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

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RATINGS: 536   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Deep golden with lots of suspended particles and a somewhat beige head. Aroma of sourness, barnyard and citrus. Flavor has notes of brett/funk, mustiness lemon/citrus, some spice and yeast. I didn’t pick up any chocolate though. Full to medium body with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2005
750ml bottle: Cloudy copper orange/brown with a large tan head that lasts. Aroma is stale/sour hops, sweet dark fruit, cloves, grass, and that Fantome house character. I can’t detect any chocolate in the aroma. Taste is sour hops, lemon, citrus, earthy yeast, light spice, and some syrupy malt sweetness in the background. Lively carbonation, medium-full bodied. Finishes with a hint of unsweetened bakers chocolate, which is the only time I get any chocolate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
I must say I’m a little surprised that this beer didn’t score higher overall. The aroma I thought was really like teh name implies, chocolat. I really got a dark chocolate/beer aroma from it that is different from about anything I’ve ever had before. The pour was decent. It is a light amber and pretty clear. It really wasn’t what I was expecting. Flavor wise this beer is solid. I notice a slight cocoa flavor, and like a chili flavor as well? mixed with some malty and fruitiness as well. It’s somewhat complex, but not too much. Very interesting beer. would probably be good after some aging.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Pour is nice cloudy amber with a dense tan head...smell is spicy with cloves, corriander, maybe some pine as well...sharp metallic taste at first...a little sweet with some bitterness toward the finish...disappointing...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
THis is another great saison from fantome. Nice big fluffy head that fades slowly and sits on a light amber body which is slightly hazy. I didnt actually notice any chocolate in the aroma or flavor, but rather it was more traditional than I expected. Is there actually supposed to be chocolate in this? Lots of yeasty spiciness in the aroma, with a good amoutn of malt to back it up. Moderately malty in the flavor, slightly sweet, lots of spice, and a relatively dry finish. Somewhat tart and acidic in the end as well. Id say this one is right in the middle as far as fantome goes- nothing wrong with it, but not too much to let it really stand out.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Golden in color with a nicecreamy tan head. Creamy head. Hoppy, malty chocolatety aroma. Grassy. Hoppy and chocolately flavor. Malty. Nutty. Full bodied beer. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
750 ml. Golden with a deep orange hue, clear, beautiful thick creamy tannish head. Musty hop aroma, grass, trees, moss. Flavor has a sharp hop edge to it, with a toasty big malt component. Munich malts? Styran Goldings? Nutty, but I am not getting the Chocolat. Full bodied and smooth. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2005
unclear amber color and gold at the edges. dense foamy/fluffy light tan head. aroma is dusty, hay, light sweat. a little tangy citrus too, but weak. there is also a cocoa malt aroma but also very weak. flavor is very malty for a fantome, a little cocoa in there (this is at room temp) but only at the edges of the palate. there is some alcohol/dryness that arrives quickly. this is tart but not sour. a little earthy and spicy - cardamon? the aftertaste is dry. I really enjoyed this amid the fair number of average scores.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2005
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma and flavor of spices, fruits, barnyard and very mild coacoa. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very intriguing but not as good as other Fantômes.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3108) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2005
Light hazy amber golden color. Floaties (that can’t be good), really random carbonation. Sour lemon zesty, oranges, barnyard and a very very faint whiff of smoke. Slightly tart wet leather, oranges, yeasty, cardamon mouth. Dry bitter, mildly tart finish. Interesting stuff.


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