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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 577   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
Turbid ornagy pour, with a lot of carbonation and a 3-finger, off-white head. The aroma is bready malty and creamy, with solid fruity and florally spicy components. The flavor gets even more floral, spicy, and a little funky as it warms, with fruit throughout. It gets drier as it warms, and the repour is loaded with sediment. I didn’t get any chocolate in this, but it was very complex and very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
Imported 750. 2005. The house character is here, but it’s definitely not as intensely complex as regular Fantome. Beer pours a murky light amber with a large, white, slowly diminishing and mostly lasting head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, light notes of caramel and cookie; hoppy with a light notes of lemon and herbs; Yeasty with moderately-heavy funky notes of basement, barnyard, horseblanket, perhaps a teeny tiny trace of band-aid tucked somewhere in the back; Moderate notes of spicy alcohol, orange zest. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, lightly warm, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Lot B. Best by ’07. Pleasantly ugly light brown. Nicely formed, frothy, off white head. Spicy, funky fantome nose in tha hizzy. Subtle chocolate, vinegared dark fruit, grainy malt, and crisp hops, also representin. The funk is its own reward. Classic fantome soul. Crisply balanced malt and hops and straight up, barnyard funk yeast hold it down with bonus cuts of sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes dry and a bit sour. Very nice. Balanced, medium body. Where’d you get that funk from? This funk is not domestically produced. Reprogram.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2006
750 ml bottle pored a clear rusty orange with a small, but lingering white head. Aromas of apples, spice, apricot, pepper and just the fainest hint of cocoa after repeated sniffings. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of light fruit, pepper, cinnamon and just a hint of cocoa at the end with a crisp, lingering finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - MAR 18, 2006
finish flavour acidic medium, body medium, well balanced, finish fell astringed

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Cloudy amber body with a large head. I can finally start to pick up the Fantome house character in the nose and on the tongue. With that the aroma has notes of pepper, fruits, maybe a vague hint of cocoa... it’s really hard to tell. Light bitterness as well. I was expecting a wacky chocolate saison from Fantome, instead it’s a plain (by Fantome standards) and less assertive with MAYBE a light hint of chocolate. I can’t see myself coming back with so many better options.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2006
At the Zythos beerfestival St Niklaas, Belgium. This beer has an amber-orange body, is very hazy and has a nice beige yellowish froth. Aroma is not very expressive. Lest say it is far from chocolaty. The taste is on the watery side, it is smooth, slight bitter and has a herbal accent in the end. Chocolate where is the chocolate?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mirage52 (147) - New Market, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Had this in a large bottle at Max’s on Broadway in Baltimore during the Belgain Beer Festival. Pours thick with a khaki colored head that lasts the entire time with lots of coating remnants on the glass. Smells of espresso powder. Taste is smooth, obviously chocolate, and the alcohol is very present during the aftertaste. Smooth finish with a hint of cinnamon. Very good beer... different from anything I’ve ever had. As a chocolate lover I didn’t know what to expect but I was very pleased.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2006
Bottled. Sweet aroma with strong spices, lots of pepper, hint of citrus and yeasty. So for so good. Cloudy, dark orange color, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, lots of spices, grass, herbs, bitter, licorice. It has the expected complexity but certainly not what I expected. I just don´t like the combination of flavors and it has a very plain mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for this. Have had this sitting around for awhile, and figured it was time to give it a whirl. Corriander, Ginger, Crystal Malt, very light whiff of bitter chocolate with a cover of sour essence. Body is a brown/amber with a thin forming head. Taste is a slight horseblanket along with nutmeg, apricots, and a nicely balanced hop edge. Smooth on the palate.


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