Fantôme Chocolat | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme ChocolatFantôme Chocolat

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by yen157 on 01-16-2005

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Photo of Crosling
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Belgian Bottling: There is something undeniably special about opening a Fantome beer, especially one like this, which probably won’t ever reach us here in the States. A picturesque color of orange rust with a large, frothy and lasting head of white foam. A bit of apple butter, strawberry jam, cocoa powder, ripe fruits and if you sniff incredibly deep, herbs and coriander are present in the aroma. The chocolate or cocoa powder flavor is light, but obviously apparent. Big strawberry jam flavor, with hints of peach, cocoa, coriander and ripe fruits. .

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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 clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tall head that hangs around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is really funky and strong, but very interesting with the spices and barnyard character. The flavor is no surprise, based on the aroma. Lots of spices all over the place. Also a peppery character is present, but not obtrusive. Fruits, barnyard, and even a slight hint of chocolate are in there. Complex. The body is moderate, but light because of the carbonation and the drinkability is very good.

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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 bitterdestroyer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: dark orange, slightly copper in color. awesomely thick head, which took some time to dissappear. nice thick gooey lacing ( i've found this with almost every fantome i've purchased).

smell: like a spicy farmhouse. oak, spice, slightly moldy (in a good way), but no chocolate... have i been had?

taste: ah there it is... a wonderful hint of chocolate mixed amidst a nice touch of spice and malt. not tart, not sweet. it was just right. the booze is mixed so well, that you forget you're drinking a beer. almost dessert-like. the sweetness comes out a bit more as it warms.

mouthfeel: slick but not oily. nice blend of carbonation and sweet afetrtaste.

drinkability: i seriously coulda drank like 3 or 4 of these.

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle or label.

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with an effervescent carbonation. A two finger head of just off-white foam forms on top, eventually falling to a nice coating and a ring. Great lacing. A thick brown goo of yeast rests on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is funky, spicy, earthy, yeasty, and flowery, with notes of some spice I can't identify. Black pepper seems to be the main spicy smell. This really has a wonderful smell.

Flavor is, I swear, cocoa, which is not in the aroma. Also spices like black pepper, cinammon, and some odd spice which is delish. Very nice Belgian barnyard lurking not too far from the surface. Yeast comes through very well. This is a very tasty saison. Hop profile is very low, and the aftertaste is spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Can't really detect hop bitterness. Finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. Fantastic burps, and I mean really! Mouthfeel became more full bodied after I poured in the yeast.

This, to me, is one of the better saisons I've had. Good Belgian funk, different spiciness, and the chocolate works very well. A complex, very well made saison, in every respect.

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

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a good amount of yeast sedimate. The white head is fluffy, thick, and it fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a rather complex aroma. I detect spices most. It is peppery. I smell a yeasty, earthy aroma. Slight citrus aroma is present also. It is also mildly hoppy.

This beer has a slightly spicy, chili flavor. It has a citrusy flavor, lemony. I taste a slight chocolate flavor, but it is very subtle. It has a yeasty flavor also. I taste a very slight clove flavor. The alcohol content is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor of this beer.

The chili pepper warms the mouth a little. This beer is well carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving an aftertaste sort of like eating mild chili.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but the flavor is great. It is definately a unique beer. I am very happy to have tried it. Too bad it is a little pricey. Well worth it though.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 akorsak
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
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 watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a light glowing brown with a nice head that lasted well and left great lace.

The smell is not very strong, but it has a nice mix of spice, wild yeast, and a light hint of chocolate. In the mouth, pale malts and spice lead and wild yeast flavors dominate the finish. Chocolate and hops are very light in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good but thinner than expected, while drinkability is high.

Wild yeast flavors are far more substantial than the chocolate.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky straw color with a large head that takes up most of the glass. A one finger head remains after a calming period. Aroma is mostly grass and fresh with some minor notes of cocoa. First sip reveals a rather mild with a soft mouthfeel with little carbonation. Some grassy flavors after Some slight bitterness. Some musty flavors. No notes of cocoa or chili pepper as indicated on the bottle. Taste is rather subtle. No acidity in the taste. Tastes like a subdued bitter greens. Like dandelions.

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Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Fantome offering pours a hazy orangish bronze color with a huge foamy and airy beige head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is very strong, I could smell it all the way across the room. Almost a skunk like Belgian yeast smell comes from the glass. Spicy citrus flavors are in there as well as maybe a bit of spice from the chili pepper.

The flavors begins with a traditional Belgian sweetness from the malts but soon the Fantome "hay" taste comes in to play. More of a yeast funk comes out but not too strong, not nearly like it did in the aroma. Orange peel and lemon zest are there but they are restrained. The cocoa is not really noticeable until the finish and I think it comes into play here. The cocoa and chili seem to become more prevalent the more I drink and esp more prevalent by the end of the bottle. Finish is lightly acidic and lingering with some spice.

Mouthfeel is not quite full but its not thin either. It's actually really creamy and smooth. Exceptionally creamy for what this beer is. The flavor transition is really good.

All in all, another solid and exotic beer from Fantome.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber copper, not much head, just a tiny bit of ring, and some fish food sediment.

Smell: Not much cocoa here, but plenty of pink pepper, piment d'espelette, stale coffee, and wet socks!

Taste: A little dissapointing, the body was lighter than most other fantômes I've sampled, I'd even say it was a bit watery and bland. Another one saved by the smell!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sedimented deep golden, very foamy, long lasting-head. Sweet creamy nose. Accessible banana esters makes way for mango and various passion fruit. Extremely doughy nature which doesn’t feel so fantôme-ish. Coriander and sage hints remain light, but it has indeniable rustic charms that are quite appealing. Light flavours, diplomatic and easy to drink. Herbal, honeyish and doughy. Very soft hops, drying the palate a beer in a sawdust fashion. Smooth mouthfeel, lighter carbonation than average Belgian beer. Slightly oily tang. Good stuff, but hardly marginal in the fantôme line-up.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured a solid tea color with a billowing head that fell to a finger above the brew. Nose was Orangey with a moderate spicey pepper. I was expecting a bit more of a chocolate burst, but it happens. Flavor was interesting. Orange, light mustyness, light peppery spice and a bitterness that hung on into the finish. Very interesting brew. No real chocolate flavors. The pepper flavor really comes through in the finish. Not hot, but definately a roasted pepper flavor. That pepper really made the flavor for me. Feel was light moderate with a moderately active carbonation. I found no problem drinking this in the two times I had it. That pepper flavor makes up for the lingering bitter that I didn't like so much. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy yellow orange color with a deep white head that lingers and leaves some spotchy lacing on the side of the glass. Quite nice. Aromas of funky, fruity yeastiness with hints of cocoa throughout. Stong spiciness with peppery notes. Red chili peppers come out in the nose...not strong but still noticeable in the background. Unique and quite enjoyable. Slight barnyard aromas...fresh and abundant.

First sip brings an intriguing mix of light malts accentuated by notes of cocoa, light fruits and chili. Barnyard notes throughout featuring earthy yeast. Red chili peppers make a subtle appearance mid palate and really add to the interesting complexity of this saison. Mellow cocoa and spice follow through the finish with fruity flavors throughout. A lovely brew here. Incredibly complex and satisfying....another winner from the masters at Fantome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good flow of carbonation. Goes down easy and tasty. I could easily enjoy a 750ml of this to myself no problem! An intriuging saison done as only Dany and the magic of Fantome can. I wish I could find this brew more often as it's damn enjoyable. Many thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this one!! Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of jimspivey8
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orangey-amber with a light, barely off-white head.

Smell: Bright and yeasty. Barest hint of dried chile smell. My girlfriend says she smells the cocoa, but I'm not getting it.

Taste: Delicious. Grainy malts with a stiff backbone of bitterness. The chili, cocoa, and hops blend together seamlessly. If it didn't say on the bottle that it was spiced, I might not have known it. Very long lingering bitter aftertaste that keeps you sipping.

Mouthfeel: Full, rich and smooth. Perfect carbonation that makes the bitterness dance on the tongue and heats up the throat.

Drinkability: As with most Fantome beers, exceptional.

This brewery is incredible. I bought this beer not knowing what to expect, but I loved it.

edit: After the yeast pour, you can really taste the cocoa. The mouthfeel becomes much creamier too, but the beer stays just as tasty.

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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 meathookjones
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Murky looking orange reddish color body with a quick forming tall cream colored head. Great lacing and head retention. Light funky yeast notes with some must. Some fruits and a light cocoa to it. Funky as hell flavor with yeast and other odd things going on. A few different fruits in there and a nice mix of spices going on. Pretty complex and busy taste overall. Sweet funky finish with a hint of spices. Lively mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty easy drinking stuff as well. Unique for sure but not one of their best products.

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Photo of putnam
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty trails of gunsmoke drape over uncorked aperture. Hazy amber liquid marched through by Champagne pinpricks. Eggy splatter on top suggests the end of a brief, tall explosion of foam. Mustard seed, red apple cider and cocoa aromas. Faintly, vanilla pods. More faintly, mulled citrus. Very low acidity. Silky, dry-textured. Unusual bitterness: tidy yet sooty and expansive. This is bitterness beautifully cushioned by nutty, toasted crust flavored malt and glycerin. The bitterness completely eclipses any but the most fleeting manifestation of the tangy fruit implied in the aromas. A haunting hallucination of fruits and spices keeps its distance on the finish, like the laughing souls of hell. Still no edges. No sweetness. No alcohol flavor. Beautiful integration and rhythm.

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Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a generous head that laces nicely. Almost microscopic particles of yeast bits and what not are seen to float in the beer on very close inspection.

Smell is a light cocoa and hops mix. Although I'm not sure I would have guessed that the smell was cocoa had I not known the ingredients. The more I swirl the beer, the less cocoa I smell. I can't say I detect any chilis on the nose.

Taste is spicy sweet with some mellowness that follows (possibly from the chocolate). I get a little tingle on my lips from the peppers. Hop bittering is evident and I think any hop lover would enjoy this brew. It ends with a spicy sweet kick - like a curry dusted chocolate truffle from Vosges here in Chicago.

Mouthfeel is smooth with small the medium sized bubbles. It ends with a drying mouthfeel making me want the next sip.

This would go well with a Mexican dish with mole sauce!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 lou91
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantome and Chocolate- a match made in heaven? I was really excited about this beer and on the pour it seemed to live up to my anticipation. It poured golden and hazy with a light brown muddiness which I hoped would be the chocolate. This is where the positive part of the story ends. If you put aside the almost complete lack of chocolate, this is still a good crisp clean rich ale. As close as I can taste is a whisper of vanilla and oak that might be chocolate but it is stretching my palate. Got it from Stuffed Sandwich.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled, capped and corked

Pours with a hazy orange body, fizzy yellowish head, patchy. Pretty good retention

Smell, orange, little bit of zest. A few esters here and there. Been sitting on an aroma and its hit me, chocolate, like fizzy liquid chocolate with some sherbet or something else. A hint of vanilla too

Taste, crisp zesty citrusy initial mouthfeel, grassy hops. Slightly cidery too, almost gueuze like. Smooth, silky oily chocolate on the finish, but very slight. Lasting nuttiness on the palette

An interesting and very drinkable saison, almost no alcohol detected on the palette.

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