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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
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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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Photo of eberkman


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a big, sticky off-white head that’s firm enough to last a while. Lacing forms but does not cling – slides back down into the head. Nice funky smell at first whiff – big blast of sourness and sweatsocks. Just the way I like it. As it opens up while it warms, the chocolate aromas become detectable. The taste is tangy fleshy fruit with some yeast presence. Dry finish without much trace of hops. The chocolate is primarily in the nose – not much presence in the taste. Spritzy, crisp mouthfeel. Very sessionable, but didn’t hold up to my powerful homemade ground turkey, andouille and Imperial stout chili. Probably a stupid pairing. Next time (and there will be a next time), I'll pair it with the stinkiest cheese I can find.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 04:38:44 | More by eberkman
Photo of nlmartin


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer is majorly cloudy and hazy amber coloration. The beer has huge amounts of sediment floating about in the glass. The beer almost looks like a bad urine culture. The head of the beer is off white. The head didnt last long. The beer left major streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer hasa a bit of bitter sweet cocoa blending with farmhouse musty/ funkyness. The chilis close out the smell with pepperyness.

Taste: The beer proceeds to lead with a bitter semi-sweet maltyness. This gives way to the funkyness of farmhouse yeastyness. The beer has an unidentifiable fruityness berries perhaps? The beer finishes on a dry note with faint pepper.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The beer has a very active carbonation. This beer is definately an odd ball. I would happily try this beer again. Fantome as usual delivers a first rate saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 11:25:25 | More by nlmartin
Photo of kgotcher


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy caramel color with a decent head and lacings

Aroma is musty fruit (wild fermentation), like apricot. Just a hint of chocolat and chile but maybe just subliminal. . .

Taste reminds me of a geuze, musty and lightly tart. Chocolate and Chile do not really stand out but are very subtle and come on more in the aftertaste.

Definately a nice adventure in beer. If you can find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 05:24:50 | More by kgotcher
Photo of Resuin


4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. No dating on bottle, I would guess this is relatively fresh (within a year or two) - I purchased it a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange, red-tinted apple cider color and leaves behind some white head which dissipates to nothing, leaving just a rim of white around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mild green apple, a hint of spice/pepper, citrus rinds, a touch of wheat/barnyard funk.

Taste: Some smoke upfront, followed by some grassy flavors, lemon rinds, a hint of cocoa. Finishes with chili peppers, but the flavors are very mild and not spicy at all. Pretty well balanced and light.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium, spritzy feel to it. There is definitely a feeling of hot pepper/spice in the body, but it doesn't go anywhere. Interesting.

Overall: This was my first offering from Fantôme and I enjoyed it. I found it light and balanced, with only enjoyable flavors. It didn't blow me away, but I definitely got something from the chili peppers added; nothing from the cocoa, unfortunately. I am interested to how this compares to Fantôme's other brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:18:53 | More by Resuin
Photo of cjgator3


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 03:01:53 | More by cjgator3
Photo of emerge077


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd bottle of this particular Fantôme i've tried. Since bottle variation tends to be higher for the brewery, i'd consider this to be the minimum for a review.

The deep amber body is capped by a thin film of foam. Not especially effervescent in the carbonation. Crackling bubbles appear with a strong second pour. Some minor bits of sediment hang in the tulip glass.

Smell seems to open up as it warms. An earthy sweetness is predominant, not especially in line with a chocolate character though. This is a true to style Saison. Mildly sweet and spicy.

Taste is earthy again, somewhat sweet and bitter. Lingering dusty earth and mild, spicy capsaicin tingle in the finish. The chili pepper element is extremely subdued and not hot at all. Not really dry like other saisons, mouthfeel is sort of flat, with malty sweetness. Honeyish tone also appears in the finish.

A 750mL bottle is no problem to finish, but it's a good one to share.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 02:45:08 | More by emerge077
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange-ish color with a fluffy white head. In the aroma, a musky sourness and a small chili like spice. In the taste, sour green apples and a chili spice, as it warms up a small presence of cocoa. A smooth bigger bodied mouthfeel and a dry cocoa, and small green apple sourness in the aftertaste. Not much chocolate, yet very complex and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 11:43:51 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil.

Pours clouded gold. Nice crème head. Flavor is much more chocolate influenced than I remember the bottle being. Still is not a lot, but is slightly noticeable. What's also noticeable is a spicy kick. I can only assume the chili peppers contribute to this. Feel has a thick carbonation and a good liquid feel. Very drinkable, yet again. It does seem a little more robust and edgier than when I had it on the bottle, but still very good all the same, though for different reasons.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 01:52:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up in Denver while there visiting a few months ago, and it seemed like a good time to review it. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish golden color with a small off white head after a relatively aggressive pour. The head faded rather quickly, and stuck around as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. It was sustained by numerous small bubbles lazily seeking the surface.

Aroma: The aroma is outstanding with this beer. I really like the medley of spicy and sour notes. I don't get much of the cocoa in here, but still the aroma is really inviting with tons of fruit. I can pick up Lemons, and apricots at the same time, and distinctly.

Taste: The taste is drier than the aroma would have suggested. I get a bit of warming on the back of the throat from the alcohol, but there is a hint from the spice in there as well. I do get a bit of dryness that I would guess is contributed to by the cocoa, but it certainly isn't a key ingredient and one that I would not have picked out on my own. As the beer warms, it gets quite a bit more earthy...especially in the aftertaste.

Opinion: Well, I am really happy with this beer. I really like how it is on the edge of being a sour beer. I don't know if I would call it a Saison...per se, but it is still a really nice beer and I would definitely like to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 06:15:05 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of lackenhauser


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting shade of a pinkish/gold color. Ok sized head the is gone all to quickly. Nice, earthy and grass like aroma. Seriously reminds me of a good bag of dope actually. Nice malty, sweet flavor tinged with a trace of spicy bitterness. It might be the cocoa but doesnt really present itself as such. Somewhat smokey presence. Very good body-extremely full and pleasing on the palate. Decent finish. Overall a great beer. Very drinkable the entire package is quite nice. Not something to have all the time but damn worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 00:55:22 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of CMW


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange color with an inch of bright white head. Carbonation is definitely present.

S - Earthy aroma with hints of grass and bread. Yeast profile was also quite noticeable.

T - Much like the aroma with an earthy taste and yeast that was mildly funky. Also caught some hints of pepper but no chocolate.

M - Carbonation was spot on and had a pleasant mouthfeel.

D - Highly drinkable and overall a very good beer, just not what I expect from the name Chocolat.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 23:10:29 | More by CMW
Photo of mynie


4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The phantom was as much as blob as he was a gust of air. Whenever I saw him it was in the sense of putting the pieces together post facto, like how after sex or a trauma we narrativitze the few specks we’re sure of into a relatable story, replete with made up stuff like meaning and motive. He’d breeze by four, five times in an evening—always in my home, at night, and always right when my thoughts were turning bleak—and each time there’d be a very different sense of him that nonetheless felt distinctly like Him; he couldn’t have been just a memory or a windgust.

His face was all crust and pantomime. His hands were nothing but fingers and they only appeared when there was real trouble afoot. Thinking back now, trying to get a clear enough mental picture so as to describe him through type, all I remember is text. It’s like how when you read Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury for the first time and the lines of words are so very word-like and ropey. And then later, after a guide or teacher has explained what you were exposed to, your mental image is of actual pictures where the background are drawn ascii-style, out of typeface.

Or maybe it’s only me who reads like that, who can’t quite bridge the gap between immersion and mediation. Maybe I’m too much of romantic to dismiss the supernatural out of hand, but too much a product of my time to believe in ghosts full-bore, as see-through children who float above our beds at night and only give us kisses when we’re deserving.

I want to believe. But I can't.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 18:30:50 | More by mynie
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle procured for me in Duluth by my friend demcorhip. Thanks so much! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a wonderful, hazey yellow with hints of gold and orange in all that yeasty goodness. Some lazy carbonation pierces the murk. About 1/4 inch of head subsides quickly and leaves tons of lace that lazily clings to the glass then slides down slowly. Lovely saison aroma with tons of dry funky yeastiness, sour green apples, pears, grass, dusty cellar, and a bit of floral and candylike sweetness for good measure.

First impression of the taste is that it's pretty light, but quickly becomes complex, with an immediate horsiness, then a bit of metallic sharpness and the tart green apple. Very earthy and organic flavour. Perhaps there is a bit of cocoa in here, but I can't detect it. This is a very clean-tasting saison, not too sour, certainly not sweet, very crisp, dry and light bodied, it may lack the complexity of a lot of Fantome's beers, but it's certainly a great sipper on this warm May evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:24:57 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of Halcyondays


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium orange with a medium white head, good retention, light lace.

S: Lemon, must, some barnyard, hay, hint of chili spice.

T: Lemon dominant, very saison-like. Musty, earthy hop flavour. Chocolate is in the background with a light sweetness in the finish, with some light chili heat. The saison is the main flavour, don't think the chocolate will dominate, just a Fantome saison with a twist. The adjuncts are there, but only tease the palate when compared to the rest of the beer.

M: Mild acidity, medium-bodied, smooth, nice aftertaste.

D: Really cool beer with a lot of complexity. My favourite Fantome aside from Printemps, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:59:58 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ADZA


4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to MrKennedy for this one and pours a murky golden yellow hue with a massive three finger bubble laden dimply head and lacing everywhere,the smell is very unique I get chilli,chocolate and lemons with a background of Belgian yeast,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes are toffee,light chocolate,a touch of farmhouse funk,lemons and the finish is a little tart with a sharp quick hit of chilli and overall theses guys are really the masters of saisons and I would definately buy this again such a unique collab of ingredients that all have their place and work cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 11:42:44 | More by ADZA
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:15:39 | More by glid02
Photo of dgallina


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounce dark green bottle without freshness date.

Pours dark copper and red with very creamy white head and lacing. Smells quite spicy. Grains, hops, coriander, pepper, and a hint of chilies in the nose. Grainy, sweet & round malt flavors up front. Develops big chili pepper fruitiness and spice in the center and finishes with a sweet and sour kick of barnyard funk, lemon / lime, and cocoa powder. Medium body with small but persistent carbonation and lots of cream. I don't think I'd drink this regularly, but it's a tasty (if unusual) treat for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 00:27:05 | More by dgallina
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another unique beer from those wacky Belgians. This one starts with a bright pillowy head. Good retention and lacing. Has a gold/orange color (some chill haze).

Smells of citrus, mustiness, faint cocoa, spices and I know this sounds funny but it has a scent that reminds me of a dirty urinal. I don't know how or why but it smells good.

Tastes of musty yeasty funk, hidden cocoa, spices, citrus and rather crisp.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:59:19 | More by irishkyle21
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 capped and corked Champagne-style bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a glowing-but-hazy apricot-colored body with a huge cap of fine milk-white foam. The head settles quickly to a thick-collared sheet, and wispy lacing remains on the glass as the drink goes down. Subsequent pours to the glass contribute an orange-brown murkiness.

The smell of Chocolat is spicy and decidedly musty, with juicy notes of unknown fruit lurking beneath the mild-mannered muddy barnyardy funk. Cocoa makes an appearance, but it's a dirty kind of cocoa-smell. 'Dirty' as in 'dirt-like', not as in 'unclean'... once again, the word 'muddy' pops in mind.

The taste is fruity with plenty more mustiness, with notes of apple and pear vying for palate-time with a woody bit of hog wallow. A sizzle of citrus emerges as the drink progresses, and a grassy hop note is soft, adding only a touch of bitterness. Lingering in the finish is a tingle of hot chili peppers and a dusting of cocoa powder (not dirt-y).

The drink is lightly-carbonated and medium in body, with a light and juicy feel that makes it highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 19:51:38 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of clickpush


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A solid brown body topped by soapy off white head, lots of carbonation visible throughout. Aroma is funky chocolate, and taste is comperable to the smell. What a distinct, unique beer. The chocolate flavor is strong and unforgettable, unlike anything I've had before. An on combination of chocolate and farmhouse gustatory stimulation, solid mouthfeel, quite creamy, bittersweet chocolate and horse blanket. Where can I get more?!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 21:45:31 | More by clickpush
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured a solid tea color with a billowing head that fell to a finger above the brew. Nose was Orangey with a moderate spicey pepper. I was expecting a bit more of a chocolate burst, but it happens. Flavor was interesting. Orange, light mustyness, light peppery spice and a bitterness that hung on into the finish. Very interesting brew. No real chocolate flavors. The pepper flavor really comes through in the finish. Not hot, but definately a roasted pepper flavor. That pepper really made the flavor for me. Feel was light moderate with a moderately active carbonation. I found no problem drinking this in the two times I had it. That pepper flavor makes up for the lingering bitter that I didn't like so much. I'd drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 01:00:13 | More by kmpitz2
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the mood to try another crazy Fantome selection.... these are always a surprise, and I can't wait to see what this one has to offer.

Served in a Duvel tulip at just under cellar temperature. Sediment has been left behind for this tasting.

Appearance- It doesn't get much more beautiful than this. Crystal clear blazing orange, like a lamp, with a dynamic activity inside the glass. Is it because it was brewed with chili peppers? The initial four-finger head has settled to about an inch, the soapy head remains tight in the middle and broken apart towards the rim.

Smell- I actually got the chocolate right away, not the expensive Belgian kind but more like that cheap hollow Easter Bunny chocolate from the dollar store. It eventually ducks behind layers and layers of grass, hay, weeds, and musty earth. A rank dampness of leaves and more weeds come fully forward after about a half-hour, lending a totally organic, old, natural aspect to the nose. Not exactly my idea of fragrant, but totally unique and intriguing. It brings images of the very beginnings of brewing to mind.

Taste- After wincing on the first sip, partially from the bitter notes and the actual heat from the chili peppers, the huge elements of grassy, hay-like, farmhouse hops take over. I am left with a bone dry "beer burn"... a lingering spiciness from the peppers, with a tongue-gripping finish. This is a drink-with-food beer, where its sheer spiciness could be balanced with light, spicy fare... it's a wild child alone.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Appropriately textured, with just the right amount of action to keep the pungent flavors dancing on the tongue. For a Fantome beer, this is much more enjoyable when it opens up... the aromas and flavors mellow out and the overall drinkability improves. Damn interesting, the Saison style is always one that I get immense gratification... it takes a skillful hand to do it right. Fantome will always keep me guessing.

P.S. (edit)... I changed my mind and dumped in the yeast for the last six ounces, and... the chocolatey goodness lies within! I suggest you partake in the treasure that awaits your final swigs!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 04:29:15 | More by yelterdow
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork beneath cap. Unable to discern lot n (cd?) or best by date.

Pours a hazy ultra pale golden color. Visibly effervescent with a shallow white head of tiny bubbles that is kept alive from beneath. When poured aggressively the head maintains a foamy stiffness. A nice amount of lacing present; some 3D. A quarter finger brewer's yeast on the bottom; void of suspended protein "nuggets". The smell was initially mildly tart over earthy Belgian yeast. As I worked my way through "many-hundred" milliliters of the beverage, the 8% ABV may influence one's imagination and untrained senses enough to detect yet a third, chocolat-like characteristic in the aroma. The mouth feel is altogether very light with a creamy effervescent texture. The flavor favors a lighter, slightly tart, citrus fruit and pale earthiness that finishes on the dry side. The entire experience is very light and refreshing. I can definitely see this being in favor during the summer months...the "Chocolat factor" in place for us Yanks that patiently await the pregnant transcontinental distribution "pause". This one is a keeper! ...and yes i fully intend on "doing the yeast shot". Highly recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:48:03 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Bierguy5


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium copper in color, with a thick off-white head. Great head retention and lace. Sour, funky, floral and spicy aroma. Smells a little winey. Very soft feel to this one. Some sour and funky flavors, combined with a hint of cocoa. I did not get much chilli in this, as otheres did. A very interesting and complex amount of flavors. I enjoyed this one. A nice body, and soft carbonation. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 21:42:45 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of impending


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slight hazed pale golden yellow, dense head, nice lacing.

Aroma is classic earthy saison, clearly Fantôme. Lemon citrus, wet grass, old damp hay with a hint of sour.

The flavor includes the citrus and brett. Interesting spicing but no chilies no chocolate. Conforms traditionally. A tiny touch of citrus tart announces the aftertaste with a nice sharp dry twang. Thin smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:08:54 | More by impending
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.