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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
85
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
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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superspak

Michigan

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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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-01-2014 14:37:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden lemon color with slight orange hues and a fluffy white head. Lots of peppery floaties dance in the glass.

S: The nose was big with a sour citrusy aroma. The sourness is very smooth and clean. There was a pinch if that of cocoa on the nose.

T: The flavor was surprising with sour fruit (pears, apples) and some light pepper notes add a very subtle spiciness. There was a light funky sourness as well. The cocoa was scarce and hard to pick up but was there along with some some sour fruit and lemon hopping rounding out the flavor. For anyone expecting a big chocolate experience may be mislead or disappointed. Danny Prignone is a noted wise-ass and jokester and definitely brews things his own way with a very unique variety of spices used for his seasonals. Those that complain about the lack of chocolate simply do not understand Danny's style or sense of humor.

M: very soft in carbonation providing for a smooth drinkability.

D: Overall a good beer, it's the subtlety of the drink itself that makes it stand out flavor-wise.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 13:34:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750 ml, chocolate/chili saison? Sounds weird, but Fantome has never let me down.

Pours a very cloudy amber/golden, one finger white head forms, settles to a medium sized layer, nice lacing, great colour. Smell is classic Fantome, barnyardy funk, honey, straw, yeast, caramel, grass, acidity, don't really get much chocolate in the nose but there is a definate chili spiciness in it. Taste is like a first, bit of citrus, yeast and funk, but what a finish. Rich chocolate, spicy chili, caramel, sour funky straw, real acidic and really nice, found the finish to be slightly weak once the chocolate wears off however. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very lively, definately does not seem 8%. Another interesting beer from Fantome, luckily Sam's in Chicago always has a few different ones on hand, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 00:26:43 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Muddied dark amber/copper appearance. Thick crop of airy beige head. The retention properties are great. And the lace comes in full sheets. Aroma is earthy and musty. Just a titch of spice and chocolate. A little lemon and some yeastiness. Flavor is pretty low key. Sure it's got some of that saison like yeastiness. Sure it's got some lemon. Definitely some pepper. Cocoa flavors are non-existent. But everything comes together in just a "blah" kind of way for me. The mouthfeel is light and airy. I think this is easily my lowest rated Fantome beer. It's fine and all. Just not up to their (or my) standards of a good/great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:49:23 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Jw347 as part of 80's BIF. Thanks!
Poured a hazy golden orange colour with a dense cap of yellowish bubbles that produced lots of clumpy, clinging lace, nearly sheets of the stuff. Great head retention. Aroma was big on red wine character, a little tart with mild lemon and grassy notes. There was just the faintest hint of cocoa, not full on chocolate, but cocoa powder or carob. Quite fruity overall. Tart and fruity flavour up front, apples and pears, then grassy with a bit of citrus. By the finish, there was rising bitterness, but this was overcome by heat that was initially quite subtle, but grew just a bit over a few sips. Any chocolate was very muted, limited to hints of cocoa that flashed in and out of focus. There was a pleasant sweetness, a bit on the fruity side with some malt presence, that provided balance to the heat towards the end. An herbal character also appeared in the finish as it warmed, sort of an anise flavour. Ample carbonation that was on the creamy side, body was fairly smooth with a bit of warmth (in addition to the chili heat) in the finish. Fairly dry too. I've got to say, this wasn't at all what I was expecting, which may have worked in its favour. The mild chilis combined with the farmhouse character and hint of cocoa turned out to be a solid flavour profile, especially with the tartness. My only regret is that I didn't enjoy this sooner!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:45:00 | More by DrJay
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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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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-28-2014 23:31:31 | More by afsdan
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 2 weeks ago in Detroit (Cloverleaf) for just over $13, a very good price compared with $16 elsewhere in the area. Tonight I popped the cap and pulled the cork to officially bring in the 2007 holiday season with my wife.

The first observation is that the beer is lighter color than I expected, it's a dark golden color with just more than a hint of haze to it. I expected a little darker hue from the "chocolate" in the name. Not much of a head, and what's there dissipates quickly.

The aroma was funky and musty, possibly a trace of skunk. The flavor was pretty surprising, no chocolate or chili peppers that I can discern. Actually the after-taste reminds me a little of the chocolate smell from a scratch'n'sniff book my daughter had. So it's there I guess. Also, here was a noticeable acidic / citrusy thing going on. A lot here, but I think the regular Fantome is fantastic and a better deal (only $9-10 per bottle).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 23:07:07 | More by TurdFurgison
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-25-2013 00:10:37 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -20%

07-09-2013 05:12:41 | More by drummermattie02
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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ccrida

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip glass, Chocolat is a hazy burnt straw, lots of streamers, with a 2 finger white head that slowly subsides to a thick skim leaving lots of bubbly lace. A little rocky and I'd give it a 5.

The aroma is classic fantome saison barnyard funk. Sweet soft grains, some clove and apple cider vinegar, and just a whiff of milk coco. Yum!

The taste is very reminicent of the regular Saison D’Erezée series, but with more subdued yeast and a touch of milk coco, and a very clean finish leaving the faint heat of chili.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy with soft carbonation.

This is very good, easy drinking and refreshing. Not a 5 because I'm not sure that heat wouldn't build up to much, and it goes for $14/ bottle! Still, I'd been wanting to try this for a couple of years, and now that I have, I will certainly seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 15:21:49 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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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jrallen34

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottl into my Rochefort glass. I really like to be constructive in my reviews, but I'll just start out by saying this beer is no good and needs to be avoided...Pours an ugly light watery looking honey gold, two fingers of head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma has cocoa powderon the front, lots of floral hops light. There is a chili pepeer finish that is really generic and comes acros really bad giving it a stale skunky aroma...The taste is really bad, it loses all the chocolate and is just a really weird musky, stale, chili. Sour in the worst ways, with heat in the middle.

A combination that should not be tried in a saison, stay away from this.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:48:32 | More by jrallen34
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thagr81us

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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-25-2013 15:35:42 | More by iL0VEbeer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange-ish color with a fluffy white head. In the aroma, a musky sourness and a small chili like spice. In the taste, sour green apples and a chili spice, as it warms up a small presence of cocoa. A smooth bigger bodied mouthfeel and a dry cocoa, and small green apple sourness in the aftertaste. Not much chocolate, yet very complex and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 11:43:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaquely dull milk chocolate brown with an ugly cast of grey-yellowishness to it. One uniquely, unappetizing looking beer. A huge bubbly head of crunchy brown foam grows up quickly during the pour as it nearly breaks out of the bottle with excitement, but nothing remains once diminished. Sticky pieces of brown lace speck the glass along with a dry oily film.

Aroma is all funked up with dirty sweat socks, grasses, flowers, sour grapes and yeast, fouled earthyness, turned caramel and marshmellow, and a tad of milk chocolate from time to time.

Taste is mostly soured and tangy with puckering lemonyness scratched with all sorts of funky yeasty sourness and bittering teathers whipped with grassy flowers, dirt, dung, hops, and one uniquely bittering chocolate thats more milky then dark and less candyish with just a smidgeon of caramel. Finish has a fun dispay of all these things dancing around in a spicy fashion of dryness thats more grassy/herbal then anything.

Feel is quite souring and actively so in that area of interest. So if sour is your thing this will suit ya just fine. Medium pucker, medium bittering bite, medium dryness, acidicness, hmmm, lets say medium, and a good amount of sour to keep it all together. Only the light chocolatey/caramel hints keep this from going completely over the top. Well, for me at least. Body, overall seems medium too. Definately a twist of Saison to a twist of Belgian Pale on a twist of more Saison. Its a tongue twister, I know, and so is the beer.

Not my fav from Fantome, and nothing like Black Ghost, which is my fav, but it has its own unique charm that grows on ya.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 02:37:26 | More by tavernjef
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-03-2013 22:08:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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vfgccp

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Bright orange with a touch of brown. Head dies quickly leaving a low lace – unusual for the style, especially for the brewery.

S – Hah, this actually has the most of the infamous saison descriptors like sour cat urine, socks, and wet grain. The irony is that it’s the cliché ‘classic’ nose of the style, I can’t find a trace of chocolate.

T – Champaign like opening into lemmon, pepper, sweet tarts, and hay. Middle and backend plays out lime, orange zest and pear. It’s actually a pretty tasty saison, but where the heck is the chocolate lol.

M – Nice soft body with a great carbonation and a dry finish.

O – Delicious, complex and well balanced. A great saison for a hot day. The strange part is that there was any chocolate in the bottle we poured – and the 3 tasters I was with and I were really digging for it. This sparked a big debate over how to rate the beer. Half of us believed that rating ‘to style’ would have to account for the fact that the bottle was labeled as a ‘chocolate saison’; a promise that the bottle we had failed to deliver on. The other half (myself included) felt it was ok to rate the beer as a saison in and of itself, and the ratings given here reflect that.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:05:57 | More by vfgccp
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Gobzilla

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a nice finger of head nad left lots of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was just pretty much funky, oaky, some spice,and earthy herbal notes but no chili of chocolate chracter to speak of. The chocolate and chili was also pretty much absent on the palate as well but did have the signature fatome funk tart flavor alongside herbal, earthy, oaky accents. The brew was light to medium in body with a high amount of carbonation which had a funky, oaky, earthy, and tart finish. It actually drank decent but totally wished it would have had more chocoalte character all around. Oh well can't win them all.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:28:19 | More by Gobzilla
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled @ Le Mondial 2005. 750ml bottle, big-ass double pour of maybe 12oz? Dark ruddy, muddy brown with bits of yeast, flecks and all sort of solid matter floating about. I guess I got the dregs or the bottle has been stored on it's side and shaken up a bit. Aromas are good, but no chocolate is found as far as I am concerned. This is a pretty straight forward saison with crisp pepper hops and a nice dinner roll malt base. Taste is more spicy and complex than the aromas make one believe, but this is still relatively "bland" for a Fantome brew. The chocolate is their more as a slight flavor hint and afterimage than anything else. I burped up one or two hershey burps after consuming this one. Freshness seems to be key with this one as well, even though many other Fantomes age well, I've heard quite a few complains about old, and even more bland bottles of this particular brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick with yeasty chunks and the like. Drinkability remains good, and this is interesting enough to keep the drinker happy and satisified. At around $10 a bottle much cheaper in the south-eastern PA market than the other two "newer" Fantome brews to have invaded our area lately (Strange Ghost and Black Ghost). Quite nice, but not really chocolat-y enough to warrant the current name tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 19:30:53 | More by francisweizen
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.