Fantôme Black Ghost | Brasserie Fantôme

BA SCORE
86
very good
188 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by francisweizen on 01-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer removes itself from the 750ml green capped and corked bottle a muddy blackberry color with the head ponderous in size, the consistency creamy and the color tan, as it transmogrifies the leftover lace a thick and clinging curtain upon the glass. Nose is cotton candy sweet, big malt with hints of toffee and over ripe fruit, pears comes to mind, fresh and appetizing with the start lightly sweet, rich and thick with malt, the top moderate to almost full in feel. Finish is delightfully carbonated, the hops are spicy in their bite, some alcohol bitterness at the end and quite dry, a delightful beer, but then it is a Fantome.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that I've cellared for a little over 6 months, poured into my cherished Fantome tulip, Black ghost is a murky chestnut with a large, light tan head with big, frothy bubbles, it grows like some kind of chemical reaction, but doesn't overwhelm the glass with foam. I've never seen such a violent, turbulent settling of a beer, with tons of bubbles agitating chunks of sediment. Once it settles, the spritzers remain to support a collar, but it doesn't leave a flex of lace. Looks like apple cider, with the last full pour looking almost turkey gravy thick!

Smell is very vinous, lactic tart fruitness, grapes and lemons.

Taste is fruity, musty, and vinous, with a light sourness that makes me glad I gave this a ½ year to age. There's a hint of vinegar reminiscent of a oud bruin, but also an herbal woodiness, damp but fresh. I wouldn't be surprised if this was using some bizarre ingredients, 'shrooms, herbs and moss by the taste, but who knows? Wow, incredibly complex, I really shouldn't have tried to categorize it. I love the fruits, tart lemons and sweet grapes, it's the Purplesaurous Rex of Fantomes! I particularly love the finish, sugary sweet. I was expecting more of a Belgian Stout, but this is perfect for the late fall season and my general mood today!

Mouthfeel is very light and dry, highly digestible. The dry pucker counters the stillness, and overall it's pretty silky.

Drinkability is great, a little tart, a lot going on, but really easy going down. I have to say I didn't have the highest hopes, but this is really fantastic. So glad I have another bottle or two in the stash, this is a totally unique, yet at the same time so totally trademark Fantome. This was my choice for cracking midnight on my 30th birthday, and I couldn't have chosen better.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank for sharing, Mike.

A: Pours a dark iced-tea/light cola color with a thin, fuzzy, head.
S: I get notes of musty barrel mixed with dark fruit skins, cheese, and horse shit.
T: Follows the nose along with strange fruit skins, mild oxidization, old grains, and a kiss of tingly vinegar. Dark grain taste similar to whole wheat toast. Slight grape. Flavors are muted and have a touch of aspirin bitterness.
M: Greasy, medium body, slightly tart, very low carbonation. Slick and wet, not super drying.
O: Kinda bleh. Not my favorite. I'd be hard pressed to drink a whole bottle of this. Not a drain-pour mess like some of their other beers though.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle does not appear to be dated, despite the label having the ability to accommodate dating.

Beer is very murky and brownish. Not the "black ghost" advertised. Opaque. Large off-white head. Excellent retention.

Smell is yeasty, with some accompanying smoke. Malty, wood notes. Not what I expected!

Taste contains yeast quite strongly. Plenty of malt character, bready with a slight fruit flavour. Noticeable sweetness. Wood. Spices are quite evident but hard for me to single out- perhaps clove and nutmeg? Smoke is present in the flavour but not as strongly as the nose- strongest in the finish. Unusual flavour but not in a good way.

Rather heavy, with moderate carbonation. Oddly bulky, and quite astringent.

Overall, quite disappointing. The regular Fantome is certainly one of my favourite beers, but this one is not very good. The fruit elements are nice, but the woody character of the beer does not fit and does not work.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep amber with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweettarts, small roasty malt, and a small caramel presence. In the taste, somewhat watery, and a small white grape fruitiness. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a dry, sour, maltiness in the aftertaste. Kind of watery, small tartness, ok, but expecting more from Fantome.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out from a corked green 750 bottle as a caramel brown, heady from the get go, settles one thickly murked glass of eerie fogged dark opaque brown; what the hell is this stuff? Wow! Taller then an inch or so of smooth creamy and dense wet sandy brown colored crown. Settles down whimsically to a thin collar and fine skim; lacing in big spots mostly dripping back in slowly.

Aroma has a nice dark toffee/candied sense to it, earthy, lovely dusting of fresh and flakey/dusty bakers chocolate. There's a candy I can't quite place in there; black licorice maybe, or perhaps even those root beer barrels; what ever it is, it adds a funny but pleasing little candied spice. An interestingly complex and subtle nose that's really fun to take in.

Flavors are wonderful here, graceful, delicate, smooth, full , round, tangy, dark but not eagerly so, candyish but not sweetly so. A perfect melange of dark tanged roast and candy sweet malts. The chocolate dusting in the finish is absolutely outstanding. This is perfect in every regards of complex subtle layers in my mind. It's mind boggling; its seemingly simple, but as you dig in and start to enjoy; more and more things begin to wrok their way through and making the wonderment of complexities grow. Licorice notes make their way around the tangy darkish malts, bits of phenols float into the nose late which mix with a deep but lightly peppered cherry cough drop-like alcohol. Real late upon the mix makes some darker fruits of chewy fig and raisin. Drys out some in the finish with a semi-coffee roast, chocolatey dusted, phenolic whispers and more candyish things kinda tingling/singeing/burning. Again, that chocolatey dusting is fabulous!

Feel is undescribable, it has it all, and never less or never more then one thing or another. It's perfect! Full, tangy, sweet, spicy, alcoholic, creamy, smooth, round, dry, earthy, roasty, bold, sharp, and brash. Drinkable? You bet your ass it is! This is my first Fantome brew, so where does it go from here? Yikes. Great stuff!
A mega cool super thanks goes to truthbrew for the bottle!

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. ATTENTION BRASSERIE FANTOME how about putting a cork into your bottles!!! Most of my experience with your brews have been semi-flat. Anywho, off of the soapbox and onto the review. Pours a deep mahogeny color and after a dead hard pour I got a small soapy at first but firmed up head. The aroma is of lemons and green apple skins, sour and funky. Not what I was expecting from a dark brew. The taste up front is of lemons with some raspberry sweetness, perhaps some sour cherry. Not what I really expect from a BSDA, its not sugary with deep fruit flavors, kind of light with tart and/or sour flavors. Kind of refreshing, actually. The feel, feels a bit dead. Can use a good kick of carbonation. This is as soft as soft can be without being outright flat. Finishes with a tart/sour kick to keep any sweetness in check. I got probably a bit of an old bottle, I'm just not sure as the few bottles that I have had from this brewery have been exactly like this. So not sure if this is how they intended their beers to be or they are just old. Old or not this is a pretty refreshing beer, easy to drink, light.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a very dark, dirty brown like muddy pond water. The head was small.

Smell – The aroma here is light, even at room temperature. The light fruits are sour and somewhat dark. There’s a dominant deep grape side to this nose. I can also pick up some hearty prunes.

Taste – Wow, did this ale come alive at the taste. The prunes are huge and very dark. The dates seem dipped in a light chocolate sauce. There are also some light zesty citrus notes and big, powdery spices. On top of all this, there’s a wonderfully strong yeast base.

Mouthfeel – This BSDA is medium-bodied with some sharp, leafy bitterness. It just explodes in the mouth.

Drinkability – I’ve never had anything quite like this. It is a must try for any Belgian beer fans. I’m sure I haven’t even come close to catching all of the flavors here. What a treat.

Comments – Big thanks to skyhand for mustering up the willpower to save some of this for me.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL cap and corked bottle courtesy of pghlee at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a big thick head that recedes quickly to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet saison-like smells and spices with a bit of dark roasted malts and even a bit of sugary sweetness. On top of all of this is a hint of the typical Fantome funk...lots going on.

The taste is has the Belgian yeast backbone with a quick tart hit up front. There are some definitely spices, especially in the finish, probably coriander and some others I can't identify. Again, there are some dark roasted characteristics that make things very unique.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a BSDA if that's what you call this.

As usual, a unique brew from Fantome that has a whole bunch of things going on that doesn't quite come together perfectly. Interesting and tasty, but not great.

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Photo of illidurit
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a mocha head that's on the modest side considering the force of the pour. Aroma is very strange: lemon, leather, and some kind of spiciness do not exactly scream BSDA. Flavor is strong on menthol/lemongrass with an even white pepper note that dominates the finish. Musty and earthy, at times vegetal and at times fruity. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little undercarbonated. Totally unique but kind of weird and I'm not sure I like the combination of flavor notes.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This very rare (?) brew poured out a dark burnt red colour, the colour of deer blood. The head was very large and off-white in colour. The aromas were out of this world and consisted of musty basements, alcohol soaked cherries and other dark fruits, lovely belgian floral hops and malts, yeast, candy sugar, and oak. The taste is wonderfully oak-y, cherry-like, and sour on the finish. I suspect Danny aged this brew in oak barrels for quite a bit of time. The mouthfeel was creamy and astringent at the same time, giving this beer an excellent drinkability. One of the best brews that I have had from Fantome, and that is saying soooo much. How the hell has this one not been reviewed before? If you love Fantome or if you just love the saision and flanders red styles, find this and buy it, no matter the cost...it's just THAT good!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A 750ml bottle, sampled at the Brasserie Fantôme Café during a recent Brewery Tour and sampling at the Café. The mainstay offerings were great, but thanks to Barry Smith, the Brewer at the Tigertops Brewery and a friend of Dany Prignon, a small group of us managed to share a bottle of what is often referred to as one of Dany’s masterpiece creations. Unlike the BA moniker, the bottle we enjoyed had a purple (as opposed to dark blue) and black background. The Black Ghost is a limited Edition brew, and we were all honored to be able to sample it – especially at the Brewery.

Appearance: Dirty, turbid, black, thick and dangerous. When held to the light, I knew there was something in the beer moving around, but it was almost impossible to see into this beer. I had the second glass and thankfully avoided the heavy sediment, or at least I think I did, it was hard to tell to be honest. The head was light brown, smooth and creamy it left thick rings on my Goblet glass every time I took a sip.

Nose: WOW. The aromas explode long before you get to stick your nose into this one. Dark chocolates, daffodils, freshly rotavated earth mixed with a strong smell of straw, polished leather and deep roasted coffee beans – they all permeate the air in a complex ménage. Goodness me, Artisanale Fantôme meets Starbucks!

Taste: Sharp tastes, big entrance that says “you’re gonna like me”. Lots of coffee beans in the beginning, bitter cherry syrupy liquor dark chocolates in the middle that rise to a very dry bitter latter third, ending with lots of farmyard flavors whilst a strong liquorice dominates the finish – intense amounts of liquorice coat the tongue, but mix well with the smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: A Nip & Tuck 36DD, this is one full-bodied brew! Strong, aggressive, yet very smooth, creamy even thanks to the immense finely tuned small bubbled conditioning. Intense at times yet restrained in a strange way. The mouthfeel is big but never overwhelming. Creamy, yet sharp. Acidic, yet manageable. The alcohol and liquorice ultimately dominate the taste and mouthfeel, both coat the mouth with one serious Fantôme kick, you’re only as good as your last sensation, and what a sensation!! This is a very bold beer for sure.

Drinkability: It’s 8%, very rare, and I only had one 25cl glass of it, I wanted soooo much more of it. I would give serious thought to paying over the odds for this one again for sure. Incredibly drinkable and very Moorish.

Overall: AWESOME. Without doubt the very best Fantôme creation that I have had to date and I’ve had a few. I can safely report that the “rumors” about the Black Ghost being Dany Prignon’s best creation, are indeed fact!! What a creation – just when I thought Fantôme had let me down with the newest creation “Flop”, they go and astound me again with this offering. But that really is the very essence of Fantôme, they somehow make eclectic seem conservative.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cokes
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddied magenta stacked tall with ashy tan suds.
Fragrant of cocoa powder, black cherries, molasses, vanilla, prairie grass, and basements.
Begins with a stonewalling fudge notion, unbreachable to begin with, though in time it dissolves into more fluid shapes of carob and caramel. Plunges into the cauldron of a dark fruit stew, full of boiling cherry, plums, and dates, thickening a molasses broth. Then it pauses a moment, at the apex of its glory, then goes utterly beyond itself, and breathes out vanilla vapors, oak, hazelnuts, and toasted coconut. The fruit brightens as it draws back in. Pears, apples, and peaches, all overripe and beginning to decay. Dripping red grape vinousness and plump with Fantome's signature mildewed lime rind yeastiness, full of things left undisturbed in dark corners. The cocoa powder suggestion offsets some of the typical Ghostly sharpened tartness. And it concludes full of pepper, tarragon, cedar, and early summer fields in full, obscene blossom.
The yeast pour adds further dank farminess and a blanketing caramel-nut breadiness. Alcohol is not mentioned because it is not noticed.
Moderate in texture, heft, and carbonation, especially after it sits a few moments.
In some ways, this is a most approachable Fantome creation, while being absolutely one of his most arcane.
Superb. Or should I say, fucking unreal.

My utmost thanks to Bighuge, once again.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark reddish brown with a big beige head of foamy bubbles. Nice looking, head fades slowly.

Smell is all sorts of stuff thrown together. A dark raisiny fruit smell is immediately apparent, as is a substantial amount of alcohol, some grapes, cherries, chocolate, and general goodness.

The flavor is extremely interesting and marked by a somewhat harsh peppery bite that grabs the tongue and lingers down the throat in the finish. I haven't experienced anything else quite like it, but it really complements the earthy flavors of dark chocolate and fruit that run through the rest of the taste. There's a lot going on in this one, but the pepper and earthy character wins out.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and somewhat dry.

Overall: I was looking forward to trying this one, and it delivered in a major way. Worth every penny of the nine bucks I spent on it, and a very enjoyable way to spend an evening.

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Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Muddy brown head poured big and foamy and faded to nice layer...

Aroma - Strong fruits... as soon as the cork was popped i could smell fruit. Raisins and blackcurrents, some strawberries. Toasted caramel / bready maltiness, chocolate, coffee hints, nutty...

Taste – Not what i expected considering the aromas... Very fruity (red grape, blackcurrents, ripe bananas), strong wine / port notes, aniseed, yeasty, nice hop bitterness, spicy malts, bitter chocolate, fairly noticable alcohol...

Feel - Oily, light sharpness - quite dry... Medium body. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - An excellent, and very different, beer.... Highly recommended...

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Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and capped. Pours a hazy reddish amber with sediment. The head is bubbly, white and creamy and retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts, funky yeast and acidic and tart fruits and some band-aid. Cinnamon comes out as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet fruits, and spicy funky yeast followed by a sharp tongue biting tartness and chocolate. It's pretty acidic and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer.I'm not sure what to make of it, but would try it again.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Pours a dusky amber brown with orange edges. Tall, rocky, frothy, dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Caramel and sweet, sticky fruit on the nose along with metallic citrus (lemon) notes, cherry, musty barn, raspberries, and some grassy-hay accents. Interesting, as it seems most Fantomes are.

Flash of toasted malt up front before quickly turning to tart cherries and citrus. Sour, but not too puckering. Raspberries and strawberries mix with musty white grapes and pepper. Pretty good mix of tart and fruit and must. Medium bodied, with an oily feel. I don't know if I would call this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased corked from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Definitely does not pour black, but rather a burgundy, ruby-red hue with a massive-sized foamy head that retained impressive staying power and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell was replete with malts, slight alcohol, yeast, esters, caramel, dehydrated fruits...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, however the alcohol was less noticeable on the tongue than in the nose... Included in the flavor was a strong, funky, pepperish essence that was pleasing without being too cloying or overbearing... As expected from this unique brewery, the taste is certainly different, with a distinct tartness present in the overall flavor...
Good, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability for an 8% ABV brew...
Another winner from Fantome...
Recommended, and different from their usual Saisons...

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a very foggy murky brown color that pours with absolutely no head...and this glass exaggerates and maintains head very nicely. A lot of white yeast sediment chunks can be seen whirling about the body of this brew. The chunks are a bit too large and abundant for my taste.

S- Yeast funk, cola, and some dark fruit. Smell is mild but good.

T- A little bit of tart dark fruit upfront with a cola flavored background. Yeast is there too. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor and not much of a hop punch is offered.

M- The chunky yeast sediment detracts a little bit form the mouthfeel which isn't as smooth and creamy as I would like but it's still there and low carbonation.

D-Decent beer but I won't pay $14 for it again. Not the best in the Fantome lineup. I did enjoy it though

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and capped, enjoyed slightly chilled in a chalice. Thanks to mntlover for bringing this one.
Appearance: Dark brown, but mostly clear, body with a small light brown head that quickly drops into a persistent film and collar of lace. Sheet lacing is present, but not pervasive.

Aroma: Not what I was expecting from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, the aroma is closer to the Fantome Saisons, with a few notable exceptions. Fruity tart, funky and earthy yeast, grassy hops, citrusy tangerine and lemon, and an array of spices. Coriander and white pepper are prominent, as in the Saisons, but there is a definite note of anise.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with low medium carbonation. Slick, and a bit oily.

Taste: Somewhat dry, with fruity notes of lemon, orange, and raisins. Earthy and grassy, with an old socks yeast character that is assertive. Quite spicy, with coriander, white pepper, and licorice. Alcohol is well hidden, but for an occasional retro-olfactory whiff. Spices become more herbal as it warms to room temperature. An odd note of chocolate malt makes a brief appearance and adds to the interesting complexity. Finish is dry and spicy, with lasting note of earthy yeast.

Drinkability: Very complex and interesting, with great drinkability due to its Saison similarities. Very much like a dark Saison in character. I've read that every bottle of this has different characteristics. I would certainly like to have another to see if this is so.

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Fantôme Black Ghost from Brasserie Fantôme
3.84 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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