Fantôme Chocolat | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat
BA SCORE
63.6%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 357 Ratings
Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yen157 on 01-16-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,215
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
357
Liked:
227
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
15.24%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
30
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber-jued appearance, brief whitish head...

yeasty nose, musty light cocoa...spicy...mmm

Taste: yum, sweet, cocoa nad a hint of pepper, but not much, very subdued...grainy, juicy, malty...a delicious mix...nice, but a bit of a mess, with cocoa powder on top...
nice, nice...
sweet and lovely...rich cocoa....good drinking...

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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.

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Photo of aasher
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chocolat pours a light bodied dark and cloudy orange in color with a billowing three finger, bright white head. The nose features aromas of lemon rhind, green pepper, herbal spice, earthy must, Lemongrass, and Belgian yeast. Despite all of the adjectives I wouldn't say it's very complex, like Fantomes other beers. There isn't any chocolate or chile to be found. I expected at least the chocolate to be somewhat present. The flavors are dry and musty. The lemon rhind and grass are the two most dominant flavors. It certainly does have an herbal, leafy, tea like aspect as well. There is also moderate bitterness. It certainly doesn't drink as smoothly as the other Fantomes that I've tried and has a bit more carbonation. Overall this was a strange beer. Blind, I probably would've pegged it as a Fantome but for the name of the beer and description on the side it was disappointing. It wasn't as complex or unique as their other offerings in my opinion.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy dark copper with some orange highlights. 3" head lasts quite a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: musky fruit sweetness and some caramel are easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: ripe fruit sweetness, very spicy yeast flavors, pepper spice, caramel, plums, grassiness and soft hints of chocolate. I expected there to be more of a chocolate tone through this. Alcohol is mildly detectable and there is an overall musky dryness here.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Very brief spicy and fruity aftertaste. On the lighter side of a heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent and one could say this is a different saison than they normally get to try. Definitely not my favorite Fantome, but still worth trying.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a nice finger of head nad left lots of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was just pretty much funky, oaky, some spice,and earthy herbal notes but no chili of chocolate chracter to speak of. The chocolate and chili was also pretty much absent on the palate as well but did have the signature fatome funk tart flavor alongside herbal, earthy, oaky accents. The brew was light to medium in body with a high amount of carbonation which had a funky, oaky, earthy, and tart finish. It actually drank decent but totally wished it would have had more chocoalte character all around. Oh well can't win them all.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks yourefragile for sharing this at the Fantome-marathon we endured in that religious compound. Served in a Fantome tulip because all the cool kids were doing it..

I guess I'm stupid but when a beer is called "chocolate" I expect it to be dark, and I guess it was sort of darkER than a couple of the others but my notes say "orange?" and it had a white head....hmmmm...

Beer smells like orange peel, rind, I fear this has now become find the chocolate.

If it didn't say chocolate on the label I wouldn't think there was any chocolate in the beer but since I can read and don't want to appear to look like a fool right now I'm going to claim I could taste chocolate, when in reality what I tasted was lemon and orange peel, mild flowers, and a decent yeast palate. A nice beer but why is it called chocolate?

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. Paired with grilled mahi-mahi.

Appearance is the typical hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma has an acidic vinegar note mixed with herbs and white pepper. The flavor has a hint of the cocoa powder with what reminds me of fresh red pepper. Not really hops to speak of, just farmhouse funk with the chili and cocoa additions. Not drastically different from Fantome's other saisons, but a good and interesting beer to pair with food.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice head which leaves some spotty lacing. The color is a cloudy orange amber. The smell is a little on the sour side with notes of orange and cocoa. The taste is a step above the smell and more complex. The funky sour notes are still there, but so are rich cocoa flavors and dark fruit. The finish especially is redolant of cocoa. Not sweet at all, but all bitter chocolate notes. There is only a touch of chili, and that is right at the end of the finish. Crisp mouthfeel and medium body makes it fairly refreshing. Unusual, not bad at all,but I wouldn't drink it every day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one as I have never had a Fantome beer I didn't love.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Luckily I poured carefully because there were huge chunks of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is heavy on the Belgian yeast, orange citrus and possibly a little bit of cocoa. Even though I might smell cocoa, I doubt I would have detected it if not for the name of the beer. Overall, a nice aroma.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. I get a ton of orange and lemon notes as well as some Belgian yeast. The first taste is of a classic, citrusy saison. There is a nice malt character to the beer and the 8 percent alcohol is also present. I also may get a little bit of dry cocoa powder in the flavor. I detect no chile notes in the flavor. All of that being said, the best part of the beer is the acetic quality to the flavor. This beer is slightly sour and a little bit funky, making it easy to drink. The tartness reminds me of the regular Fantome Saison, but the flavor profile of this beer is completely different. Outstanding flavor overall.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very happy I got to try this one.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Few would expect a beer with 'chocolate' in its name (and cocoa in the ingredients list) to be this bright and pale; the beer is tinted a vivid banana fruit yellow. Curiously it's not see through, despite that its complexion is pristinely clean. And its head is not as expansive as most saisons, but some white foam does make a brief cameo.

Just as you wouldn't know it from looking at it, smelling the beer similarly gives no indication of any special ingredients. No chocolate here. Instead, like any good ol' Belgian saison, it smells of dry straw and a dab of fresh orchard fruit. The style's (as well as the brewery's) characteristic "funk" is dialed down to a tart, lemony acidity.

I assume the recipe took a 'better safe than sorry' motto as far as the cocoa and chili flakes were concerned; with still no trace of them as the beer warms I'm ready to put their pictures out on milk cartons. To be honest, however, they are not missed. Clean malt and ample carbonation make for a damn nice, albeit understated, saison.

The beer has refreshingly dry notes of straw and hay, with a tart, lemon-y acidity that comes on stronger by the second half of the bottle. The flavour is simple, actually unexpectedly clean, showcasing no real spice (not even from the yeast) and, apart from a faint marmalade note, little fruitiness. It is actually quite plain for a typically dynamic style.

Fantôme brewmaster Dany Prignon rarely divulges his secrets. The fact that he wised up to adding cocoa and chili flakes may in fact be because, otherwise, no one would ever have known. That might have gotten me worked up, considering I spent good money on this bottle under the pretext that it would have some chocolate flavour, but, truth be told, this is a world-class saison through and through, as only a Belgian hand could do.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a dull amber color. The head is a frothy tan colored and is kept aloft by an ample, though not overwhelming, carbonation. The aroma is soft and fruity, not quite what I was expecting, and there are notes of yeastiness to it. There is notes of tart pear, plum, apple, a bit of grassiness, and a astringent type note that I can't quite put my finger on. The beer is spritzy as it dances across my tongue. It is initially softly sweet, but then finishes with an astringent sharp note that lingers for quite a while after the beer has gone down my throat. With the sweetness, the beer has quite a bit of fruitiness to it; definitely notes of plums, a bit of raisins and a light acidity that picks up and accentuates the fruitiness as well.

This beer is quite interesting; on the one hand the fruitiness is quite nice, but on the other there really does not seem to be much in the way of chocolate and the finish is a tad hard (though it does not overwhelm the beer). I definitely like this beer, but not as a show case for chocolate. The beer has a malty bready quality to it, with a bit of caramel to it as well. As the beer warms up and loses some carbonation it begins to pick up a soft, quite subtle note of dusty cocoa powder. It is just barely there and may be my imagination, but it is definitely something. I almost think that it would be better if Dany released this as the Automne, lets say for example, and, as usual, did not tell anyone what the extra ingredients were.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium orange with a medium white head, good retention, light lace.

S: Lemon, must, some barnyard, hay, hint of chili spice.

T: Lemon dominant, very saison-like. Musty, earthy hop flavour. Chocolate is in the background with a light sweetness in the finish, with some light chili heat. The saison is the main flavour, don't think the chocolate will dominate, just a Fantome saison with a twist. The adjuncts are there, but only tease the palate when compared to the rest of the beer.

M: Mild acidity, medium-bodied, smooth, nice aftertaste.

D: Really cool beer with a lot of complexity. My favourite Fantome aside from Printemps, very well done.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden lemon color with slight orange hues and a fluffy white head. Lots of peppery floaties dance in the glass.

S: The nose was big with a sour citrusy aroma. The sourness is very smooth and clean. There was a pinch if that of cocoa on the nose.

T: The flavor was surprising with sour fruit (pears, apples) and some light pepper notes add a very subtle spiciness. There was a light funky sourness as well. The cocoa was scarce and hard to pick up but was there along with some some sour fruit and lemon hopping rounding out the flavor. For anyone expecting a big chocolate experience may be mislead or disappointed. Danny Prignone is a noted wise-ass and jokester and definitely brews things his own way with a very unique variety of spices used for his seasonals. Those that complain about the lack of chocolate simply do not understand Danny's style or sense of humor.

M: very soft in carbonation providing for a smooth drinkability.

D: Overall a good beer, it's the subtlety of the drink itself that makes it stand out flavor-wise.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky caramel toned amber with a white clumpy, soapy head that slowly fades out. Scattered splatters of lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of barnyard funk yeast, mild musty skunkiness, apple skin, pepper.
The taste is a bit funky, sweet, earthy, and spicy.
Mouthfeel is full, weirdly sweet, and spicy. Very different but not bad.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of akorsak
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +7%

Fantôme Chocolat from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 63.6% out of 100 with 357 ratings
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