SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
citrus, yeast, red pepper and flower aroma. barely noticeable cocoa. hazy red orange color with a large creamy off-white head. flavor is lightly tangy with some spicy peppers but i really don’t notice the cocoa. why not add more?? chili pepper and cocoa sound really good together(not sure why) but unfortunately the cocoa is just too subtle. i’m thinking about adding a block of hersheys to this stuff.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very frothy/mountainous head. Deep brownish rust color.
Aroma is yeasty belgian spice, light flowery hop. Bright and slight sour lemon. Light cocoa powder under the covers. Slight dusty funk.
Flavor is very blended with very slightly soured yeast, some spice, hints of pepper, hints of chocolate.
Nicely blended flavors cause it to not be too awkward and a good drink.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Blake. Cloudy brown body. Lemon flesh, pepper skin, raisin, and dark plum in the appealing aroma. Good fruitiness contrasted with citric acidity. The flavor has the same lemon acidity (touch of metal w/ it) but the accompanying flavors aren’t much to talk about - a muddled chocolate extract and toasty caramel malt base. The finish brings out some stemmy hops but it sitll focuses on the lemon business.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this. We let this beer open itself because the cork started crawling out of the bottle once I uncapped it. That was part of the fun. The beer pours to a very hazy firey orange body. A huge foamy white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is funky barnyard with dust and interesting yeasts. Light chocolate. The flavor is dry cocoa powdered chocolate, light black pepper, extremely small dose of red pepper. Interesting yeasts. Some sort of fruit... perhaps pineapple. The palate has some dry components, no heat from the peppers, but there is some heat from the alcohol.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very hazy brownish muddy pour w/ a big frothy head
Aroma of light belgian yeasts, some candied sugars a bit of funkiness and some black pepper aroma.
Palate is pretty avg w/ a tart finish
Flavor is a lightly sourness then a touch of tart chocolate w/ a mildly spiced peppered finish. Ok.
JK (5659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 My thanks to JoeBrew at Cellars St. Paul for this beer. A light orange beer; thin white head. Aroma has some barnyard and weird yeast scent. Flavor has very light chocolate and light pepper as well. The pepper has no bite, which surprised me. Fairly spicy overall; but not really a chocolate beer. Significant sediment; very large pieces. Very good.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting spicy peppery cream aroma. hazy gold orange with fine beige head. cocoa pepper saison coriander, not all so overwhelming, not much chocolate, dissapointing as we bought this based on the name and her love of chocolate. More like a normal saison with just a hint of chilis and cocoa - slightly unusual but not really a big beer. Easily overwhelmed by tasty mussels, complements them well, but, too expensive as an import to be worth it.
beerguy101 (5357) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This saison pours a light orange brown color from a corked and capped 750ml bottle. Large sized fluffy white foamy head. Aroma is malty, yeasty and estery, Some chili and chocolate, with some barnyard and horse blanket. A medium bodied saison. Malts are bready and chocolaty. Touch herbal. Nice balance of chocolate and chili is reminiscent of a mole sauce. It’s a touch spicy and not that sweet. Nice lively carbonation. Crisp and light. There is some sweetness at the finish, but for the most part it finishes fairly dry. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh scent with mild pine,apricot, chili, and maybe I’m deluding myself by thinking there’s some cocoa as well. Medium and round on the palate with the perfect amount of carbonation to give it a crisp mouthfeel. Flavor is apricot and orange mash that gives way to a slight sourness, thrown in there is also some herbal/grassy barnyardy notes (typical of Fantome) before leading into the cocoa, chili, hop finish. All the flavors are subtle, but prominent enough to be thoroughly enjoyed. I think the cocoa and chili were masterfully added here. Also, it seems from what many people have written, that this Saison is being drank too cold. i.e. they aren’t tasting the cocoa/chili until they’re almost done with the bottle. I waited til the temperature was about 55+ before drinking and all the flavors were apparent.
Beautiful offering from Fantome.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle (2005ish), Bordeaux glass. Deep, hazy and brassy-orange body is covered by a thick and creamy off-white head. The aroma is redolent of spicy and yeasty esters common to my experience with Fantôme...dough and cilantro harmonize along with a light note of horse blanket, all carried on a crisp pils malt base. A cloud of grassy, floral hops extend over everything. And of the two special ingredients? Wonderfully integrated...a pure ’red’ chili hotness, slightly nose-tingling in its pungency accents the darkness of soft cocoa powder in a manner reminiscent of a smoky Mexican molé sauce. Forward in the flavor are sweet pils malt along with a gentle chili burn and a light acidity. Mid-palate releases a gentle funk and tame sourness, quickly displaced by the long finish in which a soft grassy bitterness defers to a drying cocoa aftertaste with a warming chili sensation. The chili and cocoa really work well together in this beer (though perhaps more cocoa, less chili would have been okay) but the front-end is really lacking. Everything interesting seems to happen mid-palate or later (especially the aftertaste). The texture is silky smooth and the next sip always seems to relieve the chili burn from the last one. Carbonation is, as expected, vigorous and the significantly chewy for a saison, though not a detriment in this case. Seriously, this would be diabolical with real, earthy Mexican dishes.