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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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


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: yen157 on 01-16-2005)
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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
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CMW

Missouri

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
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mynie

Indiana

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.

http://mynie.com/?p=113

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 18:30:50 | More by mynie
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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
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Halcyondays

California

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
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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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yelterdow

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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dgallina

Georgia

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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clickpush

Pennsylvania

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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jjayjaye

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
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irishkyle21

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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cvstrickland

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
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glid02

Georgia

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
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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
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impending

California

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

A-

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.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:08:54 | More by impending
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just sampled La Fantome's rare beer La Dalmatienne... Paid $15.99 for the Chocolat version from this reclusive brewery in Belgium... these are very unique brews with a very champagne-like characteristic... the Chocolate version is supposedly brewed with chocolate and spices such as chili pepper... a very distinct slight chocolate taste, although I was somewhat disappointed because there wasn't as strong as a chocolate taste as the name clearly suggests... more of a slight cocoa-champagne finish... appearance was very impressive with a five-finger head that just would not dissipate... Smelled faint traces of cocoa powder... taste was very bubbly and spritzy with evident carbonation... good and unique although not above-and-beyond as the price would have you believe... Overall a very good, interesting brew, but would never again depart with as much cash as I did for this brew... a one-time thing...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 20:52:31 | More by dsa7783
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seaoflament

California

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one to La Bella on another Tuesday night (4/28/09).

Ok, this was a sneaky bastard. Joey took off the cap and popped out the cork and we stared at the neck of the bottle which was slowly filling with bubbles. The second we took our eyes off the bottle the thing started foaming and shooting like a geyser. We quickly poured into a glass and the beer was a milky, cloudy, and muddy brown hue with about a quarter inch of foam.

Light cocoa, chalky, and typical fantôme funkiness, hints of lemon, and lightly roasted chili peppers. Grass, white pepper, a bit of oregano, a touch of orange. Very complex and seemed to get even better as it warmed up in this department.

Some lemon tartness at first with lightly toasted malts, some cocoa, metallic, and herbal in the finish. Phenolic in the second half with some plastic funk.

Medium-high carbonation that stung the tongue at first, very effervescent which didn't help the beer too much in my opinion.

Another weird Fantôme beer...still not completely sold on these beers but this one was very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:33:21 | More by seaoflament
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Mania, Brussels. Opened around 55 degrees. First time opening a bottle that requires an opener, and a wine corker! also one of the first gushers Ive ever had. I lost quite a bit of this beer down the sink :(

A: Bottle gushed into my Lucifer goblet. head is huge, retention is amazing and lacing is all over the place. body is the definition of cloudy. spices and yeast everywhere. final pour had sipces and yeast on the head even.

S: This beer is called chocolat, but where is it? Certainly not in the nose. This beer however has tones of funk and spice.

T: The heat does build up slightly as you drink, however this is one complex beer. tangy and slightly sour, a slight coca taste, and flowery suggestions.

M: gently carbonated, thin-medium body, not sticky at all.

D: a very easy beer to drink. hides the alcohol like a champ. Probably the best %8 ever in that regard for me.

Well done Fantome, hope I get the chance to drink more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 18:00:31 | More by uno99
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Old bottle from Brouwer’s.

Pours darker blond, clear, finger white head, some carbonation.

Smell is grainy lagerish, wet hay, slight coco nibs.

Taste subtle, chalky coco, grain and farmhouse funk. Earth and dirt, not tart. Pretty amazing drinkability.

As it warms up, more coco comes out, and herby smell, more saison crisp wheat. Becomes like chocolate milk that is still beer. The chocolate is not the dominating flavor, it accentuates the saison barnyard qualities. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:34:37 | More by Smurf2055
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BierJager89

California

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:47:51 | More by BierJager89
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GClarkage

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/12/06- Received in a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. No freshness date on the label. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange in color. Full one inch head, tad frothy. Very fine sediment sinks to the bottom forming a gooey brown color. Sticky patches of lace to and fro.

Smell- Not as hit you in the face stinky as most Fantome brews. Farmhouse stank, with lemon rind, but not as revolting...in a good way, as most of their brews.

Taste- Fruity flavor with lemon rind predominant. Wet hay tasting with a bitter and sour finish. Not really tart, and only a quick hit of sweetness. There is just a touch of cocoa in the flavor. Tried it first without my chocolate ice cream and I detected it barely...afterwards the flavor came out a bit more after I had a scoop of ice cream and then cleansed my pallete with water.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to heavier carbonation. Lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine saison, but maybe just a tad below the Fantome expectations I am used to having. A good beer at any rate though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 16:37:15 | More by GClarkage
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Shaw

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful hay-colored beer with a very white, foamy head that leaves thick lace in my glass. Very nice.

It smells earthy and musty with notes of spice and a light sourness.

The smell carries over to the taste. I don't think I can tell there's any chocolate in this beer. The aftertaste is just a bit spicy on my lips, which may be from the hot peppers. Overall this is a very well balanced and earthy saison. Don't shy away from this beer because you think it tastes like chocolate: It doesn't. There's plenty complexity here, with musty and dry notes mixed with spices. After more sips, I may be able to detect the chocolate, but it may just be wishful thinking.

The body is smooth and slick.

This is a fine saison and another winner from Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 04:35:07 | More by Shaw
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Wildman

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy dark yellow color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace when it eventually subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma typical of a saison, with hops, yeast, spices, lemon with that slight hint of what people call barnyard (being raised on a farm, I guess I would call it musty straw smell). The flavor was of hops, yeast and grain. It had a medium light body with a slightly creamy finish with some spriteness to it. A good saison, but I really could not detect much coca, chocolate or any of the sort in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 01:19:04 | More by Wildman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery dark orange with a brick red blush when backlit with indirect February sunshine. Crazy carbonation settles down to merely mildly deranged by the three minute mark, but not before creating a massive, marshmallow-like, pastel orange crown. A modest amount of glass coverage does nothing to diminish this majestic looking saison. Note: subsequent pours add a ton of yeast and change the color to murky ochre.

The unique ingredients in Chocolat are cocoa powder and chile powder. By the way, all Fantome beer contains unique ingredients, it's just that Mr. Prignon has decided to tell us what some of them are this time. This is shaping up to be quite the interesting experience.

Once the foam finally melts a bit... the aroma isn't very cocoa-like, but it's spicier than the usual saison. Well, maybe not spicier, but differently spiced. It still delivers the sour fruity, barnyard funky aroma that aficionados of this brewery have come to know and love. It's also more musky than most of the lineup.

Chocolat is good beer that is more subtle than anticipated given the ingredients. There's no reason for anyone to be scared off by the chile powder because this is not a spicy ale. Warming allows both of the ingredients mentioned above to be appreciated, but I could not have identified the chile if blinded.

The flavor profile consists of tart apples and pears, cocoa powder, cinnamon and baked nuts. The flavor sensations, and the contrasts between them, are more interesting yet. From most prominent to least: earthy, musky, spicy, sour, funky and bitter. As the 7th dwarf, we could add either Happy (what I am now) or Sleepy (what I will soon be).

It's doubtful that it was purposeful, but Chocolat tastes a little like Mexican mole pablano sauce. Again, it isn't even close to that intensely favored. Now that I think about it, the beer that I thought I would be drinking is probably undrinkable. Dany's way, the saison essence has been preserved and hasn't been buried under an onslaught of strangeness. After all, he already brews a Strange Ghost.

The carbonation doesn't last long enough to provide an expansively creamy mouthfeel much past the third or fourth mouthful. It's still good, but it isn't special. It looks like the chile powder heat is cumulative because my mouth and tongue are beginning to feel it. Barely.

Chocolat isn't my favorite Fantome offering (Saison), but it is well worth the asking price because there's nothing else like it. I hope Dany continues to brew outstanding beer and continues to push the envelope for decades to come.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 22:25:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.