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


on tap

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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3501) - 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 (12343) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Huge white head. Hazy orangish yellow color. Very strong yeast smell. I do smell fresh hay too. Sweet initial taste that goes bitter and then has sprinklings of chocolate sweetness mixed in small doses through the hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a very hazy orange with a huge white head that slowly fades. Aroma is of hay, creamy wheat, slight vanilla, mild belgian yeasty funk. Flavor starts as creamy wheat and hay, then some ian yeastiness, then comes some spice (possibly the chili, then a dry bitter cocoa. Aftertaste is an odd prickelly numbness on the tongue that I think is from the chili and the dry bitter cocoa. Odd beer but I think it works. The chili is mild but gets to be a little much after a few glasses. Medium body with a somewhat silky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Pours way lighter than expected. I assumed that the beer would have a portion of chocolate malt in it but it is a murky peach color with a wisp of a head. Funky, spicy, saison aroma with a hint of cocoa. The cocoa comes through up front in the flavor. The finish has just the slightest burn and a fair amount of bitterness. In between is pure saison. Subtle and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Bottle. Rich amber colored with a nice cream colored head. Malt (sweet and chocolate) and spice aroma with a little dustiness. Spicey, malty flavor with the spice lingering. There’s a bit of pepper and corriander. Body is slightly lighter than expected. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 This was one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever experienced. Reminded me of Mexican candy. Distinct taste of jalapeno, coupled with chocolate and just enough funk in there to let you know it was fantome. A pleasure and privilege.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
I still don’t get the chocolate in this one, but a funky barnyard odor may have overwhelmed it. Not much head, but it is very lively on the tongue. Spicy with a bit of tartness, it is funky in the way that Fantome seems to always nail. Not my favorite of the style, but good anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Generous samples on consecutive nights at the Falling Rock during GABF, one from Dr. Bill and one from a complete stranger. Orange-straw body with minimal sparse bubbles. Aroma is of menthol cigarettes, goats, and horseblanket. No noticeable chocolate. Flavor is strongly phenolic with spicy and plastic characters, light honey, some pineyness, and fairly strong bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinned out. Decent, but certainly not one of my favorites from Dany Prignon’s saison factory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12427) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2005
(750ml bottle, best by end 2007) Cloudy amber body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, honey, orange, some herbal, light cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, honey, orange, floral, some herbal, faint cocoa in the finish. Light-medium body conceals the alcohol very well. Nice saison (if a mite sweet), so long as you are not expecting a rush of chocolate.

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