JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy dark amber color with a taller stable heavy cream colored head. Light pale toasted malt, with a mild wild flower and lemon zest kick in the aromas, a backdrop of yeast, eucalyptus and lime leaves. Funky, yet enjoyable. Ever so soft on the palate. Dry grain flavors start the quaff, with a wild yeast and wild weeds and flowers swimming about. A day in the country during thrashing time. Ever so slight chili bite near the finish. It takes time, but I do find a chocolate extract flavor about 3/4 of the way through the swallow. Almost a green cocoa flavor. The best part for me is the long and ever changing linger. It start off where the finish leaves off with a mild chili burn, followed by a light lime citrus touch, it skips a beat with a dry wood flavor, but pick the pace back up with a mild toasted malt and malted milk ball nip that just teases the senses. For some reason this seems like it would be the perfect brew to serve with a mole’ dish. The complexity of the flavors in this one floors me. I could easily see someone having a swig of this and spitting it out as much as caressing it on the tongue and letting it give a hug back. The longer I suckle this one the more I get dry cocoa stuck to the back of my throat. The warmer this get the thicker, deeper and more mysterious it gets. This is one of only a few brews that really moves my senses and feelings as I imbibe. I’m smitten. If not for the few rough edges on the way this would likely be a perfect. Yet, I have to wonder, how do these things happen. Truly goddisgood. FYI, Thanks BBB63 for bringing up the refresh topic. I saved the words before submitting and saved the text, otherwise the above would have been lost and a mediocre review been put in it place (ok, a more mediocre review).
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I was told chili and chocolate were used in the brewing process, I just had to have it, regardless of the $20 price tag. I was expecting that great Mexican flavor, mole. Not what I got. Interesting and complex aroma, kinda peppery and spicy. Cloudy amber appearance. Slightly sour or bitter taste when served too cold. Flavor mellowed as it warmed and chococlate became more apparant, but was still very subtle. Glad I tried it and would surely revisit it again.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Densely clouded pale amber appeaarmce. Funky, musk, yeasty nose, mild sweet fruitiness. Subtle dry cocoa intro and undertones, moderately sweet and smooth at first, followed by a fairly acidic sour second half. Fairly bitter in the finish. Pleasantly surprised after thinking this was going to be a real novel loser. The cocoa notes are subtle but not hard to spot as some have noted. Still, a stronger chocolate emphasis would have been nicer since there should have been a little more here.
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber ale with a white head. Light corainder and orange peels. Good sweet malt, lactic notes, pepper, coriander and curacao in mouth. Good funkey hops in finale. Now, where is the chocolate??? Mondial 2005.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
dwyerpg (4917) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.