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

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RATINGS: 531   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2013
750 ml bottle at home - pours clear light orange with a small and quickly vanishing head. Aroma of tangerine peel, citrus, saison yeast and hay funk. Light body with nice acidic notes and fruity taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2135) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 Pours a hazy orange from the bottle with thin ring of white lacy head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, a hint of funky tartness, nice lemony citrus. Taste follows with a hint of sweetness and a nice bite on the back of the tongue. Mostly just a saison to me, no real chocolate, but nicely done.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
Hazy orange colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, yeast and brett. Sour, dusty flavour, quite weird. Sticky, thick texture, it’s sticking together a bit, like a mild Saccharomyces Viscosus infection. Chocolate? Not even sure this beer has been even near to a cacao bean.
(From 75cL bottle @ DutchDrebus’ place. Thanks for sharing, Dré!)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at Delirium. Blond, which was a bit of a surprise. Aroma is bit funky, maybe even a bit of citrus, hoppy bitter, bit spicy. Taste is bit sour and tart, little bit of weirdness, no chocolate in taste really, cream cheese. Strange and spritzy. But pretty nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (876) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle pours hazy amber, aroma is spicy and spices! Taste is pretty mellow on the spices, tasty

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6139) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle at Delirium. Deep blonde, low, fine head. Dry, grassy nose, saison-like and also tart. Sour flavor, slightly smoky, grapefruit. Light, with high carbonation. There is no taste or aroma of chocolate at all. Gets richer when the yeast is added. Great stuff. Where’s the chocolat?

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours dishwater brown with a thin khaki head. Not getting much on the nose. Kind of tart on the tongue with a hint of funk. I get a bit of the chili on the finish but it’s faint. Eh!

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BMMillsy (1253) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pours a hazy dark orange with massive off white head. Aroma is bandaids, a bit if spice, and lots of musty yeast. Flavor is acetone and bandaids. A bit of pepper heat. I assume this is not what it is supposed to taste like. It is official. I will never buy another Fantome. 2 for 2 with the disgusting bottles. Down the drain along with my $12...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (1875) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 28.07.2013, 0,75l bottle @ home:
Thick slightly fizzy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish, light malts, shed, sorrel, smoke, spices, chalk, grass. Taste is sour-ish, light malts, sorrel, chalk, apple skin, wood, citrus peel, cheese, grass, smoke. Extremely thick mouthfeel. Not really sure what I think about this one. It’s not fantastic, but it’s still very interesting. But, where is the chocolate?!?

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DutchDrebus (3792) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours a pretty thick liquid with a hazy orange colour and a large off-white head. Smells sourish, brett, dusty, cellar, grassy. Tastes sour, herbs, dusty.. No chocolate at all. Thick body, soft carbo.


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