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Fantôme Chocolat - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
85
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
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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3/5  rDev -20%

drummermattie02, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MADPolo, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

wiltznucs, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantome is always a cause for celebration!

This pours a murky orange-amber color with nice foaming. It looks… intriguing. Although less than impressive.

The aroma is full of… roasted hay? I wasn’t expecting that. There’s a touch of roast and chocolate, with just the slightest hint of funk.

I found the flavor to be interesting although it presents a bit of a challenge. It has a slight bitterness with a peppery, saison character. The chocolate notes come out on the finish although its not present at first. Certainly it breaks my expectations. The bit of funk I noticed on the finish as it warmed was a pleasant surprise, and a real treat.

This was a unique beer, as most Fantome beers tend to be. Can’t wait for my next one.

elNopalero, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

lilnicky068, Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

djrn2, Jun 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40%

TheRuss9585, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

nzerbe, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

cnbrown313, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zrab11, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ADTaber, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

cgentzkow, May 10, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep and murky, dark-amber-ish color with a HUGE light-beige head that pillows up and leaves nice lacing behind. Not what I was expecting from a beer with "Chocolat" in the name, but I guess you never know what to expect from Fantome. And I love it. Still looks pretty good for a saison.

First whiff is pretty fruity with a light tartness to it; ripe, green apples, white grapes, light cherries. Each successive sniff puts more and more of that funky-ass Belgian yeast in my nose. Wet wood, musty cellar, corky. Maybe not the funkiest thing out there - but it's still pretty damn funky. I think the tart fruits keep it in check a little bit. Some very mild spice on the end of the aroma, though I wouldn't say chili powder like the bottle advertises. It doesn't smell "hot" or anything... just like some kind of weird spice. But not chili powder. No chocolate to be found in the nose, or at least not that I'm picking up.

The taste provides a very solid mixture of fruity and funky - balanced well for how strange Fantome stuff usually is. Pears, apples, grapes, all tart - not quite to the level of puckering, but borderline. Once the sour washes away, a delicate sweetness forms from these fruits. The fruitiness is met with funky yeast, cork, musky cellar, and wet barnyard notes. Funkalicious. Although it's a bit lighter on the palate than in the aroma - tart and sweet are the real kings, here. Some other seemingly random spices make their way in... still not tasting like chili powder, and still no sign of chocolate. The beer, however, is still pretty delicious. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Chili powder and chocolate are apparently in this beer. I taste/smell neither. But the beer was still very good - classic Fantome funk with a nice cloud of tart and sweet fruits. This almost tasted more like a sour/wild ale with brett rather than a straight up saison. In any case, I liked this one much more than reviews on this site would indicate. To each their own - you can all feel free to send your Fantome my way!

tectactoe, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

RobertColianni, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

rolltide8425, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

LambicKing, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Beerstorian
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a tall bottle into a tulip glass; consumed in front of a fire on a cold night.

Aroma: Very power fruity esters. Sharp, with some sweet and malty notes. Clearly a saison, right out of the bottle.

Appearance: Straw color and cloudy, with some sunlight around the edges.Some head; good lacing.

Taste: Very sour up front, but there's something there that's breaking up the flavor. I got no chocolate, which on the one hand is OK because that's not called for by the style, but on the other hand this is supposed to have some chocolate flavor. The only way to describe this flavor is "short"--there's no lasting impression as I usually get from a saison. But the fruity, lemony, clove flavors were there, and of course got more complex as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Sharp from the carbonation, but it drinks well.

Overall: A nice beer with decent flavor. I don't think this one was "off," but it was a bit disappointing for all the hype it gets.

Beerstorian, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hanzo, Feb 11, 2013
Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
85 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.