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Fantôme Chocolat

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A Belgian ’saison-style’ ale brewed with cocoa powder and chili pepper? Ay, Caramba! Score another first for the unpredictable brewery that was the first -- and so far the only - brewery to make ales out of dandelions and mushrooms, among other things.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemikalGab (42) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - APR 21, 2014
Pours a deep amber colour, wit a thick, clean white head. Aroma is fruity (peach, hints of banana), peppery and earthy, not too strong overall. No sign of cocoa, even with some warming. Taste is wonderfully balanced, sweet upfront, balances with bitterness and leaves the mouth dry. Medium bodied with a pleasant, soft fizziness. I could also a light numbing sensation on the tongue, similar to the one produced by spicy food, but without the actual taste of chili pepper.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a big white head. Aroma of fruitiness, malt, flour, bread, some citrus an d yeast. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some malt, caramel,bread, grains, hint of cili and cocoa. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6460) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast and spices. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a yeasty, hint of cocoa and chili finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABT_S54 (101) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours a cloudy dark straw colour with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and fresh. Taste is a disappointment with a grainy taste and less spicy than the printemps saison. The cocoa being ever so slightly evident; more so in the mouthfeel contributing to the smoothness. Carbonation is nice but not a beer I will try again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1259) - DENMARK - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle, light hazy yellow with some small sediments and a medium sized creamy white head. White pepper, roses, light herbal, light nutty, wooden. Hard to detect any cocoa or chill at first, but the cocoa becomes apparent as it warms up. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Soft and gentle, easy drinking. Light bitter and tannic like finish. A bit like the regular Fäntóm€ Saison with some added wooden and nutty notes. Pretty good and affordable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1793) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2014
75cl bottle. Go Cats!!! Nose is grassy and farmy. Not really getting the chocolate or chili peppers so far. I get Sprite/7up in addition to the typical Saison flavors. Spritzy. Odd.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShelbyGrey (170) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2014
Color ámbar turbio y espuma media densa.aromas a especias con notas florales y un toque muy sutil a cacao.muy buena en boca con un final picante casi imperceptible!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (1812) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Flaska från Beergium. En klassisk old style saison med mycket karaktär där kakaon och chilin märks väldigt lite. Istället är det sötsyrliga smaker och dofter av ladugård, jord, Pissoar och omogna röda bär och aningen rök. Mustig, syrlig och smakerna växer när temperaturen stiger. Ett öl som växer med sin mustighet, balans och fina smaker.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilja (1410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
Smak och doft av gödsel, rök, hö, jäst, jord, ladugård, vinbär med toner av röda bär. Syrlig, fruktig, vinös. Fin beska.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle
This might have been a bad bottle or a bad batch but it was a total letdown. Fantome seems to be always hit or miss. This one is a huge strikeout which helps explain why their product sits on the shelf so long. If you want a good Belgian saison look elsewhere.

Aroma / Appearance - The fact that it began to gush the second I uncorked the bottle was a bad sign. About a third of the bottle was donated to the drain before it settled enough to be pourable. When it did I was left with a cloudy caramel base. Yeast, old Hershey’s kisses, and dry hay were kind of mild. Nondescript it was forgettable even on the table.

Flavor / Palate - Oranges dipped in cheap waxy chocolate faintly tickle the palate. Yeast and sourdough pretzels transition to a slightly salty finish. Mellow and weak it also suffers from lack of focus. If not for the fact that it was an expensive bottle I would have poured the rest down the drain after only a few sips.


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