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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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85
very good

230 Reviews
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Reviews: 230
Hads: 343
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yen157 on 01-16-2005

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Reviews: 230 | Hads: 343
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A capped and corked 750ml bottle.

Pours a dark golden/orange color with tons of sediment floating around, good sized head with some patchy lacing, I like the floaties.

Smell is very citrusy and yeasty, some fruity aromas, not picking up any of the cocoa or chili pepper that they mention, rather sour though.

Taste is initially sour but not overwhelmingly sour, still makes me pucker though, citrusy and crisp, becomes a bit harsh after drinking, fruity taste (apples most likely), still can't make out any cocoa or chili pepper though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky golden color into my tulip. Short white head that lingers on for a bit of time. The nose brings some grass and floral characteristics plus a bit of light cocoa. None of the chili really seems to make its way into the nose. The taste brings a slight spicing and faint hints of chocolate.

The feel brings a bit of the chili and it just doesn't meld all that well with the body and other characteristics of the beer. A bit strange--even for Fantome--and was something that I didn't need more than a few ounces of.

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Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with ok retention that reduces to nothing. No lacing, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of cocoa, apple, lemon, cherry, pepper, biscuit, earth, grass, hay, big funk, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of tart apple, cherry, lemon, chocolate, chili, pepper, biscuit, funk, hay, grass, and yeast spices. Fair amount of tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grass, tart apple, lemon, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nicely complex and balanced flavor, but it has a bit of an odd flavor presence along with the normal Fantome funk. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Smooth to drink but is still a sipper with the tart flavors. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a nice and complex farmhouse ale. A touch on the odd side with some of the flavors, but it was still enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Aenema
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy honey topped with a frothy, bone-white foam that leaves slight lacing. Lots of effervescence.
Smell - Sweet grains, faint hints of cocoa notes/slight chili. I probably would not have known what those notes were if I did not know this beer was supposed to have cocoa and chili notes. Slight sour/tart funk noticeable.
Taste - Sweet, bready malts, faint hint of cocoa, slight chili heat on the finish. Some vinegar.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, light on the tongue yet still has a substantial feel.
Drinkability - Rather easy drinking, but none of the flavors stand out and create much of a desire to drink more.
Overall - Overall disappointing, especially for the price (14.99), quality brewing is perceivable, but the flavors aren't there. The flavor profile comes together, but it's like the volume to a promising song is too low.

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Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light chestnut brown with a fizzy tan head. This dissipates quickly, but is easily refreshed to a couple of fingers worth. A few bubbles of carbonation. Very nice.

S - Large smack of solvent and barnyard. Honey, apple, grass. Unable to find any chocolate.

T - Bit of a let down overall. Peppery start, then green apple running through the middle. Finish is nicely astringent, with a citrus/grassy tang. Aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Absolutely no sign of the 8% ABV.

M - Very light body and carbonation that is too soft. Probably the weakest link here.

D - Would be hugely drinkable if it was more interesting. Not the best effort of a brewery I hold in high regard.

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden copper with a finger of off white head, a bit cloudy

Smells sour, grassy, funky, smells a lot like a lambic actually, maybe a hint of chocolate here

Taste is more sour. This is the sourest saison I have ever tasted, pretty weird. Some lemons, some oranges, medium -high carbonation, no chocolate that I can see.

Overall I was a little put off by the sourness. I enjoy sour beers, this reminds me of a cuvee de ranke, but when I pull out a saison this is not what I expect. Its not a bad beer at all, but the sourness and lack of chocolate hurt it in the ratings for me.

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Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky dark orange with a decent frothy off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh fruits with a nice backing of spice, mild cocoa and a hint of chili peppers. The taste is loads of super sweet malts with a bit of cocoa in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with its sweetness being the main problem with the mouthfeel, but it dies down as the beer warms and the chili and chocolate comes through. This is certainly an interesting beer, but not one I'd likely have again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks yourefragile for sharing this at the Fantome-marathon we endured in that religious compound. Served in a Fantome tulip because all the cool kids were doing it..

I guess I'm stupid but when a beer is called "chocolate" I expect it to be dark, and I guess it was sort of darkER than a couple of the others but my notes say "orange?" and it had a white head....hmmmm...

Beer smells like orange peel, rind, I fear this has now become find the chocolate.

If it didn't say chocolate on the label I wouldn't think there was any chocolate in the beer but since I can read and don't want to appear to look like a fool right now I'm going to claim I could taste chocolate, when in reality what I tasted was lemon and orange peel, mild flowers, and a decent yeast palate. A nice beer but why is it called chocolate?

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Fantome outlined ghost tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spices, funk, banana, fruit, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, fruit, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the flavors here you could definitely tell this belonged in the Saison category. However, as mentioned before, the label says 'Chocolat'... But there was none to be found at least in my experience. This is okay though, but a little off-putting for someone who might be expecting it in their first taste of a Saison. Worth trying if you can, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem from Belgium that I was finally lucky enough to get a hold of. I broke this one out for Cake the other night. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/09/2009.
 
The pour was not what I was expecting but still very good. I think I had it in my head that this was going to be a Belgian style stout, which it was clearly not. Nice orange, light brown colored pour here with a small head on top that was maybe a quarter of an inch before settling back down into essentially nothing. Tart aroma here, sour apples coming through very clearly. Hints of maybe some light cocoa, not much though and I am nit sure where the chili peppers that were advertised should have been coming from. Smooth, light body here with a sour, apple vinegar like flavor from start to finish. Mellow chocolate notes were way hidden in the back and the overall feel of this was that of a classic sour ale. Smooth, and very drinkable.
 
Overall not bad, but not at all what it was advertised at or what I was expecting. Would I try it again, sure, would I pay for it again, no.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split with my wife. Poured into a tulip glass.

a: amber with a foamy bubbly head with ok retention. The head was about 1" high. Reduces to lacing

s: slightly sour smell, mixed with ever so slight citrus.

t: fairly complex beer, surprisingly the most dominated flavor is citrus. There is a light note of pepper... which in my mind almost acts like the bittering substance. Not much cocoa, slightly disapointing.

m&d: light bodied, easy to drink as the achohol is hidden nicely.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this green 750 ml corked and capped bomber after having seen the likes of it around for a little while. As I poured it out, the typical rustic Fantôme look emerged, as the Saison settled into a cloudy, orange amber body, and was topped by a falling head that started out to be three fingers thick. Quite an understated aroma when compared to the previously sampled offerings from this brewery. I got pleasant floral notes and fresh cut hay when sniffing but neither the cocoa nor the chili pepper were detectable. Taste was tart, earthy, and crisp and any notes not typical in s Saison were minimal, which is sad since I was looking forward to tasting something akin to a Mole Poblano mixed with the beer. That disappointment aside, this was a solid beer with dry and refreshing flavor. Alcohol was so well hidden, it ought to be a crime. Easy to drink, just not as spectacular as hoped.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium foamy head with great retention. Aroma of spicy pepper, funky yeast and floral malt is well balance and typical of Fantome. Taste is quite spicy with a faint funky ending. Chocolate is very hard to distinguish. Body is about average for the style and alcohol is sensible to some degree. Not bad but I guess I am always expecting greatness form this brewer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle served in my DT tulip. Cork read Brasserie Fantome Soy 086/477044. Poured a murky, burnt orange with a frothy, half inch off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head was refreshed with a swirl of the glass and lacing formed in sheets during each glass tilt before coating the glass with specks and strands. Nose revealed yeast, a musty/earthy quality some citrus-like character. More citrus in the mouth, manifested as astringency/tartness and a lingering bitterness. Picked up grapefruit and earthiness primarily, followed by yeast. Not sure where the cocoa and chili pepper is hiding. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and extremely lively leaving a light tingle/burn lingering in the middle of the tongue (maybe that's the chili pepper). Decent farmhouse, but I've had better from this brewer. I was anticipating something falling between Fantome's standard saison and Theobroma, but didn't find it here.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer is a light blonde orange color with a small white head. The aroma offers some orange, citrus, funk...hold on, where is this so called chocolate? So far appearance and aroma do not fulfill what was promised on the label. The flavor is orange, orange peel, light spice, yeast, funk, but nary a hint of chocolate. Still, a decent saison, though not in the upper echelon of Fantôme brews. Light to medium in body with adequate carbonation. Overall, a decent saison from Fantôme.

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Photo of Domingo
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and chili peppers? Sign me up.
Pours a pale hazy yellow color with a decent head. After trying their Noel, I figured this one would be brown. The head lingers, which is nice and typical for the style.
Smells like a normal Fantome Saison. I don't really pick up a whole lot of difference to be honest. As this one warms up you'll start to get a faint cocoa smell, but at first there's no real sign at all.
The taste is a little sweeter than a expected, however there's no chocolate flavor at all. I feel a little tingle and pick up a little cayenne-like spice in the finish, but it's really pretty minor. This one just tastes like a slightly sweeter normal saison. It's got the funky yeasty flavors with a little grassy hop bit.
Mouthfeel is thick, and typical for a saison.
Pretty drinkable, too.
While this is a good saison...there's really no motivation to get this one over any other. There's almost no chocolate or pepper flavor, and the little that is there isn't good or bad.
Essentially, buy this one if it's cheaper than another saison. If not - there's really no reason to bother.
I think the scoring on this one will suffer a little bit just because it really isn't much of what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber-brown with hints of gold at the edges. The head cascades with fairly large bubbles to an off-white peak and quickly falls to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- The first things to hit the nose are a strange funky brett smell with a slightly sour aroma. Hints of citrus, lemon, and grape come through. Way in the background, a faint hint of raw cacao can be detected.

T- Funky with a mild peppery taste. Slightly tart and mildly vinuous. It tastes slightly oxidized.

M- Bright and effervescent with a light body.

D- Goes down fairly smooth. Overall, it's alright, but not as good as fantome's other offerings andd not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a large bottle into a pint glass. Clear yellow-orange with a big head.

S: yeast, citrus, farmhouse, grapefruit. Much less funk than I'd expected from a specialty saisson.

T: quite sour, but not tart like a Flemish. Interesting spices but I found them muted in relation and not that appetizing.

M: uninspiring

D: easy to drink, interesting craft, just not my favorite. I'll take a straight up saisson any day.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rich, bold orange with wee little bubbles that form a small but exceptionally creamy egg nog-colored head. Fantastic retention. Second pour yields a much more cloudy beer, very nearly opaque and muddy brown.

Smell: Bubble gum, apple juice and fresh apples, white wine, and a little chocolate milky sweetness. Kind of a woody twang as well.

Taste: Slight strawberry tartness, white wine, earthy yeast, a puckering and somewhat off-putting rind-like sour bitterness on the sides of the tongue, and an ever-so-subtle red chili spiciness that gets a bit lost in the alcohol. Powdered cocoa sneaks in at the very end and dries up the finish. A bit of honey glazes the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very good, quite creamy but still refreshing. A little too syrupy.

Drinkability: Well, this is a fine ale, and it's pretty damn drinkable for the ABV, but I must say, I am underwhelmed. I wanted more from the cocoa and chili flavors. Oh well, I don't regret paying $13 for it.

Note: Conventional wisdom dictates that you shouldn't let the schmutz at the bottom of the bottle slip into your glass. But with this beer... I say screw that! In this particular case, that sediment adds quite a bit of depth to the flavor and beefs up the mouthfeel. Pour vigorously!

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Photo of Lexx
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, muddy orange color with white head and some lacing. The scent is a sweet cocoa powder orange with hints of spices. The taste is a bit underwhelming at first, (I was expecting a lot) earthy and with the flavor of orange rind. The finish is relatively lovely, cocoa with a bit of pepper seed bitterness on the sides of your tongue.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review being written from notes as I drank this one a few weeks ago now. Split a bomber of this with my good friend Jon Passow (iamaguitargod), who has already posted his review below. Anyways, I poured this into my tulip glass. Poured a cloudy amber brown, apple cider like color. White head is well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice solid 1/3 inch with excellent retention. Not much lace. Not much aroma either, a bit of a funky smell. Has a sweet yet sour flavor, followed with bit of peppers and actually a tiny heat bite. Didn't detect any chocolate at all here. Has a dry aftertaste, very dry for this style I thought. Has a crisp, frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink in a good way. Not bad, but the title of this beer is quite misleading indeed.

Eric

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Photo of mcallister
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale dirty water shade of brown with orange abstracts. Head is white, carbonated and reminiscent of pissing on the ocean.

Floral, spicy, hints of green herbacious-ness, sour bacteria ridden sourness! Little milk chocolatey aspects. Hard to grasp the immesne amount of aromas lingering.

Meaty, spicy, little bitter milk chocolate almost like turned milk. Cocoa on the finish. Somewhat sour, very thin mouthfeel with a weak mid palate.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky straw color with a large head that takes up most of the glass. A one finger head remains after a calming period. Aroma is mostly grass and fresh with some minor notes of cocoa. First sip reveals a rather mild with a soft mouthfeel with little carbonation. Some grassy flavors after Some slight bitterness. Some musty flavors. No notes of cocoa or chili pepper as indicated on the bottle. Taste is rather subtle. No acidity in the taste. Tastes like a subdued bitter greens. Like dandelions.

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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.