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


on tap

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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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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...

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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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