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


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RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours a pretty, burnt deep orange with ample white head. Aroma shows Fantome house character. Funk, lemon, hay, sock, crackery pilsner malt, citrus. No chile or chocolate noted, just normal Saison spiciness. Flavor is mildly tart, still no spice or chocolate noted, fruity and fairly dry with a quick finish. This beer is nothing like I thought it would be. Pretty normal, standard Fantome here. Which is good enough for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
murran (532) - - APR 29, 2016
Pours a brown body with a none existent head. Very faint aroma. Sour and funky taste with a rather strange warm feel. More strange than interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (7516) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 22, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat enjoyed at Aaserøy. Pours hazy nut brown with a small off white creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, chewy malts and yeast. Taste is light sweet yeasty, weak acidic peppers, weak chocolate in the finish, more weak chili, but overall a OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
At Mrk’s. Bottle courtesy of Maakun. Amber colored beer with quick diminishing head. Sweet caramel malts, sweet roasted chili peppers, grassy, lemon, (lemon balm), honey, mushroom like mold. Quite sweet, light sour bend. Light carbonation, creamy feel, very spiced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
Bottle shared. Slight hazy copper with little clumps floating around. Lots of spices, caramel, sugary, cocoa, quite light chili, peppery yeast, lemon and lemon balm. Bit over medium sweet, light spicy, under medium bitter and a sour touch. Medium bodied. Quite weird but pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks Euro Summer Secret Santa 2015. Hazy amber with a quickly dissolving white head. Funky aroma with a little chili and then chocolate. A little funky and bitter with delicate hints of chocolate in the mouth. Medium body, quite carbonated, slightly funky finish. Quite nice and far from what I had expected it to be - was sure it’d be stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poletaem (5) - - MAR 7, 2016 does not count
Bottle 750 ml. Clear copper color and frothy head. Sour-dough and caramel aroma with spruce hint. Taste is form light sweet to medium bitter. Medium body, average carbontaion. Bitter finish. I dont’t feel any chilli or cocoa, but this adjuncts definitely improve taste and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille 750ml, au Bistro des Bières Belges à Saint-Hubert (printemps 2007).
Visuel : Couleur : ambrée-brune. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Levures fruitées (agrumes, fruits mûrs) et sauvages, léger d’épices, notes de bois humide, de miel et malt sucré.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Goût de levures sauvages acidulés, fruitées (agrumes, petits fruits sûrs) et épicées Un support malt sucré est également présent avec des notes de miel, de pain ainsi que des notes de houblon floral.
En bouche : Corps : mince-moyen. Effervescence : moyenne-élevée. Texture : légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’un légère aigreur fruitée et d’épicée avec des notes amères de houblon floral ainsi que quelques traces d’alcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Hazy yellow. Nice funky aroma, fruity, with a floral note, a vegetal hint, and a cocoa hint. Tart flavor, funky, with fruits, flowers, faint cocoa note, and a light vegetal chili note. Medium-bodied. Nice. Cocoa and chili are very faint.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerando (30) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 12, 2016
giallo ambrato con una buon cappello di schiuma, viene subito odor caratteristico del lievito saison, profumo debole di fruttato e speziato, al gusto di corpo alto, bevuta inizialmente dolce ma poi ben bilanciata da un discreto amaro accentuato da sentori di pepatura, retrogusto si sente un lieve gusto di cioccolato amaro ma nascosto da gli alcoli ben presenti!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlGagario (104) - Modena, ITALY - FEB 3, 2016
In bottiglia, al pub. Colore dall’ambra al marrone ciliegio, oscurata da riflessi marrone noce. Testa decente di un dito e mezzo, biancam da schiumosa e cremosa. Naso di cacao, piante grasse, pinzimonio, tabasco. Carbonazione da flat a soffice. Aroma con nota di cioccolato fondente, un po’ polverosa, non in primaria evidenza, poi sensazioni leggermente piccanti ma sapide di peperoncino, tabasco e salsa chili, anche ravanello, pepe, aloe ed elementi terrosi. Presenta altresì un retro carattere leggermente acido con corpo e struttura allineati allo stile saison. Chiusura di beva breve e pepata. Gradevolmente amara e speziata, a tratti fa emergere una sensazione irrimediabilmente di secca preclusione aromatica che domanda sollievo, ma invano. Stavolta un prodotto accessibilissimo da Fantome, stabile, anche prudente, scorrevole e non stucchevole, in parte dotato di quel senso di travaglio tipico del birrificio in esame, comunque ottimo da accostare a dolci al cioccolato.

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