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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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85
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
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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Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange, speckled by fervent carbonation that leads to a thin, yet persistent foamy head.

Aroma:

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.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a good amount of yeast sedimate. The white head is fluffy, thick, and it fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a rather complex aroma. I detect spices most. It is peppery. I smell a yeasty, earthy aroma. Slight citrus aroma is present also. It is also mildly hoppy.

This beer has a slightly spicy, chili flavor. It has a citrusy flavor, lemony. I taste a slight chocolate flavor, but it is very subtle. It has a yeasty flavor also. I taste a very slight clove flavor. The alcohol content is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor of this beer.

The chili pepper warms the mouth a little. This beer is well carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving an aftertaste sort of like eating mild chili.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but the flavor is great. It is definately a unique beer. I am very happy to have tried it. Too bad it is a little pricey. Well worth it though.

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/12/06- Received in a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. No freshness date on the label. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange in color. Full one inch head, tad frothy. Very fine sediment sinks to the bottom forming a gooey brown color. Sticky patches of lace to and fro.

Smell- Not as hit you in the face stinky as most Fantome brews. Farmhouse stank, with lemon rind, but not as revolting...in a good way, as most of their brews.

Taste- Fruity flavor with lemon rind predominant. Wet hay tasting with a bitter and sour finish. Not really tart, and only a quick hit of sweetness. There is just a touch of cocoa in the flavor. Tried it first without my chocolate ice cream and I detected it barely...afterwards the flavor came out a bit more after I had a scoop of ice cream and then cleansed my pallete with water.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to heavier carbonation. Lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine saison, but maybe just a tad below the Fantome expectations I am used to having. A good beer at any rate though.

Photo of akorsak
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am drinking a 750 mL bottle purchased today from a Devil's Milk snifter. The ale is at room temperature.

Appearance: Deep orange in color, this ale is hazy with fine yeast sediment suspended therein. The ale pours with a decent head of one finger's length. The ale retains its head nicely and leaves a pleasant looking lace.

Smell: The ale has a yeasty, natural smell that I expect from a saison. The label advertises cocoa and chili pepper, neither of which I can detect.

Taste: The ale has the gamey taste of a saison but that yeasty flavor that one expects from a saison is cut short. The natural flavor gives way to a very light chocolate taste that does not last long. Portions of the yeasty taste linger and fade into a sensation of heat that tells me the chili peppers really are there.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits on the tongue without any spectacular or negative happenings.

Drinkability: Outside of the novelty of a chocolate and chili pepper saison, there is not a great deal here to enjoy. Stick to Fantome's other offerings. Not recommended.

Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a light glowing brown with a nice head that lasted well and left great lace.

The smell is not very strong, but it has a nice mix of spice, wild yeast, and a light hint of chocolate. In the mouth, pale malts and spice lead and wild yeast flavors dominate the finish. Chocolate and hops are very light in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good but thinner than expected, while drinkability is high.

Wild yeast flavors are far more substantial than the chocolate.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky straw color with a large head that takes up most of the glass. A one finger head remains after a calming period. Aroma is mostly grass and fresh with some minor notes of cocoa. First sip reveals a rather mild with a soft mouthfeel with little carbonation. Some grassy flavors after Some slight bitterness. Some musty flavors. No notes of cocoa or chili pepper as indicated on the bottle. Taste is rather subtle. No acidity in the taste. Tastes like a subdued bitter greens. Like dandelions.

Photo of granger10
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Fantome offering pours a hazy orangish bronze color with a huge foamy and airy beige head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is very strong, I could smell it all the way across the room. Almost a skunk like Belgian yeast smell comes from the glass. Spicy citrus flavors are in there as well as maybe a bit of spice from the chili pepper.

The flavors begins with a traditional Belgian sweetness from the malts but soon the Fantome "hay" taste comes in to play. More of a yeast funk comes out but not too strong, not nearly like it did in the aroma. Orange peel and lemon zest are there but they are restrained. The cocoa is not really noticeable until the finish and I think it comes into play here. The cocoa and chili seem to become more prevalent the more I drink and esp more prevalent by the end of the bottle. Finish is lightly acidic and lingering with some spice.

Mouthfeel is not quite full but its not thin either. It's actually really creamy and smooth. Exceptionally creamy for what this beer is. The flavor transition is really good.

All in all, another solid and exotic beer from Fantome.

Photo of Goldorak
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber copper, not much head, just a tiny bit of ring, and some fish food sediment.

Smell: Not much cocoa here, but plenty of pink pepper, piment d'espelette, stale coffee, and wet socks!

Taste: A little dissapointing, the body was lighter than most other fantômes I've sampled, I'd even say it was a bit watery and bland. Another one saved by the smell!

Photo of Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sedimented deep golden, very foamy, long lasting-head. Sweet creamy nose. Accessible banana esters makes way for mango and various passion fruit. Extremely doughy nature which doesn’t feel so fantôme-ish. Coriander and sage hints remain light, but it has indeniable rustic charms that are quite appealing. Light flavours, diplomatic and easy to drink. Herbal, honeyish and doughy. Very soft hops, drying the palate a beer in a sawdust fashion. Smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation than average Belgian beer. Slightly oily tang. Good stuff, but hardly marginal in the fantôme line-up.

Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.