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


on tap

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RATINGS: 520   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2005
Fruity aroma. Cloudy greyish colour. Nice full mouthfeel with some citrus flavour and a little sweetness. OK bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Bottle Amber, muddy body. Bitter aroma of hops, yeast, spices, vanilla, cognac, ... quite nice, complex and well balanced. Moderately bitter, moderately sour flavour (floral). Very complex flavour with a good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9818) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle, bought in Leiden. Light orange brown color. Big creamy long lasting head. Milk chocolate and grapes aroma. Spicy flavor (pepper, but also other spices). The chocolate remains largely unnoticed, probably crushed between the other flavors. Pretty well balanced compared to some other Fantome beers. Grapes aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2005
Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Yeasty light sour aroma and a light sour spicy light chocolat taste. Medium body and a long sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours a hazy golden. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Taste is sweet malty, with notes of chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Bottle- Oh what a treat. I went to belgium to find such brews from my favorite saison brewer. Poured a brownish/orange hue with a nice off-white head. Aromas of funk, yeast and a nice grassy finish. Flavors of spice, a hint of citrus and a nice finish of chocolate. Not overpowering, but you can tell it’s there. Very unique, and I only wish it were available here in the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Very yeasty and fresh aroma. Very malty. Loads of carbonation, and truly a beautiful amber in the glass. A touch of sweetness to the malt, would not have known it was chocolate, but it did lend a chalkiness. The ending spice/lichen type hit was nice. Very nice drinking, "house character" as JSturm said, and he’s right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18939) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy amber. Yeasty, grassy nose. Fairly sweet and generously malty, with an attractive soft mouthfeel. Well hopped and slightly oily. Hop bitter finish. A good beer, but I don’t get any chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Cloudy amber color. Smells like rubberband, soma malt. Quite malty brew, sweet, correct bitterness, good… Where is the chocolat?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
An unclear amber beer with a nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of yeast, oranges, and wheat. The flavor is sweet and again with notes of yeast and oranges, with some floweryness in the end. The body is thin. I cannot pick up any chocolate in this beer - weird.

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