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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
85
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 23 | 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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy hefe-like yellow. Two fingers of very white foam appear quickly. Bubbles are everywhere. Beads of varying speeds coming from below, creating a great multi-layer visual.

Aroma - mild grains, mild mustiness. Just enough farmhouse scent to let you know what it is, but no chocolate yet.

Taste - a difficult beer to describe. Graininess and mild tartness/funkiness, fairly palatable to me. The swallow has some hop balance to show, also quite good. But I'm not detecting the chocolate. At times I think I am, but if I tasted this blindly I don't think I'd guess there's any chocolate in here. Finishes with the wild yeast and hop residues in good blend with each other, but I feel disappointed for not being able to pick up the chocolate. A tasty saison if nothing else.

Mouthfeel - crisp, lively, with ample carbonation. A smooth element makes it enjoyable to sip.

Drinkability - tasty, but I was looking for something and didn't find it. This is not a style I'd stock anyway, but it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 16:33:53 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 10/18/09.

A - Poured a cloudy yet quite effervescent orangey/cider-esque body with a thin, bubbly off-white head.

S - A hint of pepper, mild sourness and barnyard notes reminiscent of wet hay comprise the initial aroma. However, Mr. Chocolate appears to be incognito. So I guess the Fantome moniker that preceeds the name of this brew is quite fitting, eh?

T - The name of this beer is certainly quite deceiving. There is nothing about this brew that even remotely resembles chocolate. Some musty, earthy notes appear in the middle and last through to the backend. Finishes with a hint of peppery spice and mild heat.

M - Light bodied with bubbly carbonation and a hint of sourness on the palate. Finishes with a slight peppery sting on the tip of the tongue.

D - Overall, I found this to be a fairly average saison with a rather peculiar name. The spicy and sour notes are much more prominent than any other flavors that come out in this brew, which makes me wonder why Fantome didn't name this beer Sweet & Sour rather than Chocolat.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Smells like liquid skunk."

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:09:27 | More by ffejherb
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, smoke, band-aid, and baby wipe aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour smoke and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some odd aromas and flavors that may not be intended but somehow aren't all that bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:16:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sedimented deep golden, very foamy, long lasting-head. Sweet creamy nose. Accessible banana esters makes way for mango and various passion fruit. Extremely doughy nature which doesn’t feel so fantôme-ish. Coriander and sage hints remain light, but it has indeniable rustic charms that are quite appealing. Light flavours, diplomatic and easy to drink. Herbal, honeyish and doughy. Very soft hops, drying the palate a beer in a sawdust fashion. Smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation than average Belgian beer. Slightly oily tang. Good stuff, but hardly marginal in the fantôme line-up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:25:54 | More by Rastacouere
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very interested to try a saison that was brewed with chocolate powder and chili peppers.

Appearance- Pours a hazy, read ale hue with more Belgian like carbonation, adn head and lacing, and retention for that matter. Love the lacing actually. The head could have done and has been better from this touted brewery.

Smell- Not the aroma of chili or chocolate that I was expecting, but then again, I never get what I expect from this brewery. Thats why I keep buying their beers. Anyways, Very light hints if chocolate picked up with some oddball spicey tht isn't just herbal that I can only assume is the chilis. I was hoping for a little ore emphasis on the odd mix of ingredients.

Taste- Starts with a tart mocha, saison-like mocha of course, with hints of normal herbs and spices with a hint of something "spicey". I think the muted, almost unknown elements of this beer. Make it so unique. Where a lot of American brewers may overdue special ingredients, the Belgians keep it muted, or subtle.

Mouthfeel- Was hoping for a more spicey feeling tongue, but alas. The muted shocalte was the only saving grace for an otherwise great saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 05:44:39 | More by scruffwhor
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MADPolo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-03-2013 15:04:39 | More by MADPolo
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 capped and corked courtesy of bobsy - thanks for the nice evening pal!

Bobsy fails to warn me that this could quite possibly be a gusher and as so it spills over the table before it makes its way into the glass, a hazy golden straw color with plenty of foamy head.

Smell has an immensely pleasing wet hay funk wafting off of it with a hint of the grains and touch of spice.

Taste is a bit of a let down. Almost none of that funk passes through and it is a little on the thin side. A touch of grain, a bready malt, a squeeze of lemon and pear, a dash of spices but without the pleasant drying bite I would desire, pretty thin in the mouth, spot on carbonation though, not a bit of chocolate to speak of, perhaps a touch of anise in there though. Kind of an odd duck and not what I would initially reach for when I want a saison.

Thanks for bringing this one Rob!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 18:14:28 | More by ritzkiss
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-27-2013 23:49:58 | More by cosmonick
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-25-2013 02:23:27 | More by mportnoy
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-21-2011 16:37:26 | More by brandoman63
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-18-2014 02:58:27 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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djtomain

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-12-2013 00:05:28 | More by djtomain
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-21-2012 03:49:44 | More by chippo33
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-25-2014 21:26:04 | More by Mattias
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-31-2013 10:22:25 | More by nzerbe
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-29-2013 21:28:53 | More by wiltznucs
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-07-2014 04:23:14 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-23-2012 14:43:27 | More by ElGallo
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AshleyMiller

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-11-2012 20:15:50 | More by AshleyMiller
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emdawg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-01-2012 05:41:18 | More by emdawg
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gpawned

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-06-2012 20:28:13 | More by gpawned
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cgentzkow

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-10-2013 15:26:41 | More by cgentzkow
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lou91

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantome and Chocolate- a match made in heaven? I was really excited about this beer and on the pour it seemed to live up to my anticipation. It poured golden and hazy with a light brown muddiness which I hoped would be the chocolate. This is where the positive part of the story ends. If you put aside the almost complete lack of chocolate, this is still a good crisp clean rich ale. As close as I can taste is a whisper of vanilla and oak that might be chocolate but it is stretching my palate. Got it from Stuffed Sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 04:55:28 | More by lou91
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imaguitargod

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I notice they've added a small description to the front of their labels which is great because that was one thing I felt would improve their marketability. Pours to an amber brown color with great head and head retention with not much lacing (enjoyed this with fellow beer advocate neenerzig).

There's a sweet/sourness that hits very briefly then the flavor of the peppers come in. Being the pepper expect that I am, I am going to say that they used Cayenne peppers. The bite is almost identical to Cayennes. Not really hot but it does have a little bite. I barely (and use the word "barely" is stretching it) tasted the cocoa on the back end. For having cocoa so predominantly featured on the label, this falls very, very short. Dry after taste. This is a good session beer but not what's advertised.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 16:10:07 | More by imaguitargod
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Stein's in New Orleans this past May.

This is a very different and complex beer. Served in a large tulip. It pours a very hazy blonde with an inch to an inch and a half of white head that slowly dissipates but leaves a long lasting surface layers of fizz.

Smell is an immediate blast of brett funk and stale citrus with a slightly smoky background. To me it was like a smoked champagne aroma.

Tastes follows suit with a peppery farmhouse funk and sour aspect. That smoky background carries through in the flavor. As it warmed and I swished it around I did get a slight taste of bittersweet cocoa on the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp and dry with a high level of carbonation but still maintains some malt sweetness.

Overall this is a decent beer. Not something I would search out again, but if you are into funky, complex beers. This one is definitely worth a try. Next time I would serve in a flute instead of a tulip.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:39:23 | More by srhoadsy
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.