives off some faint citrus. The chili pepper they advertise I get in the nose, but not cocoa powder. I mean, it may be there, but the whole nose is so faint, that aside from the main aromas, not a whole lot else can be discernible.

T: Okay, I get it all here. The taste is terrific. My one complaint: the lemon is very strong, a little too much, but it's unexpected and pretty unique. Weird, I was expecting a huge chocolate rush coming into this, but it is only an aftertaste to what is another unique take on a saison from this brewery. Not very funky and pretty crisp, the citrus (lemon and orange) dominate the taste along with a bright hoppiness and some yeast. The faint chili pepper gives the taste a great spiciness. I get cocoa, and just a faint amount, in the aftertaste; there is a nice smooth sweetness at the end that is a nice contrast.

Edit: I can't really get past the lemon here, it stays with me even after I swallow. If they dialed that back a little, it would be stupendous, if still a little poorly advertised.

M: Light and crisp with some faint carbonation. Not a lot a bubbly is needed here as the brightness is at full volume already.

D: Pretty insanely drinkable, everything considered. In spite of that intense lemon, it's almost a beer you could just pour down your throat. The alcohol isn't present at all, and this comes off as a nice, if somewhat intense, drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 08:01:42 | More by mmva321
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A- Darker than many of his beers, however, not as dark as I expected. It is a pretty brilliant amber that practically glows. Medium sized head with noticeably soapy bubbles.

S- The first thing I notice is basement funk and a lot of it. This is followed by some signs of oxidation, with a toffee aroma. Perhaps the cocoa is at work here too? There is a bit of tartness here, as well.

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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.

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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.

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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
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