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%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
30
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another masterful crafted beer from this brewery. I did not know there were chile peppers until after. It was like a saison with chocolate, with carob. I guess the bit of acidity on the palate was the chile peppers, and knowing it would have left me pondering it, sipping it, enjoying it more. Still, they are mystery brewers and it was a bit drying yet greatly satisfying. Still needed lots of good red wine after to get my palate to neutral. A bit brown on beige colour. Funky yeasty aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, smoke, band-aid, and baby wipe aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour smoke and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some odd aromas and flavors that may not be intended but somehow aren't all that bad.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i always want so badly to like the fantome stuff because a few of them were so special, but often the bottles are old, denatured too far by green glass, and entirely unimpressive. this is another one of those, but the one thing i always like about them is that they are different. none of these beers are like anything else in the market, and so even when i am not that into one, i always find a way to overrate it and appreciate it. this is no exception, a much older bottle, maybe 2013, and not much cocoa remains here. its a little chalky in texture and with some bitterness, but this does not really scream chocolate to me in any meaningful way. similarly, the peppers have likely faded as well, although i am not sure this was ever hot. a little tickle of that i still here, but even fresh i bet this was kind of mild. being older, it is not nearly as sweet as others have mentioned here, instead its more yeasty than anything, a little oxidation and a little bandaid, its not way medical and weird, but there is a definite astringency to it that is quite pronounced. the thing is, as weird and minimal as the cocoa and the chilies are, i really dont wish there were more of either in this beer. this odd thick rust colored freakshow needs nothing. in another context this might have actually gotten a drainpour from me, but i liked it somewhat better as it warmed, and the yeast grew on me especially, still belgian, saisony, and funky. proceed with caution though, this was far from impressive.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out as a muddy looking brown color with a ton of sediment in there. The head came and went. The smell was a little bit like a farmhouse ale but had some other funky stuff going on in there too. The taste was earthy and kind of bland. I'm not sure why but this beer just doesn't really set off many alarms for me on the taste and smell. The mouthfeel is a bit watery without much carbonation. Perhaps this was a bad bottle but overall I found this to be a very boring brew. I'd try it again if it was from somewhere where it's going to be fresh.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color without any bubbles on the surface. A few yeast particles are floating near the bottom of the snifter glass.
S: There is a moderate aroma of earthiness and funkiness along with some notes of spices.
T: There is a very good balance in the flavors between pale malts and spices; there are also some hints of chili peppers.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
D: This beer needs to be served at the proper temperature--let this sit for a while--it becomes very easy to drink after it warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A chocolate saison, eh? Normally I'd be extremely skeptical; it sounds like the kind of thing Brew Dog or The Bruery would attempt, fail at, and somehow successfully sell at a marked-up price. But if anyone can legitimately pull it off, it's Fantome. 750ml green glass (come on!) bottle with pressure cap over a cork and an appealing label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Cost was $22.00

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with couscous and pretzels (don't ask...)

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention (~7+ minutes). Lacing is decent. Body colour is a dull lemon-brown on par with dirty straw. Nontransparent; non-opaque. Hazy. No yeast particles are visible - at least not this high up in the bottle. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters, brett yeast, soft rustic esters, heavy crystal malt, pale malts, and sweet crystal sugars. Lacks spice for a saison - especially one from Fantome. A moderately strong aroma. Very appealing, but not as complex or subtle as anticipated given the brewery. I don't get chocolate at all, nor do I get any peppery saison notes.

T: Crystal malt, bright lemon esters, some more rounded full fruit esters, yeasty banana and clove, soft bretts (seamlessly integrated into the balance), pale malts and derivative sweetness, and full luscious clean barley. Light lemongrass comprises the foundation. Very refreshing, with hints of lactic notes complementing the clean pleasant feel nicely. No alcohol comes through. I don't get any chocolate though I really look for it. It's quite enjoyable, and delivers a lot of complexity - though it lacks the subtlety and clever balanced spicing present in many other Fantome saisons.

Mf: Light, tingly, smooth, wet, and near perfectly carbonated. Ideal thickness. Good palate presence. Feels tailored specifically to the flavour profile and complements it as such. Even a bit buttery.

Dr: Exceptionally drinkable, especially considering the (well hidden) high ABV. I expected some chocolate but found none, yet it remains an excellent saison. Another delightful beer from the masterful Fantome, but it won't be what most expect. I'd happily get it again, and I certainly regard it as among the finest saisons I've ever had.

High B+

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Nick.

Pours a beautiful hazy blond with a large sustaining white head.

Bizarre aroma, signature Fantome; spicy, peppery and yeasty. There's a touch of sourness and funk, a little grain. I don't pick up any chocolate.

Tart and grainy, pale malt barely supports the intense yeast and spice flavors. Peppery, tart, lemony, there's a hint of chocolate and faint heat. Light-bodied, very refreshing and quaffable. Very good.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with ok retention that reduces to nothing. No lacing, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of cocoa, apple, lemon, cherry, pepper, biscuit, earth, grass, hay, big funk, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of tart apple, cherry, lemon, chocolate, chili, pepper, biscuit, funk, hay, grass, and yeast spices. Fair amount of tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grass, tart apple, lemon, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nicely complex and balanced flavor, but it has a bit of an odd flavor presence along with the normal Fantome funk. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Smooth to drink but is still a sipper with the tart flavors. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a nice and complex farmhouse ale. A touch on the odd side with some of the flavors, but it was still enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky golden color into my tulip. Short white head that lingers on for a bit of time. The nose brings some grass and floral characteristics plus a bit of light cocoa. None of the chili really seems to make its way into the nose. The taste brings a slight spicing and faint hints of chocolate.

The feel brings a bit of the chili and it just doesn't meld all that well with the body and other characteristics of the beer. A bit strange--even for Fantome--and was something that I didn't need more than a few ounces of.

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Photo of nickfl
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

WTF? Fantome is hit and miss, and this is largely a miss. Bordering on cloyingly sweet and mostly dominated by the flavor and aroma of wet cigarets. Not undrinkable, but it makes me question the fact that I will certainly still buy the next new Fantome I see.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light head covering fades instantly over a hazy fark wheat colored yellow orange beer.

N: Belgian saison/tripel aroma, Belgian malts, light citrus, wheat, some chili peppers too, light spices and malts. No real chocolate yet.

T: Again some saison and tripel flavors, Belgian malts again, mostly dry as well with no real sweetness. Light citrus, orange peel, touch of chili pepper, no real chocolate yet either, touch of spices and touch of booze. A little funky woody dank shelf like taste with mold, but very little. A little fresh wort taste as well... as it warms I'm starting to get some chocolate lightly.

M: Medium body with lower but decent carbonation.

Dry, some lingering Belgian malts, lingering chili (especially on the burps), little chocolate on the finish, little saison flavor too, and touch of creamy malts.

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