Fantôme Chocolat | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yen157 on 01-16-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
357
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
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36
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice light amber brown with a white and frothy tall head which rose slowly and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly spicy with an earthy character and some hints of cocoa or chocolate. The aroma also contained a very slight citrus character.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a good fruit complexity and a strong bittering component. The bittering was earthy and the flavor very mineral. Also the flavor was peppery and despite the name, only wisps of cocoa and chocolate were present in a darn nice Saison flavor. As the beer pushes toward room temp and the bottle drains the cocoa and chocolate flavors increase and intensify.

The finish was dry with a lasting light spice and nice complexity of fruit and flavor into the afteraste and beyond. The body was medium but seemed just a bit less due to the carbonation level and the mouthfeel was nicely creamy and well done.

If I reviewed this one as some sort of Chocolate beer it would not score so well as if I just took it as a Saison. The chocolate or cocoa is low and barley perceivable till the beer warms considerably, probably adding complexity at the lower serving temps, but this was a darn nice Saison. Good bittering, good yeast complexity and an easy drinking beer!

750 ml corked and capped bottle. Best before end '07 notched. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the beer!

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle poured into a fantome tulip.
This beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a bubbly head that dissipates immediately. Smells funky, a nice cheesy funky. The taste follows the smell a tart funk acidy beer. peach? Despite no carbonation in the glass there is a bubbly tinge on the tongue. All around I enjoy this beer, nice and tart with the odd cheesy funk flavor that is just not to strong.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Dedeke
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually went to the Chocolaterie, with whom the brewer co-operated tp brew this Fantome Chocolate. THe first thing the chocolatier told me, that it's actually a wrong name - it should be Fantome Cacao, not Chocolat, since only cocoa is in it.
So when I tasted it, I was not surprised not to find a sweet beer, but a rather bitter one..

Appearance: pale golden, nice cream

Smell: at first a bit of everything, afterwards some herbal essence, some spicyness, I didn't smell cocoa, my wife did

Taste: actually a lot less bitter than I had expected. Pleasantly bitter, spicy, and here, indeed, a touch of cocoa - very nice blend

Mouthfeel: a mouthful, refreshing

Overall: better than I had expected (especially after having seen the brewery from the outside, looks quite amateuristic), will defenitely present it at my next beer seminar

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber body with a fluffy white head; bits of lacing

Smell: All kinds of things going on ranging from yeasty to herbal (coriander/bananas) to light chocolate malt

Taste: Very unusual! On top of all the individualistic Belgian flavors that are apparent on the nose, there is an overiding characteristic of malted milk; not the dark chocolate that you taste in a stout but the taste of Ovaltine

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and considerable carbonation

Drinkability: Unforgetable, but not something I would want everyday; one of the more individualistic tasting beers I have come across

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up in Denver while there visiting a few months ago, and it seemed like a good time to review it. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish golden color with a small off white head after a relatively aggressive pour. The head faded rather quickly, and stuck around as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. It was sustained by numerous small bubbles lazily seeking the surface.

Aroma: The aroma is outstanding with this beer. I really like the medley of spicy and sour notes. I don't get much of the cocoa in here, but still the aroma is really inviting with tons of fruit. I can pick up Lemons, and apricots at the same time, and distinctly.

Taste: The taste is drier than the aroma would have suggested. I get a bit of warming on the back of the throat from the alcohol, but there is a hint from the spice in there as well. I do get a bit of dryness that I would guess is contributed to by the cocoa, but it certainly isn't a key ingredient and one that I would not have picked out on my own. As the beer warms, it gets quite a bit more earthy...especially in the aftertaste.

Opinion: Well, I am really happy with this beer. I really like how it is on the edge of being a sour beer. I don't know if I would call it a Saison...per se, but it is still a really nice beer and I would definitely like to drink it again.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange. Cloudy.
S: ~tart. Caramel. Fruity.
T: Tartness is prominent, somewhat more than most Saisons. ~Caramel. Fruit: pear. Finishes dry, fairly clean with a bit of toasty bitterness.
M: Carbonation medium, which is a bit low for Saison.
O: pleasant to drink. Hard to describe. No chocolatiness detected, or chilli spiciness for that matter, so don't focus on the name of the beer. Nevertheless, it's a very drinkable beer due to dry finish, quenching acidity, and complex flavor profile.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange-ish color with a fluffy white head. In the aroma, a musky sourness and a small chili like spice. In the taste, sour green apples and a chili spice, as it warms up a small presence of cocoa. A smooth bigger bodied mouthfeel and a dry cocoa, and small green apple sourness in the aftertaste. Not much chocolate, yet very complex and quite good.

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Photo of dauss
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml, corked and capped. Had it at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. It was the only bar I had gone to that actually had any Fantome. The ghost is there along with a large cacao pod on one side of the label. It was served room temp, and the bartender if I wanted a bucket of ice, I passed, because I want to taste this beer.

Appearance: A crystal clear and bright golden orange. Large bone white head left an incredible amount of lacing as the head slowly dissapated.

Smell: Where's the chocolat? Much like other Fantome products, a lighty nutty yeastiness with a lightly spicy phenol and hops came though.

Taste: Where's the chocolat?
Has that spicy and very subtle phenol saison spicy. It has a very subtle blend of flavors which were hard to pick out. It was light and refreshing. After you swallow though, something special happens. Here comes the chocolate. A chocolate and roasty taste begins to appear and grows in intensity. Just as you think more chocolate flavor would come, it begins to fade.

Notes: A very interesting beer. The body is thin, but I like that quality in a saison. Finishes dry. Not what I expected, and in this case, it was a good thing.

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Photo of Resuin
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. No dating on bottle, I would guess this is relatively fresh (within a year or two) - I purchased it a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange, red-tinted apple cider color and leaves behind some white head which dissipates to nothing, leaving just a rim of white around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mild green apple, a hint of spice/pepper, citrus rinds, a touch of wheat/barnyard funk.

Taste: Some smoke upfront, followed by some grassy flavors, lemon rinds, a hint of cocoa. Finishes with chili peppers, but the flavors are very mild and not spicy at all. Pretty well balanced and light.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium, spritzy feel to it. There is definitely a feeling of hot pepper/spice in the body, but it doesn't go anywhere. Interesting.

Overall: This was my first offering from Fantôme and I enjoyed it. I found it light and balanced, with only enjoyable flavors. It didn't blow me away, but I definitely got something from the chili peppers added; nothing from the cocoa, unfortunately. I am interested to how this compares to Fantôme's other brews.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The phantom was as much as blob as he was a gust of air. Whenever I saw him it was in the sense of putting the pieces together post facto, like how after sex or a trauma we narrativitze the few specks we’re sure of into a relatable story, replete with made up stuff like meaning and motive. He’d breeze by four, five times in an evening—always in my home, at night, and always right when my thoughts were turning bleak—and each time there’d be a very different sense of him that nonetheless felt distinctly like Him; he couldn’t have been just a memory or a windgust.

His face was all crust and pantomime. His hands were nothing but fingers and they only appeared when there was real trouble afoot. Thinking back now, trying to get a clear enough mental picture so as to describe him through type, all I remember is text. It’s like how when you read Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury for the first time and the lines of words are so very word-like and ropey. And then later, after a guide or teacher has explained what you were exposed to, your mental image is of actual pictures where the background are drawn ascii-style, out of typeface.

Or maybe it’s only me who reads like that, who can’t quite bridge the gap between immersion and mediation. Maybe I’m too much of romantic to dismiss the supernatural out of hand, but too much a product of my time to believe in ghosts full-bore, as see-through children who float above our beds at night and only give us kisses when we’re deserving.

I want to believe. But I can't.

http://mynie.com/?p=113

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Photo of CMW
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange color with an inch of bright white head. Carbonation is definitely present.

S - Earthy aroma with hints of grass and bread. Yeast profile was also quite noticeable.

T - Much like the aroma with an earthy taste and yeast that was mildly funky. Also caught some hints of pepper but no chocolate.

M - Carbonation was spot on and had a pleasant mouthfeel.

D - Highly drinkable and overall a very good beer, just not what I expect from the name Chocolat.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil.

Pours clouded gold. Nice crème head. Flavor is much more chocolate influenced than I remember the bottle being. Still is not a lot, but is slightly noticeable. What's also noticeable is a spicy kick. I can only assume the chili peppers contribute to this. Feel has a thick carbonation and a good liquid feel. Very drinkable, yet again. It does seem a little more robust and edgier than when I had it on the bottle, but still very good all the same, though for different reasons.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle procured for me in Duluth by my friend demcorhip. Thanks so much! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a wonderful, hazey yellow with hints of gold and orange in all that yeasty goodness. Some lazy carbonation pierces the murk. About 1/4 inch of head subsides quickly and leaves tons of lace that lazily clings to the glass then slides down slowly. Lovely saison aroma with tons of dry funky yeastiness, sour green apples, pears, grass, dusty cellar, and a bit of floral and candylike sweetness for good measure.

First impression of the taste is that it's pretty light, but quickly becomes complex, with an immediate horsiness, then a bit of metallic sharpness and the tart green apple. Very earthy and organic flavour. Perhaps there is a bit of cocoa in here, but I can't detect it. This is a very clean-tasting saison, not too sour, certainly not sweet, very crisp, dry and light bodied, it may lack the complexity of a lot of Fantome's beers, but it's certainly a great sipper on this warm May evening.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another unique beer from those wacky Belgians. This one starts with a bright pillowy head. Good retention and lacing. Has a gold/orange color (some chill haze).

Smells of citrus, mustiness, faint cocoa, spices and I know this sounds funny but it has a scent that reminds me of a dirty urinal. I don't know how or why but it smells good.

Tastes of musty yeasty funk, hidden cocoa, spices, citrus and rather crisp.

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Photo of clickpush
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 at Monk's Cafe in Philly. A solid brown body topped by soapy off white head, lots of carbonation visible throughout. Aroma is funky chocolate, and taste is comperable to the smell. What a distinct, unique beer. The chocolate flavor is strong and unforgettable, unlike anything I've had before. An on combination of chocolate and farmhouse gustatory stimulation, solid mouthfeel, quite creamy, bittersweet chocolate and horse blanket. Where can I get more?!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
3.77 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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