Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Medium copper in color, with a thick off-white head. Great head retention and lace. Sour, funky, floral and spicy aroma. Smells a little winey. Very soft feel to this one. Some sour and funky flavors, combined with a hint of cocoa. I did not get much chilli in this, as otheres did. A very interesting and complex amount of flavors. I enjoyed this one. A nice body, and soft carbonation. Very nicely done.
01-28-2007 21:42:45 | More by Bierguy5
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-28-2007 01:29:51 | More by mcallister
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
amber-jued appearance, brief whitish head...
yeasty nose, musty light cocoa...spicy...mmm
Taste: yum, sweet, cocoa nad a hint of pepper, but not much, very subdued...grainy, juicy, malty...a delicious mix...nice, but a bit of a mess, with cocoa powder on top...
sweet and lovely...rich cocoa....good drinking...
01-25-2007 06:35:22 | More by feloniousmonk
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours with a nice head which leaves some spotty lacing. The color is a cloudy orange amber. The smell is a little on the sour side with notes of orange and cocoa. The taste is a step above the smell and more complex. The funky sour notes are still there, but so are rich cocoa flavors and dark fruit. The finish especially is redolant of cocoa. Not sweet at all, but all bitter chocolate notes. There is only a touch of chili, and that is right at the end of the finish. Crisp mouthfeel and medium body makes it fairly refreshing. Unusual, not bad at all,but I wouldn't drink it every day.
01-13-2007 23:04:23 | More by Georgiabeer
3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
01-10-2007 23:49:23 | More by Bighuge
4.58/5 rDev +22.1%
Hazy, peachy-gold in hue with a slight paleness to the liquid (especially when backlit) but it was darkish otherwise. Compact, thick white foam, at the apex the head was a healthy two fingers tall. I was impressed with the head retention; the bubbles were very slow to fade. A thin, soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was tattered but widespread. This is an attractive beer. Lovely.
I smell suggestions of marshmallows, candied oranges, lemongrass, and tropical fruits spiced with a mystifying array of soft spiciness. The cocoa notes are largely missing. In many ways it smells like a typical Fantome beer but it is just a tad too restrained. Not too funky (which is a bad thing) and not overly earthy either (another bummer). IMO, the nose is a straightforward Saison, which is an odd thing from this brewery. At the back I do get hints of musk. Moderately complicated enjoyable. Good potency, chatty. Inviting.
The palate finally shows the cocoa and the chili pepper. I love how the chilies hit my palate at the swallow, at the back of the throat. It is used as a spice not as a side dish. The same can be said about the cocoa as it really plays wonderfully with the earthiness, maltiness, and funkiness. I absolutely love the flavor profile. Light candied fruits, marshmallows, softly acidic barnyard notes, grass, hay, lemon bread. The palate is gentle and complex. I think I have tried other Fantome beers that were more complex and bolder but I dont think I have had a better beer from them. I love it. It is so tasty freaking awesome!
Around medium in body, moderately low carbonation; the mouthfeel is nothing really special but it works somehow. It seems to allow the flavors to shine perfectly. Oh, while Im thinking of it where is the alcohol? This is 8%? Sure it is
My word, this beer is easy to drink! Every time I had this beer I loved it, I am glad I finally sat down to write a review. Famtome is my favorite Belgian brewery and Chocolat is my favorite beer thus far. I adore it. Purchased in Omaha; highly recommended.
01-08-2007 14:36:45 | More by bditty187
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
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
12-05-2006 05:44:39 | More by scruffwhor
3.9/5 rDev +4%
This pours a murky brown color with a nice, two-finger head that slowly fades to show some nice lacing. Like a previous reviewer said, this looks like a glass of apple cider. The aroma and flavor, of course, is anything but that... This has the familiar earthy smell of other Fantome products (some might say "barn" or "horse blanket" but I have a hard time with that as I like this smell). I catch a slight whiff of cocoa and chili, though not much. Again, it seems to be earthy and slightly fruity with perhaps even a bit of citrus in the aroma. The flavor is really nice, much like other Fantome products. The cocoa and pepper is there, but it's subdued... thankfully not overbearing... just right, really, blending well with the "funk" (still a tough term to use for a beer that I really like) of the saison. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Drinkable? Hell yes! Truth be told, though, I suspect that one of these is probably enough for me. Overall a really nice saison. Mommy, can I have another?
11-11-2006 00:29:25 | More by bucko
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
Murky orange brown color, no head to speak of. Looks like an apple cider (non-alcoholic). Almost get that old sock, dirty horse saddle smell of a gueze. Umm, for some reason, I mean that as a good thing. There's malt in the nose, along with wild flower, soap, orange. The taste is mostly malt and alcohol. There's also some sherry, vinegar, bread, and mollasses. The finish is pretty big, and lasts a long time.
10-27-2006 03:57:25 | More by dherling
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
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
Yummm.. like a beer version of mole sauce. Smells like a typical funky Fantome saison, but with that hint of chocolate. This ale is also brewed with chile, and that comes through more in the taste than does the chocolate. Lots of funky saison flavors, and a much drier finish than you would imagine for a beer with chocolate. Certainly not a sweet beer, but one that provides a wisp of sweetness to that otherwise funkysourwhatthehellisgoingon flavor. Nice.
09-13-2006 00:31:44 | More by bultrey
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
09-08-2006 02:37:26 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Fantome's Chocolat welcomed me with a very loud "POP!" once the cork was released. It was poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass and gave a thick foamy head with a rocky top, and that dirty orange/bronze color is very attractive.
Smells close to a typical tripel, all spices and yeast coming to the nose. Some white and black pepper, clove, cinnamon, a little cocoa in the background.
Flavors show a sharp, spicy, only very faintly chocolately saison. Chili pepper appears in the middle, but it's enveloped by the more common elements of the style, with flowery spices, alcohol-soaked peach and yeast bitterness dominant throughout. Warming this beer lets the flavors come out with more depth, I wish I would've let it settle to just barely below room temperature before opening.
Mouthfeel offers a quick-drying sensation, a bit of a letdown as it takes any residual flavors along with it into the ether. Only flavor lingering in the aftertaste is the cocoa, but it's incredibly subtle.
Fantome stuff is always enjoyable, their sense of adventure and sometimes even innovation is a joy to experience. This one didn't bring out the advertised cocoa and chili pepper quite enough, though I'm sure some people prefer that these remain merely subtle components, as they are here.
08-29-2006 23:52:58 | More by Metalmonk
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounce dark green bottle without freshness date.
Pours dark copper and red with very creamy white head and lacing. Smells quite spicy. Grains, hops, coriander, pepper, and a hint of chilies in the nose. Grainy, sweet & round malt flavors up front. Develops big chili pepper fruitiness and spice in the center and finishes with a sweet and sour kick of barnyard funk, lemon / lime, and cocoa powder. Medium body with small but persistent carbonation and lots of cream. I don't think I'd drink this regularly, but it's a tasty (if unusual) treat for a special occasion.
08-10-2006 00:27:05 | More by dgallina
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
Capped and corked 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. "Brewed with cocoa and chili pepper" stated on the label. Pours a nice dark amber orange with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by a yeasty barnyard smell that is musky and slightly peppery. I really enjoy the smell of Fantome brews and this is one is no exception. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Taste starts out with yeast and a peppery spicyness. A few seconds after the sip you can start to feel the tingle from the chili peppers in the back of your throat. This is another very enjoyable brew from Fantome that is a unique exerience.
08-03-2006 03:01:53 | More by cjgator3
3.03/5 rDev -19.2%
9/17/2005 $10.99 750 mL 8.00% No best by date.
Pours a hazy orange, speckled by fervent carbonation that leads to a thin, yet persistent foamy head.
Brewed with chocolate and chili peppers, the cocoa comes through a bit, but the pepper is not detectable. Other aromas are difficult to describe, but somehow earthy and muted.
Oddly bitter, as are most of the saisons I've tried. Mouthfeel is smooth, though somewhat unpleasant due to the bitterness. A faint tinge of cocoa appears towards midsip, but it is drowning in the odd, mouth drying bitterness. Perhaps this just isn't my style, as I don't think I've enjoyed that many saisons, and at $11/bottle, this one is overpriced.
08-01-2006 16:33:13 | More by cbl2
3.9/5 rDev +4%
The appearance and smell of this beer gave me no hint of the fire down below. I have never liked chili or spicy beer before, but this one is a tasty adventure.
It's a deep gold color cloudy with elements I can only describe as suspended....it made me think of an emulsified vinegar & oil concoction. From it's look, I expected it to be heavy, but it wasn't at all.
The smell was bland, but gave me a slight burn that lingered for a while. Only with a very intent smell do I detect any chocolate.
The drink reminded me a bit of a scotch ale and I'd have not known it was a saison as it wasn't like other's I've tried. The greatest part of it's taste is at the end when the spicy pepper flavor is pronounced. I again searched for chocolate but couldn't place it.
This beer is as good sipped as it is gulped. Try overly-aerating the sip, filling your mouth with a foam followed by a burn that is one part cayenne pepper, one part cinnamon toothpick. This is a fun beer.
07-17-2006 05:38:44 | More by Guinness4me
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
A cloudy dark orange/ brownish colored beer. Has a nice bubbly creamy beige head and good lace. Typical herbal Saison aroma with the sweet candy background. No chocolate or chili pepper in the aroma. A light dry and tart sweetness defines the flavor. The finish is where hints of chocolate hit the back of your tongue and after a few mouthfulls the chili pepper heat starts to prickle the back of your throat.
06-26-2006 23:08:36 | More by ybnorml
4.2/5 rDev +12%
This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.
Appearance: The beer is majorly cloudy and hazy amber coloration. The beer has huge amounts of sediment floating about in the glass. The beer almost looks like a bad urine culture. The head of the beer is off white. The head didnt last long. The beer left major streaks of lacing on the glass.
Smell: The beer hasa a bit of bitter sweet cocoa blending with farmhouse musty/ funkyness. The chilis close out the smell with pepperyness.
Taste: The beer proceeds to lead with a bitter semi-sweet maltyness. This gives way to the funkyness of farmhouse yeastyness. The beer has an unidentifiable fruityness berries perhaps? The beer finishes on a dry note with faint pepper.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The beer has a very active carbonation. This beer is definately an odd ball. I would happily try this beer again. Fantome as usual delivers a first rate saison.
06-26-2006 11:25:25 | More by nlmartin
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Murky medium brown appearance with orangey highlights (the last glass is so choked with yeast it looks like chocolate milk). Large flat-topped head of over an inch in height on a fairly careful pour. Laces in small patches on the glass. Distinct musk, yeast and a poultry farm aroma, some uric acid senses. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is plenty ample and prickly. Sharp flavors, very general roasted and mild pepper sense, phenolic with reminders of pure gum turpentine. Fruit tones seem to lean in an apricot direction. Any cocoa seems to be detected late, but its very muted at best (later glasses take on a husky nutty body, another reminder that many beers have stages of development). Light and airy finish that blends really well with the aroma -- that distinctive quality that brings many Fantome beers into the home stretch. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
06-22-2006 00:56:51 | More by ADR
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
4.2/5 rDev +12%
Pours a cloudy caramel color with a decent head and lacings
Aroma is musty fruit (wild fermentation), like apricot. Just a hint of chocolat and chile but maybe just subliminal. . .
Taste reminds me of a geuze, musty and lightly tart. Chocolate and Chile do not really stand out but are very subtle and come on more in the aftertaste.
Definately a nice adventure in beer. If you can find it, try it.
06-08-2006 05:24:50 | More by kgotcher
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Mild chocolate aroma. Very malty and mildly spicy with a bit of mustiness. Light orange in color with a pinky thin tan head. Full hearty malt backbone with mild chocolate/coca notes and slightly spicy elelments. The overall feel is like a cocoa muffin with a touch of spice thrown in. Very satisfying, but subtle brew that I think is a bit under appreciated.
05-19-2006 02:14:20 | More by Jredner
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
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!
05-05-2006 04:39:58 | More by soulgrowl
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.