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

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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy orange with grey hints. Low creamy white head. Wet grass, soices, almond, tart pears, sweat and yeast in the aroma. Fairly light flavour (compared to other Fantômes) of funky yeast, almond, all-spice and cocoa. Stronger notes of cocoa-powder in the finish along with nut-shels, yeast and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Opaquely dull milk chocolate brown with an ugly cast of grey-yellowishness to it. One uniquely, unappetizing looking beer. A huge bubbly head of crunchy brown foam grows up quickly during the pour as it nearly breaks out of the bottle with excitement, but nothing remains once diminished. Sticky pieces of brown lace speck the glass along with a dry oily film. Aroma is all funked up with dirty sweat socks, grasses, flowers, sour grapes and yeast, fouled earthyness, turned caramel and marshmellow, and a tad of milk chocolate from time to time. Taste is mostly soured and tangy with puckering lemonyness scratched with all sorts of funky yeasty sourness and bittering teathers whipped with grassy flowers, dirt, dung, hops, and one uniquely bittering chocolate thats more milky then dark and less candyish with just a smidgeon of caramel. Finish has a fun dispay of all these things dancing around in a spicy fashion of dryness thats more grassy/herbal then anything. Feel is quite souring and actively so in that area of interest. So if sour is your thing this will suit ya just fine. Medium pucker, medium bittering bite, medium dryness, acidicness, hmmm, lets say medium, and a good amount of sour to keep it all together. Only the light chocolatey/caramel hints keep this from going completely over the top. Well, for me at least. Body, overall seems medium too. Definately a twist of Saison to a twist of Belgian Pale on a twist of more Saison. Its a tongue twister, I know, and so is the beer. Not my fav from Fantome, and nothing like Black Ghost, which is my fav, but it has its own unique charm that grows on ya.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Sample at Sleepy Bear tasting 09/30/06 - Aroma is Fantome yeasty funk and chewy malt with a touch of pepper. Pours cloudy brown with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. I cannot detect any chocolate flavor, but there is a powdery aftertaste that makes me think cocoa powder. Palate is sticky. An interesting brew.
Had a 750ml to myself last nightand the score and rating stay the same.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1207) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
Bistro l’Autre oeil. Hazy amber with a thick long lasting white head. Aroma is spices, chocolate, peppers, malt. Taste is horse blanket, chili, malt, bitterness. Very special beer with a medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium foamy head with great retention. Aroma of spicy pepper, funky yeast and floral malt is well balance and typical of Fantome. Taste is quite spicy with a faint funky ending. Chocolate is very hard to distinguish. Body is about average for the style and alcohol is sensible to some degree. Not bad but I guess I am always expecting greatness form this brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
This is some crazy shit. The aroma is very salty, MSG and paprika, definitely chili peppers, though not spicy, maybe a touch of bitter chocholate. Alcoholic, grassy, floral, dandelions, Smells a lot like Zatarains jambalaya rice mix ;) The pour starts off an ugly brown, but once you pour the yeast in, it becomes so ugly, soupy thick light brown, that I had to take a picture. I still give it a 4 though, because I love having something so ugly and yet so tasty. It almost adds to its appeal. Taste-wise, it’s a lot more saison-like, more similar to pissenlit than any I’ve had, but has that backstage spiciness from the chilis, and once in a while a touch of chocolate. I’ve had both the chili pepper beer and the chocolate stout from Rogue, and this upstages both of them easily, in that both flavors are integrated, rather than being the only noticable flavors of the beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2006
750 ml bottle into an etched Tulip glass. Pours a very murky orange brown with lots of little floaties from mid-glass downward to the bottom. The head is very white and foamy at first, and dies down and sticks around on the edges of the glass. The aroma has a sweet yet farmy Belgian yeasty note mixed with a light cocoa aroma. The flavor is much lighter than I was expecting starting with a sweet Belgian yeast note which moves into a nice and light cocoay flavor that reminds me of a nice hot chocolate. This then slowly progresses into a farmy spiced finish to where after the sip has gone down the throat, you can really taste the chili peppers. No hint of alcohol. Somewhat light bodied for an 8% abv brew. Quite the interesting conception!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (6120) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
A cloudy light brown pour. With an aroma of belgium spicy yeast. A flavor of spicy fruit. A different beer than most I have tried.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rederic (3330) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2006
Hazy amber hue, with a frothy beige head, yeasty, winey fruity, hints of spiciness, of chocolate beans, nutmeg, fruity side of ripe apples, toasted malt, note of tobacco, in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp acidic winey fruity character, toasted malt, spicy nutmeg, hint of peaish malt, mild chocolate note, and faint cocoa beans, subtle floral hops, leading towards a fruity acidic and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not much as chocolate beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Pours a dense, cloudy color that resembles apple cider more than anything. Massively yeasty, flavors of mild chocolate and powerfully sharp chili peppers. Like other fantomes, it tastes like nothing else on this planet. Interesting and enjoyable, but not refreshing in any way. This is beer at its most artistic and abstract.


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