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


on tap

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2006
This pours out a light, cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is roasty, sweet and grassy, and has faint notes of chili pepper and chocolate. The flavor is very different and interesting. It has an overall sweet flavor, though not overpoweringly, while hop bitterness is also quite apparent. Both the chocolate and the chili flavors are subtle, being most noticable in the finish. To be honest, the finish has kind of an unpleasant feel on my tongue. While this is an interesting experiment, and not really a bad beer, I probably won’t buy it again. If chocolate and chili pepper make an interesting flavor mixture, it doesn’s show through in this beer, and I imagine wouldn’t do well in any other Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Quite an interesting concoction, bottle says it was brewed with chocolate and chile peppers. The nose is complex, belgian, with solid roasty notes with a bit of citrus. The mouth is full and also roasty, though not particularly chocolatey. The chile comes through as just a hint on the early finish. Quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Rusty amber color, with a huge off-white head that never dies. Lemon-pepper aroma, with apple pie and gingerbread. Not nearly as sour as other Fantome brews. The chocolate only becomes noticeable in the finish, and then again moreso as the beer warms. Has a more refined, malty body than other saisons, perhaps best summed up as a dubbel in the saison spectrum. Finishes dry, slightly sweet, again with powdered cocoa. More Fantome greatness here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2451) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Thin off-white sloppy head. Reduces quickly. Typical saison aroma with yeast, straw, ginger and a very faint hint of milk chocolate. Light and refreshing aroma though. Color is a slightly hazy rusty brown. Dry, slick mouthfeel. Very slight bitterness and sourness along with a bit if citrus and spices. More ginger and a bit of iron (rust). Light flavor with only a faint hint of chocolate again. Little alcohol warming. Some hints of vegetables in there also. Finish is a little dry and tart. Not one of the better Fantomes in my opinion.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Opened the bottle with high hopes. But had to dump this one down the drain. Easily the worst bottled beer I have ever opened. Enough said.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2005
I gotta say, that this is underrated. Without meaning to overdo the style, this is my fourth in a row, and by far the best. The peppery bite is evident from the start. It is easily the lightest chocolat beer in color, but the flavor still comes through, just not as heavy and at the end. Very unique and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Very strange concept. That being said the beer was interesting with a somewhat orange body and a very strange aroma. Very strange taste of chocolate, hops and some spicy pepper notes. DOn’t know what to think of this one, I give it the rating for the uniquness of the brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
Amber copper, not much head, just a tiny bit of ring, and some fish food sediment.
Not much cocoa here, but plenty of pink pepper, piment d’espelette, stale coffee, and wet socks!
A little dissapointing, the body was lighter than most other fantômes I’ve sampled, I’d even say it was a bit watery and bland. Another one saved by the smell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Interesting beer. Deep and richly orange and very cloudy. Medium body; nice texture with a fitting level of carbonation. Spicy-orange nose with fresh yeast. Sweet malts, with a burst of chocolate and cookie dough up front (overall, cocoa flavors/aromas are subtle and in the background). Sweetness fades away quickly into a snappy bitterness, which then transforms into zippy pepper notes that follow through into the finish and aftertaste. Drying and a little hot. Lesser notes of citrus (orange, lemon) and spices (grassy and clove-like). Odd combo of ingredients on paper but, surprisingly enough, they somehow seem to get along.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 (750ml bottle) Fantome on Halloween just seemed fitting. It poured a cloudy orange/light brown body with a moderate creamy beige head. Aroma of mustiness, florals, citrus, and caramel. Flavor of spicy yeast, malt, orange, and a hint of cocoa in the finish.

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