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


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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (871) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours cludy orange-amber with a medium size, white, lasting head. Aroma has barn, wheat, some sweet, fruity notes, dry notes of grains, alcohol. Taste is slightly alcoholic, but has lot of wheat-beer-fruits. A bit of esters, a very subtle, dry chocolate, but i don’t think i would guess it if i didn’t know. Some funky yeast, and some alcohol. Medium body and medium carb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sissio (868) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 28, 2014
Light hazy, golden, minimal white head. Citric notes, hint if cardboard, some cocoa, but generally flat. Citric taste, cocoa beans like bitterness at the end. Pretty strange, goes nicely with roasted cocoa beans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a medium sized off white head.. The aroma and flavor have the standard Fantome funk, earthy, apples and pears, some chili peppers on the nose with the lightest amount of cocoa powder coming through. I kind of like their own funk, but hoped for a bit more with this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zgaier (1608) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bomber. Pours an amber orange with a beige head and aroma of grains, light chocolate. and yeast. Taste is interesting, the chillies and chocolate come through, along with spices and yeast notes into the finish. Unique and interesting brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjgmd (1682) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2014
With Z ( from a surprise visit from Orlando ) pours an amber orange color with a large ’ fizzy’ head. Nose is grainy with subtle cocoa. Taste is light chocolate , some spice and yeast with some tartness in the finish. A different saison for sure. Quaff Score 6 / 10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (3133) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
(Fantôme Chocolat) Bottle 750 ml at home, poured into a tulip. ABV 8% Murky body, but nice colour on it, a bright golden orange. Head is only a finger tall, a bit thin, with low retention, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma has leaves, brett-like funky notes, musk, straw. Taste yes is saison, with chocolate on the finish but quite faint. Again leaves and musk, and I can’t really say I taste the chillies, grapes, ashes. Medium thin body, soft carbonation, extremely dry on the palate, it’s like my mouth was getting totally dehydrated with every sip. I never had something as dry as that. Overall a very weird beer, I expected more chocolate and/or a chili pepper burn to be honest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 2, 2014
Not going to post in depth taste notes on this since this went straight down the sink but going to post some thoughts since I have been an avid Fantome fan since the beginning. Everything about this beer screams out that the base saison under that disgusting cocoa unbalanced taste is a very good beer, but why on earth add so much cocoa to a dry and funky saison. This is unbalanced beyond everything I have tasted. faux pas dany, faux pas !!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (7523) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle @ DØE Sommerfest. Pours hazy orange golden with a small offwhite head. Aroma of light malt, yeast, mild brett notes, flowers, sweet fruit. Flavor is malt,, light sourness, yeasty, mild brett, fruit, peach. flowers. No trace of either chocolate or chili. Medium body, soft carbonation, light acidic finish. Nice and refreshing beer. 200814

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Another weird ale springing from Danny Prignon’s mind, a saison with cocoa and chilli added. Yellowish white, very rocky, crackling, sticky head, deep orangey brownish colour, cloudy. Assertive aroma, fascinating, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, leafy hops, liquorice, orange, figues, earth, leather, jute, wood, hazelnuts and a kind of Brett-like funkiness. Dried fruits, complex, nutty malts, spicy (probably the chilli talking), light sourness, a very faint hint of cocoa powder in the finish along with warming alcohol. This was a pretty weird experience I must say, but I had expected nothing less from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1268) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
750ml bottle, pours coudy golden brown with a lush, lasting foamy head, aroma is a whole gamut of flavours, caramel, honey malt, lime marmalade, coriander, peach, overripe orange funk and barnyard, but the chocolate on the label seems to be a misnomer. Palate is full, oily and rich, sweet, with an astringent finish. Not too bitter. Another interesting beer from Fantome.

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