marcus (9238) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This cloudy brown ale poured with a thin off-white head. This is another strange Fantome brew. The cocoa is quite dominant and the chili pepper leaves a slight bite on the tongue. It seems to be heavily hopped and the hop bitterness is noticeable over the cocoa flavor. Not the best Fantome ale I have tasted, but one of the more interesting ones.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a muddy muddy brown color with a clear bubbly head. Large bubbles that are very airy. The head receedes to a very small ring. Nose is lightly yeasty with soem light dry chocolate powder notes. Palate is thin and crisp with some lightly spicy notes. Flavors of cocoa powder, some chili powder with a nice bite to it, bits of yeast note here and there. Finish is kinda spicy hot with a nice filmy layer on the teeth.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Mild chocolate aroma. Very malty and mildly spicy with a bit of mustiness. Light orange in color with a pinky thin tan head. Full hearty malt backbone with mild chocolate/coca notes and slightly spicy elelments. The overall feel is like a cocoa muffin with a touch of spice thrown in. Very satisfying, but subtle brew that I think is a bit under appreciated.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My last experience with a chocolate-enhanced beer is a horrible memory (Floris Chocolat - and I blame my wife for that one). I was skeptical about this one. But, heck, it’s brewed by Fantôme so I know it’s at least worth a try. Faint chocolate aroma rising above a bevy of other integrated smells like spice, grass, must. On the first sip, there is a definite chili burn. It’s slow in developing and understated. A classic touch to accentuate the chocolate flavor. A beer most certainly enjoyed, appreciated, understood (if possible) a sip at a time.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber with a small white head that gives great lacing. The aromas are musty and spiced, can just pick up the cocoa. Some hoppy grass in there too. The body is refreshingly thin as a saison should be. The flavors are slightly sour but overall the spices come through excellently with a nice underlying hop mix. The finish is dry, very dry.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy light brown colored body, slightly murky. Funky nose with some semi-scipy notes and some biscuit scents as well. I liked this very much but ultimately it’s a forgettable beer. The chocolate was a bit difficult to pick up, but the cinnamon-like spices were certainly there. Smooth palate.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color is a glowing brown with yellow contrast. Nearly opaque and full of haze and sediment. Head was a thick white cream topping that sticked around for longer than expected. Aroma is mild with not a lot of smell picked up. What does come across is a weak olfaction of yeast and spice. The flavor has started to deteriorate and loose its essential flavors leaving me with faded saison. Light touch of chocolate, yeast and just the slightest dash of spice and ginger.
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.