puzzl (3260) - 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. 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! decaturstevo (6343) - 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. rederic (3341) - 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. 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.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2006
A very interesting brew. Its actually very different than any beer Ive ever had. The spices are what make it unique - the chocolate is mild. Strong alch taste - kind of harsh in some swallows. also very yeasty and mildly hoppy. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Sweet, floral aroma, with malt. Pours a cloudy brown. Sour, yeasty, unsweetend bakers chocolate, citrus. I get a hint of pepper in the very back. I love fantome! SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 20, 2006
citrus, yeast, red pepper and flower aroma. barely noticeable cocoa. hazy red orange color with a large creamy off-white head. flavor is lightly tangy with some spicy peppers but i really don’t notice the cocoa. why not add more?? chili pepper and cocoa sound really good together(not sure why) but unfortunately the cocoa is just too subtle. i’m thinking about adding a block of hersheys to this stuff. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Very frothy/mountainous head. Deep brownish rust color.
Aroma is yeasty belgian spice, light flowery hop. Bright and slight sour lemon. Light cocoa powder under the covers. Slight dusty funk.
Flavor is very blended with very slightly soured yeast, some spice, hints of pepper, hints of chocolate.
Nicely blended flavors cause it to not be too awkward and a good drink.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle shared by Blake. Cloudy brown body. Lemon flesh, pepper skin, raisin, and dark plum in the appealing aroma. Good fruitiness contrasted with citric acidity. The flavor has the same lemon acidity (touch of metal w/ it) but the accompanying flavors aren’t much to talk about - a muddled chocolate extract and toasty caramel malt base. The finish brings out some stemmy hops but it sitll focuses on the lemon business.