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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 37
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of bucko
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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?

Photo of dherling
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of bultrey
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dgallina
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kgotcher
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle corked and capped, w/o freshness dating. Pours cloudy, yeasty medium brown, with a tan silky, fluffy head, lots of crazy, stringy lacing. Nose is chocolaty with a hint of vanilla and some spice. Very smooth mouthfeel , lots of chocolate and gentle, subtle undernotes of chocolaty malts and perhaps a slight peppery chili note lingering on the palate long after the brew has gone down. Delicate, understated and tasty, more fine, interesting and intriguing suds from the Fantome folks, well worth a try.

Photo of Crosling
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Belgian Bottling: There is something undeniably special about opening a Fantome beer, especially one like this, which probably won’t ever reach us here in the States. A picturesque color of orange rust with a large, frothy and lasting head of white foam. A bit of apple butter, strawberry jam, cocoa powder, ripe fruits and if you sniff incredibly deep, herbs and coriander are present in the aroma. The chocolate or cocoa powder flavor is light, but obviously apparent. Big strawberry jam flavor, with hints of peach, cocoa, coriander and ripe fruits. .

Photo of yelterdow
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the mood to try another crazy Fantome selection.... these are always a surprise, and I can't wait to see what this one has to offer.

Served in a Duvel tulip at just under cellar temperature. Sediment has been left behind for this tasting.

Appearance- It doesn't get much more beautiful than this. Crystal clear blazing orange, like a lamp, with a dynamic activity inside the glass. Is it because it was brewed with chili peppers? The initial four-finger head has settled to about an inch, the soapy head remains tight in the middle and broken apart towards the rim.

Smell- I actually got the chocolate right away, not the expensive Belgian kind but more like that cheap hollow Easter Bunny chocolate from the dollar store. It eventually ducks behind layers and layers of grass, hay, weeds, and musty earth. A rank dampness of leaves and more weeds come fully forward after about a half-hour, lending a totally organic, old, natural aspect to the nose. Not exactly my idea of fragrant, but totally unique and intriguing. It brings images of the very beginnings of brewing to mind.

Taste- After wincing on the first sip, partially from the bitter notes and the actual heat from the chili peppers, the huge elements of grassy, hay-like, farmhouse hops take over. I am left with a bone dry "beer burn"... a lingering spiciness from the peppers, with a tongue-gripping finish. This is a drink-with-food beer, where its sheer spiciness could be balanced with light, spicy fare... it's a wild child alone.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Appropriately textured, with just the right amount of action to keep the pungent flavors dancing on the tongue. For a Fantome beer, this is much more enjoyable when it opens up... the aromas and flavors mellow out and the overall drinkability improves. Damn interesting, the Saison style is always one that I get immense gratification... it takes a skillful hand to do it right. Fantome will always keep me guessing.

P.S. (edit)... I changed my mind and dumped in the yeast for the last six ounces, and... the chocolatey goodness lies within! I suggest you partake in the treasure that awaits your final swigs!

Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall head that hangs around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is really funky and strong, but very interesting with the spices and barnyard character. The flavor is no surprise, based on the aroma. Lots of spices all over the place. Also a peppery character is present, but not obtrusive. Fruits, barnyard, and even a slight hint of chocolate are in there. Complex. The body is moderate, but light because of the carbonation and the drinkability is very good.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting shade of a pinkish/gold color. Ok sized head the is gone all to quickly. Nice, earthy and grass like aroma. Seriously reminds me of a good bag of dope actually. Nice malty, sweet flavor tinged with a trace of spicy bitterness. It might be the cocoa but doesnt really present itself as such. Somewhat smokey presence. Very good body-extremely full and pleasing on the palate. Decent finish. Overall a great beer. Very drinkable the entire package is quite nice. Not something to have all the time but damn worth trying.

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: dark orange, slightly copper in color. awesomely thick head, which took some time to dissappear. nice thick gooey lacing ( i've found this with almost every fantome i've purchased).

smell: like a spicy farmhouse. oak, spice, slightly moldy (in a good way), but no chocolate... have i been had?

taste: ah there it is... a wonderful hint of chocolate mixed amidst a nice touch of spice and malt. not tart, not sweet. it was just right. the booze is mixed so well, that you forget you're drinking a beer. almost dessert-like. the sweetness comes out a bit more as it warms.

mouthfeel: slick but not oily. nice blend of carbonation and sweet afetrtaste.

drinkability: i seriously coulda drank like 3 or 4 of these.

Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle or label.

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with an effervescent carbonation. A two finger head of just off-white foam forms on top, eventually falling to a nice coating and a ring. Great lacing. A thick brown goo of yeast rests on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is funky, spicy, earthy, yeasty, and flowery, with notes of some spice I can't identify. Black pepper seems to be the main spicy smell. This really has a wonderful smell.

Flavor is, I swear, cocoa, which is not in the aroma. Also spices like black pepper, cinammon, and some odd spice which is delish. Very nice Belgian barnyard lurking not too far from the surface. Yeast comes through very well. This is a very tasty saison. Hop profile is very low, and the aftertaste is spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Can't really detect hop bitterness. Finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. Fantastic burps, and I mean really! Mouthfeel became more full bodied after I poured in the yeast.

This, to me, is one of the better saisons I've had. Good Belgian funk, different spiciness, and the chocolate works very well. A complex, very well made saison, in every respect.

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Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
84 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.