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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 574   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10640) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2006
another nice saison by Danny. has much resemblence with a good stout. fruits and spices in both taste and aroma. rather dry and bitter, and maybe some chocolate. liked it a lot!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18573) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy orange colour with a big off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of fruit and spices. Malty and a little sweet flavor with hints of fruit and spices. Has a hoppy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5567) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2006
I shared a big bottle with skortila and Noize. Very cloudy murky brown color, medium brown head. Aroma is slightly sour, yeasty, some malt, maybe some milk chocolat, but quite difficult to smell. Bit sour taste, yeasty, bit sweet and malty. Maybe there’s a big difference between different bottles, but this bottle certainly didn’t match up with the expectations...


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