Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.9/5 rDev +4%
Another masterful crafted beer from this brewery. I did not know there were chile peppers until after. It was like a saison with chocolate, with carob. I guess the bit of acidity on the palate was the chile peppers, and knowing it would have left me pondering it, sipping it, enjoying it more. Still, they are mystery brewers and it was a bit drying yet greatly satisfying. Still needed lots of good red wine after to get my palate to neutral. A bit brown on beige colour. Funky yeasty aroma.
02-18-2007 02:38:20 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-19-2013 19:16:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-10-2010 11:43:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color without any bubbles on the surface. A few yeast particles are floating near the bottom of the snifter glass.
S: There is a moderate aroma of earthiness and funkiness along with some notes of spices.
T: There is a very good balance in the flavors between pale malts and spices; there are also some hints of chili peppers.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
D: This beer needs to be served at the proper temperature--let this sit for a while--it becomes very easy to drink after it warms up.
06-17-2010 22:03:00 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-23-2008 22:25:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
Appearance: Hazy orange/amber body with a fluffy white head; bits of lacing
Smell: All kinds of things going on ranging from yeasty to herbal (coriander/bananas) to light chocolate malt
Taste: Very unusual! On top of all the individualistic Belgian flavors that are apparent on the nose, there is an overiding characteristic of malted milk; not the dark chocolate that you taste in a stout but the taste of Ovaltine
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and considerable carbonation
Drinkability: Unforgetable, but not something I would want everyday; one of the more individualistic tasting beers I have come across
01-16-2005 15:06:27 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-19-2006 15:31:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
This beer is so experimental that the only way to review it is based on the cleanliness of the finished product and personal preference. Nevertheless, intriquing flavors and a challenge to the taste buds. Thought some solid belgian flavors persist, the delicate saison flavors are largely lost underneath the more aggressive spice additions. Nicely tart and twangy, the beer becomes distinctly Belgian. Beyond that, there is a heat and roasty spiciness from the chillies, little else is appreciated. Though it's not overly hot, the milder finess oriented characteristics go unappreciated. Even the cocoa is only recognized early on, before the vegetable (chili) flavor command. The beer smoothes out and tastes a bit dirtier toward the bottom of the bottle. An increasingly dryness and hotness throughout the finish. I truely like the artisty and excitement that this beer brings, but there are too many conflicting flavors in this one for me.
06-19-2006 02:58:52 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
05-11-2009 16:26:02 | More by mikesgroove
2.13/5 rDev -43.2%
Thanks for sharing this one Richard. You've definitely stepped your game up on sharing crappy beers.
A: The pour is a nice amber color with an initially voluminous but soon thin off-white head.
S: Can you say skunked? Lots of skunk which I debated whether or not was just Fantome funk, and decided on nay. Slightly spiced and sweet.
T: Luckily, not as skunky on the palate. Earthy hops, some light lemon tartness, spices, and a really out of place sweetness, might be some milk chocolate.
M: The mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this beer. Light to medium in body with a lively and crisp carbonation.
D: Dear brewers, chocolate and Saisons do not go together (see: Fantome Chocolat and Bullfrog Magic Beans). This was not good.
08-12-2010 19:39:25 | More by womencantsail
2.68/5 rDev -28.5%
This pours out as a muddy looking brown color with a ton of sediment in there. The head came and went. The smell was a little bit like a farmhouse ale but had some other funky stuff going on in there too. The taste was earthy and kind of bland. I'm not sure why but this beer just doesn't really set off many alarms for me on the taste and smell. The mouthfeel is a bit watery without much carbonation. Perhaps this was a bad bottle but overall I found this to be a very boring brew. I'd try it again if it was from somewhere where it's going to be fresh.
06-01-2011 17:01:54 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.
Pours a hazy sunset amber with an excess of white foamy and bubbly head that leaves a surpringly small amount of lacing behind. The smell has a healthy dose of farmhouse funk mixed with a lesser amount of wheat, pepper, and cloves. The taste maintains a bit of that funk, but tones it down and adds some firm lemon zest, coriander, wheat, and a background pinch of spicy pepper or cumin. A medium body, smooth texture, and dry finish all combine with the unique blend of flavors to create a truly enjoyable and highly drinkable saison-style brew.
02-28-2010 02:49:31 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
This is the 2nd bottle of this particular Fantôme i've tried. Since bottle variation tends to be higher for the brewery, i'd consider this to be the minimum for a review.
The deep amber body is capped by a thin film of foam. Not especially effervescent in the carbonation. Crackling bubbles appear with a strong second pour. Some minor bits of sediment hang in the tulip glass.
Smell seems to open up as it warms. An earthy sweetness is predominant, not especially in line with a chocolate character though. This is a true to style Saison. Mildly sweet and spicy.
Taste is earthy again, somewhat sweet and bitter. Lingering dusty earth and mild, spicy capsaicin tingle in the finish. The chili pepper element is extremely subdued and not hot at all. Not really dry like other saisons, mouthfeel is sort of flat, with malty sweetness. Honeyish tone also appears in the finish.
A 750mL bottle is no problem to finish, but it's a good one to share.
12-09-2006 02:45:08 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Pours a beautiful hazy blond with a large sustaining white head.
Bizarre aroma, signature Fantome; spicy, peppery and yeasty. There's a touch of sourness and funk, a little grain. I don't pick up any chocolate.
Tart and grainy, pale malt barely supports the intense yeast and spice flavors. Peppery, tart, lemony, there's a hint of chocolate and faint heat. Light-bodied, very refreshing and quaffable. Very good.
08-12-2010 07:43:52 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +16%
There's a light cocoa edge to this wonderful, easy drinking saison, but that's it. I was expecting a little bit darker color because of the name, but it's not that dark at all. It pours a hazy orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is better than average, but it still dwindles to a thin cap; and, fortunately, it does leaves some very nice lace in its wake.
The nose is typical of the Fantome beers, although this one is, perhaps, a bit restrained. It's subtly tart and floral (with some lemon, wet-hay, and barnyard mud) over a mild maltiness. And there is a very mild suggestion of cocoa in there, but it's definitely not chocolatey.
Smooth and slick across the palate; it's medium bodied and delicately zesty before becoming a bit airy.
There's a mild note of chocolate to the flavor, but it appears more in the aftertaste than it does in the mouth. Otherwise, it's a pretty basic saison with some very approachable barnyard notes; a subtle spiciness; and some grassy hops. As you progress through the glass, the cocoa does build, however.
It's a really unique and creative saison, but could anything less be expected from the Brasserie Fantome? Unfortunately for beer cogniscenti, it's not quite as aggressive as their other beers. However, considering it does have a light chocolate component to it, a certain amount of subtlety is needed to make it work.
It's definitely worth trying, and it might just grow on you!
08-04-2005 00:12:04 | More by NeroFiddled
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
Served on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil.
Pours clouded gold. Nice crème head. Flavor is much more chocolate influenced than I remember the bottle being. Still is not a lot, but is slightly noticeable. What's also noticeable is a spicy kick. I can only assume the chili peppers contribute to this. Feel has a thick carbonation and a good liquid feel. Very drinkable, yet again. It does seem a little more robust and edgier than when I had it on the bottle, but still very good all the same, though for different reasons.
01-01-2008 01:52:11 | More by RblWthACoz
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.