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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat

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very good

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: yen157 on 01-16-2005)
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4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

I was going to buy it.

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.

The nose is struck very prominently but a green bottle, slightly yeasty, nearly sour ale funk. There is a bit of grass and mingling citrus fruit with grapefruit and orange. But the smell alone worries me a bit with the funk. I'm not getting any chocolate, or any noticeable peppers... It is a tad vegetal. It does change and becomes more complex as it warms.

The taste! What a surprise! This is not funked out by the green bottle exposure at all. Completely recognizable as a Fantome. The Fantome yeast is quite apparent in all it's earthiness and funkiness. There is a pinch of damp woodsy, logs. Like a forest after a gentle rain. I catch a tad amount of cocoa but it is twisted into the earthy yeast and this sort of ashiness. The peppers are not hot but quite vegetal. This beer is also citrusy, lemony and grapefruity and a bit of orange... and... AND it is a tad sour. In a good way! Not a bad, 'oops, messed up and now the beer is sour way'. No this tastes good and comes off as possibly intentional to me. Very complex... very saison... very Fantome. So much nuance it is ridiculous.

Mouthfeel is great, just a pinch dry. A mild, mouthwatering sourness. Foamy, refreshing, and easy to drink. Just as a saison should be. It is a tad sweet but it is not sticky or offending. It is just really clean cut and nice.

In the end... another magnificent Fantome saison. All the little things happening in this beer make it a great choice and a must try... even a beer at $15 that I would not hesitate to buy again if I have the chance. Who cares if the appearance is profound and the smell isn't clear or telling. The taste is mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:50:10 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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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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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westvleteren chalice

A - Pours a nice cloudy Straw colour with a one fingered head that reduces to a film quickly.

S - Aromas of Not much chocolate

T - Heavy sherbert and citrus notes up front, with some wheat, the finish has faint chocolate and is slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body with spritzy fullish carbonation.

O - Disappointed that there was not more chocolate in this, however it still is a great saison in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 21:18:50 | More by eric5bellies
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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1.65/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with massive off white head. Aroma is bandaids, a bit if spice, and lots of musty yeast. Flavor is acetone and bandaids. A bit of pepper heat. I assume this is not what it is supposed to taste like. It is official. I will never buy another Fantome. 2 for 2 with the disgusting bottles. Down the drain along with my $12...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 12:54:13 | More by BMMillsy
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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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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
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantome is always a cause for celebration!

This pours a murky orange-amber color with nice foaming. It looks… intriguing. Although less than impressive.

The aroma is full of… roasted hay? I wasn’t expecting that. There’s a touch of roast and chocolate, with just the slightest hint of funk.

I found the flavor to be interesting although it presents a bit of a challenge. It has a slight bitterness with a peppery, saison character. The chocolate notes come out on the finish although its not present at first. Certainly it breaks my expectations. The bit of funk I noticed on the finish as it warmed was a pleasant surprise, and a real treat.

This was a unique beer, as most Fantome beers tend to be. Can’t wait for my next one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 04:00:45 | More by elNopalero
Photo of tectactoe


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep and murky, dark-amber-ish color with a HUGE light-beige head that pillows up and leaves nice lacing behind. Not what I was expecting from a beer with "Chocolat" in the name, but I guess you never know what to expect from Fantome. And I love it. Still looks pretty good for a saison.

First whiff is pretty fruity with a light tartness to it; ripe, green apples, white grapes, light cherries. Each successive sniff puts more and more of that funky-ass Belgian yeast in my nose. Wet wood, musty cellar, corky. Maybe not the funkiest thing out there - but it's still pretty damn funky. I think the tart fruits keep it in check a little bit. Some very mild spice on the end of the aroma, though I wouldn't say chili powder like the bottle advertises. It doesn't smell "hot" or anything... just like some kind of weird spice. But not chili powder. No chocolate to be found in the nose, or at least not that I'm picking up.

The taste provides a very solid mixture of fruity and funky - balanced well for how strange Fantome stuff usually is. Pears, apples, grapes, all tart - not quite to the level of puckering, but borderline. Once the sour washes away, a delicate sweetness forms from these fruits. The fruitiness is met with funky yeast, cork, musky cellar, and wet barnyard notes. Funkalicious. Although it's a bit lighter on the palate than in the aroma - tart and sweet are the real kings, here. Some other seemingly random spices make their way in... still not tasting like chili powder, and still no sign of chocolate. The beer, however, is still pretty delicious. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Chili powder and chocolate are apparently in this beer. I taste/smell neither. But the beer was still very good - classic Fantome funk with a nice cloud of tart and sweet fruits. This almost tasted more like a sour/wild ale with brett rather than a straight up saison. In any case, I liked this one much more than reviews on this site would indicate. To each their own - you can all feel free to send your Fantome my way!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:25:15 | More by tectactoe
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District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a tall bottle into a tulip glass; consumed in front of a fire on a cold night.

Aroma: Very power fruity esters. Sharp, with some sweet and malty notes. Clearly a saison, right out of the bottle.

Appearance: Straw color and cloudy, with some sunlight around the edges.Some head; good lacing.

Taste: Very sour up front, but there's something there that's breaking up the flavor. I got no chocolate, which on the one hand is OK because that's not called for by the style, but on the other hand this is supposed to have some chocolate flavor. The only way to describe this flavor is "short"--there's no lasting impression as I usually get from a saison. But the fruity, lemony, clove flavors were there, and of course got more complex as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Sharp from the carbonation, but it drinks well.

Overall: A nice beer with decent flavor. I don't think this one was "off," but it was a bit disappointing for all the hype it gets.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 13:00:30 | More by Beerstorian
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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
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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
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A chocolate saison, eh? Normally I'd be extremely skeptical; it sounds like the kind of thing Brew Dog or The Bruery would attempt, fail at, and somehow successfully sell at a marked-up price. But if anyone can legitimately pull it off, it's Fantome. 750ml green glass (come on!) bottle with pressure cap over a cork and an appealing label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Cost was $22.00

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with couscous and pretzels (don't ask...)

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention (~7+ minutes). Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dull lemon-brown on par with dirty straw. Nontransparent; non-opaque. Hazy. No yeast particles are visible - at least not this high up in the bottle. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters, brett yeast, soft rustic esters, heavy crystal malt, pale malts, and sweet crystal sugars. Lacks spice for a saison - especially one from Fantome. A moderately strong aroma. Very appealing, but not as complex or subtle as anticipated given the brewery. I don't get chocolate at all, nor do I get any peppery saison notes.

T: Crystal malt, bright lemon esters, some more rounded full fruit esters, yeasty banana and clove, soft bretts (seamlessly integrated into the balance), pale malts and derivative sweetness, and full luscious clean barley. Light lemongrass comprises the foundation. Very refreshing, with hints of lactic notes complementing the clean pleasant feel nicely. No alcohol comes through. I don't get any chocolate though I really look for it. It's quite enjoyable, and delivers a lot of complexity - though it lacks the subtlety and clever balanced spicing present in many other Fantome saisons.

Mf: Light, tingly, smooth, wet, and near perfectly carbonated. Ideal thickness. Good palate presence. Feels tailored specifically to the flavour profile and complements it as such. Even a bit buttery.

Dr: Exceptionally drinkable, especially considering the (well hidden) high ABV. I expected some chocolate but found none, yet it remains an excellent saison. Another delightful beer from the masterful Fantome, but it won't be what most expect. I'd happily get it again, and I certainly regard it as among the finest saisons I've ever had.

High B+

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:32:37 | More by kojevergas
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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: This bottle erupted in foam, then the chalice I poured it into is full of foam, then the bottle foamed over again. The 'head' is three fingers large, and fades slowly. Huge, sticky lacing.

S: Skunky as all get-out. Hint of spice, hint of tang, faintly unpleasant. Lemon zest.

T: Interesting....Lemon zest was spot on, as this is a tart, acidic beer. I wonder how much, if any, is attributable to spoilage. Actual taste is pleasant though, with lemon, light pepper (jalapeno?), and very little chocolate, other than perhaps a lightly chalky bitterness.

M: Dry, sparse, lightly carbonated, and generally barebones.

O: Is it good? Kinda? I think my bottle is atypical, but this can't even approach the level of

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 08:12:47 | More by AgentMunky
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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle purchased and poured at Avenue pub, NOLA. Pours a golden hay with great thick lasting foamy head into unibroue tulip. Funky sour saison aromas; a little lemony citrus but its bright. Taste is of very pungent funk, sour, crisp citrusy sasion, but followed by a very subtle chocolate flavor. Really really nice. It actually works well, although it seems gross on paper. Nice dry finish as a saison should be. Again, a great unique saison from the master.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 23:53:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.7.12

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a very large off-white soapy head that fades down very slowly.

S - Tart lemons, hay, grass, wood.

T - Roasted malt, smoke, tobacco, leather. Some subtle funk throughout along with some chocolate.

D - Tons of carbonations with a light body and a smokey finish.

O - Looks Belgium, tastes smokey and dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 06:18:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml split with the wife.
Served in Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours a hazy apricot with a creamy eggshell head that sinks forming a thin cap. Speckled lacing left behind.

S - Astringent and sharp brett yeast, barnyard funk galore, pungent lemon, soured hemp, moldy fruit, oranges, seasoned curly fries, peppery spices,

T - Peppery spice upfront, dried orange peel, honey bread, earth, arugula greens, dry bitter cocoa wicks away any moisture on the palate creating a bone dry and bittering finish.

M - Smooth feel, moderate creamy carbonation, bitter dry finish.

The aroma is full of sharp funk. The cocoa works well because it's a bitter chocolate rather than sweet. The cocoa along with the chili powder add dryness and bite and marries well with Saison characteristics. Loved exploring this beer and wish I had some cheese to pair it with.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:11:31 | More by StaveHooks
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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chocolat pours a light bodied dark and cloudy orange in color with a billowing three finger, bright white head. The nose features aromas of lemon rhind, green pepper, herbal spice, earthy must, Lemongrass, and Belgian yeast. Despite all of the adjectives I wouldn't say it's very complex, like Fantomes other beers. There isn't any chocolate or chile to be found. I expected at least the chocolate to be somewhat present. The flavors are dry and musty. The lemon rhind and grass are the two most dominant flavors. It certainly does have an herbal, leafy, tea like aspect as well. There is also moderate bitterness. It certainly doesn't drink as smoothly as the other Fantomes that I've tried and has a bit more carbonation. Overall this was a strange beer. Blind, I probably would've pegged it as a Fantome but for the name of the beer and description on the side it was disappointing. It wasn't as complex or unique as their other offerings in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:08:45 | More by aasher
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:49:52 | More by superspak
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4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually went to the Chocolaterie, with whom the brewer co-operated tp brew this Fantome Chocolate. THe first thing the chocolatier told me, that it's actually a wrong name - it should be Fantome Cacao, not Chocolat, since only cocoa is in it.
So when I tasted it, I was not surprised not to find a sweet beer, but a rather bitter one..

Appearance: pale golden, nice cream

Smell: at first a bit of everything, afterwards some herbal essence, some spicyness, I didn't smell cocoa, my wife did

Taste: actually a lot less bitter than I had expected. Pleasantly bitter, spicy, and here, indeed, a touch of cocoa - very nice blend

Mouthfeel: a mouthful, refreshing

Overall: better than I had expected (especially after having seen the brewery from the outside, looks quite amateuristic), will defenitely present it at my next beer seminar

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 09:12:17 | More by Dedeke
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Quebec (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green 750ml bottle with cork shared by Patrick. Amber colour with a white ring of foam around the glass. Some brett on the nose but I was somewhat watery, I'm still searching the chocolate and the chili. Some oxidation is perceptible. The taste: watery and oxidized. An old bottle or a bottle that is going downhill.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:24:38 | More by rodenbach99
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle with Marcus Siu at the Louisville Beer Store.

A - Pours a nice medium-dark yellow with a nice fluffy white head. It is evident from the pour that there is moderate carbonation.

S - Smells super funky… spices are evident with fruitiness in the background, oranges? Also, malty/earthy notes, and Belgian yeast. This is one of the funkier Fantome brews I have tried.

T- Tastes of funk, spices, yeast, bread, earthy notes, and light fruit. Funk is still there, though it is less funky than the nose. I get a hint of the pepper, and the chocolate brings a nice earthy balance.

M – Like I stated earlier: moderate carbonation with a medium to light body.

O– This is a funky saison for sure. Honestly, this Fantome exceeded my expectations a bit. Marcus said it was his favorite, and he liked it better than the Fantome Noel.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:53:44 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with friends. Poured into a matching Fantome tulip, the brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow with hints of orange coloration. 2 fingers worth of white froth slowly fade leaving thick frothy patches and spots of lace. A constant stream of carbonation rises to the surface in support of the cap.

The smell is... Well, it's poopy like dirty diaper and sulfur initially. It gives way to some earthy elements as it breathes with grassy notes and the most faint touch of raw cocoa across the back. The more I smell this, the more it reminds me of more earthy raw cocoa nibs and not the expected sugary chocolate you might expect from other styles. As the brew warms up, it morphs into a strange almost smoked pepper scent.

The taste is quite earthy and green. Yeast is evident and even moreso as you approach the bottom. Raw earthy character of grass and herbal aspects give way to a light lemon rind aspect. It almost displays a bit of menthol kick and weedy aspect. There is a mild bitterness present thoroughout. The aftertaste includes something almost like onion or chives. Dare I say this has a dusty feel to it.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not exactly the bold chocolate offering you might expect based off of other chocolate beers that are exaggerated and sometimes over done. This had a good earthy aspect about it along with some unique twists. I approached this beer with low expectations and found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 19:19:16 | More by stakem
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:15:59 | More by thagr81us
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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.